Do you ever look in the mirror and feel like the bright, youthful person staring back at you is slowly fading away? As we age, the cumulative effects of sunlight, stress, and gravity can rob our faces of the plump, full cheeks and smooth, vibrant under-eye area we enjoyed in our younger years.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to looking older and more tired than you feel. With a few strategically placed injections of dermal filler in the under-eye and cheek areas, you can refresh your appearance and roll back the clock, restoring a natural, youthful look.
Under-eye cheek fillers are injectable treatments that contain hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body. Hyaluronic acid adds volume, hydrates the skin, and stimulates collagen production. These dermal fillers are injected under the skin by a highly experienced cosmetic provider.
The most popular fillers used for the under-eye and cheek areas are hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.
The filler is carefully injected into the treatment area using an ultra-fine needle. Many providers use a numbing cream beforehand so the injections are comfortable. The hyaluronic acid integrates into the skin tissue, adding subtle volume while allowing full facial expression.
When expertly injected, fillers can:
When treating the under-eye region, the focus is on the tear troughs under the lower eyelids. Filler is injected superficially into the bone to reduce sunken eyes and dark circles. For cheeks, volume is replaced in the upper cheekbone area, lifting sagging skin and smoothing wrinkles like nasal folds.
One of the first areas to show signs of aging is the mid-face region including the under eyes and cheek area. As we enter our 30s and 40s, faces start to take on a tired, almost sad appearance as temple hollowing, loss of volume under eyes, and descending cheeks reflect the loss of facial fat and collagen occurring underneath the surface.
|Signs of Aging in Mid-Face||Impact on Appearance||How Fillers Remedy Them|
|Temple hollowing||You appear older, tired||Fill hollow temples|
|Volume loss under eyes||Look sleep-deprived||Add volume to tear troughs|
|Descending cheeks||Less vibrant look||Lift cheeks|
|Sunken temples, under eyes, cheekbones||Shadows make you look older and sleep-deprived||Fill to smooth shadows|
|Crow's feet, lip lines get more attention||You appear more aged||Correct mid-face volume loss|
|Loss of collagen, fat under eyes||Creates hollow look||Fill tear troughs to support|
|Sagging cheeks||Bottom heavy look||Lift cheeks, augment cheekbones|
Under-eye and cheek fillers re-establish facial symmetry and harmony to the mid-face for substantial yet natural-looking rejuvenation.
Under-eye cheek fillers offer an array of aesthetic benefits without the need for surgery or significant downtime. Here are some of the improvements you can expect:
The plumping effects of hyaluronic acid increase skin elasticity. Hollows and wrinkles like laugh lines are filled in, renewing a smooth surface.
Filling sunken tear troughs reduces dark undereye circles and bags. Eyelids look refreshed and lifted.
Sunken temples, flattened cheekbones, and descending facial tissue are reversed.
Symmetry is restored to the mid-face. Hollow cheeks and temples are filled to achieve an oval facial structure that is fuller in the upper cheek.
Proportions between the lower face (jawline, chin) and upper face (eyes, brows, cheeks) are rebalanced for facial harmony.
The under-eye and cheek treatment areas are highlighted on a model here, along with before and after photos showing the rejuvenating enhancements possible with well-placed filler. The after images reveal brighter under-eye areas with reduced hollowness and circles.
Sagging in the mid-face is reversed. The cheeks are lifted, with a clearly defined oval shape replacing a bottom-heavy appearance. Overall, the face looks significantly smoother, tighter, more symmetrical, and 5 to 10 years younger.
Getting filler in the under-eye and cheek areas is a non-invasive procedure that can usually be completed during your lunch hour or other convenient time. It is important to meet with an experienced cosmetic provider for a consultation first to determine your facial anatomy, treatment goals, and the right filler approach.
Here is what you can expect during your appointment for under-eye cheek fillers:
The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on the facial areas treated and filler amounts used. Patients describe the injections as feeling like a tiny pinch or sting, but nothing too painful thanks to the numbing cream. While some minor swelling or bruising can occur, it resolves quickly. Most people feel comfortable going about their normal activities the next day.
Results gradually improve over the next 1-2 weeks as the filler fully integrates and swelling dissipates. While under-eye and cheek fillers create an immediately visible improvement, the final aesthetic enhancements are seen after 2 weeks. The area will continue looking smooth and natural, enabling you to move your face expressively.
With optimal placement by an experienced cosmetic provider, the smoothed and volumized appearance from under-eye cheek fillers can last 6 months or longer. However, most patients elect to have maintenance appointments every 9-12 months. This maintains the facial rejuvenation and youthful contours achieved through initial treatments.
By returning for periodic touch-up appointments, patients can sustain a youthful, refreshed facial appearance for years to come. While the cost is an investment, most patients think it is worthwhile to see the age-reversing, confidence-boosting benefits of under-eye cheek fillers. Speak to Dr. Lanna Aesthetics during your free consultation to learn about pricing.
While considered very safe with minimal downtime when properly administered, some risks do exist with under-eye cheek filler injections. Understanding the potential side effects and complications can help you make an informed decision.
Common short-term side effects like swelling, bruising, and tenderness typically resolve within 1-2 weeks. Some patients experience under-eye redness lasting a few days. Numbness at the injection site usually fades within a couple of hours. Headaches or flu-like symptoms may occur but are temporary.
More serious risks are very rare when receiving fillers from a licensed, experienced provider. However, improper injection techniques can lead to longer-lasting issues like:
Finding an injector with specialized training and a keen eye for facial aesthetics minimizes these risks. They will safely inject appropriate filler amounts and avoid delicate arteries under your eyes. Reputable providers also screen for potential complications like bleeding disorders or allergies during your initial consultation.
While increasing beauty through cosmetic procedures carries some inherent risks, you can feel confident by selecting an experienced, licensed provider focused on your overall health and natural-looking outcomes.
Because under-eye cheek fillers require precision and skill for optimal enhancement and safety, it is imperative to select the right provider. Here are factors to look for:
Do you look at old photos and miss the days when you had plump, unlined cheeks framed by smooth, bright eyes? With expertly administered under-eye cheek fillers, you can restore volume to sagging facial features and recapture a more energetic, youthful look.
So why continue to watch the years take their toll on your appearance when these safe, non-invasive treatments can roll back time? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lanna Aesthetics today to learn how under-eye cheek fillers can help you look as young as you feel.