The eyes may be the windows to the soul but your cheeks are equally 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 the person appear older than his or her actual age.
Dermal fillers are an excellent way to add volume to flattened cheeks and recreate youthful contours in the midface. The resulting fullness will draw away attention from undesirable facial features such as a crooked nose or droopy, hooded eyelids.
1. Hyaluronic acid fillers
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 Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. 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.
This filler works by stimulating the body to produce collagen, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for supporting the skin. The gradual results of Sculptra (it takes three to four months for the body to fully produce collagen in response to the injection) are ideal for those seeking subtle results and who do not want anyone to notice that they had something done. Although Sculptra is more expensive than hyaluronic acid fillers, its results last longer.
Radiesse is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in water-based gel. It works two ways: filling in volume-deficient areas and stimulating collagen production. Radiesse is thicker than hyaluronic acid fillers, which increases the risk of bumps and humps. However, these problems are extremely rare, particularly if you have a highly experienced injector.
For more information on these fillers, call 518.346.0002 to schedule an appointment at our office.