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Cheek Fillers, How Long Do They Last?

Cheek filler lasts anywhere from six to 24 months, depending on the type. Metabolism, lifestyle, and the amount injected determine how long the cheek fillers will last. Redoing cheek fillers after a few months will maintain the cheek fillers. This article explains what cheek fillers are and how long they last.

Cosmetic products like makeup cannot solve volume wastage due to ageing or medical conditions.Volume wastage in ageing is a result of collagen and elastin loss. Collagen and elastin maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity; when they reduce in the body, the skin cannot maintain its structure. Cheek fillers can fill scars, wrinkles, and inborn anomalies on the cheeks. People with naturally tiny cheeks can plump their cheeks using fillers. Cheek fillers are common because they have immediate and long-lasting results.

What are Cheek Fillers?

Cheek fillers are gels injected into cheek tissues for cosmetic purposes to add or improve volume, enhance cheekbones, smooth wrinkles and treat scars and inborn anomalies. Hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and PMMA are common cheek fillers. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners do cheek fillers.

How Long Do Cheek Fillers Last?

Metabolism and lifestyle affect the longevity of cheek fillers; for patients with a higher metabolism, like those who exercise regularly, cheeks filler will not last long as expected, unlike in patients with low metabolism. Cheek fillers last from six to 12months, depending on the type used. Hyaluronic acid lasts six to 12 months, polylactic acid lasts up to 24 months, calcium hydroxylapatite lasts six to 12 months, and PMMA lasts 24 months. One’s lifestyle also affects cheek fillers; how often onehydrate, smoke or take alcohol will determine how long the fillers will last. One can maintain cheek fillers by regularly hydrating, reducing alcohol consumption, and smoking. Redoing cheek fillers after a few months also maintains cheek fillers.

Procedure for Lip Filler

The cosmetic doctor will examine one’s face and mark the areas of injection; this will project how the cheek will look in the end. Cheek filler results differ from one cosmetic doctor to another and the type of filler used.The marked areas are sterilised, and numbing cream is applied. An anaesthetic injection is another option. Some cheek filler injections will contain ananaesthetic. The procedure is not painful, although one may experience discomfort. The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked cheek areas with a filler of one’s choice and massage them to align the fillers. After injection, apply an ice pack to the cheeks to minimise bruising, swelling, or pain. Wrap the ice in a towel before application; sticky substances can irritate sensitive skin and worsen the side effects.

Benefits of Cheek Fillers

Enhances Facial Features

Facial features can become less prominent due to ageing or facial wastage from medical conditions. Cheek fillers can enhance facial features like cheekbones and add volume. Clients can also enhance their cheekbones if the cheekbone is naturally less prominent.

Has No Downtime

Cheek fillers have immediate results; one can notice the effect of the fillers immediately after injection. In other cosmetic procedures, one will have until after healing to notice the results.

Has Minimal Risk

Cheek fillers are safe. They have minor side effects, and complications are rare. Complications with cheek fillers can occur if unqualified and inexperienced personnel does cheek fillers.

Has Long-Lasting Results

Cheek filler can last six to 24 months, depending on the type of filler. One can maintain the cheek filler results with proper care, such as hydration and quitting smoking.

Can Trigger Collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen is crucial in maintaining skin structure. Wrinkles are a result of low collagen in the body. According to Cabral et al. (2020),cheek fillers with hyaluronic acid or polylactic acid can trigger collagen production. The effect of collagen is notable after a few weeks.

Side Effects and Complications of Cheek Fillers

According to Diwan et al. (2020),cheek fillers have minor side effects such as bruising, swelling, and pain. The side effects can last for one or two weeks but not more than two. Taking alcohol or thinning medications before and immediately after cheek filler can worsen these side effects.  Ausen et al. (2022) explained that thinning pills prevent blood from clotting. Complications with cheek fillers, such as asymmetry, allergic reactions, and infection, are rare, but they can occur if inexperienced personnel do cheek fillers. To avoid such complications,do cheek filler in a hospital or clinic with an experienced cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner.

Cost of Cheek Fillers

Cheek filler cost ranges from £100 to £350 depending on the type of filler. The price will differ from one cosmetic doctor to another depending on experience and location. The number of syringes and the complexity of injection will also affect the price of doing the fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cheek Fillers

How Long Will Cheek Fillers Take to Settle?

Cheek fillers take at least two to three weeks to settle. As the fillers settle, one will see improvements with the cheek fillers.

How Long Do I Swell After Cheek Filler?

Swelling is common with cheek filler, and patients swell differently. After cheek fillers, one can expect to swell for at least two weeks. Swelling for more than two weeks is uncommon, and one should see a cosmetic doctor.

How Long Will Hyaluronic Acid Cheek Filler Last?

Hyaluronic acid cheek filler lasts for six to 12 months. They will not last long if one has a high metabolism and a lifestyle that does not favour cheek fillers. A few months after injection, the filler will start to wear off depending on your lifestyle, metabolism and amount of filler injected.


Cheek fillers last for six to 24 months, depending on the type used. Cheek fillers may not last that long because of metabolism, lifestyle, and the amount of filler injected. Higher metabolism will result in cheek filler wearing off more easily;patients who work out have a higher metabolism. Cheek filler in patients who smoke and take alcohol will not last long, like in those who do not smoke or take alcohol. The cheek filler procedure is not painful, although you may initially feel discomfort. You can avoid cheek filler complications by doing cheek fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified cosmetic doctor.


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Ksenia Sobchak