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  • No Tricks, Just Treats: October Plastic Surgery Specials Are Here!

    Welcome to the month of ghosts, goblins, costumes and pumpkins.  During a time when many of us are deciding how we will be celebrating All Hallows Eve and thinking about the next round of holidays that are soon after, schedules can be pretty busy this time of year.  That’s why we encourage you to really do something you’ve perhaps been considering or wanting for a while now: a gift for yourself.  This month we’re featuring loads of plastic surgery specials so there’s a little of something for everyone:

    sps_Oct2015_coupon_FinalBody Contouring Special

    Receive one site of liposuction FREE with purchase of a tummy tuck ($2400 savings)

    + 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

    Body contouring benefits include:

    • Improving the overall contours of the body by reshaping or enhancing the abdominal area
    • Addressing stubborn fat in the hips, flanks or back that is resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction
    • Removing excess fat and skin with a tummy tuck
    • Creating a sculpted midsection, without a noticeable stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, with a liposuction and tummy tuck combo (this combination is popular among mommy makeover and Grammy makeover patients)

    Oct_2015_special2_FinalHand Rejuvenation Special

    Purchase a Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment, get a FREE Xeomin® treatment ($550 savings)

    Radiesse® hand rejuvenation benefits include:

    • FDA-approved
    • Nonsurgical procedure so there’s little to no downtime needed
    • Filling out the bony, delicate skin that can make the hands appear skeletal
    • Covering soft tissue to creates less prominent veins and tendons
    • Immediate results that last from 1-2 years

    sps_lift_Oct2015_FinalBreast Enhancement

    FREE mini breast lift with purchase of a breast augmentation ($2300 savings)

    + 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

    Breast enhancement benefits include:

    • Increasing breast size and firmness with the use of FDA-approved breast implants during a breast augmentation
    • Addressing sagging breasts that have lost firmness, removes extra skin + tightening breast tissue during a breast lift
    • Restoring a natural shape and proportion to the breasts by improving their overall contours
    • Natural looking breast surgery results that best fit the patient’s existing body frame

    With work, family and everything else in-between, doing something that will make you feel confident in the skin you’re in is often passed over on the priority list, but it doesn’t have to be.  Hearing patients lament over the fact that they shouldn’t have waited so long to give themselves a gift is something that will never get old around this office.  Every plastic surgery journey starts with a consultation and a goal and the Southern Plastic Surgery team is here to help.  All of our current specials are valid until October 31st, 2015 and more details can be found on our plastic surgery specials page.  If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please don’t hesitate to contact us; in the meantime, we hope to see you soon!

    Is there Such a Thing as Affordable Plastic Surgery?

    There has been much talk lately in regards to affordability and how it relates to plastic surgery.  Saving money is great but there are certain purchases that should be given more thought and consideration – especially when it comes to elective surgery.  Cutting corners and risking harmful plastic surgery results because a surgeon is not qualified to perform safe and effective procedures doesn’t sound like a cost effective route.  Patients are often concerned with the feasibility factor of affording cosmetic plastic surgery but before you go bargain hunting, know that it can be affordable for many patients – you just have to know the best way to plan.

    We are a tech savvy society.  Think about the most common payment options we have today like cash, checks and debit/credit cards.  Many surgeons are up with the times and accept many forms of payment to go towards a patient’s plastic surgery procedures.  What patients may not also realize is that financial institutions have partnered with physicians to create great plastic surgery financing options to help them achieve their goals.  At Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) we have decided to partner with Prosper Healthcare, CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ to help cover cosmetic and reconstructive procedures that may not be covered by insurance.  Each program offers different benefits such as zero interest charges if payments are made on time, low monthly payments and immediate decisions that won’t affect your credit rating.  It really just depends on your preferences and what fits best in your financial planning.

    If a plastic surgery special sounds too good to be true, it very well could be so err on the side of caution.  I can’t stress enough the fact that patients must do their homework.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon I’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide range of patients in the over 20 years I’ve been a practicing plastic surgeon.  Not all doctors are equal in their specialty, their technique and ethical standards.  Only those surgeons with board certification in plastic surgery can honestly say they have successfully completed the rigorous qualifications needed to be accredited by the largest plastic surgery organization in the world – the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  This board certification upholds each of us to exemplary safety and care for our patients and not solely making a profit, at any cost.  Don’t let the smoke and mirrors of a bargain put your health and happiness at risk!

    Virtually free plastic surgery is like a unicorn – it doesn’t exist.  From the mommy makeover candidate who has tummy tuck at the top of her wish list to the man who’s tired of hiding his overly large breasts and just wants to feel confident going shirtless after a male breast reduction, plastic surgery is possible.  It is affordable and not nearly as expensive as most people may think.  The most common thing we tend to hear is how surprised patients are to know that their procedure was far less expensive than they thought it was going to be originally.  Ask all the questions you need to feel good about your decision and leave the rest to us.  All of the SPS team is knowledgeable in working with patients to make affordable and sound decisions when it comes to the financial planning of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.  If you’re interested in learning more about our featured procedures and getting started on your own personal plastic surgery journey, we’re only a phone call away.

    Why Some Men Have “Breasts” & Others Don’t

    Let’s take it back; all the way back to birth.  With the exception of a few key anatomical differences between males and females, we are essentially built similarly.  When it pertains to the breasts you may be saying to yourself, “only women have those!”  Well technically you’re incorrect on that statement.  In the medical sense, men and women both have breast tissue from the start.  It’s when we hit puberty that the estrogen versus testosterone component comes into play.  When females enter puberty the hormones stimulate the breast tissue to develop into breasts while the males predominately maintain a flat chest and minimal breast tissue.  For some men however, their breast glands can become enlarged, giving them unusually large breasts.  So, why do some men have breasts and others don’t?  We have a name for the answer: gynecomastia.

    To give you a little history lesson, gynecomastia comes from the Greek phrase “woman-like breasts” and is the classification of a medical condition that affects an estimated 40-60% of the male population.  It can affect both breasts, or one or the other, and can make men self-conscious or incredibly embarrassed by the appearance of their overly large breasts.  Typically the root of a patient’s gynecomastia is left unidentified but is largely due to hormone imbalances, genetic predisposition or excess weight gain.  While most gynecomastia cases occur around the time of puberty, men can be affected as well if they have any hormonal level abnormalities or are taking certain medications.

    A common misconception about gynecomastia is that because it’s a case of oversized breasts, it must be an issue with fat – one that can be solved with diet and exercise.  Sorry to say you’d be wrong again, folks.  Gynecomastia can only be treated with a male breast reduction procedure.  First, I start by removing the excess breast tissue and fat, by way of liposuction and surgical excision.  Once we get that out, I’ll remove any loose, remaining skin and reposition it to create a smoother chest area.  If you’re one of the rare patients with large areolas (the circular pigmented tissue around the nipple), don’t worry, we want everything to be proportionate to the new breast size so I am able to reduce and reshape the areola as we deem fit to compliment the final look.

    As your double board-certified plastic surgeon, my goal is to create a flatter, firmer chest.  I want my patients to be confident with their male breast reduction results and regain their self-confidence.  A word to the wise though – if you start to gain weight and abandon proper exercise and healthy eating, the extra pounds could cause your breasts to become enlarged again, and we certainly wouldn’t want that for you.  Do your work and enjoy your results for as long as possible.  If you believe you suffer from gynecomastia and would like to discuss your male breast reduction opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery.  Keep up with the latest plastic surgery news by following me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.