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A Versatile, Long-lasting Filler

Whether you're longing to reverse the common signs of aging or address a health issue that otherwise would require an invasive treatment, you have more options in looking and feeling better with RADIESSE.

Developed with safety and longevity in mind, RADIESSE is a new generation injectable filler that offers superior versatility for both cosmetic and reconstructive use without surgery.

Dr. Mabrie uses RADIESSE to fill wrinkles in the skin and to augment areas like the cheeks and temples. RADIESSE has a consistency which makes it ideal for filling deep grooves, like nasolabial folds (sometimes called "parentheses"), on the lower face and wrinkles around the mouth. In most patients it lasts from several months to a year.

Why not schedule a time to talk with Dr. Mabrie? Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.

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Case 396

ABOUT OUR PATIENT During a recent modeling photoshoot, this patient was amazed to see how the photographer highlighted his chin and cheekbones with some good old-fashioned lighting tricks. So he started searching online for how to emphasize these parts of his face in real life. When he found my website, he set up an appointment to talk options. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN Right from the start, ...

Case 397

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This San Francisco man had been researching for information about CoolSculpting on RealSelf when he came across my profile. He looked through my site and was impressed by our before and after photo gallery. He wanted to find a way to get rid of the bags that were forming under his eyes. Yet I saw a lot of potential in this patient's face, and that his features would be significa...

Case 308

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This Filipina woman in her 50's consulted with me about using Dermal Fillers to correct the signs of aging starting to show under her eyes. During our in-depth discussion in my San Francisco office, I noted that her temples were also looking very sunken. I knew we could use fillers to contour both areas. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN We didn't notice the hollowed area at first b...

Case 302

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This 30 year old man from Chicago discovered my website after considering chin augmentation for quite some time. Some of his friends had received dermal filler treatments in the Windy City, and he wasn't particularly impressed with their results. However, he felt encouraged about his possible outcomes after reading Dr. Mabrie's detailed information about non-surgical chin augmen...

Case 275

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Concerned about maintaining facial fullness and skin elasticity, this Bay Area woman was looking for non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures. She noticed some early sagging and shadowing under her eyes, as well as a decrease in the fullness of her lips. After receiving a referral to my practice, she came into my Pinole office for a consultation. Because she felt "immediate...

Case 317

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young Bay Area woman had previously received a non-surgical Juvederm treatment to address the circles that were appearing under her eyes, but she wasn't exactly satisfied with the results. After reading some of my patient reviews online and noting my unique approach and focus on non-surgical facial sculpting, she decided to come in for a consultation at my downtown San Fran...

Case 367

ABOUT OUR PATIENT "Practice what you preach." Now that's a piece of wisdom I think everyone should follow, especially if you happen to be in the cosmetic surgery biz. You always hear me telling you to stay beautiful by committing to the transformative process of using non-surgical dermal fillers. Well, guess what? I do the same thing myself. You could say the patient for this case, which happens...

Case 280

Background: This woman, from Modesto, was now in her 50's and wanted to rejuvenate her looks. She spent time researching cosmetic surgeons and procedures, and decided to consult with Dr. Mabrie after reviewing his website. They discussed options for giving her a younger and more attractive looking face. She had never received Dermafillers before and was concerned about bruising, as she did not kno...

Case 119

ABOUT OUR PATIENT When this particular patient, a San Francisco businesswoman, first came in to talk to me about the possibilities of plastic surgery, she wanted to know how to remove the wrinkles that were starting to show in different areas around her face using non-surgical methods. We also talked a little bit about adding more definition to her cheekbone area. This case interested me quite a...

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What is RADIESSE?

The unique composition of RADIESSE provides immediate visual improvement common with other fillers, along with the benefit of long-lasting results. Dr. Mabrie has been using RADIESSE with his San Francisco and East Bay cosmetic patients over the last few years and they have enjoyed benefits up to 15 months. This is because RADIESSE is made of very tiny, smooth calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. The microspheres (particles) form a scaffold through which your body's own collagen grows, and this produces the desired long-term effect. These unique advantages make RADIESSE the ideal choice for facial shaping and contouring, as well as for non-surgical rhinoplasty.

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Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation with Radiesse®

September 2012

RADIESSE Questions

Does it hurt?

An initial "pinch" is usually felt from the needle, which feels similar to a toothpick on the skin. However, most individuals experience very little discomfort during their procedure since dermal fillers contain a numbing anesthetic that takes effect immediately upon injection.

How long will RADIESSE last?

In facial applications, RADIESSE should provide a correction that lasts around one to two years (with an occasional touchup). Individual results may vary, affected by age, metabolism, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity.

How quickly can I return to my normal activities?

Approximately 24 hours following injection of RADIESSE, most swelling or redness will have subsided. Some patients return to work immediately following injection.

Is RADIESSE permanent?

No. The gel carrier dissipates over a few months allowing for new tissue infiltration. The CaHA particles gradually break down and are metabolized over 2 to 3 years.

Will RADIESSE become hard or noticeable to touch?

No, RADIESSE will remain soft and pliable and will take on the characteristics of the surrounding soft tissue.

Will I need a skin test?

No pre-testing is required due to RADIESSE unique synthetic product formulation and biocompatibility profile.

What is RADIESSE composed of?

RADIESSE is composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier.

CaHA is a biomaterial with over twenty years of use in orthopedics, neurosurgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology, and is the primary mineral constituent of bone and teeth. The semi-solid nature of RADIESSE is created by suspending CaHA in a common water based carrier, also used in a large array of products.

RADIESSE is synthetic CaHA that has similar characteristics to bone and teeth, and is naturally compatible with the body. It has been tested extensively in clinical trials for over seven years now with exceptional safety and efficacy results.

How many treatments will I require?

Some patients may achieve an optimal correction on their first injection. For other patients, variability in the rate of tissue in-growth may require a touch-up to achieve an optimal correction.

Are there any side effects?

Dermal fillers have minimal side effects that are similiar to that of BOTOX® Cosmetic in San Francisco. However, some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as bruising, which is seen in about 20% of patients. Additionally, following the injection there may be swelling, which resolves within a day or two. For additional information, read what to expect during and after your treatment.

For a gentler injection procedure, Dr. Mabrie offers the innovative microcannula injection method. These blunt-ended microcannulas cut fewer arteries and veins than needles, resulting in significantly less after-treatment bruising and swelling. The microcannula technique is available upon request.

What if I am taking medication?

RADIESSE should not be implanted in patients while on an aspirin regimen or while taking other medications that could inhibit the healing process. Please consult your physician for more information.

Can RADIESSE be injected over other implants?

RADIESSE should not be injected in patients who have other implants or materials still in place.

Is RADIESSE approved?

Yes, RADIESSE is approved for use in U.S., Europe, Canada, and various other countries.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Surgeon

Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
166 Geary Street #1502
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
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Pinole, CA 94564
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