May 22, 2014
Summer is almost here, which means there will be plenty of pool parties, boat rides and lounging on the shores of Lake Michigan in your future. Are you ready to strut your stuff in a bikini or crop top? If not, Chicago plastic surgeon John Bull has a few tips for you.
Ditch Processed Foods
Fresh produce and lean proteins will fill you up faster than processed snacks and refined carbohydrates. Fill your grocery basket with fruits and veggies, lean meats and whole grains and you should see results quickly. If you accidentally slip up and have a cheat meal, don’t beat yourself up: Simply get back to your sensible eating plan the next day.
Bonus tip: Make sure you’re getting enough fiber, which can keep you sated for hours. Try flaxseed as a yogurt topping, or add sliced almonds to your lunch salad, Women’s Health magazine recommends.
Up Your Cardio
The best way to blast fat is to focus on your cardio, according to Glamour magazine. High-intensity interval training programs — like CrossFit or Insanity — are short but extremely effective.
Check Out a Pilates Class
Pilates is a great workout to get swimsuit-worthy abs, a tighter butt and slimmer arms and thighs. Groupon always advertises reasonable deals for Pilates studios, so try a class and watch your body transform before your eyes.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Ease up on alcoholic and sugary beverages and replace them with plenty of water (we’re talking four to six normal-sized water bottles per day). Contrary to popular belief, water combats bloat and will help you lose water weight.
Consider Body Sculpting
If a diet and exercise overhaul isn’t giving you the slimming results you’re looking for, consider body sculpting with Dr. Bull. He offers traditional liposuction and non-surgical body contouring with SmartLipo or LipoSelection.
Get Rid of Unwanted Hair
Not thrilled about constantly keeping your legs, underarms or bikini area fuzz-free? Permanently get rid of unwanted hair with laser hair removal. Or, if spider veins are plaguing your legs, ask us about laser vein removal.
Reconsider Your Skincare Routine
Many of our cosmetic surgery Chicago patients are interested in the latest and most effective skincare products. We are pleased to offer the Obagi line of products. Our team of aestheticians can give you more information and put together a customized skincare plan for you.
Contact Dr. Bull
For more information about getting your body bikini-ready for summer’s festivities, contact Dr. Bull at the John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa at (630) 717-6000.
May 9, 2014
In honor of Mother’s Day, Dr. John Bull and our plastic surgery team in Chicago have compiled a list of some of our favorite celebrity moms who have had plastic surgery. Whether these women had surgery prior to becoming a mother, or decided to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies after giving birth, we agree that these celebs look great!
Jessica Simpson’s younger sister Ashlee chose to have rhinoplasty in 2006 to refine her nose. The 29-year-old mother of Bronx Mowgli opted for a slimmer and straighter nose that is much more proportional to her entire face. Though she didn’t come clean about the plastic surgery, Ashlee’s dad Joe told FOX News that “there was a real problem with her breathing and that was cured.” No matter her motivation, we think Ashlee’s nose looks great.
The star of shows like “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” told People magazine in 2002 that she had a tummy tuck and breast reduction after having four children. ”I had four C-sections and my stomach looked like the map of the world. My breasts were hanging down to here from breastfeeding those babies, and my nipples were like platters. I wanted to fit into the gowns that I finally got to wear.”
The mother of eight confirmed that she had a tummy tuck after giving birth to sextuplets. In fact, she documented the tummy tuck in an episode of her TLC show “Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later,” filmed in 2006. Kate made other tweaks to her appearance, including a much talked-about hairstyle change.
While she toured around the world with the Spice Girls, Victoria didn’t have large breasts — something she changed by having implants placed. For years she was photographed with round, perky breasts. However, earlier in 2014 the mother of four and wife to David Beckham told Allure magazine that she had her implants removed for a more natural-looking bust (perhaps so she can run after her brood more freely!).
Beverly Hills housewife Kyle Richards admitted to having liposuction in 2012. “After having four kids, no matter what exercise I did, the love handles wouldn’t go away!” she explained on the Bravo TC special “Secrets Revealed.” “I’m very happy with the results!” Kyle said.
Soleil Moon Frye
The former star of “Punky Brewster” had breast reduction at a young age. As a teenager, Soleil developed size 38-DD breasts, which she said caused back pain and sore shoulders and earned her the nickname “Punky Boobster.” Three months before her 16th birthday, she had breast reduction surgery and told People, “Now I’m not insecure and I can shine.” Soleil is now the mother to three children.
Treat Yourself to a Mommy Makeover
If you’ve noticed changes in your figure after having children and want to return to your pre-pregnancy body, Dr. Bull can help, with a comprehensive treatment called “mommy makeover.” Mommy makeover usually combines breast surgery and tummy tuck procedures to lift and enhance the breasts and tighten the abdominal area. Liposuction can also be incorporated into mommy makeover.
Call us at (630) 717-6000 or send us an email to schedule a mommy makeover consultation.
May 5, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery is not right for everyone. Although Chicago plastic surgeon John Bull is pleased to work with an incredibly diverse patient base, he is very selective about whom he chooses to work with. In order to maintain professional integrity, Dr. Bull does not perform plastic surgery casually. Instead, he carefully screens every candidate and only works with people who are in good health and have the right motivation for pursuing surgery.
You should not have plastic surgery if you:
Are Not Healthy
Plastic surgery is not dangerous, but any surgical procedure carries an inherent risk. That risk increases if you are not in good physical health or suffer from an uncontrolled medical problem. Some health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes can also complicate the recovery process.
Dr. Bull will discuss your medical record and health history with you in detail during your consultation. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Bull may advise you to work with your primary care physician to get control of any medical problems before undergoing plastic surgery.
Are Significantly Overweight
If you are more than 25 pounds over your ideal weight, plastic surgery may not be a smart idea. Excess weight can make it difficult to attain a good result. It can also increase your risk of other problems, such as blood clots and improper wound healing. Some people look at liposuction or tummy tuck as a weight loss procedure, but Dr. Bull can assure you that it certainly is not meant to be regarded as such.
Want to Please Someone Else
If you are pursuing plastic surgery at the behest of someone else (a spouse or significant other), it is likely that you will not make a good candidate. You should seek plastic surgery of your own volition and not to please anyone but yourself.
Smoking and plastic surgery simply do not mix. Smoking causes your blood vessels to constrict, which impairs the circulation and healing process after surgery. It also replaces the nourishing oxygen in your blood cells. These factors can increase your risk of infection, poor scarring and open wounds. If you do smoke, Dr. Bull will ask you to quit at least four weeks prior to your procedure (and afterward, too).
Have Extremely Low Self-Esteem
If you are plagued by issues of low self-esteem and believe that plastic surgery is a quick fix, you are mistaken. Plastic surgery produces aesthetically beautiful results, but it requires a commitment — both in terms of time and finances. Plastic surgery should only be considered if you are in a good place emotionally and have reasonable expectations of the experience.
Schedule a Plastic Surgery Consultation
Wondering if plastic surgery is right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. John Bull to talk about your needs and cosmetic goals. Call us at (630) 717-6000 or send us an email.