Cheek fillers are a great solution for those looking to enhance their natural face shape or desire a more snatched and lifted profile. But what exactly are cheek fillers and what does this treatment entail?
In this blog, we uncover everything you need to know about dermal fillers, including what cheek fillers are, what aftercare to be aware of, and the many positive benefits of this aesthetic facial treatment.
What is Cheek Filler?
Cheek fillers, also known as dermal fillers, provide an instant plumping effect to your cheek area. As we age, we tend to lose volume in our cheek and eye area, which can result in a slightly more sunken appearance over time. Cheek filler helps to restore this volume, redefining our facial structure and creating a more youthful look.
The filler used in this treatment is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced within the body. This makes it perfectly safe to use as a facial injectable, as the body can break it down over time.
What Are the Benefits of Cheek Fillers?
There are many benefits to getting cheek fillers. The main one is that the results are instant. You’ll immediately notice more volume and plumpness in the treated area, meaning you can confidently walk out of your appointment.
Another benefit of dermal fillers is that, due to few side effects, you can quickly recover, returning to work and other everyday activities with little downtime.
Cheek filler results are long-term, lasting from months to years, depending on the individual. This makes it a cost-effective treatment compared to other methods, such as surgical facial procedures. Yet, equally, this is a semi-permanent injectable, so if you change your mind, you can either choose to get the filler dissolved or simply wait for your body to break it down naturally over time.
Who is Cheek Filler Suitable For?
While cheek filler is a popular treatment for those who have lost volume in their cheek area due to natural ageing, it is suitable for men and women of all ages. This treatment is also suitable for all skin types.
If you have a particular skin concern that you’re worried may be affected by this treatment, this can be discussed in detail in your post-treatment consultation with your medical practitioner.
If you don’t have naturally prominent cheekbones and you’d like to enhance this facial feature further, then cheek filler is a great and non-invasive way of doing so.
Where is Cheek Filler Distributed?
When opting for a cheek filler treatment, the placement of the filler can be adjusted to tailor the final look specifically to the patient’s desire. For instance, if you’re looking to add plumpness to the overall cheek area, the filler would predominantly be placed in the apples of the cheek.
If a patient is looking to create more height, then filler can be injected further up the cheekbones, towards the temples to create a more lifted look. These details can be discussed in your pre-treatment consultation to ensure your medical practitioner knows exactly what results you’d like to achieve.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
Your medical practitioner will sit you down and examine the natural structure of your face while discussing what results you wish to achieve. Once this is complete, the treatment will begin, injecting small amounts of filler into one cheek.
This will then be repeated on the opposite side until both cheeks have an even distribution of filler within the area, creating a smooth and symmetrical result.
It’s not uncommon for your practitioner to massage the area to further smooth the filler where it has been injected. This helps to mould the filler into the cheek tissue for a seamless and natural effect.
Are Cheek Filler Injections Painful?
As with any injection, dermal fillers can cause a slight pinching sensation or sting as the needle initially pricks the skin’s surface. Aside from this mild discomfort, it is uncommon for this non-invasive procedure to cause pain.
Remember, you can pause at any time if you need to. Your medical practitioner will do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable throughout the duration of the treatment.
Cheek Filler Aftercare
To reduce bruising at the injection sites, it’s essential to avoid the consumption of alcohol in the days before and after your treatment. Swelling can be a common side effect of dermal fillers and can typically last between 24-72 hours post-treatment.
Applying a cool compress to the treatment area for 5-10 minutes at a time, every half an hour, can help to reduce this. However, be mindful not to hold ice directly to the skin’s surface. We recommend using an ice pack or frozen peas wrapped in a soft tea towel.
Avoid any heat or strenuous exercise post-treatment for a minimum of 48 hours – particularly classes such as yoga and pilates or any activity which may involve tipping your head upside down.
When it comes to cheek filler aftercare and sleeping post-treatment, it’s also advised to try to sleep on your back and slightly elevated if possible for the first night. This is to prevent the filler from migrating when first administered.