Cheek Filler In Bournemouth?
Would you like more pronounced cheeks? Or stronger and higher cheekbones? Have you lost volume in your cheeks that you want to recover?
With a cheek filler, we can add the desired volume to your cheeks and cheekbones. We can add back volume that you may have lost over the years, or we can simply give you a volume boost.
The effects are immediate, and the treatment takes 60-90 minutes.
There is no need for any downtime. So afterwards you can continue with your day like you normally would.
Feel free to message us here if you have any questions about cheek fillers.
Our super friendly and very experienced clinicians in Bournemouth are ready to help you. 👍
What Is A Cheek Filler?
A cheek filler consists of a fluid material that is injected into your cheeks. It is a dermal filler for your cheeks. The purpose of the cheek filler is to provide volume to your cheeks and cheekbone-area.
There is a variety of different materials that can be used. Some are soft, some are harder, some last longer, and some are permanent. The one that will be appropriate for you, will depend on your personal circumstance, and what results you want.
The most popular and commonly used cheek filler is made of a material that is called hyaluronic acid. A good thing about hyaluronic acid is that your body produces it naturally. Therefore, it normally doesn’t cause any allergic reactions or other complications.
Some fillers are based on calcium or poly-L-lactic acid (such as Sculptra and Radiesse). These fillers stimulate production of your collagen and therefore help with tissue regeneration.
There is also a type of cheek filler that is polymethylmethacrylate based. This is a material that is often used in surgical implants, and therefore this filler provides permanent results.
With fillers that are of permanent nature, we recommend that we only make a small injection for the first treatment. And then we can add a little more on your second treatment, and so on, until you are happy.
Lastly, it is also possible to use your own fat as a cheek filler. In this case, we would take fat from somewhere on your body, and add it to your cheeks. This fat filler will normally be semi-permanent or permanent, however it is not a very common procedure anymore.
Why Get A Cheek Filler?
At TreatMyWrinkles Bournemouth, our clients typically get cheek fillers for one of the following reasons:
- Replace loss of volume of cheeks and cheekbone-area due to aging
- Reduce the cheek lines called Nasolabial Folds
- Make the cheeks more pronounced
As we get older, our skin will typically lose volume and form. A big part of this loss is due to gradual disappearance of two proteins called collagen and elastin. Collagen give your skin volume, and elastin give you elasticity.
Therefore, as you age, your cheeks may become more ‘hollow’ and they may sink down a little. This can be restored with a cheek filler.
Also, as the years roll by, many people will develop nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds are crevices that go from each side of your nose and down the corners of your mouth. A cheek filler can make nasobial folds less pronounced.
Many of our clients simply want enhanced cheek structure and higher cheekbones. With a cheek filler we can form and sculpt your cheeks to get you the form that you desire.
Are Cheek Fillers Different For Men And Women?
Yes, one must administer a cheek filler in slightly different areas in women and men. The reason is that the two genders have different cheek bone structures:
Men typically have higher and more pronounced cheekbones than women.
Women have a curve called the “Ogee Curve”. This is the S-shaped curve that you see on a woman’s face when she is turned slightly to the side. As women get older, many will experience a flattening of this curve. Therefore, the goal of the cheek filler is typically to improve this S-shaped curve.
Men have a curve that we call the zygomatic arch. Hence, when we administer cheek fillers to men, the goal is normally to strengthen this arch.
These two curves or arches are not in the exact same places in men and women, therefore the fillers are also injected in different areas for the two genders.
How To Get Ready For A Cheek Filler Treatment?
You need no particular preparations in order to get ready for a cheek filler. However, there are a few ‘things’ we recommend that you avoid.
Two days before the treatment, we advise that you avoid painkillers such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve. The reason is that these are all blood-thinning.
We also recommend that you do not take any blood thinning medications, two days before the treatment.
Btw, if you are unsure whether a medication is OK or not, just ask us.
And we also suggest that you stay away from alcohol 24 hours before the treatment. Alcohol is also blood-thinning.
The reason why we recommend avoiding blood-thinners, is that they can increase bruising from the injections.
Lastly, we also advise that you do not eat very salty foods two days before the treatment. The reason is that excess sodium makes your body retain water, which in turn can increase swelling from the injections.
You can learn more about how to prepare for the treatment here.
What Happens During The Cheek Filler Treatment?
When you arrive at our Bournemouth clinic, we will welcome you and make sure you feel comfortable. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We will then walk you through the procedure, so that you understand exactly what will happen.
Only when you are ready, we will begin.
Before making the injections, we will cleanse your cheeks with an antibacterial solution.
Then we will apply a numbing cream to the areas where we will make the injections. This cream numbs your skin so that you will feel hardly any discomfort at all.
It takes about 20-30 minutes before the cream gets active, so we will patiently wait before starting with the injections.
By the way, some of the cheek fillers also contain a mild anesthetic called lidocaine. This will further help minimize discomfort.
When the numbing cream is active, we will inject a precise amount of cheek filler in the desired areas.
We will then evaluate the symmetry and shape, and we may massage the injection somewhat just to get the perfect look.
When the injections are completed, we may apply a little ice to reduce any potential bruising.
Your entire appointment should take no more than 60-90 minutes.
Before you leave us, we will give you aftercare instructions, and that’s it!
You can now continue with the rest of your day as usual, and we will follow up with you shortly to ensure everything went as planned. 👍
Does Getting A Cheek Filler Hurt?
Most of our clients say they feel no, or minimal pain, from the cheek filler.
That is in large part because we apply a numbing cream. This desensitises your skin so that you will normally won’t feel much.
By the way, it is very important that the cheek filler is administered by a licensed and certified person (such as the staff at our Bournemouth clinic). Practitioners go through training to learn how to carry out injections properly, and to minimize any discomfort.
Also, most of our clients tell us that getting a cheek filler was much less painful than what they anticipated.
Are There Side Effects From A Cheek Filler?
Some people experience side effects. However, these side effects are typically very mild, and normally only last for a couple of days at the most.
There are three side effects that are somewhat common: Flushing, swelling and bruising.
Some people experience immediate flushing of the face. In these cases, the cheeks take on a flushing red color, almost as if you just did a workout. The good news is that this normally disappears within a couple of hours.
Some people also see swelling where the injections were made. This normally shows up a few hours after the injections. This swelling typically goes away within two days.
The most common side effect is slight bruising in the injection area. This is normally minor, and typically goes away after two days.
It is also somewhat common to have very sensitive cheeks for some time after the treatment. This typically goes away within a day or so.
All of the above is relatively common. If this happens to you, there is no reason to be alarmed. However, should the side effects be more severe, such as any of the below, we advise that you contact us immediately:
- Severe bruising or swelling lasting several days
- Asymmetry in the cheeks
- Lumps in the cheeks
- Infection in the cheeks
- Stiffening of the cheeks
- Allergic reaction or itching around the cheeks
What Is The Cost Of A Cheek Filler?
The cost of a cheek filler will vary depending on what clinic you get it at, what kind of dermal filler material you get, and also how much of the filler you need.
The most common cheek filler is a hyaluronic acid filler, and a complete treatment with this filler is likely to cost from about £250 to £600.
If you on the other hand go for a collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid), this is likely to be a bit more expensive. This will in most cases cost from about £700 to £1,400 for a complete treatment.
It is also possible to get a fat based cheek filler, and this will normally have a price of about £1,700 to £3,400.
Is There Any Aftercare After A Cheek Filler?
After your cheek filler treatment, you can continue with your day more or less as normal.
However, we recommend that you try to avoid a few ‘things’.
You should ideally avoid alcohol, most painkillers and blood thinning medication, for the next two days.
All of the above are blood thinning.
We recommend that you avoid blood thinning agents because they can lead to excess bruising and swelling.
Should you be uncertain about whether something is blood thinning or not, just ask us. 👍
We also advise that you do not engage in strenuous exercise for two days after the treatment. The reason is that this kind of exercise can make the filler shift away from its intended area.
Please also try to avoid firm pressure on the cheeks for at least a week.
In addition, we recommend that you be careful with sun exposure and heat (e.g. sauna and hot showers) for two days after the cheek filler. The reason is that high heat can expand the blood vessels and hence potentially increase bruising.
If you want to learn more about aftercare, you find more info here.
How Long Does A Cheek Filler Last For?
A cheek filler does not last forever.
And different cheek fillers have different lifespans.
The most common cheek filler, one based on hyaluronic acid, will in most cases last from about six months to a full year.
Should you get a collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid), this will normally last from 1-3 years.
And if you choose a fat filler, this will typically also last from 1-3 years.
What Are The Most Commonly Used Cheek Fillers?
Are You Interested In A Cheek Filler?
If you want to change the appearance of your cheeks or cheekbones, a cheek filler can be a great option.
The first thing you should probably ask yourself is: ‘How do I want my cheeks and cheekbones to be after the procedure?’
Is one of your cheeks bigger than the other, and do you want to make them equal? Do you want higher cheekbones? Do you want more dominant cheekbones? Or do you just want more voluminous cheeks?
When we have a good understanding of what you desire, we then know what cheek filler to apply and how to move forward.
By the way, you can contact us here for a FREE Consultation where we can talk about this in detail.
Just a couple of ‘things’ you should know:
Before you get a cheek filler, ideally you should have good health and you should not be a smoker. If you have any questions about whether you are a good candidate or not, just contact us and we will have a chat.
Should you have diabetes, lupus or blood-clotting problems, we may advise against getting a cheek filler.
Also: We ask that you please tell your Bournemouth clinician about any medications you are using, including herbal supplements.
And lastly, should you be breastfeeding or pregnant, we advise that you wait with the treatment.
What If You Don’t Like The Result?
We have good news!
If you had a hyaluronic acid based filler (which is the most common filler), we can dissolve it for you!
All hyaluronic acid fillers can be reversed with what is called hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely.
So if you are not happy with the result and you would like to undo it, we can reverse it for you. 👍
Please note that this is more complicated if you get a different filler. Please contact if you want to learn more.
Contact us here for any questions!
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