A Guide To Cheek Filler and Dermal Injections

Understanding the options to minimize wrinkles on your cheeks and face can be the best way to maintain that beautiful appearance you were born with. Here you will find answers to the why, when and where of fillers and great tips on new cheek filler products in The Woodlands, Texas! Get the latest on what’s being used to combat deep cheek nasolabial folds and unsightly wrinkles near your nose, chin and lips. Understanding more about what exactly occurs when you get filler, which ones are safe and approved, and the latest information on the risks and benefits is always a good idea before trying.

A Guide To Cheek Filler and Dermal Injections

What is cheek filler and how can it help?

Cheek filler is a pliable gel-like substance used by licensed healthcare providers to increase and restore the skin’s fullness and volume to the skin and minimize facial fine lines and sagging. Because of its pliability and ability to be molded into areas of the face, it is one of the leading non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic services and is even used by plastic surgeons to combat the signs of aging in their patients.

Cheek filler falls under the cosmetic category known as dermal filler, which is the broader name for products to plump and smooth wrinkles on your face and hands. While only a temporary solution, many people prefer the natural look of fillers and opt for a non-surgical approach to their beauty. 

Often you will find healthcare and cosmetic providers choose dermal fillers made from a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid also known as hyaluronan.  You might be surprised to learn that your body actually produces hyaluronic acid, and it is basically a type of sugar found in your skin, joints and eyes. This is one reason it is so safely and easily injected in many people.

It is always wise to do a little research about the approved products and read about any side effects and warnings. For most dermal fillers the findings are great. According to the FDA, “injecting dermal fillers into the face and hands can improve the appearance of facial lines and volume loss caused by age or certain medical conditions”. Their surveys also found that people are usually happy and satisfied with the results.

You may also consider choosing an injector who provides a neuromodulator product such as Botox® or Dysport as well as cheek filler so that you can diminish wrinkles that occur from your muscle movements over time.

There are also new products that are a type of topical neuromodulator such as Revisions’ Revox™. Revox is a targeted serum that works topically on the skin to reduce expression lines. In a recent study, these were shown to be reduced by an average of 38%. All these products can be used in conjunction with each other and can be so effective when combined in this way.

The FDA always advises that, if you are planning to have a cosmetic injectable treatment of any kind, you find a licensed healthcare provider who is experienced in doing dermal fillers and nueromodulators such as Botox®.

What are the approved types of dermal fillers?

The following are the types of materials that the FDA has approved for temporary fillers that are absorbed by the body:

  • Hyaluronic Acid, a type of sugar
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite, found in bones and is mainly a mineral
  • Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), a synthetic material that is biodegradable

FDA-approved non-body absorbing dermal filler:

Polymethylmethacrylate Beads (PMMA)

This filler is unique and is made of tiny PMMA beads that are suspended in a solution of bovine (cow) collagen.  

Hyaluronic acid fillers are found under the following popular brand names but are not limited to these:

  • Revanesse ® Versa™
  • Juvederm®
  • Juvederm® Voluma
  • Juvederm® Volbella®
  • Restylane®

What areas can be treated?

Generally facial fillers can be used to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, as well as plumping up your lips, cheeks and targeting wrinkling and caving in of the chin. Hate that downward turning you’ve started to see in the corner of your lips?! It’s a breeze to correct that with fillers. 

Is your jawline beginning to sag and get that “Marlon Brando Godfather” look? Then schedule your appointment to get back into the youthful category. Another anti-aging treatment is a filler to correct concaving volume loss on your temples located adjacent to your eyes.

Believe it or not, you can treat those under-the-eye hollows that make you think of Frankenstein. Are the back of your hands looking old and crêpe, too? Fillers are definitely for you. 

Even acne scars on the cheek can be minimized with the magic of dermal filler. 

Many areas on the face can be treated such as cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds and chins as well as along the side of the temples where fat loss can occur as you age.

Who are good candidates for cheek fillers?

While dermal fillers can be administered to anyone 22 and older, there are some people who are not appropriate candidates due to certain conditions such as bleeding disorders or certain allergies.

What can I do to as an alternative or compliment to dermal fillers?

If you find you are not a good candidate, there are other laser procedures and facials that can benefit your skin and go a long way toward smoothing wrinkles. They can also be combined with the fillers to keep your treatment looking great and protect your investment. Some of these options include: 

  • Radio Frequency Microneedling, Scarlet RF
  • Practice Happiness (PH) Hydration Facial
  • Aquafirme Combination EVO Microderm
  • IPL Photofacial

Where can I find cheek filler and dermal fillers in the Woodlands, TX?

Dr. Natalie Drake as expanded the services at Practice Happiness Medical Spa to include aesthetics and skin care for women and men in The Woodlands and greater Houston, Texas area. We are dedicated to deliver the same individualized treatment and exceptional care with passion and latest in state of the art technology, medical grade products and injectables.

At Practice Happiness, Dr. Drake and all her providers help you maximize both your physical and emotional well being so you can live your life with confidence.

Come visit with Dr. Drake and her staff to find out why Practice Happiness has quickly become the first choice for aesthetics in the Greater Houston area.

Call Practice Happiness today!