For many years, calcium hydroxylapatite has been used by surgeons, like plastic surgeon, Dr. Lapuerta, as prosthetic implants for dental, facial and orthopedic surgery. Now, Radiesse, an injectable filler product consisting of calcium hydroxylapatite, is being used for facial rejuvenation. This product, once injected, smoothens smile lines and nasolabial folds, wrinkles at the corner of the mouth and vertical lip lines, as well as restores volume in and around the cheeks. We encourage patients from Houston, Pearland, Katy and surrounding areas interested in Radiesse to reach out with any questions they might have.
"Great work! Caring doc!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 23, 2017
"Dr. Lapuerta is very knowledgeable and great at what he does. His entire staff is friendly and makes you feel comfortable through the entire experience. I absolutely love my results and will definitely be back!!"- C.G. / Google / Apr 11, 2018
"I am a 48 year old who had lost about 70 pounds and had some excess skin on arms and needed a breast reduction. I had the arm lift and breast lift done at the same time. I noticed an improvement the very next day with my posture and no back pain. Everyone in the office is very caring and friendly! The care they provided was outstanding and if you follow their directions, it is well worth it. I would recommend Dr. Lapuerta. I feel much more confident in myself, which is what it is all about!"- W. / Healthgrades / Apr 08, 2018
"Loved my results! - Doctor Lapuerta is an amazing surgeon! I absolutely loved my results. Everything was beyond my expectations! His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. All of my questions and concerns were answered. I felt comfortable and confident about my decision from the start and it’s all thanks to Dr. Lapuerta and his wonderful staff! My results and the entire experience were excellent!!"- J. / RealSelf / Apr 04, 2018
"Never too late or too old! - Amazing results. Was a mess top to bottom. Still shocked at my huge transformation. Was all my life since 17 scarred from kids. Very insecure. I feel much better about myself but have lot of haters. Wished I found doc sooner!!! I chose a perfectionist. It's an art. Not just a procedure. You would not guess my age!! Definitely have to be excellent artist. It's a gift. Not many have."- T. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
Radiesse is a quick procedure normally completed within 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The face will be thoroughly cleansed and then marked with ink so that the practitioner can conduct the injections with precision. A numbing cream is usually applied before the injection occurs. The gel is delivered using a fine needle into pockets just underneath the skin until the right volume is achieved.
What to Expect
After treatment, there may be redness, swelling and even bruising around the injection sites, but these go away after several hours. Patients will be able to resume their normal routine; although strenuous exercise should be limited for the first 24 hours. Patients will see their results immediately, and the results will continue to improve because Radiesse stimulates natural collagen growth, which is an agent for healthy skin.
Radiesse is priced per syringe. The average cost for a single syringe of product is around $700. The cost varies depending on how many syringes are used to attain the results the patient desires. This derma filler treatment is a temporary fix. Patients who wish to maintain their results will need to come back for additional treatments after one year.
Radiesse vs. Other Fillers?
There is an extensive selection of derma fillers available. Each filler has its own specific treatment to match the patient’s cosmetic issues. Whether naturally or artificially derived, these are all FDA approved, which means they are proven to be safe and effective. The one highlight of a Radiesse treatment is that aside from its volumizing capability it can function as a collagen stimulator. When collagen multiplies, it greatly benefits the skin tone. During the initial consultation, the face will be assessed and the appropriate filler will be recommended.
Is Radiesse Right For Me?
Several other derma fillers are manufactured using hyaluronic acid. Popular examples are Juvederm or Restylane. While these are great in adding volume back to facial depressions, Radiesse stands out as the only filler made of calcium-based microspheres, which have the ability to integrate with skin tissues and promote collagen growth. Every patient is unique and a treatment plan will be tailored to them that may include Radiesse, or another filler if the practitioner feels it will best benefit the patient.
Is It Risky?
Radiesse is FDA approved and backed by comprehensive testing. As it is derived from a substance that naturally occurs in the body, it poses no toxic risk. Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, numbness or itching, which all subsides after a few days.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $700 - $1,200
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location