I am a 42 year old female who unfortunately with severe nasolabial folds. Never really noticed them until I lost quite a bit of weight and then suddenly there there were a few years ago. I did this because at 42 I looked much older than my age and it bothered me.
I spent a lot of time researching and comparing Radiesse and Juvederm and actually decided on Juvederm along with botox for my crow's feet and my lines between my eyebrows. Made the appointment and went in to do it!!! My provider and I talked at length about both Radiesse and Juvederm. We discussed what I wanted and my concerns about both products especially Radiesse. He recommended Radiesse over Juvederm for what I wanted to accomplish and I am very glad I listened to him.
At the clinic I went to Radiesse is $550 for a 1.5 syringe and Juvederm is $500 for a .8 syringe. And Radiesse is supposed to last longer. So since he works with and prefers Radiesse for the area I wanted to improve it wasn't hard to do the math and be convinced to go with the Radiesse.
It took 2 syringes of Radiesse, one for each side! That's how severe they were. He first used a numbing cream and then while we waited for that to take affect he mixed lidocaine in with the radiesse. Additionally we iced each side before he did the injection. It wasn't as painful as I expected in fact it was painful at all! I was thrilled and actually able to relax a little during the procedure.
After doing both sides he did have to apply pressure to one side that decided to bleed and eventually bruise. There was some swelling but the effect was immediate to my appearance! I was and am still thrilled.
There was some swelling for a day or two but no one noticed that at all. They did however notice the bruise that without makeup is a purple-red color and about the size of a dime but just a blue smudge looking spot with makeup. Thank goodness people at work bought the "ran into the corner of the cabinet" story!!!
I am applying arnica cream and it does seem to be fading slowly. The procedure along with the Dysport(review in that section) it took a good 5 to 10 years off and was well worth the money and the time. I can't wait to see if my sister notices next time I see her.