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Summer is coming and chances are good that you have a beach trip or a few pool parties planned. After spending the past few months hibernating under layers and layers of clothing, your body might be feeling a little bit shy about being shown off at the beach or poolside. 

While lots of well-intentioned people say that all you need to have a beach body is a body that's at the beach, there might be a few things you want to improve about your body before you show it off to the world. Whether you've got a tattoo that you regret or you’re struggling to get rid of those remaining “problem areas,” there are a few cosmetic procedures that can help you get the body you're proud to show off at the beach.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Raise your hand if you've got a tattoo you regret. Keep your hand up if that tattoo is on any area of the body that's only really visible when you're in a swimsuit. Whether you have a late-1990s-era "tramp stamp" on your lower back or a tattoo on the abdomen or upper thigh, you might be wishing that your skin was bare again.

In the past, tattoo removal left a lot to be desired. It took a long time, it hurt a lot, and it wasn't capable of getting rid of certain ink colors. Luckily, the cutting-edge PiQo4 laser is a considerable improvement on the lasers of the past.

PiQo4 is effective on nine of the most commonly-used tattoo inks. Because of the design of the laser, it can effectively break up even the most stubborn of inks. The laser also covers a larger area of the skin at once, so you usually need fewer treatment sessions. The treatment process itself also takes less time compared to older methods.

If you have a tattoo that you'd like to get rid of before a beach trip, how much time should you allow for treatment? How many laser treatments you’ll need depends on the size of your tattoo and a few other factors. Many people need three to four treatments, spaced about four weeks apart. Even though your tattoo isn't likely to fade away completely after the first treatment, you will see some improvement right away.


You've been dieting and exercising and have seen a noticeable improvement in the way your clothes fit. You've also noticed the number on the scale decreasing. 

Despite your efforts, though, you might still have some areas of stubborn fat or you might notice that you have some sagging skin in areas where you lose a lot of fat. While diet and exercise might not always help when it comes to losing unwanted fat or tightening sagging skin, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can. 

One of those treatments is BodyTite, a type of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction that helps to get rid of unwanted fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and hips. During a BodyTite procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the treatment area and uses a small cannula to suction away excess fat. The surgeon will also use radiofrequency energy to heat up the cannula and to help improve the coagulation and drainage of fat from the body. 

BodyTite is a surgical procedure and does require some rest and downtime afterward. You might feel ready to go back to work a few days after your procedure, but will most likely want to avoid anything that's physically taxing or strenuous for up to three weeks after BodyTite.

How long should you wait after BodyTite before you schedule a beach trip? While results will be visible right away, it can take a few months before final results appear. If you have BodyTite at the beginning of summer, you might want to wait until near the end of the season to show off your new beach body.

Spider Vein Removal

If you're the type of person who hasn’t worn shorts, let alone a swimsuit, in years because of embarrassing leg veins, let this be the summer when you finally feel free to bare your legs.

Spider veins and varicose veins can make you feel self-conscious about how your legs look. But you don't have to live with them permanently. Several treatments are available to help reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins.

One treatment option is sclerotherapy, which is often combined with laser treatment to remove problem veins and improve the look of your legs. During sclerotherapy, a surgeon injects spider veins and small varicose veins with a chemical solution. The solution causes the veins to collapse and fade away.  Laser treatment also destroys problem veins, causing them to fade from view over time.

You might need several treatments of sclerotherapy or laser therapy to get rid of your problem veins for good. Your surgeon can help you decide when it's best to schedule treatment so that your legs are ready in time for a beach trip.

A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Can Help You Get Ready for the Beach

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer BodyTite, PiQo4 laser tattoo removal, and spider vein treatment options to help patients get ready for their summer activities. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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