Radiesse (also known as Radiance) is a relatively safe, hypoallergenic cosmetic filler capable of reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars and facial skin folds (i.e. the area around your nose and mouth). It is known for its effectiveness and long-lasting results. In many cases, the results last for two or more years. This filler workers best if you are between the 30 and 65 years old, although it can still be effective if you are younger or older. It is possible to see an 80% reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, scars and skin folds following a Radiesse treatment. It is important to note that treatment results are temporary; therefore you may have to repeat this procedure several times (throughout the years) to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. This procedure should be performed by a medical professional (plastic surgeon or dermatologist) in a medical setting.
Prior to starting the procedure you will be given a topical anesthetic. It should take approximately 15 minutes to inject the Radiesse filler into your skin (dermis and subcutis layer) with a syringe. You will more than likely stay at the medical facility for 5 to 10 minutes following the procedure before you are released to go home. Following the procedure, you may experience mild injection-site discomfort. Although Radiesse is touted as having little-to-no side-effects, you can have an allergic reaction, if you are hypersensitive to one or more of the filler’s ingredients.
In addition, there is a chance that your skin may remain swollen, bruised and tender several days or weeks after the procedure. If you experience persistent, long-lasting, severe swelling and bruising and/or intense pain – contact a medical professional immediately. If you are wondering what you should do if you receive too much Radiesse – you have come to the right place. This blog will tell you the safest way to get rid of extra amounts of this filler.
Listed below are steps that you can take to remove excess amounts of Radiesse:
Visit a Dermatologist
The first thing you will need to do, if you suspect that you have received too much Radiesse filler is to schedule an appointment with an board-certified dermatologist. It is important to note that large quantities of Radiesse can temporarily distort your face. If this occurs, do not fret, because an experienced dermatologist can remove the excess filler by piercing the injection site and squeezing the excess filler from your face. For maximum benefits, it is imperative that this corrective procedure be performed within one week of the initial treatment.
In most cases, you will not need a corrective procedure to rid your body of the extra amounts of Radiesse because this treatment method is temporary. In other words, the filler should not last past 18 months, if that long. Although this may be the most cost-effective cosmetic filler on the market, you may experience a longer recovery time (i.e. swelling and bruising until your body has completely absorbed the filler) with this treatment. Do not try to treat yourself- puncturing your skin to remove excess Radiesse can cause serious bacterial infections. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, you will need to see a dermatologist and/or schedule surgery to remove the extra Radiesse.
Schedule a Surgical Procedure
Once you have consulted with a dermatologist, he/she may recommend that you have surgery to remove the excess filler. It is important to note that this option should only be considered if everything else has been tried and nothing has worked. Be prepared to have a small, permanent scar following the surgical procedure.
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