Dermal fillers and Cheek fillers have become more popular as they are a cosmetic procedure used to restore volume loss, enhance certain features as well as smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers have many brands and are mainly composed of hyaluronic acid which is an ingredient found naturally in the body so that it is safe and can be easily dissolved overtime.
There are different ways dermal fillers can be used such as cheek augmentation. Cheek filler can be used to help add volume to the area, making the cheekbones look more pronounced, and create a fuller youthful appearance by minimizing any fine lines and wrinkles. A we age, our skin loses its elasticity and volume, causing the skin to become thinner which creates fine lines and wrinkles losing our youthful appearance.
With the help of dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid can be injected into the cheek area to fill out any sunken spaces that have appeared over time with part of ageing to plump up the area, and bring back volume. Cheek fillers are also used for someone who may not have enough volume in their cheeks from genetics and want to add and enhance their cheeks and cheekbones more, giving the face more structure.
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How long last?
Cheek fillers can last from 6 months to 2 years depending on numerous factors such as type of product used, and lifestyle. The duration of how long fillers may last mainly are determined by the product that is used as each product and brand are different, as some may have a higher concentration or thicker consistency than others, resulting in longer lasting results. Although the brand may last longer, they are pricier in comparison to others, but may also result in less touchups.
Another factor that may determine how long the product may last is based on your lifestyle and how active you are. The more active we are, the higher our metabolism rate is causing the product to dissolve faster. This does not mean that you should stop exercising in general or that it will dissolve the product within a few months. For someone who is more active may require more touch ups in order to keep up with their results.
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How much does it cost?
The cost of cheek fillers can range from $800 to $1000 depending on the product used, clinic, and how many syringes are used. There are numerous brands for dermal filler that vary in pricing due to their level of concentration and ingredients in general. The pricier ones are usually the ones that last longer as they have a higher quality in product, making the product dissolve at a slower rate, resulting in less amount of touch ups ad may last up to two years. Other brands that may be less expensive and don’t have as high quality as the other may only last up to 8 to 12 months and will require more touch ups in order to maintain the result.
The price may also be determined based on the clinic as each clinic charges differently based on there services they provide and the specialist performing them.
Another factor that may determine the pricing of the procedure is based on the number of syringes being used as on average 1 or 2 syringes are used depending on the person and their needs. For someone who may want a more drastic change may use 2 syringes, one on both cheeks and for someone who may want a more settle change will do one syringe, having half a syringe on each cheek. The specialist will have a better idea during the consultation as to how many syringes are needed.
How long procedure time?
The procedure time for cheek filler may take around 30 minutes including the consultation time in the beginning of the appointment. During the appointment, the specialist will first discuss on what you would like to achieve and how to achieve that in the safest way. After they will begin to clean the area that is being treated to avoid any infections as well as to wipe off any product that may be on the skin. Numbing cream may be applied if asked in order to make the experience more comfortable. The specialist may use a white crayon to map out the areas needed to be injected in order for proper symmetry and results. They will then begin to inject one syringe into each cheek resulting in adding volume into the area. After the procedure is done, they will then discuss the post-treatment after care instructions in which must be followed in order to achieve optimal results.
How long recovery time?
The recovery time for cheek filler may take up to a few days as you will experience some slight bruising and tenderness in the area. You may experience some mild swelling as well as this can be controlled and minimized with the use of ice or any type of cold compression.
This procedure is a minimal invasive procedure and requires no downtime and can carry on with your daily tasks after your appointment.
How much filler do I need in my cheeks?
The amount of filler needed varies with each person as each person is different and may have different needs. For someone who is older and may have loss volume in their cheeks due to age may require two syringes in order to restore volume back into their face and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Two syringes may also be used for someone who has hollow cheeks and minimal volume due to genetics.
For someone who already has full cheeks but may want to add a bit more volume to the area may only require one full syringe, having half a syringe on each side to give a settle change.
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What is the best brand for cheek enhancement?
There are numerous brands that are great for enhancing certain areas. One of the most common brands used for cheek enhancement is Restylane. Restylane is a product composed of hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in the body that is used to help restore and add volume into the skin.
There are numerous types of Restylane such as Restylane Silk, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane Refyne that are all used for different purposes. For cheek filler specifically, Restylane Lyft is used to help add volume as well as help contour the face aswell.
Aftercare of cheek fillers
It is important post-treatment to follow all after care instructions provided by the specialist in order to achieve proper results. Post-treatment, it is important to avoid touching your face of have any pressure on the treated area as the product needs time to set, approximately 6 hours. It is also important when sleeping to avoid laying on the treated area by facing forward for the first couple of nights to allow the product to set.
Mild bruising, swelling and tenderness are common side effects that only lasts for a couple days and can be minimized with the use of ice or any cold compression. If these effects continue on for a week to two weeks, it is best to contact the specialist in order to further discuss how to help minimize these side effects.
Are cheek fillers safe?
Any type of dermal filler given by a qualified and trained specialist is safe as dermal fillers are mainly composed of hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in our bodies and can be dissolved naturally overtime. If at any point you may not want fillers any more, overtime the filler will naturally dissolve, going back to your initial features.
It is important to do your research in order to make sure a well trained and experienced specialist is performing the procedure in order to avoid any infections as well as achieve proper results.
Cheek implant VS cheek lift
There are many ways in helping to achieve more plumped cheeks with the use of dermal fillers and surgery. One of the most common options to help restore volume in the cheeks is with the use of dermal fillers as this is a minimal invasive procedure that requires no downtime, is a temporary fix, it is a fast procedure, and is more affordable then getting surgery. For someone who wants a temporary fix as dermal fillers dissolve and metabolize overtime naturally before undergoing anything permanent, this may be an appropriate option. On the other hand, cheek implants are an invasive procedure that does require downtime, is a permanent solution, and is more costly as it is a surgical procedure. Cheek plants are done by making an incision in the cheek area and inputting an implant that is specifically molded to your face in order to help achieve a fuller look. This may be an option for someone who has undergone dermal fillers and wants a more permanent result that requires no touch ups. Although this procedure is permanent, it is more costly ranging from $30000-$5000 depending on the clinic.