When you start to notice signs of facial aging, you rightly blame factors like repeated facial expressions, sun exposure, and environmental stressors. But in many cases, another culprit is volume loss beneath the surface of the skin. The things that support a youthful facial structure, including fat, bone, muscle, collagen, and elastin, fade away over time and cause the face to deflate.
Your cheeks are one of the first, and most noticeable, places where volume loss occurs. A lack of fullness in this area can impact the appearance of your entire face. Thankfully, Dr. Shaun Patel can restore your youthful features using safe and effective dermal fillers.
Schedule your cheek filler consultation or treatment today by calling 786-618-5039. We welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida here at Miami Skin and Vein.
How Cheek Volume Loss Visibly Ages Your Entire Face
These days, trained injectors like Dr. Patel have a thorough understanding of facial structure and how the face ages. One of the things that Dr. Patel knows is that the fat compartments in the cheek unavoidably deflate over time. This can have a domino effect, aging other areas of the face and causing your face to sag as the soft tissues of the face descend.
A youthful face looks like an upside-down triangle, with the base running from one cheek to another and the apex resting at the chin. As you age, the triangle inverts so that the base is at the lower half of the face and the apex ends up at the level of the cheeks. Essentially, this means that the face becomes very bottom heavy, and this is primarily due to volume loss.
Benefits of Bringing Back Cheek Volume
Restoring lost cheek volume is an integral part of making your face look younger. Cheek volume loss is directly related to many other aesthetic concerns.
Dr. Patel often begins an anti-aging filler treatment plan by focusing on the midface. You may see other signs of facial aging improve just by treating the cheeks!
For example, patients who come in to treat nasolabial folds often benefit by treating their cheeks first to help lift the entire face. Then the nasolabial folds can be corrected, and may require less filler to do so.
By boosting volume in your cheeks, you will likely experience:
- Improved cheekbone definition
- Improved cheek projection
- An overall lift to the face
- Softening of nasolabial folds
- Improved jawline definition
- Reduced jowls
- Under eye improvement
Restore Lost Volume with Cheek Fillers
Dermal fillers excel at restoring lost volume safely and predictably. These injectable treatments offer an effective, non-surgical solution to the problem of volume loss.
Many different fillers can be used on the cheeks, including:
- Restylane® Lyft
- Restylane® Defyne
- Juvéderm® Voluma
Restylane Lyft is our most popular cheek filler. This injectable hyaluronic acid gel adds instant fullness that typically lasts for 9-12 months. Often, two to three syringes are needed to treat both cheeks, using one to one and a half syringes per side.
The second most popular option is Sculptra. Sculptra is possibly the best volumizer because it creates an incredibly natural, long-lasting result by stimulating collagen production. However, the results appear at a much more gradual rate than with Restylane Lyft or other fillers.
Filler injections in the cheek are relatively pain-free as Dr. Patel uses a topical numbing gel before treatment. These treatments are relatively quick, usually performed in a 30 minute appointment slot.
The filler can be injected through a needle or a small and flexible microcannula. The cannula reduces swelling, bruising, and downtime. However, a traditional needle can also be appropriate because it allows for greater precision. Patients typically experience minimal bruising in the cheek area compared to other parts of the face.
What to Expect From Your Cheek Filler Results
The results of properly placed cheek filler look incredibly natural. Some patients express concern that adding fullness to the center of their cheeks will make them look like a chipmunk. Thankfully, that’s not a concern because Dr. Patel won’t actually place the filler there.
Instead, Dr. Patel will administer the filler laterally. He will have you smile during the treatment to ensure that you obtain a desirable lift that looks natural. These techniques can improve your cheekbone definition and make your lower face look narrower, resembling well-applied contour without the need for makeup.
The Next Steps in Your Treatment Plan
After treating volume loss in the cheeks, other thin or sunken areas of your face may stand out more in contrast. As part of his comprehensive approach to restoring a youthful and vibrant appearance, Dr. Patel believes that it’s important to address these issues if they concern you.
Dr. Patel may suggest treating areas such as your:
- Nasolabial folds
- Under eyes
When you visit Miami Skin & Vein for a consultation, Dr. Patel will create an individualized treatment plan just for you. It’s possible to achieve your cosmetic goals with a few simple injections of cheek filler. In many cases, you will see the most significant benefit from treating multiple areas of your face.
Schedule Your Miami Cheek Filler Consultation
Here at Miami Skin and Vein, Dr. Patel and our staff are passionate about helping you look and feel your best. If you want to address lost cheek volume or other cosmetic concerns without surgery, call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation or treatment. We proudly welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.