Cheek Fillers

The onset of ageing can be unkind. As we gradually lose so many vital components such as bone mass, tissue, fat, elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid from our faces as we grow older, detrimental effects such as skin sagging, dehydration and loss of volume can occur. One of the key areas that can suffer with age is the cheeks and lower face. As the skin begins to sag, the face can change shape and jowls can appear. Where in your youth you may have had a heart shaped face, you may find that your face takes on more of a square appearance as the years go by and this is synonymous with ageing. The lines from the nose to the mouth can become deeper set and create an overall heavy appearance to the lower face.

Here at Dr. MediSpa in Loughton and Harley street, Dr. Munir Somji offers injectable dermal fillers to restore lost volume and hydration to the face. Dermal fillers when injected in to the cheeks can lift sagging skin, create a more rounded cheek and offer that heart shaped face which we associate so much with youth and skin vitality.

Before and after cheek fillers

before and after cheek fillers

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to sculpt, plump and give volume to weak and sagging areas of the face such as the lips, temples, chin, nose and the cheeks. Made from a naturally occurring substance within the body called Hyaluronic Acid (HA), dermal fillers mimic and replace the natural HA that is lost over time and when contained in a more viscous gel substance, can create a lifting effect to the lower face and cheek area. When injected in to the cheeks, nose to mouth lines can be reduced and jowls can be lifted as well as the cheeks taking on a rounder, more sculpted appearance.

Am I suitable for dermal fillers for the cheeks?

Before you undergo any non-surgical treatment here at Dr. MediSpa, Dr. Somji will ask you to attend a no obligation consultation to assess your unique concerns, expected results and to ensure you are medically and emotionally fit and well for treatment. He will then decide whether dermal fillers for the cheeks would be an appropriate treatment for you.

What happens during the treatment?

To ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your treatment, a small amount of topical numbing cream will be applied to the area of injection. As most dermal fillers now contain Lidocaine, an anaesthetic which numbs at the point of injection, you will feel very little discomfort. Dr. Somji will then use a cannula (a blunt needle used for larger areas) or a traditional needle to inject the dermal filler in to the cheek area. He will then massage the dermal filler with his fingers to give a natural contour and smooth appearance.

Do cheek fillers hurt?

As dermal fillers contain Lidocaine, you should not feel any pain during this treatment. If Dr. Somji uses a cannula you may experience a little tugging and pulling which is completely normal. You may also feel a sensation of pressure as the product is injected in to the skin. These sensations can be a little strange but not uncomfortable. If you are extremely sensitive, Dr. Somji may decide to inject an anaesthetic prior to the treatment so that you are completely comfortable.

What happens after my cheek filler treatment?

Following your dermal filler treatment, you may experience some light swelling and bruising which is normal and can be expected. Using some ice and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and hot baths, saunas or steam rooms can help to minimise any bruising and aid a faster recovery. You’ll be able to cover the area with medical or mineral makeup. As there is no general anaesthetic or sublimation (surface damage) of the skin with this treatment, you will be able to return to your daily activities immediately afterwards.

When will I see the results of dermal fillers for the cheek area?

Results can be seen both immediately and improve over time. As dermal fillers are contained in a gel matrix, this acts as a plumping cushion which supports the facial tissues and creates a lifting effect. As HA holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water it acts as a superb hydrator and you’ll experience an improved tone, texture and appearance to your skin in the weeks that follow.

How long will my results last?

As with any non-surgical treatment, everyone is unique and longevity of results depends on your individual response as well as your lifestyle choices. If you are an avid sun worshipper who does not protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays, an excessive gym goer or a smoker, your skin may not be as healthy as someone who uses SPF, obtains from over-exercising and doesn’t smoke. You can typically expect the results to last from 4 months to a year. Dr. Somji will explain your expected results and length of results in your pre-treatment consultation.

The use of dermal fillers in the cheek area is one of the most popular ways to create an overall lifting effect to the lower face and is proving extremely popular for those wishing to improve their appearance without surgical intervention. At Dr. MediSpa, Dr. Somji is a leading authority on facial aesthetics and offers effective and long lasting results that you will love.

For more information about cheek fillers, or to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.

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