Get a Head Start on Your New Year’s Resolutions

As 2019 starts, many of us begin to think about how to make a fresh start in the early days of the year.  For some people, that involves embarking on a new fitness regimen or starting a diet that gives us more energy and helps us shed unwanted pounds.

However, nutrition and exercise alone are often not enough to provide the shape, tone, and contour you desire. Even if you hit the gym diligently and count your calorie consumption, you may still find you have problem areas such as “love handles” or a “muffin top” in your abdominal area, or flabby upper arms that remain stubbornly undefined, despite all the triceps dips and kickbacks you’ve done. In these cases, surgical body contouring procedures can help supplement your aesthetic goals and provide you with the motivation you need to succeed in your New Year’s resolutions.

Upper Arm Lift

An upper arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a straightforward procedure that removes lax skin in the portion of your arm between your shoulder and your elbow. This area of the body is especially prone to sagging and laxity as the skin loses elasticity due to aging or weight loss, and it is often unresponsive to exercise and dieting. A brachioplasty is a customizable procedure that can significantly improve the appearance of the upper arms, restoring a toned and youthful look.

Tummy Tuck

While we would all love to attain the washboard abs we see on the covers of fitness magazines, that goal is out of reach for many of us because of excess skin and fat in our abdominal region. However, a tummy tuck surgery will help create that flat belly you’ve always wanted. If you have unwanted fat and loose tissue throughout your entire abdominal region, you may be a good candidate for a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck may be a better option for you if you are only concerned about excess fat and skin below your navel.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift procedure is ideal for anyone with loose skin on their inner thighs, outer thighs, or both. This surgery is an excellent option for patients who have recently lost a dramatic amount of weight and are dissatisfied with the resulting laxity of their skin. For those people, thigh lift surgery can provide smoother, tighter legs.


Every year, thousands of patients turn to liposuction – either as a standalone procedure, or as part of body contouring surgeries like an arm lift, a tummy tuck, or a thigh lift – to remove subcutaneous fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Patients who are already within their ideal weight, but who remain frustrated with stubborn pockets of fat in areas such as their belly, back, neck, or legs, enjoy the benefits of liposuction surgery to help them attain the toned physique they’ve always wanted.

Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolutions With Body Contouring

Whether you choose to get these procedures individually or combine one or more of them for even better results, the team at the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery is here to help. Our four board-certified cosmetic surgeons provide their years of expertise and training to provide all our patients with the body contouring they deserve. Give yourself the gift of improved self-esteem as you head into a new year with a fresh start, and resolve to make 2019 your happiest and healthiest year ever!