Cheek Fillers Q&A Blog Post
A common sign of aging is a loss in facial volume, especially in areas such as the cheeks. Dermal fillers can be added to the cheeks to restore volume and skin elasticity, returning your youthful looks and confidence.
Some patients may also opt for fillers to give their cheekbones a more defined and chiseled look. Whatever your reason for choosing cheek fillers, here’s everything you need to know before your appointment.
What are cheek fillers?
Cheek fillers are injections of dermal fillers into the cheeks to restore volume and rejuvenate the skin. The fillers are typically injected above and around the cheek bones to give a more defined structure and smooth out wrinkles.
What are the benefits of cheek fillers?
There are many reasons to choose cheek fillers over more invasive facial contouring surgery. Cheek fillers smooth out lines and wrinkles, replace lost volume, and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out.
With minimal recovery time, cheek fillers are a fast and easy way to regain a youthful look.
What type of filers are used?
There are different types of fillers approved for use in the cheek areas. These include hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, which attract water and stimulate natural collagen and elastin production.
An alternative to hyaluronic acid filler is Sculptra – made using poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate natural collagen production over a longer period of time.
When will I see results?
The results of your dermal cheek fillers will be instant. You’ll leave your treatment seeing a noticeable improvement in volume and tightness of the skin.
Over the next six to eight weeks the collagen and elastin stimulation will also begin to show its rejuvenating effects. The best results will be visible a few months after your initial treatment.
How long do cheek fillers last?
The results of your cheek filler treatment can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months when hyaluronic acid fillers are used, or up to two years if poly-L-lactic acid is used. Top-up treatments can be provided to extend the results of your treatment, too.
Are there any side effects?
Cheek filler treatments are quick and easy to administer. During the treatment you might feel a slight scratching and pinching sensation with some swelling and bruising in the days following. However, these effects should subside within days and you can carry on with your daily activities immediately after your treatment.
What should I do before my treatment?
Taking care of your skin before your appointment is essential. Your cheek filler treatment cannot be completed if you arrive with sunburn, blisters, or an infection in the area.
For best results you should also do the following before your appointment
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours before your appointment
- Don’t take any blood thinning medication before your appointment including ibuprofen and aspirin
- Avoid topical products that contain retinol, retinoids, glycolic acid, or other anti-aging products
What should I do after my treatment?
To help the healing process after your treatment follow the advice below
- Use an ice pack to reduce swelling
- Take Arnica or Bromelain tablets to reduce bruising
- Avoid scratching or picking at the injection site
- Avoid massaging around the treated area
How much do cheek fillers cost?
The cost of cheek filler treatments varies from provider to provider but prices typically range from £200 to several hundred pounds depending on how much filler you need and how many treatments you have.