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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Botulinum (Botox, Dysport)
Tiny injections of Botulinum toxin reduce the muscle activity that causes frown lines in the forehead and near or between the eyes.
How it’s done You’ll receive the injections in the office. No anesthesia is required.
Why it rates Botox has also proven that it’s safe and effective, Malek says. Dysport is similar to Botox. “Generally, they do the same thing,” Malek says. Because Dysport is new, the manufacturer has offered discounts, but doctors like Danyo and Balakhani prefer to stick with the familiar Botox.
Risks Incorrect application can result in droopy eyelids and dry eyes.
Recovery You may have redness and some swelling, which will subside quickly. There is no downtime.
Cost $280 to $650, depending on the amount of coverage.
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