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What’s The Best Dermal Filler for a Hollowed Out Cheek Area?

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Having prominent, plump cheeks is one of the hallmarks of attractiveness and beauty. But as age catches up with your skin, you’ll naturally lose volume in your midface region, resulting in the appearance of sunken cheeks. If your cheeks start to show signs of hollowness and aging, there are several nonsurgical solutions that you can get, such as dermal filler injections. 

So what are the best dermal filler products for cheek augmentation? Popular cheek filler injections are products made from hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). These dermal fillers are also known by their brand names: Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Your choice of cheek filler injection will depend on the severity of your cheek hollowness and desired aesthetic outcomes. 

What Are The Best Types of Dermal Fillers for Sunken Cheeks?

One of the common areas where a dermal filler injection can be placed is in the cheeks. Ideally, your cheeks should be proportionate with your other facial features to achieve an attractive appearance. Both men and women also now prefer having high cheekbones as a sign of youthfulness

However, losing facial volume is inevitable and most individuals can see some of the first signs of hollowing in their cheeks region. Fortunately, dermal fillers are specifically designed to address volume loss and improve facial contours. 

These injectable substances have a soft, gel-like material that can replenish the volume under your skin, enhancing your natural cheekbone structure and restoring your cheek’s plumpness and fuller shape. Providers can choose from a variety of dermal filler products for your cheek rejuvenation. Here’s an overview of the best kinds of dermal fillers to improve a hollow cheek area: 

1. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

These soft tissue fillers are made of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is an important sugar molecule that attracts water and helps moisturize skin cells. It also supports your body’s ability to make new collagen and elastin to maintain skin elasticity and firmness. 

Most hyaluronic acid fillers have a smooth, gel consistency that can provide natural-looking results when injected beneath the skin. With its humectant properties, an HA filler can also retain moisture to deeply hydrate the skin and create volume and plumpness. 

Here are some of the best hyaluronic acid-based fillers for a cheek injection: 

Juvéderm Voluma XC

Juvéderm is a popular line of dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid. Among its products, the Juvederm Voluma XC is specifically-made for addressing volume loss and midface contour deficiencies. It’s designed with a heavier HA molecular weight which makes it one of the thicker fillers in the Juvederm brand. 

With its thick texture, Voluma is perfect for enhancing cheek volume and providing a lifting effect to the midface region. It can also help reduce the appearance of marionette lines and nasolabial folds around the cheeks, nose, and mouth.

Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC 

Another popular HA filler for cheek treatment is the Juvederm Ultra Plus XC. Just like Voluma, it also has a significantly thicker formula and consistency compared to the other Juvederm products. This injectable filler can address mild to moderate volume loss in the cheeks and fill in deep creases and facial wrinkles. It can also help contour your cheekbone and improve your facial shape. 

Restylane Lyft

Restylane is another family of FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers that can be used for cheek augmentation. Like Juvederm, it has several products in the collection but the one most commonly used for the cheek area is Restylane Lyft. 

This injectable HA filler has a thicker gel and firmer texture which is suitable for volumizing and restoring fullness to hollow areas in the face. It can also help raise the skin tissues to provide a subtle cheek-lifting effect. Injectors can likewise use this filler to address smile lines and other visible wrinkles. 

Restylane Contour 

This Restylane product is made with advanced XpresHAn Technology which is a special manufacturing process that gives more support and flexibility to the filler. When injected beneath the cheeks, it restores volume and rejuvenates your contour while allowing your face to create more natural expressions and movements. It has a viscous consistency but it’s pliable enough so the providers can inject and manipulate the filler according to your desired goals. 

Restylane Defyne

This hyaluronic acid filler is also crafted with the same XpresHAn Technology used for the Restylane Contour injectables. It has a smooth, gel-like consistency and thicker texture that’s perfect for filling in hollowed areas and eliminating deep facial wrinkles and folds. It can be used to augment the cheeks while providing flexibility to maintain the natural movements and expressions in your midface region.  

2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHa) Fillers

This type of dermal filler is made of small CaHa microspheres which are suspended in a smooth, liquid gel carrier. Like hyaluronic acid, CaHa is also a naturally occurring substance that’s present in the bones. As a dermal filler ingredient, it’s been proven effective for minimizing moderate to severe wrinkles and fine lines and correcting facial volume loss. 

The most popular CaHa filler in the market today is Radiesse. It’s a biostimulatory dermal filler with a relatively thicker consistency than hyaluronic acid-based injections. When injected into the cheek area, it can provide almost instant visible plumping effects. However, its final results can be seen within 4 to 6 weeks as the fillers take time to activate the fibroblast cells and grow new collagen. 

3. Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) Fillers 

The best cheek filler injections can also be made of poly-L-lactic acid. It’s a synthetic, biocompatible polymer that has been used in many medical devices, like dissolvable stitches. Unlike HA injectables, PLLA fillers are considered collagen stimulators as they primarily encourage the body to rebuild its natural collagen to improve cheek volume, shape, and fullness. 

Sculptra is the most popular brand of PLLA filler used by many injectors today. This injectable has a liquid consistency but when placed underneath the skin, it integrates with your skin tissues and kickstarts collagen production. Initial improvements from Sculptra may be seen within 6 weeks while the full results of the injections can be noticeable after several months. 

How Long Will The Effects of A Cheek Filler Treatment Last?  

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The longevity of the cheek fillers may vary depending on the type of injectable that you received. It can also be affected by how many fillers you received in the cheek area. Here’s an overview of the average lifespan of the effects of dermal fillers on hollow cheeks:

  • Juvederm Voluma XC - Can last up to 2 years
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC - Can last anywhere from 6 months to a year 
  • Restylane Lyft - Can last about 6 months
  • Restylane Contour - Can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months 
  • Restylane Defyne - Can last up to 12 months 
  • Radiesse - Can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months 
  • Sculptra Aesthetic - Can last anywhere from 1 to 2 years 

Other Ways That Cheek Fillers Can Improve Your Appearance

Cheek filler treatments are one of the top cosmetic procedures performed in many aesthetic clinics and med spas today. As a minimally invasive alternative to plastic surgery, millions get injections to bring back their youthful cheek shape and contours. 

But aside from volumizing the midface area, there are other ways that cheek fillers can enhance your appearance. Here are other improvements that cheek fillers can provide: 

Get Your Cheek Fillers From Experienced Injectors at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

Dr. Lanna and her team

Choosing which type of cheek filler injection to get can be a hard decision to make on your own. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced provider, like our master injector Dr. Lanna, who can help decide on the best injectable cheek filler that can give you the results you want. 

At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we have a highly capable team of doctors and aestheticians who have experience in administering dermal fillers for hollow cheek areas. We can provide a customized treatment plan based on the severity of your skin condition and specific cosmetic goals. Call us today to book an appointment or learn more about our cheek filler treatments.  

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