I'm having my 20-year class reunion this summer, so my thoughts have turned to the fine lines and wrinkes on my face! After a bit of research, I decided Radiesse would be a good choice for me. I like that it lasts a little longer than other dermal fillers. I booked my appointment at a local medi-spa and am glad I did... the lines are filled in, look completely natural, and there have been no adverse effects.
Foolishly, I didn't realize that there would be injections to numb the area before the Radiesse was injected... I've always been sensitive to injections in my mouth, so I actually found those more painful than the Radiesse itself. I'm normally pretty stoic, but surprised (and embarrassed) myself when a tear rolled down my cheek during the injections. It was a little more painful than I had mentally prepared for! I had barely slept for two nights ahead of the appointment and hadn't eaten all day, so at one point I felt faint and short of breath. The doctor stopped and offered me a little breather and a bottle of cool water, then I was ready to resume... the rest of the injections were uneventful.
I had booked my appointment late in the afternoon, and since I normally work late into the evening, had planned on returning to the office-- but I was numb and swollen and did not do so. I spent the rest of the evening in bed with ice packs, trying to halt any swelling and brusing. Both were temporary, and even the mild bruising was gone in 3-4 days.
I am about 5 weeks post-procedure and very pleased with the results. I think it was a reasonable expense for the result. I would definitely do it again and would recommend Radiesse to others. When the Radiesse wears off, I may consider Artefill for a more permanent "fix"... but then again, there's comfort in knowing that the Radiesse could be dissolved if needed.