Acute Hypersensitivity Reaction Following Radiesse Injections - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Terrible experience. The injector did not inform...

Terrible experience. The injector did not inform me that I even had a choice to try, for the first time, try try a filler that is HA based, which has an antidote or Radiesse, which has not antidote for its effects.

The injector did not, as I learned later, approach me with any form of an aesthetic analysis, nor analyze my facial proportions using "Hinger's lines". She just use some cookie cutter approach and placed the filler in according to some diagram. She failed to follow the critical steps of "right drug, right site, right dose". So, by the 14th day, my face was swollen like a grape, itchy and bloated. I went to a very competent plastic surgeon's office in Miami, Fl and they assured me, despite my tears, the product will eventually biodegrade and that I obviously had a cross reaction to the carrier gel. They placed me on a step down course of cortisone pills, antihistamines, and NSAIDS. But the best therapy they have performed on me is lymphatic drainage with a machine called Electro-Lymphatic Drainage (by Right Way Health). This machine is a miracle worker and started reducing my swelling immediately. After only 3 treatments, I was able to be presentable in public and have the confidence to survive this ordeal.
So, if this type of reaction or anything similar has happened to you, seek out this form of therapy too. It is a lifesaver! I am going for therapy 3 times a week, performing manual lymphatic massage to my neck and chest (avoiding massaging the face because it is over-stimulating) in the evening and taking the NSAIDS, antihistamines. I'll keep you posted - its been 24 days. DO NOT USE RADIESSE.
So sorry. Who is the doctor treating you now? I also had a filler nightmare in ft laud
So sorry you has such a terrible reaction. Mine was awful also. You sound like an RN as am I and we should have been better consented if nothing else. I have had many trips to the emergency room due to an immune response to the Radiesse or the carrier which is essentially a foreign body. My lungs and most of my body had deep tissue swellings which led the radiologists to think I had lung cancer. Thank goodness my internist refused to believe that. Please file a Medwatch 3500B with the FDA . This site will not allow me to post a link. I have been scolded twice and they remove the link. Until the FDA gets enough reports of an adverse reaction they will not remove it from the market. Merz Aesthetics who now own Radiesse will not even respond to my request for the name of their rep who did the injection and a copy of my signed consent. This has cost me almost 3 years of pain and a horrible amount of money in medical bills. I had no health issues until I did the Radiesse. Good Luck to you.
These bad reviews of Radiesse are really scary. I had Radiesse for my cheeks about 3 weeks ago, and, thank God, I haven't had any of the problems I've been reading about here. I actually had a good outcome and am very happy with the result. But after reading all these bad reviews, I won't use Radiesse again. I will go for the Juvaderm Voluma next time for my cheeks. Had I seen this website with these reviews, I wouldn't have done Radiesse. However, I go to an excellent doctor who is one of the best at injectables. I trust him, and when he recommended this, I went for it. I had no bruising at all (and I'm a person who bruises very easily), and very little swelling which went down pretty quickly. I'm so sorry for you bad experience. I won't use it again, no way.
Serena at Venus Med Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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