Kendall Jenner is one of the most famous models in the world, known for her striking looks. Over the years, there has been much speculation about whether the supermodel has had any cosmetic enhancements like cheek fillers to achieve her flawless facial features.
In this blog, we’ll analyze the rumors and expert opinions to get to the bottom of the cheek filler allegations.
Kendall Jenner's appearance has evolved publicly since she first hit the scene as a young teen on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now one of the most in-demand supermodels in the world, her glamorous looks have sparked rumors about possible cosmetic enhancements over the years.
While Kendall herself has never confirmed getting any plastic surgery or non-surgical procedures, expert plastic surgeons have analyzed changes in her face and believe she may have had:
|Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
|Some experts suggest Kendall may have undergone a subtle nose job early in her career. Comparing before and after photos, the bridge of her nose appears slightly slimmed and the tip refined. However, the changes are very natural and she still looks like herself.
|Kendall's lips look a touch fuller in recent photos compared to her teen years. The enhancement is gradual and not overdone though. Experts attribute this to possible subtle lip injections like Juvéderm or Restylane to boost lip volume.
|Kendall's arched brows seem slightly lifted after photos. Though makeup techniques can create this look, a brow lift either via surgery or thread lift could also explain the difference.
|Kendall's cheekbones appear much more contoured and defined than early in her career, with added volume. The uplift creates balance and facial harmony that wasn't as evident before.
Out of these alleged procedures, the rumors about cheek fillers seem most convincing to experts.
Cheek fillers are injectable dermal fillers that add volume to the cheek area. They can give the cheeks a plumper, more defined look by filling out hollows or deficiencies in the cheekbones.
Cheek fillers are popular among models, celebrities and influencers who want to achieve a contoured appearance in the midface area.
The results are temporary, lasting 6-12 months before the filler material is naturally absorbed by the body.
Some of the most common cheek fillers used today include:
|Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers
|Typically last 6 to 18 months
|Products like Voluma are formulated to last longer, up to 2 years, but are usually only recommended for the cheeks and not other areas of the face.
|Up to 1 year for contouring, up to 3 years for filling wrinkles
|Used to add volume to the cheeks and improve facial contours. When used for contouring, results can last up to 1 year. For filling wrinkles, calcium hydroxylapatite may provide 3 years of improvement.
|Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) filler
|Results with 2-3 treatment sessions
|Utilized to restore volume lost in the face due to aging or illness. Generally, two to three treatment sessions are needed to achieve optimal results with PLLA.
|Autologous fat injections
|Permanent but often multiple sessions needed
|Involves extracting fat from one area of the patient's body and reinjecting it into the cheeks. This method may offer permanent augmentation, but often requires more than one treatment session to attain the desired outcome.
|A permanent soft tissue filler used to smooth deep wrinkles around the mouth. It doesn't require reinjection but generally isn't recommended as a first-time facial filler treatment
There are many reasons Kendall Jenner may have opted for cheek fillers if the rumors are true. Some benefits of cheek filler include:
Cheek fillers can create the illusion of high cheekbones, for a naturally sculpted, contoured appearance. This gives an elegantly angled look to the midface.
Filling out cheeks can make facial features appear more symmetrical and well-balanced. According to a study, fillers are effective for both augmentation and refinement of overall facial proportions.
Cheek fillers require no surgery or downtime. There is minimal discomfort during the short treatment.
Most cheek filler procedures take less than 30 minutes at an experienced injector’s office.
With the better cheek fillers on the market today, results can last 1-2 years before gradually fading away.
The best injectors know how to contour the cheeks in subtle ways that look natural. No overdone or artificial effects.
While cheek fillers are considered relatively safe with minimal downtime when performed by an experienced injector, there are some potential risks and side effects to be aware of:
To minimize risks, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with extensive filler experience like Dr. Lanna. Avoid unqualified injectors offering bargain prices. The results are simply not worth the gamble with your face.
If you’re interested in enhancing your own cheeks—whether inspired by Kendall Jenner’s or not—there are a few other options available:
|Transferring fat from the abdomen/thighs to the face is an option. Results are permanent but more expensive. Downtime is 1 week.
|This non-invasive skin tightening treatment uses ultrasound energy to lift and tone the cheeks. Several sessions are needed but no injections.
|Soft silicone implants can be inserted via small incisions to rebuild or reshape facial contours, including the cheeks
|This procedure resuspends hollowing tissue under the cheekbones to add more volume to the cheek area and soften deep nasolabial folds. The incisions are hidden within the hairline, and the downtime is about one week.
|Topicals With Hyaluronic Acid
|Some skincare products can temporarily plump skin but not dramatic or long-lasting like fillers.
While Kendall has not confirmed getting cheek fillers, many cosmetic surgeons believe the gradual enhancement in her cheek contour is a strong sign she has had subtle injections like Juvederm Voluma or Restylane to add volume.
The uplifted, heart-shaped face with defined cheekbones creates overall facial balance and harmony that suits her modeling career.
If the rumors are true, Kendall likely opted for a conservative amount of filler strategically placed by an expert injector to lift the cheeks while still looking natural.
The goal with properly done cheek fillers is to create elegant facial proportions, not dramatically overfilled or altered features. When performed by a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Lanna, patients can achieve a refined, contoured appearance similar to Kendall's.
At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, cheek enhancement is one of our specialties. Dr. Lanna will help determine the right filler and injection areas during your consultation. We put your facial harmony, comfort and goals first.
To schedule your personalized cheek filler consultation, request an appointment online or call (929) 565-7539 today. Discover why patients travel from across the country to see Dr. Lanna’s artistic approach with injectables.