Cheek Fillers: Everything You Need to Know

Cheek Fillers

 High cheekbones have been the quintessential feature of many celebrities and models for years. However, attractive cheekbones are also associated with balanced volume and improved cheek dimensions and symmetry. 

It is safe to say that full and well-accented cheekbones are a sign of youth. Aging brings about many changes in our faces that we will gladly change. With amounts of supportive fat, elastin, and collagen decreasing over time, it causes cheeks to droop and sag, making them look unattractive. 

Other factors contributing to the lack of cheek definition are weight loss and genes. Not everyone is blessed with natural well-sculpted cheekbones, but there is no need to despair. 

The same high cheekbone effect can be achieved with cheek fillers. It’s an affordable and quick cosmetic procedure that has given great results to patients. 

What Are Cheek Fillers?

Those looking for well-sculpted cheekbones have surely done some research to find out more about this non-surgical procedure. Cheek fillers are used to restore the volume in the cheek area and provide the lifting and defining effect. 

The main ingredient in cheek fillers is hyaluronic acid, which provides a sculpting effect. Injecting it in certain areas in the cheeks restores the facial balance and lifts the entire face. The result is defined and cushioned cheekbones and the disappearance of the sunken cheek look.

cheek filler before and after

What’s the Procedure Like?

The cheek filler treatment is non-surgical, painless, and instantly helps restore the plumpness of the cheeks. The procedure itself is relatively straightforward and fast. Practitioners use a numbing cream on the area where the injections will be administered. In addition, many fillers already have a built-in anesthetic, so patients can be sure the procedure is painless.

The cheek filler will be administered in the agreed areas to help contour the cheek shape and, at the same time, fill the fine wrinkles and lines. They also positively affect other facial areas, such as softening sagging jaws and deep smile lines.

 

Patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercises during recovery and allow time for fillers to settle in completely. Sleeping on the stomach or the side also should be avoided as these positions will put pressure on the cheeks causing changes in the final result. Elevate the head while sleeping on the back to avoid swelling and bruising.

Refrain from strenuous workouts, sweating, and touching your face during recovery. The main reason is that all this can cause the creation of harmful bacteria that can be absorbed in the injection points and cause an infection. 

Procedure Prep

To decide what needs to be done to lift cheekbones naturally, patients should schedule an appointment for a consultation with a certified practitioner. During this consultation, the practitioner will explain the procedure and provide information on cheek enhancement fillers that will be used and how much the treatment will cost. 

Patients should discuss personal preferences and expected results and address any concerns and questions they may have regarding the procedure.

Before undergoing any type of procedure, practitioners should provide patients with instructions on how to prepare. For this procedure specifically, the patients are advised to avoid taking blood-thinning medication, like aspirin, in the two weeks before the procedure. 

If the patient is already on a prescription therapy with blood thinners, the practitioner will provide guidelines on how to prepare for the cheek enhancement filler treatment. 

How to get a Cheek Lift with Fillers

On the day of the cheek enhancement procedure, the practitioner will apply the numbing cream. It will take about 10 minutes to react, and the practitioner will then begin with the injections.

To achieve the desirable lift as discussed during the consultation, the practitioner will strategically administer the cheek fillers in several areas around the cheeks. Applying the fillers above the cheekbones provides a strong cheek definition. If the desired result is flattening nasolabial lines and replenishing the volume, the fillers are applied below the cheek edge. 

woman after cheek filler treatment

The procedure is quick, lasting about 20 to 30 minutes, and once the injections are administered, the patient will start to see results. However, fillers take some time to fully settle to see the final cheek enhancement effects.

Once the cheek lift treatment is finished, the practitioner will provide instructions on the post-treatment period and what needs to be done. In general, it is advised that the patient avoids exerting the body in the first few days and up to two weeks of the recovery period. 

Types of Fillers

There are several types of materials approved for use as fillers that are offered in the beauty industry. Poly-L-lactic acid and hyaluronic acid are the two dermal fillers recommended for use in the under-eye and cheek areas.  

Poly-L-lactic acids are intended to reduce the effects of aging by smoothing and correcting facial fat loss. The injectable acid used in cheek fillers is bio-stimulatory, meaning it helps stimulate the production of new collagen in the body. 

The hyaluronic acid used in the cheek enhancement fillers is a natural sugar compound that already exists in the skin’s connective tissue. The main function is keeping the skin hydrated and plump by retaining water. While restoring the lost moisture levels in the skin, hyaluronic acid smooths out the hollow and sagging skin.

Line Eraser MD uses high-quality Juvederm, Restalyne, RHA and Belotero fillers. These hyaluronic acid fillers are FDA-approved and offer instantly noticeable results. Because hyaluronic acid naturally exists in our body, this treatment offers a youthful and plump look and well-sculpted cheeks. 

Juvederm, Restalyne, RHA and Belotero fillers are colorless gels injected to achieve the desired volume in the cheek area. They provide an almost instant contouring and plumpness effect on the cheek area, giving the face a fresh and young look, with results visible for up to two years. 

When will I See the Results?

The good thing about cheek fillers is that the results are visible almost instantly after the procedure is completed. However, patients should give the fillers time to fully integrate into the tissue. 

Changes will be visible in the first 24 to 48 hours after the treatment when the fillers start settling in. However, cheek enhancement fillers usually take two to four weeks to settle fully. This is when patients will see the full result of the cheek lift. 

The recovery period is very important to achieve the desired results. During this time, the patient should strictly follow the instructions of the practitioner. 

There might also be some swelling that appears as a result of administering the injections. Once the fillers have set in and the swelling is gone (usually within two weeks of the injection), the patient will see the cheeks in a whole new light. 

cheek filler treatment

Key Points for Tear Trough Injection

The term tear trough is used for the area between the lower eyelid and cheek. This is the area where signs of aging are visible due to the loss of collagen production and elasticity, which is often the cause of a fatigued appearance of the skin. 

The reason for the appearance of dark undereye circles is due to sagging cheeks. Because the tear trough and sagging cheeks make people feel like they appear older, more of them are interested in getting tear trough injections.

Here are some of the key points on tear trough injections:

  • Tear trough injections are used as a non-invasive and non-surgical method of rejuvenating tired eyes.
  • Inserted in the area under the eye, they add volume and plump beneath the eyes.
  • Adding cheek fillers in the tear trough area lifts sagging cheeks while at the same time repairing the hollow look. 
  • It helps reduce dark circles appearing in the area under the eyes. 
  • The injections help to boost the production of collagen, hence improving the skin’s overall quality.
  • There is a visible reduction of the wrinkles and lines in the eye and upper cheek area. 
  • Hyaluronic acid is most often used for treating the tear trough

How do I Find a Provider Who Does Cheek Fillers?

Deciding which cheek fillers to use is just one of the many choices you need to make. The most crucial decision is choosing the right certified practitioner to administer the cheek filler injections. Patients should perform detailed research and ask for recommendations. It’s important to find a licensed and certified practitioner.

Line Eraser MD, located in Livingston, NJ, is an aesthetic medicine practice owned by Dr Carol Eisenstat, a board-certified physician. At Line Eraser MD, we create individualized treatment plans based on the cosmetic needs of each one of our patients. 

Every customized cosmetic plan is intended to restore a youthful appearance and empower our patients to feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin. Feel free to book an appointment and allow us to create the cheek filler treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

Cheek Fillers FAQ

Cheek filler may last between 6 months and 2 years, depending on the filler type. The results are not visible after this period as with time, the filler material metabolizes and dissolves in the skin tissue. Line Eraser MD uses hyaluronic acid cheek fillers that last between 18 and 24 months.

Dermal fillers are non-permanent fillers which means that in time they will wear off and dissolve in the skin tissue. If the procedure was performed by a certified practitioner and done properly, there is no room for concern. 

Hyaluronic acid fillers are easily broken down by the body. During this time, the cheeks will slowly decrease in volume and take on their original shape. Because some fillers work to improve the natural collagen production in the body, the patient may notice the skin looking much better.

A certified practitioner should perform the short and painless treatment. After applying a numbing cream, the practitioner will strategically insert the cheek filler into certain areas to achieve the results agreed upon during your consultation. 

The cheek filler treatment offers a strong definition, increases the cheeks’ volume, and flattens nasolabial fine lines and wrinkles. It should last between 20 and 30 minutes, after which the patient should notice some results.

The only way to learn what the cheek filler procedure will cost is to book a consultation with a certified practitioner. The cost of the treatment depends on many factors, including the type of cheek filler used and the material quantity used. Some may require the use of smaller quantities due to small corrections, while others may require higher quantities based on preference. 

Generally, one syringe of cheek enhancement fillers can range between $600 and $1,200.

Unless you are a professional and have a trained eye, it is difficult to tell if someone had a cosmetic enhancement with cheek fillers. The difference might be spotted with a before and after picture. If done by an experienced professional, you will not notice a thing. 

Dermal fillers are very popular, as practitioners sculpt the cheekbones to look as natural as possible. At the same time, they correct the fine lines and wrinkles and give their patients a fresh and youthful appearance.

Practitioners can achieve the desired cheek lift with hyaluronic acid fillers. All that is required is scheduling a consultation with a certified practitioner who will provide you with the right information for your case. You will agree on the results you wish to achieve and the amount of filler that will be used to make the cheeks look natural and plump. 

The dermal fillers will be injected strategically in different areas to achieve the desired look. The whole cheek lift treatment lasts up to 30 minutes, and the results are visible almost instantly.

A wonderful thing about cheek fillers is they start to work very fast. No waiting for months to see the treatment results. Once the practitioner has administered the cheek fillers in the agreed areas, you will notice a change that will become more visible in the following days. 

That said, once injected, give the fillers a day or two to begin their integration into your tissue. To see the full results of the treatment, you should allow the filler about two weeks to fully settle.

During these two weeks, the hyaluronic period will hydrate your skin by interacting with the water. 

As with all dermal filler treatments, practitioners recommend postponing exercising activity for 48 hours after the treatment and up to two weeks. Many patients fail to see the connection between exercising and the filler treatment. The reason is to avoid any possible infections in the injected area and the possibility of bruising. 

Sweating and touching your face are one of the main reasons for harmful bacteria being absorbed in the injection points. Any way of exerting the body is not recommended.

Practitioners emphasize caution in the first 48 hours after receiving the cheek filler injections. The first few days, until the filler settles enough, the patients are recommended not to touch their faces. 

With the cheek fillers taking up to two weeks to fully settle, it is advised that for that time, you sleep on the back. Avoid sleeping on the side or the stomach/face because the fillers might move out of place and interfere with the results. 

Sleeping on the back with your head elevated on two pillows will keep the fillers in place until they settle fully. This position also prevents fluids from collecting in the head, hence reducing bruising and swelling.

There are several places where cheek fillers may be used to create well-sculpted cheekbones and avoid the saggy cheek-tired look. Applying the fillers above the cheekbones provides a strong cheek definition. If the desired result is flattening nasolabial lines and replenishing the volume, the fillers are applied below the cheek edge.

Cheek and Chin Filler

Chin fillers are used to modify the chin and are placed along the jawbone or mandible. While shaping the chin, the outer cheekbone prominence may need to be shaped. For cheek enhancement, cheek fillers are added along the cheekbone or the zygoma. 

Cheek and Jaw Filler

The fillers are injected above and around the cheeks to define the bone structure. Use the jaw fillers to define the separation between the neck and the jawline with injections along the lower jaw or the mandible. 

Cheek and Temple Filler

Temple fillers are used to create a mini facelift of the temporal area. Administering fillers in the area between the brows, cheeks, and hairline will drive volume and moisture thus creating a more youthful appearance and smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles. 

Cheek Augmentation and Contour Filler

Applying cheek augmentation fillers above the cheekbones will strongly define the cheeks and lift the cheekbones. To add the right cheek contours, fillers should be evenly distributed in the cheek area above the cheekbone but also in the submalar and anteromedial areas below the cheek’s edge.

Cheek Filler for Tear Troughs, Dark Circles, Under Eye Bags, and Wrinkles

Treating the tear trough area is done by injecting dermal fillers midway between the cheeks and the lower eyelid or above the cheekbone. This helps resolve problems with under-eye bags and smooths wrinkles. The problems with dark circles, often defined as a sagging tear trough, will also be resolved. 

Cheek Filler for Flat Face

Cheek fillers are very useful in flat-face cases because they create the illusion of a well-defined bone structure. The fillers are inserted in the area above and around the cheekbones, molding them to create a natural cheekbone structure.

Cheek Filler for Jowls

Cheek fillers inserted along the jawline can help with the definition. They can be placed in the marionette lines and pre-jowl sulcus.

Cheek Filler for Marionette Lines and Lifting Nasolabial Folds

Injections are administered into the jaw corner and the mid and upper dermis to lateralize moderate and severe marionette lines. This way, the folds and lines are pulled away from the mouth corner providing facial symmetry. 

Cheek Filler to Slim Face

Facial slimming may be achieved with cheek fillers. Injected in the upper cheek, with the use of some mid-face contouring, the illusion of high cheekbones is created. 

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

is a highly trained and skilled board-certified anesthesiologist with a passion for facial aesthetics. She completed an accelerated 7-year combined Bachelor of Science – Medical Doctor program from CUNY – Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and SUNY-Stony Brook University. Her education was achieved with high honors and she graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction.

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