Picture someone you find attractive. Chances are, that person has symmetrical and proportionate facial features. That’s because it’s hardwired into us to find such symmetrical faces attractive.
And the cheeks play an important role in giving our faces balance and proportion. However, not all of us are born with a pair of high cheekbones. Plus, with ageing and other environmental causes, your cheek balance can be thrown off.
As we age, we lose volume in our cheeks and they begin to sag. A flat pair of cheeks can make a person look tired and older than they actually are. This is how cheek fillers can help. Cheek fillers can be done to add prominence to the cheek bones and balance out your facial proportions.
But most importantly, cheek fillers must be performed by a trained doctor to avoid overfilling and ending up with pillow cheeks like those seen on celebrity tabloids.
Read on to find out more about cheek fillers in Singapore.
Cheek fillers are simply gel-like substances that are injected into the upper cheeks by a doctor with the goal of improving the patient’s facial proportion and attractiveness.
While technically there isn’t one “best” filler for the cheeks, there are fillers that are more suitable than the others.
Here are a number of cheek filler brands and types in Singapore:
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we prefer to use the Juvéderm® VOLUMA filler. It is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid cheek filler that can last up to 18 months.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in your body. As you age, this substance degrades, which leads to loss of facial volume and hence, sagging in the cheeks. Juvéderm® VOLUMA can be injected into your cheekbone area to lift the mid face and provide more symmetry and definition.
On average, upwards of 1ml of filler.
The exact amount of filler will depend on the extent of the lift and volume the cheeks require.
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we believe in the “less is more” approach, and prefer to gradually work our way up. This helps patients avoid the infamous “pillow cheeks”.
Up to 18 months with Juvéderm® VOLUMA. We also do find results lasting longer for some patients, of up to 2 years or so.
Cheek filler is priced from $700 per ml.
After you’ve been assessed by the doctor to be a suitable candidate, the doctor may make markings on the treatment area. This is a plan to guide the doctor.
The area may be numbed beforehand, but typically it is not required for cheek fillers. Plus, the fillers also contain lidocaine, an anaesthetic. This makes the treatment process more comfortable for you as well.
Next, the doctor will perform the cheek filler treatment in 1 to 2 injection points.
Cheek filler is injected close to the top of the cheek bone, near the orbital area. This builds on existing bone structure and uses less filler. If injected too low or below the cheek bones, the doctor may end up using too much filler and you may end up with overfilled pillow cheeks.
Cheek filler is also injected in the front of the face. Filler can be used to add volume and lift to the midface for “apple” cheeks, and at the widest corner of the front-facing cheekbone to give it prominence and definition. Injecting fillers beyond this point (too laterally) should be avoided to not widen the face.
No. Cheek filler treatments are well-tolerated by most patients. Any discomfort can be mitigated with topical numbing cream. Plus, the filler itself contains lidocaine, an anaesthetic, which helps improve the entire treatment process as well.
Cheek fillers are considered safe, and the cheeks themselves are a relatively low-risk area.
Plus, cheek fillers at SL Aesthetic Clinic are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a safe substance found naturally in your body. It is reversible, and can be dissolved safely.
Side effects, if any, are generally related to injection treatments such as bruising, redness, and swelling, which are also temporary.
Side effects are typically those associated with injections, such as redness of the treatment area, bruising, and swelling. These are temporary and will dissipate in a matter of a few hours or days.
Other risks are either rare or theoretical in nature, such as:
We recommend that patients avoid alcohol for the day of treatment itself. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for at least 7 days after treatment.
We discourage patients from massaging or excessively touching the treatment area for at least 2 days after treatment.
This applies only on the very night of treatment. We recommend that you should avoid sleeping on your side. This can be done by placing two pillows next to your head, with your head resting on a pillow in the middle.
In addition, we recommend that patients sleep slightly elevated that night. This can be done by sleeping on 2 pillows.
Any healthy adult looking to improve your overall facial aesthetic and contours, all without the downtime, risks, and complications that surgery entails.
It is suitable for patients who want to see some degree of cheek augmentation, but are not ready for surgery, or for those who want to see the results of an augmented cheek before committing to plastic surgery.
Yes! Often, cheek fillers are accompanied with other filler treatments in other areas to achieve a more holistically aesthetic look. This is because the cheeks are usually not the only issue the face needs help with.
For example, if you have hollow temples and eyes, or deep nasolabial folds, having cheek fillers done may exacerbate the hollowness of your temples and eyes or the deepness of your nasolabial folds. This is why fillers may also be used to provide a holistically pleasant result to the entire face, not just the cheeks.
The following circumstances may prove unsuitable for cheek fillers:
[21 Jan 2018] Written by Dr. Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua started his surgical training in Australia, teaching for several years in the hospitals, and spent time in dermatology and surgical rotations.
Over the course of 15 years, Kelvin has since performed more than 1,000 successful cases of liposuction procedures and Botox and filler treatments under his belt. With a keen interest in non-invasive facial contouring and lifting techniques as well as liposuction for body contouring procedures, he also performs HIFU, Thermage FLX, Fractional CO2 laser, Radiofrequency, hair loss management & treatment, as well as moles and lumps removal.
With a strong passion for inspiring others through teaching, Kelvin is a motivational speaker at Republic Polytechnic, an appointed trainer for aesthetic institutions and cosmeceutical companies, and is a mentor to aspiring aesthetic doctors.
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