February 15, 2024

Cheek Fillers 101: Everything You Need To Know

Cheek fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can add volume and lift to your cheeks, giving your face a younger and more defined appearance. Find out everything you need to know about the procedure, pros and cons and the possible adverse effects.
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Cheek Fillers 101: Everything You Need To Know

Introduction to Cheek Fillers: What Are They?

The size and shape of your cheekbones are determined by genetics, which we can’t control. Factors such as bone structure, facial fat distribution, or muscle tone will influence the overall aspect of your cheekbones.

The good news is that despite being unable to change your bone structure or genetics, many minimally invasive techniques, such as cheek fillers, can help you achieve the result you are looking for.

Cheek fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can add volume and lift to your cheeks, giving your face a younger and more defined appearance.Prominent and defined cheekbones are a feature that we have seen in models, influencers, and celebrities. They are often considered a desirable feature for several reasons:

- Facial Symmetry

Well-defined cheekbones contribute to facial symmetry, which is often associated with attractiveness. These types of faces are generally perceived as more beautiful and balanced.

- Youthful Appearance

High cheekbones are often associated with a youthful appearance. As people age, they may experience a loss of volume in their cheeks, leading to a hollow or gaunt look. 

- Cultural Influences

Throughout history and across various cultures, specific facial features, including prominent cheekbones, have been celebrated as symbols of beauty and attractiveness. 

- Perceived Health and Vitality

Full, prominent cheekbones are often associated with good health and vitality. They can convey strength and resilience, which may be attractive to others.

- Fashion and Media

In the fashion and entertainment industries, models and celebrities with prominent cheekbones are often considered iconic and are frequently featured in advertisements, magazines, and movies. This exposure can contribute to the perception that prominent cheekbones are desirable.

Types of Cheek Fillers

Various types of cheek fillers can enhance the appearance of cheekbones:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

This is the most common filler, naturally occurring in the skin. With age, HA levels decline, leading to wrinkles and volume loss. Cheek HA fillers, such as HYAcorp Face, have been formulated to improve facial contours and restore the face's lost anatomical structures.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Found naturally in bones, CaHA injections add fullness to cheekbones and smooth deeper lines and wrinkles. By addressing specific signs of skin aging, these fillers offer immediate results, yielding favorable outcomes and garnering high patient satisfaction rates.

Poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA)

Referred to as a bio-stimulatory dermal filler, this product prompts the skin to generate fresh collagen, gradually breaking down PLLA into water and carbon dioxide. The natural effects of PLLA emerge slowly over several months, resulting in a subtly enhanced appearance. They are used for treating deep cheek wrinkles. 

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

These collagen beads contribute to firmness and fullness in the cheeks. PMMA injections provide structural support and firmness, with results lasting several years, though multiple injections may be necessary.

Benefits - Why Do People Opt For This Treatment?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are an excellent option for those looking for a non-surgical, easy, and affordable option. For starters, they can help restore lost volume. Our faces naturally lose some of their plumpness as we age. Cheek fillers can bring back that youthful fullness.

They can be strategically placed along the cheekbones to add volume and definition. This procedure is relatively quick, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Results typically last several months to a year, depending on the type of filler used.

The Procedure Process

First, we highly recommend you do in-depth research on your ideal healthcare professional. Make sure you ask questions and discuss your goals, concerns, medical history and any previous cosmetic procedures.

Before the procedure, the specialist may apply a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort during the injections. They will also cleanse the treatment area to reduce the risk of infection.

After injecting the filler, your provider may gently massage the treated area to ensure even distribution and minimize the risk of lumps or irregularities. They will then evaluate the results to determine if additional filler is needed.

You can typically resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure, although you may experience some swelling, redness, or bruising, which usually subside within a few days.

It's essential to follow your provider's post-treatment instructions carefully and to contact them if you experience any unexpected side effects or complications.

Suggested Reading: Pre and Post Care Instructions for Dermal Fillers 


What you do before, during, and after getting HA dermal fillers is essential to maintain and optimize results. Even though hyaluronic acid fillers are a minimally invasive treatment with minimal downtime, we would like to recommend a few guidelines for achieving perfect results and avoiding complications.

Post Care Cheek Fillers

-1-hour post-treatment:

Apply an ice pack and Arnica topically

Take acetaminophen to reduce pain (if necessary)

Avoid itching, massaging, or picking around the injection area

-6-10 hours post-treatment

Massage the area if there is a visible bump

Use a gentle cleanse, sunscreen, or make-up (optional)

-24 hours post-treatment

Do not drink alcoholic beverages

Avoid intense heat in the treated area, such as sunbathing, tanning, saunas, hot tubs or hot wax

Avoid strenuous activities and exercise

-15 days post-treatment

Avoid any dental or alternative aesthetic procedures and treatments

Risks and Considerations

While cheek fillers can elevate your appearance by enhancing facial contours, they come with their share of potential drawbacks. Immediate side effects may include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection sites, typically resolving within 7 to 14 days.

However, there are also rare yet more severe risks to consider, such as infection, allergic reactions, or uneven outcomes. In the worst-case scenario, filler obstruction of a blood vessel can lead to tissue necrosis, a condition best avoided. 

Additionally, improper placement of the filler may result in the Tyndall effect, causing a bluish discoloration of the skin. It's crucial to collaborate with a highly skilled professional to mitigate risks and maintain optimal results in your filler journey.


The decision whether or not to get cheek fillers is up to each individual. 

It's crucial to evaluate your overall health, financial considerations, and aesthetic objectives before proceeding. Engaging in a thorough discussion with a licensed aesthetician can offer valuable clarity. Keep in mind that fillers are temporary solutions that require ongoing maintenance. If you're seeking a transformation and are willing to commit to regular upkeep, cheek fillers could be the solution for achieving a rejuvenated appearance. Take the time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages carefully and make a decision that aligns with your personal preferences and goals.

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