From Blah to Beautiful: 3 Cosmetic Procedures for the New Year

It’s a tale as old as time. Every December 31st, we ring in the New Year with lists of what we’d like to accomplish and resolutions that we’ve made for the next 12 months that lay before us. The future feels flush with potential, yet most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past March. Life gets in the way despite our best intentions.

Year in and year out, one of the most common resolutions involves weight loss. The continued popularity of this desire demonstrates our unending wish to improve our bodies as well as our health. Yet it’s easy to become defeated by the hard work of diet and exercise when problem spots persist and the effort we put in isn’t reflected in our figure. That’s why cosmetic surgery can be the perfect way to start the New Year off right.

Not only can customized procedures enhance appearance, cosmetic surgery delivers noticeable results that inspire people to stay committed to their diet and fitness goals, as well as counteract holiday weight gain.

1. Liposuction

This classic body contouring procedure just keeps getting better with time. Liposuction dates back to the early 1900s, and has developed and improved exponentially over the years. Modern-day liposuction techniques have the benefit of more than a century’s worth of research and experience. Innovative liposuction technology offers a variety of fat removal methods, including using ultrasound energy for precision results.

Liposuction can be safe and effective for nearly any part of the body. The cosmetic procedure targets any stubborn pockets of fat that are impossible to get rid of through diet and exercise alone. In the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon, your bumps and bulges can be transformed into smoother, leaner, more streamlined contours.

2. Tummy Tuck

Any number of things can impact the stomach’s appearance. Pregnancy, significant weight fluctuation and aging can all leave the belly looking a bit worse for wear. Weight gain followed by weight loss can leave skin stretched out and loose. Abdominal muscles may become weakened or separated as a result of pregnancy, creating a ‘pooched’ appearance. Diet and exercise are powerless to change a stomach that’s riddled with loose, hanging skin or separated muscles.

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin, repairs damaged muscles and leaves you with a toned, taut midsection. A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction of the hips or flanks to enhance the overall contours and create a more proportionate figure. In addition to these positive results, studies have shown that tummy tucks can lead to lasting weight loss, offering a boost to your long-term health as well as your image.

3. Breast Augmentation

Women who want to enhance their breast size can choose from a wide range of implants for breast enlargement. Saline and silicone gel breast implants are available in many different sizes, shapes and textures, ensuring that there’s something to match each woman’s unique needs. Breast augmentation can be done as a standalone procedure or may be combined with a breast lift, also known as mastopexy. After weight loss or breastfeeding, skin around the breasts can become stretched and loose, causing the breast to droop. A breast lift removes excess skin, repositions the nipple and areola, and elevates breasts to a more youthful placement.

These procedures can be combined as part of a mommy makeover, or scheduled separately depending on your personal needs, preferences and cosmetic goals. What better way to start out the New Year than to get your groove back?