“I looked like Maleficent.” Comedian Amy Schumer joked on her Instagram post right before she had her cheek fillers dissolved. After having successful cosmetic treatments done over the last couple of years with liposuction and CoolSculpt, Schumer decided to get dermal filler for her cheeks.
But she wasn’t as lucky this time around with her cheek fillers and decided not to let them naturally dissolve into her body. Instead, she had another injection added to her cheeks to dissolve the hyaluronic acid fillers.
So, what are cheek fillers? And why do people want to get them added to their faces? We share what makes cheek fillers so popular and how long do they last. Unless you cut them off short, like Amy Schumer did.
Cheek fillers are typically performed with dermal injections that add volume to the areas above and around your cheekbones. The fillers provide a lift underneath the skin’s surface to create a defined bone structure, and cheek fillers can also smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Juvéderm Voluma is a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a natural gooey substance found in our bodies that help keep skin cells lubricated and makes the skin nice and plump. Voluma is the thickest gel formulation in the Juvéderm collection, perfect for adding volume beneath the skin’s surface to mimic cheekbone structure.
Sculptra is a gel-like dermal filler made of poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible synthetic substance that stimulates collagen production. Collagen is a protein found in our skin to help create the structure of skin and bones. The injection will provide a modest lift to the cheek area, and the specialized formulation of poly-L-lactic promotes new collagen growth, adding more volume to the skin post-treatment.
Radiesse is a dermal gel filler made with a collagen-producing active ingredient, CaHA (calcium hydroxylapatite formulation). The hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon in the Radiesse formula create a structure that mimics connective tissue, making it ideal for cheekbone volume. And over time, the CaHA formulation promotes your body to produce its own collagen.
There are two reasons why a person gets cheek fillers- a weak facial bone structure or loss of facial volume from aging.
A weak cheekbone is also called a low cheekbone, where the malar bone is not directly underneath your eyes but lower, closer to the lowest part of your nose. Having high cheekbones has symbolized health and beauty for both men and women.
The natural aging process doesn’t always mean gaining wrinkles but includes a loss in volume in the cheek area, making the eye sockets look sullen and hallow. The facial fat from the eye and cheek areas begins to drop, sinking to the jowls(jawline). Adding volume back to the cheeks can help fill the hollow look around the eyes and recreates a youthful look to the face.
Depending on which dermal filler you get, the results from the injections can last six months to two years.
If you are not satisfied with how your cheek fillers came out, like Amy Schumer. There are two options to get rid of the fillers- have the dermal fillers naturally dissolve or inject another substance to speed up the dissolving process.
Amy had a hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid, injected into her cheeks.
Adding volume to your cheeks can create a youthful appearance, like when we were young, or give the illusion of higher cheekbones. Cheek fillers using dermal injections are the cosmetic procedure to create a youthful and contour look to your face.
Dermal filler results last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. If you are getting cheek fillers for the first time, it may be a good idea to choose a dermal filler that lasts for months rather than years. In case you change your mind or are not completely happy with the results.
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