Does Radiesse Dissolve Naturally?

and would you be left with big lumps and bumps after treatment

Doctor Answers 8

Radiesse does dissolve

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Yes, Radiesse does dissolve naturally, it just takes a bit longer than the other facial fillers like Restylane or Juvaderm.  Radiesse is typically used deep in the skin and for areas that require more volume.  It lasts for approximately 1 year.  If used correctly, it should not cause lumps and bumps.  Good luck!

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Does Radiesse Dissolve naturally?

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Hi Tarzana.  Radiesse will dissolve in the body over time.  1 year is typical for the duration of the injections.  

Lumps and bumps are not common for an experienced injector, but some movement of the product may be necessary after initial injection to smooth the area.  If a harder bump develops some time after injection, this can be a more serious side effect and you should see your injector immediately.  

Even though it is not well accepted to inject Radiesse into the lips or under the eyes, we continue to see patients with these areas injected call our office.  If your injector proposes to use Radiesse in the area immediately under the eye or in your lips, you should find a new injection professional.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Radiesse correction is not permanent

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Radiesse is a popular facial filler.  Results typically last less than 1 year. Radiesse results typically decrease gradually with time without leaving any type of new contour deformity.

Kevin Ende, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon

Does Radiess dissolve?

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Radiesse is a biodegradable material made of synthetic calcium hydroxyl apatite, the same material as your bones.  It is made in to tiny microspheres, which are reabsorded gradually over 12 to 18 months.  It is an excellent filler and non allergic.

Stephen Mandy, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon

Radiesse dissolves

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If you have a bump from overcorrection, or too dense a bolus of material in one spot, it will go away. If however, you develop a delayed immune reaction granuloma, it can take years for that to resolve. Fortunately this is very rare.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Radiesse does dissolve naturally over time

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Radiesse is dissolved naturally by your body's enzymes over time. That is why treatment needs to be repeated every 6 months to a year. The product may be felt to be bumpy for the first week or so after placement, but this should resolve quickly and never be visible. Radiesse is a fabulous product for the proper indications.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Lumps and bumps after Radiesse injection

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Radiesse goes away eventually and you are back exactly the way you were prior to injection. Lumps and bumps are unusual if the injector is experienced. They are common in the lips however so Radiesse is not recommended there. Irregularities can often be mitigated by injecting Restylane or Juvederm in the valleys between the lumps.

Peter T. Truong, MD
Fresno Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Radiesse Complications

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Radiesse is a long-lasting filler which is best used deep in facial tissues and should NOT be in lips.It should NOT be associated with "big lumps and bumps ". Your description suggests superficial injection by an inexperienced injector. There is no easy solution except to wait up to a year for the product to resolve.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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