Dermal Fillers

How to Do Cheek Fillers

Even though cheek fillers are not as popular as lip fillers, one probably heard of someone who has tried cheek injections. The blog will explain how to do cheek fillers by highlighting these subheadings: Why do patients try cheek filler injections, how to choose a cosmetic doctor for cheek fillers, how to prepare for cheek filler injections, and what steps of the cheek filler procedure.

Cheek fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that are injected into the cheek muscles to raise the volume of the facial area around and above the cheekbones. Like other dermal fillers, their popularity is growing daily, with thousands of patients in the UK joining the cosmetic regime every year. Cheek fillers provide an illusion of plump and more pronounced cheeks that feel natural and real. Increasing the volume, cheek fillers can eliminate deep-rooted facial lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.To do cheek filler treatment,one doesn’t require much. They need a highly qualified cosmetic doctor who will provide them with specific guidelines to follow before and after the treatment.

 Why Do Patients Try Cheek Filler Injections?

Sionkowska et al. (2020) stated that the facial glands naturally produce hyaluronic acid and collagen to help your face appear plump and firm by eradicating facial folds and lines and hydrating the skin. However, as one age, the body gradually decreases the production of skin proteins and fats, making a face develop wrinkles and pronounced lines. Other factors like chronic diseases and harsh environments also contribute tothe decreased production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Fortunately, most dermal fillers, including cheeks fillers, are made of hyaluronic acid and collagen stimulators that help to restore lost skin fats and proteins due to old age, body disorders, and environmental factors. Although it doesn’t mean people genetically born with pronounced facial lines or harrow cheeks can’t be administered with cheek fillers.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Doctor for Cheek Fillers?

According to Kontis et al. (2018),ifa person wants plump cheeks that look and feel natural, whether their face is resting or smiling, they need to see a highly skilled cosmetic doctor. If the cheeks fillers materials are injected too low or high, the facial complexity might appear too obvious. It means one needs a physician toperfectly inject the right amount into the right cheek muscle. One can ask the aesthetician to show pictures of previous cheek filler treatments or analyse the cosmetic doctor’s reputation by reviewing other patients’ comments and ratings. Avoid aestheticians with no proof of their work or who are poorly commented on and rated by the patients.

How to Prepare for Cheek Filler Injections

One is not required to do much for them to prepare for cheek fillers. However, the cosmetic doctor will give individual-specific guidelines to adhere to for more noticeable results and a successful procedure before the treatment day. What is needed from a person is honesty and discipline to follow the specified instructions. According to Bissett & Julie (2020), the most qualified cosmetic practitioner will generally need you to:

  • Avoid consuming blood thinner medications for at least two weeks before the injection day. These drugs include antiplatelets and anticoagulants such as warfarin, dabigatran, apixaban, etc. The drugs slow blood flow in all body parts, including the targeted cheek areas, making you susceptible to rare filler side effects.
  • Don’t drink alcohol at least 24 hours before the treatment. Alcohol dehydrates the patient’s body, and cheek filler’s materials are based on attracting body fluid to make the cheeks appear plump.
  • Avoid applying makeup a few hours before the treatment. Go with a clean face to make it easy for your cosmetic practitioner to map and assess your facial look.

Cheek filler treatments are considered safe, but sometimes they are accompanied by minimal or no downtimes. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising. However, they are worried less since they are mild effects that only last a few hours after the treatment. Therefore, adhering to the above instructions lowers the chances of contracting mild side effects after the cheek treatment.

What Are the Steps of the Cheek Fillers Procedure?

Step 1: Facial Mapping and Assessment

The cosmetic doctor will evaluate the cheek appearance regarding skin tone, how pronounced wrinkles or facial lines are, and the cheek volume. They will probably take photographs of areas to be treated after determining the appropriate amount of fillers to fill the harrow cheeks.

Step 2: Anesthetizing and Cleansing

The marked cheek area is treated with antibacterial medications to minimise the chance of infection. Afterwards, aestheticointments are used to numb the cheeks to prevent the sensation of pain from interfering with the treatment.

Step 3: Injection

The injection only takes less than 30 minutes or an hour, depending on the cosmetic doctor and evaluation time. This step involves injecting the cheek filler using a syringe and evaluating the performance to determine if the additional filler is needed.

Step 4: Cleaning Up

Once the cosmetic doctor is satisfied with their work, any injectable site is cleansed off.The cheeks may feel tender for a day or two but not painful enough to require medications.

Step 5: Precautions and Instruction

After the injection, the cosmetic doctor will lay out issues not to do or do for the next few days to avoid spoiling the treatment. Vedamurthy & Maya (2020) highlighted some of the following aftercare tips for cheek filler treatments:

  • Don’t apply makeup until you fully recover
  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinning medications for at least two days
  • Sleep with the head elevated. Don’t sleep sideways or facing the pillow to avoid moving the filler to untargeted areas; thus, uneven results.
  • Give the cheeks a break of 24 hours by avoiding rough touches
  • Stay hydrated and eat healthy foodstuff to fasten the body’s natural healing process
  • Avoid high temperatures rooms or scenarios. They include taking a hot shower, tan bedding, and excessive exposure to sun radiations.
  • Don’t perform vigorous activities or exercises for at least 24 to 48 hours. Extreme exercises increase blood flow in all body parts, including the injected cheek area, moving filler materials to untargeted sites.
  • Not to fly for a week after the treatment. Air pressure in the plane tends to worsen the mild bruising and swelling associated with the filler treatment.

Frequent-Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cheek Fillers

How Long Does Cheek Filler Last?

It depends on several factors like the body’s metabolic rate, the concentration of cheek filler, the type of cheek filler, and the professionality of the cosmetic doctor. Nonetheless, in most cases, cheek fillers last for 6 to 12 months while others for two years, depending on the mentioned factors.

Do Cheek Fillers Hurt?

A cosmetic doctor will coat the cheek skin with numbing ointments before the injection process. Therefore, there will be no intense pain during the injection.


Cheek filler treatment is a quick, precise, and easy medical procedure to improve facial complexity. Most work is performed by the cosmetic doctor and the cheek filler ingredients. The only thing that is needed from them is, to be honest withtheaesthetician and follow a set of guidelines explained by the cosmetic doctor. However, in case of complications or extreme side effects after the treatment, it is crucial to consult your cosmetic doctor before taking any medication.


Sionkowska, A., Gadomska, M., Musiał, K., & Piątek, J. (2020). Hyaluronic acid as a component of natural polymer blends for biomedical applications: A review. Molecules25(18), 4035.

Kontis, T. C., Bunin, L., & Fitzgerald, R. (2018). Injectable fillers: panel discussion, controversies, and techniques. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics26(2), 225-236.

Bissett, J. (2020). Face facts: aesthetic treatments. Dental Nursing16(1), 14-16.

Vedamurthy, M. (2018). Beware what you inject: Complications of injectables—dermal fillers. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery11(2), 60.

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