Your cheeks are important in providing facial balance and harmony. The ideal cheeks are plump, should taper inward, and sit high on the face. Flattened cheeks that lack definition may appear masculine or make people appear older than their actual age. Dermal fillers and plumping injectables are an excellent way to add volume to flattened cheeks and recreate youthful contours in the midface.
Individuals who are looking into using fillers to augment the cheeks for the first time can benefit the most from fillers containing hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm. A naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid attracts water and is responsible for the skin being plump and firm. These fillers are soft, moldable, and have extremely low rates of post-injection bumps and lumps. In addition, their effects can be reversed in 24 to 48 hours if the patient is not satisfied with the results.
Radiesse is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. It works two ways: filling in volume-deficient areas and stimulating collagen production. This means patients can enjoy immediate and long-lasting results with a natural appearance. Natural collagen production also minimizes the risk of an allergic reaction, making these fillers a great choice for almost all patients. We may recommend a hyaluronic acid filler first (if you are new to fillers) since those can be easily reversed and results do not last as long as Radiesse.
A fat transfer is not a filler, but it is an equally beneficial injectable procedure for restoring full cheeks and/or augmenting the cheekbones. The fat transfer is more invasive and involves two steps. First, fat will be removed from the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs using liposuction. Harvested fat cells are purified and then injected into the cheeks for a plumping effect. Like Radiesse, fat transfer offers a natural approach to facial rejuvenation.
If you have gaunt cheeks caused by age-related volume loss, you might be a great candidate for one of these injectable cheek fillers! Schedule your consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kayastha to discuss your options in greater detail and find the best one for your individual treatment.
Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.