When asked what they would change about their appearance, many people don’t even hesitate before stating that they’d change something about their face. After all, if you’re self-conscious about your arms you can wear long sleeved shirts. If you feel awkward about your feet you can cover them up with shoes and if you’re embarrassed by your tummy you can wear loose clothing.

But your face? Not even the best makeup in the world can conceal your insecurities. This is why many people turn to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to boost their confidence and improve their quality of life. One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is cheek fillers which happens to be the topic of today’s article.

The Basics: What Are Cheek Fillers?

Believe it or not but many people who consider getting cheek fillers actually have no idea what they are. Sure, everyone knows that cheeks fillers will enhance the appearance of your cheeks by making the cheekbones look more defined. But very few people know how.

The main ingredient in cheek filler is dependent on the brand but it will more than likely be one of the following: hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid or hydroxylapatite. Speaking of brands: Juvederm, Restylane Lyft and Sculptra are the most common cheek filler brands on the market.

The cheek filler is then injected into the area, which is the area above and surrounding the cheekbones, and some of the results will be evident immediately.

The Benefits of Cheek Fillers

Now that we know what cheek fillers are, let’s examine why they’re so popular. Perhaps a quick look at a handful of their benefits will answer this.

Short Recovery Time

Many people are attracted to the idea of cheek fillers because the recovery time is so short. Immediately after the—very short—procedure, one can go about their business as usual. Tiny changes need to be made in your daily life such as only sleeping on your back for 3 to 4 days and avoiding exercise for 2 to 4 hours post procedure.

They Aren’t Permanent

Although the effects of cheek fillers are long lasting, unlike cheek implants or facelifts, they aren’t permanent. This means that on the off chance you aren’t satisfied with the results you aren’t stuck with them forever.

It’s a Low Risk Procedure

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of cheek fillers is that they’re extremely low risk. This applies to the procedure itself and any complications associated with it as well as minimal post procedure risks. Speaking of risks…

The Drawbacks of Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers are generally considered to be a low risk procedure however it would be remiss of us not to mention the possible risks involved as well as highlight the disadvantages of this procedure.

Expensive

Compared to permanent options like facelifts, cheek fillers are spare pennies. But compared to other types of fillers, such as those used for your lips or wrinkle-prone areas, cheek fillers can be considered expensive.

Side Effects

By now you’re aware that cheek fillers come with minimal side effects and as such are considered to be low risk. However low risk doesn’t mean risk-free. Here are the most common side effects of cheek fillers:

- Swelling of the face
- Bruising of the injection area
- General itching
- Redness

And, in terms of common side effects, that’s about it. Now onto rare possible side effects:
- Leakage of the filler
- Injury to the veins or arteries
- Circulation blockage which can lead to tissue death

Frequently Asked Questions about Cheek Fillers

Even though cheek fillers have been around for quite some time now, their popularity has spiked recently. Because of this, many people have questions that they want answered and that’s what we’re here to do.

How much cheek filler is needed?

The answer to this question depends on many different factors. Typically, between 1ml and 3ml of filler is used in cheek applications. This amount varies according to the amount of lift you’d like to achieve, your age, how much or little volume is currently present in your cheeks and your natural face shape.

How long does the cheek filler procedure take? And how long do the effects last?

If you’re on blood-thinning medications, you’ll need to stop taking these during the two weeks before your procedure. Other than that, it’s a 20-minute procedure. The results of said procedure are evident in two weeks and will last for 12 to 14 months—sometimes even longer!

Final Thoughts

Now that you know everything you need to know about cheek fillers, what do you say? Are you ready to turn back the clock by giving cheek fillers a shot? Or would you prefer to sit back and let nature do its thing?

No matter what you decide to do, you have the right to feel comfortable and confident in your skin.

Author's Bio: 

Joseph Nicholls professional Writer And Blogger