The cheeks are a crucial part of one’s facial features.
As we age, the cheeks undergo several changes. Volume is lost as fat pads shrink and the cheek bone atrophies. The cheek gradually deflates and sags inwards and downwards.
This gives rise to the classical appearance of deepening laugh lines, “jowlling” and hollowing of the cheeks.
Cheek fillers help to instantly lift the face by restoring volume at key points in the face as well as “rebuilding” the atrophied cheek bones.
With well-placed fillers in the cheeks, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), tear troughs, marionette lines and jowling can also be improved!
The endpoint is a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Cheek fillers are a straightforward, safe and effective with a treatment time of around 30 to 45 minutes.
Downtime is minimal and patients are able to return to work or continue with their daily activities right after!
Dr Edwin primarily uses 2 types of fillers. Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft. Both these fillers contain a local anesthetic ingredient which acts to numb the area which has been injected.
Ice is also applied to each injection point prior to injection to reduce discomfort further and more importantly, reduce the risk of bruising.
Depending on the area of the cheek that is to be treated, Dr Edwin may choose to use either a needle or cannula to perform the liquid filler facelift technique.
Results can be seen instantly!
In the skin, there exists true retaining ligaments which suspend the skin by attaching it to the bone.
Imagine these true retaining ligaments as the suspension cables of a suspension bridge. If the cables become lax with time, the bridge begins to descend. Similarly, the skin sags over time due to stretching and laxity of these retaining ligaments
Dr Edwin's Filler Liquid Facelift technique involves placing fillers at the base of several key retaining ligaments in the face to achieve an immediate, natural, non surgical facelift by tensing and tightening these true retaining ligaments.
Apple cheeks or a heart shaped face is a recent popular trend for patients seeking cheek fillers in Asia.
Apple cheeks refer to plump looking cheeks which is seen as a sign of youthfulness and popularized by a number of Asian and Korean celebrities.
Ellanse is an ideal filler for the Apple Cheek filler injection treatment as it gives good volumizing results coupled with collagen stimulation and anti-aging benefits.
Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance injected beneath the skin. Majority of fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a naturally occuring substance in the body.
Ellanse fillers contain PCL and simultaneously stimulates collagen and adds volume to the injected area.
They are commonly used to augment and contour facial features by precisely adding volume to the area of interest.
Learn more about Filler treatments for other areas here.
Learn more about Ellanse here.
Depending on the type of fillers used, HA fillers can last up to 1.5 years and Ellanse can last between 2 to 3 years.
An experienced doctor will be well versed in the anatomy of the face and choose injection points that are both safe and effective in delivering lifting and volumnising effects!
HA fillers are also reversible and can be dissolved with Hyalase.
The Ultraformer 3 HIFU is another popular treatment for non-surgical facelifting and skin tightening. It uses high intensity focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen at specific areas of the skin.
Learn more about HIFU here.
For those who require even more "lifting power", face threadlifts are a minimally invasive treatment using absorbable threads to exert a lifting effect on sagging skin as well as stimulate collagen.
Learn more about face threadlifts here.
Every clinic offers different dermal filler treatment options for non-surgical face lifting. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that cheek fillers treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such filler injections. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of fillers before proceeding.