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What You Need to Know About Cheek and Chin Filler

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Cheek and chin fillers are some of the best ways to round out your facial contour or improve a certain aspect of your facial feature without the need for plastic surgery. Sure, while cheek implants or a chin implant may be a more permanent solution, there are distinct advantages to getting a dermal filler injection over facial implants.

So what exactly should you keep in mind when getting cheek and chin fillers? They're mostly similar in terms of their effects and procedure, but they do have some differences with how they work - and the brands that you can consider for each treatment.

What Are Cheek Fillers?

Cheek fillers are dermal fillers injected around the cheek area. While they can be used for a variety of effects, their primary purpose is to increase the volume around your cheeks to make your cheekbones have a more defined profile.

Secondary uses of cheek filler are to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles or to help the cheeks match the rest of the face if you've gotten improvements elsewhere. They typically only require one treatment, though you may get re-applications if you need them.

If you want to get cheek filler done, it's always best to find a professional cosmetic provider that's been licensed to do it - usually a plastic surgeon. The procedure is quick, the results are reliable, and they can take off years from your face with a skilled application.

What Are Chin Fillers?

Chin fillers are similar to cheek fillers, but they're specifically designed to be injected into the chin or the jawline. Their primary purpose is also to add more volume to the jawline, though they can also address conditions like a cleft chin without the need for plastic surgery.

Secondary uses for chin fillers are also similar: to get rid of fine lines, and wrinkles, and to smooth the skin in general. However, another important application for chin filler includes improving the structure of the jawline and improving your facial contours in general.

Chin fillers also have a similar way of application and upkeep to cheek fillers. In fact, some providers often administer both types of dermal filler in the same treatment session. That's just one of the many ways that chin filler can work well with other dermal filler treatments.

Why Use Filler Injection Treatment for The Chin and Cheeks?

Dermal fillers aren't the only cosmetic procedure that you can use to fill in a wrinkle on the chin or cheek - there are also other treatments that you can consider, as we'll discuss later. But dermal filler has some benefits that make it a more attractive option compared to other options, especially for the chin and cheeks.

1. Non-Surgical Treatment

Perhaps the most significant benefit to getting dermal filler treatments over other procedures is that it's a non-surgical treatment - so no incisions, no sutures, no knives, or anything else needed to put you under. All you need is a needle and a bit of time, and you'll be able to get your results.

Since they don't require surgical treatments, dermal filler injections are extremely accessible. You can get them done at a medical spa or a plastic surgeon's office, though you should still have access to medical support, just in case.

2. Little to No Post-Procedure Downtime

Because it's a non-surgical procedure, you don't need to stay in the medical spa or clinic after your treatment. Aside from taking it easy and maybe a day or two of bed rest if you have sensitive skin, you can resume your normal activities soon after your dermal filler treatment.

Most patients don't report any downtime required after dermal treatments, since these are injectables that don't leave too much damage to your skin. In comparison to the downtime for most other treatments that add volume to the cheek and chin, you won't have to experience much of it with facial filler treatment.

3. Easier Post-Treatment Care

Another benefit of non-surgical treatment is that you won't need much for post-procedure aftercare. All of the things that will usually require care like waiting out a suture or recovering from incisions don't happen with dermal filler applications. If you need any post-treatment care, you can receive most of it directly after your procedure.

You can even take care of most of your post-treatment symptoms at home, and these symptoms usually go away after a day or two. No need for any prescription medications or other similar methods of pain management. Your provider will give you more details about any post-treatment care you may need, but it won't be that much.

4. Quick and Efficient Treatment

No need to block off a few days or a few weeks for your appointment - dermal filler injection only requires an hour or two with your provider, depending on the results that you want. That's true for all appointments, whether it'll be your first time or getting a re-application a few months down the line.

With dermal filler treatment, it's not unnatural to spend an afternoon from consultation to actual treatment, though this only applies if you're getting re-application. For most first-time patients, a thorough consultation with their cosmetic doctor or plastic surgeon is required so they're well-informed about their treatment.

5. Proven Results

Plastic surgery has been a mainstay for helping improve the lower face, but dermal filler has proven itself to be a fair competitor in recent years. With treatments becoming more accessible and the market more competitive, patients can now enjoy the proven results from dermal filler treatments no matter the cosmetic concern.

While some conditions can't fully be treated with dermal fillers alone (like a double chin or removing excess fat from the jawline), dermal fillers can still help with improving the results after. It's a versatile treatment with a variety of applications and can benefit almost anyone.

6. Variety of Choice

Variety is one of the many reasons why you can consider dermal filler treatments - there are different types of fillers and different brands which you can use to address your concern. These fillers act differently and have different effects to increase the volume of your skin, but you'll more or less always get the results that you want.

The only thing that's limiting your variety of choices is the brands that your provider may have access to. Most providers will usually stock different brands of different types of dermal filler, to better address the specific needs of their patients.

7. Short and Long-Term Benefits

With different types of filler comes different methods of action - and that also means different benefits from each dermal filler brand you may choose. Some have long-term effects that can help your results stay after treatment, while others can help your skin in other ways.

But keep in mind that the most important thing that you should consider is how closely your dermal filler can help you achieve your results. All the other benefits that you can get are nice, but they are secondary to the main goal of addressing your cosmetic concern.

Options for Your Dermal Filler Injection

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While it's possible that any type of dermal filler can give you improvements on the cheek and chin, there are specific types (and even specific brands) of dermal filler that can work the best. These are the ones that you and your provider will consider for your treatment:

1. Hyaluronic Acid Filler

Hyaluronic acid fillers are some of the most common brands used in all dermal filler applications, and cheek and chin fillers are no exception. They're highly popular choices for patients who don't need so much filler for the cheeks or chin, and they're accessible to most providers.

Some considerations for using hyaluronic acid filler include:

  • Can be easily removed if you're not satisfied with the results
  • Improves the hydration of the skin after the procedure
  • Lasts an average of 6 to 8 months, depending on the patient
  • An excellent option for people who have little to no experience with using dermal filler
  • Has many different brands and formulations for the cheeks and chin

Juvederm and Restylane filler are some of the most common brands used for hyaluronic acid filler.

2. PMMA (polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres) Filler

PMMA fillers use a mixture of bovine collagen and microspheres to help add volume to the skin. They're generally considered one of the longest-lasting fillers you can get, though most providers will generally gravitate to other fillers if you don't need too much filler material for your results.

Some things to keep in mind about PMMA filler include:

  • Sourced from animal material, possibly triggering allergic reactions
  • Lasts for a long time, possibly years depending on the application
  • Excellent support for changes brought by plastic surgery
  • May require several applications before you get visible results
  • Requires expert application for the best results.

If you're considering this type of filler, you'll most likely be using Bellafill for your procedure.

3. Poly-L-lactic Acid Filler

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are somewhat different compared to other dermal fillers on this list: they don't exactly fill an area. Rather, it stimulates the collagen production of your skin, which fills in the missing volume over time.

Keep these things in mind if you're considering going for this type of filler:

Sculptra is the leading brand of poly-L-lactic acid filler, though your provider may look for other options if it isn't available.

Facial Fillers, Cheek Augmentation, and Plastic Surgery With Dr. Lanna

a woman had cheek filler injection at Dr. Lanna's clinic

Dermal filler injections need nothing less than the most skilled providers for the best results - and that's true no matter what injectable filler or cosmetic concern you're addressing. For cheek filler and chin filler, it's important to get a plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor with the needed experience to apply facial filler for the results that you need.

Whether it's jaw filler for jawline contouring or chin filler treatment for a fine line or other facial wrinkles, Dr. Lanna has the tools and experience to get it done. To learn more about our chin injection treatments, jawline augmentation filler, and other ways we can help improve your skin, book a consultation with us today.

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