Jun 23, 2019

Procedures For Summer Success

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Summer is in full swing, and when it comes to spending long, sunny days bronzing on the beach that can be easier for some than others. Bathing suit season can test the resolve of anybody with a hint of insecurity about their body, but before you go grabbing for that cover-up, consider investing in a more long-term fix. According to the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the following list is some suggestions for common problems that so many of us contend with.

Gynecomastia: Directed at the men out there, gynecomastia is the technical term for 'man boobs." Characterized by overly large breasts, a lot of time men suffering from this condition are not comfortable taking off their shirt in a public setting. In a lot of cases, diet and exercise can solve the issue, but there are instances where male breast reduction surgery may be the answer.

Belly fat: Bikinis and belly fat are not friends. If you've tried a dedicated program of diet and exercise but still aren't happy with the results liposuction may be an alternative. Best used for removing unwanted pockets of fat, lipo could remove the stubborn fat that you just can?t seem to get rid of. But be mindful that liposuction is not a tool for losing weight, and the best results come when an individual is close to their ideal body weight.

Hairy legs: Because we're outside more and the weather is warmer everyone typically shows a little more skin during the summer months, which can be somewhat embarrassing if you are a naturally hairy person. Laser hair removal is a long-term solution for eliminated unwanted hair from the legs and other body parts.

Spider veins: The bane of so many women?s summer existence, spider veins are dilated blood vessels with a branching pattern that are commonly found on the thigh. Not to be confused with varicose veins, which is another health condition, spider veins can be treated with a laser treatment. It's ideal for small spider veins, while sclerotherapy is ideal for medium-sized blood vessels.

Stretch marks: Typically a result of pregnancy, aging or weight gain/loss, stretch marks can be treated with Intense pulsed light (IPL) technology /photorejuvenation. The heat from the light heats up collagen beneath the skin which heals the shallow scarring of stretch marks.

Cellulite: When normal fat beneath the skin appears bumpy it can be due to the fat pushing against connective tissue. When it comes to treating cellulite, you might be surprised to know that liposuction isn't often recommended. At this time the only aesthetic procedure out there with long-term, FDA clearance to claim long term reduction in the appearance of cellulite is Cellfina.  Other physicians would suggest that they achieve proven results with the Nd:YAG 1440nm wavelength laser. The procedure melts fat under the skin, inducing collagen production, which in turn tightens the skin (Cellulaze). Yet other clinicians will treat patients with radio frequency (RF) devices which employ bulk heating to temporarily improve the appearance of Cellulite. Different brand names include Velas Shape, Venus Freeze and Vanquish.

So now that the weather's warm and everybody's hitting the beach you can take some solace in knowing that even though you may be concerned about a "problem area" there are solutions out there, and in most cases, they're relatively simple and affordable.