Radiesse Overview

Radiesse Side Effects

Any procedure involves an element of risk, and it is up to you to weigh those risks with the benefits and determine if it's worth it. There are some adverse side effects associated with Radiesse injections, although these are -- for the most part -- minor discomforts due to the nature of the procedure and not a result of the product itself.

The main side effect associated with dermal fillers in general is allergic reaction. However, Radiesse carries almost no risk of allergic reaction. Beyond checking to see if you have any known allergy to one of the ingredients in Radiesse, your doctor will not even need to test your skin for an allergic reaction to the product. This is because calcium hydroxylapatite, the main ingredient in Radiesse, is a substance that is naturally found in the body. It is one of the main components of bone. As a result, it is very unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction [sources: Docshop, FDA].

As with any injection, though, there is a slight risk of infection at the point of contact after a Radiesse treatment, especially if the skin in that area is already inflamed or infected [source: FDA]. Additionally, minor bruising and swelling at the injection site are not uncommon, and some patients also report numbness and tingling [source: Docshop]. Pain, itching and redness around the treated area can also occur, and some doctors warn that patients may experience mild headaches and nausea after the treatment -- although these problems don't usually last very long [source: FDA, Docshop].

In fact, the side effects of Radiesse are usually so mild that people are able to assume their normal schedules right away after the procedure [source: ASAPS]. And any side effects you do experience should disappear within a few days after the treatment -- just like your wrinkles.

Read on to find out even more about improving aging skin.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles


  • American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. "Dermal Fillers." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/dermal-fillers.html
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "ASAPS Procedure Quick Facts." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.surgery.org/media/news-releases/asaps-procedure-quick-facts-
  • BioForm. "Radiesse® Aesthetic."http://www.bioform.com/products/radiesse-aesthetic.html
  • Consumer Guide to Cosmetic Surgery. "Injectable Fillers Overview." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.yourplasticsurgeryguide.com/injectables-and-fillers/injectable-fillers.htm
  • DocShop.com. "Radiesse Cosmetic Filler." (Accessed 7/20/09) http://www.docshop.com/education/dermatology/injectables/radiesse/
  • DocShop.com. "Risks and Benefits of Radiesse Treatment." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.docshop.com/education/dermatology/injectables/radiesse/risks-benefits/
  • FDA. "Radiesse Injectable Implant Instructions for Use." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/AC/06/briefing/2006-4233b1_10.pdf
  • Mayo Clinic. "Facial Fillers for Wrinkles." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.MayoClinic.org/facial-fillers/
  • Radiesse. "Uses & Limitations." (Accessed 7/20/09)http://radiesse.com/pages/Uses/limitations.php?>
  • Reuters. "BioForm Medical to Launch New 1.5cc RADIESSE(r) Volume Advantage Syringe and 0.8cc RADIESSE Moderate Fill Syringe; Announces Successful Results of RADIESSE Dermal Filler With Lidocaine Clinical Study." 3/6/09. (Accessed 7/20/09)http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS108437+06-Mar-2009+GNW20090306
  • The Wall Street Journal. "BioForm Medical Soars On FDA OK For Radiesse Mixing Method." 7/16/09. (Accessed 7/20/09)http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090716-709839.html