Radiesse is an FDA-approved calcium-based dermal filler that acts as a temporary (1-2 years) correction for facial wrinkles and folds. Pittsburgh Radiesse specialist, Dr. James Fernau, offers Radiesse for patients who wish to augment their cheeks or fill in areas on the sides of the chin. Radiesse can also be placed in the thick skin below eyelids. As the Radiesse injectable is made from calcium-based microspheres in a natural water-based gel, the treatment works well with the body to encourage the production of collagen and tissue regeneration. The Radiesse dermal filler is injected into the skin through a simple, quick procedure and encourages tissue growth in the treatment area for up to one full year.
"I had the best experience I could ask for going to Dr. Fernau and his team. I received a septoplasty / rhinoplasty and have results that far exceeded my expectations. Originally, I went in for the cosmetic benefit, but Dr. Fernau found that I had a deviated septum. I never expected the massive quality of life difference I received. Far less congestion, sinus pressure, abnormal drainage, things I dealt with daily that are long gone now. That along with my dream nose, the full makeover I spent years hoping for, I'm absolutely thrilled! I will recommend him every time I have the opportunity."- J.N. / Google / Jan 28, 2024
"The staff here is very welcoming, and knowledgeable. Answered any questions I asked They really know how to make a patient feel like family."- J.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2024
"Wonderful experience with Dr. Fernau and his team, Sheila, Ryan, Alexa and Sherry. They all made me feel comfortable throughout my breast augmentation process, answered all my questions and gave me their best advice on picking the perfect implant and size. I got 350cc sientra gummy bear implants with a subfascial approach and I couldn’t be happier with my results. Clinic was very clean, friendly and professional. Special shout out to nurse Alexa who made me feel relax and safe right before going into surgery. Thank you! You all were amazing!"- A. / Google / Jan 05, 2024
"I've been seeing Dr Fernau for a couple of years now and he, Sheila and his entire staff are the most amazing people. I love how they make you feel right at home. I honestly feel blessed to know them. As a surgeon he is top notch. He knows of the newest methods of doing things and you can tell he strives for perfection. Sheila is super sweet and explains everything to you and if she doesn't know something she won't hesitate to find out. I had a complication from a surgery and the level of compassion and care I got from them was above and beyond... You are not just a Number here, you're a person. I will definately be back. Honestly, if you have some hesitance on going here, just book your consult and meet them, you'll be at ease in no time. Thank you Dr. Fernau, Sheila and ALL the staff there for putting up with me!! 😊"- J.M. / Google / Dec 15, 2023
"I had decided for my birthday that I was going to gift myself some Botox! After doing as millennials do (i.e. going to Google and Reddit to research and find recommendations), I chose Dr. Fernau's office. I was not looking for the cheapest or closest option -- I wanted the best. I liked the idea of a facial plastic surgeon taking care of my Botox -- I didn't think I would be pressured to do more than I was comfortable, and I wanted natural results. From inquiry to scheduling to the actual appointment, everything was easy and the staff is so kind! Sheila performed my procedure, and she walked me through what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. I'm only two days post-procedure, and I can already tell a difference -- it's very subtle, I feel like I still completely look like me, but refreshed. 10/10 recommend a birthday gift to yourself of Botox, and 10/10 recommend seeing Sheila, Dr. Fernau, and team! I will definitely be returning!"- T.P. / Google / Oct 12, 2023
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $300 - $2,700
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 30 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.