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Have you experienced Radiesse side effects?

  • Sandra A
  • 4 years ago

Am I alone if having complications from Radiesse? Who else has seen Radiess side effects?

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I had my first ever filler injections yesterday. The PS used radiesse. Today one side of my face is horribly bruised and swollen. I will never do this again and strongly advise others to stay away ffom this product. I look like a monster.
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Radiesse should not be injected near or around the eye area, period. Ok for other areas of the face with high risk as it can occlude a facial artery. Other products can be dissolved, Radiesse cannot....be careful.
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I believe that Radiesse is not as biologically inert as claimed. In some susceptible individuals, I think there can be a very aggressive allergic response that results in intermittent swelling. I am led to this conclusion because I do notice that the swelling is reduced by using high doses of antihistamines.
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I believe there is always a certain percentage of the population that has allergies. My PS did an extensive questionnaire and medical questions before she agreed the Radiesse was an option for me. I had no swell, no pain, and only one very small needle area that even showed a hint of bruising. Using a good PS for such "small" pays off in the long run.
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I believe after researching that its not an allergic response most of the time its that radiesse is such a thick consistency product and has to be injected so deep that it sits on top of sinuses and malar pads when injected in cheeks that antihistamines would improve this issue it did for me although can have a great aesthetic looking result which holds up
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I'm on month 10 and my radiesse has almost dissolved so my nightmare is over my face was uneven , but I exercise like a crazy woman so it prob metabolized quick , I'm thinking of going to a nurse I went to before for more
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I have Radiesse but got my first injection two months ago and my PS explained that the first may go a little more quickly and will do a touch up at approx. Valentine day. After that she said an annual touchup is possible but every person is different. Because of some bad experience I will not allow anyone except a highly recommended PS near my face for fillers.
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This actually was a botched touch up done 3 months apart and I had it done a year before so radiesse doesn't hold up as long as some people are saying it dissolves about a year
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I avoid these skin treatments because I don't get as much I lost. Be safe and healthy skin.
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I had Radiesse in my face to fill in wrinkles following a face lift.Both cheeks have been swollen for one month.How should it be treated ?

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The swelling will go down take antihistamine at night ,try a warm cloth on face
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I have raised red welts under both eyes from Radiesse. I am post injections 9-10 weeks. The injecting Dr. instantly tried to disconnect from me and wanted me to pay for additional treatments to correct. I reversed the charges and he is fighting for the money even though he scared me. Follow up Doctors have treated me with 2 injections of Prednisone, medrol, Oracea 40mg, antihistamines and nothing is helping. I have used Radiesse for years in other facial areas without a challenge. Merz Aesthetics, its manufacturer (866 862 1211) took a report and called the doctor. I would be open to a class action law suit. Currently I am in working with a lawyer to recoup the origional charge and secure funds to (hopefully) fix this challenge. Please let me know what step you think is next with legal liability. Many good thoughts to others having a problem with Radiesse. Who knew?
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I too have had radiesse injections in the past and never had an issue. on July 12th of this year, i had it injected using a "new method" of injecting, but with the same product. This method is done for nasolabial lines but instead of injecting in the obvious area, tape was placed across my cheeks and he pulled the skin tight toward my temple area and then injected into my head. first words out of his mouth were, oops, we got a blood vessel. What the hell? let me just tell you that it caused severe swelling, bruising, my skin peeled, and then my hair fell out in that area. Some is growing back, but there is an area about the size of a lemon that is still smooth. No hair there, and the skin is numb, but if i push on it, it is extremely painful. Headaches, vertigo, and sinus infectionSSSS, ever since this happened. They are telling me I have alopecia. Are you kidding me????????

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I have had Radiesse with excellent results. My PS told me that if done properly it should have no pain, bruising, or reactions. If there is a question about reaction tests should be done.
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That is a partial truth. I have had Radiesse injected successfully for over 5 years. As you read in these posts, the product is being used by Medical Doctors in areas that are not FDA approved or licensed by Merz, its manufacturer (nothing above the nose is FDA approved) Even in the "approved" areas, done properly, has great risk involved as this product specifically does not have antidote as does the HA's, (restylene, juvaderm, boletero) which can break down the product when adverse effects happen. I trusted my MD to keep me out of harms way and he used Radiesse under both eyes that has produced raised red welts. Horrible is how I look. "done properly" does not rule out your bodies response to the product in various areas, clearly in my case. What I can say is that I am being very proactive, I have filed with the FDA (5 minutes) and have contacted Merz and have solicited their involvement. Again, I have used Radiesse for years, however, being injected anywhere above the nose is not FDA approved nor licensed for use. Please beware and informed. I will never use Radiesse again, maybe HA's to repair my eyes in the (hopefully) near future.
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I agree. If you read my other responses I have said that it should not be used in the eye or temple area. My injections, and what I was referring, was in the nasolabial fold.
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Radiesse is not recommended to be used in the eye area. My PS was of the opinion that it should not be used in that area and refuses to do so.
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I have the same red welts from injections I had 4 months ago. Kenolg shots only give me temporary relief. Please tell me this goes away.
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Hi there, I too have used Radiesse for years but two weeks ago when I received a treatment, something went terribly wrong. I believe my doctor hit a blood vessel because my face stayed red and swollen and dozens of postules formed. He put me on antibiotics which I am still on now trying to recover. His early take on it was that I might have ischemia but then he spoke to the Radiesse people and sent a photo of my face to them. They said it wasn't ischemia and that it "looked like herpes". I have never had herpes in my life, not even one cold sore so this didn't make sense to me. I feel like they were totally trying to deny what really happened. I would be open to joining a class action suit as well. Also, if you google radiesse, a nurse who also had ischemia from radiesse mentioned that a lot of people have reached out to her, telling her they have had problems also. You may want to see if you can connect to those folks as well.
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I too have had an ongoing very serious issue with Radiesse which caused whole body angioedema (very deep tissue swelling), breathing problems and considerable pain. Anyone experiencing an adverse reaction to this product please reply to neuro1 here.
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A few months after having Radiesse injections I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease: Pulmonary Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis can attack any organ in your body, but primarily targets the lungs. I too had breathing difficulty and developed some small welts concentrated to one are on my back. It was when I had the skin biopsied, that the results showed Sarcoidosis. I believe that it can be detected through a blood test but not sure. You should see your GP and explore further. I was referred to a pulmonologist who has been treating me since.
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I remain unconvinced that radiesse is not the culprit that triggered your sarcoidosis. I have seen 23 doctors in the area and NIH undiagnosed disease program finally referred me to Cleveland Clinic as they were so backed up with cases to be seen. The result was that I most likely have serum sickness which is an immune response to something identified by your body as foreign. My lungs have masses in them which come and go as well as other swelling, pain in my joints and tendons etc. My face swelled beyond recognition and I have had to be on high dose steroids in order to breathe. The time frame you mention between injection and welts is a common one for immunologic response. Do you have any photos of your reaction? Where was your injection location?
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I had injections in my smile lines from nose to corner of mouth. There were a few more small areas done too but the majority was around mouth. The doctor took photos. I too have sore joints since I'm off the steroids (was on for a year starting with high dose down to nothing). My dermatologist seriously considered the relation to the injections because of the timing. He sent me to Stanford Medical Center to have the "coincidence" looked into. At that time, I was told that they had a plan to publish a paper on the potential correlation but I have not seen that report yet.
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Oh that may be very useful information for us. Lawyers don't want to take on a pharmaceutical company since they have big guns. I can accept that but I think we need to make enough noise to the FDA to get them to look into it. I am a nurse and for 3 years I was a research nurse at John Hopkins so I know how to do the squeeking for attention. I have finally found an attorney willing to help me but he thinks my best bet is to try to get someone to commit themselves to the opinion that my problem was probably caused by the Radiesse injection. It doesn't even have to be definitely caused because I think we can't prove that. Can you do that with your dermatologist? I just spoke to my attorney today so I haven't gone any farther with his suggestions. If you have photos to show your swellings., see if they match up with the sketch they must have done of where they put it when you were injected. Merz has a standard form but I can't import it here. First get a copy of all your records. Who did it? MD, RN, company rep? I have had almost 3 years of pain swellings, high dose steroids, now on a chemo drug to dampen my response. I had so many lung swellings they thought I had lung cancer. My email is Lharroldblake@mac.com. Can we exchange information aside from this site?
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I'm so sorry for your continued symptoms and suffering. My symptoms have gone away and I'm now living steroid-free. I'm way past the 1 year time limit to file a suit too. I was hoping back then to get a published paper in favor of the reaction and subsequent disease being definitely related to the injections but to no avail. A rep did my treatment and I believe she was a nurse. I was part of a photo shoot for "before and after" shots to use in their advertising. I'm not interested in pursuing my condition further; I need to move on. I will check with my doctor, though, to see if the paper ever was published....even if it was, I feel certain that they were not willing to say that they saw a direct correlation, only that there was an autoimmune reaction. They had told me that one can get an autoimmune reaction from any foreign substance entering the body (tattoos, for example). Sorry, I'm working right now and have to close but will try to find out about the publication. Feel free to drop me a note here and there: carolynge@earthlink.net Take care.
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