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Fill 'er up

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm •  Published: February 20, 2008

Finally, a legitimate reason not to lose weight.

Dr. Rhoda Narins said extreme weight loss thins the skin, while decreasing the amount of fatty tissue, making the face appear narrow, empty and aged.

Who wants that?

Of course, Dr. Narins isn’t suggesting any of us  not lose weight.  She’s plugging facial fillers, and using celebrities and the red carpet to spread the word.

Narins is  past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and  American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and dermasurgeon to several celebrity clients. 

For celebrities who endure extreme diet and exercise to stay skinny, a once full, healthy face may become sunken, hollowed and less attractive.  “Since the face is the first part of the body to reflect unhealthy eating habits and dieting, celebrities are requesting fillers to ‘naturally’ plump up sunken facial features,”  she said. 

New filler products and techniques, according to her press release, turn a thin face into a full, healthy looking face with just a few treatments and minimal downtime.  Dr. Narins said these are the most popular fillers used by celebrities.

 Sculptra – Sculptra works differently than other injectable products, such as Botox or collagen, as Sculptra is injected into the tissue below the skin and is then molded to the skin to add natural looking volume. This technique can be used for sunken cheeks. Depending on each patient, three to five treatments are recommended at monthly intervals and may last up to two years.

 Radiesse  – When injected into the skin, Radiesse can stimulate the body’s tissue growth.  This technique is commonly used for plumping up cheeks and eliminating the marionette and nasolabial lines around the mouth.  Results can last at least a year.

 Artefill  –  It is one of the newer treatments to fill in “smile” or marionette lines, and is also used to provide skin support to prevent wrinkles. With only two to three injections, Artefill can be permanent with no downtime.

Dr. Narins also offers these “dos and don’ts:

 Do research.  Choose a dermasurgeon who specializes in filler prodcedures. To find a dermasurgeon, go online to  

Do follow post-care instructions.  Following instructions is as important as selecting the right doctor.

  Don’t schedule the procedure during a lunch break. Contrary to many advertisements, cosmetic producedures are not something that should be pushed be rushed.