Although the price you pay for a Radiesse treatment will vary from doctor to doctor, its cost will also depend upon your particular needs. Plan to set aside about $900 to $1,000 for a basic treatment. That's about twice the cost of procedures using other common dermal fillers. Collagen injections range from $400 to $500, and hyaluronic acid treatments average just over $500.
Of course, because of Radiesse's longer-lasting effects, it might end up being cheaper over time. After all, collagen treatment requires a boost after as few as three months, and hyaluronic acid only lasts about a year at best, compared to Radiesse's two or three [source: ASAPS].
Remember, though, that each person's needs are different. You'll need to hammer out the details with your physician from the outset. If you require anesthesia, if you want more than one injection of Radiesse, or if you live in an area where the demand for Radiesse treatments is high, you might end up paying more [source: Docshop].
On the upside, many doctors are willing to offer patients financing for treatments, and some even run specials on Radiesse. If you decide to try a Radiesse treatment, you'll want to shop around a little to find the best deal, as well as a doctor you trust. Some insurance companies may even pay for your treatment. For example, if Radiesse is part of your treatment for facial lipoatrophy (facial wasting) due to HIV, you may be eligible for an insurance reimbursement [source: Docshop].
But even if the price is right, there are some other things you should know before you take the plunge. Read on to find out what the side effects of Radiesse entail.