Increasing numbers of people are opting for cheek fillers as a way of sculpting and defining their faces. Non-invasive and causing minimal pain, cheek fillers are a type of dermal filler injected into the cheek area to restore definition, improve contouring and reduce the signs of ageing. Cheek filler delivers almost instant results and is a cheaper and less painful alternative to implants or other surgical procedures. Here are five facts you must know before getting cheek filler.
1. Not all dermal fillers are the same
There are several different types of dermal fillers that can be used in the cheek area and it is worth checking what your practitioner plans to use on you. If you are going to be injecting something into your face, you want to know the facts. The most popular fillers usually contain Hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body, and is hailed as a holy grail skincare ingredient. Most people do not react badly to it and swelling is usually minimal. How long the results last will also depend on the type of filler used.
2. Dermal fillers in the cheeks can tackle other facial issues too
Cheek fillers primarily tackle a loss of volume and shape in cheekbones. However, depending on where the filler is placed, cheek fillers can tackle other issues too. They can also brighten dark undereye circles, make nasolabial folds less visible, target sagging jowls and refill concave temples. A thorough consultation with your doctor prior to the treatment to discuss what you hope to achieve is imperative.
3. Avoid alcohol and exercise after cheek fillers
After getting dermal filler in your cheeks, some bruising and swelling will most likely occur over the following day or two. Anything that could exacerbate bruising should be avoided. Alcohol should not be consumed for at least 24 hours after, and 48 hours before the procedure. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for two days post-procedure as the increased blood flow can exacerbate bruising, while any medication that thins the blood should not be taken for two weeks prior to the procedure.
4. You will need to commit to follow ups
The results of cheek fillers are seen almost immediately but these results will not last forever and you will need to commit to future top ups. How long cheek filler lasts depends on the type used but results can last anywhere between six and 24 months. You may need regular consultations to assess your cheek fillers and see if further treatments are needed.
5. Cheek filler can be removed
In the unlikely event that you do not like the final results, a Hyaluronic acid filler can be dissolved using an enzyme called Hyaluronidase. This is injected into the area and takes around 48 hours to dissolve the filler.
Cheek filler is a simple, non-invasive procedure that has instant results and it is not hard to see why its popularity is constantly increasing. Always make sure any aesthetics work is being carried out by a registered and approved practitioner using certified products.