Summertime has finally arrived in Memphis, and brings with it lazy days at the lake, margaritas by the pool, and family trips to the beach. While this is a great time of year to kick back and relax, you may be less than excited at the prospect of showing your body in a swimsuit. If you’re not feeling comfortable with your current physique, it can be difficult to let go of long sleeves and embrace this season of showing less.
Here at Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we understand the desire to look and feel your best, which is why we’re happy to offer the following procedures to get you beach-body ready before you know it.
Breast augmentation: If you’re looking for the best way to fill out your new bikini top, breast augmentation could be just the procedure for you. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, and sometimes simple genetics can cause a loss of volume in the breasts. Some women never actually develop much breast tissue in the first place. Depending on your particular needs, this surgery can improve the size and shape of your breasts, restore lost volume, enhance symmetry, make your breasts more proportionate to your body, and rejuvenate the overall appearance of your breasts.
Following surgery, patients may experience some swelling or bruising initially, but this will generally resolve within 4-6 weeks. Most discomfort associated with the procedure is mild, and the majority of individuals feel well enough to return to their daily routines after about one week. Patients should avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, or any strenuous physical activity of any kind for a minimum of about four weeks in order to give the breasts ample time to heal. Be sure to consider the recovery time involved with breast augmentation when mapping out your summer plans!
Liposuction: Diet, exercise, lotions and potions – liposuction is an incredibly popular body contouring procedure that targets and removes the stubborn excess fat your best efforts can’t budge. The most common areas we work with are the stomach, hips, and thighs, but liposuction can also address other areas, such as the buttocks, knees, arms, and even the chin. This is the perfect procedure to put the finishing touches on your beach body.
The recovery time for liposuction depends on the number of areas you’ve had treated. There will usually be some degree of bruising and swelling that fades within 2-3 weeks. Most patients are able to return to light work and exercise within the first week. Although it takes around three months for the final results of liposuction to be visible, about 50% of the result will be evident after three weeks, in plenty of time for you to soak up some summer sun.
Tummy tuck: Life changes like pregnancy or losing a large amount of weight can result in an embarrassing amount of excess skin around the abdominal area. Weight gain and aging in general can have the same effect. An abdominoplasty can provide sleeker, smoother contours to the stomach by repairing loose or separated abdominal muscles, removing that excess fatty tissue, and tightening the skin.
Because this procedure is designed for patients requiring the maximum amount of fat and skin removal, the surgery itself, as well as the recovery time, can be a bit more involved. Most patients are back on their feet within 24-48 hours, can return to work within 14 days, and can resume most normal activities within six weeks. You may experience some swelling and bruising, as well as temporary numbness, and some pain and discomfort is normal in the first week. It can take a few months for your swelling to completely resolve, but a tighter tummy and smaller waistline are worth the wait!
Brazilian butt lift: What if you don’t have any trouble filling out your bikini top, but your bottoms are sadly lacking in the sexy department? If your flat, sagging, small, or lopsided derriere has got you down, a Brazilian butt lift can restore the prominent, perky buttocks of your youth. This augmentation procedure is a combination of liposuction and fat grafting intended to reshape the buttocks by taking fat from the waist area, outer thighs, and underneath the buttocks, then preparing it and injecting it into the central buttocks.
Recovery from the butt lift takes about three weeks, and you should be able to resume normal activity by four weeks. You’ll need at least two weeks off of work, and won’t be able to drive for three, but by far the most important part of recovery is no sitting directly on your backside for at least three weeks post-op. This will ensure the longest lasting result, and you’ll be able to strut your sultry new silhouette around for many summers to come.
Mommy Makeover: Children are wonderful, but they can really do a number on your body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause excess skin, sagging breasts, and stubborn fat deposits that seem impossible to get rid of through diet and exercise. Our Mommy Makeover is a single-session surgery that tackles these kinds of post-pregnancy body issues. This procedure typically combines a tummy tuck with breast enhancement and liposuction. Breast enhancement can entail breast implants, a breast lift, or both.
Having three procedures at once does create a slightly more complicated recovery scenario, but you’ll have the promise of your pre-pregnancy body rocking a swimsuit all summer long to keep you going!
Whether you’re planning ahead for next summer, or looking to make the most of this one, your procedures with us will be performed by experienced, qualified plastic surgeons. With over twenty years of combined experience, our team has what it takes to minimize scarring and downtime, using cutting edge technology and techniques. If you’re ready to take the next step into self-confidence, get in touch with us today to set up a consultation. We’re here to help you rediscover what you love about yourself!