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  • Why Waste Your Fat after Liposuction?

    According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is the most commonly-performed plastic surgery in America. But what happens to all the fat that is removed after those procedures are finished? The truth is, a lot of the time the fat is just thrown away as medical waste. While you may not think that sounds like a big deal, the fat that is removed during liposuction is often referred to as “liquid gold” by surgeons due to its amazing ability to rejuvenate other parts of the body. Allow me to explain.

    Why Waste Your Fat after LiposuctionFat transfer injections take fat removed from areas of the body during liposuction and inject it back into other areas of the body that may be lacking in volume like the face, breasts or buttocks. The fat transfer procedure is generally a very safe way to provide natural, long-lasting results to areas all over the body. Patients are quickly catching on to this phenomenon, as evidenced by the considerable increase in fat transfer procedures I have personally witnessed over the past several years.

    Fat transfer can be a terrific, noninvasive method for patients seeking facial rejuvenation. Whether you are concerned about facial creases like smile lines and crow’s-feet or sunken areas around the lips and cheeks, fat transfer injections can provide a significant aesthetic improvement. Fat transfer injections for the face are able to create an effect similar to facial fillers, but with the added perk of results that can least for years.

    Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves injecting the previously removed fat into a patient’s breasts to create a more subtle, natural-looking increase in breast size. With smaller, more modest breasts becoming more fashionable recently, it’s no surprise that fat transfer injections to the breast experienced a massive 41% increase in popularity last year according to ASAPS statistics for 2016.

    Fat transfer can also be used as supplement for breast reconstruction procedures by filling in irregularities like lumps or hiding obvious signs of breast implants for women who have undergone mastectomies to treat breast cancer.

    If you are considering fat transfer, it’s important to bring this up with your surgeon during your liposuction consultation. During a consultation, I am able to determine if a patient has the necessary amount of fat in donor sites required for fat transfer. I have personally developed a unique method for fat transfer that removes fat from a patient’s body using suction, process it and places it in another area of the body in a matter of just a few minutes. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

    Dr. David Whiteman Answers Your Questions about the Mommy Makeover

    A mommy makeover can be a terrific way for any woman (not just mothers) to improve the contours of her silhouette. By combining a tummy tuck (using my special Scarpa fascia technique), liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to tighten the abdominal muscles, reduce fat and help remedy the effects of breast feeding, weight fluctuation, or aging. A Mommy Makeover is able to provide comprehensive and long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to regain their younger figure and show off their best selves this summer. Since a mommy makeover is a customizable procedure that varies depending on each specific patient’s needs, I have taken the time to answer some more general questions about what patients can expect before and after their surgery:

    Dr. David Whiteman Answers Your Questions about the Mommy MakeoverWhat position should patients sleep in while they recover from a mommy makeover?

    This is a great question. It’s important for patients to get plenty of rest after their procedure to help build up the strength needed to recover and promote the best-possible results from their surgery. Normally, I advise my mommy makeover patients to try sleeping on their backs with pillows under their backs and legs. The legs should be kept slightly bent at the hips. This may help minimize the tension on the abdominal incision, reduce pain, and facilitate a thinner scar.

    What can I do in the lead-up to a mommy makeover to prepare my body for the procedure?

    For starters, hydration is crucial. Leading up to a mommy makeover, patients should try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day and maintain a healthy diet to go into their procedure in the best possible physical condition. Mommy makeover patients should cut out all tobacco/nicotine consumption for at least 3 weeks before and after their procedure to promote good healing. Limit alcohol consumption to less than 2-3 drinks per week leading up to your procedure. Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, etc.) that can increase bleeding for 2 weeks before and after your mommy makeover.  Always follow your pre-op instructions closely to go into your procedure in the best-possible physical condition.

    It’s also essential to prepare for your recovery period in advance of your surgery. Make sure someone is on-hand to take care of young children (should that be necessary) and help out with minor tasks like lifting, cleaning, and driving for 2 weeks following your procedure.

    Will a mommy makeover help someone trying to lose a lot of weight?

    Unfortunately not. A Mommy Makeover is a body contouring procedure, so patients should not expect a great deal of weight loss following their mommy makeover. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue is removed and, in some cases, muscle is repaired if the patient has experienced muscle separation. The skin and fatty tissue that is removed does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients get as close as they can to their goal weight before undergoing their Mommy Makeover.

    Whether you are trying to regain your pre-baby body or seeking the ideal figure that you have always desired, I believe a mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery can be a terrific option for women. As always, a pre-surgery consultation will be required to determine if a mommy makeover is the right choice to help achieve your unique aesthetic goals. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

    Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men over 40

    As we have acknowledged here before, cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more common for men in the US. This is especially true for male professionals above the age of 40. This makes sense when you consider that these men are the types of patients who seek cosmetic procedures as a way to revitalize their appearance in order to stay competitive in their respective career fields. While we know that more men than ever are opting for cosmetic procedures, the specific procedures these men commonly seek is less common knowledge. With that in mind, I’m writing today to give you more insight on 3 of the most common types of plastic surgery for men over 40.

    Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men over 40Liposuction

    As men age, fat deposits can build up in areas like the abdomen, love handles and chest. This is common even for men who are generally at a healthy weight and don’t suffer from excess fat elsewhere on their body. The fat in these areas can often be stubborn and hard to remove, even with rigorous exercise and a healthy diet. Liposuction is perfect for removing fat from these troublesome areas to help better shape a man’s body. It’s no surprise that liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure in the US each year.

    Male Breast Reduction

    Enlarged breasts (or gynecomastia) can be another common issue for men as their body’s age. Whether their issue is caused by a hormone imbalance or carrying excess overweight, gynecomastia can be embarrassing and emotionally stressful for men. Male breast reduction surgery involves using liposuction to remove excess fat and tissue from the breast area to flatten and improve the contour of the chest.

    Blepharoplasty

    Drooping eyelids can be a telltale sign of aging. Eyelids sometimes begin to sag when the eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken as we grow older. This leads to fat building up under the eyelids and the aforementioned drooping. Though this issue is often purely cosmetic, the drooping skin can sometimes affect a person’s peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) removes excess fat and skin from around the eyes, creating a more refreshed look. Statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that the number of men who annually opted for a blepharoplasty procedure increased by 34% between 2010 – 2015.

    The once common social stigma around men and cosmetic surgery is a thing of the past. It’s more apparent than ever that men are willing do whatever it takes to achieve the appearance they desire. If you would like more information on male plastic surgery procedures, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. You can also check out our before & after galleries and follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more stories and updates.