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  • History of the Tummy Tuck

    One of the most popular procedures I have performed on both male and female patients has been tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, which does not eliminate loose skin or target muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. In order to produce a flat, smooth contour on the midsection, over the years I have perfected innovative techniques that have evolved over decades of procedures performed around the world. But have you ever wondered how tummy tucks today got their start?

    atlanta Tummy Tuck SurgeryModern plastic surgery first began in the 1800’s when doctors revived techniques that were first discovered by early cultures who used portions of stretched skin to cover open wounds. As time progressed, physicians introduced medical advances in surgery techniques due to treating millions of wounded World War I soldiers. In 1890 the first recorded tummy tuck, known then as a   dermolipectomy, was performed in France by Drs. Demars and Marx.  In the United States, the first tummy tuck was performed in Baltimore, Maryland by a gynecologic surgeon named Dr. Kelly in 1899.

    During a tummy tuck procedure, incisions are made in the lower abdominal region between the hips; the loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, followed by repairing the weakened abdominal muscles. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the midsection maintains an even smoother appearance. If there are still remaining areas of unwanted fat in the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction may be combined with tummy tuck surgery to remove the fat. Over my 20 plus years of practice, I have perfected a specialized tummy tuck technique, which involves tapering the Scarpa fascia portion of the abdominal region to enhance waist narrowing. By utilizing these methods, abdominoplasty results can produce an improved waist definition in proportion to a natural body structure.

    While tummy tucks can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it is important to remember it should not be a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Post-surgery, I advise my patients to maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve positive results. If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures, contact us today. As an additional resource to help you plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

    Southern Plastic Surgery provides patient financing options for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit®. Care Credit® is an 18 month plan that charges no interest as long as monthly minimum payments are successfully met, and payment is received in-full within the 18 month promotional period. For more details on this and other patient cosmetic surgery financing options, contact Jackie at (770) 622-9100.

    The Rise of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    Facial plastic surgery trends throughout the world are continuously ever-changing. Whether it’s wanting to resemble a specific celebrity, the impact of social media platforms, or just the desire to address certain problem areas, individuals of all ethnicities have a look in mind that they wish to achieve. In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing results, I implement a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the different cultural traits for each patient.

    Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAccording to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), there was a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure.

    With a specialized focus on ethnic rhinoplasty, I utilize expert precision to preserve cultural characteristics that each individual possesses. For African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients, because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty, traditional techniques may not produce the most natural-looking results.

    For example, African American noses are typically thicker than Caucasian noses with a wide tip, flat bridge, and flared nostrils. To reduce the appearance of a large or flat nose, I focus on building the bridge of the nose to create a more defined look. Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge, while Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges. For these reasons, I apply unique methods such as an implantless technique in which I graft the patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to reshape the nose.  Using the patient’s own materials considerably decreases the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking rhinoplasty result.

    Additionally, I perform non-surgical techniques in which I incorporate the use of facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to revitalize the nose and surrounding area. Injecting fillers into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose can restore areas of lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces an aesthetically-pleasing outcome.  Though facial fillers require minimal downtime, results are not permanent and require multiple follow-up appointments for maintaining results.

    If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

    What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Surgery

    There are multiple factors that can influence a change in a woman’s breasts. Over time, the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially in the breasts which gradually lose their shape and firmness. To address such concerns, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is utilized in order to give the breasts a more youthful, firmer, and perkier appearance.

    breast-surgery-atlanta-gaThe ideal candidate for a breast lift is an individual that suffers from sagging, pendulous breasts that lack firmness and have irregular nipple placement. I use various techniques when performing a breast lift based on the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of sagging, and other additional causes. A breast lift doesn’t address the size of the breast but instead, re-positions and reshapes the nipple and areola and removes excess stretched skin while tightening the remaining tissue. The lift restores the natural shape and proportion of the breasts to achieve aesthetically-pleasing results. Additionally, I perform a mini breast lift for patients who need a minor correction to the placement of the breasts.

    Typically, breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation for individuals who want to increase the volume of their breasts while lifting them to a more youthful placement. When performing a breast augmentation procedure, I insert a breast implant to enhance the shape and size of the breast and excess skin and tissue is removed to provide a lifted appearance.

    To maximize results after surgery, I recommend that my patients frequently schedule and attend follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing any complications and proper instructions to care for the areas of incision. Depending on the type of incision, upkeep, or weight fluctuation following your procedure, breast lift results can last a while, but can also be reversed if you experience a dramatic increase in weight which can cause the skin to stretch.

    If you’re interested in a breast procedure or any other procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.