Last updated November 2021

As we age, our faces naturally lose volume, and one of the most common areas in which this occurs is the cheeks. When our cheeks begin to lose volume, the muscles start to sag and folds begin to appear around our noses, mouths and jawline. Removing these wrinkles will not restore youthfulness as effectively as replacing the lost volume. Dermal fillers can be used to restore this volume and rejuvenate the face.

How can dermal filler enhance the cheeks?

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 facial volume will decrease. Folds and wrinkles will also start to form. 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 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 can be improved by placing dermal filler in the cheek area to soften the fold. This will also restore volume to your upper cheeks.

Using dermal fillers in the cheeks can also help enhance:

  • The natural shape of your cheeks
  • The size of your cheeks
  • The texture of the skin on your cheeks
  • The structural support for your cheeks
  • The symmetry of your cheeks

The ideal cheek structure

The ogee curve, a term that is commonly used in architecture, describes an ‘S’ shaped curve. On the face, the ogee curve relates to this s-shape curve of the cheek convexities. This is the ideal curvature of the cheek.

cheek filler before and after

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.

Options for enhancing cheeks

Cheek enhancement can be performed surgically by inserting cheek implants. For those who do not want a permanent change and the option of reversibility, there are dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used fillers used for cheeks. The amount of dermal filler required will vary from person to person. This may depend on the amount of existing volume loss and the degree of enhancement required.

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 minor liposuction to harvest the fat. Dermal filler can provide more cheek projection and shape than fat.

Are dermal fillers effective?

When administered by an experienced doctor, dermal fillers can be very effective at smoothing lines and replenishing lost volume in the face, without looking unnatural or puffy. 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 dermal cheek filler treatment like?

When you have your initial consultation for dermal filler enhancement, our cosmetic doctors will carefully examine your face to determine your ideal cheek shape, structure and size, as well as where the light reflection is the strongest. Getting cheek fillers is not just about replacing lost volume, it’s also about creating balance in your face.

Each patient is different and may require various amounts of filler in different points on their face, so it’s important to have this initial assessment to ensure you’re getting the perfect procedure for you.

What is the procedure for cheek fillers?

Having a consultation will determine your suitability for the treatment. As there may be some swelling or bruising after cheek fillers, it is important to plan some downtime after treatment.

When you receive the treatment, it will be administered using either a needle or a cannula and local anaesthetic will be used to numb the site. A fine, blunt tipped micro-cannula is usually the best option because it reduces the risks associated with disrupting a blood vessel. Our doctors use a technology called Accuvein to visualise and map your veins, in order to minimise bruising. 

We generally recommend getting filler slightly higher up in the cheeks to support the lower eyelid and lift the cheek bones, and to help create symmetry in the face. You should plan to give yourself some recovery time afterwards, as there may be some swelling or bruising after getting cheek fillers.

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 fillers are 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 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.

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

After you’ve had dermal filler treatment, it’s important to give your skin the tender love and care it needs in order to maintain your youthful appearance. It’s essential to focus on exfoliation and hydration in your skincare routine, using products that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from your pores and helps to prepare your skin to absorb the other products you apply.

Additionally, a hydrating serum like the Aspect Dr Hyaluronic Serum is also a good serum for boosting hydration and repairing inflamed skin. To learn more about hydration boosting serums, click here.

After you get cheek injections, you’ll want to opt for organic, mineral makeup where possible.

How much dermal filler should I have and how often?

The amount of filler will vary depending on factors such as age, size of the cheeks in proportion to the rest of the face, and degree of pre-existing cheek volume loss.

Many clinics advertise packages for 1 or 2 mL of cheek fillers to be performed every 6 to 12 months. However, MRI scans show that the filler persists for many years rather than months. Therefore, larger amounts of filler repeated frequently are likely to accumulate in the face and lead to overfilling.

Our recommendation in most cases is to use as little as 1mL per session and treat various parts of the face, not just the cheeks. At yearly intervals, the treatment results can be reviewed and only repeated if required.

How long do cheek fillers last?

Cheek fillers can last up to 18 months, but this depends on a few factors such as gender, UV exposure, alcohol consumption, physical exercise and smoking. Top up treatments are recommended after several months to maintain your desired outcome.

Case Studies

This patient came to the Victorian Cosmetic Institute wanting to achieve a lifted, well rested look for her upper face. She was given dermal fillers in her cheeks in order to add lift at the golden ratio points, and she was also given forehead filler and lip filler.

cheek filler before and after

Before and after cheek filler

cheek filler before and after

Why should I choose the Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider of cheek fillers?

Dermal fillers can help to enhance your natural features and restore a more youthful appearance without the need for a facelift. Getting fillers usually requires only a few days of recovery time, and can be combined with makeup and skincare to elevate your appearance and increase your confidence.

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.

Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today by calling 1300 863 824 or booking online.