Cheek fillers

Cheek fillers can provide an instant lift to the cheeks and improve cheek and facial proportions. Enhancing the mid-face is often the cornerstone in facial rejuvenation.

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

Dr. Gavin Chan

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.
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Why should I have cheek fillers?

Dermal fillers can be used to shape, volumise and enhance cheeks.

This can be done for both anti-ageing purposes as well as in the younger patient for enhancing cheek proportions and facial balance. As cheek and facial proportions may become more disproportionate with ageing, cheek enhancement for anti-ageing also tends to have the positive effect also of restoring cheek and facial proportions. Replacing volume in the cheeks is therefore one of the most important areas to fill when rejuvenating the face. With inadequate cheek volume, the face can appear flattened and lack the natural youthful curves provided by fuller cheeks. Furthermore, the mid-cheek can support the lower eyelid, and in many cases, revolumising the cheeks can improve the appearance of under eye bags.

The shape of the face can be reverted to a youthful ‘upside down triangle’ with cheek fillers from a more square shaped face.

The anatomy of the ageing cheeks

Cheeks are a very important feature of the face and tend to droop and flatten with age. Anatomically, the fat pads that form the cheeks deflate, and fall downwards and inwards, exacerbating the nasolabial folds (folds from the corners of the nose to the mouth). There is resorption of maxilla (cheek bones) with ageing, which further exacerbates the descent of the cheeks. The tear troughs, or the junction between the lower eyelid and cheek becomes more pronounced as the cheek loses volume and fails to provide support to the area. Crows feet over the cheeks can also worsen as the cheeks lose volume and solar damage reduces the elasticity of the skin. Cheek fillers can used to address the aforementioned issues with cheek ageing.

The ideal cheek structure

Cheeks need to have appropriate shape and size.  The ogee curve, is a term that is commonly used in architecture, and describes an ‘S’ shaped curve where the peak of the cheek and the jawline provide the convexities. This is the ideal curvature of the cheek.

Also, if you observe the light reflection from a youthful cheek, you will notice that there is a certain point where this light reflection is strongest. Often this point coincides with the point of maximal projection. Mathematical formulas using the Golden Ratio, or Phi, can be used to find this point on the cheek. Cheek fillers can be used to improve the shape of the cheek to more ideal proportions.

Enhancing cheeks with dermal filler

Cheek enhancement can be performed surgically by inserting cheek implants. For those who do not want a permanent change and the option of easy adjustability, there are dermal fillers.

Various dermal fillers can be injected into the cheeks. Cheek fillers are the most common way to replace lost volume. The amount of dermal filler required will vary from person to person. This may depend on the amount of volume loss to begin with, and the degree of enhancement desired. There are also options to have treatments such as autologous fat transfer (using your own fat to enhance your cheeks). This is more invasive, and requires a minor liposuction to harvest the fat, but may last longer than fillers. Fillers however, may provide more projection and shape than fat can.

 For estimate volumes and costs visit the Cosmetic consultation and treatments pricing page.

Video case studies

Dr. Sara Mullen demonstrates dermal fillers on a patient that includes cheek enhancement.


Dr. Terri Labberton revolumises this patient’s face and cheeks


Cheek enhancement with dermal fillers is an important part of the facial rejuvenation process. At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, our doctors are able to accurately place dermal fillers to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing results, whilst using techniques to minimise bruising and discomfort.

Making that first phone call can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form.

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For estimate volumes and costs visit the Cosmetic consultation and treatments pricing page.

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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