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  • Am I a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

    Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a popular body contouring procedure to help patients achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. However, it is important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is a fairly major procedure that will require recovery because not only does it remove excess skin and fat, but it also tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Patients must be in good physical shape and only consider surgery for areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who emphasizes health and wellness, Dr. David Whiteman advises that tummy tucks should not be a substitute for weight loss measures or a regular exercise program.

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    When patients lose substantial amounts of weight or have had children, the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch and lose elasticity. Unlike liposuction which only targets fat, tummy tuck surgery removes sagging skin that can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, or pregnancies. The most common tummy tuck candidates are mothers who are finished having children or post-bariatric patients with excess skin. Often, abdominoplasty is combined with other procedures as part of mommy makeover surgery, to create a slimmer and more proportionate result.

    Tummy tuck surgery is performed solely for the midsection to address unwanted fat and sagging skin. During the procedure, an incision is made between the hip bones to remove fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Dr. Whiteman will also trim excess skin to eliminate the appearance of a “pooch” so the stomach is flattened. For patients who only require a small amount of fat or skin removed from the abdomen, Dr. Whiteman also performs mini tummy tucks. This procedure is similar to a regular tummy tuck, but the incision is much smaller since the abdominal muscles are not tightened.

    While tummy tuck surgery can significantly improve body contour, it is important to discuss which procedure would help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. For the latest information on plastic surgery, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

    Start Your Year with Savings at Laser Lights

    Southern Plastic Surgery invites you to save on skincare treatments this month at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Patients can start their year off with special discounts on laser hair removal packages, laser vein treatments, micro laser peels, Viora Reaction™ treatments, and massage therapy. Get ready for spring by starting your laser or Viora Reaction™ treatments now, or relax with a massage. All offers expire on January 31st, 2013.

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    Dr. Whiteman to Participate on Gwinnett Medical Center’s Panel of Plastic Surgeons

    Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery will join the Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) as a panelist for the annual Panel of Plastic Surgeons event on January 14, 2013. The panel’s discussion will center on topics relating to bariatric surgeries and managing post-surgery results and weight. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who focuses on health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman will present information on surgical procedures and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery. During the event, patients will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session in smaller breakout groups.Dr_David_Whiteman

    Many patients undergo bariatric surgery to improve their health and overall quality of life. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure and the Panel of Plastic Surgeons would like to ease patients into their new, healthier lifestyle. Many patients may even consider post-bariatric surgery to further improve the aesthetics of their new bodies and to address excess skin after substantial weight loss. GMC’s Center for Surgical Weight Management offers support groups and serves as a resource for healthy diet and exercise management.

    Maintaining health and wellness is not always easy, but Dr. Whiteman and his trusted team of professionals like ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness are here to help. If you are interested in a post-bariatric procedure or wellness counseling, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for health and wellness tips, as well as plastic surgery news.