Cheek Enhancement

with Dermal Fillers

Over time, our cheeks lose volume, leading to sagging and facial flattening. This can result in the formation of jowls and more noticeable nasolabial folds. Cheek fillers play a crucial role in comprehensive facial rejuvenation. In some cases, addressing tear troughs may also be necessary to ensure a seamless transition from the eye area.

What Do Cheek Fillers Do?

As we age, volume loss in the cheeks contributes to sagging and the development of jowls. A youthful face displays a graceful double S curve, known as the "ogee curve," when viewed from an oblique angle.

Cheek fillers help restore this youthful curve to the face. Moreover, volume loss in the cheeks can lead to the appearance of tear troughs or under-eye bags. Cheek fillers can also be used to address natural asymmetry in the cheeks, achieving a balanced and harmonious look.

Restoring Facial Contours

Treatment Process:

Before undergoing cheek fillers, a comprehensive consultation is essential. This allows the practitioner to assess your unique facial features, address specific concerns, and craft a personalized treatment plan.

The treatment itself begins with meticulous cleaning of the face using an antiseptic solution.

To ensure patient comfort, a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the treatment area. At The Marr Clinic, we prioritize patient comfort and safety by utilizing cannulas instead of sharp needles.

This approach minimizes the risk of vascular occlusion. Our practitioners consider the existing proportions of your face when performing cheek fillers, ensuring a harmonious outcome.

Post-Treatment Aftercare:

Following your cheek filler treatment, you may experience minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. These side effects are typically mild and resolve within a few days. You may take some oral pain killers to help with discomfort. However, if you experience significant pain or skin colour changes, immediate assessment is crucial, as it could be a sign of vascular occlusion. There's no need to massage the treated areas, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 2 to 4 weeks post-treatment.

Common Side Effects of Cheek Fillers:

While cheek fillers are generally well-tolerated, some common side effects may occur. These can include temporary redness, bruising, swelling, asymmetrical results, filler migration, or the presence of persistent lumps. However, it's important to note that any persistent lumps or issues with filler placement can be effectively addressed with the use of hyaluronidase medication.

Serious Side Effects and Safety Measures:

Serious side effects from cheek fillers are rare but require careful consideration. These rare complications can include bacterial or viral infections, late onset granuloma (manifesting as lumpiness and swelling months after treatment), and vascular occlusion.

Vascular occlusion is an exceptionally rare but serious side effect, potentially causing changes in skin colour (blanching), prolonged pain, and, in severe cases, leading to blindness and stroke. To mitigate this risk, The Marr Clinic employs blunt cannulas instead of needles, emphasizing safety and minimizing potential complications.

How Long Does Cheek Filler Last?

This will vary according to the type and amount of filler used. Generally, with Hyaluronic acid and bio-stimulating dermal filler, longevity ranges from 6-18 months. However, MRI follow up of Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers persisting up to 27 months in the cheeks.


Dr May Marr Cosmetic Physician Lennox Head


Dr May Marr is a Flinders University Medical School graduate and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has a long-held interest in aesthetic medical procedures and evidence-based skin care. She holds a passionate belief that people should have access to procedures and products that are research-backed, ethically prescribed and skilfully delivered.

Dr Marr has trained with Dr Jacque Le Coz at the Institute of Mesotherapy in Paris. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Dermatology from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and in 2020 completed her Dermatology Fellowship.

The ethical, educational and procedural standards that Dr Marr brings to aesthetic medicine have been recognised by some of the largest aesthetic companies in the world. She holds advanced injector status and her extensive clinical experience sees her regularly called upon as an industry educator.