Having beautifully defined cheek bones not only makes a person more attractive but provides scaffolding to the face and helps lift the lower face including the jawline. In fact patients often themselves lift the outer aspect of their cheeks during their consultation, to demonstrate a lifting effect when they notice their face drooping due to ageing.
With ageing or weight loss there is also often a loss of plumpness to the cheeks leading to a gaunt appearance and restoring this results in a fresher and more youthful appearance.
The aim is to provide natural looking results and to avoid the ‘pillow face’ look which is a sign of too much filler. The cheek is also an important area to examine in patients requesting tear trough filler as it provides support to the under-eye and often this area needs to be treated before targeting the tear trough area directly.
How is this achieved?
Dermal filler is strategically placed along the cheekbones to help elevate, contour and lift the mid face. Some patients develop a flattening or hollowing of the medial cheek (the part next to the nose) and volume loss here can also be restored using dermal filler.
How long does the treatment take?
One hour is allocated to this procedure. Time is spent in the appointment carefully cleaning and disinfecting the skin, for clinical photographs to be taken and to carefully mark the skin.
Does it hurt?
As numbing cream is applied for 15 minutes prior to the procedure it is virtually painless. The filler itself also contains a local anaesthetic making this a very well tolerated treatment.
When will I see results?
Results are instant and there is further improvement over a four-week period as the dermal filler integrates into the area injected.
How long does the treatment last?
Results usually last 1-2 years in the majority of patients making this a very long-lasting procedure. Over time the filler gradually breaks down and the result will fade. At this point the treatment can be repeated.
What are the side-effects?
There can be some swelling which is usually short-lived but in some can take 1-2 weeks to settle. There is also a risk of bruising. Arnica tablets or gel can speed up the healing time. When working with dermal fillers there are also some very rare complications such as vascular occlusion and this is something which is discussed in detail at your consultation.
Will I need a check-up?
Aftercare is very important to Dr Sabba so a four-week follow-up is arranged for all patients who have had a dermal filler procedure in order to review the final result.
What is the cost?
Treatment with dermal filler starts from £450