Cheek augmentation with fillers can give individuals fuller facial features if the face looks tired or gaunt. A variety of dermal fillers may be used during treatment such as a fast acting hyaluronic acid based injectable that will slowly be dissolved naturally into the body, or a collagen stimulator that will not only provide a temporary boost in plumpness, but also encourage the body to produce more collagen on its own allowing for improvement in fullness over time. Dermal fillers are a good alternative for patients who desire more definition in their cheeks but are not willing or able to undergo a more invasive treatment such as with an implant or fat transfer.
Before a procedure to enhance the cheeks with injectables begins, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to the area. Sometime, lidocaine will be injected as a local anesthetic or may be combined with the filler itself to provide additional comfort. The placement of the injections will depend on the patient's individual needs and anatomy.
However, typically injections will be made 1 centimeter underneath the eye, with the needle beginning towards the inner corner of the eye and then "walked" across the cheek towards the outer corner of the eye. Other injections will be made at the malar eminence, which is the area associated with having "high cheekbones", as well as around the eye area to create symmetrical fullness. Once finished depositing small amounts of filler in the desired areas, the provider will then expertly mold the filler to smooth and disperse the injected substance. Manipulation of the filler should only be performed by the provider. Follow aftercare instructions and do not touch the treated area after treatment. Rubbing, touching, or massaging treated areas can cause unintended movement of the filler causing unintended fullness, visible material, or increased redness.
The goal of cheek augmentation with filler is to increase volume in the cheeks and contour the face to create a younger, more rejuvenated appearance.