Is Eyelid Surgery Right For Me?

As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also typically the first thing people notice when they look at someone’s face. That’s why to minimize the effects of aging and keep ourselves looking young, it all begins with taking care of the eyes. As we age, it’s only natural for the skin around our eyes and eyelids to begin to sag, creating bags and dark circles under the eyes and making the eyes look tired.

For patients interested in rejuvenating the areas around their eyes, I offer eyelid surgery. Otherwise known as a blepharoplasty procedure, eyelid surgery is able to refresh a patient’s face by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s specific needs.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery can provide benefits for patients seeking relief from a wide variety of facial imperfections. Eyelid surgery can treat bags that appear under the eyes or puffiness on the upper eyelids. It can also help patients that experience obscured vision that results from excess skin and fat on the eyelids.

If you are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for your procedure, eyelid surgery can work wonders to create a more youthful appearance for your face. Certain medical conditions like glaucoma and dry eye may prevent certain patients from undergoing this procedure. To confirm that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, I recommend coming in for a complimentary plastic surgery consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history as well as what you hope to achieve with your surgery to determine if an eyelid surgery is the right choice for you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which is Right for Me?

One of the more common questions I receive from patients during plastic surgery consultations is to clarify the differences between certain procedures that may seem similar to the uninitiated. Specifically body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck and liposuction. Though these procedures are both highly in-demand for creating a flatter abdominal area, they are actually very different. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, involves removing loose or excess skin from the lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles whereas a liposuction procedure actually removes troublesome deposits of fat.

A tummy tuck can often make sense for patients trying to get rid of excess skin around the abdomen, treat unsightly stretch marks, as well as a loose abdominal pooch that is caused by muscle separation that occurs during pregnancy or excessive weight gain. Results from a successful tummy tuck will produce a flatter stomach, smoother skin, leaner abs and even a more contoured waistline when performed with my Scarpa Fascia technique.

Undergoing liposuction makes sense for those patients who are interested in contouring by removing stubborn fat from specific areas of the body that can be tough to treat just through diet and exercise. Typically, these patients are close to a comfortable body weight. Liposuction may not be right for patients who are considerably overweight or obese and looking to drop significant weight, since removing large amounts of fat in a single day with liposuction it not recommended.

Determining whether a tummy tuck or a liposuction procedure makes the most sense for a specific patient may depend on the quality of a patient’s skin. In the following video, I explain how the laxity and condition of a patient’s skin can be the determining factor when choosing a cosmetic procedure:

When it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures, what is right for a certain patient may not be right for another. That is why it’s so important to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon (like myself) to discuss your surgical options and your aesthetic goals in-depth before making any hasty decisions. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for additional tips and news updates.

Mother’s Day Specials this May at Southern Plastic Surgery

Mother’s Day is almost here. What better time to think about all the special women in our lives? If you’re stuck trying to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift, have you considered a mommy makeover? The mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) is a customizable procedure that combines a tummy tuck (using Dr. Whiteman’s Scarpa fascia technique that is able to provide additional benefits by improving the contour of the waist), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure to sculpt a new, trimmer figure that will give the Mom in your life something to smile about. We also offer grammy makeovers, which build-upon the mommy makeover by allowing patients to add additional a-la-carte procedures of their choice, including a face lift, neck lift, or fat transfer injection depending on their personal aesthetic goals. If you’re still shopping around for more ideas, allow us to present our May specials and promotions at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

May Cosmetic Specials

This May’s cosmetic specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are all about rejuvenating the face and body. All this month, take 20% OFF select treatments for the face including chemical peels, Réjuvapen® microneedling, and SilkPeel® microdermabrasion. We’re also offering special savings on SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction treatments. Check out the flyer below for all the details!

May 2017 specials at laser lights

There are also special gift certificate giveaways for our Laser Lights patients all month long. Receive a complimentary $100 Laser Lights gift certificate with a purchase of $500 or more, or a $50 Laser Lights gift certificate with a purchase of $300 or more all throughout May. SPS and Laser Lights gift certificates can be used on all of our available cosmetic procedures and treatments. A gift card from SPS or Laser Lights can be just what the doctor ordered with Mother’s Day and graduation season just around the corner.

All of our specials are good until May 31st, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on special promotions at either Southern Plastic Surgery or our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights today. You can also call us to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation with Dr. David Whiteman. Have a great May and a Happy Mother’s Day from the whole SPS family!