What is the purpose of Radiesse? I have used it myself in my temples but wore off very quickly.

Do people ask this product? What would be an alternative?

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What is the purpose of Radiesse? I have used it myself in my temples but wore off very quickly.

Radiesse is a safe and excellent filler, but it performs best in the midface, and along bony structures like the chin, jawline, and in certain, very specific areas of the nose (e.g., radix).  

For temples, Juvederm Ultra works exceeding well, providing smooth long lasting results if the proper techniques are used.  We commonly see results lasting well over 1.5 years.

The attached link provides more information with before and after images and a video.

I hope this helps.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

RADIESSE® is a long-lasting dermal filler that’s used to add facial volume.

RADIESSE® is remarkably effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines around the chin, mouth and jowls. One reason RADIESSE® might wear off more quickly than usual is that not enough was used on the area. You may also want to consider other treatments such as JUVÉDERM® to treat the temples. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in person to help you figure out what makes the most sense for you.

Lee B. Daniel, MD
Eugene Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. Radiesse is a dermal filler used to add volume to an area. Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxyapatite has long lasting results. If Radiesse did not last long in your temple area then you may not have had enough product injected. You may benefit from hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane Lyft, Juvederm and Voluma. Remember to always have your treatment done with an experience injector. Best of Luck

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Purpose of Radiesse

Radiesse is predominantly used for smile and marionette lines, corners of mouth, pre-jowl fold and chin wrinkles. Radiesse is the only dermal filler composed of calcium based microspheres. It has shown stimulation of the natural product of collagen with results that last up to a year or more in varying patients. Please contact the physician and return for a follow up. Many times when a filler wears off quicker than expected it is due to not having enough of the product injected in the area. Best wishes. 

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews


Hello and thank you for your question. Radiesse is a dermal filler that is used to add volume to areas. Radiesse is a highly requested filler because of the results and longevity. You may not have had enough product placed to your temples. Other alternatives to Radiesse are Voluma and Restylane Lyft. 

Hope this helps. Dr Faraz

Patricia Faraz, MD
Ladera Ranch OB/GYN
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What is the purpose of Radiesse? I have used it myself in my temples but it wore off very quickly.

Thank you for sharing your excellent question.  As with most dermal fillers Radiesse is used to aid in soft tissue volume and support in the face and hand region.  Made of calcium hydroxyapatite it affords most patients a very long-lasting result.  If you saw little long-term improvement then it is likely that not enough material was placed.  If you would like to try a different family of fillers you can look to the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Voluma and Restylane Lyft for long lasting improvements.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Alternatives to Radiesse

There are many different types of fillers that can be used on the face.  When a filler wears off faster than usual, many times it is due to not enough of the product being injected.  Alternatives to Radiesse would include hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm and Voluma.  Other types of fillers would include Sculptra, Bellafill and fat transfer.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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