With age, hallows in the cheeks and bags in the lower eye lids are common. As you get older, skin loses its elasticity and begins to show signs of aging. This leads to loss of shape and definition of the face. Many individuals desire to have fuller, more appealing cheek structure or wish to correct sunken cheeks. Both of these conditions can be treated, non-surgically, with the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help camouflage bags and add volume to sagging hollow cheeks. They can enhance face contours and have a lifting effect on the face with natural collagen production also being stimulated.
Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar that is found in the human skin, one that retains moisture. As we age, the hyaluronic acid in the skin reduces and the skin starts looking aged. Through the use of dermal fillers, the lost hyaluronic acid is restored and this visibly firms up the skin around the cheeks. Once injected into the skin, the fillers plump up and enhance the treated area. The content of the filler combines with the body’s own hyaluronic acid and binds with the water to create increased volume. It will dissolve naturally over time and will show results instantly. The effect of the filler can last from 8-12 months. Since they have a temporary effect, fillers are injected at regular intervals to maintain the firmness.
Upper Cheek Contouring
The zygomatic or malar area of the cheeks is the area of the high cheek bone below the rims of the eyes that extends out to the sides of the face. The cheek bone area is a key treatment zone for many individuals who are seeking a lift in one of several aspects of the face. Over time, skeletal changes, fat loss and collagen depletion will flatten the malar area of the cheeks. This can accentuate sagging in many areas of the face like the hollows under the eyes, the jowls, and a downward turn of the lips. Depending upon the facial characteristics of the client and personal goals, Dr. Vassiliou can give the cheeks a smooth curve or a more defined ‘apple’ effect. Clients desiring more of an apple-type cheek may require additional filler in the upper portion of the cheek bone area.
Cheek Hollow Contouring
In the area below the cheek bones and out on the flat plane of the face, known as the sub-malar area, fillers can be used to correct a hollowing that occurs with age or disease. Many individuals who have a gaunt look can benefit from fillers in the cheek hollow areas. Dr. Vassiliou knows it’s important to seek an experienced physician for this treatment as you need to balance the weight and pull of the fillers in this area with the potential to push the skin upward and outward. Too much can defeat the purpose of the procedure and oppose the effects of the treatment on the cheek bone area. As with all of the techniques, it is important that the physician has developed an understanding of the balance amidst various facial features and among varying skin and skeletal types. In many instances, these techniques are as much art as science, drawing heavily on the injection experience of the physician. At Dermaworks you can be confident that Dr. Vassiliou’s many years of injecting experience will lead to a desirable outcome.
During treatment, dermal fillers are injected using fine needles at the appropriate areas on the cheek. The entire procedure normally lasts no longer than 30 minutes. There is a minimal recovery period involved and often the person resume their daily routine immediately after. Prior to treatment a topical freezing will be applied and minimal discomfort will be felt during the procedure. Soon after there may be some swelling, redness, and very rarely bruising around the treated region; one may sense the filler material under the skin. However, this feeling remains for only few days, until the gel is absorbed into the area and swelling also subsides within a few days after the treatment. A word of caution here– it is best not to exercise prior to or after the treatment and avoid anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days before the treatment to minimize bruising.
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