People often associate high cheekbones with personal beauty. Unfortunately, this opens up room for those with low cheekbones or barely-visible cheekbones to feel self-conscious.
One way to remove such negative feelings and insecurities is by considering a cheek filler. These fillers are a non-invasive way to lift the cheekbones while coming with an added bonus of removing your skins’ fine lines and wrinkles.
Does this sound like something for you?
If so, then before commencing with this treatment, you must understand ALL the aspects of it. Today, our experts at Dr Aesthetica have compiled an article on:
- What cheek fillers exactly is.
- The risks associated with cheek fillers.
- If the procedure is painful.
- And much more!
What are Cheek Fillers
Cheek fillers are a non-surgical method to lift and sculpt your cheekbones. The procedure involves applying dermal fillers to the cheek to restore its volume and provide it with a fantastic lift.
The fillers are made out of hyaluronic acid. While this acid may sound scary, it is simply natural sugar that exists in our skin’s connective tissues. The acid’s primary function is to retain water to make your skin plump and hydrated.
Therefore, when hyaluronic acid is plumped into your skin, it improves the dimension of the cheek and makes it have greater volume and symmetry.
Some other types of fillers contain polylactic acid.
The original cheek filler substance
While hyaluronic acid is the most popular substance present inside a filler, the history of fillers date back hundreds of years. Through looking at the past, we can understand how reliable and safe modern-day fillers have become.
The first filler that was injected into a patient’s cheek was in 1890. This filler consisted of fats from the patient’s arm.
A few decades later, a more sensible but odd filler substance was chosen: bovine collagen. These collagens were derived from cows and required a sensitivity test to ensure that the foreign substance would be suitable for the body.
Unfortunately, this cheek filler caused a lot of swelling and would not produce long-lasting results. A better product was needed.
After a lot of research, a superior substance was finally found. Approved by the FDA in the early 2000s, the hyaluronic acid substance was natural, long-lasting and caused minimal pain. It was revolutionary and is a testament to how far the industry has come.
Should I get Cheek Fillers?
Cheek fillers are a good option for older individuals. As we age, our cheekbones start to become smaller. Combine this with atrophy from the cheek fat that provides an attractive “round” quality, our cheeks begin to take a sunken and hollow appearance.
For such patients, a dermal filler is an excellent recommendation to rejuvenate the cheeks.
However, a cheek filler is suitable for anyone who feels insecure about that respective part of the face. For example, many younger patients visit us due to having one side of their face feel “droopy” or having lost volume in both cheeks.
Lifestyle factors can also cause a hollowed look. Extreme dieting, smoking, prolonged sun exposure and excessive stress are all causes of a sunken cheek.
How long does the treatment last?
Nothing in life is permanent, and neither is a cheek filler. Most fillers can last between 6 months to 2 years before dissolving and metabolizing into the skin tissues.
Such a small time frame may irk some people. But since this procedure is painless, has low recovery time, and is non-invasive, one can comfortably take a yearly injection to keep their cheeks plump.
Is the treatment painful?
Most doctors will first coat your skin with numbing cream before starting the procedures. This will minimize the pain. Furthermore, once these fillers are injected, you may feel pressure, but there should not be any intense pain.
After the procedure, the doctor will provide you with some ice to deal with immediate swelling and prevent any further pain.
The procedure of Cheek Fillers
You MUST see a trained skin specialist when getting a cheek filler. If your filler is injected too high or too low, your results may look “fake”.
Furthermore, incorrect filler injection may result in drastic changes in various facial movements, such as smiling. Therefore it is always important to do your research of the clinic beforehand.
If you are really unsatisfied with the filler, you can get them removed. Then, your doctor will inject some hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid. The procedure is quick, and the results are instant, but it can cause a lot of pain.
At Dr Aesthetica, your dermal fillers will be given by Dr Baldeep Farmah, one of the UK’s leading authorities in such treatments. You can find more information on Dr Farmah by clicking on the link here.
If you visit our clinic, the consultation will compromise of analyzing the anatomy of your face and discussing your goals. We strive to provide hyper customized solutions to avoid having to worry about getting the infamous “overdone” look.
Once we have settled on (realistic) expectations, we will provide you with a price quote and an appointment for the injection.
It is strongly advised that you avoid blood-thinning medications - like aspirin - before the procedure. Other drugs and supplements to be avoided will be explained to you by your skin specialist.
During the appointment, you will be guided into a sterilized environment. Your doctor will a topical anaesthetic, numbing cream or something similar. The filler themselves often contain numbing agents as well.
The injection process is simple and only lasts about 20 minutes. You will probably see results immediately, or they will be visible in a day or two (after the filler settles on your face).
Cheek fillers are extremely possible among patients due to the low downtime. If you want, you can return to work or other appointments immediately after your treatment. Nevertheless, for best results, we recommend avoiding applying too much pressure on your cheeks. Otherwise, the filler substance may be displaced.
So, it is best to lay off strenuous exercises for the first few days (at least 48 hours). Furthermore, sleeping flat on your back is recommended to avoid putting extra pressure on your cheeks. Finally, avoid touching your cheeks but try to keep your face as clean as possible to prevent infections.
Most of our patients can drive themselves after the procedure.
What are the benefits of cheek fillers?
There are TONS of benefits of cheek fillers that make it a much more attractive option than cheek implants and surgical facelifts. The most obvious benefits of receiving this treatment are:
- The ease of receiving a cheek filler: Most dermal fillers can be performed in a skin specialist’s office with little to no anaesthesia.
- Long-lasting: While a cheek filler may not be permanent, it can still last for more than a year. This comes with the added benefit of removing/modifying the filler if you are unsatisfied.
- Low risk: Unlike other treatments, cheek fillers carry a shallow risk of infection as long as the patient maintains proper hygiene.
- Low price: Unlike plastic surgery, cheek fillers are cheaper and more affordable than regular fillers. We will discuss the cost of fillers in the subsequent sections.
Are cheek fillers safe?
Cheek fillers have low risk and minimal recovery time. Nevertheless, all treatments have side effects, and a cheek filler is no different. Some of these side-effects are as follows:
- Patients may feel some swelling on the spot of injection.
- Bruising is also expected due to the pressure applied in the region.
- A minor allergic reaction to the treatment may be felt as well. This can result in redness.
- While the skin is healing, itchiness can also be a recurring sensation...
Some rare side-effects – whose chances may be amplified if the procedure is done with an unlicensed and inexperienced provider – is as follows:
- Leakage of the filler.
- Death of some tissues due to the blockage of circulation in the face.
- Injury to the veins and arteries.
- Loss of vision.
- The substance may migrate to other parts of your face. This can cause a lumpy and asymmetrical appearance. If this does not go away after a few hours/days, the doctor may inject another round of fillers to balance the face.
Costs of Cheek Filler
Everyone is unique and deserves their skincare plan. Therefore, the price of your dermal filler will vary. However, the most significant factor for determining the cost of the treatment is the amount of filler substance that will be injected into the cheek.
Since everybody experiences the loss of volume to their cheek in different degrees, the amount of substance injected into the cheek will also vary from one individual to the other. To get a general idea of our price, you can click the link here.
At Dr Aesthetica, every treatment is tailored towards your unique face.
Other ways to modify the cheekbones
If injections are not your way to go, here are some other ways to modify your cheekbones.
Suppose you want to have a higher cheekbone but do not want to undergo any cosmetic procedures. In that case, you can use makeup to make your face narrows and more concave. A combination of bronzer, highlighters and a makeup brush can provide your desired looks to a certain extent.
There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can further explain the process of using makeup to modify the cheekbones depending on your face shape and the products at hand.
A permanent choice for improving your cheekbones are cheek implants. Often referred to as “cheek lifts”, these implants come in the shape of solid silicone and are inserted via a small incision – done by the plastic surgeon – on the side of your mouth.
This surgery requires general anaesthesia, and recovery can be uncomfortable. Many people have complained of puffy faces, few days of pain and discomfort for a few weeks. Due to the nature of the surgery, the cheek implants come with quite a few side effects. Below are some of them, courtesy to plasticsurgery.org:
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- The poor aesthetic result of donor site for fat transfer
- Poor healing of incisions
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Skin discolouration and/or prolonged swelling
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Suboptimal aesthetic result
- Thick scar tissue around cheek implant (capsular contracture)
- Unfavourable scarring
Get your cheek fillers today!
Cheek fillers are simple and relatively long-lasting. With the help of a stellar skin specialist, you can transform your cheekbones to exactly how you want them.
Unsure where to find such an expert?
Well, look no more. Dr Baldeep Farmah from Dr Aesthetica is one of the UK’s leading authorities in such treatments. The hyper-personalized treatment will transform your face!