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Cheek Filler

Over time our cheeks can flatten and our original natural cheek curvature can start to soften and appear lower.

Why choose dermal fillers for cheek augmentation?

Ageing changes also take place under the surface of the skin where the gradual loss of supportive tissue structures and the long-term effects of gravity mean that larger areas of your face lose volume and shape. These changes particularly affect the cheeks and chin.

Treatment at a glance


Rejuvenate natural loss of volume & and increased beautification of the face


Longer-acting HA-fillers, apply Phi Golden Ratio to give natural results


Gold Standard FDA-approved fillers. ‘No-needle cannula technique’ performed by a facial specialist expertise


12-18months (exact duration varies from person-to-person)


Quantity dependent. The average quantity used is 2-4 vials of filler


Special topical anaesthesia, cannula technique, minimal discomfort


Mild redness, swelling (1-5 days), occasional bruising


Most patients normal activity the next day

Complimentary Techniques

Fillers to chin & lips, skin rejuvenation


We offer long-term surgical enhancement (fat transfer, implants)

Carefully placed filler treatments add volume to beauty points or replace volume where it has been lost. We use dermal fillers designed to add lift and shape and show instant results that last 6 to 24 months.

Advanced dermal fillers can restore ageing volume loss in our cheeks, help replenish hollows, and work to build up cheekbones. Although different HA filler products can be used (these include Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Volbella) that have characteristics that particularly favour improving cheeks, and are designed to tackle larger areas of volume loss for a flattering and refreshed look which lasts.


What does cheek filler involve?

Our team will use a numbing local anaesthesia cream to reduce discomfort from the procedure. The numbing cream is specially made for The Harley Street Face Clinic and was designed in Beverly Hills and manufactured in Germany. After this, a small anaesthetic injection is applied in the already numb area. The dermal filler is then used to augment the cheeks. At The Centre we used ‘fast-healing’ techniques that utilize a cannula to administer the filler for most patients, this results in less swelling and bruising than older needle-based techniques. Additionally, dermal fillers can be used on other facial areas at the same time as on the cheeks to give an enhanced natural result. At The Centre we specialize in ‘natural-looking results’, common areas for filler enhancement include the chin & jawline, nasolabial folds, eye area (termed tear trough), the nose, and lip enhancement.

When will I see the Results from Cheek Fillers at The Centre?

At The Centre you can expect to see relatively ‘Instant Results’ with our filler treatments. There will be minor swelling after filler treatment that for most patients resolves overnight, more rarely there can be mild swelling for 5-days (in approximately 5%). There is a small possibility, <2% of a minor bruise, this will resolve over a few days. We use the latest in technology to enhance recovery such as ‘No-Needle” Cannula techniques that enhance recovery. For most patients, the final results of cheek fillers will be evident approximately 5-days after the swelling subsides. With our techniques (Cannula based technique, application of filler at deeper levels) and filler choice will last 18 – 24 months, although results may vary from patient to patient.

Will I look natural with cheek fillers?

Here at The Harley Street Face Clinic, we only specialise in natural-looking results. We believe in a natural augmentation of the lip area. Our aestheticians have pioneered research in the area of facial beauty and this has been published in the mainstream media and has been featured on multiple TV channels. We have also developed the application of the Phi Golden Ratio (used in many of the most famous Renaissance paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci) to the human face and we have multiple trained specialists that apply the principles of this facial balance and beautification technique. At The Centre, we have treated many celebrities and A-listers with these techniques to enhance natural beauty, a term we describe as beautification of the face, enhancing the natural Phi Golden Ratio Lines. Of key importance with filler, rejuvenation is avoiding excessive filler use as this no longer looks natural or beautiful. The key application of filler in specific areas of the face differs depending on each individual’s facial characteristics. The application of eyelid filler is different in masculine and feminine faces. In women, it is focused along the Phi Golden Ratio lines of the eyes, in men, it focuses along the lines of the chin and jawline. If you have already had a treatment that has been excessive it may be necessary to dissolve the existing filler or wait for the filler to resolve.

At The Centre we have pioneered research and understanding into the aesthetics of the face. What makes a beautiful face shape?

Will I experience any discomfort or pain?

We use a combination of treatments to minimise discomfort, these include the use of a powerful numbing local anaesthetic cream that is specially made for The Centre. We use a state-of-the-art Cannula (no needle) technique to minimise discomfort. We use fillers that have incorporated anaesthetic into the injectable fillers to increase patient comfort. At The Centre, we use additional numbing and vibration devises that use the Nobel Prize-winning research on ‘The Gate Control Theory of Pain” to minimise discomfort. At The Centre, we take the above measures to ensure most patients only experience minor discomfort.


Research completed at The Centre analysed the most beautiful human faces and developed an algorithm based on the Phi Golden Ratio. This can be applied to the human face to improve facial balance and enhance attractive qualities. Eyebrows Kim Kardashian had the most beautiful eyebrows with a score of 94.85% proportioned to the Phi Golden Ratio.

Are there any risks or complications?

Studies on the safety of fillers have reported filler treatments as relatively safe with few side effects when completed by trained specialists. Recorded adverse events are usually minor including temporary injection site redness for less than three days. Patients may occasionally report temporary symptoms of redness, swelling, discomfort, lumps-bumpy changes, bruising, itching or change in colour. Infection is very rare however it is important that the treatment is completed in a CQC registered site (Care Quality Commission) and sterile precautions when having filler treatments. At The Centre, all treatments are completed in our specialist Facial Centre on Harley Street. Serious side effects such as damage to the skin (termed Necrosis) or damage to vision have very rarely been reported. Our staff has pioneered the teaching of other doctors to avoid these serious issues in both National and International Conferences since 2012. Fillers are currently lacking from regulation, which remains a controversy in the UK. Precautions can be taken with competent practitioners to avoid these serious complications.

What treatments are best avoided in the cheeks?

We use a combination of treatments to focus on a natural rejuvenation that is both safe and long-lasting. Fillers have become more and more popular over the last 5-years, as the product has reached new levels of quality, and our techniques and skills at using them have matured with experience. Our team has been using non-surgical treatments with patients for over ten years. At The Centre, we believe that it is important to avoid potential issues, we believe that certain products are associated with higher risks, including permanent and semi-permanent fillers. In some patients, this can result in long-term issues. In addition, several highly marked products have shown to have minimal results, many patients have come to us disappointed by the lack of results from treatments including Thermage, Ultherapy and thread lifts. At The Centre, we do not offer any of these treatments which have minimal results.

Some patient’s facial anatomy has characterised by the marked recession of cheeks and these patients are better suited to a surgical correction including the use of a fat transfer or cheek implants.

How long does a cheek filler enhancement last?

This largely depends on the viscosity of the dermal filler that is used and your own individual response to dermal fillers for the cheeks. Here at The Harley Street Face Clinic, we use only clinically-proven and approved dermal fillers, for longer-lasting results and a natural look. Expect your cheek enhancement results to last between 6 and 12 months, after which, you can return to the clinic for another treatment.

What do dermal fillers for the cheeks do?

Dermal fillers for the cheeks will instantly plump and lift the areas of the skin that need more support. They are injected in to the underlying skin tissues and create a ‘scaffold’ for the uppermost layers. When expertly injected in to specific areas, they can even perform a face-lifting effect to create a more pleasing and youthful face shape. We utilise fillers in the area of the cheek in accordance with our research on the Phi golden ratio, to enhance the natural beauty of the cheek, in medical jargon termed the Ogee curve.

How long do dermal fillers for the cheeks take to work?

Results can be seen straight away as the dermal filler will physically plump, lift and support the tissues of the skin. There may be some slight swelling however, immediately after your treatment which can mask the true results, but this will ease in a day or so. The product can take up to 2 weeks to fully settle and soften and this is typically when optimum results can be experienced. After such time, you may wish to return to the clinic for a top up or balancing which might be required.

How often do you need to get a cheek enhancement using dermal fillers?

The longevity of your results somewhat depends on your individual response to dermal fillers and how quickly your body will metabolise the product injected. Some dermal fillers are longer lasting as they are more viscous and contain a cross-linking agent, which stabilises the product and makes it ‘thicker’. At The Harley Street Face Clinic, we use products that are proven to provide the highest safety records as well as exceptional performance. Some patients only need to have their cheeks enhanced once a year. However, expect to visit your practitioner every 6 to 12 months for repeat treatments. You will soon get to know your individual responses and the longevity of results.

Is there any downtime or aftercare required with a cheek enhancement using dermal fillers?

You may have some slight swelling, tenderness and in some rare cases, bruising following your treatment. However, this will ease in a day or so and will not prevent you undertaking your normal everyday activities. Aftercare will include avoiding saunas, hot baths, steam or excessive exercise for 24 hours post-procedure, as well as avoiding rubbing or touching the area for at least 48 hours. It’s important to be careful with your face after any cosmetic treatment and to use facial products that are approved for post-procedure care.

What, if any, are the possible side effects of cheek fillers?

On extremely rare occasions there may be an allergic reaction to the product. This tends to happen however when the treatment has been administered by non-medics using counterfeit or ‘cheap’ dermal fillers. At The Harley Street Face Clinic, we only use FDA approved, tested and proven dermal fillers, renowned for their safety records, their purity and their stability and all our practitioners are medically qualified. More often, some slight swelling, bruising and tenderness may be experienced for 24 to 48 hours after your dermal filler treatment, but this is very normal and can be treated with ice and arnica gel to speed up the healing process.

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