Cheek lifts create full, rounded cheeks. And such procedures can even enhance the cheekbone to uplift the face. By contrast, sunken, sagging cheeks can make you look old and tired. This is caused by a loss of volume in your face.
Although cheek lifts imply changes to the structure of your face, there are non-surgical ways to accomplish such results. Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm are known as liquid face lifts. They not only add volume to your face, but they can also be applied to create subtle structural modifications to give natural looking results. The choice of dermal fillers are contingent on different objectives for individual patients.
Radiesse is made of a calcium compound found in bones and cartilage called calcium hydroxyapatite. This calcium interacts with the tissue at the injection site to form a structural layer that eventually supports new collagen fibers which are synthesized with the intervention of the calcium hydroxyapatite.
Although Radiesse is a liquid injection, it can work on a structural level to actually lift the cheek bone area of the face. The practitioner must use a sense of aesthetics and balance to achieve a result that works well with the existing balance points of the patient’s face.
Restylane is the thicker hyaluronic acid compound. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in our bodies. However, these injections are lab derived to help avoid the risk of allergic reactions. Hyaluronic acid binds to large quantities of water. It also attaches itself to the existing collagen and elastin structures in your skin. In Restylane, HA, is the active ingredient. A secondary variation of this compound also forms the inactive ingredient. The overall injection solution is a relatively firm composition.
In a cheek lift procedure, Restylane would be used to add volume and tighten the skin to revitalize the area of the face below the eyes.
Like Restylane, Juvederm is also made of hyaluronic acid. The difference, however is in the overall consistency of the injection solution. By contrast, Juvederm has a thinner, more fluid consistency than Restylane. It works in the same way to hydrate the skin, adding volume to the face and even promoting collagen synthesis.
In a cheek lift procedure, Juvederm acts to add volume to the face and lift the skin for a more youthful end result.
Because Radiesse has a very firm consistency, it can be used to achieve structural corrections on the face. This is often recommended for patients who do not have high cheek bones due to their bone structure. However, for patients who have existing cheek bones that are relatively high, Juvederm and Restylane can add volume to this area to help achieve a more youthful appearance.
Non-surgical cheek lift options through liquid injections are far less expensive than surgical procedures. The results are quick and there is no downtime. A consultation with a board certified dermatologist would be needed to determine the nature of a cheek lift procedure performed with dermal fillers.
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