Ten Ways to Become a 10
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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Intense Pulsed Light
IPL is not a laser, which uses one continuous wavelength. Instead, the device offers multiple wavelengths to treat redness, dark patches and broken capillaries.
How it’s done Patients receive a topical anesthetic, then the doctor or technician zaps the targeted area with the device.
Why it rates Though multiple treatments are often required, it is still an affordable way to treat skin imperfections.
Risks Improper technique can cause burns. It might not work on all areas.
Recovery Redness and swelling for a day or so. Cold compresses and elevation help.
Cost $250 to $300 for the face. You’ll likely need multiple treatments, so the total cost could exceed $1,200.