One of the most visible signs of ageing of the face is the loss of volume in the cheeks. This reduction in the subcutaneous fat layer can make the cheeks look hollow or sunken and contributes to that ‘aged’ look.
As we age the reduction in the subcutaneous fat layer can create a sunken look which contributes to the signs of ageing. In order to reverse this and restore volume to the cheeks, dermal fillers have been formulated to rejuvenate and replace the fat to give a more youthful appearance. This process also smooths fine lines and wrinkles in the process
How do dermal fillers work?
As we age our skin loses definition which contributes to the signs of ageing. Dermal fillers can be strategically placed into the soft tissue to help plump the skin and restore a more youthful look. Dermal fillers are a safe an effective way to improve the appearance of ageing skin and restore symmetry to the face without undergoing invasive surgical treatments.
What will it achieve?
Cheek filler can help refine and reshape by restoring the natural contours of the face. Dermal fillers can also be successfully used to even out the skin surrounding scar tissue such as acne or chicken pox scarring. It also adds volume to help improve the texture, elasticity and tone. Cheek fillers can also be used to sculpt the face making it appear slimmer.
How long will dermal fillers last?
Cheek filler will last for around 6 to 12 months, although some patients have reported results lasting for up to 2 years. This is dependant on the individual, an expressive face is likely to need more frequent treatment. Areas such as the lips and mouth which are more active won’t last as long as the cheeks.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure is quick and with little downtime. Treatments with dermal fillers take around 30 minutes.
Do dermal fillers have any side effects?
As with all dermal fillers, side effects are minimal. Patients may experience some minor swelling and feel slightly tender around the area being injected for a day or so following treatment. Some patients may also experience some localised irritation or redness around the area. Patients with more sensitive skin may also experience a little bruising.
What is the recovery time?
The practitioner will give advice on how to care for the area however there is little if any recovery period needed with dermal fillers. Following treatment, the area may remain tender with a little bruising and/or swelling but this will subside in a few days. Healing can be helped by avoiding strenuous activity which is likely to increase blood flow to the face. A cold compress may also be beneficial and aid recovery.
As the process is so quick, there should be no need to take any time off work. However, if you have any questions you should discuss this with your practitioner.
How do I find a good clinic/practitioner?
Ensure you take time to find a reputable practitioner and that they are appropriately trained for the procedure you are having. You should also be comfortable with the surroundings, ensuring it’s a clean, safe and appropriate environment.
Ensure you are well informed prior to treatment, ask questions and don’t feel pressured to have the procedure then and there if you don’t want to. A reputable practitioner will be happy to accommodate such a request.
We recommend the treatment is carried out by an appropriately trained healthcare professional, such as a doctor, dentist or nurse.
How much are dermal fillers?
Costs will vary depending on the location of the clinic/ practitioner. The cost of dermal filler injections for the cheek start from around £350 in London but will depend on how much filler is needed for the treatment.Please note the content of this guide is for information only and does not replace a full consultation with a qualified practitioner.