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Herein, the experts describe the top five invasive and top five noninvasive cosmetic procedures and how they rate in the First State.
Dr. Peter Coggins, a surgeon in Greenville, says about 80 percent of his patients undergo fat grafting, which is one of the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures in the United States. Here, Coggins performs a liposuction procedure. Photograph by Jared Castaldi
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Technological advances, the economy and changing lifestyles influence a cosmetic procedure’s popularity.
Liposuction currently ranks first on the list of top procedures, according to a survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. At the same time, many people are still investing in such tried-and-true procedures as the tummy tuck.
Here’s a look at the ISAPS survey’s top five invasive and top five noninvasive procedures worldwide and how they rate in Delaware. (Note: Costs vary according to the type of anesthesia, the physician and whether you are combining procedures.)
Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction involves the removal of excess fat deposits.
How it’s done A small, hollow tube is inserted into the body through tiny incisions. Dislodged fat is suctioned out via a surgical vacuum or syringe.
Why it rates Liposuction removes the excess baggage left behind when you lose weight. Yet even thin people carry some unwanted fat that dieting and exercise won’t cure. “There is not a human alive—including myself—who wouldn’t enjoy a little bit of liposuction, perhaps in the stomach or neck,” says Dr. Christopher Saunders, who has practices in Wilmington, Newark and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Many Delaware practices follow the international trend. “Liposuction seems to be the most popular year after year,” says Dr. Joseph Danyo, who has a Greenville office. The belly and outer thighs are hotspots.
Liposuction is not just for the torso. Dr. Jonathan Pontell, who has an office in Media, Pennsylvania, performs liposuction exclusively on the neck and chin.
New technologies include SmartLipo, a laser-assisted system that heats the fat to make it easier to remove. Radio frequency-assisted procedures use electrical energy to both disrupt the fat cells and tighten the skin.
Dr. Abdollah Malek, who has a practice in Newark, has seen a 15 percent improvement in the skin’s tightness by using laser-assisted procedures. Dr. Ian Lonergan, who has a Wilmington office, is equally impressed with radio frequency-assisted liposuction.
Risks Uneven contours, rippling or loose skin, blood clots, fat clots, scarring, burns from laser-assisted or ultrasound techniques, bleeding, pain.
Recovery You’ll likely wear compression garments for up to three weeks after the procedure, and you may have drains inserted in the surgical area to reduce fluid.
Cost $1,600 for small, single areas to $5,900 and up for multiple areas.
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