Summer may seem a long way off, but the New Year is an excellent time to get a head start on your summer body. With the indulgences of the holiday season behind you, and the motivation and accountability that come with New Year’s resolutions, many people find that January is a great time to undergo aesthetic surgical procedures. In this article, Dr. Donald Hause, a leading Sacramento plastic surgeon, discusses body contouring methods that can help you achieve a summer body.
Body Contouring Procedures
Body contouring is the phrase aesthetic surgeons use to describe the procedures that focus on erasing excess fat and sagging skin. There are several procedures that fall into the body contouring category. The most common are listed below:
- Breast lift – rejuvenating the shape of the breast by modifying the size, elevation and contour.
- Tummy tuck – this procedure eliminates excess skin on the abdomen and/or weakened or damaged abdominal muscles.
- Lower body and thigh lifts – these lifts repair sagging skin on the abdomen, buttocks and inner and outer thigh areas.
- Arm lift – sagging skin on the upper arms (sometimes called “bat wings”) can be addressed with an arm lift.
Time to Heal Before Summer
While patients are generally allowed to return to their normal routine a few short weeks after body contouring, it can take months for the swelling to completely disappear and for the body to settle into its new shape. Undergoing surgery in the early weeks of the year will give you plenty of time to heal and feel confident in your new body in time for the warmer summer months. Parents often find that January allows for more time to heal and rest, since children return to school after the long holiday break.
Healing in Cooler Weather
Some body contouring procedures can produce a significant amount of temporary swelling. Many patients find that the healing process is far more pleasant in the cooler months, when compression garments can be worn more comfortably. Once the chaos of the holiday season winds back down, the winter months are an excellent time to start thinking about which body contouring procedures can help you obtain your best beach body.