There are several types of dermal fillers, including cheek fillers, that can increase the plumpness of the skin near your cheeks to make you look younger and more symmetrical.
The FDA has approved several active ingredients for different types of cheek fillers, but one of the safest and most popular uses hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and increase collagen production.
This process, conducted by a trained aesthetician at Cosmetica, is quick and painless. You may only need one session per year to enhance your appearance.
What Is Cheek Filler?
If you are familiar with lip fillers or other dermal fillers, you understand the concept of plumping certain areas of your face to give you a youthful, healthy appearance and make your face more symmetrical.
Cheek fillers are less trendy than lip fillers, but they can still help you look younger and more dynamic. About 1 million American adults get cheek fillers each year. You may have heard about Juvéderm Voluma and Restylane, as these are common filler brand names.
As you age, your face will naturally lose areas of fat, along with collagen in the skin. Losing these fat deposits can create some hollow areas, while losing collagen means you develop slightly sagging skin, more wrinkles, and deeper lines on your forehead and around your mouth. Using a cheek filler can temporarily plump the skin in the area, which improves skin tautness.
Many modern cheek fillers also boost collagen production. As the filler wears away and you lose some plumpness, you will not develop wrinkles and crow’s feet at a faster rate.
What Are Some Types of Cheek Filler?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved dermal fillers made with several active ingredients like these:
- Collagen injections
- Calcium hydroxylapatite, found naturally in bone
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic filler that is biodegradable and biocompatible (i.e., safe for human use)
- Hyaluronic acid
The most popular and safest cheek fillers found at med spas like Cosmetica use hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient. This chemical has revolutionized dermal fillers. Juvéderm Voluma and Restylane use hyaluronic acid.
When used in fillers, hyaluronic acid can:
- Improve their quality with fewer lumps or bumps.
- Increase their duration, meaning they last longer than many other types of fillers.
- Boost their individuality, as the dose can be managed differently to create the unique look you want.
- Improve their overall safety, as an enzyme called hyaluronidase can be used to quickly dissolve any filler that does not look or feel how you want.
Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the body. It binds well to water so it creates natural-appearing, safe, lasting fillers that reduce wrinkles, plump skin, and create a healthy glow.
What Can I Expect From Cheek Filler?
To get cheek filler, you do not need any special preparation, but a thorough examination at a consultation with Cosmetica’s specialists will get you the best results.
Avoid blood thinners like aspirin for about two weeks and stay away from alcohol for about two days before your treatment. This will help to reduce swelling, pain, and bruising.
Getting cheek filler injections might hurt a little. Your clinician will typically apply a topical numbing agent, so you do not experience pain during the procedure. You can apply an ice or cold pack to the areas immediately after the injection to reduce pain further.
There will be some swelling after the procedure, which can make it look like you got more cheek filler than intended. Wait about five days for the swelling to completely go down, and your face should have created the aesthetic, youthful cheeks you wanted.
After the procedure, avoid strenuous exercise for about two days, so no jogging or CrossFit. Avoid tight goggles or masks, and do not get any facial massages, including use of home massaging tools like jade rollers, for two to three weeks. This allows your filler to properly settle in your face, so it can last for a long time.
Is Cheek Filler Safe? How Much Does It Cost?
Anyone who has lost volume in their cheeks or face due to genetics or age and wants to get rid of their hollowed-out appearance can benefit from cheek fillers like .
Working with an aesthetician or specialist at Cosmetica in Boca Raton means you get a thorough examination during your first consultation. Then, you’ll receive a personalized treatment plan based on your individual health needs.
Cheek filler typically lasts between six months and one year, so you do not need to get injections more frequently than that. Some fillers last for multiple years, but hyaluronic acid fillers typically dissolve after 12 months. Your body’s metabolism can alter exactly how effective and long-lasting these fillers are.
The average cost of cheek filler ranges from $600 to $1,200 per syringe, and the amount of syringes of filler you need can vary a lot. If you want very full cheeks, you might need several syringes of cheek filler, but if you want a subtle plumping, you might only need one or two.
Since they last so long, you are not likely to spend this amount of money several times a year. Generally, once or twice a year is the most frequently you would get filler.
Many people who get dermal fillers, including cheek filler, report high satisfaction with their appearance. This is partly due to the simplicity and safety of the procedure, but also due to the long-lasting improvements in their overall appearance. This can boost your confidence as you move through your life in Boca Raton, Florida.
Do not hesitate to contact Cosmetica today for a consultation. We can help you assess whether Juvéderm Voluma, Restylane, or another cheek filler is the best fit for you.
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