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Cheek Filling

Cheek Filling

Cheek fillers increase cheek volume and accentuate your cheekbones. Health professionals inject fillers in and around your cheeks. The process takes from 15 minutes to two hours. Although side effects can occur, you will usually see results immediately and you will recover quickly.

What is Cheek Cheek Filling?

Cheek fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that gives your cheeks a fuller, more defined appearance. Safe substances called dermal fillers are injected by a doctor around and above your cheekbones.

There are many types of cheek fillers available in the market. Your doctor will tell you the best option for you based on your treatment goals.

It usually takes less than half an hour to inject cheek fillers. Depending on the type of filler you use, results can last a year or longer. As with other cosmetic procedures, cheek filler injections have risks such as bleeding and bruising.

Why is cheek and cheek filling used?

You may want cheek fillers to have:

Define your cheekbones.
Increasing the volume of your cheeks.
Younger appearance.
Reducing and eliminating wrinkles.
Smooth facial appearance.

What are the types of cheek and cheek fillings?

Different dermal fillers can improve the appearance of your cheekbones. How cheek fillers work depends on the type of filler your provider uses:

Hyaluronic acid (HA): It is the most common filler. It is a naturally occurring substance found in your skin. As skin ages, it loses levels of HA, which causes wrinkles and loss of volume. Your doctor uses HA injections to increase volume and keep your skin moist. The results of HA fillers usually last about a year. HA injections include JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA): This is a naturally occurring substance found in your bones. Your doctor uses CaHA injections to add fullness to your cheekbones and smooth out deeper lines and wrinkles. The results of CaHA fillers usually last about 15 months. Radiesse® is a brand that uses CaHA fillers.

Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA): This is a synthetic substance that helps your body make its own collagen. Your doctor usually uses PLLA to treat deep wrinkles on your cheeks. Results from PLLA fillers usually last two years or longer. One brand of poly-L-lactic filler is Sculptra®.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA): These tiny collagen beads help your cheeks look firm and plump. Your doctor uses PMMA to give your cheeks firmness and structure. Results from PMMA can last for years, but your provider may need to inject them multiple times. Bellafill® is a brand that uses PMMA.

How common is cheek and cheek filling?

Cheek filling is very common. In our country, more than 2 million people prefer dermal fillers every year.

Who should not have cheek and cheek filling?

You should not have cheek fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (breastfeeding) or if:

Allergies to synthetic ingredients found in some dermal fillers.
A bleeding disorder such as hemophilia or thalassemia.
Some autoimmune conditions.
Certain infections such as abscessed teeth, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach flu (gastroenteritis).
Some skin diseases.

What happens before cheek augmentation procedure?

Before having cheek filling, your doctor Evren Ay Koç will examine you. You should choose a doctor who specializes in dermal filler injections. .

Your doctor will look at your face and ask about your treatment goals. He or she will recommend the most suitable cheek filler for you. They may recommend other cosmetic procedures to support cheek fillers.

Your doctor will ask about your medical history.

You should tell your doctor:

Allergies: If you have certain allergies, you may need to avoid cheek fillers.
Autoimmune Conditions: Cheek fillers can cause complications if you have certain autoimmune conditions, including dermatomyositis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Gastrointestinal Conditions: Rarely, cases of lumpy swelling may occur in people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Medications and Supplements: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners (anticoagulants), and some supplements can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.
Other Cosmetic Procedures: Previous fillers and injections may affect the amount and type of cheek fillers your doctor will use.
Skin Conditions: If you have certain skin conditions or your skin is very sensitive, you may need to avoid cheek fillers.
Smoking: You may recover more slowly if you smoke.
Transplants: If you’ve had a bone marrow transplant or organ transplant, your risk of infection may be increased.
Vaccines: You may have swelling associated with some vaccines.

Your doctor will discuss possible side effects and recovery time with you. They may mark your face to show where to give the injections. They can also take photos of your face to record the before and after results.

What happens during the cheek cheek augmentation process?

During a cheek filler procedure, your doctor will clean your skin. She may then apply lotion, cream, spray, or cold packs to numb it. Some fillers already contain a numbing agent.

Your provider uses a fine needle to inject a small amount of filler under your skin. They may inject fillers into various areas of your cheek. You may feel a small pinching or stinging, but the cheek filler procedure usually does not cause pain.

A cheek filler procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

Cheek Filling

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What happens after cheek cheek augmentation?

Your doctor may apply cold packs to the injection sites immediately after the cheek filler procedure. A few days after cheek filler injections, you may have:


With most types of cheek fillers, you’ll usually see some results right after the procedure. But it usually takes a few days and sometimes months to see full results. PLLA results can take up to two to three weeks.

If you have a PMMA filler, you will need to massage the treated areas for about 5 minutes several times a day for one to two weeks.

What are the advantages of cheek cheek filling?

Compared to invasive plastic surgery, the advantages of cheek fillers include:

Immediate or near-immediate results.
Less expense.
Low risk of complications.
Non-permanent results, so changes are possible.
Fast procedure and recovery with little or no downtime afterwards.

What are the risks or complications of cheek cheek filling?

Cheek fillers are a low-risk procedure, but complications can include:

Blisters that look like acne.
swelling and tenderness

These complications are usually temporary and go away within a week or two. Usually, these complications are not seen or one or two of them can be seen together.

Cheek fillers can also move to another part of your face. This can make your face look disproportionate (asymmetrical) or lumpy. In such a case, your doctor can usually use another type of injection to dissolve the filler. Therefore, make sure that the application is made by a doctor.

More serious complications can include:

Allergic reaction to the filler.
filler leak
severe swelling (edema)
Skin damage or scars.
Skin discoloration.
Very rarely, accidentally injecting a filler into a blood vessel can cause permanent damage, such as:

Injury to arteries or veins.
Tissue death.
vision loss.

How long is the recovery period after cheek and cheek filling?

Any bruising or swelling from the cheek filler should go away within a few days. To improve recovery time and results, your provider may recommend the following for a few days:

Avoid wearing makeup or lotion for several hours.
Avoid touching the injection sites.
Quit smoking – at least for a few days.
Lie on your back to avoid disturbing the cheek filling.
Stay away from the sun.

When can I go back to work or school, drive or eat?

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Otherwise, you can usually return to your daily activities immediately.

When should I see the doctor for cheek and cheek filling?

You should call your healthcare provider if you experience:

Asymmetrical appearance that lasts longer than a week.
Bruising, redness, or swelling that lasts longer than a week.
Signs of infection such as fever or chills.
If you have symptoms of an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, such as shortness of breath (dyspnea), you should call 911 to get help right away.

What is the difference between cheek cheek filling and fat injection?

Your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure known as “autologous fat injections”, also known as “facial fat grafting” as an alternative to the cheek fillers listed above.
In this procedure, your provider injects fat from another part of your body to add volume to your cheeks. The results from facial fat injection can be permanent because fat is actually transferred from one area of your body to another.

Cheek fillers make your cheeks look fuller and more prominent without surgery. Your doctor injects dermal fillers into your cheeks. There are many types of dermal fillers. Your doctor will determine what is best for you.
Most cheek filler procedures take about 15 to 30 minutes; Facial fat grafting takes one to two hours. Risks include bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Usually you will see results immediately and you will recover quickly after the procedure.

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