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Cheek Injections

Learn more about how fillers can improve the fullness & shape of your cheeks.

Cheek Fillers: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Dr. Ellern is a physician injector at Reflections Center, which has been ranked in the top 1% of practices nationwide for volume of filler injections in the US for over 10 years running. She’s been injecting cheeks for over 5 years now and this is one of the most common procedures she performs each week at our practice.

Today, she’s walking you through cheek filler before and afters, showing you what good filler look likes, how to handle bad filler, and why filler alone isn’t the right answer for all patients – and how that’s sometimes becomes the reason they look unnatural (too much filler, and nothing else).

As we age, our skin starts to sag and we lose volume from our cheeks, creating a hollowed, drooping look, leading to lines around the mouth (“smile lines”) and jowls. With dermal fillers you’d be surprised how much you can rejuvenate the entire lower face. Restoring the lost volume in the cheeks can soften lines, improve jowls, make the jawline look sharper, make your face appear prettier, and for women, more feminine.

Cheek fillers, like all fillers, are only injected by physicians at our practices. Each of our physicians has years of experience performing filler injections and understands how to create beautifully natural results – so people will notice, but no one will know!

Cheek Injection Quick Facts

  • Cheek filler injections are the #1 way to restore cheeks
  • Natural-looking results from physician injectors
  • Results last up to 2 years
  • Pricing starts at $750 – $1,050 per syringe

Today’s Best Options for Cheek Injections

Dermal fillers are the best non-surgical technique to augment the cheeks and we offer a wide variety of fillers to accommodate all patients’ needs.

Dermal Fillers

Voluma is our preferred filler, but we also use Lyft, Defyne, Vollure, Juvéderm, and Contour. Voluma and Lyft are made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid that gives the skin a bouncy, lifted appearance. The hyaluronic acid formula simultaneously hydrates your skin for glowing, beautiful results.

The main purpose of dermal fillers is to restore volume and reduce signs of aging by plumping the skin. Each filler offers a different type of formula with a varying time that results will last. At your initial consultation, your provider can discuss these options in more detail and determine which will best fit your needs.

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Radiesse is a firmer filler, and its thick formula can mimic areas of bone loss. The calcium-based microspheres found in this formula also stimulate collagen production. Collagen is one of two proteins in your skin that gives it structure and a firm, plump appearance. Radiesse creates an immediate effect with results that last more than a year; depending on your skin condition and how well you care for your skin, some patients have even maintained their results for three years.

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Sculptra is a non-surgical solution for pan facial rejuvenation, which looks at the whole face, including the cheeks, to prevent aging. This dermal filler stimulates collagen production and although it may take some time to see the results, they will last up to three years. Sculptra can also be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers for faster results.

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Compare Options For Cheek Injections

Treatment Invasiveness Downtime How It Works
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (Voluma, Lyft, Defyne, Juvederm, etc.) Injectable procedure with numbing agents mixed in Usually minimal to no downtime. Bruising always possible. Hyaluronic Acid filler is injected to replace volume that has been lost due to aging or weight fluctuations. The ideal filler in this category for the cheeks is Voluma
Radiesse Filler Injections Injectable procedure with numbing agents mixed in Usually minimal to no downtime. Bruising always possible. Biostimulatory Filler that spurs the body's creation of new collagen and creates long lasting results. Great to create projections
Sculptra Filler Injections Injectable procedure with numbing agents mixed in Mild swelling or bruising possible Biostimulatory Filler that spurs the body's creation of new collagen and creates soft, diffuse results and improves skin quality
Thread Lifts Numbing Injections followed by Injectable Procedure Mild to moderate swelling for few days, bruising possible Threads Lift the skin to recontour the cheek for results that last 1-2 years
Fat Transfer Numbing Injections followed by Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure 2 weeks of swelling and/or bruising; normally easy to cover with makeup starting after week 1 Your own fat is harvested from your midsection and injected into your cheeks to replace fat volume that we lose as a natural part of the aging process. Results are very natural and long-lasting

Patient Stories About Cheek Injections

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“He knows what he’s doing, and has a cautious and sincere style. I love love the way I look.”

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“If I had somebody tell me that they were afraid of how they looked I would definitely send them to Reflections.”

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“ ... he walked in the room and knew exactly what was going on. He knew where I was overfilled, how much filler was placed where - things that I didn't even know... It was amazing... ”

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Why Choose Reflections Center For Cheek Injections?

Our main goals are to make patients happy and to provide safe and effective treatment. If we think a procedure is not right for you, we will offer other options based on the medical opinion of our experienced team. One of the most common worries about fillers is an unnatural appearance, but you will be treated by doctors who have a deep understanding of human anatomy and know precisely where to place injections to enhance the underlying structure of your face.

We are committed to the highest standard of care and stay up to date on the latest medical innovations and technologies. When you receive a cheek augmentation at Reflections Center, you can be certain that you will be treated by a doctor who cares about you and your treatment outcome. We will work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your needs and restores a beautiful, youthful appearance on your face.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Reflections Center is ready to assist you with your questions about cheek injections. Our team of award-winning physicians can provide the right recommendation that matches your aesthetic goals. Contact our office today for a consultation.

Trust the physicians at Reflections Center with your cheek injection procedure

How To Find The Best Cheek Injection Doctor Near You

  • Qualifications
  • At Reflections Center, you will always be treated by a board-certified physician with years of experience and specialization in cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatments. Unlike other practices that dabble in aesthetic treatments, you will be treated by a laser and cosmetic physician with special training in injectables such as cheek fillers. They have received certification from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) and graduated from some of the best schools in the country.

  • Important Questions To Ask
  • Your initial consultation is the time when your doctor will determine the best course of treatment and you can ask questions. Some questions you may want to consider asking are how much the procedure will cost, which filler is the best for your specific concerns, and the recovery time.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Cheek Injections

    • What to avoid after getting cheek fillers?

      Avoid sun or UV radiation exposure and do not put pressure on the treated area for at least 48 hours after receiving cheek fillers. You should also avoid waxing, chemical peels, and facials during this time.

    • What to expect after having cheek fillers?

      You can expect the area to be a little sore and/or bruised for the first couple of days after your treatment but this will resolve itself.

    • What should you not do before getting cheek fillers?

      Alcohol can increase your risk of bruising so you should stop drinking two days before treatment. You should also avoid waxing, tweezing, and using hair removal cream so your skin is clean and not irritated.

    • Where should you not inject cheek fillers?

      Cheek fillers should not be injected into the lips, around the eyes, or on the nose.

    • How do you sleep after cheek fillers?

      To keep your dermal filler in place, sleep on your back with your head elevated for 3-4 days after receiving your injections.

    • How long do cheek fillers take to settle?

      This depends on the type of filler used, but it will usually take 2-4 weeks for the filler to settle.

    • Can cheek filler look uneven at first?

      If your face swells immediately after your injections, asymmetry is normal. However, this should settle, and your injections will appear even in about two weeks.

    • Can you smile after cheek filler?

      Initial swelling may impact the appearance of your smile, but it will return to normal once the swelling goes down.

    • Is cheek filler worth it?

      Many patients have left satisfied with the results of their cheek fillers. This is a great temporary solution for younger patients who want to hold off on a more invasive, complex surgery.

    Dr. Verity Johnson is a board-certified Physician specializing in non-surgical treatments. She joined our practice at the end of 2021. Prior to that, she spent time perfecting her injection technique under some of the nation’s top injectors and she joins us with the skills and experience we know patients have come to expect from a Reflections’ Expert Injector.