Reversing the cosmetic effects of aging, such as sunken or hollow cheeks, is a priority for a lot of patients. Some opt for plastic surgery, while others prefer minimally invasive solutions like facial fillers. A cheek filler treatment, in particular, can help you get plumper and more contoured cheeks. While it can be customized to address your desired aesthetic improvements, there’s more to cheek filler than meets the eye.
So what are the benefits of a filler injection for the cheek area? For one, it’s worth the cost. Getting fillers is a minimally invasive procedure that takes less than half an hour to inject, but gives you results that last for a long time. You could also combine it with other cosmetic treatments (e.g., Botox, skin resurfacing, other types of filler) for a more balanced and proportional appearance.
Cheek fillers are a great way to enhance the appearance of your cheekbones and sculpt the midface. It’s a temporary, effective cosmetic solution that works by injecting filler material directly into the cheek, across target areas, that naturally deplete over time. That said, these are the main benefits of cheek filler treatments:
Your face naturally loses volume in the cheek region through the aging process. This then leads to a sunken, hollowed look that leads to sagging skin on the lower face. Cheek fillers with hyaluronic acid can stimulate collagen and elastic fiber production, bringing back the structure of your cheek and the natural concentration of these building blocks in your body.
Given, cheek fillers are non-surgical, it provides instant results with virtually no pain and less risk of complications. Immediately after the procedure, you can observe visible results which will improve over time. Unlike cheek implants, cheek fillers are injected gradually which allows for assessment throughout the procedure. This helps avoid an “overfilled” look.
As mentioned, age-related skin suppleness and fat loss can cause the cheeks to seem sunken or hollow. Cheek fillers can create a more youthful appearance by replacing the lost volume and making the skin plumper.
The balance and proportion of the face as a whole can be improved using cheek fillers, giving you a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Your face is more defined due to the lifted cheekbones and the less visible lines around the mouth and jawline.
Dermatologists can complement cheek fillers with a wide palette of cosmetic treatments to create the most natural results and address multiple signs of aging. Analyzing the patient’s face holistically is key to a combination procedure.
For example, Botox helps relax the facial muscles responsible for fine lines (e.g., smile lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles) that appear on the face due to aging. When combined with cheek fillers, the end result would be a more harmonious, balanced appearance. Cheek filler can also be combined with other dermal filler injections. One example would be tear trough fillers which address under-eye hollowing.
Although the cost of a cheek filler injection is relatively high – depending on the amount of filler, brand, and expertise of the doctor – compared to other cosmetic treatments, the effects last from several months to over a year. If anything, you would need to consult with a licensed and experienced dermatologist to get the best treatment plan that wouldn’t be a waste of money.
The blessing and curse of dermal fillers are that there is a range of options to choose from. Each one varies in thickness and specialties. At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we alternate between Juvederm Voluma XC, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane Contour. The choice ultimately depends on the patient’s cosmetic concerns and unique biology.
Ultimately, a good candidate for a filler procedure in the cheeks is someone who doesn’t already have prominent and high cheekbones. The following factors should also be taken into consideration:
Temporary hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular fillers used to accentuate low-volume facial regions. Cheek filler treatment is particularly well-liked among first-time patients of various ages, races, and skin types due to its versatility. Here are a few important preparation measures you should take note of when planning to get cheek fillers:
Your healthcare professional will clean your face before administering the cheek and tear trough filler. They may then apply a cream, lotion, spray, or cold packs to numb their skin. Sometimes, a numbing ingredient is already included in the filler. The entire filler procedure typically takes less than an hour.
The recovery process after tear trough and cheek fillers is generally straightforward. You can go back to your day-to-day activities immediately after the procedure. Just make sure to follow proper aftercare to enjoy long-lasting results:
Similar to other cosmetic procedures, cheek fillers also have possible side effects; however, these are minimal and temporary. Patients should be checked for allergies before undergoing dermal filler procedures that are made from certain substances, notably those originating from animals, such as collagen.
The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, and redness, which should gradually subside within days after the procedure, while the less common but more serious risks include:
Cheek filler is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that adds volume and contour to the midface area. Its benefits include collagen stimulation, little to no downtime, as well as long-lasting and cost-effective results.
Dr. Lanna Aesthetics team specializes in delivering natural-looking filler results, whether it’s for your cheek, chin, lips, and so forth. We offer the highest quality filler brands that are low-risk and don’t interfere with your dynamic facial movement. For more information on the potential benefits of cheek fillers to your unique situation, contact us today.