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Cheek Enhancement Treatment with Cheek Filler
The appearance of your cheeks largely depends on the size of your buccal fat pads, which sit between your cheekbones and jawbones. As you age, these fat pads decrease, reducing the fullness in your cheek area, associated with a youthful face. This can result in deeper nasolabial folds (creases from the bottom edges of the nostrils down to the corners of the mouth) and less defined cheekbones.
Of course, not everyone is blessed with high, naturally defined cheekbones. Regardless of your age, if you desire more prominent cheekbones, non-surgical cheek enhancement can add more volume to the cheek area and give the illusion of high cheekbones. Using the latest cannula approach to place dermal filler in strategic positions can reverse years of ageing and instantly give you higher, defined cheekbones.
How Do Cheek Fillers Work?
Cheek enhancement is a non-surgical procedure that uses dermal filler to lift and enhance the area around the cheekbones. By adding volume and giving the illusion of a more defined bone structure, you can achieve a remarkable change without plastic surgery.
The dermal filler used at our aesthetic clinic in London for cheek filler procedures consists of pharmaceutical-grade, synthetic and biodegradable hyaluronic acid (HA). This is identical to the natural hyaluronic acid produced within the body and is commonly used in aesthetic medicine. Research has shown that hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is one of the safest dermal fillers available as it does not trigger allergic reactions. Used for many years, hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is widely considered a safe way to rejuvenate the skin, rehydrate soft tissues and restore loss of volume in the face.
Hyaluronic acid stimulates natural collagen production and effectively minimises wrinkles for smoother and more plump-looking skin. At Harley Street MD, CQC accredited aesthetic clinic in London, we use Juvederm hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. These aren’t sourced from animals and use synthetic non-animal stabilised hyaluronic acid (NASHA), which is naturally broken down over time. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are easy to dissolve by Hyaluronidase, giving you a safety net and extra peace of mind if you decide to proceed with a cheek augmentation procedure.
Dermal fillers can be used for various anti-ageing aesthetic treatments, including softening deep creases, wrinkles and lines in all areas of the face. Dermal fillers can also be used to improve the appearance of your neck and upper chest area, giving your skin a smoother, fuller and healthier appearance.
Cheek filler can be used to:
Enhance zygomatic arches (cheekbones) — to achieve a more prominent cheek contour
Minimise the nasolabial folds (nose-to-mouth lines) — by lifting the mid-face region
Add volume — to create a natural youthful cheek curve.
Cheek filler treatment duration varies between individuals depending on age, the quantity of the filler injected and the final desired results. Generally, cheek enhancement with hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers will last up to twelve months. However, they may last up to 18 months in some individuals, especially if it is not your first treatment.
Although there are newer generation fillers that can last years, at our aesthetic clinic in London, we don’t use these as they have higher rates of complications and may cause allergic reactions. Furthermore, they are not dissolvable, meaning if you do not like how you look, you will have to wait many years before the fillers become less noticeable.
Cheek Filler vs Cheek Implants
You may be wondering about the difference between cheek implants and non-surgical cheek enhancement with cheek fillers.
Here are six things you might want to consider:
1. Results — Cheek fillers are very effective, and if you opt for hyaluronic acid (HA), dermal fillers can easily be dissolved if you don’t like the results. In comparison, cheek implants will require invasive surgery to remove. Otherwise, they are permanent.
2. Permanent vs Temporary — Cheek fillers are not permanent and will require top-up treatments every 12 to 18 months on average to maintain the results. In one way, this is why cheek implants may be the preferred choice, as they will last a lifetime.
3. Risks and Complications — Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers are very low risk and the incidence of complications, when performed by a medically trained, experienced aesthetic practitioner, is rare.
The risks of cheek implants are higher as they require invasive surgery. Not only is the infection increased, but you are also at risk of complications later on, such as a build-up of excessive scar tissue or migration of your implants. Both can cause disfigurement and often require further surgery to resolve.
4. Recovery — Cheek fillers have a minimal recovery period. You can return to most activities immediately after your procedure, and any swelling or bruising will typically dissipate within two days.
Cheek implants require surgery which is uncomfortable to recover from. Just think how sore a mouth ulcer is and consider that to insert your cheek implants, you will have incisions and stitches inside your cheeks. Swelling and bruising are likely to be relatively severe for a week and generally take three to six weeks to disappear.
5. Cost — Finally, cost is also a consideration. If you have cheek fillers and don’t like the result, they will typically cost between £300 and £500. Cheek implants cost, on average, at least £3,000, which is a lot of money if you choose to have them removed.
Before and After Photos — Cheek Filler
Contoured cheekbones are an attractive feature that can be achieved with the help of cheek filler. With the skilful eye of an experienced aesthetic doctor, fillers can help lift the mid-face area, restoring cheekbone prominence to its peak position. This gives a desirable definition to the cheekbones, and the resulting S-shaped “ogee” curve produces a youthful appearance.
The patient above wanted to improve his mid-cheek volume and create more structure and definition. You can see that using HA-based cheek filler, his cheeks have been lifted, and his nasolabial folds are softened, creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance. This natural-looking fullness takes precision and care but is achievable by an expert aesthetic practitioner.
Choosing the Right Cheek Enhancement Treatment for You
Choosing the right cheek filler and clinic can be daunting, but at Harley Street MD in London, your cheek filler treatments are performed by Dr Tan, a GMC registered doctor, using the leading Juvéderm Vycross range. His decades of experience and advanced skills mean he can prevent many complications at the hands of a non-medically trained practitioner and consistently gives his patients the desired results.
If you are choosing an aesthetic clinic, we urge you to check the following:
They are CQC accredited
The practitioners are registered nurses, dentists or doctors
The fillers used are from reputable manufacturers such as Allergan or Galderma.
Why Get Cheek Enhancement Treatment?
You may choose cheek augmentation treatment because you’re feeling like your appearance has aged or you would like more defined cheekbones. Cheek enhancement with dermal fillers offers an incredibly effective and safe way to restore volume, moisture and elasticity to the skin instantly.
How Long Until I See Results?
You will see a visible difference in the volume and shape of the treated area immediately after your cheek enhancement treatment. However, you may experience some swelling or bruising, which means it can take a day or two to see the full benefits of cheek filler.
Juvéderm can take a couple of weeks to soften and settle fully, with improving results as the filler begins to sit more naturally in the skin. You can expect to see the final results of cheek augmentation within two weeks.
How Long Do Results Last?
Cheek enhancement is not a surgical procedure, so results won’t be permanent. Our patients typically find that results last between 12 and 18 months, but longevity will vary depending on lifestyle and other factors. You’ll probably want to top up your cheek filler once per year.
How Long Does Cheek Enhancement Take?
Cheek enhancement treatment with cheek filler is a minimally invasive procedure. The cheek filler is usually completed in one appointment lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. But we will also have a consultation with you first to determine the best treatment option for you and recommend you allow an hour to 90 minutes for the entire treatment.
Please see below for further information about cheek enhancement treatment, necessary pre and post-treatment advice and whether cheek augmentation is suitable for you.