Cheek lift, volume or contour: What is best for my cheeks?

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Most people who are considering a cheek filler treatment know that you can do a lot more than just create bigger cheeks. Some also know that there are different types of fillers that can be used. But what is best? Is it to create a cheek lift, to add volume or add contours? What is the difference between these treatment effects? Let’s find out. 

The cheek filler gel

There are different types of aesthetic treatments for cheeks. For example, you can have a cheek lift with surgery, have collagen-stimulating injectables, or fat injections in the cheeks. 

However, when people talk about a cheek filler treatment they almost always imply using cheek fillers based on hyaluronic acid. These fillers contain a transparent gel that will provide results that last for several months but aren’t permanent.1 This means that you can fine-tune your looks over time. 

The injection volume

Cheek fillers come in syringes that usually contain one or two milliliters of filler gel. That volume isn’t enough to provide massively enlarged cheeks, so you don’t have to worry about ending up with a “puffy” look. The treating healthcare practitioner can sometimes use more than one syringe, depending on the desired result. 

How to create different effects 

It may seem impossible that you can create different effects by just injecting a gel, but you can. The gel itself has unique properties; it can be firmer or softer and more flexible. Healthcare practitioners can inject the gel using different injection points and they can inject it at different depths in the skin. And they can of course inject different volumes. All of this means that they can tailor the treatment to each individual. 

How to create a cheek lift 

All filler gels will fill and “lift” the tissue. Firm gels will stay where they are injected and thereby have a stronger lifting effect.2 Healthcare practitioners can utilize this effect to create the impression of more protruding cheekbones or to give the appearance of a “cheek lift”. 

Depending on the volume injected, the cheek lift will lead to a lift of the area below the cheeks. The cheek lift effect could be desirable if you have flat or saggy cheeks and want to provide a lift to them. A qualified practitioner will know what filler to use in each individual case. 

How to create contours

With age, we tend to lose volume in our face and that can also lead to loss of youthful cheek contours. When we look at our cheeks from an angle, they can look flatter and as if they have lost the definition and contour they had when we were younger. 

Different fillers, both firmer and softer, can be used to recreate cheek contours. There are also fillers “in-between”, with moderate firmness and flexibility that can be a good choice to restore facial contours. 

How to add soft, youthful volume

If you want to recreate soft youthful volume in the cheeks, the best choice will probably be a soft and flexible filler. They integrate more with the tissue2 and follow the movements of your face when you smile or laugh.3 Again, a skilled injector will know what filler to use to create the desired result. 

Adding soft volume can be an interesting option not only if you have lost a bit of youthful volume with age, but also if you have lost facial fat after weight loss or pregnancy.

A holistic approach

To get the result you want from a cheek filler treatment, the most important thing is to carefully describe what you want to the treating injector. He or she will know what type of filler will work best in your specific case and how to tailor the treatment to your wishes and facial anatomy. 

Most healthcare practitioners today have a holistic approach to aesthetic treatments. The word holistic means that you look at the whole face instead of only analyzing specific facial features. For example, before treating the cheeks with fillers, the healthcare practitioner will take into consideration how the treatment will affect other aspects such as facial balance and symmetry. 

During the consultation before the treatment, you will be able to discuss all such aspects – as well as your worries, concerns and desires. 


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