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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Implants make breasts larger and-or fuller.
How it’s done There are three incision options: around the nipples, in the crease under the breasts, and near the armpit. The implant goes under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue.
Why it rates “Breast cosmetic surgery remains popular because of cultural standards of beauty that favor firm, full breasts,” says Dr. Peter Coggins, a surgeon in Greenville. In Delaware, the procedure is still going strong. Lonergan and Dr. Jonathan Saunders, who has a practice in Newark, say breast augmentation is their leading service.
Most women want to be a full C or a small D, Saunders says. Your anatomy, body type and skin elasticity will dictate the size you should handle. Silicone implants, taken off the market in 1991 after reports of ruptures, are back. Today’s version is gel-like and more natural looking, Saunders says. Danyo says about three-quarters of his clients opt for it.
Risks Scarring, changes in nipple or breast sensation, scar tissue around the implant, implant leakage or rupture, wrinkling or rippling over the implant.
Recovery You may need to wear a special bra for up to six weeks. Many women can manage pain with ibuprofen, Lonergan says. Dr. Christopher Saunders’ patients receive a continuous infusion of Lidocaine for about three days. The primary recovery period is 24 to 48 hours, then a few days of reduced activity. Expect pain and swelling for a few weeks.
Cost $5,000 for saline implants, $6,000 for silicone.
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