Is It Normal to Get Nose Swelling & Dermatitis at Injection Area After Radiesse Injection?

Had Radiesse injection on January 25th. Everything fine. Few days after, left side started bruising. Applied ice. Brusing began to fade. Then bumps (dermatitis)began along the injection site under nose. Nose & eyes began to itch & then swell. Have a hx of immune reactions to steroid injections (4 spine surgeries recent & Breast CA 13 yrs. ago. Have always required Famciclovir 250 mg bid & use of Desoximetasone ointment 0.25% for reactions in past. Began 10 days tx 2/4/11. Will this work?

Doctor Answers 7

Reaction after Radiesse filler

I apologize that I may not understand the whole situation but your photograph appears not to be the site of the injection, but rather an elbow? The eruption displayed in the photograph may represent a cold sore or herpes outbreak (fever blister) and they can occur anywhere on the body, and may not be related to the Radiesse injection underneath your nose. I would not use a steroid ointment on a herpes rash but if it were an allergic contact dermatitis to something that your skin came in contact with, then the steroid ointment would be helpful. Make sure you followup with a dermatologist.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is It Normal to Get Nose Swelling & Dermatitis at Injection Area After Radiesse Injection?

I hope so. You appear to have a herpetic outbreak caused by the injection not the product injected. Seek derm input. From MIAMI DR. Darryl j. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling and Dermatitis after Radiesse

After hundreds of Radiesse injections over many years, I have yet to see a "dermatitis" from these treatments so it would be unlikely.  It sounds as if you have already begun treatment for the possibility of herpes and/or a dermatitis. If this problem persists, you should be examined by a medical doctor such as a dermatologist.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Unusual reaction after radiesse injection

YOu could be developing a reaction to any of the components or could be triggering some other type or reaction but I don't understand what we are looking at in this photograph. Contact your injecting physician ASAP to discuss your reaction and possible referral.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse Injection

The photo provided shows a vesicular response, but I am not sure (from the photo) what body part is involved.  The vesicular response suggests a topical dermatitis, which is very unusual with Radiesse or any filler.  I would suggest returning to your Physician ASAP for further advice/treatment.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Skin changes after injections

Based on the pictures, you should see your surgeon sooner rather than later.  If the injections were too superficial, it may have compromised the blood supply to the skin.  Hopefully you were injected by an experienced injector.  I would see your doctor rather than prescribing self-treatments that you have had in previous situations.


Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Some swelling is expected but dermatitis is not in Radiesse injections

There are vesicles with fluid on the photo you submitted.  That could be an allergic contact dermatitis either to the injection or to whatever topical anesthetic that was applied previously.  Or it could be a herpes simplex eruption. You don't mention whether you were on famcyclovir for these injections.

I recommend you see your doctor as soon as possible as this needs to be diagnosed and treated properly.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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