I had radiesse on my naso-labial lines and a couple of acne scars 3 days ago. I am much better today, but I was EXTREMELY swollen for the first 2 days, and I also have bruising at the some injection sites. My face was really sore for the first couple of days, but today it is getting better.
Don't believe anyone who tells you that you can return to work or your everyday life right after the procedure. I was definitely not in any shape to face anyone for the first couple of days, I looked like I had been in a fight!! The left side of my face was not too bad, but for some reason, the right side was a lot more swollen. I am hoping that once the swelling completely subsides, that I won't be lopsided as I am now. If uneven swelling has happened to anyone else, I would love to hear how yours turned out!!
3 days out, I can't decide it was worth it or not. I can see a difference in my naso-labial lines, I feel like I do look younger/more refreshed. But although my depressed acne scars are now somewhat raised, they are still visible. I would probably not have these injected again. I do have one depression from a cortisone shot that looks much better right now, but who knows after the swelling completely subsides. I do have to say that initially after the procedure when I was the most swollen, the scars looked really good.
Bottom line- be prepared for pain, swelling, and a couple days of hiding & icing!! I know this might not be the case for everyone, but you should be prepared just in case. Also, I did not get a dental block, although it was offered. I just hate the feeling of having my mouth numb and slobbering all over myself. My doctor said that there was Lidocaine mixed with the Radiesse, but it still HURT BADLY. I have had botox (on my forehead and crows feet) a couple of times without any problems, but the pain was much worse with Radiesse.