With age, our once elevated cheeks will begin to sag. With the clever use of dermal fillers, you can restore some of this youthful volume to lift the cheek, improve firmness, and bring back lost definition.

As we age, we lose volume in the superficial malar fat pad, which leads to hollowing of the cheeks, a gaunt look, the appearance of sunken under eyes and prominent nasolabial folds due to excess lax skin. In fact, many Asians lose the medial cheek volume as the first sign of ageing but it is not apparent to most until more advanced ageing has taken place. Do not wait until it is too late!

You can tackle this problem with cheek filler correction. Only 2-3 injections are required per cheek to place filler into the malar area of the cheeks, refilling and plumping it up for youthful fullness. This procedure takes about 30 minutes, with minimal downtime if at all. Natural Product (term forbidden by TGA) or Radiesse are two of the best choices of filler for this purpose. They give instant gratification by taking years off your face immediately.

The advantages of cheek filler has not been expounded sufficiently. Cheeks are only small areas on the face but simple filler correction of volume loss on the cheeks not only improve the cheeks immediately for a more youthful appearance– but it also lifts and improves jowls & nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and reduce the appearance of eye bags and undereye bulges. It is a myth that cheek filler makes one look like one has put on weight. As long as the filler is not overdone, the effect can be very natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Read on for more information and we look forward to your visit.

Dr R.Targett

"Trust Your Face to a Doctor Trained in Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine"

Dr Targett is qualified in Primary Care Dermatology with a special interest in Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Medicine.

She is a natural results advocate, facial shaping artist, ambassador of elegance, leader in her field, and the mother of two children.

The anatomy of the ageing cheeks

Cheeks are a very important feature of the face and tend to droop and flatten with age. Anatomically, the fat pads that form the cheeks deflate, and fall downwards and inwards; exacerbating the nasolabial folds (folds from the corners of the nose to the mouth). There is resorption of the maxilla (cheekbones) with ageing, which further exacerbates the descent of the cheeks. The tear troughs or the junction between the lower eyelid and cheek becomes more pronounced as the cheek loses volume and fails to provide support to the area. Crows feet over the cheeks can also worsen as the cheeks lose volume and solar damage reduces the elasticity of the skin.

The ideal cheek structure

Cheeks need to have appropriate shape and size.  The ogee curve is a term that is commonly used in architecture and describes an ‘S’ shaped curve where the peak of the cheek and the jawline provide the convexities. This is the ideal curvature of the cheek.

Also, if you observe the light reflection from a youthful cheek, you will notice that there is a certain point where this light reflection is strongest. Often this point coincides with the point of maximal projection. Mathematical formulas using the Golden Ratio, or Phi, can be used to find this point on the cheek, and highlight it with the use of dermal fillers.

Why should I have cheek enhancement?

This can be done for both anti-ageing purposes as well as in the younger patient for enhancing cheek proportions and facial balance. As cheek and facial proportions may become more disproportionate with ageing, cheek enhancement for anti-ageing also tends to have the positive effect of restoring cheek and facial proportions. Replacing volume in the cheeks is, therefore, one of the most important areas to fill when rejuvenating the face. With inadequate cheek volume, the face can appear flattened and lack the natural youthful curves provided by fuller cheeks. Furthermore, the mid-cheek can support the lower eyelid, and in many cases, revolumising the cheeks can improve the appearance of under eye bags.

The shape of the face can be reverted to a youthful ‘upside down triangle’ with cheek fillers from a more square shaped face.

Enhancing cheeks with dermal filler

Cheek enhancement can be performed surgically by inserting cheek implants. For those who do not want a permanent change and the option of easy adjustability, there are dermal fillers.

Various dermal fillers can be injected into the cheeks. Cheek dermal filler is the most common way to replace lost volume. The amount of dermal filler required will vary from person to person, depending on the amount of volume loss, to begin with, and the degree of enhancement desired. There are also options to have longer lasting fillers which are slightly more expensive initially but provide better value in the long term.

Natural beauty for as long as you like

The dermal filler we use has the exclusive ability to maintain the initial volume for long-lasting effectiveness. As the gel breaks down, water takes its place. The less concentrated that the gel becomes, the more water is able to bind. When it is totally broken down and reabsorbed, the gel disappears from the body without leaving any foreign implant or waste. For wrinkle or facial contouring treatments, such as cheek fillers, most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment six to twelve months after the initial treatment. After a lip enhancement procedure, a follow-up appointment is usually required after about six months. It is always the patient’s choice whether to continue or change the combination of treatment.

Dermal Fillers are very safe and can be performed as often as you like, with minimal side effects. This product gives you an all-important authority to be in charge of your looks.

What to expect for the treatment process

The dermal cheek fillers and lip enhancement process involves injecting a stabilised natural product (term forbidden by TGA) based gel, a natural skin component that provides the area being treated with volume and hydration. After the injection, the gel binds with the water in your skin and gives natural volume to smooth wrinkles. The gel also blends with adjoining tissues and allows other nutritive elements, like oxygen, glucose and hormones, to pass between fragments of the gel. The result is instantly fuller, revitalised and plumper skin.

Treatment will provide immediate effect after a single session. The treated area should be gently massaged after injections. This helps the gel to seamlessly blend into the surrounding tissue. One session, administered in our clinic by Dr Targett, takes about thirty minutes and the results are immediate. Maintenance treatments are required every six to twenty-four months.

It is normal to experience slight redness and swelling near the injection site. There may also be some other minor side effects, such as slight pain or tenderness and some itching in that same area. The skin returns to normal one to two days after skin treatments such as under eye or cheek fillers, and up to a week for lip treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can dermal filler correct?

Most commonly, dermal lip fillers are used to increase the volume and size of lips and surrounding contours. However, there are other parts of the face and body which can benefit from the use of Dermal Fillers for both men and women, including:

Sunken cheek bones (dermal cheek fillers can plump up and increase cheek firmness)
Tear troughs (if you’ve been searching for how to get rid of bags under eyes, under eye fillers can reduce the appearance of lines and shadows)
Deep nasolabial folds (smile lines from the nose to the mouth)
Marionette lines (from the mouth to the chin)
Facial lines (fillers are able to effectively treat wrinkles at depths that other methods cannot)
Deep scars
Loss of skin and facial volume
Sagging contours

Are dermal fillers safe?

Our Dermal Fillers have been used in over ten million treatments worldwide during the last twelve years. The ingredients replicate the body’s own natural product (term forbidden by TGA), which reduces the risk of allergic reaction and complications, making it completely safe to use.

How long do dermal fillers last?

One of the benefits of Dermal Fillers is that the effects are long-lasting, but not permanent. The duration will depend on a number of factors such as:

Skin type
Skin condition
Depending on the individual, the area and the type of filler being used, follow-up treatments are normally recommended around every six to twenty-four months, making this a highly cost-effective treatment.

Do dermal fillers hurt?

Some clients may experience mild discomfort. However, a local anaesthetic is used to provide a more comfortable treatment, especially for sensitive areas such as the lips.

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Opening Times

Dr Targett will be away on annual leave from 24th Dec 2019 until 17th Jan 2020.  When she returns, she will be available at Unit 58, 41-47 Melbourne Street at the following times;

Monday10:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday10:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday10:30am to 6.00pm
Thursday10:30pm to 6:00pm
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