Summary: Summer is never as far off as it seems. One day you’re swearing that you’ll get in shape before bikini season, then out of nowhere it’s already time to hit the beach. If you’re committed to making a real change this year and finally reach those body goals, consider getting these plastic surgery procedures now for a bikini-ready body by summer. There also a few non-surgical options that can help you shape up with little or no downtime.
Recent statistics show that liposuction is among the top two plastic surgery procedures in the nation. The tools and techniques plastic surgeons use to perform liposuction today are even more sophisticated than ever. Your plastic surgeon can use liposuction to deftly contour your body, achieving a slimmer and more beautiful silhouette by targeting fat pockets in very specific areas.
The most common places to have liposuction include the abdomen, flanks (love handles) and the inner/outer thighs. Contrary to some popular myths, even slim people can benefit from liposuction. That’s because fat can stubbornly remain, even when someone eats a healthy diet, works out regularly and has already achieved their ideal target weight.
2. Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck is only slightly less popular than liposuction, securing it a place among the top five plastic surgery procedures. Often, tummy tucks are done as a combination procedure with liposuction to give the most comprehensive results possible. During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon removes excess skin from the abdominal area which is often of particular concern to women who have had children and either men or women who have gone through a major weight loss.
A tummy tuck can not only address loose skin, but can also tighten slack abdominal muscles. In some cases, abdominal muscles can even separate, a condition known as diastasis recti. Frequently seen following pregnancy, diastasis recti causes a stomach bulge that will not go away except through surgical intervention. Diastasis recti can be repaired during a tummy tuck.
3. Breast Augmentation
If you aren’t exactly thrilled with the way your breasts look, you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is the number one most popular plastic surgery procedure in the U.S. and has come a long way since the first breast augmentation was done the 1960s.
Today, your choice of implants does not come down to just saline vs silicone (although that is an important part of your decision). Rather, there are many different options in terms of implant size, type and shape that can really achieve any look you want. That’s why it’s so important to choose a skilled, dedicated plastic surgeon who is very experienced performing breast augmentation surgery.
The right plastic surgeon can help you meet your personal appearance goals, as well as assist you in navigating the oftentimes confusing world of breast implants. Whether you want the full Dolly Parton treatment or you’d like a look so natural that no one would ever guess you’d ever gotten breast implants, your plastic surgeon can help you understand your options and make an informed decision.
If you had implants in the past and aren’t happy with them now, don’t live with it! Talk to your plastic surgeon about revision surgery now.
Spring is a great time for cosmetic surgery, and this is especially true when it comes to breast augmentation.
If you schedule your procedure in the spring, you can cover up with sweaters and scarves while your breasts heal and settle. Then, by the time you’re ready to don a bathing suit, your new breasts will be fully healed and ready for your big reveal.
One of the most interesting things about cellulite is that anyone can have it, and it’s extremely tough to get rid of. Cellfina™ is a minimally invasive procedure that can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks. It works by using tiny needle-like devices to release the tight bands that cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
Cellfina™ is minimally invasive (you’ll be given some local anesthesia at the treatment site) and the results have been proven to last for up to 3 years. This cellulite treatment can be used to enhance the results of a body contouring surgery, or done as a solo procedure to give you sleeker, smoother thighs in time for swimsuit season. You may experience some soreness after Cellfina™ but should not need to take time off work or significantly restrict your normal activities.
If you haven’t heard of CoolSculpting®, you should. We can thank a pair of researchers at Harvard for this revolutionary procedure. By observing that children who regularly sucked on popsicles developed dimples on their cheeks, researchers studied this effect further until they discovered that cold temperatures have a very particular effect on fat cells: it kills them. Fast forward to now, and we all get to reap the benefits of CoolSculpting®.
During a CoolSculpting® session, a CoolSculpting® Technician will use a handheld device to apply controlled cold temperatures to your problem areas. The cold will literally freeze and destroy fat cells, which will then exit your body through your own natural elimination processes. Therefore, it can take 10 to 12 weeks to see your results.
CoolSculpting® is entirely non-invasive and entails no downtime; you can have CoolSculpting® on your lunch break if you want to. If you have a consultation with a plastic surgeon, he or she can help you decide if CoolSculpting® is better than liposuction in your case.
Looking Your Summertime Best
The results from all of these procedures can last a lifetime if you are willing to work to maintain them. Eat a healthy diet and continue to work out to keep yourself looking great and you’ll be ahead of the game next summer—and for many years to come.