Cheek Filler

Fillers for the Cheeks

Cheek fillers are one of the most popular procedures requested in our Irvine clinic. The midface is a vital part of the face for age and beauty. Dermal fillers for cheeks can be used to bring out youthfulness and improve overall facial harmony.

The cheeks are one of the first areas of the face to display signs of volume loss as it ages. Dermal filler to the cheek is an effective treatment with little downtime.

High cheekbones are a highly desired beauty feature, and this is an area where our experienced injector can create this look using advanced techniques.

The treatment helps achieve a younger and more beautiful appearance.

Our cheeks lose volume as we age because the bone and soft tissues deteriorate, leaving us with less structural support in that area, resulting in volume loss, creases, and wrinkles. Dermal filler can help with volume loss in the cheeks.

Some people are born with beautiful cheeks, while others are born with underdeveloped cheeks that can be improved. It's very easy to create the appearance of high cheekbones for patients who weren't born with ideal cheeks by providing some structure and support with dermal fillers.

Size of Cheeks: Dermal filler can be used to enhance flat or underdeveloped cheeks.

Cheeks' Skin: Dermal fillers or skin boosters can help smooth out wrinkles on the cheeks, especially from smiling.

Some patients require more volume in the front of their cheeks, while others want more volume on the side of their cheeks, and some simply require more volume at the high point of their cheeks. The patient will be evaluated, and the injector will speak with them about their anatomy and how it might be enhanced.

Cheek Aging: As we become older, our cheeks lose volume, and the overlying tissue loses structural support. By using dermal fillers, we are replenishing the lost volume.

Asymmetry of the cheeks is fairly frequent and can be addressed with dermal filler treatment.

Enhancing the cheek can also be help to address laugh lines just below the cheeks.

Choosing the amount of cheek filler to use:

The amount of filler necessary for cheek filling varies greatly. Some patients will see results with 1 mL, while others would require 6 mL to achieve the desired outcome.

After a brief consultation and evaluating the patient, the injector will examine the face and determine the best dose. A smaller dose may be chosen to begin with if a patient has a limited budget. or if they request a more subtle outcome.

When it comes to cheek enhancement, a common method is to inject 2mls at a time, once a month, until the patient is happy with the size.

Pain management during the treatment

A local anesthetic is injected to minimize the pain sensation. Most patients find that it is a very tolerable procedure. There is also local anestheitc in the dermal filler itself.

What happens during the procedure?

The area to the treated will be assessed, marked, and disinfected with alcohol.

A small amount of local anesthetic is injected, then a very fine needle will be used by the injector to place the product. Then gauze will be used to provide pressure. The injector may massage the area to achieve the most ideal shape and contour. We don't advise that you massage at home yourself as this could affect the final result.

How will I look afterward?

It is normal to have some swelling and redness. The cheeks may appear more exaggerated but once the swelling subsides after two days, the swelling will fade away, revealing a more natural appearance.

Risks and side effects

There are hazards associated with cheek fillers because it is a medical procedure:

Bruising and swelling can occur.

Asymmetry When one side of a patient is treated better than the other, it is usually because the patient was born asymmetrical.

Infection is an uncommon but always possible problem when a needle is inserted into the skin.

Necrosis (a clogged blood artery that prevents blood from reaching the skin) is extremely rare. This may result in scarring.

Blindness from a clogged blood artery is a rare but serious side effect of dermal fillers.

Need for more treatment: Getting the patient's cheeks to where they want to be can take many syringes of product.

What is aftercare like?

Avoid makeup for 4 hours

Avoid massaging the area

Avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day

What should you expect following a cheek filler procedure?

The dermal filler's effect will be visible right away.

There may be slight redness and swelling right after. The cheeks may appear more swollen the following several days, but as the swelling subsides over the next two days, the sharpness fades and a more natural appearance emerges.

By 2-3 days after the treatment, the majority of the swelling caused by the dermal filler will have subsided. Even 2-4 weeks after the treatment, there may be some minor swelling.

How long do the results last?

The answer is highly personal and varies on the patient's anatomy, metabolism, dose, placement, and product, among other factors.

If the patient is satisfied with the outcomes after one month (i.e., enough fill), they should be treated again after six months, then once a year.

If the patient is not satisfied with the results after one month (i.e., more dermal filler is needed to achieve the desired results), more dermal filler should be injected every 1-3 months until the desired appearance is achieved, and then the patient should be treated every 6 months, then once yearly.

The price of cheek fillers

The price is per syringe. Our prices are very competitive and reasonable and range from $450-$650 per ml of product.

A minimum of 2mls is usually recommended.

Some people will require far more. Others may want to begin with 1ml and slowly add more.

For more answers to your questions you can call us at (949) 229-3789 or request an appointment online for consultation or treatment.