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Surgery Required to Remove Granuloma

I'm glad other people on this site have had good...

I'm glad other people on this site have had good experiences. I really wish I could be commenting the same. I developed a granuloma under my right eye after using Radiesse which now requires surgery. This isn't for cosmetic reasons (though it is very unappealing) it's medically required.

The granuloma (as identified by a Plastic Surgeon)is adding pressure to my orbital rim,pressing against my lower eyelid, and increasing in size not decreasing. Now, I need to undergo General Surgery, miss a week's worth of work, be black & blue and bruised, and have a scar on my face. Since the surgery involves working around bone, I understand it will be painful.

The surgeon tells me the scar should heal well and in about 2 months and not be as noticeable. My initial experience with Radiesse was not good either. I had swelling over 4 weeks, the product shifted and distorted my face,and created a shadow/red circle under my other eye. Multiple people told me I looked tired, sick, and sad.

The other discouraging part is I used a Radiesse 'premier physician'. I thought I had done my research by selecting a doctor they recommended. I found out later, from the Radiesse rep, that a premier physician rating is given to the doctors who buys the most product. When I had my follow up visits,with this premier physician, I commented about my 'bump' and disfigurement, I was told 'everything is going to be fine'. After my 3rd visit, I realized it wasn't 'going to be fine'. That's when I found my new doctor.

PLEASE be careful with this product and the physician that administers it!!!! If anyone else has had a similiar experience with a 'bump'(ie, granuloma) please email me.

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Has anyone found a resolution to lumps under the eyes?
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I am on my 10th month of having a lump and bag under my right eye. I had the injections done by a board certified plastic surgeon in Eugene OR. His assistant has been trying to get the discoloration to go away with a V-Beam laser. He says he can remove the radiesse with a little incision but I will have a scar. I contacted the company that makes radiesse and they said it will make it worse if he tries to take it out. If anyone has had any success getting rid of this stuff I'd love to hear from you.
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Hi, I too am into my 10th month of having Radiesse injections to enhance my cheek bones and have only just in the last 2 months experienced these lumps at the side of my nose, directly under the corner of my eyes. I have returned to the Spa where I had the injections and they state they have never seen or experienced anything like this, however it appears, after much searching, that they may be granduloma's. I am very worried these will increase in size and continue to press on my orbital eye area and interfere with my eye sight. I did not have any swelling at the time of the injections but I did experience lumping in the lower cheek area. Now months later I have the hard bumps (feel like bone) growing on each side of my nose. I am very freaked out but am trying not to panic and rush into a solution that may make matters worse. I am keeping in mind that Radiesse is only a temporary filler and it may go away in time. I am still in the process of searching for answers and solutions. I will keep you posted
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Unhappy, What was the outcome of your lumps under your eyes. I have lumps too and am fearful one is a granuloma and will also push on my eye. Please tell me you are better!!!!!!! Thanks, Kristi
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what is the outcome of this nightmare? Please let us know already do to granuloma experience of so many of us...
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I am going into my 4th week after Radiesse injections in my nasolabial lobes and my tear troughs..I am living a nightmare. One side of my face is distorted and swollen and has a small hard lump that is causing me pain and disfigurement. I am SOOOO bummed..any advice??
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My radiesse experience has beena nightmare. It has been 6 weeks since it has been injected under my eyes and have a bag under one eye and whitle lumps under the other. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Vicky, I, too, just recently had Radiesse injections & have developed a lump on the left side of my nose. I had extreme swelling & bruising on my left side so am not sure if this is product that didn't make it into the right place. I have since found out that the docotr that did my injections has several complaints filed against her for less than satisfactory results in cosmetic augmentation. I am calling another doctor in town today to find out what I should do about the lump. But, when I signed all the paperwork before having Radiesse, there was a blip about nodules forming under the skin & they would eventually dissolve but who knows if that is true based on the integrity of my doctor. I hope it is. Is there a doctor on this site that can answer this just so we can get some sleep at night & not worry that we will be disfigured for a year?
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Vicky, As I said earlier, I had 2 syringes and I think 1 ml per side is the minimum needed to get any results. My results were instant. It has been several months and I have had no problems and have natural looking cheekbones. Unlike other fillers, the Radiesse feels like bone. It is hard and smooth. I have no idea whether the lumps resolve or not. That is not an acceptable result to get lumps. Just a guess, but I think they could be the result of your injector not putting the material deep enough. My injector (an RN) does a lot of Radiesse. She has never had lumps occur in a patient but she is extremely skilled.
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I had one syringe of radiesse injected in the upper cheek areas 15 days ago. I now have a hard lump on each side of my nose. I went back to the derm. and she said I won't know the full outcome for 2 more weeks. Although not disfiguring, the lumps are annoying and I wonder if they will go away. So far I see no improvement from the filler. I had hoped to fill out the upper cheek area so my under eye area did not look so depressed. I was warned that it would take a month to see the full effect. If so, why do all the websites say that results are immediate? And, does anyone know if these lumps will resolve on their own?
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Nancy, I forgot to mention that when skin gets swollen and tight afterwards it does get a crinkly, old, saggy look to it and sometimes peels off layers, kind of like a sunburn. The skin will go back to its original elasticity when the swelling subsides. Let us know what the doctor says.
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You need to see a plastic surgeon immediately, like today. Choose one who uses Radiesse. I say this because I am concerned about the saggy skin you describe and the continued swelling. Forget the doctor who gave you the injections, you need to get another opinion as soon as possible. Be sure to take photos of yourself to document what is happening to you. Keep in mind that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself and even though you are swollen and have some other issues, you will heal up and return to normal eventually. Keep us posted! You are NOT alone. We are sharing your experience with you and are here to support you!
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Thank you for writing Tawny. It is very much appreciated. I amon day 10 of this nightmare and have just finished my anti-inflammatory medicine. It did not work at all. In face, the problem has got worse. My face on the left side is so swollen that it really looks like I have been beaten up. I went out for the first time last evening with make-up on (trying to look my best) and EVERYONE asked me what was wrong with my face. I almost died as I had hoped that noone would notice. I left the place I wasat out of embarassement. I never thought that my friends would notice this from a far but they did. This is so awful. I have not been in the sun at all nor have I done anything out of the ordinary to justify this happening to me. The swelling has become worse then ever and it is flaring up in places where it was not before. It is so bad that I am barely able too see out of my left eye which is preventing me from driving. On the right the swelling has gone down in my of my face in the upper cheek area, buow I can pull on the skin as it is dead. I never had saggy skin in this area. It looks like a womans belly after the birth of a child. I have tried to contact the doctor twice now and no one is returing my calls. After all this money spent, would it not be the right thing to do to a least acknowledge me?? I am still at a loss here with what I should do and how I should handle this!!!! Nancy
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Nancy, I have had Radiesse (2 ml syringe) on each side of my face for cheek enhancement. Radiesse is extremely irritating and when I went out into the sun a few days after my injections, my cheeks got fire red and very swollen. My cheeks were burning. The top half of my face was swollen for a couple weeks. I think some people, like you, could have a strong reaction to Radiesse and it could cause swelling that could take weeks or months to go down. Don't panic! My swelling went down eventually. I am okay now. I think your swelling will go down as your body absorbs the Radiesse. (I'm a nurse and I base this on my professional opinion as well as my own experiences.)Take medications that will reduce inflammation and stay out of the sun. Keep us posted!
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Radiesse is not "absorbed" by the body. Please do not disseminate incorrect information. These are calcium precipitate microspheres! Only the gel that is the carrier vehicle is absorbed by the body, not the calcium hydroxyapatite(which is part of your skeleton of!) The calcium ppt stays in the skin (which can cause irritation) and the body then builds collagen around it, kind of like when a grain of sand enters an oyster and irritates its little body, it places its mother-of-pearl shell deposits around it to keep the irritation at bay. You are essentially plugging a substance into your skin (like bone fragments) that nature never intended to be there and irritating your dermis to the point it forms collagen (scar tissue) around it to "plump up" the skin. That is why when people are injected and have awful lumps, they complain the lumps only get bigger. Use Juvederm conservatively instead. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural component of human skin. Read this description of radiesse: ... the unique Radiesse™ microspheres stimulate collagen production and encourage new tissue growth in and around the injection area. Over time, the patient’s body absorbs the gel carrier, while collagen continues to grow at the injection site, replacing the gel with the patient's own natural tissue.
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I had Radiesse (2 syringes) and .5 Restylane injected into my face area; nasolabial folds, eye area, laugh lines etc. I did experience huge swelling, lumps and bruising in the injected areas immediately. I was told this was normal. After about a week the bruising went down but the lumps were still there and were extremely uncomfortable. (I can see NO difference in the way I look), except that I look worse!!! The doctor says this is normal. I question her why it says that Radiesse is INSTANT RESULTS as I see none!!! She says again, "this is normal". Now almost 3 weeks later, not only do I NOT see ANY positive results, I look even worse then I did before, but now I wake up in the morning to a completely swolen face, and eyes and eyelids are almost completely closed and sagging. I call my GP "thinking" that I have had an allergic reaction to something, ie. food, face cream, or whatever. My GP tells me to take Benydril. I take an entire bottle of this in 3 days and the swelling has not gone down, or made any improvement whatsoever. I then go to another general practioner and he says "I have no idea why your face and eyes are ballooned up as it could be becuase of many things. I then told him about my Radiesse etc. He says that it is possible that I am having a reaction to this and to speak with the Cosmetic doctor but that he would prescribe me Prednozone to reduce the swelling. I then go and see the Cosmetic doctor and she says that my swelling cannot be due to the Radiesse or Restylane as I had it done a few weeks ago. I tell her that I am very scared as this is totally not normal for someone to experience swelling in the complete facial area like this. I told her that I went to 2 GP's and they are completely stumped in finding out what is wrong with me. She says that no one has EVER had side effects from this completely SAFE procedure and that I must have OTHER things going on. I told her that my lumps are getting bigger and swelling in other areas. I get the "this is normal" again!!! She did say that she would call the company and get back to me later that afternoon. I saw her on Tuesday at noon and we are now Saturday and I have heard NOTHING from her. I did go to the EMERGENCY at the hospital as I was having problems breathing and I was litterally panicked about my swelling and that I could hardly see anymore. The emergency doctor had facial e-rays done for sinuses etc., to see if there was something going on. All came back normal. I was still sure that I had a reaction to some food or something but the doctor said that with all the Benydrl that I took that it should have been gone by now. I told her about RADIESSE. She said "awwwww" well maybe we have your answer!!! Although she could not guarantee her diagnosis, she did say that she has heard of this happening to some people. She said that I should contact the cosmetic doctor. I told her I did and explained the complete story and she said that there is nothing she can really do for me expect give me anti inflammatories and for me to take 24 hour REACTINE to help reduce the swelling. It is now 3 days after my visit to the Hospital and also 3 days into my prescription and over the counter medicine and there is absoluteley NO CHANGE!!!!! I am literally FREAKING OUT HERE and I have NO idea what to do!!!!! I look like a Bulldog and I am in pain. This garbage was RUINED my life. I cannot work or even leave the house as I feel and look like crap. PLEASE HELP ME!!!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO!!!! If you have similar stories, please write me. Thanks for listening...
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Hi Nancy I have Radiesse treatment since Aug. 2008 and last one was Dec. 2009. I took my time read up on everything have a board certified plastic reconstructive surgeon and I am have what I have read is a delayed immune reaction. I had to go for complete blood work and also x-rays. I am so scared that I will not get well. An autoimmune response was one of my biggest fears. I didn't want any of the other stuff because it came from animals or collagen. I have numbness in my hands, pain in my fingers, swelling and tingle ling. This comes from the doctor not telling me that this stuff hardens and it attaches to bone forms granule and immunologic phenomena. Most of this can be contributed also to the fact that the plastic surgeon has had enough experience with this stuff. I am working with my primary doctor and hope he can help to straighten out my system.
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I had radiesse 2 weeks ago tomorrow for the marionette lines at the ends of the mouth area. The left side bruised with swelling that has reduced; however, the right side looks swollen and I'm not sure what to do about it. Is the swelling normal? Did I irritate it..Does anyone have any advice. I'm getting really nervous
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Ive had the same thing happen to me-but was told NOT to have surgery to remove
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