Divorce can be a traumatic experience, upsetting the order of your world and shaking your self-esteem and self-confidence. That may be why many women — and men — seek plastic surgery after going through a divorce. Cosmetic treatment is a way to indulge yourself and boost your sense of self-worth.
Plastic surgery can make you look younger, fitter, and more attractive. But, equally important, it can make you feel better about yourself. That emotional lift can help you recover from the pain of divorce and take positive steps toward your next phase of life.
In this article, we’ll share the most popular plastic surgery procedures after divorce. Depending on your age and what parts of your body or face cause you to doubt your physical appeal, you may have other procedures in mind.
Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat that remain even after rigorous dieting and exercise. It’s considered minimally invasive surgery because only small incisions are used to insert fine suction tubes, or cannulas, to extract the fat. Liposuction can help you regain trimmer and more youthful body contours after the weight gain that accompanies the natural aging process. It’s a great way to spruce up your body and increase your self-confidence.
Eyelid Lift or Facelift
Drooping eyelids can make you look older than you are and more tired than you feel. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, restores an alert, younger look to your face. Most people won’t guess you’ve had surgery; they’ll just think you look better rested and healthier.
An eyelid lift is often combined with a facelift for more significant facial rejuvenation. Today’s facelifts beautify the face by raising and repositioning skin, fat, and underlying connective tissues. The results are often subtle, amazing, and natural-looking.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, tightens abdominal muscles and removes loose skin and excess fat to give you a firm, flat, and smooth midsection. It’s a wonderful confidence-boosting procedure after divorce, restoring your body’s younger and fitter look. It can also improve your posture and eliminate back pain by strengthening and rebalancing your core.
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures, most often including a tummy tuck and other procedures like liposuction, a breast lift, or a facelift. The specific combination of procedures is tailored to your individual needs. Many women who have a mommy makeover after divorce had considered the surgery before and the end of the marriage may provide the extra push to move ahead with it. One motivation is to make themselves more attractive as they re-enter the dating pool. Another is to feel more confident about themselves as they face a new future.
Do It for Yourself
Emotions can be high in the immediate aftermath of divorce, and your feelings about yourself can be low. It’s best to wait until you’ve weathered the worst of that storm before deciding to have plastic surgery. Approach plastic surgery as an investment in yourself, and do your best to separate it from the pain of your immediate past.
When you’re ready to think clearly about your future and who you want to be going forward, schedule a consultation with a top-quality plastic surgeon — a doctor who is board-certified and has skill and experience in the procedures you are considering. Find a plastic surgeon who takes the time to listen to you and who can advise you on the methods that will best meet your needs.
Schedule a Consultation in Chicago
Dr. Florence Mussat is a board-certified plastic surgeon in downtown Chicago with extensive experience in facial and body contouring procedures. Call our office at (312) 751-9000 or contact us online to schedule a personal consultation today.
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Getting everything (including yourself) ready for your big day can feel like a Herculean task. As is the case with any big project, however, starting early—and developing a realistic schedule—can work wonders to reduce stress and create stunning results. If you’re not sure where to begin, the timeline below will give you an idea of when to book different cosmetic bridal treatments.
One year before your wedding, you should start adjusting your lifestyle and improving your skincare regimen. Make sleep a priority and get into a routine; resist the temptation to stay up late planning your wedding. You should also optimize your diet: Even if you’re not trying to lose weight in time for your wedding, eating a diet rich in nutritious whole foods (and low in processed foods) will reduce breakouts and give you a natural “glow.” If you are trying to lose weight, Dr. Mussat offers a some medically supervised weight loss programs to help her patients slim down in a safe, healthy way.
Regarding skincare, you should start applying a medical-grade serum containing topical retinoids about one year before your wedding. These highly specialized compounds reduce acne symptoms while also slowly fading sun spots, freckles, fine lines, and other blemishes. Retinoids do have a few potential side-effects to be aware of, though, so they should only be used under the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Your skin care provider will help you work out a plan to avoid excess sun exposure and other irritants that can compromise the effectiveness of retinoid creams.
Six Months Before Your Wedding
Six months before your wedding, you should step up your skincare game: Consider trying injectable treatments, like Botox and dermal fillers, to smooth out distracting creases and amplify your best features. Even young brides sometimes find that Botox and fillers make them look better in photos as these compounds can correct genetic abnormalities (like naturally deep nasolabial folds or forehead creases) that are unrelated to the aging process.
Trying an injectable treatment six months before your big day will allow you to experiment: Because fillers and Botox wear off within three to six months, if you try a treatment and don’t like it, you can just let it dissolve naturally before you wedding. If you do like the results of your treatment, you can repeat it closer to your wedding date.
This is also a great time to book any surgical procedures you’re interested in having. Though most plastic surgery procedures only require a week or two of downtime, some procedures take a while to fully settle. Breast implants, for example, take about six months to “drop and fluff” (i.e., settle into a natural position and reach their final size). Having surgery well ahead of time ensures that you’ll look your absolute best when you walk down the aisle. It will also give you ample time to recover before you become very busy with wedding preparations.
Three Months Before Your Wedding
In the months leading up your wedding, you should start getting regular manicures and pedicures. You should also settle on a hair color and style that works with the gown you’ve chosen.
One Month Before Your Wedding
During the month before your celebration, you should schedule “top up” injections of Botox or fillers, if you want to freshen up the results of a previous treatment. If you’re having gel or acrylic nails applied, we recommend having them placed at least a couple of weeks before your wedding. Doing this will give you time to get used to how they feel before your wedding. Finally, make sure to have your teeth whitened during the month leading up to your big day.
As your wedding date nears, have any last minute waxing done (two to three days in advance) and have your nails touched up, if needed. You should also try to avoid stress and over-indulgence: Consider meditation to ease any pre-wedding jitters, limit alcohol, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep. By caring for your body—inside and out—you’ll guarantee that you look and feel fabulous when you say “I do.”
Fall and winter are both great times to have liposuction: It’s usually easier to find time to recover during these seasons, and postoperative swelling can be disguised with thick sweaters and coats. However, like all forms of invasive surgery, liposuction needs to be planned carefully so it doesn’t interfere with your holiday plans. It’s therefore important to know what to expect during liposuction recovery: Knowing when you’ll feel better and experience optimum results can help you make the most of this winter’s festivities.
Liposuction Recovery: What to Expect, and When
Liposuction remains such a popular body contouring procedure because it produces results relatively quickly, with little downtime. Most people who have liposuction performed on a small area, e.g., under their chin or their inner thighs, can return to work after just one week of rest. Still, if you’re planning to have liposuction on a larger area, like your stomach or back, you may need two weeks of rest. Not everyone who has liposuction on a large area needs to rest this long, but older patients and patients with a strong inflammatory response usually do. Because it’s difficult to anticipate exactly how you’ll respond to surgery, it’s better to err on the side of caution and plan for at least two weeks of recovery time. In other words, if you want to feel better in time for December 24th, you should have surgery during the first week of December.
Another important factor to consider is residual swelling. Though symptoms of physical discomfort generally wane within just three to five days after having liposuction, deeper inflammation can take a while to fully resolve. In rare cases, patients have reported noticing swelling for up to four weeks after having liposuction. (Note that this is also more likely when the patient is having a large area treated.) Though this swelling isn’t dangerous and probably won’t cause you any pain, it can obscure your results. Swelling can cause treated areas to look “puffier” than they actually are, making you look a bit heavier than you will after you’re completely done healing.
How much this residual swelling will matter depends largely on what you plan to wear during the holidays. If you live in a cold climate and love to show off your favorite kitschy Christmas sweaters, most people probably won’t even notice that you’re still a bit swollen. If you have your heart set on slipping into a slinky dress, on the other hand, it could end up sabotaging your style. We, therefore, recommend having liposuction during the last week of November.
Though time is fast running out, if you contact us promptly, you’ll still have a chance to arrange a liposuction consultation in 2018. When you visit Dr. Florence Mussat, she’ll help you weigh your options and determine whether or not this procedure can fit into your busy holiday plans. Don’t let the opportunity to give yourself the gift of a better body pass you by—make this the year that you finally achieve your cosmetic goals.