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With such a mild winter this year, it feels like Spring came months ago. In reality, Spring arrived on March 22nd and for many that means the beginning of the season when we start trying to shed the weight gained during the cold winter months. For me it means heading to the gym, walking the Lafayette Reservoir and, new this year, The Daily Method. We all want to get back into that bathing- suit shape we had at the end of last summer and I’m no exception.

As always, proper diet and exercise are keys to transforming our bodies into top form. However, every year as we grow older, our skin changes, we can’t metabolize fats like we used to and we have slightly less muscle mass. This is why we inevitably begin to see the signs of aging as sagging, wrinkles, and those stubborn little pockets of fat that seem to stay no matter how hard we work out. Add to this any major change in weight such as having a baby, and gravity may have the advantage.

While a healthy lifestyle will always be important in helping to postpone many of the signs of aging, there are ways to play catch up with the help of your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Spring is a great time to consider surgical solutions for making your chest, abs and legs summer ready. This is also a great season for considering that Liquid Facelift with Laser Genesis to rejuvenate your look.

The Chest

The chest area of both men and women is susceptible to the effects of gravity and time. For women, pregnancy and breast feeding magnify gravity’s effects. The perfect solution for many of these cases is breast augmentation, which can often be combined with a mastopexy (breast lift) that can reverse the course of gravity and return the breast back to a natural youthful position. When combined under the trained hands of a plastic surgeon with either silicone or saline implants, the results can yield that perfect bikini look. For men, the breast becomes a stubborn area for fat deposits that no amount of exercise can fix. In most cases, small amounts of targeted liposuction can be a relatively easy solution. For more stubborn cases, I do have considerable experience with male breast reduction and mastopexy.

Abs

The abdomen tends to be one of the most troubling areas for both men and women. Luckily, targeted liposuction is a very effective way to combat stubborn midsections. Like most Plastic Surgeons, I prefer VASER Lipo because it uses LipoSelection®, which targets specific areas of the body and leaves surrounding vital tissues unharmed versus traditional liposuction which can result in lumpy or uneven skin. VASER Lipo (www.vaser.com or see the video vault on our website) is so precise and gentle that patients typically report dramatic reshaping with little downtime. Sometimes the effects of pregnancy and childbirth can be so demanding on a women’s body that simple liposuction is not enough and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may be the right choice.

Legs

Inner and outer thighs, hips, knees and buttocks, are also very common areas for those difficult to lose fat deposits to settle. Our high definition Vaser Lipo is the ideal solution for dealing with these deposits of fat. This body contouring procedure produces natural looking results with minimal downtime.

Face

Sagging, dull skin on the face and neck are obvious signs of aging. Full correction involves combining a Laser Genesis treatment, neurotoxins and fillers. This “Liquid Facelift” can cost around $1600 and lasts 6 to 24 months depending on the filler used. Combine this with ongoing quality skin care including good sunscreen, and gravity will have to wait much longer to claim victory.

As we prepare for upcoming bathing suit weather, I see many of you taking the most important steps in fighting this battle through proper diet and exercise. I look forward to becoming an additional valued resource by seeing you in my office for a personal and highly-tailored consultation on those problem areas that diet and exercise alone can’t fix. Let’s Spring back into shape and have our bodies ready for the perfect summer!

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