Can Radiesse injections in the hands cause an infection?

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Any filler injection has a risk of infection

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Whether it is Radiesse or other filler in hands or elsewhere, it can cause an infection.  This is a rare problem, and occurs when sterile technique is not strict or sometimes when bacteria flows thru the bloodstream and gets "caught" in the area around the filler.

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Infection after Radiesse injections

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Any injection has a finite risk of infection. Discuss your concerns with your treating physician as soon as possible. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse Infection Risk?

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Any injection can cause an infection, but the risk is extremely low in most patients with proper sterile technique. If you have any concerns that your immune system is not normal, you should discuss this with your doctor as well.

Gary Nackman, MD, FACS
Clifton Vascular Surgeon
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Radiesse For The Hands: Is It Safe?

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Dr. Edward Dickerson explores the topic of whether there is a risk of infection associated with injecting Radiesse in the hands.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can Radiesse injections in the hands cause an infection?

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While it is very rare, it can happen with any injection.  See your doctor, as he/she will want to treat your symptoms.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse injection in the hands

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Injection of any filler can result in an infection. Having said that it is a rare and generally treatable complication. The chance is reduced with proper antiseptic prep prior to injection and proper techniques.

Peter T. Truong, MD
Fresno Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Infection after filler

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I have never seen an infection with a filler given my sterile technique.  It is best to discuss with your treating doctor.

Afshin Farzadmehr, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Infection after Radiesse injections

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Theoretically, infections can occur after Radiesse injections in the face or hands. The placement of a needle through the skin can introduce bacteria from the skin surface into the deep tissues where the Radiesse is placed. Infections are more common in the hand than the face but even those are rare. Proper hygiene and sterile technique using antibacterial soaps (chloroprep or povidine-iodine) is important before any injection in the hands.

Kristina Tansavatdi, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Infection After Filler Injections

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Anything that causes a needle puncture in the skin can cause an infection.  If you feel this is the case, you should be evaluated by your treating physician.  It is rare to occur from filler injections, but can happen.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Can #Radiesse injections cause an #infection?

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Yes, but this is very rare. I have seen a handful of patients for a second opinion or treatment of filler related infections but I have not experienced this in one of my own filler patients. Any time a needle is placed into the skin there is the risk of introducing bacteria into the tissues of the face or hands. This creates a small but real risk of infection. Usually, antisepsis of the skin is adequate to remove any bacteria but injectors (even experienced injectors) are notorious for cleansing the skin and then touching the patient's hair, the counter top, etc. I see this all the time as a trainer and do my best to correct it but this behavior is common. Infections, however, are fortunately uncommon.

If you are concerned you have an infection return to your injector immediately. I hope this information is helpful for you.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

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