|Treatment time: 30 mins|
|Review: Discretionary review after 4 weeks|
|Duration of results: Up to 12 months|
|Down time: Can return to work immediately|
|Side Effects: Possible bruising, possible swelling|
As we age, it is natural for the face to lose collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. This leads to the cheeks losing their former definition and becoming flatter.
The process is underpinned by the fat pads (the triangular cheek pads that are located along the edge of the nasolabial fold) shifting downwards, creating an impression of sunken looking cheeks and an overall ageing effect.
The natural ageing process can be compounded by stress, lack of sleep, too much exposure to UV light and certain lifestyle choices often leading to drawn, gaunt features.
Filler can be used to counteract these signs of ageing instantly by:
- Lifting the cheeks and defining the cheek bones.
- Lifting the tear troughs, naso labial folds and jowls
- Adding volume and giving a more youthful contour to the face.
- Restoring facial proportion and symmetry.
By using filler to expertly sculpt, contour and lift Laurie is able to recreate volume, replenishing hollows and generally lifting the whole facial area. In many cases, by adding fullness to the cheeks Laurie can also improve the appearance of under eye bags.
Results are immediate and there is minimal downtime. Occasionally there can be very mild swelling which will fade within a day or two and possibly mild bruising at the injection site which can easily be covered with make-up.
*Please note that results may vary from client to client depending on various considerations such as age, lifestyle and medical background.
Cheek Lift FAQ
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers that are injected into the skin to soften lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to replace lost facial volume, define features and create a fuller lip. The majority of fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body that binds water and gives skin volume.
Are fillers safe?
Yes, dermal fillers have been used for many years, resulting in millions of successful treatments. Providing carried out by an experienced, qualified and highly trained in facial anatomy medical professional. We predominantly use Juvérderm ® and Restylane® which are both FDA approved.
Who is not a candidate for fillers?
It is advised that anyone with a previous allergic reaction to dermal fillers should avoid this treatment. Dermal fillers should also not be used in areas that have recently suffered from inflammation, trauma other skin related problems. Pregnancy and breast feeding is a total contra indication for all cosmetic treatments.
What should I consider prior to treatment?
We advise you to avoid blood thinners (alcohol, aspirin, Vitamin E) for 2 days prior to your treatment as thin blood increases the risk of bruising at the injection site. Taking Arnica tablets before treatment will also reduce the risk of bruising.
Will dermal filler injections hurt?
Dermal fillers can be slightly uncomfortable, depending on the depth of the injection required. However, the majority of dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic which minimises discomfort. We can also use numbing creams.
When will I see results?
You will see the results immediately with further improvement in the vitality of the skin developing over 1-4 weeks.
What are the side effects?
There may occasionally be slight swelling, redness, bruising or bleeding at the injection site, however the use of a cannula can greatly reduce the chance of bruising. Any side effects are usually temporary and disappear within a few days. Due to the sensitivity of the lips however, recovery time is usually 24-48 hours with swelling, bruising and tenderness lasting up to a week.
What after care do you recommend?
The vast majority of clients will not experience any symptoms following treatment. However, in the instances of bruising, swelling or redness we recommend the application of a cold compress.
Arnica cream can also reduce bruising. Generally we recommend that you let the area settle immediately after the procedure and avoid touching it. Additionally we advise that you don’t have facial treatments for the next 24-48 hours and avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, heat or excessive exposure during the following 6-10 hours directly after treatment.
How long do dermal fillers last?
One of the advantages of dermal filler is that although the effects are long lasting, they are not permanent. The effects generally last between 6-12 months, but are dependent on a range of factors such as the area treated, the skin type and condition and also the metabolism of the client.
Can dermal fillers be removed?
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm may be rapidly dissolved with the enzyme hyaluronidase. However it is rare for a client to request this following treatment by a reputable practitioner.