What are Facial Fillers?
Cheek fillers are injections that raise the volume of the area above and around your cheekbones. This provides the illusion of a more defined bone structure. By injecting volume under your skin layer, cheek fillers can also smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Types of fillers
There are several kinds of materials that are approved for use in cheek fillers.
Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane) and polylactic acid (Sculptra) are two types of dermal fillers recommended for use in the cheek and under-eye area. These types of dermal fillers are long lasting and safe.
Other fillers, such as Radiesse (hydroxylapatite), are also used off-label for this area.
How long they last
Depending on the type that you choose, cheek fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years before results are no longer noticeable. The dermal filler material eventually dissolves and metabolizes into your skin tissue.
Who’s a good candidate
If you’re a healthy nonsmoker without a history of chronic health conditions, you may be a candidate for cheek fillers. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelinesTrusted Source, you should avoid getting cheek fillers if you:
- have bleeding disorders
- are allergic to the synthetic compounds used in dermal fillers
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
What's the procedure like?
After a consultation with a trained provider where you discuss pricing, cost, and your desired results, you’ll schedule an appointment for a filler injection.
In the 2 weeks prior to the procedure, you’ll need to avoid taking any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin.
If you’re on prescription blood thinners, let your provider know at your consultation meeting. They may give you additional guidelines for how to prep for your filler appointment.
During the appointment, you’ll recline in a sterilized environment. Your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to the injection site, or there may be a numbing agent already mixed into the filler itself. The injection process should be simple and will only last 20 minutes or so.
After the injection, you’ll be able to see some of the results immediately. It will take a day or two for the filler to settle into its position on your face.
You can drive after the procedure, and you can even return to work or other appointments immediately after.
During the first few days after an injection, you should avoid sleeping on your cheeks. Try to sleep facing up, flat on your back.
You may also want to avoid strenuous exercise until the filler has completely taken its shape, 48 hours after the injection procedure.
Avoid touching your face, and keep your face clean and dry as much as possible until the risk of infection has passed.
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