Full confession: just recently, I started to notice that my cheeks were looking a smidge sunken in and dragged downâ€”and though Iâ€™m still shy of 40, it was taking the rest of my face with it! I was looking more tired and (dare I say it) older. (Okay, my cheekbones werenâ€™t all that badâ€”but certainly not Angelina Jolie proportions!).
So after a consultation, Dr. Amy Forman Taub of Advanced Dermatology recommended injectable fillers for my cheekbone area to improve their shape and plumpness. By enhancing the volume of and filling in my â€œlostâ€ cheekbones, itâ€™s essentially like getting a cheek-lift. Actually, the end result is better. Itâ€™s practically a lift. As Dr. Taub explains, â€œrestructuring your cheekbones makes everything look like itâ€™s gotten a little lift. Your whole face looks younger.â€
Dr. Taub used a combo of Perlaneâ„¢ and Restylaneâ„¢, two fillers that rely on hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body, which adds volume to combat hallow areas.
Before we got started, she applied a topical anesthetic to the area around my cheekbones, where the injectable would be administered. At the end, after feeling no pain, I was sent home with an ice pack for on-and-off icing throughout the day. There was a little swelling and rednessâ€”but nothing a little foundation couldnâ€™t hide!
The results were naturalâ€”just an enhanced version of me. While my friends and family noticed there was something different, they couldnâ€™t quite figure out what it was. Most thought that it was simply a solid night of sleep. To me, that was the biggest complimentâ€”and the best result I could have ever hoped for. Results last six to 12 months, and then, Iâ€™ll be back again.