While lip enhancement may have been the most talked-about treatment of the past few years, many people are now getting excited about cheek filler and its wondrous effects. The convenience and contrastingly wallet-friendly cost of non-surgical injectables also means that cheek enhancement surgery is frequently shunned in favour of the filler alternative.
So, what does cheek filler do, and does it live up to the hype? We’ve broken down the fundamental purpose of the treatment and some tips for making the most of the process.
What is cheek filler?
As we age, our skin gradually loses soft tissue, which reduces volume in the face. This results in a hollow, stretched look that can increase the appearance of creases and lines.
The purpose of dermal filler is to boost the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid. Revitalising and adding volume to the face, it can instantly lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This leaves you with plumper, more youthful-looking skin.
Cheek filler is a dermal filler that raises the volume of the area above and around your cheekbones. It reintroduces structure in this area and gives the illusion of defined cheekbones. The injection of hyaluronic acid works to retain water, leaving skin full and hydrated.
Because of the loss of volume that comes with ageing, older individuals are great candidates for cheek filler. It can also be a very effective treatment for those who have suffered from a loss of volume in their face due to significant weight loss. Health and demographics aside, many cheek augmentation candidates simply want a defined, contoured look.
Types of filler used for cheeks
While several different dermal filler types are available, two are recommended for use in the cheek and eye area. These are Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane) and polylactic acid (Sculptra). The right type of filler will provide maximum impact and longer-lasting results.
Making the most of your treatment
Many people are concerned about the possibility of ending up with blown-up cheeks that look overdone or disproportionate to the rest of their face. The filler must be tailored to the individual—not only to ensure that their cheeks remain proportionate to other features but that it effectively highlights the cheekbones and enhances the facial profile.
If you are interested in undergoing treatment, it’s important to partake in an in-depth consultation with a practitioner who not only understands the look you want but will also work with you to create realistic expectations. A good aesthetician will always warn their patients against adding too much filler and will be able to offer advice on a good amount to suit the individual. It’s crucial to obtain cheek fillers before and after photos from an aesthetician, as this will give you an idea of the work they’ve done in the past and give you a better insight as to what your transformation might look like.
How long will it last?
Like all dermal fillers, cheek filler is temporary and will eventually be absorbed by the body. While the length of time the treatment will last will always depend on the individual, a general indication is 12-24 months. The thickness and type of filler used will also play a part in determining how long it will last.
Recovery and aftercare
Thanks to the non-surgical nature of cheek filler, the downtime post-injection is little-to-none. As mentioned, the filler is temporary and will eventually fade. For the first few days after treatment, it helps to sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on your cheek. It’s also advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and avoid touching your face.
These are some further steps you can take to extend the lifespan of your filler and maximise results:
- Stay hydrated- Proper hydration will assist with maintaining a steady body temperature, keeping joints lubricated and eliminating waste from the body. While staying hydrated is essential for overall health, it can also help prolong the life of your filler.
- Protect yourself from the sun- Overexposure to UV rays can be detrimental to filler treatments, as the dilation of blood vessels in the skin may diffuse the filler. It’s recommended to avoid intense heat, use sunscreen and avoid peak sunshine hours where possible.
- Maintain a healthy diet- Omega-3 fats such as salmon and mackerel will help prevent dehydration in the cells, while fresh fruits and vegetables maximise anti-oxidant intake and balance free radicals—helping to avoid filler being broken down too early.
Risks or side effects
Because cheek augmentation is an injectable treatment, there is always a slight risk of introducing infection and causing bruising. Because the skin is being pierced, there’s a small chance of nicking a blood vessel. Although rare, an allergic reaction is also possible.
Your clinician should provide you with a comprehensive list of potential side effects and preventative measures you can take to minimise these.
Cost of cheek filler
While the average cost of cheek filler in a clinic is £380, the team at Acquisition Aesthetics is pleased to offer the treatment to our model patients for just £150 through our award-winning training academy. Our models benefit from clinic-quality services at a reduced cost—all injectable treatments are administered by healthcare experts, with close supervision from a member of our acclaimed aesthetic faculty.
Where can I book?
If you’re interested in booking cheek filler in London or elsewhere in the UK, we’re currently accepting model patients and would love to hear from you.
Get in touch to find out more by calling our team on 0203 514 8757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.