Cheeks can be injected for 2 purposes with dermal filler
1. To look younger
2. To look more beautiful.
As we age, our cheeks lose volume, the bone and soft tissue dissolves, leaving us with reduced structural support in that area, creating loss of volume, folds and wrinkles. It is easy to replace the volume loss in the cheeks with dermal filler.
Some people were born with great cheeks, and others were born with undeveloped cheeks whose appearance could be improved. For those who weren’t born with the perfect cheeks, it is so simple to just inject them to improve the appearance.
Dermal filler can improve:
Size of the cheeks: often clients present with flat / underdeveloped cheeks to be enlarged. This is very easy
Skin of the cheeks: this can be improved with dermal filler or skin boosters
The shape of the cheeks Some clients need more volume in the front of their cheeks and some clients need more volume at the side of their cheeks, and some just need more volume at the high point of their cheeks.
Aging cheeks: as we age, we lose volume in the cheeks and hence structural support of the overlying tissue. This can be replaced
Symmetry of the cheeks: asymmetry of the cheeks is very common, and can be improved with dermal filler treatment
TREATMENT WITH DERMAL FILLERS
Choosing the dose of dermal fillers
The dose required for cheek filling is very variable. Some clients will be satisfied with 1ml, others will need more to get the results that they want
If a client has a history of complications with dermal fillers, or if their budget is small or if they want a more subtle result, then a smaller dose might be chosen to start with.
What happens during the injectables treatment itself?
The face will be cleaned with alcohol.
Ice may be applied to the area briefly before treatment The technician will inject using a very fine needle. Then pressure with gauze will be applied.
If a cannula is used, a small needle will be used to make an entry hole and then a cannula inserted into this hole.
How will I look after dermal filler in the cheeks?
There may be redness and swelling. The cheeks may have a more “sharp” look about them, but when the swelling goes down after 2 days, the sharpness will reduce and give way to a more natural appearance. Clients often like the swelling in the first couple of days
Side effects /risks with dermal fillers
The treatment is very low risk
Bruising occurs in a significant number of cases.
Swelling in the injection area will occur. This will last for 48 hours
Asymmetry: Sometimes one side is better treated than the other, this is usually because the client is asymmetrical to start with.
Infection is a very rare complication, but always a possibility when the needle goes into the skin.
Necrosis (blood vessel being blocked, interfering with blood supply to the skin) is very rare. This could lead to scarring
Need for further treatment: Often with lips, it will take several syringes of product to get to where the client wants to be.
What to expect after a dermal filler treatment?
The effect of the dermal filler will be obvious immediately
Most of the swelling from the dermal filler will have resolved by 2-3 days after the procedure. There may be a small amount of swelling for even 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
How long will the treatment last?
The answer to this is very individual and depends on the client’s anatomy, metabolism, the dose, the placement, the product etc. Typically with our most commonly used dermal filler: If the client is happy with the results at 1 month (ie there has been adequate fill) they should be treated every 9-12 months. However if they felt their desired look hasn’t yet been achieved more filler can be placed after one month of the initial treatment.