Some people really love “gross” videos: like watching surgery, or giant blackheads being squeezed. But not everyone is up for invasive viewing, so I’ve spared an injectable video here. Instead, I’ll give the radio version, play-by-play, of Gina redefining Kit’s jawline with Radiesse dermal filler.
(Oh, and by the way! Welcome back from Snowpacalypse Part Deux! My yard and car are still covered in ice, my dogs are stir crazy, and my head is still playing ER on a loop from my Hulu binge watching yesterday).
Kit has wanted a more defined jawline since I’ve known her. She’s done a few rounds of Kybella to dissolve fat under the chin. It’s worked well and she recently said she’d like to do one last treatment (her fourth treatment). Kybella is an injectable that permanently dissolves fat under the chin. Generally 3-4 treatments are needed, about 6-8 weeks apart.
After seeing results from the Kybella, Kit was ready to do even more and she and Gina have been talking about using Radiesse to “build” a stronger jawline for months now. Now that the hectic holiday schedule has subsided somewhat, they finally had time for the treatment last week.
Radiesse is not a hyaluronic acid filler like most fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, etc). It’s made from Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel. What makes Radiesse unique is the ability of the product to act as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow.
Gina injected a total of 3 syringes of Radiesse, injecting near the masseters to shape Kit’s oval face into a more angular shape. This more square-shaped jaw gives a defining point between the face and neck. We posted one of the short videos on Instagram and some commented that it looked painful, so let’s address pain during this injectable treatment!
I think nearly everyone is concerned about how much injections are going to hurt, and for how long. For this particular treatment, Kit was numbed with a topical cream for about half an hour. Gina also used a fanning technique for injecting the filler, so her needle was moving within a plane underneath the skin where the person being injected doesn’t feel it. There is a pin prick of pain when the needle is first injected, but for the remainder of the treatment, pain is at a minimum, or non-existent. The filler also has lidocaine in it, so that helps with numbing as well.
When we looked at Kit’s before and afters, we all said the same thing: the defined jawline provided what appeared to be an enhancement in almost all her facial features. It was an indescribable quality that just made her more beautiful in general! Now who doesn’t want that?!