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With the leaves starting to change and the holiday season upon us, it may not feel like the time to start thinking about next summer, especially about how you want your body to look. While it’s true that we still have a while to go, the fall and winter months are actually the perfect time to start considering the summer ahead. If you are contemplating cosmetic enhancements, that is.

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Summer is a time for sunbathing, backyard barbeques, and long days spent near the water, especially in the San Diego heat. And with sunny days comes the desire to look your best in bikinis, bathing suits, and short-shorts. Unfortunately, attaining that perfect beach body isn’t easy, and for some patients, even the strictest of diets and workout regimens aren’t enough to get them where they want to be. Instead of getting disheartened, consider the benefits of cosmetic enhancement. At Del Mar Plastic Surgery, we offer many procedures that are sure to get you bikini-ready.

Slim Down

Most patients desire a body with smooth lines and subtle curves. Unfortunately, stubborn pockets of excess fat get in the way of that desire and instead become a confidence-damaging annoyance. Instead of feeling self-conscious or trying to hide the unwanted fat, say goodbye to it. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes unwanted fat cells once and for all. Liposuction can slim and tone common trouble spots, such as the upper arms, abdomen, back, hips, and thighs, by removing unwanted cells through a small, hollow tube. With this procedure, you can increase your confidence levels while enhancing your curves.

Liposuction works best for patients who still retain good skin elasticity. For patients whose abdominal skin may not be as elastic, or for women who have experienced abdominal laxity after having children, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction to give your stomach exactly what it needs for its beach debut. Tummy tuck surgery not only utilizes liposuction to remove excess fat, but it also removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles.

A non-surgical alternative is CoolSculpting®, which kills fat cells by freezing them. This process, called cryolipolysis, is a comfortable, less invasive approach to tackling stubborn pockets of fat.  Complete results take up to three months.

Shape up

While a firm and trim midsection is at the top of the list for most women thinking about their ideal body, there is another feature that shouldn’t be forgotten. This, of course, is your derrière. Buttock enhancement has gained popularity over recent years and can be what takes your bikini body to the next level. The good news is, if you are considering adding a little extra to your backside, you are likely already one step in. Of all the different ways to enhance the buttocks, the most popular by far is the Brazilian Butt Lift. The Brazilian Butt lift uses your fat to augment and enhance the size, shape, and position of your buttocks. The fat used in this procedure is extracted from another area of your body via liposuction. So, if you are already thinking about undergoing liposuction, why not put that unwanted fat to good use? By combining liposuction with a Brazilian Butt Lift, you can slim the areas with unwanted volume and enhance the areas that need it to create a stunning bikini-ready body.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

While plastic surgery is performed all year long, some seasons are better than others for going under the knife, especially if your goal is to be bikini-ready in time for summer. When planning their surgery, many patients forget about one of the most significant parts of their journey: the recovery. Once you factor that in, you will discover that fall and winter are the best times of year to begin your body transformation.

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Rest and Recovery

Your recovery period is essential to the quality of your tummy tuck, liposuction, or Brazilian Butt Lift results as well as your health. Since recovery is not always quick, especially after a tummy tuck,it is best to give yourself ample healing time. Swelling, bruising, and limited movement are side effects of any surgical procedure, and can take weeks and sometimes months to fully resolve. Tummy tuck surgery has one of the most extensive recovery periods because the procedure does so much to your core muscles. Your core muscles are responsible for nearly all of your movement (even if you don’t realize it), and for weeks you may be limited in your activity. Similar symptoms are present after liposuction and a Brazilian Butt Lift. These procedures require adequate recovery time for the results to reach their full potential. The key is to allow your body what it needs to rest and heal. In addition to the aesthetic side effects, your body will be sore afterward. To avoid any of these complications, plan to have your body contouring procedure sometime in the fall or winter. By doing so, you will give your body what it needs to be in tip-top shape for the hot summer weather.

Holiday Time Off

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the time you get off work, and planning your surgery around this time off has major benefits. For all of these procedures, you will need to take one to two weeks off of work. This means cashing in on one or two weeks of vacation time. Instead of using up all of your vacation hours, why not overlap those days with the days you are already being given so that you can save some of that time to show off your new shape during the summer?

Extra Hands Around the House

Just as you will likely be given time off work during the holidays, there is a good chance that your family and close friends will also have some time off. This means that there will be more hands available to help out around the house while you are focusing on your recovery. This is a great time for you to relax, and having extra help at home will allow you to do that.

To learn more about how cosmetic surgery can prepare you for summer, contact Dr. Pollack at Del Mar Plastic Surgery by calling his La Jolla office at (858) 215-6143 or his Kearny Mesa office at (858) 565-7588 to set up a consultation.