Should I Use Juvederm Ultra Plus or Radiesse in Cheeks As a First Time User?

After searching high and low for someone who has experience with cheek injections, I finally found success. My injector is an RN in a Plastic surgeons office. Radiesse or perlane would be my first choice, but she prefers juvederm. Is radiesse much more difficult to inject than juvederm?

Doctor Answers 7

Fillers for cheek volume

Using Restylane or Juvederm allows you the opportunity to see the result and it can be dissolved if you don't like it. Radiesse is slightly thicker and may last longer than the Restylane or Juvederm. Restylane is somewhat granular and Juvederm somewhat smoother. If there is significant fat atrophy in your cheeks, then Radiesse is more efficient in filling larger voids.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Radiesse or Perlane

I  have pretty much switched over tot he hyaluronic acid fillers because I know if i do  not like the results, I can dissolve it. The same can not be said for Radiesse.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Radiesse is better for the cheeks

Radiesse is better for the cheeks because it creates more structure and support, but it can depend on your skin. Juvederm ultra plus doesn’t give as much lifting, but it is reversible. So, for first time users we often choose Juvederm. It really all depends on how much lift you need, how heavy your facial tissues are, and the level which the physician is going to be injecting the product.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 66 reviews


I strongly feel that you have consulted a Plastic surgeon for cosmetic procedure.This is a procedure with it's own set of risks and complications.

If he/ she doees not have the time to do the procedure, then find one that can give you the time and the expertise.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Juvederm Ultra Plus or Radiesse in cheeks

I would try use the shorter acting filler (Juvederm) first, so if you are not happy with the result it resolves in a shorter time. Radiesse lasts double the time of the Juvederms.

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Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 171 reviews

Both are great in the cheeks

The reason your doctor may want you to try Juvederm first is because Juvederm is reversible if you have any problems and Radiesse is not. When doing a procedure the first time, I would never object to someone opting for a more conservative filler like Juvederm. Radiesse might give more lift because it is a stiffer product, and Juvederm definitely feels softer, so I often choose based on the patients sex and skin type. There are relative benefits to both products.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Sculptra works best!

I think sculptra is the best filler for cheek volume.  Juvedrem and Radiesse work best on nasolabial folds.  And I love juvederm around the lips and eyes.  sculptra is the most cost-effective and lasts the longest.

Marisa Lawrence, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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