December 27, 2006
San Mateo, CA -- BioForm Medical, Inc., a privately-held medical aesthetics company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Radiesse®, the next-generation cosmetic dermal filler, for the long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds. Radiesse also received a second FDA approval for the long-lasting correction of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Radiesse is the first filler with advanced calcium-based microsphere technology that not only provides volume replacement to wrinkles, folds and sunken depressions but also stimulates the body to produce new collagen. This unique action restores the fullness and contours of a youthful, healthy appearance with sustained results that last an average of one year or more.
"Today's FDA approval of Radiesse for use in facial aesthetic applications confirms our rigorous clinical findings that Radiesse is safe and effective for long-term facial aesthetic enhancement," said Steven L. Basta, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioForm. "With its advanced calcium-based microsphere technology, Radiesse is the first facial cosmetic filler with a proven 12 month benefit in multiple clinical studies. Accordingly, Radiesse is raising the bar to become the new standard for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds."
Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres in a water-based gel carrier. Radiesse provides immediate improvement so a patient looks better the moment the product is injected. The calcium microsphere technology also enables the body to generate new collagen, providing longer lasting effects than other available fillers. Further, because Radiesse is a robust, full-bodied material, it provides physicians a superior level of control, predictability and finesse for facial applications.
"The approval of Radiesse ushers in a new era in the non-surgical management of facial aging because it both 'volumizes' facial folds and rebuilds the skin's foundation to restore a youthful facial appearance for our patients," said Lawrence Bass, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery; Director, Minimally Invasive Plastic Surgery Program, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, and investigator for Radiesse pivotal trials. "Our findings from the pivotal clinical trial and those of a separate clinical study comparing the long-term efficacy of Radiesse with the leading hyaluronic acid product demonstrate clear advantages that make Radiesse the preferred treatment option for the correction of nasolabial folds."
FDA approval of Radiesse for treatment of facial wrinkles and folds was based on the results of a pivotal clinical trial supporting Radiesse's safety and effectiveness.