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!

Why Waste Your Fat after Liposuction?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is the most commonly-performed plastic surgery in America. But what happens to all the fat that is removed after those procedures are finished? The truth is, a lot of the time the fat is just thrown away as medical waste. While you may not think that sounds like a big deal, the fat that is removed during liposuction is often referred to as “liquid gold” by surgeons due to its amazing ability to rejuvenate other parts of the body. Allow me to explain.

Why Waste Your Fat after LiposuctionFat transfer injections take fat removed from areas of the body during liposuction and inject it back into other areas of the body that may be lacking in volume like the face, breasts or buttocks. The fat transfer procedure is generally a very safe way to provide natural, long-lasting results to areas all over the body. Patients are quickly catching on to this phenomenon, as evidenced by the considerable increase in fat transfer procedures I have personally witnessed over the past several years.

Fat transfer can be a terrific, noninvasive method for patients seeking facial rejuvenation. Whether you are concerned about facial creases like smile lines and crow’s-feet or sunken areas around the lips and cheeks, fat transfer injections can provide a significant aesthetic improvement. Fat transfer injections for the face are able to create an effect similar to facial fillers, but with the added perk of results that can least for years.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves injecting the previously removed fat into a patient’s breasts to create a more subtle, natural-looking increase in breast size. With smaller, more modest breasts becoming more fashionable recently, it’s no surprise that fat transfer injections to the breast experienced a massive 41% increase in popularity last year according to ASAPS statistics for 2016.

Fat transfer can also be used as supplement for breast reconstruction procedures by filling in irregularities like lumps or hiding obvious signs of breast implants for women who have undergone mastectomies to treat breast cancer.

If you are considering fat transfer, it’s important to bring this up with your surgeon during your liposuction consultation. During a consultation, I am able to determine if a patient has the necessary amount of fat in donor sites required for fat transfer. I have personally developed a unique method for fat transfer that removes fat from a patient’s body using suction, process it and places it in another area of the body in a matter of just a few minutes. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.