Cheek filler is one of the most impactful injections in the realm of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Volumizing the cheeks influences the nasolabial folds, lower eyelids, and lower cheeks without adding any volume to those areas, contributing to overall facial optimization. Volume loss and asymmetry can also be bolstered due to our genetics or environmental factors (like learned speech behaviors or sleeping or chewing on one side of your face) which can be counterbalanced through the use of cheek filler.
The Triangle of Youth
In our youth, facial features are defined and well-contoured. This is commonly known as the Triangle of Youth. Younger-looking faces tend to be widest in the midface and taper inward towards the bottom, suggestive of the shape of an inverted triangle.
Through the aging process, we lose volume in the midface, the bottom half of our face to look heavier than the top. The triangle inverts with age into what is referred to as the Triangle of Aging, characterized by flattened cheekbones, deepening skin folds, and a loss of jawline definition.
Why it’s important to treat from the top down:
Patients will come often come in because they dislike their nasolabial folds or they are starting to develop for marionette lines. However, these issues occur because the midface volume has been lost. Instead of chasing the problem from the bottom up, going back in and restoring some of that volume loss through the midface can help to lift the skin back up. This will always lead to a much more natural result than just addressing the lower face problem.
What Is The Ogee Curve?
In facial anatomy, the ogee curve describes the visible projection of the cheekbone from a 45-degree angle. It is a gentle S-shaped curve of the face beginning at the temple, extending across the cheekbone, down the cheek, and down to the jaw. It is seen prominently in those with youthful fullness of the temples and cheeks and a slight hollow beneath the cheekbone. Some would say people with an ideal ogee curve have “high cheekbones”; examples of celebrities with optimal ogee curves include Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, and Naomi Campbell.