Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in the Spring

Deciding to get plastic surgery is a brave and empowering life choice. Accordingly, the decision is not to be taken lightly, and there is a lot to consider when choosing the timing of your procedure.

Recovery time, leave from work, family obligations, and social duties are some of the factors that significantly influence the timing of most patients’ plastic surgery. While every person’s circumstances are different, general trends in the weather and societal calendars do dictate patterns in our daily life.

For this reason, many people find the spring an ideal time to undergo plastic surgery.

Here, the expert team of noted plastic surgeons of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg outline the various advantages of getting plastic surgery done in the spring.

Natural Harmony 

For everything on earth, people included, spring is a time of new growth, and of rebirth.

The cold days of winter slowly begin to lengthen and warm up, and we are shown the promise of the beautiful summer days to follow. What summer brings are long walks in the park, mountain hikes, swims in the lakes, and trips to exotic beaches.

For both men and women alike, getting summer ready starts with losing some of the excess baggage gained during the winter holiday season. Particularly useful for this are spring surgeries such as liposuction and cool sculpting.

These procedures can give you a kick-start to the sunny season and provide some much-needed encouragement to help obtain, reveal, and maintain the beautiful potential of your physique.

Easier Social Calendar  

Wintertime is an excellent plastic-surgery season, where post-surgery recovery can quickly be done snugged up in loose clothing, indoors, away from the winter weather.

What many patients do find, however, is that the numerous social obligations during the winter season can be troublesome for recovery and even scheduling an appointment.

As you recover from plastic surgery, holding discussions at dinner or concerning yourself with how you look at the party are the last things you want to be worried about – you just want some well-deserved R&R.

What’s more, mothers and fathers may appreciate the alone-time that spring gives as their children go back to school, leaving the house blissfully peaceful for those 6-8 hours a day.

Summer is Just Around the Corner 

Spring is not too late to get plastic surgery and be bikini-ready for summer.

Getting procedures such as breast augmentation, face surgery, or spa services such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® in the spring means the results of your procedure will be ready and flourishing for the summer-fun season.

Spring gives us the perfect combination of downtime and anticipation for enjoying your freshly rejuvenated physique. It is critical to get enough rest during recovery, and in many cases, to avoid direct sunlight until you have fully healed from the surgery. Spring gives us an ideal opportunity to do just this.

Spring Plastic Surgery in Fredericksburg   

If you are considering plastic surgery, please consider reaching out to our team of top plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. We are currently offering virtual online consultations to help you enjoy the comfort of your own home. Please call 540 371 7730 or schedule your online consultation to get answers to any questions you may have!

Let’s get ready for summer fun!

How to Determine the Right Breast Implant Size for Your Figure

With more than 300,000 women reshaping their bust every year, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S.

However, breast implant revision surgeries are also on the rise. Over half of these breast augmentation revision surgeries are performed because women initially choose the wrong size implant, and consequently need to get the implant size changed.  

For this reason, it is crucial to choose the right breast implant size when you first get your breast augmentation. By getting your size right the first time, you will avoid unnecessary revision surgery and complications later on.

There are numerous factors you need to consider when deciding the right breast implant size for you. Here, our surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg outline which factors to take into consideration, and how you can estimate the correct size implant for yourself

Measuring Breast Implant Size

Brassiere cup sizes are unreliable measurements of actual breast size. As such, breast implants are not measured in cup size – they are measured in cubic centimeters (CC’s).

This is because brassier cup volume differs between countries and bra manufacturers – a B cup from one manufacturer may be a different size than a B cup from a separate manufacturer. For this reason, plastic surgeons use the precise and universal measurement of volume to standardize measuring the size of breast implants in cubic centimeters.   

Breast implant sizes vary greatly, anywhere from 120 ccs to 850 ccs. The size of the implants you should choose depends on a variety of factors.

Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

Breast implant surgery is a highly personalized process. In the end, the decision is up to you about the size of your implants, but you should carefully consider these factors:

  • your desired aesthetic result
  • natural amount of breast tissue
  • height, weight, chest, breast and shoulder dimensions
  • skin elasticity
  • lifestyle

For pleasing aesthetic results, many women are beginning to choose more moderately sized implants that give a full, perky profile without being overly large.   

Choosing breast implants that are too large often leads to complications such as the implants becoming displaced or your skin sagging, and in some cases, breast implant revision surgery.

Breast implants that are too large for your frame can also increase the chance that you will experience back and neck pain. They may also lead to postural issues, so the size of implant you choose must be proportional to your frame and musculature.

Visualizing Breast Implant Sizes

Two easy, at-home tests that are very effective in helping you visualize the actual sizes of different breast implants are the rice test, and the water test.

Both tests work because 1ml of rice or water equals 1 CC.

To perform the rice test: 

  1. Measure out 200 ml of rice
  2. Cut out a section of some old pantyhose
  3. Tie a knot in one end and fill the pantyhose with the rice 
  4. Tie off the top end.

This shows you the size of a 200 CC breast implant.

You can manipulate the shape and profile of your jerry-rigged implant, and varying the amount of rice will help you see the difference in breast implant sizes.

The water test is very similar; only you use a balloon with different volumes of water to help visualize the different implant sizes.

Try wearing larger brassieres with different items of clothing and placing your home-made implants into the bra cup to get an idea of how you look and feel with various implant sizes.

Remember that you also need to consider the profile and shape of your implants. This is best done with an on-site consultation so you can see and ‘try’ the different implant shapes and sizes which are available to you.

Deciding on the size of your breast implants takes a lot of consideration. If you’re thinking about breast augmentation surgery in Fredericksburg and whether or not it’s right for you, Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg can help.

In a one-on-one consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeons will consider your specific circumstances, your physique, lifestyle, and desired results and recommend the best implant sizes for you. 

To book your appointment, please don’t hesitate to call 540 371 7730 or fill out our online form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Risks and Benefits of Herbal Supplements in Aesthetic Surgery

There are a number of supplements, herbs and nutrients that can potentially accelerate healing and reduce scarring when used appropriately. However, patients need to be aware that full disclosure of all medications, both those that are prescribed and those that are obtained over the counter, can have a significant impact on recovery.

Following is a summary of various herbal medications that can have a potentially negative surgical effect if not avoided two to three weeks prior to surgery.

Bleeding effects

  • Gingko biloba
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Fish oils (omega 3 fatty acids)
  • ong Quai
  • Feverfew

Cardiovascular effects

  • Ephedra
  • Garlic (hypotension)

Anesthetic effects

  • Valerian root
  • St. John’s wort
  • Kava

Drug Interactions

  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Licorice
  • St. John’s wort
  • Kava
  • Valerian Root

Other

  • St. John’s wort and Dong Quai (photosensitivity)
  • Ginseng (hypoglycemia)

Excerpt from March/April 2009 Aesthetic Surgery Journal

Please use this list as a starting point for your discussion with your plastic surgeon. Open communication is essental to ensuring your health safety and best possible surgical outcome.