4 Ways to Get Bathing Suit Ready in Pittsburgh
With summer just around the corner, you’ve probably already noticed the racks of bathing suits popping up in every store, reminding you that the warm weather in Pittsburgh is almost here to stay. But if you don’t feel quite ready to slip into your favorite swimsuit just yet, don’t panic. There’s still plenty of time to look and feel your best this summer. And luckily, there are also a variety of nonsurgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can be effective tools to prepare for the quickly approaching bathing suit season. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Laser Hair Removal
Everyone wants smooth, beach-ready skin, but nobody likes the constant hassle of traditional hair removal methods like waxing, shaving, and plucking. Not only are these methods time-consuming, but they can also cause skin irritation and painful razor burn. Laser hair removal can be an effective and long-lasting alternative to these traditional methods.
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles of the designated area with powerful, yet safe and gentle pulses of laser light, inhibiting those follicles from regrowing hair. Keep in mind though, that this treatment works best on dark-colored hair, as blond, white, and gray hairs don’t have much pigment for the lasers to target. But typically, those with darker hair require 4 to 6 treatment sessions spaced a few weeks apart to achieve the smooth, hassle-free results you want. (Mayo Clinic)
Even if you’re maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, you may notice some stubborn pockets of fat that just don’t seem to budge, especially in the abdomen, hips, and thigh areas. Sometimes, the subcutaneous fat, which lies just beneath the skin, can be exercise-resistant and very difficult to get rid of through traditional methods alone. When this is the case, CoolSculpting can be a great nonsurgical body contouring tool that can help you achieve that lean, toned shape without having to undergo a surgical procedure.
CoolSculpting works by actually freezing the fat cells in the targeted area, which destroys only those cells, and your body naturally expels them, leaving you with a more contoured and toned figure. And as long as you continue to maintain your healthy, active lifestyle, CoolSculpting results can be long-lasting and even permanent. (CBS News)
3. ProLipo Plus
ProLipo Plus can produce similar minimally invasive body contouring results as can be achieved through CoolSculpting, but the primary difference is that ProLipo Plus utilizes a high-powered laser combined with a suction device to melt away the fat cells and then remove them, rather than freezing them and waiting for the body to dispel them. This laser technology also has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production, which can help to tighten, firm, and smooth the skin. (Dermatologic Surgery)
For many people, sagging skin, wrinkles, discoloration, and sun damage can negatively affect their self-esteem and body image, especially in the skin-baring summer months. SkinTyte is an innovative new treatment option that uses infrared energy to tighten and smooth the skin, while also helping to correct any pigmentation problems that may be a concern. And because it’s a nonsurgical procedure, SkinTyte requires little to no downtime following your treatment session, so you can expect to return to your normal activities immediately after. (DermaNetwork)
The Bottom Line
When it comes to swimsuit season, everyone wants to look their best so that they can feel their best and fully enjoy all the summer fun that’s soon to be in store. To help you achieve your smooth skin and body contouring goals, these four minimally invasive treatment options can produce amazing results, while requiring very little downtime, if any at all. Of course, as with any cosmetic procedure, discussing your options with a reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist can be the most important step in making your decision.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh or Wexford, we offer a variety of treatment options that can be custom-tailored to meet your individual needs. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ana Busquets would be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you might have during your consultation. Please contact us at (724) 933-1800 to take the first step towards looking and feeling your absolute best.