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Not Sure Yet..very Nervous About Swelling

I wanted Juvaderm for smile line, but the nurse...

I wanted Juvaderm for smile line, but the nurse mentioned Radiesse. After reading many post about juvaderm not working as well as Radiesse, I had no problem saying yes. (the difference in price was $200.00) I have been getting botox for years and feel okay about the needle thing until this procedure. OMG I was not prepared for the pain. He numbed my mouth like a dentist does...the entire mouth! However, my dentist uses topical first and is slow when injecting the lidocaine. This plastic surgeon just jammed these shots inside my mouth without warning. Then I sat lightheaded to get numb until he came back. The injection of the Radiesse still burned/ stung despide all of the numbing. It seemed like he put in a hundred shots to dispense the entire syringe. When I left the office my face was red and VERY swollen. I am on day two and my entire mouth area including lip (which he did not do) are swollen HUGE like a chipmunk!Is this normal? I have been using ice pack and I followed pre-op (no aspirin, IB or alcohol). It is a good thing that I am a teacher and have the summer off because there is no way that I could go out in public. The people that I have seen have been told 1)dental work 2) allergic reaction to bee sting. My hope is that when the swelling goes down that it will look great. I can feel huge hard lumps of where the filler was injected. This was done by an experience local plastic/ reconstructive surgeon..NOT a spa or clinic so, I trust that he knew what he was doing with me. My fingers are crossed and my ice is about to go back on my mouth.

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I got Radiesse for nasolabial fold and for the deep hollow area my eyes. The nasolabial folds took one treatment. At first, I could feel hard ridges from my nose to the corner of my mouth and it looked like I had had something injected. The bruising and swelling lasted for about three weeks but those lines are completely gone and the filler has softened so I can't feel it under my skin. The end result is very natural looking. For under the eyes, my doctor does a series of three injections a couple of weeks apart so that he doesn't over fill the area and can keep fine tuning it over the course of treatment. The first treatment was very alarming because it looked like I had big welts under my eyes and I had one really bad black eye (I bruise easily). After two weeks, it looked better but definitely wasn't the result that I was after. The second injection left me looking just as bad as the first one but as the swelling and bruising subsided, I could see improvement but it still looked a little lumpy. I just had the third injection and I can finally see that the end result will be great. I am guessing that I may need a tiny bit more under one eye. Just like with my nasolabial folds, the filler gets softer and softer over time but starts out feeling and looking like hard ridges. The main things to know before going in is that it is not a "lunch hour" procedure -- plan on laying low for three to five days after your treatment; it takes weeks to heal and to be able to tell what your result is going to be so if you are wanting instant gratification, go with a different product; go to a DOCTOR who specializes in injections; realize that you may have completely different reactions under each eye and it doesn't necessarily mean that the doctor screwed up -- I have one eyes that bruised every time and the other eyes was swollen every time; the gradual filling makes a lot of sense -- I can't imagine how you could get a great result under the eyes doing it all at once; and invest in some dermablend because you are going to need it for a while. Also, besides arnica and ice packs (but be careful with the ice because it can burn your skin), compresses of witch hazel and compresses of camphor oil help speed your recovery as does lots of vitamin C and exercise to help your circulation. For the worst swelling, I took bendryl which also helped. I think it was worth it (I'll know for sure in about a month) but it was psychologically traumatic because it took so long to see what I wanted to see, it was expensive, and it was fairly painful. My best friend thinks I look ten years younger, my husband (who didn't want me to do it) thinks I've never looked better and I am getting compliments from complete strangers on how beautiful my skin is....so even though I don't think I'm quite done (and I am always my worst critic), there must be a marked improvement.

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It has been about two weeks and my swelling is...

It has been about two weeks and my swelling is almost completely gone. The right side has smoothed and softened, but the left is a liitle hard  and swollen still. Overall, the results are good. It may be a liitle too full though because it bulges a little and causes my upper area to look different. I kind of look like those cats from the broadway show...very full. I may not have needed a full syringe??Also, just make sure that you realize that this is not just a "filler." The Radiesse box is labeled as an "injectable implant." This is serious stuff. It is suppose to go away after one year, but I wonder how the body will react to this foreign substance over time. Ii is pure white and is radiopaque, meaning will show up on x-rays. This is serious stuff. I'm still not sure if I would do it again.

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