Non-surgical Procedures

Revitalise your youthful look with cheek fillers

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

It’s school concert night and you’re backstage with other mothers helping out with costumes and makeup. Surrounded by primary school aged children who are super excited about performing in front of their family and friends. When you rushed in after work, you were assigned make up duty. And when the line of eager faced children in front of you finally ends, you take a deep breath.

It takes you back to when you performed in your school concerts. Your mother and her friends helped out with the costumes and makeup as well. There was the time they ran out of red cheek powder, so they improvised with red lipstick. And as you’re recalling this, you catch your reflection in the mirror.

You’ve always been pleased with the shape of your face but your cheeks don’t seem to be as full and youthful looking as you would like. Brushing the thought away, you sit and watch the concert. But as you’re getting ready for bed, you examine your cheeks and face again. Yes, your cheeks have changed shape  – and you don’t like it! But don’t worry. Facial volume loss is a significant factor in the ageing process. Your cheeks will lose volume, drop down and flatten – it’s a normal part of the ageing process.

Dermal fillers in your cheeks are a non-surgical treatment that can balance out your mid-face and improve your facial proportions – all in one treatment.

Dr Somaiye Kadivar Cheek Fillers

How dermal filler treatments can enhance your cheeks and make you feel younger

As you get older, your cheek and face proportions can get more disproportionate and appear unbalanced. Using dermal filler injections to replace volume in your cheeks will help rejuvenate your face.

During the ageing process, your face volume will decrease. Folds and wrinkles will also start to form. It’s a similar process to the way a grape becomes a sultana. Your younger face will be a wrinkle free, full volume face – like a grape. When we restore volume to your cheeks using dermal filler injections, we add volume back. Find out more about facial volume loss during the ageing process here

When we use cheek dermal fillers, we can also address the area of creases and folds where your nose meets your cheeks – the nasolabial folds. The nasolabial fold area is an ideal area to use dermal filler injections because they can be used directly into the fold. This will also restore cheek volume to your upper cheeks.

How do dermal fillers revitalise the cheeks so effectively?

Dermal filler injections are very effective for enhancing and adding volume to your cheeks. We’re not able to name any of the dermal filler products we use due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules. Dermal fillers are composed of a clear gel substance that is naturally found in skin. Dermal fillers fill the space of volume loss. This improves the wrinkles and folds while attracting water to replenish moisture to your skin.

They vary with thickness, viscosity, and longevity. We usually use finer dermal fillers in areas where your skin is smooth and fine (like your temple area or eyes area). Thicker dermal fillers are used in areas where more volume is needed, including the cheeks and jawline. We typically inject these deeper than finer dermal fillers. The best cheek filler for your face will be discussed at your consultation with a cosmetic doctor or cosmetic nurse.

What is cheek filler treatment like?

Since 2005, we’ve been using dermal fillers to restore volume and enhance the cheek area. Our cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses pay close and careful attention to your ideal cheek shape, structure, and size. An ideal cheek curve is “S” shaped where the peak of your cheek and jawline provide convexities. We also notice where the light reflection of your cheeks is strongest. Enhancing and adding volume to this area will make you look and feel younger.

Our patients appreciate that we take a less is more approach. Cheek enhancement isn’t just about adding volume. It’s also about creating balance to your face. View our before and after patient cheek fillers videos here 

What is cheek dermal filler treatment like?

Cheek treatments are performed using a needle or a blunt micro-cannula injection technique. To alleviate the likelihood of bruising with your cheek fillers treatment, we use a device called an Accuvein to visualise and map your veins. This extra step in your treatment safeguards you from getting the least amount of bruising possible.

Our highly trained and experienced cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses prefer to use blunt micro-cannula techniques. The blunt tip of the cannula is passed through an entry point made by a needle. The dermal cheek filler is then injected from the same injection point, without needing to make another puncture site. You can read more about our blunt cannula technique here

Many of cheek fillers are blended with a local anaesthetic that will significantly reduce any amount of pain during your cheek enhancement treatment. The local anaesthetic will mildly numb the dermal filler injection site, helping you to experience the least amount of discomfort possible. You can read more details about dermal fillers here

What to expect after your cheek fillers

After your treatment, you’ll be able to see immediate results. Any swelling you may have experienced will resolve itself within 2-3 days of your injections. Some patients tell us it can take up to 2 weeks for all swelling to go down.

The length of time your cheek fillers last depends on the amount of dermal filler used, the placement of the dermal filler, the type of dermal filler product and your age. Many patients report their cheek filler treatment lasts for up to 12 months.

The best skin care and make up to use after your treatment

After you’ve had dermal filler treatment in your cheeks, you’ll want to show off and highlight them. INIKA is Australia’s leading natural makeup brand that specialises in organic, natural make up. Our patients really love the way INIKA award winning light reflect highlighting crème adds a healthy, luminous glow to their cheeks.

The all-natural mineral crème is perfect for highlighting cheeks and can also be used on the brow and eyelid area. Natural mineral pigments combined with mica capture the light and brighten your skin, giving you’re a youthful, healthy glow.

INIKA Baked Mineral Illuminisor can give you a soft complexion and iridescent glow to your cheeks. Our patients really like the way they can wear this over foundation or use it as a bronzer or blush on its own. The light diffusing properties will give you the beautiful, natural radiance you’ve always wanted.

After you’ve had your cheeks enhanced with dermal filler, it’s important to maintain their healthy glow by exfoliating and hydrating. We suggest mixing a pea-sized amount of Synergie Mediscrub with 1 pump of Synergie Reveal once a week.

Synergie Mediscrub is formulated to resurface and smooth the skin by unclogging blocked pores and removing dead skin cells. This process helps your skin absorb the other products you apply to your face. The natural non-toxic mineral, Corundum is also used in clinical microdermabrasion.

Synergie Reveal has been formulated to resurface and smooth your skin. It removes dead skin cells, unclogs blocked pores and prepares your skin to absorb products. Formulated with lactic acid, Synergie Reveal moisturizes and hydrates by drawing water into the upper layer of your skin. Malic acid (an antioxidant derived from apples) will create a protective moisture barrier while the properties of salicylic acid act as an exfoliating and antibacterial agent.

To hydrate your cheeks after your dermal filler injections, we suggest you use hydrate them using Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum.

Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum effectively rejuvenates your skin moisture content through its unique blend of Vitamin B and Vitamin C. The lightweight formula is fast absorbing and penetrates the superficial and deeper layers of your face.

Non-surgical cheek filler treatments at Victorian Cosmetic Institute

Don’t let your cheek area make you feel older than you feel. Our dermal filler treatments for cheeks will give you the healthy, more youthful look you’re yearning for. Improve your face balanced and proportions, Request a consultation below.

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