Lip fillers: Everything you need to know from a top doctor 

Lip fillers: Everything you need to know from a top doctor 

It seems everyone from Hollywood A-listers and reality TV stars to Instagram influencers and regular people are dabbling in lip fillers these days. From a subtly plumper pout to a Kylie Jenner-esque transformation, people are seeking professional help to get a more voluminous look. 

Last year alone, of the 15.7 million cosmetic, minimally invasive procedures performed in the U.S., 2.7 million of them were soft-tissue fillers, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

But with enough horror stories of lip fillers gone wrong circulating the internet, the idea of letting someone poke you in the mouth with needles for the sake of vanity could make anyone shy away. However, with few alternatives that offer the same results, lip fillers remain the top method for achieving fuller lips. 

For anyone still interested in this procedure, Dr. David Cangello, MD, FACS at Cangello Plastic Surgery in New York City, shared with Fox News everything you need to know before you book your first appointment. 

Fox News: What exactly are lip fillers? 

Dr. Cangello: Lip fillers are composed of Hyaluronic acid. The most common ones used are Restylane and Juvederm. They are injected into the soft tissue of the lip to increase lip volume and size. The fillers tend to be “hydrophilic” as well, which means they attract water and can add to the plumping effect of the filler. 

Who is most likely to request this procedure?           

Although some men ask for lip fillers, it is mainly a procedure that women request. Women’s’ ages tend to range from the early 20s to 50s, 60s and 70s. It may seem odd that women in the latter three decades request lip fillers, but they do. The reason is that the lips tend to thin with age. They can also have more of a wrinkled appearance. Replenishing volume in the lips can restore a youthful appearance. Younger women who seek fillers typically just want plumper, fuller lips. I also see a lot of women in their 30s and 40s who were just born with thinner lips and want to see more of the pink part. 

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