Hollowness in the
cheeks can certainly be corrected by an experienced injector. Sculptra
may be an option to help correct the hollowing in the cheeks. Sculptra is
unique from other fillers in that it stimulates your body to produce its own
collagen. The results are gradual and can be long lasting up to 2
years. Start slow with one vial of Sculptra and revisit with
your doctor after 4 weeks to assess if additional vials are required for
volume correction in the cheeks.
Thank you for posting a
photo. If you are looking for more volume to your mid-face, I suggest learning
about Voluma. This is a new facial filler said to last two years and will
instantly restore volume. Consult with your doctor to decide if this is the
best option for you.
Smoking and sun baking are the two most unhealthy things you can do to your skin. The "wasting" from cigarette smoking can be helped through Sculptra injections. Sculptra has the unique ability to build collagen and enhance facial volume in a natural way. It is most important to find someone skilled at cosmetic injections to have the best result.
Yes, smoking can reduce facial volume and hollow the cheeks, in addition to other factors such as stress, weight loss, medical conditions, etc. The best first approach is to stop smoking, drink plenty of water, get adequate rest, and have a balanced diet. Hopefully, some of your volume will return. Next, one may consider facial fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, etc) for short-term volume improvement. Fat injections can provide longer term natural results. Lastly, plastic surgery with cheek implants or a cheek lift will give you permanent results.
Hollowing of the cheeks can be caused by multiple reasons. A full medical evaluation is warranted. Non permanent fillers like Sculptra can increase collagen production in this area. Fat grafting is a more permenant solution for this problem.
I am not sure if the hollowing of your cheeks is due to smoking. But whether it is related or not, there are many options for filling the cheeks out. You can use temporary fillers or more long lasting fillers. Your options with temporary fillers (lasting anywhere from 6 months-2 years) are Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Voluma, or Sculptra. Fat grafting is longer lasting. You can depend on at least 2-5 years, and sometimes the fat can last longer than that. But as of now fat is the best option for long lasting results. With all fillers you have to be careful not to overfill. Go to a Plastic Surgeon that you trust.
Saeed Marefat, MD
The lighting and positioning are very different in the two photos making a precise assessment difficult. However, Voluma has really been working well for cheek augmentation. The treatment can be tailored to the person's volume loss and underlying bone structure. Voluma lasts about two years. Another option would be cheek implants which are the only reliable, permanent option to reshape the cheeks. Congratulations on quitting smoking!
I hope this information is helpful.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon