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Expert Guide to Anteromedial Cheek Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation

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Natural Enhancement Through Advanced Injection Techniques

The cheeks play a vital role in the structure and youthfulness of the face. As we age, volume loss in the cheek area can lead to a gaunt, sagging appearance. 

Skillfully placed dermal filler in the anteromedial cheek region can beautifully recontour, lift, and enhance the cheeks for a refreshed yet natural look. 

Keep reading to learn all about anteromedial cheek fillers.

Understanding the Anteromedial Cheek Area

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The anteromedial cheek refers to the part of the midface in front of and between the ears. It is a key facial subregion commonly treated with dermal fillers to restore lost volume. 

As cheeks deflate with age, the anteromedial area often loses structural support which allows tissues to descend. Replenishing anteromedial cheek fullness provides lift and structure to the midface.

Enhancing Anteromedial Cheeks with Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are most commonly used to augment the anteromedial cheeks. HA fillers help restore lost volume in the midface area, including the anteromedial cheek region. 

The filler is precisely injected into the cheek to improve its contour and shape. A study has demonstrated that hyaluronic acid fillers that were injected to augment the anteromedial cheek area retained their volume effectively for up to 52 weeks.

Injections can be strategically placed in the anteromedial cheek area to lift and augment this region in a very natural way. Evaluation of both the anterior and medial cheeks is crucial to ensure filler placement does not overly elevate or widen the cheeks. 

The goal may range from subtle enhancement to creating definition and improved projection of the cheekbones.

Types of Fillers Used for Anteromedial Area

The most popular hyaluronic acid fillers used for the anteromedial cheeks include:

Juvederm VolumaProvides lift and volume for up to 2 years. Often used for significant augmentation and projection.
Restylane LyftOffers flexible gel for natural-looking enhancement and definition. Lasts approximately 1 year.
RadiesseStimulates collagen for longer-lasting results of 1-2 years. Provides structure and support for the cheeks.

The choice of HA filler depends on the amount of lift, projection, and longevity desired. Combination therapy with different fillers may be used for customized, layered cheek augmentation

Selecting the Right Filler

When choosing a filler for your needs, first consider the level of enhancement desired. 

  • HA fillers work beautifully for subtle volume restoration and a very natural look. 
  • CaHA excels at augmenting projection and definition if more dramatic results are preferred.

Also weigh cost considerations and downtime. Although CaHA filler costs more per treatment, it may save money long-term since it lasts longer before needing a touch-up. Most patients can resume normal activities after 1 day with HA filler versus 1 week for CaHA. 

Since filler recovery can vary based on the treatment area and your individual healing, be sure to discuss your specific lifestyle needs with Dr. Lanna. Let us know if you have any upcoming events or obligations so she can recommend the best filler type and treatment plan. 

One of our experienced injectors will evaluate your unique facial structure and recommend the optimal filler and injection planes to suit your goals. 

Techniques for Natural Augmentation Results

When augmenting the anteromedial cheek, it’s vital to avoid an overly filled, unnatural look. The key is adding just the right amount of filler to the mobile subcutaneous fat layer of the cheeks. This helps gently lift the entire midface and define the cheekbones in a beautiful, understated way.

For Asian patients especially, precise filler placement in the anteromedial cheek region can create a naturally higher cheekbone appearance. A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal has shown that anteromedial cheek fillers should generally be injected before the zygomatic arch to avoid an exaggerated lateral projection in Asian patients. 

Structural support for the cheeks can be achieved by expertly treating the medial and lateral cheeks, including the anteromedial area, with judicious amounts of filler.

Other techniques to achieve natural-looking cheeks include:

  1. Avoid permanent fillers. Use hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane or Juvederm, which provide natural-looking volume. 
  2. Use a cannula instead of a needle for injection. This allows the filler to be deposited in a fan-like pattern for even distribution.
  3. Inject small amounts of filler (0.1-0.3 mL) per pass to gradually build up volume.
  4. Inject the filler deep into the subcutaneous fat compartment above the cheekbone. Avoid superficial injection.
  5. Focus injections in the medial cheek. Lateral cheek injection can look unnatural.
  6. Massage the area after injection to smooth out any bumps or irregularities.
  7. Have the patient animate their face during injection to ensure natural movement.
  8. Use conservative amounts of filler for an understated augmentation. Overfilling looks unnatural.
  9. Follow up within 2 weeks to assess results. Further touch-up injections can be done to optimize results.

What to Expect During Treatment

The injection process itself takes around 30 minutes total to enhance both cheeks. Your provider will first cleanse the area and apply a topical numbing medication to maximize comfort. The filler is then injected using an ultrafine needle into precise areas of the cheek.

Expect some temporary swelling, redness, or tenderness after treatment. Your provider can suggest remedies to help minimize these common side effects. Most patients feel comfortable resuming normal routines the next day.

1. Recovery Timeline

There is little to no recovery downtime needed after cheek filler injections. While results are visible right away, allow 1-2 days for the filler to fully settle before rubbing or massaging the area. Some temporary swelling/bruising may be present for 3-4 days. This can be concealed with makeup.

Refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours post-treatment. Ease back into your fitness routine gradually over the next few days. Avoid extended sun exposure until any surface redness or swelling subsides.

2. Caring for Your Skin Afterwards

Be very gentle when cleansing your face or applying skincare products for 48 hours after cheek filler injections. Follow your provider's post-treatment instructions closely. 

Using ample sun protection, drinking lots of water, antioxidant serums, and moisturizer will help maintain your refreshed, youthful results.

Avoid sleeping on your face or movements that compress the treated area. Massage very lightly if needed to evenly distribute the filler. Report any unusual swelling or tenderness to your provider promptly.

3. Longevity of Results

Depending on the filler chosen, beautiful results can last anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years. As your body gradually absorbs the filler, touch-up injections can be done to maintain your desired level of fullness and facial contour.

To promote longevity, use diligent sun protection, stay hydrated, avoid extreme facial expressions, and use skincare products like retinol that support healthy collagen. 

Being very gentle with your cheeks prevents the filler from shifting or breaking down too quickly.

4. Risks and Side Effects

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks to consider with cheek fillers. Common temporary side effects include swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness. To prevent infection, sterile technique must be followed meticulously. 

Lumps or irregularities sometimes occur but can often be treated with hyaluronidase enzyme or surgically removed if needed.

Rare but serious risks like vision changes or skin necrosis are highly unlikely when receiving injections from licensed, reputable providers. Have an in-depth discussion about your medical history to fully assess potential risks.

Choosing the Right Provider

Selecting the right provider is a critical first step to achieving beautiful, natural-looking cheek enhancement. When researching potential providers, keep the following factors in mind:

  1. Verify provider credentials like board certification in dermatology or plastic surgery.
  2. Confirm specialized training and experience with cheek fillers.
  3. Visit the office to check for quality standards like cleanliness and proper equipment.
  4. Schedule a consultation to discuss goals and develop a customized treatment plan.
  5. Ensure the provider evaluates your unique facial anatomy before recommending fillers.
  6. Set realistic expectations about potential results.
  7. Address any concerns and build trust through comprehensive consultations.
  8. Select a provider with surgical expertise for the complex cheek area.
  9. Confirm the provider uses high-quality, FDA-approved fillers.
  10. Verify before and after photos reflect natural-looking cheek enhancement.
  11. Read reviews from past patients to help select the right provider.

Let Dr. Lanna Aesthetics Rejuvenate Your Cheeks

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Renowned for expertise, Dr. Lanna and the team have performed over 10,000 successful facial injectable procedures. Using advanced dermal fillers, we provide effective, cutting-edge aesthetic treatments to help you achieve your beauty goals.

Ready to restore a refreshed, youthful contour to your cheeks? 

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics' caring, highly-skilled staff will develop individualized treatment plans with a patient-first approach. Schedule your consultation today to rediscover the lift, structure, and confidence that radiant cheeks can provide! Our specialized skills will have you looking refreshed and vibrant again.

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