Getting Ready for Summer
Article by Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
Swimsuit season is approaching and it’s time to prepare that bikini body now. In order to tone up and lose weight before the summer, many women exercise and modify their diets to achieve their goals. During the winter months, many individuals choose to undergo plastic surgery to help improve their bodies and self-esteem prior to the summer months to allow healing time. Recovery may vary depending on the type of procedure performed. Popular procedures include liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck surgery.
It is best to consult a board certified plastic surgeon to determine the best and safest possible options for you. During your examination, your surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure you are interested in. Prior to your consultation, it is recommended that you be at your ideal weight to prevent additional surgery.
Timing is crucial when choosing a surgery date. Patients are informed to have a good support system and should understand recovery limitations to avoid complications post-surgery.
Regardless of the procedure performed, patients are required to wear a garment to help aid with the healing process. Final results may take up to a full year to be seen. Following the instructions of your surgeon will ensure the best results possible. Tanning is allowed post-surgery as long as the incisions are kept covered. Make sure to check with your surgeon prior to getting into any oceans, rivers, or pools. Depending on how your incision is healing, it is best to keep them dry as much as possible to prevent infection and to allow the incision to heal as a nice, fine line, rather than a thickened scar.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted excess adipose tissue from isolated areas of the body to improve body contours. Sometimes even a strict diet and exercise regimen can’t conquer stubborn areas of excess fat. Liposuction can be used to slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin. A compression garment must be worn as much as possible for one month to minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising is normal for the first few months and incisions are discrete and heal quickly. You are instructed to massage the area to prevent any irregularities.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that uses implants to enhance and improve the size and shape of the breasts. Initially, the breasts are swollen and bruised. Over time, patients are encouraged to massage the breasts to help them settle into the pockets and to help soften the breasts. Patients are encouraged to keep manipulating the breasts to prevent encapsulation. Final results may be seen within 6 months to a year.
Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a common cosmetic procedure designed to improve the abdominal area. After pregnancy, the abdomen area is left with loose, saggy, and stretched skin. The procedure involves repairing the rectus muscles, which have been stretched from pregnancy, and removing the excess skin to provide a firm and smoother tummy. To prevent superficial openings and tension on the incision line, the patient is required to wear an abdominal binder and to stay hunched over for a full month. In order to prevent fluid accumulating under the tissues, the patient has drains for 2 weeks or until the output is low enough to remove the drains.
There are several other forms of non-surgical procedures that can help you prepare for summer including laser hair removal and skin care.
Laser skin removal is the best thing to remove unwanted hair. Results may be seen right away after the first treatment. The number of sessions needed is determined by the severity of the case. Summer is not the best time to begin hair removal, since it is important to avoid sun exposure during the treatment.
There is a broad-range of cosmetic products that can help provide a younger and fresher look. Signs of aging are first seen on our faces, and many individuals are searching for ways to improve fine lines and wrinkles without the need of surgical intervention. The full line of Neocutis products is a balanced mixture of human growth factors to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and tone of stressed skin. Neocutis is known for its ability to achieve visible, lasting results while diminishing the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles and healing damaged skin to provide a refreshed look.
There are so many options to help out both men and women look their best in their swimsuits. Plastic surgery is a great way to nip and tuck your body into shape before it is revealed.