Hydroxylapatite Injectable Fillers for Cosmetic Surgery Purposes

Hydroxylapatite (also called hydroxyapatite and calcium hydroxylapatite) is mineral-like injectable filler. This mineral is also found in bone and hydroxylapatite has been used for many years in treating bone problems and filling in defects in bone. It was approved for use as a soft tissue filler in cosmetic medicine in 2006.

Radiesse is made up of microscopic spheres or beads of calcium hydroxylapatite in a water-based carrier. Within a few months, the body absorbs the carrier and starts to form collagen strands around the beads. Eventually, the calcium hydroxylapatite spheres start to degrade, but the augmentation lasts a long time before this happens, which is why this filler is considered semipermanent. 

Hydroxylapatite is the heaviest of the injectable fillers and it is used primarily in filling in deep folds, such as the nasolabial lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth, frown lines, and marionette lines around the chin. It is also used on the cheeks and chin to improve contours there. Although hydroxylapatite has been used for lip augmentation, there are reports that it gives inconsistent results in the lips and some surgeons have stopped using it for this purpose. 

Allergy testing is usually not required before hydroxylapatite injections. Your surgeon will mark your face to show where the injections will go. After the hydroxylapatite is injected, the surgeon will massage the treated area to mold it. You should try to keep the treated area as still as possible for a few days.

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