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Summary: Plastic surgery summer specials are all the rage right now. But is that actually a good thing? Sure, it’s great to save money where you can. But there are definitely some issues with offering discounts on plastic surgery. Generally speaking, you don’t want to encourage patients to undergo a procedure that they might not be a good fit for. At the same time, saving a bit of money on a procedure, especially if you were already planning to undergo that procedure, might be a good thing.

Are Plastic Surgery Summer Specials a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?

It’s that time of year when you start seeing all those hot weather discounts. But are plastic surgery summer specials a good idea? On the one hand, they certainly seem like they offer a good amount of incentive: you get the same awesome procedure and you get to save a little bit of money while you’re at it!

But summer discounts can also have some drawbacks. You might be tempted to undergo a procedure you otherwise wouldn’t. And what’s more, your results may not be ready in time for you to actually enjoy during the summer.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go ahead with a cosmetic surgery procedure on which you’re getting a discount. In fact, that discount could be a great thing, and many reputable medical spas and cosmetic surgeons offer such discounts. But when you’re thinking about plastic surgery summer specials, it doesn’t hurt to ensure you’re getting the procedure you need and the results you want. That’s why today we’re going to talk about some of the most popular “summer” procedures to see how they hold up to this idea of a plastic surgery summer special.

Tummy Tucks in Summer

One of the most popular “summer special” plastic surgery procedures is the tummy tuck. And the reasons for this start off as somewhat obvious:

  • A tummy tuck is often advertised as getting your body ready for summer
  • Just as often, a tummy tuck is marketed as helping you get “bikini ready.” It’s easy to see the appeal of that as a summer procedure, if only because bikinis tend to be more popular in summer
  • Surgically, a tummy tuck can help you eliminate excess skin and add structure to your abdominal muscles. It’s easy to see why that might be popular for the summer–a season in which showing off your tummy tends to be more common.

However, there are some reasons why you might not actually want to get this procedure performed over the summer months. First and foremost, it can take several months to fully heal from a tummy tuck. This means that if you’re scheduling your tummy tuck for summer, it won’t be ready to show off until fall or winter. For some patients, that timing is less than ideal.

That said, sometimes giving yourself a year to recover from your tummy tuck is ideal (in terms of showing it off, not in terms of regaining function). So sometimes this really is a great summer plastic surgery special.

Laser Hair Removal in Summer

Another incredibly popular procedure for the summer is laser hair removal. The reasons are pretty clear: shaving is a pain in the butt, and the vast majority of summer clothing does tends to be rather revealing. Laser hair removal, then, is used as a way to ensure you never have to shave again. You can undergo this procedure at any time of the year, of course, it’s just that people tend to think of it most often during the summer.

  • Laser hair removal can ensure that your skin is nice and smooth without having to shave or wax in the future
  • Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal can be applied to just about anywhere on the skin, meaning that you can select which area of your body you’d like to become hairless
  • The effects of laser hair removal are generally permanent, though they can wane over time; that said, if your hair does start to grow back, it will probably be hard to miss.

There are some downsides to laser hair removal, though–especially in the summer. First, you need to let your hair grow out prior to your appointment. It can be tough to observe that no-shaving rule when you have to wear shorts. Second, it will take four sessions in order to see your final results. That’s because your hair grows in stages. So you’ll need to repeat the growing-out process four times before you get to enjoy never shaving again.

Whether this is a good summer discount procedure for you or not will ultimately depend on your lifestyle. So talk to your surgeon about the best way to proceed.

Sometimes a Deal Works for You, Sometimes it Doesn’t

Discounts and plastic surgery summer specials are great. They can save you a ton of money. But it’s important to keep them as a kind of secondary factor. The most important thing is that you’re getting a procedure that will work for your results–that is, you’re getting the procedure because you want the procedure. Any type of plastic surgery summer special or discount should just be icing on the cake.

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