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How to Make Cheek Fillers Last Longer

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Everybody wants to age gracefully. Fortunately, there are skin care products and cosmetic injectable treatments that can help you continue feeling your best and keep the signs of aging and facial wrinkles to a minimum. Dermal filler injections are one of the best procedures to restore a youthful cheek appearance. Although they’re a temporary fix, they can last relatively long for several months up to a year.

So what can you do to prolong the effects of your cheek filler injection? Some tips to make your cheek filler injections last long are: drink plenty of water, minimize sun exposure, practice a good skincare routine, limit the amount of exercise, and learn to manage your stress. You can also schedule additional sessions to receive touch-up cheek filler injections once their effects on the treated area are starting to fade.

Best Practices to Make Your Cheek Filler Results Last Longer

Facial volume loss, contour deficiencies, and wrinkles and fine lines are some of the common skin issues that you can experience as you get old. While there’s no way to completely stop the effects of aging, you can minimize its severity and maintain your youthful appearance with a dermal filler treatment.

Cosmetic fillers can be placed in almost any part of the face with prominent signs of aging and lost volume. One of its most popular applications is for cheek augmentation. When placed into the cheek area, a dermal filler injection can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Of course, this depends on the injectable filler that was used in the treatment area.

If you want to make your cheek fillers last long, you can follow these best aftercare measures:

1. Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after treatment 

Cheek and lip filler patients are always reminded to avoid doing any strenuous activity or exercise immediately after the procedure. This is to ensure that the injectable material settles in its position and prevents risks of prolonged bruising and swelling. If you exercise too soon after your cheek filler treatment, you may not see the intended effects of the injections.

It’s best to wait for about 24 to 48 hours after cheek or lip fillers before resuming your workout. Even then, you may want to refrain from high-intensity exercises, like CrossFit, swimming, or cardio, since they could speed up the rate at which your fillers are metabolized.

2. Minimize sun exposure

If you recently received a cheek filler injection, you should also try to stay away from direct sunlight. The sun contains harmful UV rays which may interfere with the intended effects of the dermal filler treatment and prolong swelling and bruising. Excessive sun exposure could also break down your hyaluronic acid filler faster. If you’re going out, make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin and cheek fillers.

3. Keep your body and skin hydrated 

Hyaluronic acid fillers can also last longer in the cheeks if you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. HA-based fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, work by attracting water to keep your skin cells and tissues moisturized. This could help keep your cheeks visibly smoother, softer, and plumper for a longer amount of time.

4. Follow a proper skin care regimen  

You can also prolong the benefits of your injectable treatment by practicing a good skincare routine. Take care of your filler-treated skin by regularly using a moisturizer to enhance the effects of your HA filler. 

You should also incorporate skin care products that stimulate collagen production to help improve your skin texture and quality. You may also want to add products with antioxidants that can help minimize the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals on your skin.

5. Learn how to properly manage your stress  

You should try to improve your lifestyle and find ways to better handle your stress. When you’re tense or stressed, the body releases cortisol and this hormone could accelerate the aging process as well as break down your cheek fillers faster.

6. Schedule regular maintenance treatments with your provider

While cheek fillers are a very promising cosmetic treatment, they aren’t a permanent fix. If you want more volume in the cheeks, additional dermal filler injections may be scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks after initial treatment. Touch-up sessions can also be performed twice a year to provide longer-lasting dermal filler effects and help you look consistently younger and wrinkle-free.

Which Dermal Fillers Tend to Last Long on the Cheeks?

a woman with plump cheeks

Different dermal filler products may be used for cheek enhancement. Your provider will recommend the best type of injectable filler to use based on your specific needs and desired aesthetic goals. Here are some of the common long-lasting fillers for cheek injections:

  • Juvederm - The Juvederm line is one of the popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that can be used for the lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. Most of its cheek-enhancing products, such as Juvederm Vollure, Juvederm Voluma, and Juvederm Volbella, can last anywhere from 18 to 24 months.
  • Restylane - Another popular family of hyaluronic acid fillers is Restylane. It has several injectables that are suited for cheek injections and nasolabial folds treatment, like Restylane Lyft, Restylane Contour, Restylane Defyne, and Restylane Refyne. These dermal fillers can provide effects that last for up to 12 months.
  • Sculptra Aesthetic - Providers can also use a semi-permanent filler, such as Sculptra, for cheek treatment. This injectable is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is a known collagen stimulator and can provide up to 2 years of rejuvenating and volumizing effects for the cheek area.

Get Beautiful, Long-Lasting Cheek Fillers at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics 

a man underwent cheek filler treatment at Dr. Lanna's clinic

Many cheek filler products have a long-lasting formulation and material. But because it’s a cosmetic injectable, it’s understandable that its effects are only temporary and you might need to get touch-up treatments to maintain its effects. You should also learn how to better take care of your skin to make your dermal filler result last longer.

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics is a trusted med spa that offers safe and effective cheek filler injections. With our extensive experience in dermal filler procedures, we can help provide the best possible results for your cheek augmentation. We’re also experienced in administering fillers in other facial areas such as the lips, chin, and jawline. Contact us today to learn more about our services or book your initial consultation with one of our doctors.

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