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How to Inject Dermal Fillers in Cheeks

Achieving plump cheeks with dermal fillers is among the most popular beauty treatments. One can easily confirm by checking Google trends. The article explains how dermal fillers are injected into cheeks by first explaining what cheek dermal fillers are and which type is best for the cheek area.

Dermal fillers have been around for the last two decades. If one has never tried filler treatments, they probably know at least two or three people who have had dermal filler injected in their cheek area. The popularity of filler injections is based on how they naturally reduce facial ageing signs such as wrinkles, facial lines, deep tear troughs, and thin lips. They restore the volume lost due to the low production of skin fats and proteins responsible for maintaining skin complexity. As a result,the facial skin appears plumper and more youthful. There are many areas dermal fillers can be used to improve facial appearance. Cheek volume is most affected by ageing, and dermal fillers work magic in restoring the lost cheek plumpness.

What Are Cheek Dermal Fillers?

According to Funt & David (2011), cheek fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that increase or restore facial volume by injecting filler materials into the cheekbone area. The Food Standard Agency (FSA) considers the process safe and is accompanied by minimal or no downtime. The most common side effects after the injections are bruising and swelling. However, the mild effects disappear within 48 hours after the treatment. Unlike cheek implants, filler treatment is aquick procedure that provides an immediate result by adding biodegradable or natural substances to cheek muscles. The most commonly used filler material is hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that the body produces to maintain skin plumpness. However, its production gradually reduces due to chronic diseases, environmental influences, or ageing.

Nonetheless, it is important to note that dermal fillers are not permanent; their result lasts for 6 to 12 months depending on the patient’s metabolism and the filler material injected. With time, the filler materials are absorbed by body tissues, and their youthful effects start to fade within a few months. Fortunately, one can prolong their impact by making a regular appointment for more injections.

Which Types of Dermal Fillers Are Best for the Cheek Area?

People spend on cheek fillers to eliminate wrinkles, deep-rooted facial lines, and harrow cheeks. But, not all dermal fillers can effectively achieve the labelled goals. Each dermal filler brand produces different filler materials that vary in structure and thickness, meaning they plump cheek areas and last differently. Therefore, the following are three types of dermal fillers suited for check injections:

Hyaluronic (HA) Fillers

According to Small et al. (2012), HA filers are the most popular type of cheek fillers injected into the cheek muscles. They restore lost facial volume by replacing hyaluronic acid produced by the body to maintain skin hydration and elasticity.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Goodwin & Patricia (2018) stated that Poly-l-lactic acid fillers involve injecting a biocompatible substance that stimulates the natural production of collagen to eliminate accumulating facial lines and wrinkles. Collagen is a natural substance produced by the skin gland to boost skin firmness.

CA HA Fillers

Calcium hydroxyapatite in animal bones to support bone health. They are extracted and injected into cheek tissues to lift the cheekbone area by supporting the natural production of skin fats.

How Dermal Fillers Are Injected in the Cheeks

Hubbard & Kev (2018) explained that cheek filler treatments are a great rejuvenating way to refresh patients’ looks. However, the improved natural appearance and accompanying complications depend on the skills and qualifications of the aesthetic doctor. Generally, the cosmetic procedure is safe when performed by an experiencedcosmetic doctor. Still, when wrongly placed, it can lead to complications like infections, uneven plumpness, filler migration to untargeted areas, or blockage of blood vessels. Therefore, it is important to research the professionality of the cosmetic doctor and the clinic’s reputation before seeking treatment. By online reviewing other customers’ comments and ratings, one can easily identify a qualified aesthetic practitioner and a good reputable clinic. Nonetheless, the following are tips for new cosmetic doctors to use when administering cheek filler injections:

Perform Facial Assessment and Mapping

 The first step to a successful treatment is to win patient trust, where one can gather information about medications they are allergic to, why they are seeking the treatment and their overall health condition. Afterwards, one can diagnose the patient’s facial appearance to determine the amount and type of filler material required to fill the harrow cheeks.

Applying Numbing Medications to the Targeted Area

A person can apply numbing gel or creams like lidocaine into the injected area to minimize the chances of irritations or pain during the injection. It is vital first to understand whether the patient is allergic to any numbing drugs to avoid complications.

Administer the Injection

Dermal fillers are injected in the cheekbone tissues and arenot shallowly on the skin area. The treatment should be quick and precise, thus follow these guidelines to ensure a successful treatment:

  • Draw on the outline of the cheekbone to help be precise and focus more on the technique than the cheekbone.
  • Be gentle on the bone; if not, withdraw the syringe needle and slowly try again.
  • Always use supraperiosteal techniques when changing the needle since they quickly become blunt.
  • Remember to slowly release the dermal filler material to reduce the risk of any complications.
  • Use both hands during the injections since it helpsstabilize the syringe and needle.

Aftercare Tips

Referring to the patient’s lifestyle and health status, one can lay out several issues to do or don’t until the filler materials settle. The common aftercare tips include:

  • Avoid blood thinning medications and supplements like Vitamin E for atleast 48 hours
  • Don’t drink alcohol for the next two days
  • Stay hydrated and eats healthier foods
  • Avoid vigorous exercises like weight lifting for the next 48 hours
  • Avoid applying makeup until one fully recover
  • Don’t fly for a week since plane air pressure worsens, and bruising and swelling are associated with the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cheek Fillers

How Do Cheek Fillers Work?

Uplifting the facial skin eliminates wrinkles, deep-rooted debris, and facial lines. Upon injection, cheek filler materials like hyaluronic acid attract body fluid 1000 times its weight to plump the cheek. In addition, some cheek fillers like poly-l-lactic acid boost the natural production of collagen and skin fats to increase cheek volume.

How Much Do Dermal Fillers for the Cheek Cost?

Any treatment’s price depends on several factors. The dermal filler cost ranges from 250 pounds to 600 pounds depending on the filler material injected, the concentration of dermal filler, clinic location and cosmetic doctor cost.


The popularity of dermal fillers is growing daily, with over a million people in the UK seeking cosmetic treatment annually. They commonly improve facial complexity by uplifting the cheek skin to reduce ageing signs like wrinkles and facial lines. The cosmetic procedure is quick and provides an immediate outcome that lasts for 6 to 12 months depending on the patient metabolism rate. Dermal fillers are injected into the cheekbone area by a qualified cosmetic doctor performing a facial assessment and administering numbing medications to ensure a successful treatment.


Funt, D. K. (2011). Avoiding malar oedema during midface/cheek augmentation with dermal fillers. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 4(12), 32.

Small, R., & Hoang, D. (2012). A practical guide to dermal filler procedures. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Goodwin, P. (2018). Collagen stimulation with a range of polycaprolactone dermal fillers. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 7(Sup2), 22-28.

Hubbard, K. (2018). Rejuvenating the temple hollows using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 7(Sup2), 35-38.

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