When patients walk into Glamour Medical for the first time, many of them want to know how their favorite celebrities maintain a sculpted, lifted, and youthful facial appearance, even as they age. Board-certified physician associate and facial sculpting expert, Olga Nazarov, PA-C knows that cheek augmentation with fillers is the ultimate way to achieve age-defying, modelesque cheeks.
In her experience, one of the quickest ways to make your signature features “pop” is to heighten and define the cheekbones. Glamour Medical offers several options for cheek augmentation with fillers, at our Aventura medical practice.
What Is Cheekbone Enhancement?
If you’re concerned about your low or barely visible cheekbones and want to add volume, you may want to consider cheek fillers. Also known as dermal fillers for cheeks, they are becoming increasingly popular among both the aging generation and younger people who are not ready for permanent surgical solutions.
How Cheek Augmentation Works
Sculpting with fillers is a painless, non-surgical approach to reclaiming your facial contours. Cheekbone chiseling with dermal fillers is a safe and effective treatment that can help enhance your features without the cost or downtime involved in a surgical facelift, facial implants, or fat injections. Cheek fillers are a great option for many patients and are often ideal for those with longer, thinner faces.
In addition to providing lift, definition, and contouring in the midface, fillers can also improve the undereye area, the nasolabial folds (or smile lines), and fine lines and wrinkles. The result is a less tired, well-rested appearance and a more youthful beauty.
Is Cheek Augmentation Right for You?
Cheek augmentation utilizing dermal fillers might be the right choice for you if you have any of the following concerns:
- Sunken cheek feature
- Loss of definition along the cheekbone
- Asymmetry between the two sides of the face
- Deep facial lines and wrinkles
- Shallow scarring left behind from acne
Do not select filler formulations that contain the numbing medication lidocaine if you have an allergy. In addition to creating fullness in the midface, your filler treatment can reverse other signs of aging such as wrinkles and reduce shallow scars, which are a visible reminder of acne or chicken pox. Olga Nazarov, PA-C will evaluate your concerns at your in-person consultation so she can make the best recommendation for a treatment plan for you.
What Does Cheek Filler Do?
These dermal fillers can help to increase the volume of the areas around your cheekbones for a more youthful appearance. This augmented treatment contributes to the illusion of a more defined bone structure on the face. Cheek fillers can also help to smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles that may be present on your cheeks. For many people, combining both chin and cheek fillers can create a more subtle, natural-looking improvement, or add extra volume to the face.
Best Filler for Cheeks
One can quickly get confused when it comes to starting cheek treatment, as there are too many dermal fillers on the market. However, the filler needs to be chosen based on your desired result; only that way will you fully benefit from it. The majority of cheek fillers are hyaluronic acid based, however, there are some that are not. Below you can find a little guide to some of the dermal fillers that Aesthetics prefer to use for the cheeks.
Juvéderm is a dermal filler based on hyaluronic acid, designed to increase the volume of certain areas on the face and neck. Its technique is based on absorbing water (with the hyaluronic acid) in the treatment area, thus adding volume and resulting in an effect of fullness. Juvéderm has several varieties of fillers, the most optimal of which for the cheeks being Juvéderm Voluma.
Juvéderm Voluma has FDA approval as a dermal filler developed specifically to treat the cheeks and mid-face. It’s popular for the smoothness and longevity of its results, which can last for up to two years after the initial treatment. It is also possible to use Juvéderm Voluma in other areas of the face, e.g., the nose, jaw, chin, and even lips, in case the patient wants a full look.
Sculptra is a Poly-L-lactic acid solution that stimulates your own collagen production once injected. The collagen then accumulates around particles in the body not letting them break down when they naturally would. As a result, the treatment area gradually grows. The initial purpose of Sculptra was to treat HIV-positive patients, restoring the fullness of their faces that had lost a lot of volume. That’s how it got its FDA approval. And now it is widely used among the general public to give volume to the cheeks and buttocks.
Is There Downtime With Cheek Augmentation?
There is no downtime for cheek augmentation with injectable fillers. While you may experience some redness and/or swelling in the area for a few days following the procedure, you can return to your daily activities immediately. Bruising, swelling, and/or irritation can occur up to two weeks after any injectable treatment.
Are Cheek Fillers For Men, Too?
Yes! An experienced and skilled injector like Dr. Olga Nazarov, PA-C recognizes that men and women often have different aesthetic goals and therefore require different techniques. Because Dr. Nazarov addresses the whole face in a single treatment (and not just a single feature), she will often balance a male patient’s cheek lift or cheek augmentation with a projection of the jaw and chin, creating a wider, squarer, and more defined masculine jawline.
Are Cheek Filler Injections Safe?
Yes, Hyaluronic Acid injectable fillers are safe and FDA-approved for use in the cheeks and midface. Olga Nazarov, PA-C recommends that you visit a board-certified injector for your injections to ensure a sterile, medical environment and high-quality treatment result.
Cheek Augmentation Overview
Using injectable fillers, cheek augmentation can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete. Olga Nazarov, PA-C will select between Radiesse or Juvederm to augment the cheek area while diminishing the appearance of wrinkles if appropriate. Injections are meticulously placed in locations that will offer natural, even results. This procedure is generally quite comfortable for patients, as the number of injections is based on how much augmentation is needed and can be adjusted for other areas.
Olga takes numerous precautions to make your experience as painless as possible, including numbing cream, ice packs and numbing medication administered by injection. Most patients claim a shot in the arm hurts worse than an injectable treatment performed at Glamour Medical.
After Your Cheek Augmentation
After your cheek augmentation treatment, you may notice mild swelling in the cheek area. This side effect usually subsides within a week. Bruising can also occur and will also diminish in the days following your appointment. These side effects often confuse patients to think they have an unfortunate result. However, we recommend you wait at least one week before evaluating your new look. If you experience excessive swelling, Olga can dissolve Juvederm within minutes using a special dissolving agent designed for this purpose.
Within days, you will begin to see your cheek features settle into their new look. Over the next three to six months, as collagen levels increase within the dermal structure, your enhancements will continue to improve. Your refreshed appearance may last up to two years, depending on the product used and how quickly your body breaks down the filler.
If you are interested in learning more about our offered procedures or would like to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact our Miami, FL office today.