Radiesse versus Juvederm – which is better?

Please share your thoughts on some of the newer Radiesse fillers in comparison to Juvaderm. Thank you. Kathy

Well, Radiesse isn’t all that new so both have track records now extending back at least 5 years.  I vote for Juvederm and here’s why:


  • Radiesse isn’t reversible if a mistake is made.  Juvederm can be reversed in the case of an error with the enzyme hyaluronidase;
  • In the rare, serious complication of a clogged artery, Juvederm can be corrected more easily with the enzyme above, heat, Aspirin, nitropaste and massage (all of these need to be done by your dermatologist);
  • In my opinion, Juvederm gives a softer, more natural look, especially in the cheeks;
  • Juvederm can be used safely in the lips and Radiesse should not be used in the lips.


Having said that, there are some experts in this country and elsewhere who love Radiesse and use it very successfully and safely.  As with most things, it’s the skill in the use of the tool that counts, not just the tool.


Hope this helps,  Dr. I


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