Do you need to be more cheeky?

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Cheek fillers are one of the most popular treatments we at CapeAesthetics do, and it would appear that while half our patients are in on this beauty secret, the other half had no idea that this treatment existed, let alone that they needed it.

Most of our patients will enquire about having their nasolabial lines (the line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth) filled, or getting their tear trough’s treated.  Those treatments are both fantastic and we can by all means do them, but it is rather rare to find a patient who actually needs those treatments without starting with the cheek area first, which will improve both of those areas too.

As we age we lose volume in our faces from both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.  Intrinsically the shape of our facial bones actually change over time, leaving the beautiful structured cheekbones that we had in our youth flatter than before.  More than that we lose fat in our faces as part of normal aging and due to gravity.  Extrinsically if you are a sun-worshiper, a smoker, a jogger or are exposed to a lot of pollutants you will experience more volume loss as well as having poorer skin quality, which ages you too.

If you take a hand-held mirror and hold it near your belly button and look down into the mirror you will be able to see whether there is a fat deficit in your cheek area easier than if you look straight into a mirror.  You may notice that the hollow under the “bags” under your eyes appear to flow into this deficit, which indicates that rather than needing your tear trough corrected, you would benefit more from filling your cheeks first, and then reassessing the need for tear trough filling.  Filling your cheek also lifts the cheek area away from the mouth and so it naturally reduces the appearance of deep nasolabial folds.  In some patients cheek fillers can even lift the outer ends of the brow and the corners of the mouth.

The procedure to fill your cheeks is done via a needle-free technique, meaning that there is only one entry point on your cheek, and the risk of bruising is much lower than if using sharp needles.  A single ml of dermal filler shared between both your cheeks (0,5ml on each side) is often enough to give a lovely enhancement, although some patients do require repeated treatments to get their desired effect.  The process is quick, easy and surprisingly painless.

Cheek fillers truly are one of the quickest and easiest ways to restore your youthful appearance, and for that reason it is one of our favourite procedures.  If you want to find out more about filling your cheeks send us an email on info@capeaesthetics.co.za or check out our website www.capeaesthetics.co.za.  To make a booking please call (021) 6833048 ext 1.

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