What is cheek enhancement?
Cheek enhancement involves the use of dermal fillers injected into the midface to add contour, shape, volume and structure to the face.
Cheek enhancement can address multiple concerns in the face as the midface region (below the eyes to the lips) of often the first part of the face to show signs of ageing. As we age we the fat pads under our skin which normally support the overlying skin and add contour to our face, begin to flatten and migrate down the face. Combined with a loss of subcutaneous tissue and changes to bone structure, this results in the loss of the natural contour of the cheek, flattening of the face and the development of nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) and jowl formation.
By adding dermal filler to the deep layers of the skin and replacing the lost fat and bone it is possible to change the shape of the face, enhance the cheek bones and improve facial symmetry.
Treating the cheek area with dermal fillers as an initial treatment we can often address multiple concerns at once, giving an instant ‘liquid face lift’
What product is used for cheek enhancement?
Due to Australian laws we are unable to say what product is used for the procedure. Dr Kate uses temporary dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance found within the skin. Dermal fillers are used to soften wrinkles, replace lost volume and contour the face.
For further information about dermal fillers please refer to the treatment information page here.
What does the treatment involve?
Dr Kate will ensure a full consultation prior to any treatment. A treatment plan will be arranged to address individual concerns and desired aesthetic outcome.
Cheek enhancement is a relatively painless procedure with no down time. The treatment involves the injection of small amounts of dermal filler into different areas of the cheek. Each treatment is different depending on an individuals anatomy and facial structure.
The treatment may involve the injection of small bolus amounts of filler units multiple injections or the use of a blunt end cannula to ensure an even and uniform distribution of the dermal filler and ensure a smooth and contoured result.
The treatment will take approximately 30 minutes. Sometimes combination treatment with dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers can be performed in other areas.
There is no down time with cheek enhancement and patients can return to their normal activities following the procedure. As with any dermal filler or cosmetic injectable procedure there may be some swelling, redness and bruising to the injected area which can persist anywhere from 24 hours to one week.
Follow-up in 3-4 weeks following initial treatment is recommended so Dr Kate can determine if more filler is required and if the desired outcome has been reached.
How long does the treatment last?
Results are instantaneous, however they are temporary with most cases lasting from 12-18 months depending of the type of dermal filler used. Longevity also depends on the amount of dermal filler required. Best results are generally with at least 1ml of dermal filler for each cheek. Dr Kate will discuss this at length during initial consultation and when deciding on a treatment plan.
Is cheek enhancement safe?
There are minimal side effects associated with dermal fillers. These may include local swelling, redness and bruising.
Rare complications include allergic reactions, the formation of granulomas, secondary bacterial or viral infections (for example reactivation of the cold sore virus), damage to vascular structures and ischaemia.
Dermal filler injections cannot be given to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have taken a course of Roaccutane in the last 3 months, have a history of auto-immune diseases or multiple allergies.