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    Have you ever had those days where you have woken up to puffy eyes after a night of little sleep?  A dulled complexion, dark circles under the eyes and noticeable bags are tell-tale signs that you did not get a good night’s rest.  In reality, the amount of sleep your body gets can determine physical affects that are longer-lasting than you may realize.  Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman discusses the importance of sleep in maintaining the face’s healthy glow and youthful appearance.skin-care-tips

    Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging.  When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.  When our bodies are not able to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol.  The increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen formation, which is beneficial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and luminosity, and can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.  Initially, bags and dark circles under the eyes can be superficially treated with make-up or skin care products.  However, as time progresses and the skin becomes lax it can make the face appear perpetually tired.

    Dr. Whiteman often discusses with his patients the benefits of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options to correct visible signs of aging.  FDA-approved injectables such as BOTOX® address facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause us to frown to reveal a smoother, more relaxed appearance.   Dr. Whiteman also offers injectable facial fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Dysport® as fast and effective treatments for patients experiencing volume loss in the eyes, forehead and cheeks, in addition to the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.

    For patients with more extensive signs of aging desiring more-permanent results, Dr. Whiteman performs eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) by removing excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes to restore the face to a more youthful and alert appearance.

    To learn more about which facial rejuvenation treatments will best benefit you or the plastic surgery procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on plastic and reconstructive news and information.

    Hear the Latest News at Southern Plastic Surgery

    Through the month of July, double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Whiteman invites patients to learn about liposuction and tummy tuck procedures to help rediscover their true confidence. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery can remove excess fat and skin around the lower to mid-abdomen while tightening surrounding muscles that may have been affected during pregnancy.

    body contouring atlanta gaPatients who receive Mentor® breast implants, including the new recently approved cohesive-gel implants, have the opportunity to receive a Visa® gift card. When a patient with Mentor® implants shares their experience with a friend who also chooses breast augmentation surgery with Mentor® implants, a pre-paid Visa® card worth $250 or $100 will be rewarded for their referral.  If you are interested in breast procedures, be sure to check out Atlantabreast.com for detailed information.

    In addition to our monthly specials, we are excited to announce that our practice administrator, Jackie Madison, is now officially a certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist!  Dr. Whiteman and Jackie always encourage patients to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle before pursuing cosmetic surgery for optimal results.

    For more information about plastic surgery procedures or current specials, please call our office at 770-622-9100. Be sure to follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.

    BioCorneum® and Arinka Forte to Reduce Post-Surgery Scarring

    As with any surgical procedure, plastic surgery requires incisions whether you are seeking breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or a facelift. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman always discusses the importance of pre and post-surgery care with his patients to minimize scarring and expedite recovery from surgery.southern plastic surgery

    Scar visibility also depends on the size of the incision, placement, the patient’s skin type and tone, age, and/or heredity.  There are also topical treatments available to reduce scarring including bioCorneum®.  This topical gel allows the scar to mature through normal collagen synthesis cycles with twice daily application.  This treatment has been shown to smooth scars and reduce discoloration; generally the recommended treatment time for newer scars is at least 60 to 90 days.

    Arnika Forte™ is an oral homeopathic pill that is taken prior to surgery to reduce bruising and swelling while promoting recovery.   This natural formula, containing a combination of Arnica Montana and Bromelain,  should be taken a couple days before surgery and continued for seven days after for maximum results.

    In addition to these treatments it’s imperative to follow your qualified board-certified plastic surgeon’s instructions for pre and post-surgery care to ensure effective results. For more information about plastic surgery procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery please contact our office at 770-622-9100. Be sure to also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news and information.