Cheeks Volume Loss
Cheeks Volume Loss makes sag due to the lost face fat, moving from the eye area to a lower position. Losing cheek volume creates a domino effect of facial aging. Restore your youthful appearance with non-surgical fillers to replenish cheek volume.
A youthful face looks like an upside-down triangle, with the baserunning from one cheek to another and the apex resting at the chin. As you age, the triangle inverts so that the base is at the lower half of the face and the apex ends up at the level of the cheeks. Essentially, this means that the face becomes very bottom-heavy, and this is primarily due to volume loss.
Restoring lost cheeks volume is an integral part of making your face look younger. Cheeks volume loss is directly related to many other aesthetic concerns. You may see other signs of facial aging improve just by treating the cheeks! Patients who come in to treat nasolabial folds often benefit by treating their cheeks first to help lift the entire face. Then the nasolabial folds can be corrected, and may require less filler to do so.
By boosting volume in your cheeks, you will likely experience:
- Improved cheekbone definition
- Improved cheek projection
- An overall lift to the face
- Softening of nasolabial folds
- Improved jawline definition
- Reduced jowls
- Under-eye improvement
Restore Lost Volume With Cheek Fillers
Dermal fillers excel at restoring lost volume safely and predictably. These injectable treatments offer an effective, non-surgical solution to the problem of volume loss.
Many different fillers can be used on the cheeks, including: Restylane Lyft, Sculptra, Restylane® Defyne, Juvéderm, Juvéderm Voluma, Radiesse.
Restylane Lyft is our most popular cheek filler. This injectable hyaluronic acid gel adds instant fullness that typically lasts for 9-12 months. Often, two to three syringes are needed to treat both cheeks, using one to one and a half syringes per side.
The second most popular option is Sculptra. Sculptra is possibly the best volumizer because it creates an incredibly natural, long-lasting result by stimulating collagen production. However, the results appear at a much more gradual rate than with Restylane Lyft or other fillers.
Filler injections in the cheek are relatively pain-free as Dr. Patel uses a topical numbing gel before treatment. These treatments are relatively quick, usually performed in a 30 minute appointment slot.
The filler can be injected through a needle or a small and flexible microcannula. The cannula reduces swelling, bruising, and downtime. However, a traditional needle can also be appropriate because it allows for greater precision. Patients typically experience minimal bruising in the cheek area compared to other parts of the face.
At-Home Options for Fuller Cheeks
If you’re seeking an alternative or a supplement to the above treatments, there are a couple at-home options you can look into, as well. First, consider adding skincare products to your regimen that help boost elasticity and firmness.
Topical retinol, also known as vitamin A, can help stimulate both elastin and collagen production, which our bodies slowly stop making once we hit our 30s. If you’re pregnant, be sure to consult your physician when considering retinol products. (Learn more about what retinol can do for your skin here.) Other ingredients to look for include ceramides which hydrate and protect the skin’s barrier, and plant stem cells, which can repair damaged cells and firm. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is another popular choice because it’s known to improve the appearance of skin tone, firmness, and may boost collagen production. You should also always look for peptides and amino acids, which are said have all of the aforementioned benefits! Products containing hyaluronic acid and caffeine can create a temporary tightening, firming, and plumping effect, as well.
Another option to consider is facial exercises. It may sound strange, but a January 2018 pilot study of 27 women aged 40 — 65 years conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that 30 minutes of facial exercises completed daily or bi-daily improved the overall appearance of middle-aged women, “resulting in a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks.”
“The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” said Dr. Murad Alam, a dermatologist who lead the study. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way for looking younger or to augment other cosmetic or anti-aging treatments they may be seeking.”
Participants did a series of 32 different exercises, which included forming an “O” with their mouths, lifting their upper lip over their teeth, and lifting their cheek muscles up and down with their fingers. Consider it a workout for your face!
Whatever route you choose to take in your quest for fuller cheeks, a high-quality and consistent routine is key. And as always, if you opt for an in-office treatment, make sure you work with someone who’s not only credentialed, but who’s demonstrated with previous clients that they have an artful and realistic approach. Thinking about a consultation? Chat with a trained aesthetic specialist to find providers near you!