Cheek filler

Dermal filler used in the cheeks can make an enormous difference to the way light reflects off the face. This is something that makeup artists understand very well. They do this every day using highlighter and bronzer to create light and shadows. The same effect can be achieved more permanently using a range of dermal fillers.

Cheek fillers are often used to restore lost volume in the mid-face as a result of bone loss, atrophy of fat compartments or sagging tissue which is a natural part of ageing.

Filler in the cheeks and mid-face is a safe and effective alternative to more invasive procedures such as cheek bone implants or face lifts with results lasting up to 24 months.

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What we can enhance


Cheek filler can help patients who have flat or underdeveloped cheek bones. This area can be enhanced using to give a more balanced proportion to the upper, middle and lower thirds of the face. There may be also asymmetry between sides of the face due to sun damage on the drivers side or from sleeping predominantly on one side which can also be addressed.


The shape of the cheek itself is very important in creating an optimum outcome in patients of all ages. From the bones to the centre, the cheeks frame the other elements of the face, providing structural support to the lower face. Cheek filler can be used to create a soft curve from the side of the cheek, good forward projection and a smooth transition to the area around the mouth.

Gender differences should be taken into consideration when injecting this areas so as to create an aesthetic desired by the patient and appropriate to the gender in which they prescribe. A high level of client collaboration is required to achieve this.


As we age we loose volume in both the deep and superficial fat compartments in the face. This results in a sunken and tired appearance. One of the first places this occurs are in the cheek and mid-face. Restoring this lost volume using filler in the cheek gives a more youthful and refreshed look.

Dermal filler FAQs

What type of filler?

The general principles in choosing the specific dermal filler of replacing like with like also apply in the cheek. In older patients who have lost volume in the bone and deep fat compartments we will use a more structural filler that can give some lift and projection. However this is often combined with a softer filler that will be placed higher in the skin that will move naturally with facial expression. In a younger patient it is usual to use a softer filler.

Pain relief during procedure

Pain relief is generally not required in cheek filler as there is local anesthetic in the filler and it is a very comfortable procedure.

The cheek filler procedure

The skin is cleaned with an antiseptic to remove any makeup or bacteria. The area to be injected is then marked up. Depending on the specific patient filler may be injected with a sharp needle or a blunt cannula.

Possible side effects

As with any medical procedure there are some risks to consider. Most patients will have some degree of swelling associated with this treatment, but this will settle over the following few days. There may be some discomfort, bleeding or bruising. There have been cases in Australia of vascular injury whereby filler is inadvertently injected into a blood vessel. It is very rare but if it occurred could lead to necrosis of the skin or visual loss. A thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and safe injecting techniques can greatly minimise this risk, however if any signs were to occur the filler would need to be dissolved immediately.


Most patients can go back to work immediately, however as mentioned there may be some degree of bruising or swelling present. Pain is minimal with Panadol adequate if required.

After care

No makeup or lipstick for 4 hours. No exercise for the next 24 hours. Avoiding alcohol that evening will minimise any bruising. Applying ice will also help with swelling and bruising. No swimming for one week.


At Ascension, we tailor our treatments to match your facial structure and desired outcome. Since we don’t use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, pricing can differ depending on the unique treatment plan we create during your consultation. For a pricing guide, please click here.

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