Cheek Augmentation with Fillers

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra can be used to temporarily provide cheek fullness and enhance facial contours. Although results are temporary and require maintenance treatments, the procedure is minimally invasive and is associated with a shorter recovery period than alternative methods.

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Cheek Augmentation with Fillers

avg. recovery
5 days
permanence
Temporary
application
Injected
invasiveness
5
surgical
No
cost
$400 - $750

About the Procedure

Cheek augmentation with fillers can give individuals fuller facial features if the face looks tired or gaunt. A variety of dermal fillers may be used during treatment such as a fast acting hyaluronic acid based injectable that will slowly be dissolved naturally into the body, or a collagen stimulator that will not only provide a temporary boost in plumpness, but also encourage the body to produce more collagen on its own allowing for improvement in fullness over time. Dermal fillers are a good alternative for patients who desire more definition in their cheeks but are not willing or able to undergo a more invasive treatment such as with an implant or fat transfer. Before a procedure to enhance the cheeks with injectables begins, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to the area. Sometime, lidocaine will be injected as a local anesthetic or may be combined with the filler itself to provide additional comfort. The placement of the injections will depend on the patient's individual needs and anatomy. However, typically injections will be made 1 centimeter underneath the eye, with the needle beginning towards the inner corner of the eye and then "walked" across the cheek towards the outer corner of the eye. Other injections will be made at the malar eminence, which is the area associated with having "high cheekbones", as well as around the eye area to create symmetrical fullness. Once finished depositing small amounts of filler in the desired areas, the provider will then expertly mold the filler to smooth and disperse the injected substance. Manipulation of the filler should only be performed by the provider. Follow aftercare instructions and do not touch the treated area after treatment. Rubbing, touching, or massaging treated areas can cause unintended movement of the filler causing unintended fullness, visible material, or increased redness.

The goal of cheek augmentation with filler is to increase volume in the cheeks and contour the face to create a younger, more rejuvenated appearance.

Concerns

Cheek Augmentation with Fillers addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

After cheek augmentation using fillers, it is not uncommon for patients to experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection site. Use an ice pack or cold compress to help alleviate swelling. The period of swelling will depend largely on the type of dermal filler used, though most swelling, bruising, and redness should dissipate within one week to ten days.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a cheek augmentation with fillers has poorly defined cheeks, which may appear hollow or sagging as a result of the loss of cheek tissue, usually heredity or due to aging. It is also an option for patients with loss of tissue in the cheekbone area due to trauma or congenital deformities.

Not Recommended For

Cheek augmentation with fillers is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a sinus infection.

Side Effects

Side effects of cheek augmentation with fillers may include bruising, erythema, pain, infection, skin necrosis, over and under correction, and infraorbital nerve injury resulting in numbness and changes in sensation have been reported, regardless of the filler type used. Nodules, lumps, visible material, and redness may also occur.

Pros
  • quick procedure
  • little downtime
  • immediate results
  • reversible
Cons
  • temporary
  • asymmetry
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