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Radiesse®: a novel rejuvenation treatment for the upper arms

Authors Amselem Belilty M

Received 26 July 2015

Accepted for publication 13 September 2015

Published 29 December 2015 Volume 2016:9 Pages 9—14

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S93137

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Ram Prasad

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Moisés Amselem

Clinica Dr. Moisés Amselem, Madrid, Spain

Abstract: Nonsurgical esthetic improvement of the upper arms is a desirable goal for many individuals. Radiesse® (calcium hydroxylapatite) is an effective dermal filler for a number of indications because of its volumizing effect and the ability to stimulate neocollagenesis. No studies have reported on its safety and effectiveness for the treatment of the upper arm. In a prospective, open-label study, 30 subjects seeking improvement in the esthetic appearance of their upper arms received injections with Radiesse® (1.5 mL/arm) at two separate visits, 1 month apart. Subjects returned for a follow-up visit 4 months after the second treatment. The primary endpoint was the degree of overall subject and evaluator (investigators and study nurses) satisfaction assessed using the 5-point Global Satisfaction Scale (ranging from "1" very dissatisfied to "5" very satisfied). Secondary endpoints included assessments of skin quality (flaccidity and volume distribution) using a new Visual Analog Scale for upper arms and overall assessment of treatment using the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale. All (100%) of both subjects and evaluators were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with treatment. The mean Global Satisfaction Score for investigators and study nurses was 4.60 and for subjects 4.53 (satisfied to very satisfied). Assessments of flaccidity and volume improved significantly compared with baseline at the post-treatment visit and also between visits. Compared with baseline, 77% of subjects were rated as considerably improved (good or great improvement) by the investigator and study nurse; 73% of subjects rated themselves as considerably improved and 43% of these rated a "great improvement." All stated they would repeat the treatment and recommend it to others. No adverse events were reported. Radiesse® is an effective minimally invasive treatment option for improving upper arm contours and was associated with a 100% satisfaction rate for both subjects and evaluators.

Keywords: esthetic improvement, calcium hydroxylapatite, contouring, Radiesse®, upper arm

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