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Hi Dr. Lam. I had Radiesse injected into my cheek area about three weeks ago. I'm pretty sure the doctor got really close to the bone. At times, the swelling is very apparent and face seems stiff, and other times, it softens up. I am so worried that this product will continue to get hard over time. I was assured by the doctor that it would soften up. What to do? I am so worried right now. What's worse is that the product feels "heavy" and it seems to drag my whole face down. I had NO IDEA when I opted for this procedure that it would feel this way. Please tell me it dissolves--I know there isn't much that can be done. I also got a droopy lid from botox and I wonder if this could be contributing to the periodic edema.
hi, sorry to hear of what you are experiencing. here are a few points of clarification: 1. radiesse should not get hard. it does make skin underneath firmer but that is generally after multiple treatments in the same area. sounds more like swelling from the injection but of course you need to ask your physician that question. 2. radiesse is not dissolvable but fortunately it is temporary. it typically lasts 6 to 12 months. 3. i do not know if the droopy eyelid is contributing to your situation. it could but that is probably unrelated.
after you speak with your doctor, the one thing you might consider especially if you are several weeks out where there is less risk of moving the product is to consider targeted lymphatic massage to help with the changing swelling that you are experiencing. could be a lymphatic obstruction issue. best, sml
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery