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What Cheek Filler Lasts the Longest?

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Cheek filler treatment is a popular cosmetic procedure for patients wanting enhancements without the need to undergo facial plastic surgery and deal with incisions and lengthy downtime. This solution may not be permanent, but they enjoy the natural-looking contours of their faces for longer periods due to filler longevity. Because of its promising effects, patients prefer the type of dermal filler that lasts the longest.

So what cheek filler lasts the longest? Bellafill has the most filler longevity, with its results lasting up to 5 years for the cheeks as an off-label usage. For fillers made specifically for adding this treatment area, Juvederm Voluma and Sculptra last the longest, reaching around 24 months with touch-up sessions every 12 months. Other long-lasting cheek fillers are Restylane Contour, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse, spanning 12 months.

Which Dermal Filler Lasts the Longest for the Cheeks?

As far as filler longevity is concerned, Bellafill tops the type of fillers with long-lasting effects for the cheeks as its common yet off-label usage. The effects of this injectable solution can last up to 5 years. Bellafill is followed by Juvederm Voluma and Sculptra, which can still be noticeable even after 12 months.

The consistency of the facial filler is another thing you should consider, aside from longevity. Cheek fillers require a thicker substance that holds its shape, so the enhancements stay intact even as you make facial expressions.

Dermal filler treatment offers patients natural-looking enhancements without cosmetic surgery. The procedure only involves injecting facial fillers – or gel-like substances made from different solutions – beneath the skin. It adds volume to your skin for:

  • improving facial contours
  • tightening the skin
  • reducing the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles
  • treating hypertrophic or depressed scars, and
  • treating facial fat loss

Filler injections are versatile as they can be administered to different areas of the face and body. You may have heard about the popular lip filler treatment from personalities and beauty enthusiasts, but cheek fillers are also another procedure many patients rely on. They prefer this injectable dermal filler treatment because it leaves the skin tighter and the face more contoured.

1. Bellafill

Bellafill is a type of facial filler that the FDA has approved for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds and hypertrophic or depressed acne scars. This facial filler contains bovine collagen or collagen sourced from cows. It also has purified thermoplastic beads called polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). This is responsible for the volume in filling facial wrinkles and adding plumpness to the cheeks.

Once injected into the skin, Bellafill releases collagen for the absorption of the body. This reaction will then trigger your collagen production. The PMMA beads stay intact in the treatment area to maintain the desired form.

Like many facial fillers, cheek augmentation is one of Bellafill's off-label uses. Its stimulation of collagen production and PMMA beads that can stay in place makes it suitable for filling the cheeks. Receiving a dermal filler injection with this type of substance offers effects lasting up to 5 years.

2. Juvederm Voluma

Juvederm Voluma is a type of hyaluronic acid filler specifically formulated for cheek augmentation. It has a thick consistency that can hold the shape your dermal filler injector has formed.

Hyaluronic acid is also found in your skin -- this active ingredient makes the dermal filler retain the injected volume in your skin to keep it plumper and tighter, reducing the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles. It's also injected deeper into the skin, making it last longer than other facial fillers.

Like many hyaluronic acid fillers, Juvederm Voluma also boosts your collagen production, which is responsible for leaving your skin looking tighter and more radiant. Juvederm Voluma gives you these cheek augmentation benefits for 24 months, with maintenance sessions every 12 months if you want to extend its results.

3. Sculptra

Sculptra is another long-lasting injectable dermal filler suitable for plumping your cheeks and enhancing your facial contours. Because it's first approved by the FDA as a treatment for patients suffering from lipoatrophy or facial fat loss, you can expect this brand of dermal fillers to be thick. It's suitable for adding enough volume to have a similar form to fat.

Unlike Juvederm Voluma, which is a hyaluronic acid filler, Sculptra has a different active ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). But like many dermal fillers, it can also reduce the appearance of smile lines and facial wrinkles because of the added plumpness and collagen boost. The poly-L-lactic acid stimulates collagen production and restores the volume in your face. This injectable filler can last for 24 months.

BrandHow Long It LastsTypeUsage
Bellafill5 yearsBovine collagen,
polymethyl methacrylate
Off-label use for cheek augmentation
Juvederm Voluma24 monthsHyaluronic acidFDA-approved for cheek augmentation
Sculptra24 monthspoly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)FDA-approved for facial fat loss treatment

Other Dermal Fillers to Consider for Your Cheeks

Aside from Bellafill, Juvederm Voluma, and Sculptra, there are also other long-lasting dermal filler injections to consider for your cheek augmentation. These include the Restylane fillers, specifically Restylane Contour and Restylane Lyft. Radiesse is another injectable filler to consider.

1. Restylane

Restylane is a brand of hyaluronic acid filler earning the first FDA approval for the use of this substance. It also has different versions with various consistencies that cater to specific dermal filler aesthetic goals, but most of its types are still pretty versatile.

For cheek augmentation, Restylane Contour is your best option because it's made specifically for restoring the definition of your cheeks, lasting up to 12 months. Restylane Lyft has also been approved by the FDA for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, smile lines, and other moderate to severe lines and wrinkles, but many patients also rely on it for plumping their cheeks. This hyaluronic filler injection also lasts up to 12 months.

Restylane Contour

Restylane Contour is FDA-approved for adding plumpness to the cheeks and treating facial fat loss. It's a brand of hyaluronic acid filler, so it adds volume to the treatment area with this substance and boosts collagen production. This dermal filler injection employs Restylane's patented XpresHAn technology that offers flexibility to the filler while still maintaining its durability.

Restylane Contour offers a perfect blend to your cheek tissues, so it gives you a natural appearance with the volume intact as you make facial expressions. The effects of your Restylane Contour last for 12 months.

Restylane Lyft

Restylane Lyft is another suitable injectable filler for your cheeks. Also an HA filler, this solution can improve your facial contours as it can lift the cheeks and restore your jawlines, giving you a more chiseled look. Aside from cheek augmentation and facial fat loss treatment, Restylane Lyft is primarily used for reducing the appearance of deep lines, like marionette lines or smile lines and nasolabial folds. Patients can experience its effects for 12 months.

2. Radiesse

Radiesse is another type of filler injection used for filling treatment areas with moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles, like nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Just as it's thick enough to be used for the back of the hand, it's also reliable for filling up the cheeks for off-label use. Radiesse has been formulated with calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres, which are made with ions of calcium and phosphate.

This injectable dermal filler offers a slightly different action than other fillers. It adds volume to your skin and stimulates collagen production. The gel would then form a structure that copies your connective tissues. The fillers injected into you will eventually be absorbed by your body's metabolism, leaving the newly formed collagen in the desired area. Patients get to enjoy the results of a facial augmentation even without facial plastic surgery for 12 months with Radiesse.

BrandHow Long It LastsTypeUsage
Restylane Contour12 monthsHyaluronic acidFDA–approved for cheek augmentation
Restylane Lyft12 monthsHyaluronic acidFDA-approved for cheek augmentation
Radiesse12 monthsCalcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA)Off-label use for cheek augmentation

How to Prolong the Effects of Your Fillers

Your dermal filler injection may only last up to a specific time, but you may do several ways to prolong its effects. These include:

  • combining with Botox cosmetic
  • minimizing sun exposure
  • adding retinol to your skincare
  • avoiding over-exercising right after the procedure
  • keeping yourself hydrated
  • observing a balanced diet
  • avoiding pressure

As a general rule, you might want to lead a healthier lifestyle, so your cheek fillers won't run into problems. Consult a trusted aesthetic practitioner about the most suitable cheek filler for you. Ensure having a customized treatment that leaves you satisfied with your appearance.

Get Your Dermal Fillers from Dr. Lanna

woman who undergo cheek filler procedure in Dr. Lanna's clinic

Dermal fillers offer you dramatic yet natural-looking enhancements without the need to undergo cosmetic surgery. Aside from choosing a long-lasting filler, you should also consider a trusted aesthetic cleaning that can provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Master injector Dr. Lanna Cheuck offers a wealth of cosmetic procedures, including cheek augmentation with dermal filler treatment. Known as the "Celebrity Liquid Facelift Doctor," Dr. Lanna, along with her team, is dedicated to providing patients with world-class treatments. Schedule a consultation with us to know more about our cheek filler treatment. You can leave us a call today or fill out a quote on our website.

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