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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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Nose surgery improves the appearance of the nose and may correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities.
How it’s done Surgery is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the tissue that separates the nostrils. The soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.
Why it rates The United States ranks No. 1 in countries performing rhinoplasty, but its popularity in Delaware is not as strong as it once was. “My father used to do three rhinoplasty procedures a week for years,” says Dr. Jonathan Saunders.
That said, there are still folks who decide to lose the bump, correct a crooked proboscis or take a little off the top while undergoing surgery to fix a deviated septum.
The satisfaction level is high. “I had a man say to me that [rhinoplasty] was the second-best investment he’d made after his education,” says Dr. Mehdi Balakhani, who has offices in Wilmington and Newark.
Risks Rupture of small surface vessels, nose asymmetry, nasal airway alteration and, rarely, a hole in the septum develops.
Recovery The doctor will place a splint, internal tubes or packing inside your nose and a splint or bandages outside your nose to support and protect it during initial healing. Swelling will subside in up to three months.
Cost $3,000-$6,000 and up
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