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 has to be the very best out there. I am amazed at the outcome. His staff is personal and attentive. I truly feel fortunate to have him as my doctor."- Anonymous / Doctor.com / Oct 12, 2019
"The Doctor was great! Dr. Kridel has to be the very best out there. I am amazed at the outcome. His staff is personal and attentive. I truly feel fortunate to have him as my doctor."- Anonymous / Doctor.com / Oct 01, 2019
"Dr. Kridel's level of detail and expertise made me feel confident and comfortable throughout my entire experience. I absolutely love my nose and couldn't have made a better decision. I highly recommend him."- J.R. / Doctor.com / Oct 01, 2019
"I am about 6 weeks out from a grade 4 rhinoplasty revision and septaplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel. I did EXTENSIVE research before I chose my doctor. I was even willing to travel out of state if necessary. I wanted to choose the best, most capable, and skilled doctor, and I did. Dr. Kridel is still the BEST!I had my first septaplasty and rhinoplasty surgery almost 30 years ago and it was a horrific ordeal that left me feeling like I had PTSD for many years. My nose was never the same and eventually the tip started curving to the right and I could not breathe through my nose. I was too scared to go through the experience again, and I was afraid that I'd spend all the money and end up with similar results. Medicine has come a long way, in the past 30 years, and sometimes you get what you pay for in life. Dr. Kridel was not the cheapest, but I am confident that he is indeed the BEST possible option for me. I needed nine grafts to rebuild my nose, and my surgery was over 6 hours long. I woke up after surgery with minimal swelling; whereas, in my previous surgery I woke up with my eyes swollen shut and all bruised up. I never took a pain pill, as it was not needed. I did take Tylenol a few times. Bruising and swelling lasted a couple of days and then subsided. I've been waiting to review Dr. Kridel until I could fully determine the success of my surgery, and I'm super grateful to report to you that I can see that my nose will hold it's shape. I'm able to breathe and my nostrils are now symmetrical. There is no question that Dr. Kridel gave me his best work, and I'm so grateful!I've read reviews that claim that Dr. Kridel needs to move on, as he's getting older, but this is EXTREMELY false. Dr. Kridel is still very passionate about his craft and about teaching and helping others. He is still on the cutting edge of medicine in his field. He helps write text-books on these procedures, so he's clearly still extremely knowledgeable. On the day of surgery, you could tell that he was eager to help me and excited to do the surgery. There was nothing bored, checked-out, or overworked about him. I recommend that you do your research and interview a few doctors. You will see that Dr. Kridel and the two doctors that work with him are top-notch. I have met all three of them, and you cannot go wrong with their bedside manner, knowledge and expertise. This is the place you want to go for sure! I have seen Dr Caceres many times post-surgery, and he was always patient with me, kind, and caring. I was terrified to have my stitches and packing out, but he helped me get through it without any tears! Dr. Caceres truly cares about his patients and that goes a long way!Let me also point out that very few doctors do both procedures: plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) and ENT work (septaplasty). When it comes to the look and function of your nose, you want someone highly skilled at both."- J.P. / Google / Sep 06, 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.
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