I got radiesse injections in my cheeks 6 days ago. Swelling progressively getting worse. What should I do? (photo)

Whole face is swollen and painful, swelling gets worse each day. My eyes are starting to swell shut. The "dr office" that did the procedure told me to take 200mg of Advil every 6 hrs. Been doing so for 3 days, not helping. Also taking 50mg Benadryl every 4hrs. Thinking of going to urgent care, but don't want to pay $100's to be told to ice and rest.

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Swelling progressively getting worse after #Radiesse

You should contact your primary care physician just to make sure it's not a worsening systemic process.  Once that has been excluded, speak with your plastic surgeon.  It is, most likely, a normal swelling response after the injections - but it's impossible to say for sure via this forum, and not something you want to take a chance with.
Dr. E

I got radiesse injections in my cheeks 6 days ago. Swelling progressively getting worse. What should I do? (photo)

While some swelling is perfectly normal and to be expected, it is fairly unusual that it is getting worse after six days. I recommend revisiting the doctor that did the injections to make sure you are not having a reaction or infection. 

Swelling After Radiesse

Thank you for your question and photos. Some swelling of the face is not uncommon after Radiesse injections.  It typically resolves within a week.  Higher volume injections will obviously cause more swelling. If your swelling is not better after a week, then it is reasonable to seek consultation from your doctor to make sure you are not having an infection or reaction.  Non-steriodals at higher doses can be effective.  Discuss this matter further with your doctor.

George Bitar, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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I got radiesse injections in my cheeks 6 days ago. Swelling progressively getting worse. What should I do?

You should contact and be seen by the MD that did your Radiesse injections for a check up to rule out an infection.

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I agree with the other professionals.  This is more swelling than I normally expect 6 days out.  The discomfort also is a concern.  You should call your injecting provider and ask to be seen.  

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The swelling you have after Radiesse is too much

You should see someone.  Swelling does occur after Radiesse, but not to the extent you have and usually subsides in 3-4 days.  Either it's infected or you have an angioedema.  Either way, see someone ASAP.  My video shows a liquid facelift using Radiesse.  Steve Weiner, MD, Facial Plastics.

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Swelling After Radiesse

Hi Teannie.  The swelling looks profound enough that you should request an appointment with your injector or the supervising physician.  There are other options besides Advil and Benadryl that may help and those options should be considered after seeing you in the office.

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Severe swelling after Radiesse injection

I do not routinely use Radiesse, but your pictures show more swelling than I would expect 6 days after a filler injection.  I would recommend and in person evaluation by your injector as soon as possible.  Head to the Emergency Room or call 911 if the swelling becomes more severe,  if you have trouble breathing and/or experience any other very serious symptoms.

Best wishes, MKB

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