Radiesse Vs JUVEDERM (And More): Tips for Comparing Cosmetic Dermal Fillers

radiesse vs juvederm comparison

When it comes to injectables or cosmetic dermal fillers, there are several options and you may be wondering which one is best for you. We break down the differences here so you can learn a little bit more about them, including Radiesse vs. JUVEDERM, and other popular fillers. Learn more about each cosmetic injection here.

What Exactly do Dermal Fillers do?

Also known as cosmetic injections, injectables, or facial fillers, there are different products and treatments to know about before you make a decision on what’s best for you.

Aging often shows when there’s volume loss, so dermal fillers help combat that issue. “These are injected under the skin to smooth lines and creases, plump lips, rejuvenate hands, replace lost volume, and improve symmetry,” explains Chelsea W. Fraust, PA-C, an experienced Certified Physician Assistant with Dermatology Clinic of Idaho.

What Makes Dermal Fillers so Great?

Some of the benefits of dermal fillers include:

  • Instant results
  • Little to no downtime
  • They last on average six months to two years

What to Expect When Getting Dermal Fillers

When you meet with a Dermatology Clinic of Idaho Provider, they will talk with you to determine the best filler based on your skin care goals and the different products formulated for different areas with a unique texture, density, and depth of the injection. The actual process typically takes less than 30 minutes.

The area is cleaned and then a topical numbing agent is typically applied prior to the injection. Most fillers now contain lidocaine, an anesthetic, to minimize pain and discomfort.

Afterward, you’ll notice immediate results but may have temporary redness, swelling, and bumps on your skin.

Are Dermal Fillers Reversible?

The short answer is “not really.” According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. “In certain patients, a steroid injection may help reverse the effects of some of these fillers to an extent, but the only surefire way to “undo” the results of these fillers is to wait for them to be absorbed by the body.”

Who Shouldn’t Use Dermal Fillers?

There are some cases when your Provider may recommend against dermal fillers. You shouldn’t get cosmetic injectables if:

  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a sinus or skin infection

Radiesse Vs. JUVEDERM: Comparing Injectables

Radiesse and JUVEDERM are two common dermal fillers, so here’s a comparison along with other common injectables (Volbella and Sculptra) to help you understand a bit more about the differences between them:


Main ingredient: Calcium hydroxylapatite

Common uses: Treating facial skin folds, adding volume to cheeks

How long it lasts: Approximately one year after injection



Main ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Common uses: Addressing facial wrinkles, adding volume to the skin on the face, adding volume to lips

How long it lasts: Approximately nine months to one year after injection



Main ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Common uses: Smoothing lip lines and defining the lip’s border

How long it lasts: Approximately one year after injection



Main ingredient: Poly-L-lactic acid

Common uses: Filling in sunken areas of the face, reducing folds and wrinkles in the skin by increasing its thickness

How long it lasts: Approximately two years after completing  treatment series



Main ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Common uses: Adding volume and contouring cheeks, lifting the skin in the middle of the face

How long it lasts: Approximately nine months, but up to two years with fill correction

Before injecting a dermal filler, a Provider will consult with the patient on his or her desired results and discuss needs and recommendations, medical history, and any current medications.

Where Can I Get Dermal Fillers?

Dermatology Clinic of Idaho offers dermal fillers such as JUVEDERM, VOLBELLA, and VOLUMA to patients in the Boise area. As an established medical provider, you’ll get benefits you won’t find at a salon or day spa. Read more here about why you want to get your cosmetic procedures done at a medical practice. 

You can schedule an appointment today to meet with an experienced Provider and discuss dermal fillers.