Those seeking to amplify the appearance of cheekbones or restore lost facial volume due to age often find success with dermal fillers. There are multiple types of fillers available on the market, and parsing through your options can sometimes feel overwhelming.
The best means to assess which filler would work for you is to book a consultation with a qualified practitioner. You can discuss your goals and expectations, and they can recommend a treatment route tailored to your specific needs.
If you are considering dermal fillers, below we will give you a brief overview of the process to help you make an informed decision.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers include a broad range of substances injected into and under the skin.
Fillers are designed to address a variety of skin issues. They can smooth over fine lines and wrinkles, correct volume loss, and restructure facial features. Some fillers even stimulate the production of proteins like collagen, which improve skin health over time.
Which Dermal Fillers Are Used For Cheeks?
There are many types of dermal fillers available and most of them can be and are used in the cheeks. However, some fillers are more commonly recommended for lifting cheeks specifically.
Voluma is currently the only FDA-approved facial filler specifically designed for the cheeks. Voluma contains a naturally-occurring substance called hyaluronic acid that helps absorb water, deliver nutrients, and increase skin volume.
While Voluma is specifically designed for cheeks, other fillers are sometimes used.
Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC is a thicker than average filler that can plump the cheeks and treat deep wrinkles and folds. Like Voluma, it contains hyaluronic acid.
Radiesse can smooth and soften wrinkles and fine lines while adding volume to the face. Results may be longer lasting with Radiesse than other options as it contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, which immediately adds volume. Radiesse also stimulates collagen production, which can continue to improve your appearance over time.
Depending on your specific goals, your practitioner may recommend other dermal fillers besides the ones listed above.
What Happens When I Get Dermal Fillers?
Procedures vary from person to person, but in most cases getting dermal fillers takes no more than 20 to 30 minutes.
Your practitioner will clean the treatment site and then apply a topical numbing cream. They will then administer a series of injections. Dermal fillers are not typically painful, but you may feel a slight stinging sensation.
What Is Recovery Like?
In most cases, there is little to no recovery time after receiving dermal fillers. You should be able to resume most daily activities right away.
However, always talk to your practitioner carefully about specific guidelines for you. Everyone’s recovery is slightly different.
After getting cheek fillers, your practitioner may advise you to avoid sleeping on your cheeks. Sleeping face up or flat on your back rather than on your side can help you maintain results.
Your practitioner may suggest you refrain from strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours to give the filler time to take shape.
Avoid touching your face for the first few days after the procedure to reduce your risk of infection.
What Risks Are Associated With Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers have a low risk of complication overall. Side effects often include burning, itching, redness, or swelling. These symptoms are generally mild. They should subside within a few days and do not typically require medical attention.
In rare cases, more serious side effects can occur such as infection, allergic reaction, and tissue death. Seek medical care if you experience discharge or severe pain. Even serious complications can typically be treated with prompt intervention.
Working with a reputable provider and following your practitioner’s instructions closely are the best ways to avoid complications.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Dermal fillers are not permanent as the filler material eventually is resorbed and is metabolized. Individual results will vary, but on average dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years.
Minimal sun exposure and a good skin care routine can help you maintain results longer. When getting fillers, ask your practitioner for skin care recommendations based on your individual needs.
The Bottom Line
Dermal fillers can help lift your cheeks and add volume to your face, which can improve self-esteem and self-image. The procedure is noninvasive, quick, and comes with minimal recovery time. If you want to change your facial structure, dermal fillers can help.
Ready to get started? BLUSH’s practitioners have extensive experience with dermal fillers, including fillers designed for the cheeks. Book a consultation today to talk over your options.