Most resolutions involve losing weight and getting into shape, but what happens a few months into the year, when your new year’s resolve has thawed like the coming of spring?
Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise, you can’t seem to get over the hump to your dream body. Do you want another year of frustration, or will you finally make good on your promise to transform yourself?
Here are three common procedures to start your new year off with your dream body.
1. Contour Your Body With Liposuction & A Tummy Tuck
If you want to target stubborn fat or skin on your lower abdomen, a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck is the perfect solution.
Liposuction (or lipodystrophy) breaks down and removes fat from your abdomen. It’s one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the US, with more than 300,000 people getting it every year.
It can help you regain control of your body shape, especially if you’ve tried diet and exercise to no avail. Liposuction works because it permanently removes fat cells. In addition to trimming down your lower abdomen, it can also target your:
- Love handles
- Upper arms
After the transformative fat loss of a liposuction, you’ll likely have excess skin on your lower abdomen. That’s perfectly normal. It’s for this reason that most surgeons pair liposuction with a tummy tuck.
Many people see a tummy tuck as a purely cosmetic procedure, but the benefits are far reaching. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, tightens your abdominal muscles. In doing so, it helps with a number of health issues.
For example, a study of over 200 women at nine different treatment centers found that six months after an abdominoplasty, women reported an average 85% improvement in their back pain and a 73% improvement in incontinence.
Why does a tummy tuck improve back pain and incontinence? In part because the surgery repairs the abdominal muscle separation common in pregnancy or other weight gain.
2. Transform Your Silhouette With Breast Augmentation
It’s easy to say that breast asymmetry is common for most women, and that childbirth and aging lead to unwanted changes in your breasts. But it’s another thing completely to experience it.
You deserve to feel sexy and confident about your breasts, regardless of what other people tell you is normal. Breast augmentation, another one of the most common cosmetic procedures in America, can help you improve your breasts if:
- They are different sizes (or otherwise asymmetrical)
- They have lost their fullness or shape
- You experience changes after childbirth or breastfeeding
A good surgeon will not only help you decide which areas to focus on for your augmentation, but they’ll also develop a detailed plan to get you the best result. Even with a skilled doctor, many women worry about the two following issues with breast augmentation:
- Scarring—With modern advances in surgery techniques, scarring is minimized significantly. Your doctor will make one small incision in the fold under your breast (known as the inframammary fold) and another behind the pectoral muscle under your breast tissue. These small incisions lead to minimal scarring.
- Breastfeeding––Some women are able to return to breastfeeding after breast augmentation.
If you’re a smoker, you must stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery. The nicotine constricts your blood vessels and negatively affects your blood circulation, which can lead to surgical complications. Similarly, the carbon monoxide from cigarettes can negatively impact your oxygen supply, which makes it difficult to heal.
What To Expect After Surgery
With the use of medication to address any discomfort you might experience, you can usually return to most normal activities 24 hours after breast augmentation.
Most doctors have a carefully designed program of warm showers and stretches to help you get on with your life after surgery. In fact, recovery can be so quick that we even recommend going out to dinner after the surgery.
Keep in mind that what you see immediately after surgery will not be your final result. You’ll experience swelling and bruising (as you would with any surgery). That may take several weeks to go away. Likewise, the position of your implants will settle into their desired position over time.
Once the side effects of the surgery wear off, you’ll be able to look in the mirror and see your dream body. And you’ll be able to wear your dream bikini to match.
3. Re-Shape Your Chest With Gynecomastia Surgery
For men, certain hormonal imbalances can cause enlargement of the breast tissue. This condition is known as gynecomastia..
It’s a benign condition, but it is emotionally taxing, especially when people don’t realize how common it is. At least 30 percent of men experience gynecomastia at one point in their life. It makes you nervous to take your shirt off, you can’t go swimming, and you feel insecure in the bedroom.
The extra weight can also cause neck and back pain. And to make matters worse, the condition is extremely difficult to treat without surgery. If you suffer from gynecomastia, no amount of diet or exercise can reduce the size of your breasts, as it’s the result of a hormonal imbalance.
Gynecomastia surgery is typically the only treatment option for gynecomastia. The surgery utilizes liposuction to get rid of excess fat, and it also contours the shape of your chest.
To prepare for gynecomastia:
- Stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding (such as blood thinners)
- Stop smoking
- Improve nutrition for optimal recovery and healing
After surgery, you can often get back to work within 2 weeks. Everyone heals at different rates, and your doctor will assess your healing process to allow for restrictions to be lifted.
Get The Body You Deserve This New Year
No matter which of these options you choose to get your dream body this new year, Proffer Surgical Associates can help. We understand how frustrating it can be to transform yourself, especially when dieting and exercise don’t do the trick.
We believe that everyone deserves to feel good about their bodies. We also believe that transformation is attainable, even in the parts of our bodies that have been affected by hormonal changes, childbirth, and natural aging.
We’re here for you. Schedule a consultation to find the best plan to get your dream body this new year.