In our society, high cheekbones and fullness in the mid-face area are traditionally associated with youth and health. However, as we age, we lose volume in these areas, making us appear tired and unhealthy.
The nasolabial folds - smile lines around the lips – grow more noticeable as the cheeks sag and the jowls droop, which can significantly impact how one thinks about their appearance. As the face loses volume, hollowness around the eyes may develop.
If you're self-conscious about your low or hard to notice cheekbones, you might want to try cheek fillers, often known as "wrinkle fillers.”
What are cheek fillers?
Cheek fillers are injections that fill up the space above and around your cheeks. This gives the appearance of better-defined bone structure. Cheeks fillers also soften wrinkles and fine lines by adding volume underneath the skin's surface.
Filler injections in the cheeks are considered a minimally invasive treatment with little downtime.
Substances used as cheek filler materials
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has stated that several materials have been cleared for use in cheek fillers.
Dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane) and polylactic acid (Sculptra) are approved for usage in the cheek and under-eye region. These dermal fillers are meant to last only for a limited time.
Off-label fillers like Radiesse (hydroxylapatite) are also utilized for these regions.
What are the benefits of cheek fillers?
Cheek fillers offer numerous noticeable benefits over alternative treatment methods like cheek implants and surgical facelifts:
- Cheek fillers can be done in the clinic of a cosmetic surgeon with little or no anesthetic.
- Cheeks fillers have a quick recovery time, and many patients may return to work or their normal activities straight after.
- Cheek fillers can last for months or years, but the outcome isn't long-term, so you're not stuck with it if you change your mind.
- The risk of complications or infection from cheek fillers is minimal.
- After insertion, you can have your cheek fillers adjusted, which means you can add extra filler to the injection site until you get the desired effect.
- Cheek fillers are less costly than more invasive cosmetic surgery for defining your cheeks.
How long do cheek fillers take to settle?
One of the most appealing aspects of cheek fillers is that they settle quickly. While you can have an invasive medical procedure to address one of your cosmetic issues, you will have to wait six to twelve months to see the full results. And they're not long-term.
With cheek filler injections, you should expect to wait up to 14 days for the filler to settle. Even better, you may solve numerous aesthetic issues in a single hour, while an invasive cosmetic operation can take two to three hours to address a single aesthetic treatment.
How long do cheek fillers last?
Cheek fillers can last from six months to two years before the effects fade, depending on which type of filler you choose. Dermal filler material degrades and metabolizes into your skin tissue over time.
Consult a doctor to determine which cheek filler is best for you. Contact us in Minnesota for a complimentary consultation with one of our highly skilled nurse injectors.