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Cosmetic procedures to get a summer body fast

Summer brings rising temperatures, sunnier skies, longer days, and hopefully some extra time off to allow for that perfect summer vacation. Perfect in theory, but not all of us were able to diligently stick to that New Year’s resolution of diet and exercise, and now, the idea of summer clothes and bathing suits is daunting. But it’s not too late! While the more invasive procedures like a tummy tuck or a nose job may involve too much downtime to get you back out there before the end of summer, there are still things your plastic surgeon can do for you to help you feel comfortable and confident.

Liposuction, or rather liposculpting, is the gold standard minimally invasive way to give your body back the shape you desire. Scars are minimal and downtime is significantly less than surgery that would involve skin incisions. You may need a few weeks of compression, but the spring and early summer is the perfect time to think about touching things up. Microliposuction can recreate muscular definition that you may not have seen for decades despite the number of crunches you have been doing. Newer noninvasive body sculpting technologies (CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis) can have significant effect with minimal downtime, although several sessions are often needed.

Summer is really the perfect time to explore the noninvasive options plastic surgeons have to offer. The summer heat invites more revealing clothing, and for both men and women, grooming of body hair can be cumbersome. Laser hair removal of the shoulder and back for men, and pubic and leg regions for women have become increasingly popular. Results are long lasting too, although several treatments may be needed. Your plastic surgeon can also address those spider and varicose veins at the same time, so you can put shorts on with confidence.

Summer is probably not the best time for skin resurfacing and chemical peels, because we know how much you want to be out in that sun. But with essentially no downtime and no scaring, facial rejuvenation with Botox and dermal fillers can improve those fine lines and wrinkles. Ask your plastic surgeon about new options, like Kybella, a first-in-class injection that can melt your neck fat away. Pair facial rejuvenation with a new summer hair color or cut for maximum wow factor.

Summer is just starting, and its not too late to get your body into the summer swing. Remember, minimally invasive and non-invasive is probably the way to go to maximize your fun time in the sun.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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