With spring emerging all around us, most of us are shaking off whatever wintery doldrums (and bad shape habits) we may have fallen into and getting back to the basics of good exercise and healthy eating.

Those winter pounds aren’t going to leave voluntarily, and there’s nothing like a shift to warmer weather (and the advent of bathing suit season) to get us motivated.

A great place to recharge your commitment to your health is the upcoming Nashville Health & Fitness Expo, set for April 27- 28 at the Nashville Convention Center. The event (a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon) showcases everything from the latest in exercise equipment and nutrition to training and race day apparel.

Diet and exercise can do a lot to change how you look and feel about yourself. But even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can get stuck with unwanted fatty deposits that just won’t budge, no matter how hard or how often you work out. For women, this unwanted baggage is likely to be found on thighs, knees, hips, upper arms, and buttocks. For men, fat can gather and stubbornly stick around the abdominal area, or in what are often referred to as “love handles” – though nobody loves them!

While nothing takes the place of smart eating and regular exercise, it’s possible to give nature an assist and get rid of those fatty deposits through the process of liposuction. Under most circumstances, liposuction can be done as an outpatient procedure and recovery is usually quick. Most people will be able to return to work within a few days and to other normal activities in a couple of weeks.

Typical short-term side effects include some bruising, swelling, and soreness over a few weeks, but once these are resolved, you can relax and enjoy your newly svelte figure.

As with any procedure performed by a highly qualified practitioner, there’s no “one size fits all” approach with liposuction, and your first step toward making a decision should be consulting with us in office, where we can discuss your specific needs and wants, talk about what your outcome is likely to be, and answer any questions you might have about the procedure itself. Many people decide to have other, complementary procedures combined with liposuction, like a tummy tuck, facelift, or breast augmentation. It can also be combined with a comprehensive Mommy Makeover, and our patients are thrilled with their results. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our before and after photo gallery, you will be stunned at how much improvement is possible.

While removing the fat cells from the problem areas means fat won’t gather in them the same way it did before liposuction, of course, you’ll need to control your weight going forward to keep that great new shape. Most patients are so thrilled with their new looks that they discover a new commitment to keeping themselves in shape – and reap the improved health that goes along with that healthy lifestyle.

If unwanted fat is making shopping less fun than it should be, or if those skinny jeans just aren’t sliding on the way they used to, don’t despair. Spring’s the natural season to reshape your shape – and we can help.

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