WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE RADIESSE?
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Under 26 and over 79 years old
- Previous severe reaction or other dermal fillers
- History of anaphylaxis
- Allergy to lidocaine, calcium hydroxylate, glycerin, sodium carboxymethylcellulose
- Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Jantoven (Wafarin), Xarelto (Rivaroxaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran), Eliquis (apixaban), Lovenox (enoxaparin), Plavix (clopidogrel), high dose aspirin
- History of breast cancer or axillary lymph node removal
- Bleeding disorders or excessive scarring (keloid)
- Hand disorders including severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Raynauds, Dupuytrens, tendon rupture, or implants
- Infection, inflammation or open wound on the back of the hand
- Recent cosmetic laser therapy or chemical peel of the hands
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF RADIESSE?
- Most side effects were reported to be mild-moderate and lasted less than 2 weeks
- Common side effects are swelling, pain, redness, bruising, difficulty preforming activities, lumps, itching
- Rare side effects are numbness (13%), lumps that may last up to a year (6%), blood clot (1%), infection that may require surgery for removal
- RADIESSE spheres are visible on CT scan and Xray
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE?
Your first office visit will be a consult to determine if RADIESSE is right for you. If so, the RADIESSE will be ordered and you will make a follow up appointment for the procedure. This typically takes about a week. Since insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures, the cost of the procedure must be paid in full prior to the procedure.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
- Remove all jewelry before injection. Do not put on jewelry until your hands are no longer swollen
- The hands will be washed and then cleaned with alcohol
- An anesthetic will be mixed into RADIESSE to minimize discomfort
- Multiple RADIESSE injections will be given with a thin needle into the top part of the skin on the back of the hand
- The hand will be massaged to ensure even distribution
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
- Use ice packs on the treatment area to reduce swelling
- Use Naproxen or ibuprofen for pain and swelling
- Avoid strenuous activities for 24-48 hours after the procedure to minimize swelling
- You will have a complementary 2 week follow up appointment if needed
- The procedure can be repeated 6 months after the original procedure
- If you develop fever, red streaks up the arm, or drainage from the injection site, return to the clinic or emergency department immediately as these indicate an infection
- For more information, please visit https://www.radiesse.com/radiesse-hands/