Cheek Filler & Contouring
The phenomenon of contouring with makeup is essentially playing up the light and dark areas of the face as it curves from forehead to cheek to jaw and so forth. As we say to patients, “why paint a cheek when you can have cheek filler that gives you cheek definition and lasts for years?”
Well projected cheek bones are attractive in both men and women and are one of the simplest and most common areas to treat with dermal fillers.
Why inject cheeks:
To add beauty in those of all ages to enhance the bone structure
To “lift the face” and reduce heaviness that occurs with age-related volume loss in the cheek fat.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED AND WHAT’S THE COST?
Dermal filler is priced per dose (pre-filled syringe) and the long lasting a fillers are used for cheeks are more expensive than lip fillers.
The cost is per syringe (1ml) is $650 and the average starting dose is 2 ml. Our “Non-Surgical Face Lift Pack” is ideal for this area and combines muscle relaxants and 3 ml of cheek filler ($1990).
Some patients will need several times this amount but there is no harm in gradual filling over some weeks to months
HOW DO YOU DO THE TREATMENT?
A topical numbing cream is applied to the area prior to the treatment for 30-45 minutes. Cheek filler injections are not typically painful and usually very well tolerated. Ice packs can also be used to decrease pain and to reduce the risk of bruising.
HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER DERMAL FILLER IN THE CHEEKS?
There may be redness, bruising and swelling. The swelling typically lasts 2 days but is not unsightly or obvious. Bruises may last longer
RISKS OF CHEEK FILLER
Experienced cosmetic injectors who have studied anatomy and have a very detailed knowledge of anatomy understand where facial structures such as nerves, glands and blood vessels are situated.
Cheek filler injections are typically placed in a “low risk” area of the face and complications are almost unheard of. The most common side effects are: bruising, swelling, mild discomfort, temporary and asymmetry. Very rare complications include persistent lumpiness/swelling (when the immune system reacts to the filler intermittently and some swelling comes and goes (options are to dissolve the filler completely or to wait until the filler naturally degrades over time and Dr Flores has seen this three times in 15 years), infection (Dr Flores has never seen this happen in her patients) and skin necrosis (Dr Flores has never seen this happen in any patient).
- No facial creams/liquid makeup for 4 hours.
- No heavy exercise for 24 hours.
- No active skin care face products for 24 hours.
- No spas no saunas, no hot yoga for 7 days post treatment.
- No swimming goggles or pressure on the face (massage tables) for 2 weeks.
How long will it last?
Cheek fillers last between 12-24 months and often longer. It can be variable and dependent upon the patient’s anatomy, metabolism, the dose, the placement and the product used.