CHEEK AUGMENTATION

With Dermal Fillers

Cheek augmentation with dermal fillers is a quick, walk-in, walk-out treatment that restores height, definition and fullness as well as symmetry to the cheek area. Dermal fillers are injected at varying depths to plump the cheek area and restore natural volume and fullness instantly.

When administered by a skilled cosmetic doctor, this treatment is a customisable procedure. Someone with a thin face might want plumper cheeks; someone with a round face might gravitate toward a more angular look. In other words, the attending doctor needs to make sure that they achieve beautiful left and right symmetry and vertical-horizontal harmony of the face, while bringing out an individual’s own facial beauty.

When cheekbones become more defined, the overlying skin looks tighter and nose to mouth folds are softened. This treatment not only helps lift and elevate the mid face, but they give a pleasing, soft youthfulness to the face.

  • Consultation and treatment are undertaken by Dr Kieren Bong who is an international expert in his field
  • Essence Medical in Glasgow only uses the best market-leading brands
  • Virtually pain-free treatment
  • Excellent post treatment care
  • Dr Kieren Bong is often featured in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers

Cheek Augmentation FAQ

What is non-surgical cheek augmentation?

Cheek augmentation with dermal fillers is a quick, walk-in, walk-out treatment that restores height, definition and fullness as well as symmetry to the cheek area. Dermal fillers are injected at varying depths to plump the cheek area and restore natural volume and fullness instantly.

When administered by a skilled cosmetic doctor, this treatment is a customisable procedure. Someone with a thin face might want plumper cheeks; someone with a round face might gravitate toward a more angular look. In other words, the attending doctor needs to make sure that they achieve beautiful left and right symmetry and vertical-horizontal harmony of the face, while bringing out an individual’s own facial beauty.

When cheekbones become more defined, the overlying skin looks tighter and nose to mouth folds are softened. This treatment not only helps lift and elevate the mid face, but they give a pleasing, soft youthfulness to the face.

Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation with dermal fillers?

Any patient who desires an improvement in the size and shape of the cheeks may be suitable for this non-surgical treatment. Patients with a flat or poor mid face shape can improve the balance of their face with this treatment. Also, patients who have deformities of the cheeks either from birth or from injuries can achieve significant improvement without the pain, risk and recovery associated with surgery.

When administered by a skilled cosmetic doctor, this treatment is a customisable procedure. Someone with a thin face might want plumper cheeks; someone with a round face might gravitate toward a more angular look. In other words, the attending doctor needs to make sure that they achieve beautiful left and right symmetry and vertical-horizontal harmony of the face, while bringing out an individual’s own facial beauty.

How long do the results last?

The dermal filler we use for this treatment has been exclusively formulated to restore contour and volume in the cheeks. We will not compromise on our standards and use the highest grade of dermal fillers for more dramatic results with better lift and tissue support.

The lifespan of any fillers depends on the person getting the procedure, but the hyaluronic acid does dissolve slowly. Individual metabolic rates often determine how long you will have plumped cheeks. In general, these fillers provide long lasting improvement for approximately 9-18 months.

Repeat treatments are recommended every 9-12 months to maintain the desired shape.

The procedure

To carry out this procedure safely and effectively, a fine instrument is used to place a small amount of soft tissue filler beneath the skin. Once injected, Dr Bong can then mold the substance into a more desirable shape for you, with only his fingers!

During the procedure you will have the opportunity to look at yourself in a hand-held mirror and have control over the results.

Blunt-tipped instrument

Safety of our patients is very important to us. Dr Bong is one of the very few doctors in Scotland who uses a blunt-tipped instrument for this procedure. This is an advanced technique and requires high level of precision and a steady hand. It is also the safest way of injecting soft tissue filler because this instrument is designed to avoid accidental injection of filler into a blood vessel. See the next question for more information about the advantages of using this instrument.

Sharp needle vs blunt-tipped instrument

While traditionally soft tissue fillers have always been injected using sharp tip needles, a new alternative to using needles is using blunt tipped cannulas. Although there is a role for both methods of injection, the cannula does offer some excellent benefits to patients.

  1. Sharp needles can pierce veins and arteries beneath the skin. Since blunt cannulas simply push aside any arteries and veins encountered beneath the skin, there is a reduced risk of bleeding and bruising.
  2. Sharp tip needles use a very thin, short, sharp needle to inject dermal fillers. When using needles, multiple injection points are required, which can increase the risk of hitting a vein. If a vein is hit with a needle, there is a higher chance of bruising after the procedure.
  3. Sharp tip needles may also result in trauma to the skin, causing swelling.

Advantages of blunt-tipped cannulas

Cannulas have a hollow bore, just like needles, allowing the filler to pass through into the tissue. However, instead of a sharp tip like needles, cannulas have a rounded, blunt end. It is a bit like a long needle, but the tip is blunt. The process involves numbing the skin with ice, then injecting a small amount of local anesthetic beneath the skin with a tiny needle. When the skin is numb, a needle is used to pierce the skin, and then the cannula is threaded into the puncture site, sliding along the natural planes of tissue, providing access to a large area for filler placement.

  1. Less Pain During Treatment – Being injected multiple times with sharp needles can be painful, but while it may sound a bit uncomfortable to have a cannula beneath your skin, there is very little discomfort. Patients often note that they experience a strange “pushing and tugging” feeling, but there is very little pain. Fewer actual pokes with needles also reduces the amount of pain, even when multiple areas of the face are being treated.
  2. Decreased Risk of Bleeding and Bruising – Sharp needles can pierce veins and arteries beneath the skin. Since blunt cannulas simply push aside any arteries and veins encountered beneath the skin, there’s a reduced risk of bleeding and bruising.
  3. A Safer Option – When using needles for filler injections, one of the scariest potential complications is accidentally injecting filler into an artery, which can cause tissue death. In extremely rare cases, blindness has occurred. Cannulas do not pierce arteries, so they offer a much safer option for patients.
  4. Minimal Downtime – Since needle injected fillers can cause swelling and bruising after the procedure, they do often have some social downtime. Since the cannula injection method cuts down on swelling and bruising, there is minimal downtime post-procedure.
  5. Precision – With blunt-tipped cannulas, fillers can be injected more accurately, reducing the amount of filler needed to achieve the desired results.
  6. Greater Flexibility – A much larger surface area can be treated with just a single injection site when using the cannula method, making it possible to get more done with fewer injection points.

Is it painful?

Not at all. Dr Bong prides himself in his innovative approach to advanced non-surgical facial treatments, and is well known for his unique methods of achieving beautiful yet natural results with minimal pain and downtime.

90% of our patients do not require any form of anaesthetic agent at all and they describe this procedure as less uncomfortable than getting a vaccine or having blood sample taken from your arm . To provide further relief and alleviate as much pain as possible, we use only premium, industry-leading soft tissue fillers which contain pre-mixed anaesthetic agent.

Are there any side effects?

Although uncommon, possible adverse effects may include:

There may be some mild redness in the treated area which usually resolves after a few hours. Noticeable swelling is uncommon. Occasionally bruising can occur which normally resolves spontaneously within 5-7 days. During this time make-up can be applied.

When will results be seen?

Improvement in the shape and projection of the cheeks will be seen immediately. After the treatment the treated area may be slightly red and/or slightly swollen. However, you can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.

How long does the procedure take and can I go on with my day following treatment?

Typically the treatment is complete in 15-20 minutes. Most people feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately following their appointment. Make-up may be applied following the treatment.

Is it dangerous in the wrong hands?

All injections come with risks – swelling, bruising etc. But the cheek is a particularly unique area of the face. We believe that patients need to understand the safety principles of filler injections, and have a healthy fear of filler injections in general.

This treatment is not a procedure you want to shop around for a cheaper deal

Dr Bong has extensive experience in this procedure and his expertise and skills in his field are unparalleled. You will be in the safest of hands.

Are there any alternative treatments?

Individuals who are looking for more permanent improvement may want to consider a cosmetic surgery procedure called Malarplasty, which involves inserting a small implant into the mid-cheek area through an incision in the mouth. We do not offer any surgical procedures.

What other treatments are usually done in conjunction with cheek augmentation?

Other treatments often performed at the same visit to rejuvenate the mid to upper face include:

  1. Botox® wrinkle relaxing injections to relax frown lines and crow’s feet (click here)
  2. Dermal filler to soften under eye hollows (click here)

What can I expect from my consultation and will I have the treatment in the same visit?

You are required to have a face-to-face consultation prior to having this treatment. In the consultation Dr Bong will examine your face and skin in general. Dr Bong will then offer you a treatment plan and quote you a price. He will also discuss in detail the advantages and limitations of this treatment and the alternatives.

It depends on how long it takes to conclude the consultation, there may not be enough time for you to have the treatment in the same visit. However, if you are travelling from a distance, please do let us know in advance so we can try to accommodate your circumstances. This is not a guarantee but we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

Why should I have this treatment at Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic?

Doctor-only treatment. Both your consultation and treatment are personally carried out by Dr Bong. He is a fully qualified cosmetic doctor with extensive knowledge in facial anatomy and practical experience of achieving beautiful yet natural results. We believe in a strong doctor-patient relationship. Both your consultation and treatment will be carried out by Dr Bong. As a consequence, he will understand your individual needs.

Industry’s expert – international speaker and key opinion leader. Our cosmetic doctor, Dr Kieren Bong is widely recognised as the industry’s expert. He is an international trainer and guest speaker on advanced facial aesthetics treatments. He is sought after by manufacturers of different technologies, products and procedures for his advice, technical expertise and knowledge. Dr Bong has been a guest expert speaker at conferences in over 60 countries. He has three advanced techniques trademarked under his name and some of these techniques are now used in over 40 countries.

Our principles. The level of information we give you & our follow up systems to ensure you are satisfied with the results.

Honesty. If it can’t be done, we will tell you. If it can, we will explain the options and help you make the right decision.

We are proud of our reputation for outstanding patient care.

Market leading products. We use only market leading brands in the country with the strongest clinical evidence.

strong emphasis on after care. What you do after the procedure is as important as the procedure itself. We will guide you through this period and constantly monitor your progress.

I would like more information. Shall I just call your reception and make an appointment?

Yes, absolutely. You will need a consultation with Dr Bong and this is completely free of charge. During the consultation, Dr Bong will discuss in further detail with you what the procedure will entail.

After the consultation – and providing you decide to have the treatment – you will be offered another appointment. Please call us on 0141-8949098 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

What is your booking and cancellation policy?

When we book an appointment for you, we commit that time and our resources to your treatment. This means that, if anyone else wants to come at the same time, we will be unable to see them and will have to offer them an alternative time. If you do not then attend that appointment and either do not tell us in advance or give insufficient notice, we are unable to allocate the time to someone else; however, we still have overheads and staff salaries to pay during the unproductive time.

Deposits and your credit/debit card details

Unlike other clinics, we do not take any advance deposit or booking fee. The only exception is our Ultrasound Facial treatment where a nominal non-refundable deposit of £50 is required because an external skin therapist is being brought in specially to carry out the procedure for you. This deposit will be redeemed against your Ultrasound Facial treatment.

When booking your appointment, you will be asked to provide us your credit/debit card details. This is your confirmation of your commitment to attend your appointment. Please rest assured that no money will be taken from your card and your details will be securely stored but encrypted for your own privacy. We assure you that your details are fully protected and safe with us.

To cancel or reschedule your appointment

We make appointments with the expectation that you will attend at the agreed date & time to undergo your treatment; if you change your mind or work/other commitments prevent you from attending, we ask you to give us a minimum of 48 hours’ notice (excluding Sunday) so that we can reallocate your appointment slot to another customer.

Non-attendance (including late cancellation)

If you do not attend your appointment, or cancel later than the deadlines shown above, we reserve the right to make a charge as follows:

1. Ultrasound Facial: you will forfeit the £50 deposit

2. All other appointments (including consultation): £50 will be charged to your credit/debit card

Appointment reminders

Please note that, although we normally send text message reminders two days before appointments are due, the successful delivery of these relies on our text provider, your mobile network provider and your phone and cannot therefore be guaranteed.

Therefore, you should not rely on our text messages as the sole reminder of your appointment as we will not be responsible for any appointments missed as a result of non-delivery of the text message reminder, regardless of the reasons for its failure.

How much does cheek augmentation with filler cost?

This treatment is unique to each individual, depending upon a variety of factors such as the quantity of filler required to help your cheeks reach their peak and symmetry.

Dr Bong is one of the only small number of doctors in Britain who has the experience and skills to offer the advanced cheek augmentation technique. So, to get an exact costing, please schedule a consultation with Dr Bong for him to design a bespoke treatment approach and address any concerns that you have.

The consultation is completely free of charge. Our prices are competitive and your treatments will be carried out by an international expert. We believe our patients deserve the utmost safety in our care and we are committed to offering reliable, safe and effective results.

We normally charge £350-£400 per syringe of the highest grade of filler for this treatment. Exact cost of your treatment will be advised following your free consultation.

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

Stunning Results

There are a lot of flash Harrys out there. Don’t be fooled. Kieren is an understated gem. My experiences with Kieren are lip enhancement, cheek volumisation, chin augmentation and Miracle Frame Thread Lift. Full marks for every treatment.

Amanda H, Glasgow

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