Summer is in full swing, but many men and women feel they are not quite ready to show off their bodies. When engaging in fun summer activities such as barbecues, swimming, and family functions, many patients want to look and feel their best. However, some may feel insecure about that unwanted fat or sagging skin around their midsection. When trying to achieve your ultimate summer body, it is best to consider surgery before the summer season. Undergoing cosmetic surgery like liposuction, a body lift, or tummy tuck surgery can help boost your confidence and allow you to enjoy some fun in the sun with a newly contoured physique.
When Should You Consider Surgery?
When getting swimsuit ready, many people often assume they will have the whole summer to undergo their desired surgery. Unfortunately, summer may not be the ideal time to tackle an extensive surgical procedure. Patients who wish to have major plastic surgery done must understand that it will take a considerable amount of time to achieve their aesthetic goals. As with any operation, there is also a recovery period to take into account.
The ideal time to undergo plastic surgery to reveal your summer body is during the fall or winter so that there is enough time to allow the body to heal properly. Having to recover in the middle of the hot summer can be uncomfortable and may hinder your ability to show off your freshly contoured figure. Because every person heals differently, planning for all aspects of your surgery is the most practical approach to enjoying your results in time for the summer season.
Liposuction can help many patients who desire a toned and fit summer-ready body by eliminating stubborn fat. No matter how much someone may diet and exercise, it can sometimes be hard to eliminate excess fat that is lingering in certain regions of the body. Liposuction can sculpt the body and address the following areas:
- Inner and outer thighs
Following your liposuction procedure, tight compression garments or bandages will be placed around the treated area that should be worn for at least four weeks. Because liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, you will be able to return to work and regular activities about one week after your surgery. Your final results will become apparent in a few months as your body continues to heal.
Body lift surgery is best performed on someone who has lost a significant amount of weight. This procedure is performed to conquer loose skin and tissue for a more tight and toned figure. Body lift surgery can address the following areas:
Body Lift Recovery
The length of your recovery period following a body lift will vary based on the extent of correction needed. Typically, recovery can last a month or longer. Compression garments will be applied to minimize swelling and facilitate the healing process. You will be required to limit all strenuous physical activities for a few weeks. Most patients can return to work a few weeks after their procedure.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery can treat the midsection and give patients more confidence to show off their abs. This procedure removes excess skin that has resulted from weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural course of aging. It can also be performed in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat deposits for a more toned and slim body shape.
After your tummy tuck surgery, bandages will be placed around the treated area. Be sure not put any stress on your midsection and get plenty of rest. Take light walks during your recovery to promote circulation and healing. Your recovery period can last up to six weeks, and you will be able to return to work after three weeks.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
During your recovery, not only should you take care of your incisions, but you want to also make sure you keep your health up. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid smoking and drinking for at least three to four weeks following your body contouring procedure. Part of the recovery process also involves making sure you are eating the right nutrients. We recommend you eat the following foods during your recovery:
- Lean protein
- Fresh fruits
- Nuts and seeds
Patients who take good care of themselves following any of these procedures will have long-lasting results and a summer-ready body. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a controlled diet and plenty of exercise can help you preserve the quality of your results.
To determine if you are a good candidate, you may schedule a consultation with us online or contact our office at (214) 827-8407.