What are cheek fillers?

Cheek fillers are injections administered in the cheek area below the lower edge of the eye socket to the nasolabial fold, the corner of the mouth, and the ear canal. This procedure aims to provide volume and contour to your cheeks. The general procedure involves the injection of fillers under your skin in the cheek area.

These facial cosmetic procedures provide more defined cheekbones when the fillers settle down inside the cheeks. Cheek fillers also help erase fine lines and smoothen signs of wrinkles. The goal is to lift and pump some volume into flat cheeks or jowl issues.

Are cheek fillers safe?

Cheek filler treatments are relatively low-risk and forthright procedures. The after-effects of this procedure include slight itching, bruising, swelling, and redness. Except for these downtimes, you may resume most of your activities right after the procedure. However, you should refrain from doing vigorous physical activities as this may amplify swelling and bruising.

All dermal fillers including cheek fillers involve some slight risks of allergic reaction to some patients. The allergens contained in cheek fillers may result in injury to veins and arteries, loss of vision, and necrosis due to blood circulation blockage. Thus, it is best to disclose all necessary medical information to your doctor or surgeon. 

Cases of Cheek Fillers Gone Wrong

Cheek filler procedures entail the art of proper cheek proportioning. Giving your cheeks too much boost may result in complications and unwanted consequences.

Adverse Reactions to Allergens

Not all people have a strong immune system to allergens. Some cheek filler brands contain allergens that result in allergic reactions, infections, and complications. Allergic reactions vary from person to person and the extent may be mild, moderate, or severe.

Signs and symptoms of allergic reactions to cheek fillers include prolonged swelling, pain, and discomfort. It may also cause itchiness and in very rare cases, anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is the severe allergic reaction to medication or food that leads to shock, skin rashes, and low pulse rate.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to visit your trusted doctors immediately. To combat this problem, you may be given a dose of antihistamine to reduce the allergic reaction. In some cases, a hyaluronidase may also be administered to dissolve the initial cheek fillers that caused the allergic reaction.

Once the old fillers are dissolved and the signs of allergic reaction have subsided, new cheek fillers may be administered. Your cosmetic doctor or surgeon will advise you if it is alright to inject new fillers right away or if you need to wait for some more time.

For safer, more effective cheek fillers, it is best to trust professional cosmetic treatment providers. Remember that you opted for a cheek filler to enhance the contour of your face, hence the only way to acheive this is to trust the professionals.

Rotting Cheek Flesh

This cheek filler issue is also known as necrotic flesh. This happens when the filler injections are administered into the wrong part of the cheek resulting in the blockade of an artery or a major blood vessel. When there is a blockage in the artery, the supply of blood is blocked which in turn will cause the connected skin tissues to lose their verve and will begin to rot.

Symptoms for this cheek filler issue include severe redness on the skin that will eventually turn into bluish purple hematomas. Other symptoms are extreme pain like a burning sensation and unusual tenderness.

This can be resolved by removing or scraping off the rotting skin and treating it with antibiotics and antiviral to reduce the infection. Once the infection and necrotic flesh are cleared, the wound should be regularly dressed to ensure proper healing. After the healing process, new skin tissues may be grafted to the affected cheek to add volume and smoothen the damaged skin.

Similarly, you can avoid this from happening by choosing the best cheek fillers provider in your area. Always trust professional and licensed cosmetic doctors and surgeons.

Vascular Occlusions

Vascular occlusions may occur in a similar fashion as rotting cheek flesh, and the are two ways when improper administration of cheek fillers results in occlusions. The first ensues when the fillers are unexpectedly injected into an artery or a major blood vessel, hence directly blocking blood passage. The other takes place when the fillers are injected very near an artery and the pressure caused by the fillers results in compression blockade, hence, indirectly blocking blood passage.

Symptoms of vascular occlusions include severe pain, skin blanching, mottled skin, hematomas, poor capillary refill, blisters, skin shedding, and vision impairment. If most or all of these symptoms occur, it is best to visit and consult your doctor immediately. However, on your way to the clinic, make sure to apply a hot compress and a light massage on the affected area. Your doctor will continue the treatment with a dose of hyaluronidase and the administration of an anticoagulant


Granulomas or lumpy lips are one of the rarest shattering and distressing effects of improperly administered cheek fillers. These are clusters of inflamed and infected skin caused by the impurities of the injected cheek fillers. These clustered lumps are hard, calcified, painful, and swollen lumps that appear on and around the lips.

The only way to treat this problem is through surgery or by taking out the hard calcified lumps that grew under the skin. Once these lumps are removed, wait for your doctor’s advice on when you can undergo another cheek filler procedure.


The human skin is the body’s protective shield. If this shield is compromised, the inner layer of the skin as well as other internal parts of the body may get infected. Thus, it is best to use FDA-approved fillers and to entrust your skin to cosmetic doctors you can depend on. This can help prevent the use of fillers with high toxin contents or fillers that contain allergens.

The symptoms of infection are almost similar to the after-effects of getting a cheek filler procedure. The only difference is that the symptoms are more pursuing like prolonged pain, swelling, and redness. The infection is also indicated by skin shedding, warmth, and abscess.

When these symptoms persist, treating the infection with antibiotics is the first thing that should be done. When the infection has calmed down, the injected filler should be dissolved by a dose of hyaluronidase. After dissolving the cheek filler, your cosmetic doctor will provide a comprehensive diagnosis in case you intend to have another cheek filler treatment.

Make sure to consult a professional cosmetic provider to prevent further risks of infection and other complications.

Overfill of Cheek Fillers

This happens when cheek fillers injected into the cheeks are more than they can contain. Depending on the kind of fillers used, the overfill may be treated with a dose of hyaluronidase. However, the major setback for this antidote is that hyaluronidase will break down all of the injected fillers. Thus, if you intend to pursue a cheek filler procedure, you may need to do it all over again.

Other kinds of cheek fillers are not soluble even with the use of hyaluronidase. The only way to solve this mishap is to wait out. The overfill will take its toll gradually until the desired volume and shape settles down.

Choose the Right Cheek Filler Provider

These fillers-gone-wrong problems may seem threatening and alarming, but they can be prevented from happening when you choose the best provider for cheek filler treatment. It is important to look for experienced and licensed cosmetic doctors.

Any symptoms of adverse effects should not be taken lightly and must be communicated with your doctor immediately. Remember that no matter how relatively simple cheek filler procedures are, they must be administered by experts and professionals.

Cosmetic doctors and surgeons have gone through extensive training to ensure that they will provide safe, effective, hazard-free, and reliable cheek fillers. They will work with you to help you acheive the appropriate cheek contour and volume that you desire.

Sure, it can be more costly getting cheek fillers from professionals. However, ask yourself this, are you willing to take the risk of causing unwarranted damage to your face instead of taking a guaranteed safe treatment?

SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors offers the most advanced techniques that will help you contour and volume up your future. We will work with you from start to finish and until we acheive the cheek profile that you have been dreaming of. We use only the highest quality of dermatologically and DFA-approved products and the most advanced techniques in helping patients acheive their aesthetic needs.

Always keep in mind that your face is an armor you take with you every day. And we are here to ensure that you get the cheekbone prominence that you deserve.

Remember, a successful cheek filler treatment should not come with a threat!


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