As we age the natural placement of the fat pads in our face start to migrate south. The uninterrupted curve you once had from your temple to your mouth starts to sag and leads to flat cheekbones, sunken eyes, and deeper smile lines. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to prevent losing volume in our cheeks, as it is a natural effect of aging. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic filler options that can reverse the aging process in the cheeks by adding volume back.
Fillers are the best non-surgical solution to improve cheeks. There are many different fillers available on the market today. Injectable fillers can be completed within a few minutes and results can last up to two years.
Voluma is the newest filler on the market FDA approved for the cheekbones. It is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body, and lasts up to 2 years. Hyaluronic acid is a basic element in connective skin tissue. It has a hydrophilic quality, meaning it has the ability to draw and hold water. Hyaluronic acid fillers create a cushion that supports the facial tissue to replace lost volume and give you a natural youthful appearance.
Radiesse is a volumizing filler made of tiny spheres of calcium and lasts 9-12 months. It’s used to add volume to the cheeks, fill-in lines and wrinkles, reshape facial contours and augment the jaw line.
Sculptra Aesthetic is not a wrinkle filler, but a bio activator or “volumizer”. It works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen at the sites of injection, thereby replacing lost volume and contours to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. Sculptra does not give results immediately. There is a time factor involved since the true volume effect is created by your own collagen, not the product itself. This collagen replenishment takes place over a period of several months. Patients usually receive 2-4 injection sessions over a period of months to accomplish optimum re-volumization. Results can last for two years or longer.
Drs. Hooper and Jackson are are expert injectors frequently attending meetings and training courses and will help you decide which filler or combination of fillers is best for you.