Dermal Fillers for Sunken Cheeks

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Dermal fillers work by emulating the natural behaviour of your skin. There is a naturally occurring layer of collagen under the epidural layer of skin, where the nerves and hair follicles are located. Dermal fillers aim to top up, or pump up, this naturally occurring layer of fat using a variety of products.

Age & your Cheeks

As you age certain parts of your face begin to lose fat retention, and areas such as your cheek pads can begin to lose the plump youthful look. Instead the skin can lose elasticity, leaving you with a hollow or sunken cheek. As the skin sags it can lie awkwardly around the mouth. This can often be exacerbated by diet, and it is unfortunate that if you keep your figure slim then this can increase the likelihood of loss of fat in the cheeks and sunken and redundant skin around the face, and especially around the cheeks. Topical creams and make up have relatively little effect in covering this. One solution to this symptom of ageing is treatment using dermal filler, which tightens and plumps up the skin after treatment creating a smoother appearance and more attractive overall facial contours.

The injection of a chemical treatment such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane or Restylane could help to plump out your cheeks and give a more youthful appearance. The treatments are all temporary, generally lasting around 6 months. You could also consider permanent filler, such as a fat or silicon injection polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA, microspheres of plastic suspended in a biological fluid. This permanent solution does carry a small risk of infection. Dermal filler can, in general, be carried out under local anaesthetic and although you might experience a little redness, swelling and discomfort for a few days after the procedure, the risk of any further side effect or complication is minimal. Nevertheless you ought to discuss any possible outcomes with your consultant before you agree to undertake any procedure.

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