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.
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, and highlight it dermal fillers.
Why should I have cheek enhancement?
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.
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 dermal filler is the most common way to replace lost volume. The amount of dermal filler required will vary from person to person, depending on the amount of volume loss to begin with, and the degree of enhancement desired. There are also options to have longer lasting fillers which are slightly more expensive initially, but provide better value in the long term.
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
Dr. Toro Ogundoyin provides forward projection of a patient with a flat profile through her cheeks
Why should I choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider of non-surgical cheek enhancement with dermal fillers?
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.
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