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The Complete Guide to Proper Aftercare for Optimal Results

Getting cheek filler can provide a subtle but transformative boost to your facial contours. With contouring and volumization of the midface, cheek fillers can make your cheekbones pop for a more youthful appearance.

But you’ll want to take proper aftercare of your newly plumped cheeks to ensure the best results. Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about sleeping positions and aftercare when it comes to cheek fille.

Read on for tips directly from expert injectors on how to protect your investment and let your cheek filler settle beautifully.

Why Does Sleep Position Matter After Cheek Filler?

Cheek Filler Treatment

When you get cheek filler injected into the midface area, the hyaluronic acid material needs time to properly settle into its final position in your facial tissues.

Sleeping on your side or stomach too soon after injections can disturb the filler and potentially cause these issues:

  • Migration of the filler, resulting in an uneven appearance
  • Flattening or distortion of the filler shape over time
  • More swelling, redness, bleeding and tenderness as the area gets compressed

That’s why most injectors recommend sleeping on your back with your head elevated for at least 1-2 weeks after filler. This takes pressure off the treatment area so the filler can integrate naturally.

How Long Should You Wait Before Sleeping on Your Side

We advise patients to avoid sleeping on the treated side for 24-48 hours after getting cheek filler. Downtime is minimal, but you’ll want to take it easy. 

Try to sleep propped up on your back to reduce pressure on the area until initial swelling and tenderness goes down. After the first 1-2 days, you can probably sleep on your side by using an extra pillow between your head and shoulder. 

But continue taking precautions such as:

  • Don’t smash your face directly into the pillow
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach

Give your cheek filler 2 full weeks to properly settle before lying directly on the treated side. The area will still feel tender while the filler material stabilizes.

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Tips for Sleeping After Cheek Filler

Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest without disturbing your new cheek filler:

✔️ Try wedge pillows or adjustable beds to keep your head raised

✔️ Place a soft pillow between your shoulder and head if side sleeping

✔️ Use pillows under your knees and arms to take pressure off your face

✔️ Avoid direct pressure on the treated area for 1 week

✔️ Sleep in a reclined lounge chair or recliner if needed

✔️ Take any pain medication as directed by your injector

✔️ Use ice packs as needed to reduce swelling

✔️ Keep your head elevated during the day by sitting upright

What to Expect During Recovery

Most patients only require 1-3 days of recovery time after getting cheek filler:

TimeframeSymptomsTreatmentLifestyle Tips
First 24 hoursSwelling peaks at around 2 days, tenderness, bruising, redness and numbness may start to appearUse cool compresses on the affected areaAvoid strenuous exercise and excessive movement of the affected area, avoid alcohol consumption
1-2 daysTenderness, bruising, redness, numbness continue, swelling gradually decreasesContinue using cool compresses on affected areaStay hydrated, sleep with head elevated
First few daysDiscomfort is usually mildUse over-the-counter medication to manage discomfortRest and limit physical activity, keep affected area elevated
After 2 daysSwelling continues to subsideAs needed, use cool compresses on affected areaGradually resume normal activities once swelling has subsided

Following proper aftercare guidance will help minimize side effects. Within 1 week, most swelling dissipates and you can resume normal activities.

Benefits of Cheek Filler

Cheek Filler Treatment

Injectable fillers add strategic volume to lift sagging skin, fill hollows, and recreate the shapely contour along the cheekbones that diminishes with time.

Some benefits of cheek filler include:

Lifts sagging cheek skin

As we age, the facial tissues weaken and the effects of gravity become more apparent. Cheek filler adds volume that lifts drooping cheek skin for a tighter, more toned look. Strategic injections along the upper cheekbones physically lift the midface.

Restores lost volume

Over time, the cheeks lose their youthful fullness as fat pads atrophy and the skin loses elasticity. Filler replaces volume that has diminished, restoring smoother, plumper contours. The added fullness fills in sunken areas for a well-rested appearance.

Enhances cheekbone contour

Cheekbones become less defined with natural fat loss and tissue descent. Filler enhances the cheek contour by augmenting the projection of the cheekbones for more definition and accentuation of these focal points. Higher, more prominent cheekbones convey a more youthful bone structure.

Fills hollows under eyes and cheeks

Volume loss and fat atrophy often lead to sunken hollows and dark circles under the eyes and cheek area. Filler in the tear troughs and upper cheek plumps up these zones to reduce shadows and give a fresher, brighter eyed appearance.

Complements other facial rejuvenation treatments

Cheek filler beautifully complements other procedures like thread lifts and facelifts. Filler replaces volume in areas not addressed by lifting treatments for comprehensive facial renewal. Combination treatments allow more dramatic improvements with synergistic effects.

Provides subtle, natural-looking enhancement

Unlike permanent implants, injectable filler offers subtle volume restoration using your own body's soft tissue for the most natural results. Skilled injectors like Dr. Lanna use meticulous placement techniques for seamless, undetectable enhancement.

Minimal downtime

Unlike surgery, cheek filler is an in-office procedure with virtually no downtime. Some mild swelling or bruising may occur but resolves quickly. Most patients resume normal activities immediately with discreet results.

Long-lasting results

With reputable fillers like Juvéderm Voluma, results typically last 12-18 months. Follow up maintenance treatments help sustain the rejuvenated appearance. For many patients, the gradual results become transformative over successive treatments.

With an expert injector like Dr. Lanna who specializes in the midface, cheek filler can reshape your profile for more lift and beauty.

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Combining Cheek Filler with Other Treatments

Cheek filler can be combined with other aesthetic treatments for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation approach. This allows multiple concerns to be addressed at once for enhanced, harmonized results. Potential treatment pairings include:

TreatmentBenefits of Combining with Cheek Filler
Under Eye FillerTreats under eye hollows, dark circles, and midface volume loss for complete eye rejuvenation. Cheek filler lifts midface while tear trough filler adds volume under eyes.
Jawline FillerDefines and augments jawline while lifting jowls. Provides lift and definition along the mid and lower face.
Liquid FaceliftStrategic filler + Botox provides nonsurgical facelift. Cheek filler lifts and volumizes midface to complement other injections.
Facelift/Neck LiftReplaces facial volume loss with aging after surgical lift. Restores oval, youthful shape.
Botox/DysportRelaxes wrinkles and enhances rejuvenating effects. Works synergistically to lift and smooth mid and lower face.
Thread LiftThreads provide lift while filler adds volume. Gives immediate and longer-lasting rejuvenation.

A customized treatment plan will amplify and harmonize your results. Discuss options with Dr. Lanna during your consultation.

Are You A Good Candidate for Cheek Filler?

Ideal candidates for cheek filler include:

  • Those in their 30s to 50s looking for subtle rejuvenation
  • People with naturally flat or hollow cheeks wanting more definition
  • Those with early signs of jowls and sagging in the midface
  • People who want to restore volume lost with aging
  • Individuals looking to temporarily augment or balance their facial features
  • Patients wanting minimal downtime from a lunchtime procedure
  • Anyone seeking non-surgical touch-ups between facelift procedures

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Discover Your Best Cheek Filler Results at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

Cheek Filler Treatment at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

If you’re looking to revitalize your midface with subtle, youthful volume, cheek filler could be a great option. Dr. Lanna Cheuck is a highly experienced facial rejuvenation specialist known for her natural-looking filler results.

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics provides a full range of dermal fillers to plump lips, smooth lines, contour cheeks, and more. She takes the time to understand your unique facial structure, aesthetic goals, and safety.

Her gentle injection techniques maximize comfort while her eye for detail ensures beautiful, balanced facial enhancement. Dr. Lanna’s patients highly recommend her warmth, skill, and commitment to patient satisfaction.

Contact Dr. Lanna Aesthetics today to schedule your cheek filler consultation. Discover how subtle refinements by an expert injector can help you look refreshed and radiant.

Call us at (929) 565-7539 or book an appointment online! 

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