In the quest for eternal youth, most of you are happy to dye your hair, wear makeup and keep up with a decent skincare routine, right?
At the other end of the spectrum, some of you will go to great lengths to maintain your youth with facelifts, hair extensions, browlifts, the works. And that’s fine too – it’s your body, so frankly you should do with it as you will.
Here at HintMD, however, we like to sit somewhere in the middle. The medical-grade middle, if you will.
Our booties are firmly placed in the philosophy that a medical-grade treatment plan is your best choice for maintaining ageless beauty. And when we talk about a treatment plan, we mean a plan that’s been prescribed personally by a derm, doctor or plastic surgeon. For example, worried about fine lines and thin lips? Then your plan would probably include minimally-invasive procedures like fillers and/or neuromodulators (think Botox, Dysport and Xeomin). Similarly, if poor skin texture and pigmentation are issues, your plan might be more of a chemical peel and HydraFacial kind of set-up.
When it comes to dealing with sunken or sagging cheeks, we can’t recommend a treatment plan enough. And the best place to start? With dermal fillers. Your cheeks might not be the first ‘problem area’ you notice in the mirror, but if time has taken away a certain fullness in your face that you totally took for granted in your 20s and 30s, cheek fillers could be just up your boulevard.
A restorative cosmetic treatment for boosting lost volume, cheek fillers not only add balance, contour and fullness to the cheeks, but they can actually help lift the whole face and iron out a few of those fine lines and wrinkles as part of the deal.
So, that answers the question in the headline with a big fat YES. Boom.
Interested? Then here are some of the best choices at the doctor’s office…
While lighter, more superficial fillers are great for the lips and nasolabial folds, the mid-face requires a somewhat heavier filler such as Radiesse. Radiesse is many doctor’s go-to treatment for volumizing the cheek area because the efficacy and longevity is so predictable.
Average cost: $700 for one syringe.
Longevity: Up to 18 months.
Sculptra, a poly L-lactic acid filler, is a collagen stimular that works gradually over the course of a series of treatments. It works to repair the underlying skin structure over time for a natural-looking correction.
“Sculptra is completely natural and gradually absorbed, but not before it’s done the work of stimulating collagen, reducing wrinkles, lifting the skin and giving the patient a more rested, youthful looking face,” explains Dr. Stanley Poulos, a top plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery Specialists in Marin County, CA.
Average cost: $800 per vial.
Longevity: Up to two years.
3. Juvéderm Voluma
Voluma was the first non-surgical, hyaluronic acid (HA) filler to be FDA-approved for filling and plumping hollowed cheeks. HA fillers like Voluma are derived from a hyaluronic acid compound and typically don’t cause adverse reactions because they boast the same chemical and molecular structure as hyaluronan, an enzyme that’s already present in your body.
Average cost: $800 per syringe.
Longevity: 12-18 months.
4. Restylane Lyft
Formerly called Perlane-L, Restylane Lyft is another HA filler specifically formulated for the mid-face and cheek area. FDA-approved to treat both hollow cheekbones and smile lines, Restylane Lyft is great for achieving cheek rejuvenation with less product volume, making it slightly more affordable than other options.
Average cost: Around $600 per syringe.
Longevity: 6-12 months.
Oh, and before we love you and leave you, we’d like to remind you that, as with most minimally-invasive procedures, fillers can only do so much. Yes, you could keep adding more filler for more dramatic results, but go too far and it’ll look way too obvious.
Warned, you have been.