What are Cheek Fillers?

Cheek filler is a non-surgical procedure that revitalizes the cheek area by improving definition and fullness in areas where the aging process has already made an impact. Dermal fillers can be used to attain these results, as they are able to add volume to the areas patients desire without requiring any incisions or scarring. While the results from dermal fillers are only temporary, the improvements they create can often last as long as two years. 

The ingredients in these fillers are known for their ability to soften skin creases, revitalize dull contours, and trigger collagen reproduction for a natural, beautiful and long-term enhancement. There are various fillers available, each with its own formulation. Dr. Halaas works with her patients to determine which cheek filler in NYC best meets their needs. 

Who is a candidate for cheek fillers?

Cheek fillers are a suitable treatment option for patients that are dealing with the following concerns:

  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Have mild to moderate sagging in the under eye region
  • Have healthy skin
  • Are struggling with volume loss in the under eye region
  • Have pragmatic expectations for the outcome of the procedure

Many fillers are formulated with the numbing medication lidocaine, so patients who have an allergy should refrain from using these products. 

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What issues can cheek fillers address?

  • A sunken look in the mid-face region
  • A loss of definition in the cheekbones
  • A lack of symmetry between both sides of the face
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scarring

Benefits of cheek fillers

Selecting dermal fillers to address cheek hollowness comes with a wide range of benefits:

  • No incisions are made, meaning the patient leaves scar-free
  • No anesthesia is required with this treatment
  • Patients can get back to their normal routines right away
  • The results show up almost immediately following the treatment
  • The effects of the treatment can last up to two years
  • The cheeks have a striking fullness and plumpness
  • The facial features are more balanced
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What is the procedure like?

Cheek filler treatment can last anywhere from half an hour to an hour. A dermal filler is selected and administered to enhance the cheek region while reducing the appearance of wrinkles if needed. The injection sites are pre-planned so that the results are even and natural-looking. The number of injections needed will vary based on how much augmentation the patient requires and what other areas need to be treated during the procedure.

Generally speaking, patients typically find the procedure to be much more comfortable than they initially expected. Many precautions are taken to make sure that patients have the most painless experience possible. This involves using numbing creams, ice packs, and numbing agents, which are administered by injection. Some patients even say that a shot in the arm hurts more than a dermal filler treatment. 

What is the recovery process like?

After receiving cheek fillers in NYC, patients often notice some swelling in the cheek region. This side effect typically fades away within a week. Bruising has also been known to occur and will dissipate in the days following the treatment. As these side effects are often mistaken for a dissatisfactory result, it is recommended that patients wait at least one week before assessing the results. In cases where patients experience a profuse amount of swelling, a specially-formulated agent can be administered to dissolve the filler from the area.

After just a few days, patients start to see their cheek features settle into their new aesthetic. These modifications will keep improving over the next several months as collagen levels increase and expand within the skin’s deep structure. The patient’s new, refreshed appearance can last for as many as two years, depending on which product is used and how quickly it is broken down and absorbed by the body. 

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