If you’re self-conscious about having low or barely visible cheekbones, you may be considering cheek fillers, also called dermal fillers.
These cosmetic procedures are designed to lift your cheekbones, add volume to your face, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Cheek fillers are becoming more and more popular, but they do carry some risks of side effects. This article will answer your questions about what cheek fillers cost, what the procedure is like, and whether cheek fillers are right for you.
What are cheek fillers? Cheek fillers are injections that raise the volume of the area above and around your cheekbones. This provides the illusion of a more defined bone structure. By injecting volume under your skin layer, cheek fillers can also smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Types of fillers There are several kinds of materials that are approved for use in cheek fillers. The ones I use are made from Hyaluronic acids such as Juvederm and Jivala. These are the two types of dermal fillers recommended for use in the cheek and under-eye area. These types of dermal fillers are temporary.
How long they last Depending on the type that you choose, cheek fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years before results are no longer noticeable. The dermal filler material eventually dissolves and metabolizes into your skin tissue.
Who’s a good candidate If you’re a healthy nonsmoker without a history of chronic health conditions, you may be a candidate for cheek fillers. You should avoid getting cheek fillers if you:
have bleeding disorders
are allergic to the synthetic compounds used in dermal fillers
are pregnant or breastfeeding
What’s the procedure like? After consultation with Charlotte where we discuss pricing, cost, and your desired results, we would schedule an appointment for your filler injection or provide the treatment that day.
Procedure prep In the 2 weeks prior to the procedure, you’ll need to avoid taking any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin. If you’re on prescription blood thinners, let us know at your consultation meeting.
Procedure steps During the appointment, you’ll recline in a sterilized environment. Charlotte may apply a topical numbing agent to the injection site, there will be a numbing agent already mixed into the filler itself. The injection process should be simple and will only last 30 minutes or so. After the injection, you’ll be able to see some of the results immediately. It will take a day or two for the filler to settle into its position on your face. You can drive after the procedure, and you can even return to work or other appointments immediately after.
Recovery During the first few days after an injection, you should avoid sleeping on your cheeks. Try to sleep facing up, flat on your back. You may also want to avoid strenuous exercise until the filler has completely taken its shape, 48 hours after the injection procedure. Avoid touching your face, and keep your face clean and dry as much as possible until the risk of infection has passed. What are the benefits of cheek fillers? Compared to other treatment options, such as cheek implants and surgical facelifts, cheek fillers have several obvious benefits:
Cheek fillers require little or no anaesthesia.
Recovery for cheek fillers is quick, and many people can go right back to work or their regular activities afterwards.
Cheek fillers last for months or years, but the result isn’t permanent, so if you change your mind about them, you aren’t stuck with the result.
Cheek fillers carry a very low risk of serious complications or infection.
Cheek fillers can be modified after insertion, meaning that you can add more filler to the injection site until you achieve your desired result.
Cheek fillers are less expensive than more invasive plastic surgery for making your cheeks appear more defined.
Are cheek fillers safe? Cheek fillers are a low-risk, fairly straightforward procedure with minimal recovery time. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk of side effects. Common side effects of cheek fillers include:
All dermal fillers carry a slight risk of an allergic reaction or an infection. Other less common side effects include:
tissue death due to circulation blockage
injury to your veins or arteries
There’s also the risk of injection material migrating to other parts of your face, causing a lumpy or asymmetrical appearance. If this does happen, Charlotte may inject another material to dissolve the filler, or simply wait for the filler material to metabolize on its own. The risk of very rare side effects.
How much do cheek fillers cost? The cost of your cheek fillers will depend on what type of dermal fillers you and Charlotte decide on, as well as how much of that material is needed.
Juvederm - AccordingAverages around £280 per 1ml
Jivivla - Averages around £210 per 1ml