The holiday season is underway and a new year is quickly approaching. For most of us, the natural inclination is to want to start fresh as soon as the ball drops. Who hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution or two (or 100)? According to a variety of studies and surveys, the most popular resolution last year was to get healthy and not surprisingly, the majority of these health goals were related to fitness and diet, both habits that improve your appearance. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to boost your health and wellbeing to look and feel your best, resolutions, in general, aren’t very effective and resolve fades fast. In fact, Gold’s Gym analyzed four years of check-in data and found February 18 was the day with the largest drop-off in gym attendance.
So, why do New Year’s resolutions fail? Experts suggest the lack of success is due to making too many resolutions or ones that are too challenging or overly vague. For example, setting your sights on hitting the gym every day before dawn, doing yoga daily, giving up sugar and quitting smoking all at once probably won’t work. Though something non-specific with no steps or game plan like “losing weight” isn’t likely to lead to the outcome you’re looking for either. Seeing dramatic results or making drastic changes requires commitment, time, discipline and the ability to stay motivated. If your expectations are unrealistic, it’s easy to lose confidence and give up if you miss a gym session or hit a weight loss plateau.
As a Houston cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jung always encourages his patients to make lifestyle changes and not fleeting resolutions. Yet, even after a dedicated workout routine or strict diet, occasionally, stubborn fat or extra skin sticks around, causing disappointment and often resulting in people falling back into unhealthy habits. Or, in other cases, the changes they’re looking for can’t be fixed in spite of their best efforts. There are a variety of procedures and tactics, both surgical and non-surgical, that can get you over the hump and give you the confidence you need to power through and reach your goals without any resolutions. Here’s the Premiere Surgical Arts guide on how to improve your look and start 2018 off feeling absolutely amazing.
Perfect Your Eyebrows
Want to know how to improve your looks without makeup or, more specifically, how to improve the appearance of your face? Focus on your eyebrows! It might sound too simple to work but your brows are your most important facial feature according to science. They’re essential for emotional expression and when they’re well-defined and shaped, your eyes pop, you look more pulled together and less washed out and it creates the appearance of facial symmetry. Waxing, plucking or threading (within reason!) to shape your eyebrows is always a good idea. To add color and definition, you can use an eyebrow pencil, powder or gel. However, for a lasting, natural-looking, smudge-proof way to fill in sparse or light eyebrows, you might want to consider microblading. Using a manual tool, the technician makes fine strokes one by one and deposits pigment under the skin. You’ll see results immediately and the payoff is big.
Slim and Firm with Liposculpture
Liposculpture can eliminate localized fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise. After nixing fat, Dr. Jung sculpts the treatment area to help you look slimmer and more toned. If you’re within 25 pounds of your ideal weight and are looking for a less invasive fix, we also offer laser liposculpture, or SmartLipo, which melts fat using bursts of laser energy. Vaser liposculpture is another choice and relies on ultrasound to emulsify fat and also involves less downtime and discomfort. For women, popular liposculpture treatment areas include the hips, stomach, thighs, knees, chin and neck, lower legs and cheeks. Many of our male patients opt to treat their chest, “love handles,” abdomen and neckline. We can even perform abdominal etching to carve out a six-pack and define muscles.
Get Younger, More Even Skin with Microneedling
The popularity of microneedling has really skyrocketed recently and it’s not hard to see why. In addition to being among the most simple ways to improve your appearance in the hands of professional, the treatment doesn’t involve surgery, it’s quick, there’s little to no downtime, it’s virtually painless and it works with your body’s own natural self-repair system. Did we mention it also effectively treats a wide range of skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and stretch marks on all areas of the body and is safe for any skin type or tone? Yup, what’s not to love? We perform our Houston microneedling procedures with SkinPen, which is the gold standard in microneedling devices. Dr. Jung can customize the treatment to your needs for maximum precision and optimal results. The SkinPen is a hand-held device that makes hundreds of tiny, microscopic punctures in the skin to stimulate the biological healing response. This, in turn, elicits the production of new collagen and elastin for suppler, more youthful, even-toned skin.
Consider Breast Surgery
Whether you’ve never been happy with your breasts or aging, nursing or pregnancy has created unwanted changes, you can alter their size, shape and position with cosmetic surgery. Breast augmentation or a breast reduction will take you up or down in size, respectively. A breast lift, well, lifts for a younger, perkier look and can also enhance your shape and symmetry. For women who are less than thrilled with the results of a previous breast augmentation procedure, we also perform breast implant revisions. With the techniques and materials today, your breasts will look incredibly natural, allowing you to fit in clothing like you’ve always wanted or have a shapelier silhouette.
Use Latisse to Amp up Your Eyelashes
Another simple, non-surgical, non-invasive way to improve your appearance without makeup is to try Latisse. Full lashes look feminine and sexy and your eyes appear brighter and refreshed. Yet, mascara is fickle and you’re either sporting raccoon eyes by the end of the day or scrubbing your lashes to oblivion trying to take off waterproof formulas. Eyelash extensions are no picnic either as they can cause major irritation, a lot of people are allergic to the adhesive and their expensive and time-consuming to keep up. Latisse is an excellent alternative. The FDA-approved treatment increases the volume and thickness of your natural lashes. You simply apply the formula with the special applicator each night. Results are evident after eight weeks, with full results visible in 16 weeks. It’s available by prescription at Premiere Surgical Arts.
Say Goodbye to Excess Skin with Body Contouring
For those interested in how to improve your looks for men and women alike when you’ve already put in the time, effort and commitment to shed pounds, body contouring could be a good approach. One of the most frustrating things about significant weight loss is that after your hard work, you’re often left with extra skin and fat deposits. You don’t have to live with them! You deserve to feel confident and you should be able to celebrate your achievements. Body contouring is actually a collection of procedures that can be customized to your needs. Our popular options include body liposculpture, arm lifts, tummy tucks and thigh lifts. Dr. Jung removes the excess skin and fat for a tighter, smoother, firmer body, which not only helps you achieve the look you want while enhancing your self-esteem but also improves your comfort and hygiene.
Whiten Your Teeth
Whitening your teeth definitely makes it into the top 10 proven ways to improve your attractiveness with minimal effort. Studies have shown that people with whiter teeth are perceived as better looking and healthier. It can also make you look a few years younger. It’s so easy to do, it doesn’t hurt and it’s cost-effective. While professional in-office whitening will give you the best results, if you’re on a budget, over-the-counter teeth whitening does work to produce a dazzling smile.
Kick Your Double Chin to the Curb
We typically get rid of a double chin, also known as submental fat, with either liposculpture, a neck lift or Kybella injections. A double chin is another one of those things that just doesn’t budge even after losing weight everywhere else and it can be due to genetics or aging. Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable drug that can eliminate submental fat without surgery. The injections dissolve and absorb the fat cells so they don’t come back and you’re left with a sculpted, sleeker jawline. Neck liposculpture is another option and involves suctioning out fat through tiny incisions. Neck liposculpture alone and Kybella are perfect for younger patients or those just looking for fat removal. However, if you also need contouring or lifting, a neck lift is usually recommended. During the procedure, Dr. Jung reduces excess skin and fat and tightens the underlying muscle before pulling the rest of the skin taut, so you get both the slimming and anti-aging benefits.
Smooth and Plump with Injectables
It really doesn’t get much less invasive than injectables when it comes to achieving powerful anti-aging results. While the outcome is subtler than surgery, you’ll notice a big difference and there’s no downtime. Botox temporarily blocks signals from the nerves to the desired facial muscles to relax dynamic wrinkles and expression lines. It’s ideal for crow’s feet, between the eyebrows, the forehead, the sides of the mid-chin for frown lines, as a non-surgical brow lift and even to address bands or visible cords in the neck. We also offer dermal fillers that rely on hyaluronic acid gel to instantly restore lost volume. JUVEDERM XC works wonderfully for filling in moderate to severe wrinkles such as marionette lines, corner lines, smile lines and vertical lip lines while JUVEDERM VOLUMA can be injected into the cheeks to add volume and lift.
The butt gets a lot of press and there’s no denying it’s one of the most talked about body parts around. Yet, squats can only do so much considering weight fluctuations, genetics and aging can all work against us. A Brazilian Butt Lift involves taking fat from elsewhere on your body and transferring it to the buttock region. You’ll get a firmer, lifted, shapelier butt for a curvier overall body profile and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Jung can perform additional liposculpture for added contouring.
Our tips on how to reinvent your look and improve your physical appearance will help you love what you see in the mirror. Plus, the confidence you gain can enable you to maintain the motivation necessary to make long-term lifestyle changes to reach the ultimate goal of being healthy and content. If you want to start the new year looking outstanding without any resolutions, schedule your consultation at Premiere Surgical Arts and find out if our Houston med spa or cosmetic surgery procedures are right for you.