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  • What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available?

    When figuring out which cosmetic procedures are among the most popular with my patients, versatility certainly plays a role. There are many procedures like rhinoplasty that are specifically intended to treat one area of a patient’s body (in this case, the nose) and then there are others that can be applied to a number of areas all over the body. I have noticed that many patients are drawn to the idea of certain trusted procedures. Especially those that can help provide benefits to different areas in need of aesthetic alteration. To help explain what I mean, here is a basic primer on three of the most versatile cosmetic procedures that I perform. 

    What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available

    Liposuction has long been considered the most versatile cosmetic surgery available. By providing outstanding results from head-to-toe, liposuction proved to be the single most in-demand cosmetic surgery for both women and men last year. During liposuction, areas of stubborn fat that may not respond to diet and exercise alone are removed from the body to provide a leaner, healthier physique. Lipo can be used to treat a wide variety of problem areas including the abdomen, hips, flanks (or love-handles), thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks, neck, and more.

    Often going hand in hand with liposuction, fat transfer injections are also often commended for their versatility. Fat transfer injections use fat that is removed during liposuction and injects it back into areas of the patient’s body that may benefit from a bit of added volume. This can include the face (including the lips), hands, breasts, or buttocks. Fat transfer is a safe, effective way for patients to maximize the aesthetic benefits of their liposuction procedure.

    Lastly, allow me to highlight some of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that I am able to perform. Cosmetic injectables for facial rejuvenation can help patients correct a number of facial concerns. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are excellent for treating imperfections on the upper part of the face and around the eyes including wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and other issues caused by muscle activity such as expression lines. Facial filler injections like Restylane® and Juvederm® can help add lost volume to the cheeks, mid-face, or lips. Additionally, facial fillers can be used to perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) in which fillers are injected into the nose to reduce the appearance of bumps and uneven areas.

    When considering a cosmetic procedure to undergo, it’s nice to have a number of options to choose from in order to find the most appropriate surgery plan for your specific needs. That’s why it is so important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise performing a variety of cosmetic procedures in order to give yourself as many treatment alternatives as possible. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more tips, photos, and news.

    What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

    For individuals who experience loose or stretched skin and the appearance of a “pooch” on their abdomen, a tummy tuck can be just what the doctor ordered. Regardless of whether this skin laxity is a result of considerable weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or natural changes that occur over time, it can be impossible to improve the appearance of your tummy with diet and exercise alone. During a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia technique for waist enhancement), I am able to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more toned belly. Still, there are limits to what this procedure can do for patients. Continue reading for more details on what can and cannot be accomplished with a tummy tuck.

    What Can and Cannot be Accomplished with a Tummy Tuck

    A tummy tuck can… help women regain their pre-baby bodies following pregnancy. Because of the strain put on a woman’s abdomen over the course of her pregnancy, the skin and abdominal muscles can become loose and require tightening after childbirth. This is especially true for women who have experienced multiple pregnancies. Tummy tuck surgery can help restore their pre-pregnancy figure.

    A tummy tuck cannot… help patients lose a considerable amount of weight. While it’s true that fat is sometimes removed during the procedure, the amount of total fat and skin removed during a tummy tuck doesn’t weigh very much. A tummy tuck is considered a body contouring procedure, not weight loss surgery. This is why I advise my tummy tuck patients to reach their ideal weight before undergoing their surgery.

    A tummy tuck can… be a major component of a mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers are combination procedures designed to provide even more comprehensive body contouring results by combining a tummy tuck with liposuction and cosmetic breast surgery. The ability for patients to customize each procedure to their unique needs is part of what makes the mommy makeover so popular.

    A tummy tuck cannot… be used to treat larger hernias. Although a tummy tuck can have the ability to treat smaller ventral or umbilical hernias by repairing the abdominal wall, larger hernias will likely still require a visit to a general surgeon.

    I believe a tummy tuck can be a legitimately life-changing procedure for many patients, both male and female. However, when considering cosmetic surgery it is always important to gain a thorough understanding of your desired procedure and to keep your expectations realistic. If you are interested in a tummy tuck and would like to learn more, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more plastic surgery tips, photos, news, and more.

    November Specials & Events to be Thankful For at Southern Plastic Surgery!

    Happy November, everyone! Here at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, there is plenty to be thankful for this month. Between our upcoming Holiday Open House event and the amazing November skin care specials at Laser Lights, now is the perfect time to reinvent your image. Regardless of whether you seek a cosmetic surgery procedure or one of the nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Laser Lights, our staff has what you need to finish 2017 off looking and feeling your very best. Continue reading for info on all the happenings this November at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights.

    You’re Invited: Holiday Open House Event at Laser Lights

    There is still time to ring in the holiday season in style at our annual Holiday Open House Event. The event will be held at Laser Lights on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 5pm – 8pm. The Holiday Open House will provide our patients with a great opportunity to get better acquainted with Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights including all the newest treatments and cosmetic technology available. There will be exclusive deals on many of our most popular cosmetic procedures, treatment demonstrations, drawings to win prizes including complimentary treatments and skincare products, meet and greet opportunities with our staff, and so much more! Check out the flyer below for all the details!

    Holiday Open House Flyer 2017 (Web)

    November Cosmetic Specials

    All month long, enjoy great deals on a variety of our most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments for the whole body. What better way to get into the spirit of fall than with our seasonal Pumpkin Enzyme Peel? We’re also offering monthly savings on some of our tried and true favorites like Laser Tattoo Removal, Fractionated CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Laser Hair Removal, and more. Check out the flyer below for all the details.

    Laser Lights November 2017 Specials Flyer

    Remember that both Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights offer gift cards that are good towards all cosmetic procedures and treatments. A gift card from SPS and Laser Lights can make the perfect gift this holiday season. All of our promotions are good until November 30th, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on specials at either Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights today. You can also call us to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation with Dr. David Whiteman. Have a great November and a Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Whiteman and all of us at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights!