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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.

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.

Dr. Mata

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