What are the best facial fillers for cheeks?

What are the best fillers for cheeks?As we begin to age, we start to lose fat from our faces.

Looking at photos of ourselves from years gone by, unless we’ve put on a significant amount of weight, most of us will notice that our cheeks are a little less round and full than they used to be.

The medical term for this loss of facial fat is ‘mid-cheek atrophy’. If severe, it can make a face look gaunt, tired and old. This is because losing fat tends to make the whole area sag. In turn, this contributes to the development of deep naso-labial folds.

However, there’s good news. There are several effective fillers for cheeks which can help reverse this age-related volume loss and restore the youthful ‘apple’ to the cheek region – softening the naso-labial folds to boot.

Here are some of the best fillers for cheeks:

1. Juvederm Voluma

This hyaluronic acid based dermal filler is part of Allergan’s ‘Vycross’ range of advanced fillers It is currently the US’s only FDA-approved injectable filler specifically for the cheeks. The product was designed to be smoother than other hyaluronic acid fillers, making it easier to inject and producing more natural results in larger areas.

Widely available in the UK (including at our clinics), Voluma can be used to add volume to the cheeks, cheekbones and chin. The effect is to provide a subtle lift to the entire mid-face area. The cheekbones appear higher and the facial contours fuller, creating a generally more youthful appearance. Results can last up to 18 months.

2. Sculptra

For patients with severely sunken cheeks or lots of volume loss, Sculptra is a great option. This is made from poly-L-lactic acid and works differently than regular fillers for cheeks. Instead of simply adding volume, Sculptra promotes the production of new collagen in the deep dermis over time. The effect is to reinforce the skin’s underlying support structure.

Treatment requires a little more patience. Usually two or three sessions are needed and the full results are normally only seen after several weeks. However, results are very natural-looking and can last up to two years. Treatment can also be combined with fillers to enhance the results.

3. Fat transfer

Another option is to inject a patient’s own fat, harvested from another area. This is an excellent option for long-term correction of sunken cheeks. Fat cells which survive the transfer process continue to act like normal fat cells in their new location, meaning results are usually very long-lasting – and can even be permanent. Not all transferred fat cells will make it – the survival rates vary from person to person – but estimates suggest is usually around 60% in the cheek region.

Micro fat grafting, a more intricate approach to the procedure, involves multiple injections of very small amounts of fat in layers to allow for better uptake, gradually increasing the volume of new soft tissue.

More information on fillers for cheeks

Aurora Skin Clinics offer cheek filler treatment at several UK clinics, including in London.

For more information on fillers for cheeks, contact the team to book a free consultation. Our expert aesthetic nurses will be happy to tell you more about treatment, and show you before and after photographs of our previous patients.

Call us on 01844 318825 or email info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk.