I feel for everyone who had a bad experience with radiesse, but I must admit, my experience was very good. One thing my doc told me was that radiesse provides more bang for the buck meaning you'll get more lift from a unit of radiesse than from a unit of another product. It should probably be used very conservatively!
When he did me, he injected/massaged, injected/massaged, and used considerable pressure when pressing down on injected area. He only used it around cheek area then used juvederm as he got closer to the eyes. When I got home, I saw some lumpiness so I just started massaging aggressively and it was like I could shape my face with my hands!
End result was great! My biggest problem is that the juvederm has dissolved and the radiesse is still there so there is an imbalance. I suppose I could ride out the duration of the radiesse by getting supplemental juvy shots, but I'm going straight for fat transfer now to be done with it once and for all. In fact, this thing with the "mid face lift" was just a test run to see if I wanted to go with the permanent stem cell fat transfer procedure. Definitely a go.