As we get older, our skin begins to wrinkle and our cheeks begin to lose the plumpness that they once had. Cheek fillers are an excellent way to ward off the ageing process by re-introducing volume to the face.
What Are Cheek Fillers?
Cheek fillers, or more professionally known as dermal fillers can be used to increase volume and definition of the face, cheeks and lips.
These fillers can be made from a variety of materials that range from temporary to permanent, depending on the type of filler;
- Collagen – lasts 3-4 months
- Hyaluronic acid – lasts 4-6 months
- Calcium hydroxyapatite – lasts up to 18 months
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) – injections given over several months, may last up to 2 years
- Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) – permanent, also the most risky
Things to Consider
Before committing to the idea of cheek fillers, here are some things to consider;
The cost of getting cheek fillers in the UK can range anywhere from £150-£300 per session, but this is highly dependent on the amount of product used and the clinic of your choosing.
Some of the limitations of dermal fillers include;
- Most fillers aren’t permeant
- There is no guarantee that you’ll get the results you’re looking for
- It will not stop the ageing process from happening elsewhere on your face and neck
- Filler will not fix problems such as a sagging jawline
When you are deciding on a skin clinic to go to for cheek fillers, it is essential to ensure that you choose a practitioner that is reputable and experienced. We’ve all seen the botched filler jobs, which unfortunately in some cases, cannot be rectified (when permanent fillers are used.)
What’s Involved in a Cheek Filler Procedure?
A cheek filler procedure can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour to complete. The treatment may be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be unbearably painful.
You may get a local anaesthetic cream or injection offered to you. The doctor will inject small amounts of the filler into a number of places on the face, depending on the desired result. This area may then be massaged to smooth out the filler, giving a more natural look.
After the Procedure
The areas of injection may be a little swollen, tender and red for 24 hours after the procedure. It is advised to avoid coffee, alcohol, hot drinks and the sun at this time.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, cheek fillers come with risks. These risks vary depending on the type of filler and whether it is done correctly or not. Permeant fillers have the highest risk associated with them, some practitioners even recommended that patients avoid them.
Some of the general risks of cheek fillers include;
- Rashes, swelling, itching and burning
- Over time, the filler can sometimes move away from the intended area
- The filler forming lumps under the skin – surgery or medication may be required to fix this (RARE)
- The filler blocks a blood vessel – can lead to tissue death, permanent blindness or a pulmonary embolism (RARE)