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When Should You Get Lateral Cheek Filler Injections?

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It’s natural to experience some degree of facial volume loss as you get older. One of the common areas where age-related volume deficiency becomes prominent is the cheeks. This often results in more visible wrinkles, nasolabial folds, cheek hollowness, tear troughs, and weaker contours. Fortunately, these aesthetic problems can be solved with strategic placements of cheek fillers. 

So when are dermal fillers placed in the lateral cheeks? Providers can administer injectable fillers in the lateral cheeks when you have significant volume loss on the area near your cheekbones. Lateral cheek injections can help restore youthful contours, lift drooping cheeks, correct facial asymmetry, and minimize facial wrinkles and lines associated with volume loss. 

What Are Lateral Cheek Filler Injections?  

Dermal filler treatments are one of the most popular nonsurgical aesthetic procedures for anyone who wants to enhance their features or rejuvenate their natural beauty. This injectable can be placed almost anywhere on the face and body, but one of its common areas of application is the cheeks. 

Having soft, plump cheeks is a well-known hallmark of beauty and attractiveness. But as you get old, you’ll notice your face looking a lot thinner and losing skin elasticity. The cheeks also inevitably lose volume which results in sunkenness in the lateral and midface area. 

If you’re experiencing prominent drooping in the cheek area or loss of cheekbone structure, you may benefit from getting lateral cheek fillers. Lateral cheeks are also known as the outer part of your cheeks. This region sits in front of the ear or the outer edge of the eye and extends to the angle of the jaw.  

Your lateral cheeks give shape, width, and contour to your face and cheekbones. Naturally, loss of volume in the lateral cheeks can contribute to a weaker cheek and jawline structure, deeper wrinkles and nasolabial folds, and sagging facial skin. 

When Are Cheek Fillers Placed In The Lateral Cheeks?

A woman getting lateral cheeks filler

Providers use a variety of injection techniques in administering cheek filler procedures. Generally, the placements of the injectables depend on the severity of your skin aging concerns, cosmetic goals, and your unique facial anatomy. 

Here are some of the common cases when dermal filler injections are inserted into the lateral cheek region: 

1) For Cheek Contouring or Lifting  

One of the common signs of volume loss in the lateral cheeks is the weakening of the cheekbone structure or a drooping facial appearance. The depletion of lateral cheek volume can also lead to more pronounced tear troughs or dark circles as the lower eyelid loses its support and droops down with gravity.

Cosmetic providers can help improve the shape and fullness of the cheeks with lateral dermal filler injections. They can place the injectables on the lateral cheeks to create a sculpted or subtle lifting effect on the cheekbone area. Injecting lateral cheek fillers can also replenish lost volume in the lower eyelid and upper cheek junction which can diminish the appearance of tear trough hollows. 

2) For Midface Rejuvenation  

Loss of lateral cheek volume can also affect the shape and roundness of your mid-face area. In some people, this results in the appearance of flatter middle cheeks. Lateral cheek injections can help restore structure and add fullness to your mid-cheeks. This brings back the appearance of round or apple cheeks for a more youthful look. It can also provide a natural-looking lift to the midface region and accentuate your features. 

3) For Correcting Midface Asymmetry 

Lateral cheek filler treatments can also help address facial asymmetry, particularly in the middle region. Common signs of midface asymmetry include sagging on one side of the cheek, uneven cheekbone structure, crooked nose, and drooping of the lower eyelid on one side of the face. 

Injectors can place lateral cheek filler injections to even out or reposition certain parts of the face to achieve symmetry. They can also replenish volume to add definition and structure to the asymmetrical areas in your midface. 

4) For Reducing Cheek Wrinkles and Nasolabial Folds 

Losing cheek volume can also contribute to the appearance of facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds. That said, lateral cheek augmentation with dermal fillers can help fill in the deep-set wrinkles from volume loss. It can also visibly lift the midface to reduce the nasolabial folds and soften the area around your nose and the corners of your mouth. 

What’s the Difference Between Lateral and Medial Cheek Filler Treatments?  

Another popular injection technique for cheek enhancement is the placement of fillers on the medial cheek region. Volume loss in the medial cheeks can also accentuate some signs of facial aging, which is why it’s important to also treat this area. However, there are some key differences between lateral and medial cheek treatments.

Here’s an overview of how lateral and medial cheek fillers differ from each other: 

Lateral cheeksMedial cheeks 
LocationThis is the outer cheek region that extends to the edge of the ear and the angle of the jaw This is the inner cheek area that sits below the eyes  
How cheek fillers helpDermal fillers to the lateral cheeks are good for improving contours, lifting cheeks, correcting facial asymmetry, and reducing wrinkles and lines. Injectable fillers to the medial cheeks help provide support to your tear trough region and restore a youthful undereye area. They can also help achieve a subtle midface lift. 

Can You Get Both Lateral and Medial Cheek Filler Injections? 

Generally, experienced providers can determine the right injection technique and approach to cheek fillers depending on your aesthetic goals and specific concerns. There are cases when they treat both lateral and medial cheek regions to achieve complete facial rejuvenation. Here are some of the benefits of getting dermal fillers for the lateral and medial cheeks:

  • Helps achieve a more balanced and symmetrical face and cheek structure
  • Adds optimal volume to the inner and outer cheeks for a more youthful appearance
  • Provides support to the surrounding midface structures and skin tissues to delay the signs of facial aging
  • Can provide longer-lasting results for cheek augmentation 

Best Types of Lateral Cheek Contour Fillers 

There are different kinds of dermal fillers in the market and the choice of injectable that will be placed on the lateral cheeks will be decided by your provider depending on your aesthetic needs and desired outcomes. Here are some of the popular brands of cheek fillers:

  • Juvederm: This is a hyaluronic acid-based cheek filler that’s commonly used for correcting lateral and mid-face volume loss. On average, its results can last for 6 months to a year with minimal maintenance treatments.
  • Restylane: Like Juvederm, it’s a well-known HA filler with a smooth, gel-like consistency that can help restore natural-looking plumpness and softness to the lateral cheeks. Its effects on the cheeks can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
  • Radiesse: This cheek filler is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) which contributes to its thicker and firmer gel consistency. It’s great for restoring contours, lifting the midface region, and volumizing the cheeks. Its results can last anywhere from 12 to 15 months.

Get Volumizing and Cheek Contouring Fillers at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics 

Injecting dermal fillers into the lateral cheeks is a great method for replenishing lost facial volume and contouring the cheeks. The best cheek filler products can last anywhere from 6 months to a year, helping you enjoy a plumper and wrinkle-free appearance and keep the signs of aging at bay. 

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics is a trusted provider of safe and excellent cheek fillers to patients in New York and nearby areas. We have a team of skilled injectors and aesthetic practitioners who can administer cheek filler procedures using the best techniques and injectable products. Contact us today to know more about dermal filler treatments and book your initial consultation.

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