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How to warn people against Radiesse

  • worrywartme
  • Today - UK
  • 2 years ago

I had this done on advice of an aesthetician of a PS with whom I had previously agreed to use Juvaderm for tear troughs. She must have been incentivised to sell it as I went ahead assuming it was another brand of hyaluronic acid.  Be warned: 1. It migrates - mine moved from my hollows under my eyes up on one side and down on the other after about 2 weeks.  The same happened on an vertical indentation on my forehead - it moved down to below my eyebrow and in towards my eye 2. It broke all my veins from the corner of my eye to the end point of the product  3. It remains visible under the skin and feels like a hard ridge or bone 4. It cannot be dissolved and may remain in your body for much longer than the 12-18 months 'promoted' by it's manufacturers 5. It appears to cause further auto-immune response in certain individuals. 6. Given all the other injectables which can be removed ask yourself if it is worth it?. My advice is to stay away. Learn from others mistake   I am personally hoping and praying that the ridges and lumps dissolve within the year. In the meantime I am distressed and depressed - don't go throught the same thing! Just because a PS has used it successfully on others, don't assume it will always be a success.    

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The good news is that my lump eventually disappeared but the broken vein obviously remained and it left the area looking worse than before. I would also say that the hollows are worse than before as if the radiesse affected the fat under my eyes (ie as if in the process of slowly dissolving it dissolved the fat too - perhaps because it apparently binds to your tissues). I know this stuff is marketed more for creating the effect of cheekbones etc, but as there are clearly so many people with adverse side effects and the use of it is not regulated, it should be banned.. I agree with overfilldone and report it to the FDA - see her/his post
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I had the same experience. I thought I was getting some Perlane around the side of my eyes to soften wrinkles, but my injector decided to switch it up to Radiesse (without my knowledge). I too, have lumps under my eyes, divots and crepe skin. I regret not loving myself and all my flaws before I came to this PA who was shaky and obviously a terrible injector (watch out Rochester, NY).
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I had radiesse filler three weeks ago and my face is hot burning and red that comes and go . Where I was injected nasolabial fold there is white spot and on the other side as well . Will this ever end will it ever go away . The doc put me on antibiotic but it doesn't seem to help . Iam so sad depressed and so worried . I wish I never did it . Plss help if anyone knows what is going on .
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Hello, I'm 40yr old Indian male and I had 2 vials of R injections on both my cheeks about 4 months ago. Now, I'm having severe blurry visions, acute and burning ear pains and constant teary eyes and redness/itching going on. I am livid with facial pain, ear aches and eye irritation. The skins under my eyes have become very darkened and hollow as well...I went to visit the Dermatologist last week and he said Radiesse is very safe and this is probably sinus or fungal infection. Please advise as Rheumatologist thinks this has manifested into auto-immune disease and suggested I take out the fillers! Cheers from Austin, TX!
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Radiesse is a synthetic dermal filler injection used for soft tissue augmentation such as skin folds and wrinkles. We all know the social networks and our online life can show more that we indented to show willingly and this can be used against us. We all want to feel secure and despite that we all keep on posting personal information on the net. The Social media can be the best way to aware people. Not only Social media but doctors are providing their services through Questioning and answering, I would say online media is more successful them offline to get awareness.
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Pls report your issue with Radiesse to http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/UCM349464.pdf (takes 5 min) and to the manufacturer Merz Aesthetics (866 862-1211) we must help others, this is where you do have power.....(ok, and maybe a class action lawsuit?!)

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I agree!! Class action!!
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Worrywartme, Please go to http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/UCM349464.pdf and fill out this easy form to notify the FDA of your adverse event with Radiesse. We must protect others who may be considering getting it. My event became life threatening and I've had many trips to the ER. Every event reported to the FDA must then be included in the "possible side effect" part of the Radiesse information.
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Dear worrywartme, I so wish I would have read your comment on here before my injections 6 days ago. I'm am so scared and depressed right now....haven't been able to sleep or eat since this happened to me. I fear that I too, may have to go thru what so many others on here are saying they experienced with this product for under eyes. My injector and her nurse just raved about this product and how I would just LOVE my eyes after this was done. I have now formed large yellowish/brownish fluid sacks that look SO MUCH WORSE then I did going into this. I am horrified!!! Has your situation since improved at all? PLEASE SHARE your experience since Sept. 2012. I need HELP!!!!
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Dear DA50 I am hoping that your initial response to the injectables of the main has gone down? It is shocking that your nurse and injector raved about this for under your eyes. Even the manufacturers warn against his as it mimics bone not plumping action like other hylauronic fillers. My lump did go down about 3-4months (as the carrier dissolved) later although you can still see the lump in the light under the skin of my eye and looks yellowish and the skin is reddish around in. I hide it with concealer. I did eventually start pressing it down quite hard for a couple of minutes everyday and this did help reduce the lump (it was almost as if I were reshaping the injectable material), altho' I waited until it was a bit softer (as the carrier gel started dissolving). It had broken my veins anyway on the eye area but be aware as this is a delicate area so be very careful as you could break the veins doing this. Someone recommended using their sonic toothbrush and I thinks this sounds a good idea. I have had pulse-dye laser on the eye last week to see if it will remove the veins and 'zap' the yellow lump. I will let you know if it helped. In the meantime don't agitate it (as I did and it swelled again) and leave it to 'settle' and plan your strategy for hiding your eye lumps. It WILL get better but I think it helps if you accept and that you will have to be very patient. Spread the word as this helps it from happening to others and go back and inform your injector and nurse (see my info about its uses and purpose) so they DON'T do this to others!!! All the best and hang in there.
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Yes!!! I am very happy to report that all the swelling as well as the yellowish/brownish fluid sacks have gone away.....although, I do still have a little discoloration in that area. I thank God that I don't look like a freak ( which is how I felt after having this done ) anymore!!! I will need to give an update soon but for now....the only worry I have is a small knot that has formed on top of my orbital bone near my eye. I'm really hoping that in time it will dissolve! When I try to massage it....it hurts. It's not too noticeable unless the light hits it just right. I guess I can live with that compared to others who have suffered far more then I have thus far. One lesson I had to learn the hard way is to NEVER let anyone inject me with ANYTHING I HAVE NOT RESEARCH FIRST!!!!! Thank you for your words of encouragement.....it means A LOT!!!
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These are good comments about Radiesse. It is true there are more possible side effects when using Radiesse compared to the Hyaluronic Acid fillers like Restylane. These include: 1. Not reversible 2. If placed under very thin skin like the tear troughs, it may be visible and cause redness. 3. May cause more swelling in the short term. So why use it? Well there are several significant advantages: 1. Out of the current fillers, it has the most "umph", giving superior results for chin augmentation and cheek bone augmentation. 2. Gives some of the best volumizing effects. 3. Definition superior in patients with very thick and heavy skin. 4. Lasts longer than the HA's and stimulates the skin to make collagen more. So in summary, it does have some more risks but also has some clear advantages. So it can be a great filler if the patient and provider use it appropriately. I do agree that some areas, like the tear troughs and lips are better treated with HA's. I hope this is helpful, good luck.
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I hope you've read how many people here have had bad side effects including those injected in the cheeks like skin necrosis and under eye reactions and bags. See also problems with marionette area. Personally my Radiesse broke off and I have a moveable lump under my eye which is red and itchy and visible as a yellowish lump when you pull the skin over it. This is not uncommon on Realself. If one were to extrapolate all the negatives into statistics with such a high number of people with bad side effects and such a poor response from the manufacturers and distributers of Radiesse, I would far rather recommend something like Juvederm Voluma if I were a practitioner. At least it can be dissolved, they are honest about the potential side effects, responsive and it does no feel like a bone. There is also other products like Sculptra. For the nominal so called 'advantages' of Radiesse, which can be gained from other products with higher patient satisfaction rates which can be dissolved, I think any practitioner is personally interested in the financial gain, rather than doing the best and safest thing for their patients. Personally, I will never have it again nor will my dermatologist. It is no fun having so called 'umph' when all it is is a hard gel carrier that feels like a bone stuck under your skin. Radiesse is formed by particles of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa) suspended in a gel that takes around 12 weeks to dissolve. It is considered an implant and also used in dental surgery. At lot of people seem to get an inflammatory response to the gel carrier, which takes so long to dissolve - not great when you have lumps and bumps from it. I am 9 weeks since and I have still got this hard visible lumps under my skin in the exact shape it was injected as ( a kind of banana shape). The important thing is it MUST be injected in a place where there is a fat layer over it to hide the awful hard carrier gel. As you say, it is only suitable for people with thick and heavy skin although how one measures that makes no sense. Radiesse claims it does not migrate, yet it does as so many have found out, including myself. It seems to cause a inflammatory response when near the skin. It causes collateral damage in the form of broken capillaries and my swelling took around a month to go down and that was from less than one syringe. Yes, I know mine was not done in a suitable place but yet many others who've had it done in a suitable place have had terrible reactions to it. Why take the risk?
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Very good, and balanced information Dr. Mabrie. Thanks for sharing this. 

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Dear Worrywartime. Going on 1.5 years since my issues began with Radiesse under my eyes. It is much better now, but my right eye is dissolving faster than my left eye. Warning to anyone thinking of putting this stuff under your eyes....DONT DO IT. Went to 3 Drs. 2 made me feel like I was crazy and the other said it would take time. Found out more on this website than what the Drs. told me.
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Trikk42 Report this adverse event to the FDA http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Forms/UCM349464.pdf It must then be included as a side effect. I had a life threatening response to it causing many trips to the ER, whole body angioedema (deep tissue swelling) and pain in my joints and tendons. I also had inflammatory nodules in my lungs which they thought at first were lung cancer so I've had a lot of radiation as well. I'm an RN so I thought I knew what to expect but this has robbed me of 2 years of my life.
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Dear Dr Mabrie, I had a couple of R injections in cheeks the last two months but i dont see a real change in my face... I dont have a heavy face (i am 34) so i was wondering if this is normal?
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