You may have heard the saying “Summer bodies are made in winter”. This doesn’t just apply to diet and exercise, but to face and body treatments, some of which require a number of weeks for heal, or this can also apply to treatments which require a course of treatments over a few months (like facial treatments). Here’s some surgical procedures to consider having during these colder months, to ensure you look your absolute best when it comes to bearing more skin.
Refresh your face
If your face and skin is looking older than you feel, it could be time to consider a facial surgery procedure.
SMAS Facelift (Superficial musculoaponeurotic system) – this is the most common type of facelift performed by Dr Edinburg. It is such a successful procedure, because it not only elevates and tightens the superficial skin. In most patients who seek an improvement in the sagging and draping of the lower face and jowls, the underlying muscles and tissues generally contribute enormously to the sagging look. With a SMAS facelift, all those structures are tightened to lift the facial structures, neck and brow. In summary, the SMAS facelift targets all the layers of the face, neck and brow, not just the skin.
It is possible to do a skin-only facelift. This is most appropriate for a younger patient who wants tightening earlier on, and is rarely sufficient for the majority of patients seeking help for their sagging and draping skin. Of course, if the skin-only facelift is appropriate for your needs, Dr Edinburg will advise you.
Scarring is well hidden in the natural lines of the face and hair. Once our Plastic Surgeon utilises his years of specialist skills and experience in the placement and technique of suturing, your body will take over and heal those scars, so do your best to gear your diet and lifestyle to support this. Your operation will take around 3 to 5 hours and is conducted under a general anaesthetic in a hospital. If you opt for a SMAS facelift you’ll need to stay overnight in the hospital, although the results are longer lasting, due to the rejuvenation of the underlying structure of the face. Results will be evident and continue to improve over the following couple of months.
At Eden Institute, we will also plan and work with you to improve the quality, look and feel of your skin to match that new look, utilising current, scientific, credible treatments.
When to book:
Schedule your facelift during those winter months to ensure your face is summer-ready
Tighten your tummy
If you’ve had a baby or have lost a significant amount of weight, you may be left with a more svelte figure, but a tell-tale little ‘apron’ around your middle section. Unfortunately, diet and exercise won’t get rid of this excess skin.
A tummy tuck will involve making an incision from hip to hip above the pubic area, along the ‘bikini line’. Your abdominal muscles and connective tissues are tightened with stitches. In some cases, liposuction may be added to remove areas of fat and help to refine the contours of the abdominal and hips area.
Recovery time for those undergoing a tummy tuck is a few weeks, although you will be mobilising from day 1, and home by about day 4. We ask you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to assist with compression to minimise swelling, and most of our patients report that this garment is very supportive. You can return to work after about 2 or 3 weeks, and commence exercise, with full sports by about 6 weeks. We suggest that you allow about 6 weeks for your recovery in total.
When to book:
If you’re planning on unveiling your new bikini body come the warmer months, book in your treatment at the beginning of winter.
Remove excess fat
For some people fat removal is needed in more places than just the stomach area. Liposuction can treat the chin, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The surgery, which takes place in a hospital, involves making small incisions in the specified area and using a small thin tube (cannula) to dislodge and suction out fat deposits.
While liposuction can reduce the amount of fat in an area, general obesity cannot be suitably treated. Before this, and any type of cosmetic surgery, it’s best to discuss your expectations with your Dr Edinburg.
Recovery time takes between 1 to 3 weeks, depending on which procedure you’ve undergone.
When to book:
As you will need to wear a pressure garment after surgery, which helps to encourage healing without risk of sagging, winter time may be ideal for you as your clothes will help cover this up and you may feel more comfortable in the winter months.
Boost your breasts
If you’d like to have larger, or more evenly-shaped breasts, winter-time can be a good time to consider a procedure. Breast augmentation surgery can help improve the appearance of your breasts, whichever issue it is your wish to address.
During the 1 to 2-hour surgery, silicone implants are placed directly behind the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle, or under the pectoral muscle, tailored to suit your body shape. The procedure requires little tissue stretching, trauma, bruising or swelling.
During winter, breast implant surgery is ideal, as recovery generally takes around 1 to 2 weeks. During the colder months it’s less likely you’ll need to wear swimwear or go swimming. You will need to a specially-designed bra for a few weeks, to help improve your comfort levels.
When to book:
During the colder months, although if you’ve left it when summer is just around the corner, remember we offer the Short Recovery Technique. This means the procedure is performed with gentle precision to minimise tissue stretching or trauma. Dr Edinburg takes special measures to reduce the bruising, bleeding, swelling, and pain that are usually associated with traditional breast implant surgeries.
This shortens the procedure to approximately 1 hour, with recovery expected within 1-2 weeks.
We always treat surgery with respect. We fully inform all our patients so that you can make appropriate choices for your face and body.
We invite you to contact us for more information on any of these treatments on 8814 5800