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Ideal Filler Options for Cheek Augmentation

Fillers for cheeks are injectables that treat facial volume loss around and on the upper cheek. It creates the appearance of a natural cheekbone projection. Injectable fillers can ease out fine lines and wrinkles by administering volume beneath the skin’s surface. A variety of materials have been authorized to use as cheek filler injections. Depending on the type, a cheek filler can last around six months to 2 years before the effects wear off.

So what are the ideal filler options for cheek augmentation? Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra) and hyaluronic acid filler (Juvéderm, Restylane) are both types of filler used in the under-eye hollows and cheeks. They’re only temporary treatment options. Off-label use of other fillers, like Radiesse (hydroxylapatite), is also typical in these injection sites. Some dermal filler substances eventually metabolize and dissolve into the facial tissues over a period of time, so see to it that you ask your aesthetic practitioner about the cheek fillers that would last as long as you want.

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How Do Cheek Fillers Work?

The goal of cheek augmentation is to increase the volume or achieve a midface lift. Some people are troubled by the sagging and hollow appearance of their cheeks as they age. Others never establish the preferred volume in their cheeks and are affected by thin or flat cheeks. 

Fat transfers or fat grafting (using the patients’ fat) or cheek implants are viable facial surgeries for fuller cheeks and cheek augmentation. Dermal filler injections are a non-surgical option for people who want to enhance their hollow cheeks without undergoing a surgical facelift. 

A facial plastic surgeon will apply topical anesthetics to the skin before the cheek augmentation procedures. The injection sites will be determined by the patient’s anatomical structures and specific needs. 

Usually, cannula techniques are performed 1 centimeter beneath the eye, with a blunt-tip cannula starting at the inner eye corner and “walking” across the cheek to the outer eye corner. Some injections will be administered at the malar prominence, linked with high cheekbones, and around the eye to create facial balance and symmetrical fullness. 

Once the dermal filler provider has completed placing small amounts of filler in the appropriate locations, he will expertly shape the filler to ease and distribute the injected material. A qualified provider must be the only one who manipulates the filler. 

After treatment, patients must implement the aftercare instructions and avoid touching the injection site. Touching, rubbing, or massaging injected areas may result in unwanted filler movement, unintended fullness, increased redness, or noticeable material.

Dermal fillers are often made of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the skin. While hyaluronic acid treatments do an excellent job of filling in wrinkles and moisturizing the skin, the plumping result fades after 6 to 12 months. Since hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, it gradually breaks down until nothing is left. 

When it happens, wrinkles gradually reappear and will require maintenance procedures. Lips are an exception because fibrotic tissue is susceptible to build up after multiple lip injections. In some instances, additional treatment may not be necessary after a sequence of injections.

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Ideal Cheek Filler Options

With several various options available in the market, it can be challenging to choose. Fortunately, understanding how each dermal filler works can assist people in selecting the cheek filler that will perform best for patients’ aesthetics goals and needs. 

People who are already using Botox or Dysport to reduce and ease out wrinkles may want to consider adding a filler that provides fuller cheeks. These dermal fillers will help people decide on the best option.

Juvéderm Voluma

It’s the first FDA-approved injectable gel filler that adds cheek volume immediately. It lasts much longer than other cheek lift fillers. Even two years after their treatment, many users are still delighted with the significant effects of their injections. It has a gentle lifting effect and provides attractive cheek contour, giving a younger and natural-looking appearance.


Restylane is one of the most popular options in dermal fillers. It’s excellent for aging skin and offers a natural lift. The FDA-approved filler is usually injected in the tear trough and into facial wrinkles to soften their appearance. It consists of hyaluronic acid, just like Juvéderm.

Restylane Lyft

Restylane Lyft, previously known Perlane-L, also contains HA as the main active ingredient. The distinction is that, apart from Juvéderm Voluma XC, Restylane Lyft is not classified as a skin “filler.” It’s referred to as a skin enhancer since it helps “boost” the skin from within, and almost anyone can use it.  

Some dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners use Restylane on clients that are 20 to 70 years of age. If guided by an expert, patients can achieve the following results: reduction in deep wrinkles, elimination of fine lines, and additional volume on the cheeks. The gel also has improved the appearance of nasolabial folds.



Juvéderm, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid, is intended to increase volume as well as hydration. Compared to other cheek fillers, the formula used has a greater concentration of hyaluronic acid and a methodology that renders the injectable gel softer. In the body, hyaluronic acid naturally occurs, and people lose volume due to the normal aging process. Restoring it with Juvéderm provides the possibility for a youthful appearance.


This solution differs from the others due to its formulation that aids in stimulating the body’s natural collagen production. Initial effects for some patients can last up to 12 months or more, and promoting the stimulation of the system’s natural collagen production implies that some results can last even longer. Radiesse is FDA-approved, reduces wrinkles and gives you a more youthful appearance.


Sculptra functions uniquely; it produces more subtle effects over time. It can be beneficial for patients who want to prevent the appearance of having any work done while also progressing towards a more youthful, natural-looking appearance. Injections are typically administered three to five times over several months, with results lasting for over two years.

Possible Risks of Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers have minimal risks, relatively straightforward procedures with little downtime. However, this doesn’t rule out the probability of adverse reactions. The following are some of the most known side effects of cheek fillers:

  • bruising
  • swelling
  • redness
  • itching

All dermal fillers pose a negligible risk of infection or allergic reactions. Other rare adverse effects are as follows:

  • visual impairments
  • tissue death as a result of blocked circulation
  • damaged arteries or veins
  • filler leakage

There’s also the possibility of injection substances moving to other areas of the face, resulting in an asymmetrical or lumpy appearance. If it occurs, the doctor may inject one more substance to disintegrate the filler, or a patient may wait patiently for the cheek filler to break down on its own. When working with an untrained or unlicensed provider, individuals are more likely to encounter those rare adverse effects.

Learn More: Side Effects of Juvéderm and How to Deal With Them

Get Safe and Quality Cheek Fillers at aNu Aesthetics

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Regardless of which filler users prefer, consulting with the medical professional, asking questions, and ensuring comfort with the responses are necessary for the best possible results. Because there are many cheek fillers available, individuals want to know which one will give them the desirable effects for the most prolonged period. 

aNu Aesthetics offers a wide range of filler treatments administered according to each patient’s features and profiles. For an initial assessment to know which dermal filler is ideal for you, feel free to contact us at (816) 359-3310 to set an appointment and get started with your beauty journey. You may also visit our website to know more about our treatments and other services.

The Perfect Filler For The Perfect You

What is your perfect cosmetic filler? Whether in your lips, cheeks, or anywhere else, our providers know exactly how to make you look your best. Call us today to learn more.


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