I had radiesse injections yesterday. How can I speed the healing process? (Photo)

My picture is this morning after yesterday's radiesse a injections . How long will the swelling last and is there anything to help speed the healing process ?? Thanks !

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I had radiesse injections yesterday. How can I speed the healing process?

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Swelling after fillers can happen.  You don't mention where exactly you had the Radiesse.  The best thing to do is to rest; do not exercise for a couple of days; ice your face...20 minutes on; 20 minutes off.  This will help, but time will really be the best treatment.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing from fillers

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Swelling and bruising often happen after fillers and really should be expected. With Radiesse, the filler is done deeper so bruising and swelling can even be worse than with other fillers. Here are some suggestions: 1. ice it on and off (do not freeze your skin), but ice on and off for the first 24-48 hours; 2. take Arnica (available at heath food stores) and/or apply Arnica cream too; 3. keep your hands away from the area (pressing on it can make swelling worse, and can also move product); 4. sleep a bit elevated.

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I had radiesse injections yesterday. How can I speed the healing process?

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Thanks for your question and photos. By the photo I assume your Radiesse was injected to fill your cheeks. I wish that I had a great answer that worked for all patients. Although we really can't "speed up" the healing process there are many things that can be done to decrease the swelling and possible bruising. Be sure that you are off any medication that contributes to bruising before injection (make sure it's OK with your doctor to stop some prescribed medication). This includes many supplements such as Garlic, Ginko, Ginseng, high dose Vit E, etc.  It is wise to avoid exercise for a few days after injection. Be "still" and keep your head elevated. Icing on and off for 20 minutes at a time for the first few days is also helpful. Some patients get great benefit from Arnica (oral and topical) and Bromelain supplements. On top of this perform GENTLE massage to pump the superficial lymphatics. Good luck and enjoy your enhancement.

Kevin L. Smith, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

Radiesse injections and swelling

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Frequent icing and keeping your head elevated above your heart at least for 48-72 hours can be beneficial. I would also refrain from strenuous activity like working out. Patients swear by arnica montana with respect to bruising.

Michael M. Kim, MD

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Swelling after Radiesse

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Swelling and bruising can be common after having filler injected and sometimes may take up to 2 weeks to completely resolve. I would suggest using some ice packs (ice is more effective when used within the first 48hrs) and also an oral homeopathic like Arnica which is an anti-inflammatory that can speed up swelling and bruising and can be found at traders joes and whole foods markets. Good Luck. 

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS - Account Suspended
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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