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What to Know About Getting Asian Cheek Filler Injections

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It’s a universal desire to remain looking beautiful and youthful despite one’s age, which explains the demand for anti-aging treatments. But even though anti-aging and cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers are more popular among Westerners, there’s a growing interest in non-surgical injectables among the Asian population. Facial fillers are one of the more popular treatments who want to improve their cheek shape and midface contours. 

So what do you need to know about cheek fillers for Asian clients? Like Westerners, many Asians also struggle with the signs of aging, wrinkles, and volume loss on their cheeks. This is why they’re also turning to cheek filler treatments. These injectables can help address the signs of volume loss, improve contour deficiencies, and enhance the fullness of their cheeks. In some Asian clients, cheek fillers can help slim their faces and create a more attractive oval shape. 

What’s Unique About Asian Faces and How Cheek Fillers Can Help  

There are several differences between the standards of beauty and facial characteristics between Asians and Westerners. These ideals can affect an individual’s decision or reasons for getting aesthetic treatments like cheek filler injections. 

For one, Western individuals prefer a sharper, more sensual facial appearance — with higher cheekbones, thicker eyebrows, a stronger nose, and well-defined jaw contours. Meanwhile, Asian people have considered sweet, innocent-like beauty as their ideal for years, with round or V-shaped faces, soft features like small noses, doe eyes, and slimmer chin and jawline profiles.

Compared to Caucasians whose cheekbones protrude upward, Asians have cheekbones that extend outward, giving the appearance of flatter and larger cheeks with no projection. That said, dermal fillers are a great solution for Asians who want to accentuate their cheeks and achieve a rounder apple shape. 

Reasons Why Asian Clients Get Cheek Filler Treatments

Asian woman getting cheek filler

Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures may be bigger in the Western market, but there’s also an increasing interest in facial rejuvenation treatments among Asians. Cheek fillers are one of the most sought after procedures by Asian clients. Here are some of the reasons why they’re getting dermal fillers for cheek augmentation: 

1) To add definition to a flat face 

When you have a flat face, your cheeks will appear sunken or deflated and your facial profile would lack contours and definition. Cosmetic providers can help solve this issue by placing cheek fillers to improve your facial appearance in a natural way

Injectable fillers can be strategically placed on your cheeks to add volume and lift the midface region. This can provide support to your cheeks and give the illusion of a more prominent cheekbone structure. It can also improve your contours and enhance the symmetry of your features to achieve a more beautiful facial profile. 

2) To slim the face down or achieve an oval face shape

Cheek fillers can also help Asian people who have rounder faces. Having a round face means that you almost have no contours or angles to your jaw and your cheeks are the widest part of your face. Individuals with broader face shapes also have a wider midface area with narrow chins and jawlines. 

Non-surgical facial slimming with cheek fillers is a viable solution to narrowing and reshaping your facial appearance. Cosmetic providers can use injectable fillers to add volume to each cheek and achieve a more oval facial shape with a sharper jawline. They can also apply fillers on the area around the cheekbones to make it more prominent and lift the lower part of the face to make it look narrower. 

3) To restore plumpness

Asians can also experience facial aging and depletion of collagen production and volume as they get older. However, what’s unique about Asian skin aging is that early signs of volume loss and skin laxity are more prominent in the midface region while Westerners notice them in the lower face and neck.  

For this reason, well-placed cheek fillers can help Asians address midface volume deficiencies. It could also restore better structural support to improve their cheekbone and provide a fuller  and plumper cheek shape. Midface volume restoration with fillers can also help correct their cheek projection and provide a more attractive facial profile. 

4) To reduce prominent smile lines and nasolabial folds  

Along with midface volume loss, Asians are also prone to developing unwanted cheek wrinkles and fine lines. As their cheeks lose support and begin to droop, they can be vulnerable to the formation of nasolabial folds. These folds are deep creases that can be found from the edge of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth. 

Asian cheek filler injections can help counteract these wrinkles and nasolabial folds. By restoring volume back to the cheeks and midface, the skin becomes smoother and softer which reduces the appearance of the nasolabial folds. Some fillers also contain a hydrating and moisturizing ingredient that helps retain water and restore elasticity to plump the skin from within. 

Cheek Fillers Before and After Asian Clients: What To Expect 

There’s no significant difference between the procedures for getting cheek fillers for Asian and Western clients. But with the unique distinctions in their facial anatomy and characteristics, it’s important to have a consultation to evaluate your appearance and discuss your concerns and desired aesthetic goals.

How to Prepare for Asian Cheek Fillers

There’s no extensive preparation needed before getting Asian cheek fillers. But after the initial consultation, your cosmetic provider may give a list of reminders to help you get ready for the injectable procedure. Here are some of the things you need to remember before your cheek filler session: 

  • Stop taking NSAIDs, blood thinners, and other herbal supplements at least a week before the injections. 
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 before the procedure. 
  • Inform your provider if you’re taking prescription medication since you may need to stop them before the treatment. 
  • Avoid using certain skin care products that contain retinol, tretinoin, and glycolic acid for at least 48 hours before the procedure. 
  • Minimize sun exposure for at least 24 hours prior to the cheek injections.  

Techniques for Injecting Cheek Fillers Asian Patients 

Experienced providers may use different injection techniques for cheek augmentation depending on your facial anatomy and aesthetic goals. Here are some ways that injectors can administer cheek fillers to Asian clients:

Aftercare and Side Effects of Cheek Filler Asian Treatment

Cheek fillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure and they don’t require a long downtime period. Most patients who get cheek injections can return home or resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment. 

But like any cosmetic procedure, there will be some side effects that can be experienced after the treatment. Some of the common post-treatment effects are injection site pain, swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness. Occasionally, there may be some dermal filler lumps or bumps but these should subside within weeks after the procedure. 

To ensure a smooth recovery after getting Asian cheek fillers, you’ll need to avoid exercising for at least 48 hours after the procedure. You should also avoid blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days. If there’s any discomfort from bruising, you can apply Arnica gel or use a cold compress over the treated area. 

Best Types of Cheek Fillers Asian Clients Can Get 

There are a variety of dermal filler injectables that can be used for Asian cheek augmentation. Providers can choose the best kind of filler to use depending on your specific concerns and desired outcomes. Here are some of the popular cheek filler products: 

  • Juvederm: This cheek filler is made of hyaluronic acid and is known for its soft, gel-like consistency that can provide natural-looking volume and contours. It can also help minimize the appearance of cheek wrinkles and nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth. 
  • Restylane: This is another hyaluronic acid-based filler that can help augment your cheeks by restoring optimal volume and removing wrinkles in the midface region. It can also add definition and improve cheek projection for a more attractive facial profile. 
  • Radiesse: This cheek filler is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) and contains a firmer gel consistency which makes it suitable for contouring and shaping the cheeks to the look that you desire. It also helps add volume to correct sunken cheeks and smooths out moderate to deep creases and nasolabial folds.   

How Long Will Asian Cheek Filler Injections Last? 

Most dermal filler treatments aren’t a permanent fix but its effects can still be pretty long-lasting. Depending on the type of injectable used, your cheek filler results can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. HA-based fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, can last an average of 6 to 12 months since it’s easily absorbed by the body. Meanwhile, Radiesse has a higher viscosity than HA injections and can last about 15 to 18 months. 

Get Beautiful Asian Cheek Fillers From Dr. Lanna Aesthetics 

Anyone can get cheek fillers for facial rejuvenation and anti-aging purposes. But in particular, some Asians get cheek fillers to address their flat faces and create a more oval facial shape. Injectable fillers can also help slim their wide or round faces and improve their cheekbone structures. 

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics is a trusted med spa destination for safe and effective Asian cheek fillers. We have a team of experienced injectors who can customize a dermal filler treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals and provide the best possible cheek enhancement results. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more about our dermal filler treatments. 

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