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  • Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

    As we say goodbye to 2014, it is that time of year to say hello to our New Year’s Resolutions. While many of us make big promises for the upcoming year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep these promises to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. Not unexpectedly, we often forget or give up within the first few weeks, if not sooner. So how do you stick to your 2015 resolutions? Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. offers the following tips:

    • Tips-for-Keeping-Your-New-Years-Resolutions-for-2015Be realistic!You know what you are and are not capable of. While you may like to push yourself, be aware of what is realistically possible with your other responsibilities.
    • Make your goals manageable. You may have big dreams in mind for 2015, but make sure to break up this huge goal into realistic and manageable steps or benchmarks. For example, if you are trying to lose 30 pounds, break it down to working out 5 times a week or losing 8 pounds in the first 2 months.

    I understand that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is not always easy. If you need that little extra push to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle plan, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre- and post-surgery time period by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress.

    • Seek support.It is much easier to complete a goal if you have the support of a friend or loved one. They can offer encouragement or give you motivation to keep going. Team up with a buddy and track your progress together, and you will more likely see success. Besides friends, there are tons of mobile apps out there to help you out with tips on how to achieve specific goals while also tracking them.
    • Know it is okay to make some mistakes.People who experience a setback in their initial goal have a tendency to just give up and throw the entire goal out of the window. Just because you go on one vacation and spend more money than you should, doesn’t mean you should throw out your resolution to spend less money this year.
    • Tell people about it. If you announce your resolution to people other than yourself, you will feel more accountable in fulfilling it. Tell your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook, or join a support group. If you keep your resolution a secret, no one will know if you don’t succeed – giving you less motivation.
    • Don’t get discouraged.If 2015 comes around and you haven’t exactly lived up to your own 2014 expectations, use that as a learning experience and try again. You may need a more realistic goal or just some more motivation.

    As you know, many New Year’s resolutions have to do with weight loss or looking your best for the upcoming year. At Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., we offer full cosmetic and surgery services. Whether you want to look and feel younger with cosmetic injectables, wish to feel more confident with a breast augmentation or touch-up areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction, I can consult with you on the best treatment plan possible.

    If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

    A Healthy Breakfast Recipe for the New Year

    During the rest of the year it’s nearly impossible to get the whole family together for breakfast; but during the holidays, big, unhealthy breakfasts become a tradition.  With a focus on health and wellness this season, give your family the festive breakfast they want with fewer calories and less fat. I’ve made it a goal of mine to inform my patients that a healthy diet and exercise routine is essential to enhancing your overall quality of life and is also beneficial for maintaining long-lasting cosmetic surgery results. Try this low calorie banana, strawberry, and chocolate hazelnut crêpe recipe that I enjoy making for my family.

    Serves: 4-5

    Ingredients:

    1 package of pre-made, French-style crêpes

    1 package of fresh strawberries, sliced

    2 bananas, sliced

    3 Tbsp. low-carb chocolate hazelnut spread, melted

    2 Tbsp. low-fat whipped cream

     

    Directions:

    Step 1: If frozen, thaw the crêpes overnight in your refrigerator.

    Step 2: Place one thawed crêpe in the microwave for 15-20 seconds on high; flip over and microwave for an additional 8-10 seconds. Repeat until all the crêpes have been warmed.

    Step 3: Transfer the heated crêpe to a dish and fill each with your desired amount of low-fat chocolate hazelnut spread, and sliced bananas and strawberries. Roll or fold crêpe and top with a small amount of low-fat whipped cream.

    Keep checking back periodically as I will be sharing more tasty recipes in the future. Stay up-to-date with me, Dr. David Whiteman, for more healthy recipes, exercise and post-surgery tips and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

    Facelift FAQs

    While there is no “fountain of youth” to completely restore our teenage appearance or keep it that way, facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is one of many facial plastic surgery procedures that can help combat the effects of the passage of time and help keep you looking as young as you feel. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 133,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2013. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have broken down the top common questions patients typically ask me before/after undergoing facelift surgery:

    atlanta-facelift-surgery-resultsQ: Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?
    A: Facelift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging such as lax skin, or deep wrinkles and fine lines. Ideally, candidates should be healthy individuals who do not have past or present medical conditions that can impair healing and maintain a positive outlook and realistic expectations about his/her procedure.

    Q: What areas of the face can be treated with a facelift?
    A: There are multiple factors that can contribute to the aging process including pollutants, sun exposure, and gravity, which all aid in deteriorating the suppleness of our skin. Particularly useful for eliminating excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, facelift surgery can create a younger looking face with a more defined jaw line. Patients who are only concerned with specific isolated areas of the face such as the neck, jowls, or mid-face may opt for a mini-facelift.

    Q: How is facelift surgery performed?
    A: During a facelift procedure, I remove excess and sagging skin and re-tighten or reposition muscle and tissue to refill areas of lost volume and smooth wrinkles. A full facelift could also include a neck lift which restores the neck line, jawline, and removes turkey neck.

    A mini-facelift, also known as a “weekend procedure” because of the minimal downtime required, reduces wrinkles and sagging skin by making smaller, hidden incisions without affecting the brow and eye areas.

    Q: What aftercare is required following my facelift surgery?
    A: Following your surgery, a bandage may be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed and will be worn for several days. Thin tubes may also be inserted to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate under the skin. I will provide you with specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition.

    Q: What other cosmetic procedures do you perform for facial rejuvenation?
    A: Many patients do not realize that there are various surgical and non-surgical options in addition to traditional facelift surgery to meet their unique concerns. Facial procedures such as a browlift, blepharoplasty, and neck lift can also significantly revitalize your appearance.

    Patients with minor skin concerns and moderate to minimal wrinkling can benefit from non-surgical treatments such as laser resurfacing. Cosmetic injectables like BOTOX® smooth out wrinkles caused by expression on the forehead and near the eyes. Juvéderm® and Restylane® facial fillers restore lost volume in areas of the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips. Since these procedures are non-surgical, patients can benefit from minimal to no downtime and shorter treatment times as injections typically take 10-20 minutes to complete.

    I remind my patients that though these procedures can restore a more youthful appearance, it is important to keep realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery does not slow down the body’s natural aging process. In addition to surgery, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, limiting UV exposure, and using sunscreen faithfully can all help aid in prevention.

    If you are interested in facelift surgery or other cosmetic procedures at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.