Liposuction Not a Substitute for Proper Diet and Exercise

Liposuction Atlanta Southern Plastic SurgeryOften viewed as a “quick-fix,” I like to take a different approach to plastic surgery with my patients.  Instead of only accentuating their bodies, I also like to educate them on health and wellness because overall health is a major factor in healing.  Plus, like I frequently explain to patients, you can eat your way out of any liposuction results.  That’s why I found the recent study highlighted in the New York Times about fat returning after liposuction surgery so interesting.

Doctors Teri L. Hernandez and Robert H. Eckel of the University of Colorado conducted a study to determine whether or not fat returns after liposuction surgery, and if so, where it returns.  With this type of cosmetic surgery, researchers randomly chose non-obese women with small amounts of excess fat in areas such as the thighs and lower abdomen. After the study was complete, the women were able to have more liposuction at a reduced rate if they desired it.  In a year, they determined that the fat did return,; however, it returned to other areas like the upper abdomen, arms and triceps.  The researchers in this particular study believe that the fat did not return to the areas sculpted with liposuction due to the changed structure of the targeted fat cells.

The fact that fat can increase after liposuction is not new information.  Whether it’s liposuction, a tummy tuck, or another body contouring procedure, maintaining appropriate health and wellness should be your first priority in order to maintain results.  The key point I take away from this article is that these women did not change daily activities or eating habits.  In fact, they were encouraged not to change their habits as they were offered more liposuction if it was needed once the study was complete.

Liposuction should never be a substitute for proper diet and exercise.  Instead, it should serve as that extra push for the stubborn fat pockets that just do not seem to go away even with the best dieting and exercise efforts.  After liposuction recovery, patients should be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain their results.  In my years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered that many patients aren’t sure what a healthy lifestyle looks like, which is why I do my best to educate through my Health and Wellness blog’s healthy recipes and tips.  I’ve also teamed up with Darryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and creator of Chair-A-Cise exercise program, to offer patients diet and exercise programs that can be tailored for any fitness level.

For more information on the plastic surgery procedures that I offer, visit my website. Also, be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for more Health and Wellness and plastic surgery updates.

Why does pricing for Botox® and Dysport® vary so much from provider to provider?

Botox® and Dysport® have become wildly popular wrinkle treatments for patients wishing to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and wrinkles between the eyes.  The active ingredient within these dermal injectables is a purified form of botulinum toxin A– a substance that works to temporarily relax the wrinkle causing muscles into which it’s injected.  Most Botox® and Dysport® patients report noticeable reduction of their wrinkles for two to four months following the cosmetic skin treatment.

Why does pricing for Botox® and Dysport® vary so much from provider to provider?Given the temporary nature of the treatment, facial rejuvenation patients regularly search for the best Botox® and Dysport® discounts to try and minimize the size of their ongoing investment.  Although, it’s important to understand that, just as the case with the cost of plastic surgery, there are many components involved in Botox® and Dysport® pricing.  Injectable providers purchase their products from manufacturer representatives in various quantities and varying solution dilution percentages (based on patient demand, practice budget, relationship with representative, etc.)   The providers (i.e.- board certified plastic surgeon or certified nurse injector) then charges for the product by the number of areas being treated, the number of units being used, or the number of syringes.

The best deal on Botox® and Dysport® treatment depends on the patient’s individual needs.  If a patient has deep set lines and extensive wrinkles, they may want to explore a provider who offers injectables priced per area as pricing by the unit will be higher (more wrinkle relaxing product is required for more expansive wrinkles).  If you’re looking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles in numerous areas, price per area would not be the best option.  At Southern Plastic Surgery, our Atlanta Botox® and Dysport® pricing is simple: we charge a flat fee for unlimited treatment areas with one injectable.  With all of the media attention surrounding the treatment, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the different offers.  One thing to always remember before pursuing facial injectables or any facial plastic surgery procedure is to thoroughly research your plastic surgeon.  A wonderful price cannot replace medical training and procedure experience.

To ensure you’re privy to the newest cosmetic surgery and skin treatment specials, sign up for Southern Plastic Surgery’s monthly newsletter.

Negative Effects of Obesity May Include Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Obesity PreventionHealth and wellness is an important part of my practice and my recommendation as a plastic surgeonPlastic surgery can enhance a person’s body aesthetically, but without proper diet and exercise, the surgical results can be compromised.  Obesity can negatively affect many people’s lives by worsening (and sometimes causing) health problems and diseases.  In fact, new research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (American Association for Cancer Journal) shows that obesity may even increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer.

As a plastic surgeon who offers breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer patients after mastectomy, I’m all-too familiar with the disease and the toll it takes on patients.  Triple-negative breast cancer accounts for 10 to 20 percent of all breast cancers and is particularly hard to treat.  The results of the study showed that women with a higher BMI (body mass index) more frequently developed triple-negative breast cancer and estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer than those women who lived physically active lives (and had a lower BMI).

Getting down to an appropriate, healthy weight can be challenging and frustrating.  Plastic surgery is never an excuse to forego proper diet and exercise, but it can help you achieve your desired results.  Body contouring, or liposuction procedures, can help remove stubborn areas of fat that just won’t respond to diet or exercise.  Liposuction can be performed in almost any area you have concentrated, excess fat stored (i.e.- flanks, hips, abdomen, back, legs, thighs, arms, neck, buttocks).

Fat can stretch the skin, which means that after weight is lost, the skin may sag instead of bouncing back like it once did, especially in cases where a significant amount of weight is lost.  When this occurs, body lift procedures may be performed to excise the excess skin while tightening the surrounding tissues and muscles.  Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a partial body lift procedure that tightens skin and tissue in the abdominal region.  Post bariatric, or post weight loss patients may also benefit from arm lift, thigh lift, or even a complete body lift.

As previously stated, plastic surgery should never replace traditional diet and exercise routines, but can aid you in maintaining a pleasing aesthetic once you’ve done your part to live healthily.  You can find plenty of helpful information in the health and wellness section of my blog, including healthy recipes, fat fighter tips, and health focused blogs.  My goal is to educate my patients on overall wellness and its role in plastic surgery recovery and results. For more information on the plastic surgery procedures I perform, visit my website and keep reading my blog.