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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 reasonably-priced choice 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 86 PAGEANTRY 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 FILLERS AVAILABLE? 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.