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The Best Cheek Fillers for a Sculpted, Youthful Look

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Selecting a Cheek Filler Personalized for Your Needs and Desired Outcome

Popular dermal fillers for recontouring the cheeks include hyaluronic acid products and collagen stimulators for smooth lift. Expert aesthetic specialists thoughtfully consider facial anatomy, volume loss, and patient goals when advising the ideal filler for natural-looking, customized cheek enhancement.

Full, high cheekbones have long been associated with youth and beauty. As we age, the cheeks naturally lose some of their volume and plumpness, causing the midface to appear flat or saggy. Dermal fillers offer a minimally invasive solution to restore a shapely, plumped cheek contour for a more youthful look. 

But with the many filler options now available, how do you choose the right one for your needs? In this article, we compare the popular hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers Juvederm and Restylane along with collagen stimulating filler Radiesse for augmenting cheeks.

Desired Outcomes for Cheek Fillers

Most patients seek cheek fillers to:

  • Add volume and lift to flat or sagging cheeks
  • Achieve a smoother cheek contour
  • Reduce the appearance of hollowing or shadows below the cheekbones
  • Restore the plump, heart-shaped face of youth
  • Lift the midface for a subtle facelift effect
  • Create higher, more defined cheekbones

The specific look you want to achieve will influence the type of filler recommended. An experienced provider can evaluate your facial anatomy, volume loss, and aesthetic goals to suggest the ideal filler and injection technique for natural-looking, customized results.

Book a consultation with Dr. Lanna Aesthetics now to restore your cheek volume and lift your midface with expertly placed dermal fillers

Why See a Specialist for Cheek Fillers?

Cheek Filler Treatment

With advanced knowledge of the complex facial muscles and contours, specialists like those at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics excel in reshaping the cheeks in a balanced, proportional way. Their artistic eye helps prevent an overly plumped or lopsided look. 

These experts also understand which filler formulas and injection methods lift, add volume, or smooth specific areas. Seeing a qualified injector reduces the risk of complications like unevenness or filler migration.

Overview of Popular Fillers for Cheek Augmentation

The two main classes of dermal fillers used for cheek enhancement are:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers: These absorbed fillers add volume through a gel-like substance that attracts and binds water. HA fillers are among the most popular options for the cheeks due to their natural feel and customizable results.
  2. Collagen Stimulators: These fillers prompt your body to produce more of its own collagen for gradual, longer-lasting cheek enhancement.

We’ll explore the leading HA filler brands Juvederm and Restylane and collagen stimulating filler Radiesse for recontouring cheeks.

Juvederm Fillers for the Cheeks

Juvederm by Allergan Aesthetics is the top-selling HA filler in the United States. Juvederm fillers utilize Allergan’s proprietary Vycross technology to provide smooth, natural-looking results that last up to 2 years.

There are two main Juvederm dermal fillers used for cheek augmentation:

  • Juvederm Voluma XC: This thicker HA formula is designed to add deep volume to the cheek area. In a 2015 study, approximately 80% of subjects still showed improvement of cheek fullness 2 years after treatment. Voluma XC is ideal for lifting the midface and restoring age-related volume loss.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC: This smoother HA gel subtly fills fine lines while adding mild volume to the cheeks. Vollure XC provides soft, long-lasting results up to 18 months. It is suited for those seeking minimal plumping or contouring of the cheeks.

Benefits of Juvederm for Cheeks

  • Immediate lifting and volume through smooth, malleable gels
  • Natural-looking enhancement and shapelier contour
  • Results last 1-2 years with optimal treatment
  • Minimal downtime or bruising
  • Non-surgical, lunchtime procedure
  • Safe record with rare adverse effects

Potential Drawbacks

  • Temporary results requiring repeat treatments
  • Possible swelling, tenderness, or redness for a few days
  • Risk of slight asymmetries or unevenness

Juvederm's smooth formulations and lasting results make it a top choice of injectors and patients for enhancing the cheeks.

Restylane Fillers for the Cheeks

Restylane dermal fillers by Galderma also use innovative HA gels to add volume to the midface region. Two of the most popular Restylane products for cheek enhancement are:

  • Restylane Lyft: Contains larger HA molecules designed to lift and contour the cheeks. Provides fuller, more defined cheeks and helps correct age-related midface volume loss.
  • Restylane Defyne: Uniquely formulated to smooth deeper wrinkles while still subtly volumizing the cheeks. Creates a smooth, natural-looking contour.

Benefits of Restylane for Cheeks

  • Adds volume and fullness for up to 18 months
  • Lifts and contours the cheekbones
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Non-invasive injectable treatment
  • Fast procedure with little downtime
  • Safe dermal filler with rare side effects

Potential Drawbacks

  • Temporary filler requiring repeat injections
  • Possible swelling, bruising, or tenderness for a few days
  • Risk of asymmetries or uneven contours

Like Juvederm, Restylane's NAT technology allows the cheeks to be precisely contoured for natural yet enhanced aesthetics.

Radiesse for the Cheeks

Radiesse is an injected dermal filler that stimulates collagen production for gradual cheek enhancement. It contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. 

The calcium microspheres provide immediate cheek augmentation that lasts about a year. Over time, Radiesse prompts your body to produce collagen around the microspheres for results extending to 18-24 months.

Benefits of Radiesse for Cheeks

  • Provides both immediate and longer-lasting enhancement
  • Stimulates natural collagen for additional lifting
  • Reduces signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging
  • Safe dermal filler with few side effects
  • Non-surgical procedure with little downtime

Potential Drawbacks

  • More expensive than HA fillers
  • Results occur slowly over several weeks
  • Requires deeper injection for optimal effect
  • Possible bruising, swelling, or asymmetry

Radiesse is best for those seeking substantial cheek enhancement with benefits beyond just volume addition. The increase in natural collagen gradually improves skin quality and contour.

Schedule a personalized consultation so we can determine the ideal dermal filler to meet your cheek enhancement goal

Which Filler is Right for My Cheeks?

With an array of dermal fillers available, it’s essential to consult an experienced aesthetic provider on the ideal option to meet your needs and desired outcome. Factors they will consider include:

  • The amount of volume loss and sunken areas in your cheeks
  • Your facial anatomy and bone structure
  • Skin elasticity and quality
  • If you want dramatic or subtle enhancement
  • Your budget and tolerance for downtime
  • Any previous facial fillers you’ve had

Often a combination approach is taken, using different fillers in each area of the cheek for a balanced, natural look. Multiple injection techniques like fanning, cross hatching, and layering may be used. 

Seek out a specialist who will listen to your aesthetic goals and develop a customized filler recommendation and treatment plan.

Are There Other Non-Invasive Alternatives?

While dermal fillers produce the most dramatic improvements in cheek volume, some patients may wish to explore non-injectable options such as:


Uses ultrasound energy to stimulate new collagen growth over 2-3 months for gradual volumizing and lifting of the cheeks. Requires multiple treatments for best results.

Fat transfer

Uses your body’s own fat cells, typically from the abdomen or thighs, and reinjects them into the cheeks for natural volume and shape. Provides longer-lasting enhancement compared to fillers.

Topical products

Some skin creams and serums contain active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides to hydrate and slightly plump the skin over time. Provide only minimal volumizing effects compared to other options.

Discover our complete range of non-injectable options for subtle to dramatic cheek rejuvenation. Visit our website to learn more

Which Filler is Your Best Option?

Cheek Filler Treatment

While all currently available fillers effectively augment cheek volume to varying degrees, some key differences to consider include:

  • Juvederm and Restylane add immediate, smooth volume that lasts up to 18 months. Best for those wanting temporary fill with minimal downtime.
  • Radiesse stimulates longer-term collagen production for more gradual yet lasting enhancement up to 2 years. Provides lift and improves skin quality over time.
  • Fat transfer uses your body’s own tissue for the most natural feel and longest-lasting plump cheeks (potentially over 5 years). It's a more invasive procedure requiring about 3-4 weeks of recovery.

Schedule a consultation with a board-certified provider to determine which cheek filler best fits your individual needs and facial rejuvenation goals. With today’s advanced filler technologies producing beautiful, customizable results, renewed, youthfully plump cheeks are within your reach.

Call Dr. Lanna Aesthetics today to discuss which leading dermal filler will give you the safest, longest-lasting cheek volumizing results

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