Cheek Enhancement

Restore and enhance cheekbones with dermal filler to give a natural, beautiful contour to your face.

Best Results

1-3 Treatments

Duration of Results

6-12 Months

Treatment Recovery

3 – 4 Months

Risks and Complications

Medium

Anaesthetic

Numbing Cream
Local Anaesthetic

Procedure Time

20-40 Minutes

Skin Specialist

Medically Qualified

Back to Work

Same Day

Cheek Enhancement Overview

As the skin ages, it gradually loses some of its collagen along with the fat lying underneath. Together with bone resorption as we age our cheeks become less defined.

Cheeks can be made fuller with dermal filler. The most commonly used Dermal Fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is well tolerated and easily dissolved should there be any problems.

There are products available which can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers, so the effects of these fillers are not only temporary, but they can be reversed, if necessary. The products to dissolve fillers are prescription medicines and must be performed by an expert.

Many dermal filler products are available with the addition of 0.3% lidocaine combined with the hyaluronic acid gel in the syringe. This provides instant relief from pain upon injection and in combination with local anaesthetic numbing cream should make the procedure comfortable.

How does dermal filler for cheeks work?

The leading dermal fillers used by most UK practitioners are hyaluronic acid-based products. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body, which makes adverse reactions to it unlikely.

When injected into the skin, the filler immediately adds volume and shape where necessary. This enables the Dr Natasha to create cheek contours.

How should I prepare for treatment?

A week before your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements. These may increase bleeding and bruising. However, you can take paracetamol if needed.

If you are taking any prescribed medication, including aspirin, do not stop taking it – consult Dr. Natasha or your GP first.

Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your treatment, as this also increases the risk of bruising.

Your cheek filler treatment

1

Consultation and Consent

It is important to understand that, whilst dermal fillers are not prescription only medicines, the medication needed to dissolve fillers, hyaluronidase, is. Additionally, the anatomy of the face is complex, it is advisable the you only allow medically qualified practitioners carry out filler treatments.

2

The Treatment

Your Treatment will take around 20-40 minutes.

The first part of your treatment will be administering an anaesthetic cream to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

3

The Repeat Treatment

Hyaluronic acid fillers are metabolised by the body. This will mean that, in order to maintain the effect, you will need to have a repeat treatment every 6-12 months.

What happens after a cheek filler treatment?

After your treatment, you can go about your normal day.

Post-treatment advice:

  • iced water soaks or ice packs to help to reduce swelling;
  • the use of painkillers such as paracetamol, is often not required but may be used if needed for a few days after treatment;
  • arnica (a homeopathic remedy) cream or tablets are sometimes recommended a few days before and a few days after treatment as there is some evidence that this can reduce bruising.

Bruising and swelling should go down after a couple of days but can persist for a week.

If you continue to experience excessive swelling, pain, skin colour changes or if any blistering occurs, you should contact Dr. Natasha immediately.

Blobs and lumps, discharge or redness please contact Dr. Natasha.

What are the side effects and risks of cheek filler treatments?

Common side effects include bleeding, bruising, tenderness, redness and swelling around the injection site. These signs may take 2-3 days to resolve completely.

Occasionally, a ‘bleb’ will occur. This is where the filler has been injected too superficially (close to the surface) and will need to be dissolved.

Rarely, allergic type reactions can occur after a filler treatment. These include prolonged redness, swelling, itching and/or hardness and bumps in the skin. Such signs may appear at some or all injection points. Sometimes, they can last several months or longer, but this is extremely unusual.

Another rare side effect is occlusions. This is where filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, creating a blockage. This presents as whitening of the skin, followed by the area turning greyish-purple. If left untreated, this can result in tissue loss in the affected area. So any concerns contact Dr. Natasha immediately for emergency treatment.

One particular type of occlusion is an ocular occlusion. This is where a blood vessel supplying the eye gets blocked. This results in partial or complete blindness.

If you have a history of cold sores filler injections may result in break outs. In this case, Dr. Natasha may recommend that you take a course of anti-viral medicine before treatment.

If you have a known allergy to hyaluronic fillers or any of the ingredients in the filler product, you must inform Dr. Natasha.

Dermal fillers cannot be given to pregnant women.

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