If you're looking to enhance your facial features, or achieve a more balanced and symmetrical face, cheek filler may be a great option for you. Cheek filler is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can add volume and definition to your cheeks, creating a more youthful and balanced appearance.
What should you know before jumping in?
Cheek fillers have become a popular treatment but before you jump into the procedure, it's important to understand the different types of fillers available, the potential risks and side effects, and what to expect during and after the treatment. Here are some key answers to common questions that will help you make an informed decision about cheek fillers - how it works, the benefits and risks, and what to expect during and after the procedure.
What is cheek filler and how does it work?
Cheek filler is a minimally invasive medical-cosmetic treatment that involves injecting a substance into the cheeks to add volume and definition. There are several types of fillers available for cheek augmentation, including hyaluronic acid fillers, calcium hydroxyapatite fillers, poly-L-lactic acid fillers, and even platelet rich plasma gel. Each type has its own unique properties and benefits, so it's important to discuss your options with a qualified provider to determine which one is best for you. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used and can provide immediate results with minimal downtime, while calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid fillers can provide longer-lasting results but may require more downtime and multiple treatments.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. The HA filler is injected into specific areas of the cheeks to create a more lifted and youthful appearance. The results are immediate and can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used, the placement depth and the individual's metabolism. Some HA filler is stiffer and less hydrating, a great support for sagging tissue due to bone loss and ligament laxity. Other HA filler is softer and more hydrating, best used more superficially to plump up the skin or fill in lines and wrinkles.
Who is a good candidate for cheek filler?
Cheek filler is a great option for anyone who wants to enhance their facial features and achieve a more youthful appearance. As we age, our cheeks can lose volume and become hollow, which can make us look tired and older than we actually are. Good candidates for this treatment include individuals who have lost volume in their cheeks due to aging, weight loss, or other factors. It is also a good option for those who have naturally flat or asymmetrical cheeks. However, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced cosmetic injector to determine if cheek filler is the right option for you. They will assess your individual needs and goals, as well as your medical history, to ensure that the treatment is the safest and most effective for you. Cheek filler can enhance your facial contours by adding volume and definition to your cheeks. This can help balance out your facial features and create a more symmetrical appearance. By filling in hollow areas or adding volume to flat cheeks, cheek filler can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. Plus, the results are subtle and natural-looking, so you won't look like you've had any work done.
Another reason to consider cheek filler is that it is a non-invasive and quick procedure. Unlike surgical options, cheek filler can be done more quickly, without the need for anesthesia, and with minimal discomfort and no downtime. This means you can get back to your daily routine right away without any major disruptions. Plus, the results are immediate, so you can see the difference right after the treatment.
What to expect during the treatment process.
Before the treatment, your cosmetic injector will assess your facial structure and determine the best placement for the filler. They will then clean the area and apply a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort. The filler will be injected into the cheeks using a small needle or cannula (longer version of a needle but with a blunt tip). The process typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. After the treatment, you may experience some swelling, redness, or bruising, but these side effects should subside within a few days. You can expect to see immediate results, with full results appearing within 2-6 weeks. The effects of cheek filler can last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle.
Potential side effects and risks to be aware of.
As with any cosmetic treatment, there are potential side effects and risks associated with cheek filler. These can include swelling, redness, bruising, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as infection, allergic reaction, or tissue damage can occur. It’s important to choose a qualified and experienced injector and to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions to minimize the risk of complications. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions with your injector before undergoing the treatment.
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Cindy Fehr RN(NP)
Cindy is an experienced RN(NP) residing in Southern Manitoba, Canada, with a passion to support her patients looking and feeling their best at every age. This blog is to support patients in gaining knowledge about skincare, medical aesthetics procedures, and health & wellness practices. It is her goal to share the knowledge she gains from continuous reading of research, and regular continuing professional development sessions. Pursuit of personal and professional growth is paramount to Cindy and she loves to share this learning with her patients.