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  • Study Linking Younger Breast Cancer Patients to Stopping Treatment Early

    A new study released by Columbia University reveals a connection between a patient’s age and the length of time they continue taking their breast cancer chemotherapy medications. The study shows that younger breast cancer patients appear more likely to stop taking their chemotherapy medications before the recommended time period has lapsed. Experts point to the fact that younger women may stop their medication as no outward signs of their illness persist after the first few years of treatment. There is also lifestyle issues associated with the study’s younger cohort:   including the fact that many younger women are also mothers of young children.  This fact often translates to a shift from patients focusing on their own health to focusing on the welfare of their children.

    Dr. Whiteman stresses to patients that chemotherapy drugs, just like any other prescribed medication, should be taken as directed. Stopping medications too early can increase the risk of relapse, which can prove incredibly dangerous with such a serious illness.  Dr. Whiteman is a valued member of the breast cancer awareness community in Atlanta: co-founding the breast cancer survivors’ group Life After the Fight and serving as The Sport of Giving’s (an Atlanta-based cancer awareness non-profit) Medical Director.  Dr. Whiteman also devotes his surgical talents to breast cancer patients in performing breast reconstruction surgery for those patients who have lost breast(s) as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

    At Southern Plastic Surgery, Dr. Whiteman works with patients of all ages to formulate individual plans for breast reconstruction. Because every patient’s case is different, the utmost care and attention to detail is paid to ensure that health and well being remain intact throughout the cancer treatment, surgery, and healing processes.

    If you are interested in breast reconstruction or have questions concerning breast cancer treatment, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We’d be happy to speak with you.

    The Use of Botox for Migraine and Headache Treatment

    A new study suggests that Botox® may be useful beyond its’ cosmetic ability to relax wrinkle-causing muscles. In numerous examinations of both men and women, patients have noted a decrease in headache frequency after receiving Botox® for cosmetic reasons. Botox has long been used to reduce wrinkles, though its non-cosmetic popularity has begun to rise as well thanks to recent research.

    Anyone who’s ever experienced migraines which originate near the eyes knows how terribly debilitating they can be. Extreme sensitivity to lights and sound, combined with a dreadfully painful headache, are just some of the classic symptoms of migraines.  Although plastic surgeons do not typically inject Botox to treat migraines specifically, many Southern Plastic Surgery patients who have received Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles have been delighted by the fact that their migraines are a thing of the past.

    If someone were to receive Botox® injections to decrease wrinkles, no additional injections would be needed to treat headaches. That means headache reductions are simply an added bonus to the primary effects of Botox® treatment.

    It is important to note that, though the original study was done with specifically Botox®, Dr. David Whiteman has also seen similar results with Dysport® (a competitor to Botox®.)

    If you’ve been thinking about Botox® or Dysport® treatments, please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions.

    Latisse Rebate Extension Annoucement

    Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce the extension of the Latisse® rebate through the end of August.  FDA approved for the effective treatment of hypotrichosis (an insufficient number of eyelashes,) daily application of the topical prescription can result in thicker, longer, lashes for patients in a matter of weeks.

    Receiving the $20 rebate is easy:  patients are merely required to complete a simple application on the Latisse® website to join the “Lash Perks” program.  Upon submitting the application, members will be given a coupon which they can mail to Latisse® with the UPC code from their prescription box by the end of August to receive the rebate as well as a complementary cosmetic case.  In addition to the rebate and free gift, becoming a Lash Perks member allows patients access to the latest news and subsequent specials from Latisse®.

    If you’ve been contemplating using Latisse® now is a great time to start.  Contact Dr. Whiteman’s office today to schedule a consultation to see if Latisse®, or another facial rejuvenation product or procedure, is right for you.