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  • Taking Cosmetic Surgery Shortcuts Carries More Risk Than Reward

    Not only should you be wary of specific “techniques” created by individual plastic surgeons (often a marketing tactic to separate them from the crowd), but also be careful of any new or recent unproven techniques meant to create a shortcut around a surgical procedure with proven results. One such case can be seen with something called the “Botox® Breast Lift”, where an injection of Botox® is administered to the pectoralis minor to paralyze them. This supposedly causes the back muscles, the rhomboids, to tighten, thus straightening your back and giving what appears to be a non-surgical breast lift.

    However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has deemed this procedure “dangerous nonsense”, the words of president-elect Michael McGuire, M.D.. Even the president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Patrick McMenamin, M.D., agrees that this procedure will simply not work. Among the many dangers associated with this procedure is the fact the pectoralis minor is settled on top of the rib cage; an unskilled surgeon could pierce your lung. They are also unsure if paralyzing this muscle would make it more difficult to breathe, or if the amount of Botox® necessary would reach dangerous levels.

    Don’t take shortcuts when your body and your health are on the line. If you want a breast lift, get a breast lift. If it’s truly important to you, you will be ready for the time commitment necessary in order to welcome beautiful and natural looking results as provided by Southern Plastic Surgery!


    The Difference between Breast Reconstruction and Breast Revision

    At Southern Plastic Surgery, when we talk about reconstruction surgery, we’re referring to those who have made the decision to have their breasts reconstructed after losing one or both breasts in the surgical treatment of breast cancer (also known as a mastectomy). Other practices do not always make that distinction; they refer to reconstruction surgery as a procedure to “re-do” a previous augmentation, reduction, or lift. At SPS, we call this procedure a Breast Revision because the patient and Dr. Whiteman will work together to create a new vision to further enhance the breasts or to correct any problems seen with the patient’s current augmentation, reduction, or lift.

    There is nothing more debilitating than being unhappy with your results – especially after having to undergo the surgical procedure and putting in the necessary recovery time. Being able to have this “re-do” procedure performed will once and for all give you the look and feel you’ve always desired. Those looking for a breast revision procedure come to Dr. Whiteman not just because of his double board certification, but because his skill and expertise in breast surgery is well respected and his results speak for themselves.

    If you’ve undergone a surgical breast procedure but are less than satisfied with your results, there is an option available to you! Come in and see Dr. Whiteman for a consultation and he will discuss your ideal image with you and guide you down the Breast Revision surgery path.