Radiesse Cheeks

I am 36 and am considering Radiesse to give fullness to my cheeks a lift and help alleviate the hollowness under my eyes. I am scared to do injections under my eyes, so I am wondering if Radiesse in my cheeks will also help my eyes?

Doctor Answers 32

Radiesse not under the eyes

I think Radiesse is a great product for areas that need alot of volume, such as the cheeks or even the hands, but I would not use it underneath the eyes. The lower eyelid skin is very thin and will not tolerate thick product like Radiesse. In these cases, I will use Radiesse for the cheek volume and then Restylane for the lower eyelids. This gives a very nice overall balance to the face, and improves one of the classic signs of aging, which is volume loss.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 149 reviews

Hollows under eyes: DON"T add Radiesse ti under eye area

Radiesse, formerly marketed as Radiance is has been known to cause lumps and bumps and it seems to have fallen out of favor for almost all cosmetic indications.

Radiesse is made of Calcium Hydroxylapetite, a naturally occurring mineral that largely makes up bones and teeth in humans and animals. Synthetic Calcium Hydroxyl Appetite is a primary component of Radiesse dermal filler.

When you think about it, a material that makes up bones might not provide a soft, smooth natural looking and feeling result with no lumps or bumps.

I regularly use perform structural fat grafting for hollowed areas under the eyes in the eyelid area, cheeks, jaw line lips and many other areas. Structural fat grafting does require specialized tools and techniques, so search for a plastic surgeon who performs a lot of fat grafting and has a passion for this procedure.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Radiesse is perfect for the cheeks

Radiesse gives a natural fullness to the cheeks that usually rejuvenates the entire midface. This lift will also help elsewhere with the smiles lines found around your mouth. Unfortunately, the injections will not help for hollowness around the eyes. You may be better served with Restylane or Belotero in this area because they are more forgiving and can be reversed if you are unhappy with the result.

Kristina Tansavatdi, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Radiesse is an excellent filler for the cheeks

With aging, there can be a loss of volume and descent of the cheeks as the youthful heart-shaped face gives way to a more rectangular face shape. Radiesse is an excellent filler for restoring this volume to the cheeks, temples, and jawline, in effect providing a "liquid facelift" when performed by a skilled injector. Because Radiesse is a whitish colored product and because it cannot be dissolved, I would encourage you to stay away from having it injected below the thin skin immediately under the eyes. It should only be injected under thicker skin, for natural looking augmentation of the cheeks for example. 

Restylane, a clear dissolvable gel, works very well in these "tear troughs" under the eyes and can be injected there with tremendous safety and efficacy. 


Umang Mehta, MD

Umang Mehta, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Radiesse injections to the cheeks give slight improvement hollow undereyes

Radiesse is a good product to enhance volume in the cheeks but will only give slight improvement to the hollowness in the under eye region. I think that Radiesse is a great filler in the undereye region. If injected properly (deep) there is little risk of lumps and bumps. Furthermore, whereas Radiesse is beige in color, hyaluronic acid fillers are clear and can worsen the dark circles of the under eye area. Injecting fillers to the cheeks is fairly straightforward. If you are going to have the undereye hollows filled, I would suggest that you see a physician experienced in this treatment.

Jonathan Sonne, MD
Naples Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

There are some rare risks with fillers near the eyelids...

There are some rare risks with fillers near the eyelids including lumps. The filler needs to be placed deeply, under the muscle for this reason, but there are risks associated with this placement. Filling the cheeks will not help the lower eyelids. The tear trough which is the crease below the eyelid and above the cheek is often treated sufficiently with this technique.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Radiesse Injections for Cheeks

Radiesse (Calcium Hydroxyapatite) is an effective filler for deeper injection, and can certainly be useful for addressing cheek position and increasing fullness.  It has to be used carefully, and it shouldn't be injected under the eyelid, due to the thinness of the eyelid tissue, and thickness of the product.  However, when injected along the cheek bone, the tissue is often slightly lifted, which can decrease the appearance of under-eye hollowing.  If hollowing remains, I typically use a thin hyaluronic acid filler like Belotero or Restylane to further improve the appearance of the tear trough.  These are safer fillers for injection in that region.

Jeffrey Ridha, MD
Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Radiesse for cheeks

You are absolutely right that filling your cheeks can make your eyes look more youthful.  It does depend some on your anatomy so you do need a professional's opinion as to what would be best you.  Radiesse or voluma are the best fillers to actually achieve lifting of the cheeks. If hollowness under the eyes still persists then some Restylane could be helpful. While its a delicate area if you have an experienced injector don't worry. I would recommend an oculoplastic specialist as this is their area of expertise. Good luck.

Katrinka L. Heher, MD
Boston Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Radiesse: Cheeks vs. Under eyes

Radiesse is an excellent choice for enhancing the cheeks. This is my favorite product to use in the area. The company states that it can last up to 18 months, but we have seen cases in the literature of presence in the area for up to 3 years post-injection.

On the other hand, Radiesse should never be used in the under eye area. Restylane or Belotero are hyaluronic acid fillers which are better suited for use in this area. The under eye area is a very delicate and unforgiving area to treat. Consult a board certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for best results. 

Jennifer Ahdout, MD, FAAD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

RADIESSE®: Great for cheeks, not so great right under the eyes.

RADIESSE® is a terrific filler, specifically because of its thick consistency. This quality also makes it ideal for adding volume to the cheek area with really beautiful, natural-looking results when you visit a skilled injector. However, the very qualities that make RADIESSE® so great for other areas are the same qualities that make it not the best choice under the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thin; not only can the RADIESSE® injections be more apparent there, but the opacity of the substance may actually be visible through the thin lower eye area skin. I’d recommend the cheek enhancement alone to see how that affects the under eye area. If you are still unhappy, try a different filler just under the eyes that is a bit more subtle.

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