Any Experiences with Radiesse for Lip Augmentation? Help!
I had the dermal filler, Radiesse, injecteded into...
- 31 Aug 2007
I had the dermal filler, Radiesse, injecteded into my lips after seeing that my plastic surgeon's office offered it. I have not had this before yet I had collegen 5 years ago for lip augmentation and had a good experience. It cost $1200.00 for the procedure and I was counseled that there was the small possibility that lumps could form. Being a person that is easy going and who wasn't expecting "perfect and symetrical" lips afterword, I prepared myself by telling myself that I was prepared to live with a few small lumps if they were on the inside of my mouth and it did not interfere with my talking, smiling, eating...life. Meanwhile, I researched Radiesse on the internet by going to the website and reading about the positives and how natural it was and there was a "small percentage of people who developed small nodules in the lips when used for lip augmentation". I considered the procedure very carefully and felt educated and prepared for my upcoming appt. The day came and I had the Radiesse injected into my lips with no problems other than the usual uncomfortable experience that follows when someone is injected with a fine needle multiple times...no problem other than that. All was ok and fine until I started noticing small lumps at the injection sites. I messaged as directed and went about my daily life. Now, here it is 2 weeks later and I have 3 extremely large nodules on the inner areas on my lips... two on the bottom right and left inside of the lip that are white in color and 1 on the upper right area of my lip. The bottom Right and upper Right nodules are very noticeable when I am talking and definitely scary looking if I attempt to smile. I feel like I have "flexible pebbles" in my mouth and my teeth catch on them when I eat. I did go back to the plastic surgeons office 1 week later because I called them and told them my concern with the nodules/lumps. The staff member told me the importance of massaging firmly by pressing down on the nodules after icing them for 2 minutes and rolling them between my thumb and index finger. She even show my fiance so that he could make sure that I was using the right amount of firm pressure. She said to do it for 5 days and I would notice a difference. Well, I did this very diligently for the five days. I iced,massaged, and re-iced my lips 3 times daily as instructed. She told me that she spoke of the possibility of small lumps forming. A new problem cropped up after my massaging regimen. While firmily messaging my lips, the pressure must have caused the skin to become so tight in my lips when I pressed down on the lumps that is caused tiny "eruptions" or pimple-like bumps to develop on the outside of my lips...the same color as the white radiesse filler! Now, not only do I have big lumpy nodules but I have to contend with three small little areas that look like pimples or whiteheads. I am going to call the surgeons office tomorrow to see if they can see me the same day. I am an educated woman that had seriously considered my decision before getting this done and did not "jump into" this decision. I am a health care professional and know that cosmetic procedures end up perfect every time. I felt that I prepared myself as best as I could with the information that was made available to me. I don't know whether to "live" with these lumps that could last a year or longer or what I can do. The staff member said that I had the option of getting them "cut out"...ouch. I don't know if I want to risk that for something that is temporary...a long temporary. All I know is that it is affecting me as my job requires me to interact with patients and families. I don't want my patients to think I am afflicted with a contagious disease when they see the nodules. As I said before, I was prepared for small lumps and assymetry, but not so much that people noticed me and ask me "what wrong with your lips and why do you talk like you have pebbles in your mouth". Any opinions or suggestions? I would truley appreciate it.