It’s Bikini Time!
It’s unseasonably warm in Northern California and it’s now Day Light Saving’s Time. The combination has many of our patients thinking about even warmer weather, summer vacations and heading to the beach. Of course this makes us start pulling out our bathing suits and trying them on after a long winter. So what can we do to get bikini (or bathing suit) ready?
As any good health professional would advise, remember to stock up on good sunblock. We all want to enjoy the warm sunshine but a simple habit of applying sunblock 3-4 times a day will keep our skin healthy and minimize age spots and wrinkles. We recommend sunblock that has either of two minerals that act as physical barriers. Your sunblock should contain either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide. Mineral makeup can be applied frequently to the face as a physical sun protection barrier as well.
REMOVE UNWANTED HAIR
Ladies always appreciate being bikini clear of unwanted hair. The most popular laser used over the last several decades is for laser hair removal. (http://www.laserandvein.com/services/laser-hair-removal/) Light energy is focused on an area that patients want free of hair. The hair follicle is the growth center of hair. The pigmented hair follicle absorbs the laser light energy much as a dark shirt on a sunny day. This laser energy destroys the hair follicle resulting in clearing of hair growth. It takes a series of 4-6 treatments spread out over a year. So now is a perfect time to start your hair removal treatments getting bikini ready for the summer.
For those who want to improved body contours, SmartLipo laser liposuction can be your ideal treatment. (http://www.laserandvein.com/services/smartlipo/) I was fortunate to be the first surgeon to introduce SmartLipo to Northern California in 2007. SmartLipo has revolutionized body contouring for our patients. Now performed under local anesthesia, a laser fiber is used to melt fat and tighten the skin. The cosmetic surgeon can then gently remove fat by suctioning with small micro cannula (tiny tubes) to improve the patient’s contour. Reducing fat around the abdomen, and flanks (the so called muffin tops) can restore the waist and enhance one’s curves. Many times simple removal of fat on the outer or inner thighs can improve our patient’s confidence to get back into their bathing suit. SmartLipo is popular because there is minimal downtime, and the results are immediate. Of course there will be some swelling that takes about 4-6 weeks to subside. So once again now is the time to think about body contouring.
If one just needs to jump start a weight loss program or lose those last 10 lbs., Zerona non-surgical laser treatments can help shrink inches and combined with lifestyle changes can help one lose weight as well.
Spring time is also when those who have long thought about breast augmentation or breast lifts decide to come in for a consultation. This is a very personal decision for many women. Breast augmentation has one of the highest rates of satisfaction of any cosmetic procedure. (http://www.laserandvein.com/services/breast/breast-augmentation/)
Enjoy your springtime, our added extra hour of daylight and let’s get ready for summer!
In beauty and health,