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Cheek Filler In Southampton?
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?
We can do this with a cheek filler, and our clinicians would be happy to assist you. 👍
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 strengthen the presence of your cheekbone area.
There are different kinds of fillers that can be used for your cheeks, it all depends on what results you are looking for.
The most common 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 never causes any allergic reactions or similar.
There are also calcium-based and poly-L-lactic acid fillers (such as Sculptra and Radiesse) that 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 we can 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 a filler will normally produce semi-permanent or permanent results.
Why Do People Get Cheek Fillers?
There are normally three reasons why you would get a cheek filler:
- 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 area of the cheekbones in order to boost the prominence of your cheekbones
As we age, our skin will normally lose what is called collagen and elastin. These are proteins that give the skin both volume and elasticity. Therefore when these are lost with age, your skin will also lose volume and elasticity.
One result of this 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 your nose to the corners of your mouth.
By injecting 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 also 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 cheek bone structure to women.
By injecting a cheek filler, what we normally want to achieve is 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 that is seen when an individual’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, and 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 welcome you and then make sure you are comfortable and ready for the treatment. When you are ready, we will get started.
The first step is for the clinician to cleanse the area where the injections will be made. Then we will apply a numbing cream to the same areas of your skin. We do this to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.
This cream needs a little time to start working, so we will wait about 15 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.
If you are very pain sensitive, we can also apply a local anesthetic which will numb your cheeks almost entirely. This is similar to the anesthetic you get when you go to the dentist.
Your clinician will then inject a precise amount of filler beneath your skin.
Then depending on symmetry on the look, your clinician may massage the injection a little to achieve the perfect look.
After the injections are done, your clinician will normally apply ice to reduce any potential bruising.
The entire procedure should take no more than 30 minutes.
On your way out, you will get aftercare instructions, and that’s it!
You are now ready to continue with the rest of your day. 👍
Does It Hurt To Get A Cheek Filler?
When done and administered properly, the pain should be minimal. For most people, there will only be slight discomfort. In fact, the injection process is normally a lot less painful than anticipated.
The reason we can remove most of the discomfort is because of the numbing cream. This will numb your skin so that you do not really feel the needle pinching you.
And as mentioned: If you are super sensitive, we can also give you a local anesthetic, similar to what you get at the dentist office.
Are There Any Side Effects From Getting A Cheek Filler?
It is quite normal to see some side effects from the cheek injections. 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: Immediate 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 had just done a workout. However, this normally goes away within a couple of hours.
You may also see swelling in the injection area. However this often does not appear until a few hours after the injection, or even the next day. This swelling normally fades within 48 hours of the injection.
There is also a chance you will see slight bruising where the injections were made. This is normally minor, and many people have no bruising at all. This also normally goes away after a few days.
Another side effect is that your cheeks may be very tender for some time after the injections. This however also 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 your cheek fillers will depend on what type of dermal fillers 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 £500 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. However, if you want, we are happy to discuss payment plans to help you spread the cost over a longer period.
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.
You can learn more about how to prepare for the treatment here.
What Aftercare Should You Do After A Cheek Filler Treatment?
We recommend that you avoid touching your cheeks for about six hours after the treatment. Or that you only touch them very lightly.
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, 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:
- Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk
- Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Volbella XC
- Belotero Balance
- Prevelle Silk
All of these products are injected the same way and give you similar results. And some contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic
Is A Cheek Filler Right For You?
What do you want your cheeks to look like after the procedure? 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 to use 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.
Contact us here for a FREE Consultation.
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.
Lastly, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, we recommend that you wait with the treatment.
What If You Are Not Happy With The Outcome?
You go 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. 👍
If you have a different filler, the reversal is more complicated but still doable. Please contact us to find out more.