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  • Cinderella Procedures: Botox Now Used to Stamp Out Excess Foot Sweating

    Southern Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Whiteman was recognized by Allergan, the makers of the increasingly popular dermal injectable Botox®, as a Platinum Injector in the fall of 2009.  Whiteman’s extensive experience administering the product garnered him the accolade and has also allowed him to further explore the added benefits of the product, beside wrinkle-reducing muscle relaxation, like migraine headache relief, and now, reducing foot sweating.

    According to a recently published article in The NewYork Daily Post citing an interview from The Wall Street Journal in which an aesthetic foot surgeon details injecting Botox® into patients’ feet to minimize the amount of sweating and subsequent growth of bacteria contributing to many patients’ foot faux pas. The injections are a new procedure added to the recently coined, and aptly named, niche of cosmetic foot surgeries dubbed “Cinderella procedures.”

    Botox® and similar competitor Dysport® work to temporarily (results typically lasting 4-6 months) block the nerve signals from the muscle into which they are injected.  Originally, Botox® and Dysport® were developed as a way for patients to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles around the eyes (periocular) and mouth (frown lines) contributing to an aged appearance.  According to the published interviews, the injectables work similarly to temporarily block the nerve signals that cause patients’ underarms and feet to sweat when injected into the respective regions.

    Dr. Whiteman carefully reminds patients that injectables are only a temporary fix for these issues and that ,because they are not the specifically intended use of the products, they should be approached with  due caution.  Additionally, patients should ensure that their prospective physician is properly trained to perform the injections (consulting only a board certified plastic surgeon is usually a good way to make sure of this.)

    If you’re interested in learning more about the uses of cosmetic injectables or the other cosmetic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs contact his office.

    Cool and Enjoyable Summer Exercise

    Dedicated to beauty, both inside and out, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery often advises cosmetic surgery patients to follow an exercise regime both before and following any procedure to facilitate healing and further enhance their satisfaction with their surgical results.  Read below for some of our latest exercise tips.

    Summer is a difficult season for exercise, especially here in the notorious Atlanta heat. However, here are some easy and creative ideas for summer workouts that can get you outside.

    Swimming – You don’t have to own a pool to swim. There are many public pools around Atlanta that are open in the mornings for lap swimmers. Swimming is a great way to burn a ton of calories in very little time. It’s a great morning workout routine as it wakes you up and really gets you ready to start the day. Many YMCA’s have outdoor pools in addition to their workout facilities, so if a public pool is far from your house, there are other options for swimming as well.

    Biking – Biking, no matter where, is a great form of exercise, because just like swimming it can help burn lots of calories with little time commitment. In the summer heat, the best biking paths are on trails. All over the Atlanta area, city parks offer bike trails. They’re usually shaded by trees and can be a cool alternative to pavement. Sometimes following a river or stream, you can burn easily burn calories while enjoying the scenery.

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    If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for Summer

    If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for SummerDiet and exercise are an invaluable aspect of any type of weight-loss related procedures. In order to attain the best results, Dr. Whiteman often has patients follow a diet plan both before and after their respective surgical procedure. We’ve put together a list outlining several ideas for easy summer recipes, in addition to the other information on the health and wellness portion of our blog, that can help you improve your look (whether you’re having cosmetic surgery or not.)

    Easy Summer Eat’s

    Summer is all about cool, fresh, and light ingredients. Beautiful produce is available in any local grocery store that is both healthy and delicious; you just have to know what to look for! For vegetables, it’s all about the color. Vegetables that are deep and vibrant in color are often rich in beta-carotene and other important nutrients.  Peppers, tomatoes, spinach, beets, carrots, and broccoli are all good examples of vitamin rich, healthy vegetables. As far as fruits are concerned, peaches, nectarines, and plums are good snack ideas because of their high water content.   They will fill you up without giving you the unwanted calories that many fat-laden snack foods contain.

    Here are some ideas of healthy summer recipes:

    Grilled Pepper Salad

    4 bell peppers, (mixed colors), halved, seeded and stemmed

    1/4 cup halved and pitted oil-cured black olives

    1/4 cup rinsed and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

    1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

    1 tbs balsamic vinegar

    1/8 tsp salt

    Grill peppers on medium-high, intermittently turning until soft and charred in spots (usually 5 minutes per side.) When cool enough to handle, chop the peppers and gently mix with olives, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl.

    Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables

    1 small onion, halved and sliced

    1 tb finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

    1 lb. green beans, trimmed

    1 medium summer squash (or zucchini) halved and cut into 1-inch pieces

    1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes

    1 tb extra-virgin olive oil

    1/2 cup white wine (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

    1/4 tsp salt

    1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

    1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown (about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Season beans with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve.

    Read Dr. Whiteman’s blog for the latest plastic surgery news and health and wellness tips.  Should you wish to learn more about the procedures Dr. Whiteman offers or to schedule a consultation contact his office or visit his website.