Filler is a product that’s injected into your face or body to help soften fine lines and wrinkles, improve symmetry and create volume or dimension. The most common fillers are temporary hyaluronic acid fillers meant to give a boost to low-volume areas.
With ageing the cheeks lose volume. The cheek is bordered by the lower edge of the eye socket, the fold formed from the nostril to the corner of the mouth (the nasolabial fold) and a line sweeping up from the corner of the mouth to the ear canal.
Filler that’s injected anywhere in this mapped area is considered cheek filler. People may assume cheek filler is just placed around your cheekbones, but it’s more encompassing than that; it notably includes the area around your mouth, which is particularly susceptible to signs of ageing.
Some people may notice their cheeks seem deflated or under projected as they lose volume with age. This is because they’ve lost healthy, youthful contours in the midface. Re-volumising the cheeks with filler restores shape to the face.
For others, there might be a pronounced nasolabial fold, also referred to as smile lines, which are lines that stretch from our nose to mouth. As we age, we lose volume and firmness, which causes drooping and pronounced nasolabial folds. It’s one of the most prominent signs of ageing.
Cosmetic enhancement is also a valid reason for people to get cheek fillers, as they may simply want to create more dimension in the face even in their 30s.
Generally speaking, cheek fillers are about achieving left and right symmetry and bringing out the individual’s own facial beauty. They are highly customisable: a thin person may gravitate towards having plumper cheeks, whereas someone with a round face may want a more angular look.
It’s vital you seek out a practitioner who is trained in the procedure. If your cheek filler is injected too high or too low, your results can look obvious. You need to see someone who knows how to strike the perfect balance with cheek fillers, so they look good whether you’re smiling or your face is at rest.
Some swelling is completely normal after your procedure, so do not worry if your cheeks look bigger or more lifted than you intended. This is because swelling can distort the shape, and it can take around five days for the volume to settle before you can assess the results. There may be some minor bruising which should disappear in a few days, some people do not bruise at all.
If you experience anything out of the ordinary then contact your practitioner
With regards to resuming normal daily activities, you should not exercise or have excessive alcohol for up to two days after your procedure. Don’t wear tight goggles or masks for three weeks to make sure that your filler truly settles. Avoid dental work for three weeks moreover to prevent any potential infections.
Looking after your new cheeks involves just waiting for them to heal on their own, although there can be some discomfort with bruising or swelling after the procedure. There are a few things you can do to help speed up the recovery process.
You can also apply arnica cream and/or aloe vera gel, which can be bought over the counter at most pharmacists. Apply generously to help with inflammation.
Avoid touching the treated area for at least six hours after the procedure and in the following days you should drink a lot of water. Do not expose the affected area to intense heat or extreme cold for about 5 days, avoid strenuous exercise for a week as well to allow the filler to settle.
Drinking too much alcohol can further increase the possibility of bruising and swelling, so avoid for at least two days post procedure.
The lifespan of cheek fillers depends on the person and how their body metabolises. Hyaluronic acid does dissolve slowly. Individual metabolic rates often determine how long your fillers remain. Generally, you can expect cheek fillers to last between 9 to 18 months before they’re completely gone.
To maintain the look you like, some practitioners recommend a booster filler after nine or ten months.
Costs from £350