High cheekbones have been universally attractive for a long time. They’re a quintessential feature for supermodels and celebrities who appear on “hottest 100” lists. We associate high cheekbones with adults who have grown into sexual maturity, and if we’re on the lookout for a new partner, they tend to catch our eye. High cheekbones can even make us seem more trustworthy.1

No wonder cheek filters have become so popular over the last few years. They’re a cosmetic procedure that is quick, affordable, with great results.

Here’s everything you need to know about cheek fillers.

What are cheek fillers? And what do they do?

Cheek fillers (also known as dermal fillers) are injections that increase the volume around your cheekbones, to give them a more prominent, defined look. They’re a less invasive alternative to surgical facelifts.

Cheek fillers have a number of benefits, including:

  • Create a more youthful, attractive look
  • They can smooth out wrinkles
  • Much cheaper than invasive cosmetic surgery
  • Very rapid recovery
  • Low risk of infection
  • If the desired look isn’t achieved, more filler can be added

There’s a number of products available for use as cheek fillers; each containing different chemicals as their main ingredient:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Poly-L-lactic acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite

How do cheek fillers look?

Cheek fillers aim to create a natural looking, symmetrical enlargement of the cheek bone areas, thus enhancing the definition of the individual’s facial features.

How long do cheek fillers last?

In general, cheek fillers last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years,2 although this depends on the type of filler being used. Hyaluronic acid tends to last from 6 to 12 months, Calcium hydroxylapatite from 12 to 18 months,3 and ply-L-lactic acid for two years or more.4

Cheek fillers cost

A single treatment costs from $500 to $1000, depending on the individual’s needs.

What’s the procedure for cheek fillers?

The Specialist Surgeon will apply a topical anaesthetic to the treatment sites. You’ll feel some pressure in the skin and the procedure will be complete in roughly 20 minutes. The skin will feel a little numb, but it doesn’t last long and as a result the procedure isn’t overly painful.

If you’re taking blood-thinning medication (such as aspirin), the doctor will ask you to avoid them 2 weeks prior to the procedure.

You would be able to drive, return to work, and go about your day to day business. The only thing that’s limited is strenuous exercise, and it’s also recommended to sleep on your back for a few days, to prevent the filler from shifting.

Cheek fillers side effects—are they safe?

Cheek fillers are a simple, safe procedure with minimal recovery time.

Common side effects include:

  • Light bruising at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness

Cheek fillers are suitable for everyone. You should avoid them if you have bleeding disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have allergies to the chemicals used in dermal fillers.

Rare side effects include:

  • Leakage
  • Dead tissue
  • Vision loss

Every procedure has risks and complications and they will be discussed at your consultation by our highly qualified and trained Specialist Surgeons.

Book an appointment with us today, and chat to one of our experienced Specialists.


  1. JR Thorpe, 2016, Why Are High Cheekbones Considered Attractive?, Bustle
  2. Kathryn Watson, 2020, Cheek Fillers: Procedure, Cost, Side Effects, Vs. Other Options, Healthline
  3. Zoya Sheftalovich, 2017, Anti-wrinkle injections, botox and fillers – anti-ageing treatments, Choice
  4. 2018, Sculptra: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About This Popular Dermal Filler, Skin Wellness