Cheek Implants or Dermal Fillers, Which Is Right For You?

Cheek Implants or Dermal Fillers, Which Is Right For You?

Posted on March 1, 2021

Cheek Implants vs Dermal Fillers

Cheek Implants or Dermal Fillers, Which Is Right For You?Cheek implants and dermal fillers are two of the most popular cosmetic options for people looking to change the appearance of their mid-face. Fillers and implants help in improving your facial appearance by making the mid-face look plumper, fuller, and youthful. In addition, both the procedures are safe.

The right option for you will depend on your individual preferences. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides both surgical and non-surgical mid-face enhancement procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities.

These are a few factors that should be considered before making a decision:

Number of Sessions Required

Number of treatments required is the biggest difference between getting dermal filler or an implant. You need just one surgery whether you are getting a jawline implant or a cheek implant. The plastic surgeon will insert the implant without the need for multiple treatment sessions.

However, in case of fillers, you may require more than one treatment. Most patients opting for dermal fillers need at least 2 to 5 sessions. However, you should know that some dermal fillers offer longer lasting results than the rest.

Longevity of Results

Longevity of results is another major factor that should be considered. Cheek implants offer long lasting results. In some cases, the results can last forever. In comparison, dermal filler outcomes may not last for more than 6 months to two years.

Procedure Length

The procedure of inserting cheek implants or administering facial filler is fast. However, dermal fillers can be injected in a matter of minutes whereas implant insertion may take 1 – 3 hours.


Implants require anesthesia since it is a highly invasive surgery. Dermal fillers don’t require any type of sedation. You should consider dermal fillers if you cannot bear being put under.


You can recover from cosmetic fillers in just a few hours. In comparison, it may take anywhere from 3 – 6 weeks to recover fully from cheek implants surgery. You may want to opt for dermal fillers if you don’t have the option to take time off work.

Cost of the Procedure

Surgeries are definitely more expensive than dermal injectables. Cheek implant procedure will cost you more than having dermal fillers. However, you need to do a cost analysis since facial implants offer lifelong results whereas dermal fillers do not. You should speak to your cosmetic surgeon about the overall cost effectiveness of both procedures and then make a salient decision.

Bruising & Swelling

Dermal fillers don’t really result in a lot of swelling or bruising. However, you may experience mild to moderate swelling and bruising for several weeks following a cheek implant surgery.

Reversing Procedure Results

Generally, you would want results of an implant or a dermal filler to last forever. However, in case you change your mind, you will need another procedure to reverse the results of an implant surgery. On the other hand, results from dermal fillers will wear out after a few months.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for cheek implants, facial filler injections, and other mid-face enhancement treatments.

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