Q: Are swelling, bruising and lumpy cheeks and chin following Radiesse® injections normal?
A: It’s very normal for some patients to experience bruising and swelling following their Radiesse® injections while other patients may see none at all. Most swelling fades within a day following the injection but if a minor hematoma results, it may take up to two weeks to fade. You may be able to improve such circumstances quicker if you keep your head elevated and use cold compresses. Some redness and possibly slight tenderness is also common in the injection site. It’s best to stay in contact with your surgeon so he/she can address any additional concerns as they arise.
Q: How do you know if you are having an allergic reaction to Radiesse®?
A: Because Radiesse® is non-reactive and truly biocompatible, an allergic reaction is not possible. However, there are possible side effects that can occur such as swelling, bruising, mild irritation and redness (may appear to be an allergic reaction) and tenderness.
Although a very rare occurrence, if the Radiesse® is injected into a blood vessel, it can cause issues with the skin at the injection site. When performing this procedure, make sure to use an experienced physician who uses dermal fillers regularly. If done correctly, the results should be extremely satisfying.
Q: Can Radiesse® be used on the nose?
A: Using Radiesse® to sculpt or refine the results of rhinoplasty can yield great results if performed by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Injecting conservative amounts of Radiesse® to augment indented areas is cost effective and not as invasive as surgical rhinoplasty.
Radiesse® injections for the nose cost around $1,000 compared to $7,000 to $10,000 for rhinoplasty. Radiesse® is Food and Drug Administration approved for facial wrinkle injections, and can be used as an off-label filler for the nose. Silicone is another option that can also be used to fill small indentations. Consult your facial plastic surgeon in Manhattan to discuss and identify your best options.
Q: Is nasolabial bruising common after Radiesse®?
A: Swelling and bruising, while not very common, are perfectly normal reactions to Radiesse® injections. The swelling is typically minor and fades within a day. Bruising, on the other hand, may take a few days to resolve. If you experience bruising and swelling that lasts more than a week, be sure to contact your surgeon to identify the underlying issue.
Find out more about Radiesse®: Contact Allure Plastic Surgery on the Web or by phone at (212) 661-2563 for a free consultation at our Manhattan office.