“#FillerNation” doctor reveals beauty trends: ‘It’s using chemical warfare’


A new documentary, #FillerNation, explores the exploding trend of cosmetic beauty and procedures, including Botox and fillers, among 20-somethings.

Now flow On the Peacock, Dr. is part of NBC News Stay Tuned and also in it YouTube page– There are interviews with specialists such as a dermatologist from Manhattan Dr. Dandy Engelman.

“I feel like my patients are getting younger as I get older,” Engelman, 46, told The Post. “Certainly there is a stigmatization and normalization as you see it in receiving cosmetic procedures. [posts about it on] social networks. It used to be that people wouldn’t tell their sister that she got Botox. Now people have my assistant videotape them and I have a needle in their face.

“#FillerNation” captures the connection between the cosmetic beauty industry and social media as more and more influencers post about their fillers or botox procedures. The trend has been growing in recent years, in part because celebrities like the Kardashians have popularized the practice.

“I think that’s both good and worrisome,” Engleman said, noting that the average age of his aesthetic patients is 29.

Dr. Dandy Engelman, right, with one of his 20-year-old patients on #FillerNation.
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One #FillerNation social media influencer talks about her procedures.
One #FillerNation social media influencer talks about her procedures.
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“It’s nice to see people being open about what they’re doing to keep their appearance looking younger. But if you compare your worst selfie to Kardashian’s highly-enhanced airbrush photo, it’s slippery,” he said. “This can lead to a lot of false self-reflection, where people are insecure about how they look, where they are, perhaps not paying attention to their nose and lips before.”

Engelman, who was there his Manhattan practice Since 2009, he said, he has noticed a change in the way the public talks about such procedures.

“If they want to post it on their social media [when they’re in my office], it doesn’t bother me. “It happens so often that it’s not strange,” he said. “I remember 10 years ago, a patient from Brazil talked about how they liked to videotape their procedures and show them to their friends. I thought it was crazy, because at that time nobody here was doing cosmetic procedures. He didn’t admit he did it. But now it’s become normal.”

Dr. Dandy Engelman.
Dr. Dandy Engelman stars in a new docuseries called “#FillerNation.”
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The lip that enters the needle.
A young woman is getting lip fillers.
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One of the #FillerNation influencers is recording a video for the announcement.
One of the #FillerNation influencers is recording a video for the announcement.
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The documentary shows the dangers people face when they don’t do the right research. Engleman says awareness is key, and she sometimes says no to people who come to her seeking cosmetic procedures if she doesn’t feel they’re right for her.

“I can’t believe people don’t check their injectors. It’s neurotoxins that can do real damage,” he said. “It’s using chemical warfare. You want to make sure you know who’s injecting you and what they’re injecting. “there was a ram”, they think, and they don’t even know the name. [of what they got]. You want to make sure you go to someone you know and trust. If you have a lot of artists on your face, you look like Picasso.”

– In general, I say [influencers] it was good. They have raised awareness of the existing procedures,” he said. “I tell my clients to get advice from influencers. They are not the holy grail of data. But when they post their procedures on Instagram or TikTok, they help de-stigmatize cosmetic procedures and reduce patients’ fears.

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