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What happens with cheeks as we age?

Updated: Jun 27

When we are young, fat is evenly distributed into our face. With age, that fat loses volume and drifts down, features that were formerly rounded may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight becomes loose and sags. Over time, ligaments loosen as well which can cause fatty tissue to shift downward, making the cheeks appear flat and hollowed. After the age of 50, bone loss may become evident and cause slack skin as well. Loss of volume in the cheeks may also decrease support in the tear trough area or under eye hollows and because of this volume loss, nasolabial folds may become more apparent as well.

What is cheek filler?

Cheek fillers are injections into the cheekbone area that are used to restore lost volume or to define facial bone structure.

  • They add volume to the cheek area if the face has lost volume due to ageing or if you have lost a lot of weight.

  • They create a contoured and defined cheekbone to improve the beauty of the face.

  • They lift your cheeks to reduce the appearance of sagging.

  • They can be combined with anti-wrinkle injections or dermal filler in other areas of the face to give an overall more rejuvenated, youthful appearance.

Which fillers are best for the cheek area?

  • Each dermal filler brand makes different types of gel fillers that vary in thickness, which means that different goals and subsections of the cheek area may need different types of filler.

  • When fillers are injected against the bone , fillers are expected to act like bone, therefore a more viscous hyaluronic acid-based formula will be used. If volume is needed in the superficial plane, a softer filler is needed that can mould and stretch as your face moves.

What goals can cheek filler address?

  • There are different facial planes in the broad cheek area, so there are multiple sections of the cheek that can be injected with fillers and they truly change the way your face looks, as cheeks define the overall appearance of your face. While placement and technique are important for all filler procedures, it is especially essential for the cheekbone area.

  • Placement is extremely important as fillers need to be in the right place, in the right plane and for the right person, in order to balance each unique face. That is why you should choose a medically trained injector, as many times if fillers are not injected in the right plane, they can migrate and create even more heaviness in the lower face, which makes the face look even more aged.

Other advantages of cheek filler

Cheek filler can plump and lift laugh/ smile lines.

  • Injecting fillers in the cheeks has another benefit, by helping lift up the cheek, nasolabial folds become less visible as more support is added.

Cheek filler can help with under eye hollows / tear trough area.

  • Under eye hollows are related to a sagging cheek, as there is not enough support for the tear trough area and they can be diminished by clever filler placement in the cheeks.

Before and aftercare advice

  • The same bruise-reducing protocols should be used as for when getting filler in other common areas. Avoid using the gym for 48h before and after your procedure and use an Arnica or Bromelain supplement before and after the appointment. It is also important to book your appointment during a time when you are all right with the fact that you may have a bruise. You should avoid booking it the day before a wedding or an important event. Aftercare is minimal, although bruising and swelling are common but will subside within one week, and the fully healed result can be seen after two weeks.

How long will cheek filler last?

  • Most hyaluronic acid fillers last anywhere from nine to twelve months. There are many genetic variables that impact filler longevity, but some external factors influence how long dermal fillers will last in your body as well, such as: strenuous exercise, sun exposure, hydration, alcohol intake.

Are there any risks, side effects, or downsides to cheek filler?

  • One of the rare but serious complications of getting filler is vascular occlusion, which happens when a practitioner accidentally injects the filler into a blood vessel. If any red-flag symptoms appear like skin discoloration, hyaluronidase is injected to dissolve the filler, that it why it is important to choose your injector wisely, as they should be trained in reversing filler, they should have broad knowledge about facial anatomy and understand where blood vessels are located and how to mitigate risk.

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not undergo injectable cosmetic procedures.

How much does it cost to get cheek filler?

  • Most first-time filler patients receive about one to two syringes at their first appointment, but the interval between the treatments extends with repetitive treatments over the years. Normally, the more volume is needed, the more affordable the overall cost, please message us for packages and assessment.

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