Radiesse Vs Juvaderm

Which Dermal Filler is Right for You?

Are you thinking about facial rejuvenation but are overwhelmed by your options?

It’s not surprising. There are several different types of injectable fillers out there and choosing one can be difficult.

Relax though. By the end of this article, you’re going to understand the differences between two of the different kinds of volumizing facial fillers.

The Similarities

Both Juvaderm and Radiesse are used to fill in the wrinkles in the lower part of your face including laugh lines (nasolabial folds), your marionette lines (the ones that go from the corner of your mouth to your chin), your lip wrinkles, and the wrinkles at the corners of your mouth.

In addition to treating the same areas, Radiesse and Juvaderm both require only one appointments’ worth of injections and last up to a year. Now let’s talk about what differentiates one from the other.

The Differences

Before we get into what exactly the differences are, let’s talk for a minute about why you get wrinkles in your face to begin with. As you age, you lose moisture, collagen, and elastin from your tissues. These are the three main components that keep your skin full of moisture, stable, and plump. Obviously, as your body slows production, your facial structure starts to lose its integrity.

Now that we know what causes it, let’s talk about the 2 different ways that these two facial rejuvenators approach filling in your wrinkles.


Juvaderm is made of a smooth gel that contains hyaluronic acid, the chemical in your body responsible for moisture retention. Your body stops making it as you get older and this product replaces it. Some people find Juvaderm superior to other facial fillers because of its smooth texture attributed to a special process called HYLACROSS.

Unlike many products in its class, Juvaderm doesn’t deliver the hyaluronic acid in granular microspheres; rather, it uses a process that creates a smooth gel that’s easy to inject and provides a smooth, natural appearance. Note though that it only replaces hyaluronic acid – it doesn’t increase natural production. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a difference.

Radiesse is composed of calcium-based microspheres delivered in a water-based gel that produces immediate results and also works behind the scenes to encourage your body to increase collagen production. It claims that it’s the only facial rejuvenator that acts in both ways, and indeed it is.

Which Hurts Less?

Actually, neither of the products seem to be truly painful; as a matter of fact, many patients receive both Juvaderm and Radiesse with no anesthetic at all. Both products are now available in a form that contains lidocaine, a common analgesic that basically eliminates what little discomfort accompanies the injections.

Which Costs Less?

Radiesse starts at about $450 for the smaller (0.8cc) and $550 for the larger syringe (1.5cc) and can go up to as much as $1200 for the big one. Average seems to be about $550 and $750 at economical offices but does average $1000 at higher-end practices. One syringe may meet your needs, or it may require up to 3.

Juvaderm typically costs between $550 and $750 per syringe regardless of where you get it and it’s entirely possible that one syringe will give you the results that you’re looking for, depending upon what your needs are. As with Radiesse, you may need up to 3 syringes.

In Summary

Basically, Radiesse boasts the advantage of stimulating natural collagen production even after it wears off. It’s also used for filling acne scars. On the other hand, Juvaderm is smoother and may provide a softer, more natural look. It’s also approved for people with colored skin to use without fear of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophy.

Now that you know what the differences and similarities are between Radiesse and Juvaderm, I hope that you feel a little more confident discussing your options with your doctor. If you’ve already used one of these dermal fillers, let us know about your experience in the comments section below.

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