With summer just around the corner, countless women are focused on slimming down and looking their best. While nothing can replace traditional diet and exercise, there are a few treatments and procedures that can help you get the body you’ve always wanted just in time to start wearing your summer wardrobe as the weather heats up.
Breast augmentation is the number 1 cosmetic procedure in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 300,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2017 alone, which is understandable because of its many benefits. Some of the most notable results of breast augmentation include:
Creating asymmetry: All women have some degree of asymmetry in their breasts. For some women, the size or shape difference is not noticeable, but for women with significant size discrepancy, a breast augmentation is a great way to create an even look. For example, women with noticeable asymmetry often have difficulty finding new bathing suits or bras that fit well, which can be disheartening over time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Colville explains that to correct asymmetry, he carefully selects different size implants for his breast augmentation patients in Toledo. This type of careful attention to detail allows a surgeon to even out the size and enhance the shape of both breasts.
Add volume: Many women are simply unhappy with the size of their breasts. With a breast augmentation, you can get the figure you’ve always wanted. You’ll finally be able to wear the tops and bikinis that never fit quite right before. During consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your desired results and your lifestyle. Then, he or she will evaluate your body type and current breast size so as to recommend an implant that fits your needs.
Boost confidence: Breast asymmetry or size can cause many women to feel insecure about their physical image. Increasing self-confidence is one of the most common reasons women pursue a breast augmentation, because the procedure has the potential to help you look and feel your best. In fact, according to RealSelf, 97% of breast augmentation patients think the procedure is worth it. However, it is important to remember that this procedure is something you should do only for yourself. It is normal to ask for the opinion of your close friends and family, but it is ultimately your decision.
For women who have tried strict diets and frequent exercise and are still left with stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction provides a way to achieve their aesthetic goals. Liposuction removes excess fat through tiny suction tubes called cannulas. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss measure and is particularly effective when used as a finishing touch to an already healthy lifestyle. This versatile procedure can enhance a number of areas, including:
- Upper arms
- Upper back
- Neck and jawline
Liposuction is a good option for patients who want to get their bodies ready for summer because it leaves minimal scarring. For example, modern techniques usually result in scars that are only a few millimeters in length and are made in discreet locations. With good post-treatment care, liposuction scars can fade and become nearly indiscernible.
One reason this non-surgical body contouring option is so popular is that it does not require downtime. Additionally, CoolSculpting does not use anesthetic, incisions, or needles, which are all major selling points for people who do not want to undergo surgery. This procedure uses precise cooling temperatures to eliminate pinchable areas of fat on places such as the abdomen, double chin, flanks, and thighs.
During a treatment session, the CoolSculpting device gently pulls the treatment area between 2 cooling panels that freeze the fat. Patients describe the feeling as an intense cold sensation that quickly subsides once the area becomes numb. Patients often read, check email, or even nap during their appointments. CoolSculpting is great for busy moms who don’t have time for surgery, especially with the kids out of school during summer. There is no long recovery period, and the treatment itself only lasts about an hour.
The results develop over the course of 3 months following the procedure. Most patients are happy with the results after just one treatment, but some opt for follow-up sessions to reach optimal results.
If you are interested with any of these procedures, contact your local board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.