Over the course of the past ten years, dermal fillers have become increasingly popular as a treatment to rejuvenate and refresh the face. As we age, our faces begin to lose collagen and hyaluronic acid, resulting in fat loss in the under eyes and cheeks, making us look older and gaunt. One of the most obvious signs of aging is lost fatty tissue volume in the cheeks, which is why dermal fillers have become significantly popular for the treatment of hollowness in the face. There are a number of hyaluronic acid based NYC fillers that can be used to increase volume to the mid face and cheeks, Juvederm being one of the most popular for that particular treatment area. Juvederm Voluma specifically is a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that is ideal for use in the midface and cheeks. If you look up mid cheek dermal fillers before and after photos, you will see why this minimally invasive option has begun to overpower its surgical competitor. Dermal fillers have become popular as a tool for minimally invasive face augmentation, particularly in the midface and cheek area to lift sagging cheeks filler, rather than undergoing a cheek augmentation surgery. As one of the best injectors in NYC, Dr. Schwarzburg often uses hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to add volume to the cheeks that have lost collagen and hyaluronic acid due to the natural process of aging. Some of the most popular cheek filler face lift products include Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra.


Juvederm was approved by the FDA in 2006 to treat fat and volume loss in the midface and other areas of the face and neck. It can also be used to fill in deep lines and folds, such as the nasolabial folds, caused by collagen loss, and to add volume to areas such as the lips, jaw, and chin. The injectable dermal filler works by absorbing water in the area surrounding the injection site, creating volume and boosting the production of healthy skin cells. Though facial fat loss in is often due to the side effects that come with the inevitable aging process, it can also be the result of weight loss, illness, and genetic factors.

Juvederm Voluma injectable filler not only adds volume but has the added benefit of a lifting effect, which not only addresses wrinkles, folds, and hollowness, but creates a generally more rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. Going with dermal fillers as a method of rejuvenating the face is often preferred over invasive surgical procedures such as cheek implants New York that come with additional risks, side effects, and down time that are not involved with fillers. Juvederm products are developed and manufactured by Allergan, the company that also manufactures Botox.

While Juvederm Voluma is most commonly used for the cheeks, other Juvederm products include Juvederm Volbella for cheeks, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Juvederm Volbella, all of which can be used to add volume to the cheeks and add definition to the cheek bones. Your cheeks with cheek augmentation before and after the treatment will generally look fuller and more youthful. Juvederm fillers in New York can also be used for several other areas of the face to restore or add volume.

Cheek filler injections


Juvederm Voluma is specifically designed to treat age related tissue loss including hollow cheeks, under eyes, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also adds a lifting effect and has been recorded to last longer than most fillers, with results that stay up to two years. Other dermal fillers often only last up to a year, though they can be more ideal for other treatment areas.
Because Juvederm voluma adds an additional lift, the saggy skin that is the result of collagen and hyaluronic acid loss throughout the aging process, can be significantly reduced through Juvederm Voluma injections (1).


There is no single dermal filler that is better than the other, in all cases. There are plus sides to both Voluma and Sculptra injections in the cheeks. While Juvederm Voluma does not last quite as long as Sculptra, it is a hyaluronic acid based filler, which means that it is dissolvable, should you decide that cheek enhancements are not for you. Sculptra will last you up to 3 or 4 years, which could be viewed as a benefit, or a down side. Sculptra works by stimulating your own collagen production which then expands the treatment area over time. If you choose Sculptra as your fuller cheeks filler, be sure to get it administered by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, as the expansion of Sculptra can not be fully controlled. While some may produce just the right amount of collagen for a nice lift in the cheeks, others may produce more collagen than expected, leaving them with an overfilled look which, because sculptra is not dissolvable, will be apparent until the filler wears off.

Cheek augmentation before after


Sculptra was originally designed to treat fat loss in the face in HIV positive patients and is now commonly used to increase facial tissue volume or add volume to the buttock. Sculptra injections consist of Poly-L-Lactic acid and work by stimulating your own collagen production. The collagen then wraps around particles in the body that would typically break down, causing the treatment area to grow over time. Sculptra is commonly used in the cheeks as well as the buttocks. While Sculptra is often used in the cheeks, one factor to keep in mind is that Sculptra is not dissolvable. This is why Dr. Schwarzburg usually prefers to use a hyaluronic acid based filler in the face, since it is more manageable and easier to control the amount of volume to be placed in the treatment area.

Cheek filler before after

Sculptra cheek enhancement is more than just a single session ordeal. Because sculptra works by increasing collagen production, the treatment area expands over time, typically within one to two months. For this reason, your Sculptra treatment may involve two or three sessions, with one vial injected during each session, in order to achieve your desired result.


The main difference between Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Voluma XC is that Juvederm Voluma XC contains a small percentage of lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic, making the entire injection and treatment experience more tolerable. All of the XC Juvederm products contain a small amount of lidocaine. In addition, prior to injections, Dr. Schwarzburg typically applies the local anesthetic, lidocaine, on the treatment area for 15 – 20 minutes to avoid additional discomfort.

When Juvederm Voluma is injected into the cheeks, you can expect more volume in the cheek area as well as an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles that may be visible on the cheeks. Cheek filler is often paired with an under eye filler as the two areas go hand in hand. Juvederm fillers can be used for the under eyes, however Restylane products, manufactured by Galderma, which is the company responsible for Dysport as well, are more frequently used for the under eyes.

Juvederm Voluma XC may be slightly more tolerable in people with a low pain tolerance, as it is made with small amounts of lidocaine, making the overall treatment less painful. You can expect your results to last up to two years after getting your Juvederm Voluma injections, which is nearly double the longevity of most other hyaluronic acid based fillers.


Radiesse is a dermal filler that consists of calcium hydroxyapatite that is known to produce a very natural result with minimal side effects. It works by stimulating your own collagen production in the treatment area upon injection. While Radiesse does produce instant volume, the treatment area is expected to increase in volume over time as well, due to its collagen inducing qualities. While the duration of the results vary, it is likely that your results will last anywhere from nine months to one year or longer, depending on how you personally respond to the treatment.

At his clinic located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Schwarzburg does a one on one consultation with each and every one of his patients before injection to establish which filler is the most appropriate filler for use on each individual patient. Radiesse can be used to add volume to the cheeks, fill in lines and wrinkles, as well as restore lost volume in hollow areas of the face. It is commonly used in the hands to rejuvenate and add volume as well. Radiesse cheek filler is commonly used amongst patients that are looking for more prominence in their cheek bones or want a little bit of extra volume in their mid face area.



With such a large variety of dermal fillers on the market, it is easy to get lost, not knowing where to start with the cheeks. Depending on your desired result, there are quite a few dermal fillers that can benefit you. Most cheek fillers NYC are hyaluronic acid based fillers, though there are some that are not. For some guidance, here are some dermal fillers that Dr. Schwarzburg commonly uses on the cheeks:

  • Juvederm
    Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid based filler designed to add volume to certain areas of the face and neck. Juvederm works by absorbing water (with the hyaluronic acid) in the treatment area, creating volume and fullness. There are several varieties of Juvederm filler. The main Juvederm product used for the cheeks is Juvederm Voluma.
  • Juvederm Voluma
    Juvederm Voluma is an FDA approved dermal filler that is designed specifically for the cheeks and mid face. It is known for its smooth and long lasting results, lasting up to two years after the initial treatment. Juvederm Voluma can also be used in other areas of the face, including the nose, jaw, chin, and sometimes lips for someone who wants a full look.
  • Restylane
    Restylane is a hyaluronic acid based filler that is most commonly injected under the eyes. It can be used to replace lost volume under the eyes and in the cheeks and can also be used to fill in lines and wrinkles. It is also commonly used to fill in and eliminate deep folds such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, which run from the corners of the mouth down the chin.
  • Radiesse
    Radiesse is a filler that stimulates natural collagen production through injection. Depending on the patient’s response, Radiesse may last up to one year or longer. Radiesse can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles as well as restore lost volume in hollow areas of the face. It is commonly used in the hands to rejuvenate and add volume as well.
  • Sculptra
    Sculptra is an injectable solution made of Poly-L-lactic acid that works by stimulating your own collagen production. The collagen then wraps around particles in the body that would naturally break down, causing them not to break down, gradually growing the area of treatment. Sculptra was originally designed and FDA approved to treat HIV positive patients who have lost significant volume in their faces and is now used on the cheeks and buttocks.


Depending on the type of product used, your cheek enhancement can last anywhere from 9 months to 3 years. Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Voluma XC tend to last longer than most other fillers, with a span of up to 2 years of visible results after your treatment. If you get sculptra injected into your cheeks, your results may even last up to 3 or 4 years depending on how well you respond to the treatment. Radiesse on the other hand typically lasts up to 12 months. Radiesse and Sculptra are not hyaluronic acid based fillers, which means that they can not be dissolved with hyaluronidase.


Depending on the type of product used, cheek filler removal is often possible. Any hyaluronic acid based product can be dissolved with hyaluronidase, which means that unsatisfactory results can be reversed. Hyaluronic acid based products also typically wear off over the course of a few months to two years, meaning that you will need regular touch ups every few months or a whole new treatment once the product completely wears off. While this may be a deal breaker for some, the treatment process is so quick and easy with little to now downtime, risks, and side effects, that it is still preferred by most people over a surgical or more permanent procedure. If you got a Sculptra or Radiesse cheek filler, then you will have to wait for the product to wear off for it to be gone as these two products are not dissolvable.


Yes, men can absolutely get cheek fillers. Men are no exception to obvious signs of aging, including volume loss in the cheeks. Cheek augmentation in male patients is actually one of the more common procedures in men as this subtle difference can take years off of a person’s face.


If you get any kind of dermal filler injected to restore lost volume in the face, including cheek filler, it is meant to fill in facial tissue volume that has been lost. If administered by a skilled injector, the dermal filler of choice will be injected only to the point where there is no hollowness, rather than to the point of the area being “overfilled”. If injected properly, a dermal filler injection to the cheeks may improve the laxity of your skin, which will not result in loose skin once the filler is dissolved. In very rare cases, it is possible to stretch out the skin if too much product is deposited.


With hyaluronic acid based products such as Juvederm and Restylane, the process of how volume is increased is simple. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in the body that helps to keep your skin hydrated and plump. As we age we lose collagen and elastin in our faces making us appear older and more hollow. Hyaluronic acid can restore this lost volume as the hyaluronic acid absorbs water in the treated area upon injection. Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Voluma XC have the added benefit of Vycross technology that results in smoother and more even results, leaving you with a more youthful and rejuvenated overall look.

Dermal fillers used in the cheeks that are not hyaluronic based, such as Sculptra and Radiesse, work by stimulating collagen production, which is the protein in your body primarily responsible for skin laxity and firmness. Increasing collagen in the face, will result not only in increased facial tissue volume, but firmer and younger looking skin. Some people also get cheek Botox to complement their filler to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles around their crow’s feet to achieve an overall smoother face.


Both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma are specifically designed to increase and replace volume in the midface and cheeks in addition to other treatment areas. Both Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma have similar compositions and are ideal for increase in volume in the cheeks, deep lines, and folds, such as the nasolabial folds. The main difference between the two is that Juvederm Voluma tends to last longer than Restylane Lyft. Restylane Luft typically lasts up to 18 months, while Juvederm Voluma can last up to two years. Restylane Lyft is also FDA approved to be injected in the hands for rejuvenation.


There are very little side effects associated with cheek fillers, since they are a minimally invasive injectable treatment. Some possible side effects include redness, bruising, discomfort, and swelling around the treatment area. To avoid these side effects, Dr. Schwarzburg properly sanitizes the treatment area prior to injection. In addition you will be provided with an ice pack immediately after the treatment to reduce swelling. You should also avoid heat and exercise for two days post procedure to avoid additional swelling. If you bruise, you may apply a warm compress and arnica gel, available in most pharmacies over the counter on the day after your treatment until the bruising subsides. In rare cases there may be some lumps and bumps in the treatment area as a result of the injection. In these cases, they will either clear on their own within months or can be eliminated by dissolving the filler or with steroid injections.

It is important to research your injector to confirm that they are a board certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist.


Because cheek fillers are minimally invasive treatments, there is no down time associated with the treatment. It is important to take care of your facial skin with or without cheek enhancement with fillers before and after the treatment is administered, as a dermal filler should not be injected if the skin around the treatment area is irritated.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you may have some swelling and bruising after your treatment, in which case you can apply an ice pack to reduce the swelling on the first day, and follow with a warm compress and arnica gel on the second day up until the bruising subsides. It is best to avoid heat and exercise for 2 – 3 days after the procedure to avoid excessive swelling. If you plan on getting any other procedure in the area of treatment, you should wait up to a month to ensure that the filler has properly settled and will not be affected by the other treatment you plan on getting. These risks and side effects apply to all Juvederm injectables as well as other hyaluronic acid based fillers, Scuptra, and Radiesse.


Cheek fillers can be dissolved if the product used is a hyaluronic acid based product such as Restylane or Juvederm. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase, a product that breaks down hyaluronic acid upon injection. Dermal fillers commonly used to replace fat loss in the cheeks that can not be dissolved include Sculptra and Radiesse, both of which do not contain hyaluronic acid and work mainly through the stimulation of collagen production. If the product used in your cheeks is not dissolvable, you will have to wait for the product to be metabolized by the body over time.


Dermal fillers injected into the cheeks can certainly be uncomfortable even for those with a high pain tolerance. Discomfort during the injection process is normal and can sometimes be painful, but not to the point that anesthesia is necessary. Some patients prefer to apply ice packs to the treatment area before the procedure to numb the area and reduce discomfort. Dr. Schwarzburg is a skilled injector that makes the comfort of his patients a top priority, which is why Juvederm Voluma XC is one of his favorite fillers to use, especially for the cheeks. Juvederm Voluma XC contains lidocaine, a local anesthesia, making the entire process more tolerable.


On average a cheek filler can cost anywhere from $800 to $2400 total. The cost of cheek augmentation filler varies depending on your desired results, your facial structure, and how many syringes you need. If you only need one syringe, the price will be lower than if you need several syringes to achieve the result you are looking for. A dermal filler may also vary in price based on your geographical location as well as the qualifications of the person injecting you. If you want to eliminate the appearance of deep wrinkles, you may need less syringes than if you want to fill in severe hollowness in the eyes and cheeks. Additionally, a board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or other doctor will likely charge more for cheek injections than a nurse practitioner or aesthetician at a medical spa. Larger corporate run cities such as New York and Los Angeles often have a higher cheek augmentation cost than suburban areas as the demand is higher. As one of the best injectors in NYC, Dr. Schwarzburg strives to find a treatment plan that will meet your physical and financial needs and expectations.


Allergy testing is not required before the administration of any of the dermal fillers used for cheek enhancement. If you have a past of allergic reactions, please be sure to let your doctor know beforehand to confirm that you can move forward with the treatment.


Micro cannula injection technique is an injection technique that involves the use of cannula, a flexible, blunt ended hollow needle that creates a channel to administer the dermal filler. When using a cannula, a fine needle is first punctured through the skin to create an entrance for the cannula to then be inserted horizontally to deliver the product into the treatment area. A cannula is sometimes used to inject a dermal filler into the cheeks as the blunt tip creates little damage to tissue during the injection process. Using a cannula can help prevent bruising or discomfort during the treatment and must be administered by a skilled injector. Depending on the treatment and the area, either a very small and sharp tipped needle or a micro cannula may be used to achieve optimal results.


Dermal fillers used for cheek augmentation can be used in combination with other dermal fillers as well as other treatments. Depending on your desired results, for the cheeks, Dr. Schwarzburg may combine a Juvederm cheek filler with a Restylane under eye filler as the two areas go hand in hand. In addition, skin tightening treatments are often used to complement the filler, and may be administered prior to your cheek filler injections. Some of these treatments include Fraxel laser, which targets superficial layers of the skin using heat for controlled damage to the skin, to stimulate collagen and elastin production, eliminating and reducing fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation, and sun damage. Secret RF is a radiofrequency treatment that targets the SMAS layer of the skin by heating the area for healthy cell regeneration and collagen and elastin production. This results in an overall tightening effect, lifting and firming the treatment area.


While there is typically a range of 1 – 4 syringes of filler, the number of syringes and treatments vary from person to person. Dr. Schwarzburg prefers to start with less filler rather than going for a full three syringes in one session, as some patients may respond particularly well to just one syringe, making additional filler unnecessary. If the patient needs more, they will be seen for a follow up appointment within one week of the initial treatment. Depending on the product injected, your filler may last anywhere from 9 months to 2 years. Taking this into account, your next filler treatment will be within that time frame based on how quickly you metabolize the filler.


Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra are all FDA approved, safe, and effective for cheek augmentation on anyone who is looking to improve the fullness of their cheeks. While most patients are typically 25 or older, there are some cases in which someone below that age will get cheek fillers. Facial volume loss and hollowness is not only based on age, but can have many contributing factors including weight, lifestyle, and genetics. Facial fillers, including hyaluronic acid based fillers as well as Poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite based fillers are ideal for any healthy individual who is looking to improve submalar hollowness in the midface and cheeks and create a more defined cheek bone. The differences that patients see with cheek augmentation before and after the treatment are usually significant, even with a small amount of dermal filler.


Dermal fillers can be used on any healthy male or female individual to increase facial tissue volume, whether it be for the cheeks, lips, jawline, or any other area, as long as they are a candidate for the treatment. Many male patients come into Dr. Schwarzburg’s NYC medical spa to restore tissue volume in the cheek area and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Various dermal filler injections are also commonly paired with Botox to reduce and prevent the appearance of further wrinkles.


Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified expert in cosmetic medicine with several years of experience and a successful clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With several years of experience Dr. Schwarzburg has worked with a variety of patients and strives to meet his patients needs through thoughtful pre procedural assessments and the use of the best cheek filler technique. His skillful expertise allows him to meet his patient’s expectations while keeping the results safe and natural.

If you are interested in booking a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg you can contact us at (212) 774-4264 or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.


The most common age for cheek fillers ranges 30 – 54. This is mainly for those who are looking to restore lost fat in the cheeks, to reduce the hollowness and create a more youthful appearance. There are many patients in their 20s who come in to add more prominence in their cheek bones and prevent signs of aging with other fillers and Botox. Those above their 40s typically are looking for a more rejuvenating result as signs of aging have likely already made their appearances.