As we age, we tend to lose volume in the fat pads of the face. Collagen levels and elasticity also decreases, which is when sagging starts to occur.
Both the lower face and submentum (area under the chin) relies upon support from the mid and upper face. Adding dermal filler to the cheeks replaces lost volume, hydrates
Prior to treatment, a 3D scan of your face will be taken. This allows us to precisely pinpoint the area that you require volume replacement. It may also highlight other concerns that can be treated during the same session.
Your experienced injector will then mark up the treatment area with a white pencil and administer a local anaesthetic before treatment commences. The entire treatment will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. When you return for your two-week review, we will take another 3D scan of your face so we can compare the two images and accurately measure your treatment outcome.
Since there will be some bruising and swelling after your session, you may want to go home for the rest of the day. However, you can also choose to return to work.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with how your face looks after your session, the filler can be dissolved using a specialised enzyme. Moderation is key during all cosmetic injection treatments, which means you may want to add more filler at a second session once you see your final results.
Adults who have fine lines, wrinkles, facial sagging or a hollowed appearance are candidates for the procedure, as well as adults seeking a more contoured and defined facial shape.
Ultimately patient suitability is determined during a consultation with a doctor or nurse.
There are potential complications associated with every medical procedure, even the simplest procedures. Although the potential complications associated with dermal filler are rare, it is important you are informed of all the risks, allowing you to make an informed decision about treatment.
Although relatively uncommon, bruising may occur, as well as mild tenderness and mild swelling in the treatment area. These side effects should not interrupt your normal daily routine.
You and the treating doctor or nurse will have an in-depth discussion about all of the above during your initial consultation.
Dermal filler injections, whether they’re targeting the cheeks or not, should only ever be administered by a qualified and experienced doctor or nurse. Inexperienced injectors can create results that look unnatural.
It’s not uncommon for the cheek area to feel slightly numb after your procedure, at least until the anaesthetic wears off. Any swelling and bruising that occurs tends to last for about two days, which is why some patients prefer to take some time off work. While you can resume most of your normal activities after a cheek filler session, it’s important to refrain from engaging in any activities that could cause excess sweating for at least 24 hours. It’s also best to not touch or rub the cheek area for the first two days as this could affect the results. The longevity of the product will depend on how quickly your body metabolises the filler. The dermal filler products used at epiclinic® usually last 12-18 months. You will need to schedule ongoing appointments in the future if you want to maintain a fuller, more youthful appearance.
It’s very common for patients to treat more than one area at the same time. Mainly because volume loss tends to show in multiple areas and not just the cheeks. It’s also possible to receive both dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections in the same session if you have wrinkles and expression lines that you’re concerned about. We will help you develop a personalised treatment plan that will address your specific concerns and enhance your natural features.
Cheek implants might be a more permanent solution to volume loss but there are also more risks involved with this option. Cheek implants require surgery, which means scarring, infection and implant rejection are all possibilities. Something else to consider is that if you start losing volume in other areas of your face, your cheeks may end up looking overly prominent, creating an unnatural result. Dermal fillers not only create natural-looking volume and contours but if at any point you want to stop treatment or reverse your results, you do have that option. Over and above that, most patients only need one treatment a year, so it’s hardly an inconvenience.
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