Cheek fillers offer an effective and minimally invasive way to restore lost volume to the midface and achieve more sculpted, youthful cheekbones. When performed correctly by an expert injector, dermal fillers in the cheeks can beautifully enhance facial contours and proportions.
However, all fillers carry some risk for undesired effects like bruising, swelling or vascular complications if accidentally injected into a blood vessel. This makes proper technique and an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy essential for the provider.
When filler is inadvertently injected into an artery or vein in the face, it can cause a vascular occlusion by blocking blood flow. The compromised blood supply can lead to ischemia and potential necrosis (tissue death) in the area.
Vascular complications from cheek fillers are very rare in the hands of an experienced injector. According to a study, the incidence of vascular occlusion appears to be 3 out of 1000 injections. However, they can result in serious adverse effects like:
Other symptoms of vascular occlusion include:
Though hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and others have an excellent short-term safety profile, injected filler particles can still potentially block blood flow, cutting off oxygen to tissues.
This makes proper injection technique absolutely crucial for patient safety and satisfaction.
All medical aesthetic treatments carry some inherent risks, even non-surgical ones like dermal fillers. But the risks of adverse events can be minimized by:
The most crucial safety factor is choosing a provider thoroughly trained and experienced in administering facial fillers. They should have comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy to avoid blood vessels and nerves.
An ideal provider will be:
Opt for a provider who specializes in facial rejuvenation and has significant experience specifically with dermal fillers, not someone who offers them as a side service. Don’t compromise safety for discounted prices at med spas or salons.
Skillful technique is key to ensuring filler is deposited in the appropriate facial planes and avoiding inadvertent intravascular injection. Experienced injectors will:
Proper technique greatly reduces the risk of accidentally sealing off blood vessels with filler.
Reputable providers will do test injections of tiny amounts of filler in less risky areas like the forehead or hand. They closely observe patients for any worrying signs like pain, whitening or mottling of the skin before continuing with treatment.
Patients should also let their provider know immediately if they feel any discomfort during the procedure. Sudden onset of pain could indicate entry into a blood vessel.
Ethical providers will fully inform patients of all potential side effects - both common and rare - and obtain consent before treatment. Patients should notify their provider of any pre-existing conditions like bleeding disorders that could increase risks of bruising or other complications.
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Now that we’ve covered some essential safety strategies, let’s look at how Dr. Lanna specifically avoid blood vessels during cheek enhancement with fillers:
The cheeks present a higher risk zone for intravascular injection than other areas of the face. Blood vessels here include branches of the transverse facial artery, infraorbital artery and zygomatico-orbital artery.
To reduce risks, Dr. Lanna avoid the following high-risk areas:
The safest areas for cheek injection are zones with fewer large blood vessels like the subcutaneous fat pad centrally and the higher cheekbones.
These flexible micro-cannulas with blunt, rounded tips can help avoid penetrating blood vessels in the danger zones. They move smoothly through tissue planes with less risk of vascular injury compared to sharp needles.
Cannulas may reduce bruising and are ideal for the novice injector still perfecting their technique.
Dr. Lanna draws back slightly on the plunger of the syringe to check for any blood return before injecting. Blood drawback indicates the needle has penetrated a vessel and she will reposition before trying again.
Rather than injecting large boluses of filler rapidly, Dr. Lanna adds gradual layers with light pressure on the plunger. This allows greater control so the injection can be stopped if any blood return is seen.
Small volume injections also limit the amount of filler that could enter a blood vessel to cause occlusion.
She closely monitors the patient for any signs of discomfort, pain, whitening or irregularities during the procedure. Patients can notify Dr. Lanna immediately if they feel any strange sensations.
This feedback helps identify any potential entry into blood vessels before additional filler is added.
Overzealous correction with excessive filler is more likely to put pressure on or block nearby delicate blood vessels. Dr. Lanna employs a conservative approach with lower volumes appropriate to the anatomy that reduces this risk.
She aims to achieve beautiful, natural-looking enhancement without overfilling the cheeks beyond what is aesthetically ideal for the individual.
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While your chosen injector bears the brunt of responsibility for safe technique, you also play a key role in minimizing risks for optimal outcomes. Here are some tips when considering cheek fillers:
Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, led by renowned facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lanna Cheuck, offers cheek filler injections performed to the highest standards of safety and care. Patients rave about the natural, beautiful enhancements achieved through Dr. Cheuck's artistry with fillers.
Dr. Cheuck only uses FDA-approved dermal fillers with proven safety records like the Juvederm and Restylane families. She adheres to strict safety protocols before, during and after treatment. Combining her keen aesthetics and meticulous technique, Dr. Lanna consistently achieves gorgeous cheek enhancement without an overdone look.
To learn more about achieving your best cheeks safely, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lanna today. Discover why patients trust her expertise for facial rejuvenation with natural-looking results and minimal risks.