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    Happy February everyone! It’s been a great start to the year and the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) team can already tell it’s going to be even better than the last. Some of you may not know this fun fact, but SPS has a premier cosmetic laser center, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, which was founded back in 1999 along with co-founder Patti Daniel. Now that it’s official, I am pleased to share with you that I am the new sole owner of Laser Lights, now that Patti has retired to be closer to her family, and we have big plans for both practices – ones we hope you’ll love (we will be featuring brand new skincare packages, diverse monthly specials and events, and lots of updates on what’s going on in and around all of our offices so keep checking back in the future for more big announcements).

    plastic surgery discountsTo kick off this month, we are sharing both skincare and plastic surgery specials from Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights:

    February Specials at Southern Plastic Surgery

    • Mommy Makeover Special: Combine Tummy Tuck + any Breast Procedure, receive $500 OFF
    • $100 OFF Botox® or Facial Filler Treatments at SPS during the entire month if you have a February birthday

    laser lights specialsSkincare Specials at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

    When we first started Laser Lights, I wanted to give my plastic surgery patients access to both surgical and nonsurgical skincare treatments because it’s always been a belief of mine that surgery doesn’t end once you’re sent home after your procedure. By combining skincare treatments (for instance scar treatment therapy), I’ve found that my patients are much happier with their plastic surgery results and have even discovered new anti-aging services in the process.  Think of Laser Lights as the perfect complement to keeping skin looking youthful from top to bottom and a direct extension of the SPS family.

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, we definitely want to help you look and feel your absolute best, in case you’re preparing for a big date. Whether you are looking for laser hair removal, wrinkle reduction with facial fillers and Botox®, tattoo removal, spider vein removal treatments, age spots, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, you name it – we’ve got the right laser treatment for you. If lasers aren’t what the doctor prescribes, we also offer a bevy of other cosmetic procedures ranging from chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and cellulite reduction to massage therapy services, acne treatments, waxing, and more. February’s specials include:

    • Laser Hair Removal Packages
    • Réjuvapen® Microneedling with HGF Treatments
    • Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
    • Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction Treatments
    • Laser Tattoo Removal Packages

    This is only a small fraction of Laser Lights’ skincare services so explore our website to learn more about what we do there, or better yet, stop by and meet the great staff that’s committed to helping all of my patients achieve their skincare goals (Laser Lights is less than a mile from the SPS office and they speak Spanish too!). All of our specials are valid now until February 29th, 2016; some exclusions may apply so be sure to check out the specials flyers for details. If you’re interested in discussing your plastic surgery goals or learning more about our skincare treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today. We hope everyone has a great month and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon!

    Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

    More and more men are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery to look as young as they feel. In fact, I’d say I see on average three male patients per day – some come because they are interested in nonsurgical facial procedures (like facial fillers) to make them more competitive in the business world, while others look to body contouring procedures to get the sculpted look of their youth. A good percentage of men I’ve seen recently have discovered a more permanent solution to treating gynecomastia (a condition that causes overly large male breasts): male breast reduction surgeries. Liposuction and male breast reduction procedures are generally the two options men have for eliminating excess breast tissue and skin, but today I wanted to focus on the male breast reduction side a bit by sharing some of the key points my patients discuss with me regarding their male breast reduction procedure.

    To give you a brief history on gynecomastia, it’s a medical term originating from the Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” The direct causes can vary but typically stems from genetics, disease, or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone which cause the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. Some men can experience gynecomastia in one breast (often contributing to the breasts looking noticeably uneven) and for others, it can affect both breasts. It’s been reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that 26,175 men underwent male breast reduction in the previous year; a 14% increase from the year before. There can be any number of reasons why this male plastic surgery procedure has gained popularity but the fact remains the same: in order to address oversized breasts, you’ll have to consider a permanent solution.

    If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considered a prime male breast reduction candidate:

    • Do you have overly large breasts due to gynecomastia?
    • Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public?
    • Have you skipped working out at the gym because you’re self-conscious about your breast size?
    • Would you like to improve your body’s proportions?
    • Has your confidence suffered because of your breast’s appearance?

    As I mentioned in my video, I want you to be able to enjoy time outdoors or at the beach without feeling embarrassed. Sorry to break the news but even with the most diligent diet and exercise maintenance, the extra fat you carry on your chest won’t disappear. Luckily, having worked as a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years specializing in breast procedures, I’ve noticed just how remarkable this procedure can be for men that have spent years hiding behind oversized clothing and not able to live life to its fullest and I hope anyone who can relate may consider doing something about it for themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgeries performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS), please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today.

    January Spotlight Patient: Meet Denise

    There are several things that really seem to validate the rewards of being a plastic surgeon: I get to work with a diverse group of patients on a daily basis, help patients improve their self-image by achieving their personal cosmetic surgery goals, and have the opportunity to build lasting relationships – just to name a few. Through the recommendation of her surgeon and thorough research of my reputation, when Denise first came to Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), she had successfully battled breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy in 2012, and was ready to take on breast reconstruction to restore her breasts.

    My JOYAs a mother of three adult children with a passion for life, Denise knew that although she had to endure a journey that she did not choose, there was much to be thankful for. We have had the pleasure of working with Denise over the past 2 ½ years and recently caught up with her to welcome her as our January spotlight patient so she could share a bit about her breast reconstruction experience:

    “My memories with Dr. Whiteman and his wonderful staff will always be with me. At the first consult, Dr. Whiteman asked me what I wanted – to which I shared what I thought I needed. He was willing to do what I wanted but he wanted the BEST for me. After a very detailed discussion on what my daily life and activities were, we settled on using tissue expanders and implants to complete my breast reconstruction (which today was the BEST choice for me and my active lifestyle).

    Dr. Whiteman is very easy to talk to; he listens to everything you say and surprisingly he remembers the office discussions on the day of surgery. Today, I am EXTREMELY THRILLED WITH MY RESULTS! It has enabled me to meet so many people and to help others that have had to deal with breast cancer themselves. During my experience with the Southern Plastic Surgery team, I became a part of their family. They knew about my family just as much as I knew about their families. Even when I had to have a complete hysterectomy and was fearful that the cancer had spread from previous tests in mid-2014, Dr. Whiteman and his staff visited me. The laughter, hugs, and even tears that they shared with me during my journey are something I’ll never forget.

    I learned so much from the SPS team and totally enjoyed getting to know the different variety of plastic surgery interns that Dr. Whiteman had in his office during their rotations! I would most definitely consider another plastic surgery procedure but for right now, I am enjoying taking the time to let my body heal from all the previous surgeries – but the newest Laser Lights Laser Center treatments are definitely on my bucket list. I’m enjoying life and still learning something new every day! I try to not take life for granted and pay more attention to even the small things in life.”

    Denise’s SPS experience didn’t end after her breast reconstruction but continued as she chose to refine her thighs with liposuction, rejuvenate her face with laser treatments and facials, and even partnered with our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer during her recovery through their Lifestyle & Weight Management programs. It’s our philosophy to treat each of our patients as if they were our own family and enjoy getting to know them as they each go through their unique plastic surgery experiences. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from Denise and encourage you to check back in the coming weeks when we will be sharing more patient testimonial stories in the future.