Can I Get Radiesse Removed?

Does anyone know how long Radiesse last under eyes? 

Doctor Answers 36

Radiesse cannot be dissolved

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Radiance / Radiesse is a filler much better suited for under thick skin folds and deep areas close to the bone than under the think skin of the lower lids or lid-cheek junction. The filler lasts well over a year and is made up of sea coral powder (calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) ) suspended in a sodium carboxymethylcellulose gel carrier.

Radiesse acts by causing a reactive scar formation (= the REAL meaning of the tame sounding "collagen formation"). Unlike HA fillers like Juvederm and Restylane which can be dissolved with an enzyme (Hyaluronidase), Radiesse cannot be dissolved. Instead, prominent nodules have to be cut to and allowed to be pulled out.

Radiesse will last between 1-2 years but may have lingering scar effects in the lower lid location.

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Can I Get Radiesse Removed

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There is no solvent agent for Radiesse.  It usually last for about a year.   Sometimes it can be excised or aspirated in the early stages after injection but after that you are stuck with it until it is gone.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Radiess is Not for the Tear Troughs

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Radiesse is described as a semi-permanent filler, meaning that it can last in the body for up to 7 years. It typically creates a cosmetic benefit in the nasolabial fold for 9-18 months (1 year average).

I can see that you have come to the conclusion that Radiesse is not a good idea in the tear troughs. Use of Radiesse in this area is off-label and should probably be considered a strict contraindication. There is a possibility that some of the Radiesse could be excised if it is very superficial.

I recommend a consultation with a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon in your area to get an expert opinion

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The short answer is that Radiesse in any location will...

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The short answer is that Radiesse in any location will generally last about a year. Removal is quite difficult and would involve making some kind of incision to remove the underlying material.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse can be reduced but not removed.

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Wydase may be used to help dissolve the carrier gel component of Radiesse.  This won't dissolve the core Radiesse product but it can decrease the volume of the product by 30%.


I like Radiesse a lot in certain places like the chin, the oral commisures, cheek bone area and nasolabial folds.  It's advantages are that it's thicker, stronger, and a more aggressive filler than the HA's.  At the same time, it has some added risks to be careful of. 


It's important to discuss the risks and benefits of the HA's vs. Radiesse with your provider to decide which filler is best for you.

David C. Mabrie, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

Radiesse Removed

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Unfortunately there is no specific dissolving agent or non surgical antidote for Radiesse. In some cases it can be partially removed surgically but is very difficult. It is best to wait the 12-18 months for it to dissolve itself.  If a local collagen response is noted then surgical excision is an option.



Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

Is Radiesse removal or reversible?

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Radiesse, unlike other fillers, is composed of CaHa or Calcium hydroxyapatite. This component cannot be dissolved therefore it is virtually not reversible. It may possibly be removed but maybe only through surgery. However, this would be very difficult and totally not worth every effort to do so. Radiesse normally lasts for about 9 to 12 months. That said, the exact time might be different for every person. So, if you had Radiesse done on you and you are not entirely happy with the result, you may just need to wait for the Radiesse to completely and naturally wear off.


As for your other question, about using Radiesse in your under eyes, this is not advisable. Radiesse is a type of filler that is best suited for use with thick folds of skin as well as deep sites, which are closer to the bone. Using it beneath thin skin or tissue such as those in the junction of the lids and cheeks or the under eyes may just pose more risks than good results. It could cause unwanted lumps, bumps, and even swelling or bruising. If you are planning to enhance your under eyes, your best option would be fillers with hyaluronic acid bases because of their reversibility as well as low risk for after effects.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Radiesse can't be reversed

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Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, Radiesse can not be reversed because it is not a hyaluronic acid. Radiuses usually last anywhere from 6 months to a year. It last differently on everybody. Best of luck! Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman Estates Barrington Oakbrook Chicago

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Unfortunately, unlike HA fillers, Radiesse cannot be dissolved once injected.

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Unfortunately, unlike HA fillers, Radiesse cannot be dissolved once injected. Surgical removal may potentially be an option, but it would be difficult and may not be worth the effort. Radiesse typically lasts for around a year, although the exact amount of time varies depending on the individual patient.


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Unfortunately, there is no way to dissolve Radiesse, so you will have to wait until the results wear off naturally. As everyone’s body metabolizes the filler differently, it could take anywhere from a few months to a year. It will slowly break down over time, however, so results will be gradually less and less noticeable. A hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane Silk or Belotero is generally considered a better choice for under the eyes and can be dissolved within 24 hours if necessary. For something completely reversible, a filler comprised if hyaluronic acid, which is basically a long chain of sugars, is the best option and looks the most natural.

Robert A. Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
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