Surfside Summer Makeovers
WebMD experts tell you the cosmetic secrets people are using to stay looking good on the beach
By Denise Mann
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD
Try as we might, most of us will probably never achieve Jessica Simpson's new bikini bod or rhythm and blues star Usher's finely chiseled abs -- at least not the old fashioned way with a low-fat, low-calorie diet, and regular exercise.
While nipping, tucking, zapping, and suctioning are certainly no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, they can definitely augment one, experts tell WebMD. For better or worse, here's what the inhabitants of the cabana next store may be up to this summer.
Breast in Show
Adjustable breast implants may make some waves at the beach this summer. Here's why: "About 90% of breast augmentation patients are very happy with the results immediately after surgery and then at six weeks, they say 'I could have gone bigger,'" explains Ben Lee, MD, a plastic surgeon in Englewood, Colo. "They come in terrified that they will end up looking like Dolly Parton and opt for smaller implants."
To the rescue: the Spectrum Expandable saline implant. "It has a port that is placed in at the time of surgery either underneath the breast or nipple and after surgery, if a woman decides to go bigger, they can add about 70 ccs of volume or so," he tells WebMD. They can also be downsized, he says, but that is rarely done.
"Some of the best breast augmentations that I have seen are done with this method," he says.