Cheek filler treatments are frequently sought after by our patients at our clinic in Vancouver due to their remarkable ability to rejuvenate and sculpt the midface. The zygomatic region plays a critical role in the overall appearance and structure of the face. Did you know that the majority of visible aging signs can be traced back to volume loss? As our facial tissues and various fat pads in the face thin out, skin folds become more noticeable around the nose, mouth, and cheeks, leading to a gaunt and hollow look. Factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and other lifestyle factors can affect this. Administering fillers in the cheek region can not only recapture a youthful ogee curve but also accentuate existing contours, offering a non-surgical, minimally invasive approach to age gracefully and look more elegant and refined.

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  • Length of Treatments: 30 minutes
  • Recovery Time: Minimal
  • Onset of Action: Immediate
  • Cost: Varies depending on individual anatomy and client goals for cheek definition or enhancement 
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An ideal candidate for cheek filler treatment is a healthy adult experiencing age or stress-induced volume loss in the malar and zygomatic regions, leading to a flat or sunken cheek appearance. As time progresses, facial bone volume can diminish and facial fat can decrease, resulting in cheek volume loss and other signs of aging, such as wrinkles, lines, and sagging. If cheek volume loss concerns you, consider cheek augmentation using injectable fillers. This procedure subtly enhances the cheek area, promoting a more defined facial contour and accentuating natural beauty. Cheek fillers can harmonize facial features by highlighting the cheekbones, offering immediate definition and a rejuvenated facial appearance.


Some of the major factors that contribute to the popularity of cheek fillers in Vancouver include the following:

  • A minimally invasive procedure with immediate recovery and limited risks.
  • Results are long-lasting, yet reversible as the body naturally metabolizes the hyaluronic acid.
  • Enhances midface volume, restoring a youthful contour.
  • Refines and elevates the cheekbone structure.
  • Balances and corrects facial asymmetry, particularly in the zygomatic and infraorbital regions.
  • Revitalizes facial aesthetics by replenishing volume and defining cheekbones.
  • Can be safely paired with other aesthetic interventions for a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation


During your initial consultation for cheek enhancement at our facility, our seasoned doctors will conduct an in-depth evaluation of your facial anatomy and aesthetics. Our primary objective is to gain a good understanding of your specific aesthetic goals and anticipated outcomes. From there, we are able to design a treatment regimen tailored for you. The treatment takes around 30 minutes and has minimal downtime, allowing you to return to your regular routine. 

The injection process is usually perceived with minimal discomfort, given its refined technique. For those particularly sensitive, we can administer a topical anesthetic cream to alleviate any discomfort. Following the treatment, an ice pack is provided to minimize potential swelling.


Cheek fillers require little to no aftercare or downtime as they are minimally invasive and allow you to return to your usual activities immediately. We encourage our patients to do the following to ensure a speedy recovery:

  • Apply ice packs for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and bruising
  • Stay away from vigorous exercise, heat, and alcohol for 24 hours after your cheek filler session, as it may exacerbate swelling
  • Maintain good facial hygiene and avoid touching your face to minimize any risk of infection. 
  • Avoid manipulating, massaging or using too much pressure in the treatment area to prevent the filler from moving. 
  • Use antihistamines appropriately to help with local swelling or discomfort.
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A week before the procedure, we advise our patients to avoid medications and supplements that can thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and Vitamin E, unless otherwise approved by our physician. We also recommended avoiding alcohol a few days prior to further reduce the risk of bruising. 


There isn't a specific age considered ideal to commence cheek filler treatments. Individuals ranging from their twenties to their eighties can derive advantages from dermal fillers. However, it's worth noting that both the objectives of the treatment and the expected outcomes may differ based on your age:

  1. In your twenties and thirties, we may help our clients achieve better defined and sculpted cheeks with dermal fillers. We may also proactively use fillers in the cheeks to prevent early signs of aging like smile lines. 
  2. In your thirties and forties, our doctors can use dermal fillers to maintain your mid-face volume and help you look less tired, giving you a more youthful and refreshed look.
  3. In your fifties and beyond, our doctors can use dermal fillers to restore lost facial volume and provide a lift to restore your youthful contour. Over time, the loss of collagen and facial bone and fat can result in sunken cheeks and sagging jowls, which can be reversed with dermal fillers. 

Irrespective of your age, at Sparrow MD, we are committed to helping our patients achieve their best appearance and feel confident. To determine whether dermal fillers can help you attain your aesthetic goals, we encourage you to reach out to our clinic and arrange a consultation with one of our expert team members. We will collaborate with you to devise a personalized treatment plan, utilizing the best dermal fillers to deliver exceptional, natural-looking results.


Cheek filler is one of the most popular treatments for patients of all ages. Guided by our philosophy of “Do it, but don’t overdo it,” our doctors are adept at customizing procedures that suit your unique facial structure, ensuring the most natural outcome. Dr. Zhai and Dr. Van Dewark bring expertise and artistry to approach your facial aesthetic. They are highly trained in facial anatomy and understand the intricate nuances of dermal filler treatments. Our varied clientele reflects the broad spectrum of ethnic backgrounds we serve and the differing aesthetic preferences. To further ensure safety and precision, our doctors can use ultrasound-guided injections to visualize the exact placement of the needle and filler, allowing us to avoid critical structures such as blood vessels or nerves. Book a consultation today to see how we can help you achieve your goals.

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How long does cheek filler last? 

The duration of results will vary depending on the type of filler we choose for our clients, ranging from 9 months to 2 years. For cheek filler treatments, they can be repeated as needed to maintain the desired outcome. Usually, a follow-up appointment is arranged a 4 weeks following your injection to assess and ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.

How Many Syringes will I need for cheek enhancement with dermal fillers?

Every face is a unique canvas, and our doctors’ approach is personalized and gradual. Our physicians may begin with 1-2 syringes for the cheek area, allowing you to lead the way in sculpting your desired look. With each visit, they will thoughtfully layer more and finetune until your desired look is achieved. 

Does cheek filler make your face look bigger or “fat”? 

Introducing filler to your face with the aim of achieving a slimmer appearance might initially appear counterintuitive. Many patients may have concerns that such cheek filler could result in "big cheeks" and a rounder facial look. However, this assumption is not accurate.

The reason lies in the natural changes our facial features undergo as we age. These age-related transformations often include a decrease in cheekbone prominence, a less defined jawline, the development of a double chin, sunken eyes, and loose skin. Since fat plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy facial structure, the addition of mid-face or cheek filler can actually create the illusion of a slimmer and more well-defined face.

Our doctors are trained with an aesthetic approach. Dermal fillers can help you achieve facial definition and slimming by establishing facial structure in a manner that contours your facial features, making your lower face and jawline seem slimmer. This process imparts increased dimensionality and definition to the overall appearance, giving you a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. 

Can cheek filler make my eyes seem smaller? 

Our extensively trained and board-certified physicians ensure they avoid excessive treatment in any specific region. Strategically adding filler to the appropriate areas of the cheeks can indeed reduce the appearance of hollow eyes, resulting in a more harmonious and rejuvenated overall facial appearance.

Can cheek filler help with under eyes?

Flat or sunken cheeks can accentuate under-eye hollows, giving the appearance of tiredness. Our highly trained doctors can use cheek fillers on their own or in conjunction with under-eye filler treatment to achieve the most natural and enhanced results for you.

Are hyaluronic acid-based fillers or Sculptra better for the cheeks?

In deciding between hyaluronic acid fillers or Sculptra® for cheek enhancement, it depends on what you're looking for. If you are looking for immediate results, hyaluronic acid might be more suitable. If you're looking for a more gradual and subtle volumization, Sculptra® may be a better option, as they will stimulate collagen production in the area over time. Our doctors will often combine biostimulators like Sculptra® and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to deliver the best result for our patients. 

When can I sleep on my side after cheek filler?

We recommend sleeping on your back for 48 hours after cheek filler treatment. During this period, the fillers should have settled adequately to endure regular pressure without resulting in asymmetry or other complications. We recommend our patients to continue sleeping on their back for another 2-3 weeks if tolerated. 

Cheek Filler or Cheek Implant: How do I decide?

Cheek fillers are minimally invasive with no downtime, whereas cheek implants are more invasive but may provide a long-lasting solution. Cheek fillers offer shorter-term enhancements with less commitment and more versatility. When choosing, we encourage our patients to evaluate the longevity of results, recovery duration, associated risks, and cost. We recommend consulting our doctors for specific guidance aligned with your unique aesthetics and goals.