Radiesse the Best Filler for Saving Money?

 Radiesse made a statement that Radiesse filler saves consumers money and trips to the doctor’s office. "One RADIESSE syringe delivers 30% to 62% more filler product than other fillers on the market today at virtually the same cost of treatment.".  do you agree that Radiesse is the most economical choice for consumers looking to plump up cheeks, smooth out facial wrinkles and hide facial folds?

Doctor Answers 11

Radiesse (Merz) as volumizing filler

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Radiesse (Merz Aesthetics) is not a volume restoration filler as Hyaluronic Acid gels [Juvederm, restylane]. Radiesse is composed of Calcium Hydroxiapatite; it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating patient's natural collagen to grow; Radiesse's  wrinkle reduction is achieved by replenishing patient skin's lost volume. Upon injection, Radiesse  provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. But this process continues for several months. Ther results are clinically proven to last more than 1 year in many patients.

As your question is related with cost, I agree that Radiesse is the most economical choice for "VOLUMIZING"  facial wrinkles and folds (it must be not applieded in perioral and periocular areas). It's excellent as volume restorer in cheeks, naso-labial folds, marionette lines and chin, and more cost-effective than hyaluronic acid gel fillers.

Probably, facial rejuvenation with fillers requires the use of both Radiesse and Juvederm/Restylane.

I think autologous FAT TRANSFER is a better choice.

Spain Plastic Surgeon

There is no one filler for all areas of the face

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Each area of the face needs to be addressed individually, and different fillers work better for different areas of the face-- there is no one filler that should always be used in all areas of the face for all patients.  Therefore, I think it would be an error to advertise Radiesse as such.

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 155 reviews

Radiesse is cost effective especially for facial "volume" correction.

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There are many soft tissue fillers available to choose from and each one has its own properties and characteristics. Radiesse (formerly known as Radiance) is comprised of a naturally occurring mineral that is found in human bone and teeth called Calcium Hydroxylapatite. Radiesse is FDA approved for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, such as nasolabial folds. I find it extremely effective to use this product to build up volume… especially in the cheek areas. Results are usually evident within one week. It is not advised to use Radiesse in the lips due to the likelihood of developing nodules. Typically, Radiesse can last a year or longer; however, touch ups may be necessary throughout this time period. Because of the duration of the product and the amount of Radiesse product in each syringe, Radiesse is cost effective. The cost for Radiesse typically ranges from $650 to $800 per syringe.

Stephen A. Goldstein, MD
Englewood Plastic Surgeon

Radiesse vs. HA fillers: It is like comparing apples and oranges

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Radiesse has more volume per syringe than either Juvederm or Restylane. Radiesse hurts more and needs a nerve block, while the others do not! Radiesse does not work for fine lines or lips.

Although Radiesse claims to last for one to three years, I have not been impressed that it lasts any longer than Juvederm. Radiesse definitely is better for facial volumetric replacement. But Fat is the best for volumetric filler and less expensive per CC injected.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Radiesse is the best off-the-shelf filler for the cheeks

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I agree that Radiesse is the best off-the-shelf cheek filler for the money. The Radiesse syringe has more volume and gives longer lasting results than the other fillers when used in the cheek. A typical patient may require 1 to 2 syringes of Radiesse for a full treatment, but 3 to 4 syringes of any of the other products.

David Shafer, MD
Shafer Plastic Surgery
New York City

Radiesse and Economics

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Radiesse is very economical and appropriate in certain areas such as the nose and chin. Juvederm may be more economical for the nasolabial folds if the issue is not severe. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Radiesse is cost effective

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There are many fillers on the market and each one has positives and negatives.  Radiesse works well to provide immediate results for adding volume to anywhere on the face except around the eyes and lips.  The advantages of Radiesse over other fillers are lasting 13months on average, part of it gets replaced with collagen as it wears off, and you get 30-50% more product than with competing fillers.  Dollar for dollar, it probably represents a better value.  The disadvantages are it cannot be placed in the lips or around the eyes. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Radiesse is cost effective

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Radiesse is a terrific filler for the cheek bones, nasolabial folds, and jawline. The syringe has more filler in it than all of its competitors at a proportionately cheaper price and a longer duration (typically 1 year or more).

Hyaluronic acid fillers last anywhere from 6-12 months (depending on the location injected and how fast the person metabolizes the filler).

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Radiesse does not save money

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Radiesse syringe has 1.3 cc of product. Restylane and Juvederm have respectably 1.0 and 0.8 cc. For physicians to buy it may be close to the same price, but it is different for the patient. Most physicians charge significantly more for Radiesse, and considering the results last about the same for all of these fillers, it comes to about the same cost for the consumer in the end. In addition, Radiesse has less applications than Restylane or Juvederm, for example, it should not be used around the eyes or in the lips. Overall, Radiesse has its place, but it is certainly not a money saver.

Stella Desyatnikova, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

Yes Radiesse is very cost effective and long lasting

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A Radiesse syringe is 1.3 cc whereas Juvederm is 0.8 cc. Radiesse runs $850/syr and lasts around 1 yr whereas Juvederm runs $550/syr and lasts around 9 months. Radiesse is great for cheek volume and Nasolabial folds whereas Juvederm is great for frown lines, crows feet and lip augmentations. Both have their places for face rejuvenation and both are good products with no allergy testing needed. I do prefer to do the radiesse in usually 2 sessions a few days to a week apart to make sure there are no lumps and bumps and patients get full corrections. David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

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