I Opted For Fillers Over A Cheek Augmentation
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I'm a 39 year old mother of a 4 year old boy, and about a year and a half ago I decided it was finally time to take better care of my body. I was always overweight, didn't eat right, and didn't exercise. So when I started on my fitness journey, I weighed about 230 pounds. Over the course of the last year and a half, I've lost 100 pounds. I feel better than I ever have, but one side effect of losing so much weight is that my face felt like it was sagging and the skin on my cheeks made me look older than 39. After such a big transformation, I wanted to look as youthful as I felt, so I looked into having a little bit of plastic surgery done, specifically cheek implants.
I researched a lot and read about cheek augmentation and implant surgery. In the end, I opted to avoid cheek implant surgery and opt for fillers. My specialist told me about a patient who was experiencing similar things and recommended Voluma to raise my cheek bones, revamp my lower eyelids, and help get rid of my nasal labial folds that were showing my age after the weight loss. It was important that whoever did my procedure had a good sense of aesthetics, and I feel very lucky to have found that. Before she made the injections, she walked me through the process and let me know that since faces aren't symmetrical, I wouldn't need the same amount of Voluma in every area. She told me what I might expect with pain and swelling/bruising, too.
During my procedure, she used almost two whole vials of Voluma on my cheeks, lower eyelids, and around my nose. She had a little bit left over after all of that, so she used it on my upper lip, too, which was great because I was feeling like I had lost some volume in that area, too.
When she first stuck me, I definitely felt a little lightheaded and woozy. I almost felt like I was going to be sick. This was my first time experiencing this type of treatment, and she said it was natural to have those kind of sensations. It didn't last long, and the rest of the injections were pretty painless.
In the hours after the procedure, I really didn't notice any swelling whatsoever. I wasn't in any pain either, which I thought was pretty remarkable. Even later that same night, swelling was super minimal. I thought maybe I would wake up the next morning and my face would be really swollen, and there was definitely some truth to that.
I had a really hard time sleeping that night. I normally sleep on my side, but when I would try to lay my cheek on the pillow, it was pretty sensitive and painful. So I couldn't really fall asleep or stay asleep, and when I woke up, there was far more soreness than the day prior. She told me that she had given me a bigger injection into my right cheek than my left, and that one was noticeably way more painful. The pain got less and less over time but didn't totally subside until about 3 days afterwards. I was told the swelling would be more prominent after my first treatment than it would be in the future, but much like the pain, I thought it faded away and everything was back to normal in 3 days.
But some pain and swelling aside, I'm so SO excited about the great results! There's a huge difference and I love how my face looks symmetrical and youthful, I love the way it feels to look in the mirror, and I love that I finally feel like myself again!
My decision to opt for fillers instead of facial implants was the right choice. Cheek Augmentation surgery is a bit too invasive for someone like me. I just need some sort of facial rejuvenation which was completely solved with some filler. For anyone feeling like they need a change, I highly recommend it and wish you good luck!