your look ● bodyshaping
By Dr. Ronald Bergman
Plump it Up!
When exploring your
options for achieving bigger,
fuller lips, dermal ﬁllers could
be the easier and more
P ucker up those pouty lips, give those cheeks a lift
and whisk away early-onset wrinkles. Soft tissue
ﬁllers are an easy way to plump, enhance and
erase. Not everyone is born with Angelina Jolie’s
pillowy lips or Tyra Banks’ high cheek bones, but
we can all aspire to them. Celebrities and everyday folks of
every age and gender turn to this relatively inexpensive ﬁx
to look younger and sexier.
As new ﬁllers are created, making them safer and more
effective, their popularity is sky-rocketing. According to the
American Society of Plastic Surgery, soft tissue ﬁllers are
the second most common type of minimally invasive cos-
metic procedure performed in the United States, second
only to botulinum toxin injections. Nearly 2 million dermal
ﬁller procedures were conducted in 2012.
Because of their popularity, dermal ﬁller deals are show-
ing up all over the place, on price-slashing websites and at
discount cosmetic counters. Sometimes it can be hard to
sort out exactly what they do, which ﬁllers are best, and how
much is too much (or too little) to pay for the procedure.
WHAT CAN DERMAL FILLERS DO?
Injectable soft tissue ﬁllers, or dermal ﬁllers, can plump
lips, ﬁll out cheeks and eliminate or reduce the appearance
of lines, acne scars and wrinkles. In a procedure that usual-
ly takes less than 30 minutes, patients can perfect their im-
perfections without having to undergo surgery. Dermal
ﬁllers are a good choice for younger clients who are not
WORK OF ART: Angelina Jolie’s features are the frequent muse of
artists around the world who identify her lips as the feminine ideal, as hi-
lighted in this artistic portrait.
ready to have a face lift, or have one feature they would like
to see boosted. Results last from six months to a year for
most ﬁllers. Patients then receive additional injections in
order to see the same effects.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN THE TYPES OF
There are a number of dermal ﬁllers on the market. Each
has its own risks and beneﬁts and one may be a better
choice for a desired outcome than another. You will need to
consult your plastic surgeon to determine which is right for
you. Here is a breakdown:
1) Hyaluronic Acid: This is the most popular filler currently
offered. It is made from a sugar found naturally in human
skin, and thus, allergic reactions to Hyaluronic Acid are ex-
tremely rare. Results vary, lasting from several months to
more than a year.