Cheek Filler In Southampton
Do you want to change the look of your cheeks?
Have you lost volume in and around your cheeks or cheekbones? Would you like to restore this volume?
Or would you simply like to strengthen the shape of your cheekbones?
Do you want fuller cheeks?
We can do all of the above with a cheek filler, and our clinicians would be happy to help you. 👍
The entire treatment from when you come to our clinic until you walk out, takes about 90 minutes.
The effects are immediate, and you will normally not need any downtime. Which means you can get right back to what you were doing.
What Are Cheek Fillers? And What Are They Made Of?
A cheek filler is an injection of material into your cheeks. The purpose of the injection is to add volume to your cheeks, or your cheekbone area.
There are several different kinds of cheek fillers available. Some are softer than others, some last longer, and some are suited for a particular shape. They are also made of different kind of material.
The most common cheek filler is made of what is called hyaluronic acid (or components structurally very similar to hyaluronic acid). Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, hence it is not a foreign substance and therefore normally does not cause any allergic reactions or similar.
There are calcium-based and poly-L-lactic acid fillers (such as Sculptra and Radiesse). These fillers also stimulate the production of collagen and encourage tissue regeneration.
A relatively new cheek filler is polymethylmethacrylate based. This material is commonly used in surgical implants, and are of a permanent nature. Hence, this cheek filler provides permanent results.
Since this filler provides permanent results, we recommend to under-fill on the first treatment, and then to add more at a subsequent appointment, if needed.
Lastly, you can also use your own fat. Meaning, it is possible to transplant fat from somewhere else in your body to your cheeks. Since this is coming from your own body, this rarely causes any issues or reactions. This type of filler will normally produce semi-permanent or permanent results.
That said, almost all dermal fillers used today are made of hyaluronic acid, and at TreatMywrinkles Southampton, we almost exclusively use this kind of filler.
Why Do People Get Cheek Fillers?
There are normally three main reasons why our clients want cheek fillers:
- Restore a more youthful face and ‘correct’ age-related volume loss in the mid-face.
- Soften the appearance of deep to moderate Nasolabial Folds.
- Increase the volume around and above the cheekbones in order to boost the prominence of this area.
As we age, our skin will normally lose proteins called collagen and elastin. These proteins give the skin both volume and elasticity. As a result of losing these proteins, your skin will also lose volume and elasticity.
One consequence is that the areas under your eyes will often become more ‘hollow’. Your skin under the eyes will often also start to sink down and hence you might develop a U-shaped fold of skin in this area.
With age, many people also start to see pronounced developments of their nasolabial folds. These are creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
But there are good news:
By applying a cheek filler, we can not only make your cheekbones look more pronounced, but also give life and vitality back to the area underneath your eyes.
And in addition, we can soften your nasolabial folds.
Cheek Fillers Are Different For Men And Women
Normally, a cheek filler is given in slightly different areas in men and women. This is because males normally have a different cheekbone structure to women.
By injecting a cheek filler, we normally want to restore the natural features, or enhance existing ones.
In women, the aim of the filler is normally to enhance what is called the “Ogee Curve,” or the S-shaped curve of the face. This is the curve that is seen when a woman’s face is turned slightly to the side. With age, many women will experience a flattening of this Ogee curve.
In men, the goal with cheek fillers is to project and strengthen the cheekbone, or what is called the zygomatic arch. We therefore administer the filler in a different area to achieve this.
What Is The Actual Cheek Filler Treatment Like?
When you arrive at the clinic, we will first welcome you and make sure you are comfortable and ready for the treatment. When you tell us you are ready, we will get started.
We then cleanse the area where the injections will be made, to reduce the likelihood of any infection.
Then we will apply a numbing cream to the same areas. We do this to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.
This cream needs some time to start working, so we will wait about 20-30 minutes before administering the injections.
Some of the cheek fillers also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic. This is intended to further help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment.
We then inject a precise amount of filler to the designated areas.
Then we may massage the injection a little to achieve the perfect look.
After the injections are done, we may cool down the treated areas to reduce any potential bruising.
The entire procedure should take no more than 60-90 minutes.
We then give you aftercare instructions, and that’s it!
There is normally no need for any downtime, so you can continue with the rest of your day as you otherwise would have. 👍
Does It Hurt To Get A Cheek Filler?
Your cheeks are quite sensitive. Therefore, it would hurt if we didn’t first apply a numbing cream.
Therefore, we apply this numbing cream in order to temporarily desensitise your cheeks.
As a result, the discomfort will in most cases be minimal.
If you do choose to get a cheek filler, make sure you have a licensed and experience professional perform the treatment. Such a person will have appropriate training and experience to minimize the discomfort of the treatment.
At TreatMyWrinkles, we have decades of experience and we have administered several thousand filler injections. You will be in safe hands with us.
Are There Any Side Effects From Getting A Cheek Filler?
It is quite normal to experience some side effects from the cheek filler. The good news is that these are normally very mild, and typically only last for a couple of days.
Three side effects are relatively common: Flushing, swelling and bruising.
You may see immediate flushing of your face. Meaning, your face (and cheeks in particular) are likely to go somewhat red, as if you just worked out. However, this normally goes away within a couple of hours.
You may also see swelling in the injection areas. However, this often does not appear until a few hours after the treatment, or even the next day. This swelling normally fades within 48 hours.
There is also a chance you will see slight bruising where the injections were made. This normally also goes away within 48 hours.
Your cheeks may also be very tender for some time after the injections. This normally passes within 24 hours or so.
Severe side effects are not common, but should you experience any of these, we recommend that you contact us immediately:
- Severe swelling or bruising lasting more than 5 days
- Cheek asymmetry
- Lumps and irregularities in the cheeks
- Stiffening of the cheeks
- Allergic reaction or itching around the cheeks
How Much Do Cheek Fillers Cost?
The cost of a cheek filler will depend on what type of dermal filler you and your clinician decide on, as well as how much of the material is needed.
If you go for a hyaluronic acid filler, the treatment is likely to cost from £300 to £1,000.
A collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid) is likely to be more costly, and this treatment will normally cost from £700 to £1,400.
If on the other hand, you want a filler based on fat, this is likely to cost between £1,700 to £3,400.
Cheek fillers are normally an elective cosmetic procedure. That means the cost typically will not be covered by your health insurance.
At TreatMyWrinkles Southampton, we almost exclusively use hyaluronic acid fillers. They provide amazing results, they are easy to work with, they can be reversed, and they are made of a natural material.
The cost for our hyaluronic acid filler at TreatMyWrinkles Southampton is £210 for 1ml. Should you want 2ml, the cost is £380. In the event you want 3ml, the cost is £550. You find more information about our cheek filler costs in Southampton here.
How To Prepare For A Cheek Filler?
Three days prior to the treatment, we recommend that you avoid blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.
We also recommend that you do not consume alcohol 24 hours before the treatment.
The reason why we recommend avoiding both, is that they are blood thinning agents. Avoiding these will normally minimize the occurrence of bruising.
We also recommend that you avoid salty foods a few days before the treatment, as excess sodium causes the body to retain water, which in turn can worsen swelling.
If you are a smoker, we recommend that you stop smoking a few days before the treatment as well. The reason is that toxins in the smoke can interfere with the treatment and healing process.
You can learn more about how to prepare for the treatment here.
What Aftercare Should You Do After A Cheek Filler Treatment?
The reason is that we don’t want to provoke bruising, nor that the fillers move from their intended locations.
We also recommend regular icing with a clean ice pack on and off throughout the rest of the first day. Please apply the ice very carefully.
You should also avoid alcohol, painkillers and blood thinners for the next 24 hours to be on the safe side.
And we recommend that you avoid any firm pressure on the cheeks for at least a week.
We also recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days after the injections. This is to reduce any bruising, and also to avoid that the filler moves away from its intended area.
In addition, you should be careful with sun exposure and heat (e.g. sauna and hot showers) for 48 hours after the treatment.
You can learn more about aftercare here.
How Long Does A Cheek Filler Last?
It depends on the formula you choose, but if you choose a hyaluronic acid filler, most treatments last from about six months to a full year.
A collagen stimulating filler (polylactic acid), will normally last from 1-3 years.
And a fat filler will normally also last from 1-3 years.
What Are The Names Of The Most Common Cheek Fillers?
These are the most common cheek fillers:
- Belotero Balance
- Prevelle Silk
All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. And some also contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic.
At TreatMyWrinkles Southampton, we normally use these 4 brands: Restylane, Juvederm, Teoxane and EPTQ.
Is A Cheek Filler Right For You?
What do you want your cheeks to look like? That is the first question you should ask yourself.
Do you want to ‘lift’ your cheekbones? Do you want them to be more pronounced? Is one of your cheeks more pronounced than the other, and do you want to make them symmetric?
When we know what you want, we know what filler is best and exactly how to proceed.
Also, if you have a photo of someone who has the cheeks that you want, that would be of great help to us.
Before getting a cheek filler, you should ideally be in good health and be a nonsmoker. If you have concerns about this, please talk to us about it before the treatment.
Also, if you have diabetes, lupus or blood-clotting problems, you may not be a good candidate for a cheek filler.
Please tell your Southampton clinician about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.
If you have concerns, questions and would like to speak to us, you can! We offer a completely free phone consultation. This is a great opportunity to clear away any doubts, all free of charge.
Feel also free to email or call us with any question. 👍
Lastly, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, we recommend that you wait with the treatment.
You find more information about cheek fillers in Southampton on our Google page.
What If You Are Not Happy With The Outcome?
You come back and have it dissolved!
The good news about all hyaluronic-acid-based fillers is that they can be reversed with what is called hyaluronidase. This is an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely.
So if you should regret the decision or not like the look, you can have it reversed. 👍
We will do this free of charge. 👍
If you have a different filler, the reversal is more complicated but still doable. Please contact us to find out more.