Cheek Augmentation with Radiesse: A Personal Experience
“Executive Decision: I’m getting my cheeks done!”85 Facebook post responses later…
I know I haven’t written any posts on Botox or Fillers yet. I wanted to start my education with the basics, which I’m certainly not done talking about yet. However, I insighted such a riot on my facebook page with my decision I wanted to talk about my experience while the topic was still hot!
First of all, a person’s decision to undergo a procedure, be it botox, breast augmenation, or becoming a blonde, is a personal decision (yes I posted my decision on facebook, because I want to share my experiences with people!). It doesn’t matter what your best friend thinks, what your husband or boyfriend thinks, or what your mother thinks. It matters what YOU think.
Did I think I had such bad volume loss I needed my cheeks done? No, I’m under 30, and I did it as a product trial (and–I won’t lie–I did a client of mine who is a model–age 21–and it looked so good I wanted to try it).
I was so excited the night before I couldn’t sleep! I woke up at 7:45 (which is an ungodly hour for me).
I was at Dr. Russo’s office at 10:30 getting my cheeks numbed with topical lidocaine and couldn’t wait to begin. My colleagues and I do each other’s botox and fillers, and I would like to thank Julie K. for her work.
I sat with the girls for 30 minutes while my topical numbed my cheeks. Julie
cleaned off the topical in the procedure room, and I could feel it was numb. I have a high tolerance to pain (I think it’s my Russian blood), but for people who don’t, you can request a dental block (like when you go to the dentist). Julie added xylocaine to the syringe of Radiesse. This was sufficient for my pain tolerance. I had ZERO discomfort.
Julie placed product along my zygomatic arch (cheek bone), focusing on the outter rim. She did not put any product into my central cheek area, because I still have good volume there. She did place a small amount in the cheek area near my nose where I had lost some volume.
Like I said, I had no pain or discomfort at all. The numbing agent in the product traveled down the nerve making my lips feel slightly numb for about an hour. Not like dentist-drooly numb, more like plumping lipgloss numb or that feeling from Icy-Hot (the product for muscle pain).
A few hours after I didn’t have any pain, I couldn’t feel any product, and I had no bruising. It looks great and I’m very happy with the result! I want to be clear that this is something I personally do in my office, and I think it’s important to be able to tell people how things feel, I think it’s part of my job.