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Cheek Fillers: Comparing Before and After Results at 40 Years Old

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Cheek Fillers Over 40: Should I or Shouldn't I?

Cheek fillers offer a safe and effective way to address age-related volume loss in the midface, resulting in a more youthful, refreshed appearance, making them a worthwhile consideration for many individuals over 40.

Aging gracefully is a beautiful thing, but let's be honest – the years leave their mark on our faces.  

One of the most frustrating signs of getting older? 

That youthful fullness in our cheeks starts to fade by our 40s. It's not just wrinkles – our faces actually change shape due to lost volume and sagging skin. No skincare routine, no matter how amazing, can fully reverse that.

But here's the good news: cheek fillers offer a safe, effective way to bring back that youthful contour. We're not talking about the overdone, "pillow-face" look. When done well, cheek fillers subtly lift and plump for a refreshed, natural appearance.

What Exactly Are Cheek Fillers?

Cheek fillers are injectable treatments made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. Brand names like Juvederm Voluma and Radiesse contain a stabilized form of HA that provides immediate volume and lift when injected into facial tissues.

Here's why dermal fillers are so appealing:

  • No Surgery Needed: Unlike cheek implants, fillers require no incisions, anesthesia, or lengthy downtime. The process takes just minutes at your doctor's office.
  • Reversible Option: Most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which can be dissolved with a special enzyme if you decide the look isn't for you. This offers peace of mind, especially for first-timers.

Why Do Women Over 40 Get Cheek Fillers?

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There are a few main reasons women in their 40s choose to get cheek fillers:

To Regain Volume Lost With Aging

As we get older, we slowly lose collagen, elastin and facial fat that give the cheeks their plump, rounded shape. Cheek fillers replace what’s been lost over time. They can give a “lifted” look by filling in hollows under the eyes and reducing the appearance of sagging jowls and nasolabial folds.

To Balance Facial Features

Fillers can be strategically placed to create better symmetry and proportion if one cheek is more sunken or flat than the other.

To Enhance Facial Definition

More pronounced or sculpted cheekbones are a hallmark of youth. Correctly placed fillers augment the underlying bone structure to achieve a more chiseled profile.

To Restore Confidence

For many women, looking worn out or continually tired starts to impact their self-esteem. Cheek fillers offer an opportunity to address signs of aging and revive their look. This can provide a significant confidence boost.

What Results Can You Expect From Cheek Fillers After 40?

The effects of cheek fillers are gradual and natural-looking. Don’t expect an extreme makeover. But you should notice enhancements like:

A Firmer, More Defined Facial Contour

Fillers replace lost volume and “fill in” hollowed areas along the upper cheekbones and under eyes. This smooths and contours the midface for a more oval, youthful shape.

Fewer Signs of Sagging Skin

Restoring volume to the midface lifts and tightens sagging skin on lower cheeks, jowls and along the jawline by filling it from within. Less pronounced nasolabial folds are another plus.

A Reduction in Under Eye Hollows and Dark Circles

Fillers in the tear trough area (under eyes) can minimize shadows for a brighter, well-rested look.

More Lifted, Taut Skin Overall

Plumping up the cheeks takes pressure off the lower half of the face. Skin regains elasticity and a firmer texture. Jowls are softened and lines become less noticeable.

A Fresh, Rested Appearance

With higher, more defined cheekbones, reduced puffiness and fewer wrinkles, your whole face gains back some of that youthful vitality.

What About Longevity? How Long Do Results Last After 40?

Most synthetic fillers provide 9-12 months of improvement for women in their 40s, compared to 6-9 months for women in their 20s and 30s who metabolize HA quicker. But natural collagen stimulating fillers like Radiesse can stimulate your own collagen production for even longer lasting benefits.

Follow up maintenance appointments within a year are recommended to maintain your look. Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your aesthetic physician.

Are There Risks Associated with Cheek Fillers at This Age?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some possible risks and side effects to consider:

  • Redness, swelling, bruising at injection sites for a few days after treatment. This is temporary.
  • Lip asymmetry if filler placed too close to the mouth. Avoid smiling or exaggerated facial expressions right after.
  • Nodules or bumps under the skin if the filler is injected too superficially or clusters in one area.
  • Rare allergic reaction in patients with specialized allergies.
  • Skin necrosis or hyper-correction if the doctor injects too much filler. Start conservatively.

However, choosing an experienced board-certified provider like Dr. Lanna significantly minimizes risks of any complications. We use meticulous injection methods for natural looking enhancement with minimal side effects.

How Should Someone Prepare for Cheek Filler Treatments?

Cheek Filler Treatment

If you're considering cheek fillers after 40, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified practitioner. During this appointment, you'll discuss your goals, concerns, and medical history. Your practitioner will assess your facial structure and skin quality to determine the best treatment plan for you.

To prepare for your cheek filler treatment, you should:

  • Verify your doctor is board certified in cosmetic dermatology or facial plastics.
  • Ask to see examples of their cheek filler work with actual patients.
  • Be sure the products they use are FDA approved fillers from reputable brands.
  • Tell your provider about any medications or allergies you have.
  • Arrive makeup-free with a clean face. Avoid blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E.
  • Maximize results by maintaining your filler appointments plus an anti-aging skin care regimen.
  • Trust your doctor’s aesthetic eye for placement and volume, but voice your preferences too.

How Much Do Cheek Fillers Cost?

Pricing depends on the type of filler, number of syringes needed, and your geographic location. Juvederm Voluma averages $800-$1500 per vial while Radiesse averages $800-$1200 per syringe. Most patients require 1-2 syringes to achieve optimal improvement in their midface. Many practices offer package deals to help reduce overall costs.

While not inexpensive, properly administered cheek fillers can provide up to a year or more of revitalized confidence in your appearance. For women seeking facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime, fillers present an effective option over surgery.


Cheek fillers offer a minimally invasive, effective way for people over 40 to rejuvenate their appearance and boost their confidence. By restoring volume, reducing sagging, and enhancing facial contours, this treatment can help you look and feel your best.

If you're considering cheek fillers, remember to choose a qualified practitioner who understands the unique needs of patients in their 40s and beyond. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the transformative effects of cheek fillers for months to come.

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