Your Guide to Cheek Filler in Wilmington, NC

Your Guide to Cheek Filler in Wilmington, NC

Curious about cheek filler or wish for a way to bring back that youthful bounce and definition to your cheeks? Cheek filler might just be for you. In this blog, we will answer the most common questions that we receive- what are the benefits, downtime, and how to prepare for your appointment.

What is Cheek Filler?

At Self Skin Studio, we use HA fillers, which is simply a gel-like substance, gently injected under the skin. While treatments like Botox smooth out fine lines by relaxing facial muscles, fillers work by plumping up the area, adding volume, and enhancing those gorgeous facial contours.

They’re fantastic because they're absorbable, which means your body will naturally break them down over time. One of the great advantages of hyaluronic acid fillers is their reversibility. If you’re not quite in love with the results or if adjustments are needed, the filler can be easily dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This flexibility is comforting for those new to fillers and ensures that you can proceed confidently.

The Benefits of Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers are truly versatile, from adding volume to balancing the face

- As we age, our faces lose collagen and elastin, leading to a less defined look. Fillers bring back that plump, youthful volume we all love.

- Fillers can sculpt your face, creating more of a contoured look and adding balance.

What should you do, and not do, before your cheek filler appointment at Self Skin Studio?

Getting ready for your cheek filler appointment is important. Here is how to make sure everything goes smoothly:

  • Take Arnica tablets for 3 days before appt to help minimize bruising.
  • Avoid blood thinners for at least 3 days before (i.e. Rx, NSAIDs, fish oil, alcohol, Aspirin, High dose garlic, Ginseng, Gingko).
  • Take Arnica tablets for 3 days before appt to help minimize bruising.
  • If you're unwell, have active infections, or notice a rash in the treatment area, please reschedule.
  • Avoid dental work for two weeks before and after filler treatment.
  • Note: You cannot undergo this treatment if you are pregnant or nursing. Please reschedule if you plan to travel outside of the US within two weeks after your treatment or have had a vaccine within the past month.

What you should and shouldn’t do after receiving cheek filler

Once your fillers are beautifully in place, you'll want to take care of your newly plumped cheeks to ensure the best results:

  1. You may notice bruising or tenderness at the injection area. While these typically fade within 24-48 hours, some bruises can persist for up to 10-14 days.
  2. Swelling may occur for 24-48 hours post-treatment. Sleeping in an upright position can help reduce this, and it generally subsides after about two weeks.
  3. Postpone wearing makeup or lipstick until at least a day after your treatment. If makeup is essential, opt for mineral-based products for the face or use Aquaphor ointment for the lips.
  4. To minimize the chance of bruising, steer clear of intense workouts and alcohol for 24 hours post-procedure.
  5. For the first three days, or until redness and swelling decrease, avoid exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperature variations.
  6. If you experience severe pain, unusual discoloration or paleness, intense swelling, visible red bumps, or white spots, please reach out to us right away.
  7. Hold off on dental work or other facial treatments such as facials, peels, massages, ultrasounds, and microdermabrasion for at least 2 weeks.
  8. For best outcomes, and to limit bruising and swelling, avoid alcohol, high-sodium and refined foods, spicy dishes, and smoking 24-48 hours surrounding your treatment.
  9. We usually schedule a follow-up around 2 weeks post-treatment.


Does cheek filler hurt?

Now for one of the most common questions that we receive- Do cheek fillers hurt? Thanks to lidocaine, the dermal filler any discomfort from cheek filler is typically minimal. Plus, we use a numbing cream, gentle distractions like stress balls, and even a vibrating t-bar during the treatment to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

When will I see results from cheek filler?

One of the best parts about cheek filler? You see the results almost instantly! it's typical to notice some mild redness, swelling, bruising, or tenderness at the injection sites. These effects are temporary and usually subside quickly. We often see the full results emerge about two weeks after the treatment, with the product settling beautifully over the following month.

Cheek fillers are a great way to enhance your natural beauty and give your cheek a little pop. Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation with our Aesthetic Provider.

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