Radiesse Ruined my Self Esteem and Life! - San Francisco, CA

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I hate this product! Unless your doctor can...

I hate this product! Unless your doctor can guarantee you absolutely perfect results you should avoid this product! A few years ago I saw a very well known board certified plastic surgeon for some Juvederm in my tear troughs. The results were amazing! I loved how refreshed I looked and had a ton of compliments. Well in the beginning of February 2012 I went back to the same Dr. to see if my tear troughs and n/l folds could be touched up. He told me that Radiesse was much better than Juvederm because it doesn't absorb water and get puffy like Juvederm He took a beige colored pencil and drew on my face the places he could put the product which included my tear troughs and above my eyebrows. I told him flat out that I thought the place above my eyebrows was weird and I wasn't sure about it. Well clearly he brushed off my concerns and proceeded to put it above my brows, in my n/l folds, IN MY CHEEKS and none in my tear troughs. I absolutely did NOT want anything in my cheeks and did not ask for anything in my cheeks. No one in their right mind would ever think I needed my cheeks augmented. They were already big and I have naturally high cheekbones which people use to compliment all the time. After he did my left cheek I looked in the mirror and it looked like an alien. I said "this looks weird" and he said "you are going to like that." Well I absolutely HATE it. For the last 4 months my left cheek is huge compared to my right. He put so much more in my left cheek and he put it much lower on the left side than the right side so my face is completely lopsided. I went from being a little concerned about my tear troughs before to being mortified and consumed with depression. I can't look in the mirror, wash my face or put on makeup without sobbing my eyes out. I would much rather deal with a little puffiness from Juvederm any day than this horrible situation. I went to see him twice afterwards and he said that the average person wouldn't be able to tell and that it will go away in a few months. He also said that one cheek is naturally larger than the other one. Well if that is true I never noticed before. Isn't it the plastic surgeon's job to make you look more symmetrical? Well he made it very obvious how asymmetrical my face is. I have spent every day for the last 4 months sobbing my eyes out. I stopped going out, stopped dating the guy I was dating before and have had such low self esteem I don't even want to leave my house. If you are considering doing Radiesse DON'T!! If you don't like your results you are stuck with them for a long time. My summer plans are pretty much all ruined. I have already missed a wedding and my dad's birthday because I am so embarrassed and humiliated. This product should be taken off the market!

The Dr. refunded my money which was very nice of...

The Dr. refunded my money which was very nice of him. I just still feel like my left cheek is way too big and will have to wait for it to slowly go away. It is a painful process

Cheek is still ruined

Well it's over 3 years later and my left cheek where too much radiesse was injected is still a mess. That side of my face looks deformed. I can see puffiness under my skin, it basically looks like a lump. I have let all of the fillers in my face dissipate over the last few years and my undereyes are back to being hollow and my cheeks have flattened out except the giant puff ball where the radiesse was put in. The leftover radiesse sticks out so it creates dents around it that make me look tired. The asymmetry of my face is more noticeable than ever. When I smile one cheek is way lower than the other. I have worn eyeglasses every day of my life since this has happened. I am still beyond embarrassed and depressed about this. Honestly, I feel like I was robbed of my social life.I have consulted a Harvard trained Board Certified cosmetic dermatologist and a Board Certified Facial plastic surgeon about what to do and they both have said the only thing I can do is to add more filler around the lump to disguise it. I am just afraid to do so because I am worried I will get more bad results and my left cheek already looks so puffy I don't want it to look any bigger. I'm sure the Dr. that performed this has done great work for other people but he ruined my life. Radiesse is a medical implant and never goes away. I am considering getting this stuff surgically removed otherwise I will have to wear glasses for the rest of my life. I won't even go to dressy events anymore because I don't feel pretty enough anymore to put on nice clothes. Please don't ever use Radiesse...stick with things that can be dissolved with hyaluronidase.
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

Stick to fillers that can be dissolved if you do not like the outcome. This stuff feels very hard and lumpy. I can't even wash my face without sobbing because my face feels so misshapen.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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