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  • Health and Wellness: Don’t Let Thanksgiving Dinner Spoil Your Diet

    With the holiday season in full swing, temperatures are cooler, leaves are falling, and our tables are filling up with our favorite hearty dishes. Healthy eating seems to get much more difficult during the fall and winter seasons. Whether it’s the stuffed turkey family recipe or your grandmother’s special pumpkin pie, sometimes it’s tough to pass up those holiday treats that only come once a year. While it’s alright to indulge in your favorite foods at family dinners, Dr. David Whiteman understands the role  a healthy diet can play in one’s quality of life and shares some tips to avoid unwanted pounds and still celebrate this season.Health and Wellness: Don’t Let Thanksgiving Dinner Spoil Your Diet

    •  Don’t start off starving. Don’t arrive at the Thanksgiving table hungry. Snack on healthy, filling foods and drink plenty of water so you’ll be less tempted to overeat. It’s also easy to confuse hunger with thirst, so staying hydrated will help you feel full.

    •  Portion your foods. There’s no need to pile your plate high with every dish at the table. Be sure to fill it first with healthier choices such as vegetables instead of dishes covered in cheese or sauce. Sample small portions and leave a little space for heavier offerings.

    •  Be present during dinner. Engage in conversation and pace yourself while eating. It’s easy to get lost in unconscious eating with all the activity of a feast. Don’t rush through eating so you can go for seconds. Tune in to when your body knows it’s full.

    •  Go for a walk. Don’t head straight to the couch or bed after dinner. Head outside for a walk and burn some of those Thanksgiving calories.

    Whether or not you’ve had plastic surgery, it is important to follow a proper diet and engage in regular exercise to ensure you look and feel your best. Dr. Whiteman encourages you to follow his blog for more health tips and plastic surgery updates. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

     

    Choosing Breast Implants

    According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ statistics, Breast augmentation surgery has remained the most frequently pursued surgical cosmetic procedure for the past five years. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. For patients considering breast augmentation surgery, size is often their first consideration when thinking about implants. However, it is imperative to consider several other breast implant decisions such as shape, texture, and type to achieve a natural-looking balance between breast size and body type.

    Before selecting a size or texture, it is important to understand silicone and saline are commonly used breast implant types. Saline breast implants, as the name implies, are filled with sterilized saline solution surrounded by a strong silicone shell. They pose few health risks if the implants should leak or burst because saline can be safely absorbed into the body. Silicone breast implants are made with the same type of silicone outer shell, but are filled with silicone gel. There are three, FDA approved breast implant manufacturers: Mentor, Sientra , and Allergan. Sientra was the first manufacturer to offer a high-strength cohesive silicone gel.   Dr. David Whiteman makes all of these options are available to Southern Plastic Surgery patients.

    Depending on the type; implants also come in different shapes and textures. The breast implant shell can be shaped round or contoured like a teardrop. They can either be smooth or textured to prevent the implant from moving. These decisions will dictate which implant type is best for your needs. For example, saline breast implants are available in teardrop and round, but teardrop saline implants are only available with a textured surface to prevent the implant from moving around within the breast cavity.

    As most patients know, breast implants come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different body types. Most people are familiar with the typical bra cup sizes of A,B,C, etc. measurements. Breast implants are slightly different because they are measured based on volume. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average of 189 cubic centimeters of saline is needed to increase a breast size by “one cup.” It is very important to consider various aspects of a patient’s body, such as height, weight, previous breast size, and rib cage size to decide which implant size would be proportionally best. Some patients may also opt for breast lift surgery to raise the position of the breasts on the chest.

    Dr. David Whiteman understands each patient’s needs and goals are different, so he can help you choose which type is best for you during a consultation. If you are interested in breast augmentation or any other cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation today. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates on plastic surgery.

    Save on Restylane and Dysport this holiday season!

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    Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce specially priced Restylane® and Dysport® facial rejuvenation treatments this holiday season. From now until December 31st, patients can receive a combination Restylane® and Dysport® treatment for $875 or $50 off an individual purchase of Restylane® or Dysport®. Restylane® is an FDA-approved injectable facial filler to treat deep facial wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also used to enhance lips and cheeks, and to provide volume where facial tissue has been lost. Dysport® also smoothes wrinkles and fine lines, while also preventing existing lines from deepening. This injectable filler works by relaxing the muscles in the face to provide a smoother appearance.

    Both of these facial rejuvenation treatments are minimally-invasive and require very little downtime. Look younger and more refreshed with these specials from now until the New Year. For more information on these injectables or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.