Houston facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are considered leading experts in facial fillers, including non-invasive Radiesse treatments. At FPSA, our physicians design and perform Radiesse treatments tailored to the individual aesthetic goals of men and women. Radiesse is comprised of a unique mineral called calcium hydroxyapatite, which naturally resides inside the bones and face. Once Radiesse is injected, it immediately works to add volume, as well as stimulates the production of the body's natural collagen for facial rejuvenation results that can last up to a year or more.
Radiesse in an FDA-approved filler made from a unique mineral called calcium hydroxyapatite. This is a thicker material than Restylane® and Juvederm®. It is not used for fine lines or for lip enhancement, rather Radiesse is used to fill in deep folds. These injections are popular for patients who are bothered by deeper lines near the corners of the mouth or “jowling” at the sides of the nose and mouth or for volume replacement in the cheeks.
What Sets Us Apart
At FPSA, your Radiesse treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Angela Sturm or Dr. Russell Kridel, or a registered nurse under the direct supervision of one of the surgeons. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are in the hands of a physician who focuses solely on the face and neck and the procedure is done in the safety and comfort of a medical office environment. In addition, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm make sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream or a dental block if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take facial injections quite seriously and believe it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands that can tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach at many medical spas.
"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"Dr. Kridel and his fellow Dr. Rao made a world of difference for me! I had a revision rhinoplasty and met 100% of my outcome goals at 4 months post-op. My outcomes would not have been the same with any other physician, and I had been told previously the degree of change I was seeking was likely not possible. Dr. Kridel and his staff went above and beyond on multiple occasions supporting me through my healing process, and every follow up appointment was a delight. I could ..."- R.D. / Healthgrades / May 09, 2019
"A truly gifted plastic surgeon! Dr. Sturm does amazing work. What drew me to Dr. Sturm was that she’s a perfectionist in her field. I needed a third time revision rhinoplasty, so I needed the Best plastic surgeon to do the job. Her results show precision and perfection. I am so Blessed I found her!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 05, 2019
"The fact that Dr. Kridel only does faces makes him an expert in his field. Everything about my procedure was top notch. I was well prepared for my surgery and had realistic expectations due to the computer imaging. It's fun to see what you are going to look like. My procedure was painless and I love the way I look. I am 53 and had a lower face lift. Now, I look like I am in my early forties. Dr. Kridel's claim-to-fame is that you do not look overdone; I look very natural. His staff is also courteous and helpful. And the follow-up care I am receiving is also wonderful. How many doctors send you flowers?If you are considering facial plastic surgery he should be your only choice."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 15, 2016
"I sought out Dr. Kridel for repair of a large septal perforation in my nose. I am now about three months post-op from surgery. Dr. Kridel was able to close my perforation completely. Throughout my experience, Dr. Kridel and his staff were available at any time to answer questions and see me in person post-op. I could not have asked for a better team and experience with a complex medical issue."- A. / Healthgrades / Apr 30, 2019
Radiesse is administered by Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30 minutes. The depth, length, quantity and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored specifically to your facial structure and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm will mark the specific areas on the face that are going to be treated with a washable marker. A local anesthetic may be used for additional comfort, however the filler itself is mixed with an anesthetic called lidocaine. Following the procedure, patients may feel numb or experience redness near the injection sites, which normally subsides in a short time. There is no downtime, and patients are able to go home or return to work following their appointment.
What To Expect
Patients should notice a difference to their face almost immediately following a Radiesse injection. However, because the injection ingredient works to produce and stimulate collagen development, results will be longer lasting than some of the other fillers on the market. Patients should expect results that include added volume to the face, which will smooth out wrinkles, to typically last up to a year or more.
Radiesse treatment costs vary for each patient depending on the size of the treatment area and the aesthetic goal. Costs range between $600-$1,200 per session.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $600 - $1,200
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
What About Other Fillers?
There have been major advancements in injectable fillers, which can offer a terrific cosmetic solution for patients who desire specific cosmetic results without surgery. There are many different types of fillers, but the key is that they are all not interchangeable, and can be effective for different areas of the face. Restylane and Juvederm are hyaluronic-acid fillers that are similar products by different manufacturers, and can be used interchangeably for fine lines, facial creases and lip augmentation. Radiesse is a calcium hydroxyapatite for deeper folds. For facial depressions, there is Sculptra®, which is a polylactic acid, or Voluma™, which is a hyaluronic-acid filler. It is understandable how patients may be confused by the large number of options. That is why it is so important for patients to select a highly trained facial plastic surgery specialists, like Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm. During your consultation, they will evaluate your facial structure, discuss the various fillers that are available today, and design a treatment plan designed specifically for your aesthetic rejuvenation goals.
What Makes Radiesse Different?
Radiesse is the only injectable dermal filler composed of calcium-based microspheres, which are comparable to hyaluronic-acid injectable fillers due to the natural ability to stimulate collagen production. Radiesse is recommended for deeper folds, and are not appropriate for lip enhancement.
What About Side Effects?
Patients undergoing Radiesse may have mild redness, bruising, numbness and/or itching that occur following treatment. These are temporary side effects that usually disappear within a day or two.