Cosmetic Surgery Trends This Summer

Cosmetic Surgery Trends This SummerSimilar to the fashion industry when it comes to fads and trends, what was popular in cosmetic surgery last year may not be popular in the following years. RealSelf.com, a plastic surgery information and patient review site, recently released a report of summer cosmetic surgery trends based on searches performed on their website including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. They found more people are now opting for procedures that provide natural-looking results.

Just in time for swimsuit season, plastic surgery patients begin focusing on their bodies. Whether they’re looking to regain their pre-baby appearance or wanting to enhance other features, procedures of the breasts and body are always popular trends during the summer. Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US and is increasingly popular during the summer. However, as a part of mommy makeover surgery, many women also choose to undergo breast reduction and/or breast lift this time of year.

Mommy makeover surgery is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore a mother’s pre-pregnancy appearance. After pregnancy and childbirth, many women struggle to eliminate excess belly fat or retighten abdominal muscles even with the best diet and exercise efforts. A typical mommy makeover surgery includes cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction depending on the patient’s individual needs. According to RealSelf’s report, 98% of patients who rated mommy makeover surgery on the site said it was “worth it.”

For patients who are interested in butt augmentation, a plastic surgeon can perform Brazilian butt lift via fat grafting, which involves the use of liposuction to remove excess fat that will be purified and re-injected into the buttocks to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks without using synthetic materials. Patients love Brazilian butt lift results because they can use the fat they don’t want from certain areas of the body to improve other areas. According to RealSelf search results, Brazilian butt lift is the 4th most popular procedure on the website.

Trends show that patients continue to seek less invasive options for plastic surgery like Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers, but more patients are becoming interested in the “natural” options for facial rejuvenation which uses the patient’s own blood plasma or fat to fill in areas of lost volume and jump-start the collagen production process. Similar to the Brazilian butt lift technique, fat transfer is also used for facial rejuvenation.

No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a patient is interested in, plastic surgery research is vital. It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing the procedure of your interest. In fact, RealSelf reports an average of 15% increase in patient satisfaction when plastic surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing that particular procedure.

Dr. David Whiteman is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Atlanta/Duluth area with almost 20 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In order to help patients make the most educated plastic surgery decisions, Dr. Whiteman provides information through his website and performs in-depth plastic surgery consultations with each patient prior to surgery. He also updates an online plastic surgery before and after photo gallery to give patients an idea of his work. If you’re interested in learning more about a certain cosmetic surgery procedure, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website or schedule a consultation today. For more plastic surgery news and trends, connect with Dr. Whiteman through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Health and Wellness: New Research Shows Exercise Improves Liposuction Results

Liposuction in Atlanta GAAccording to a new study by Brazilian researchers from the University of Sao Paulo that was released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), exercise following liposuction decreases compensatory visceral fat increase, which is often triggered by abdominal liposuction. There are two types of fat in the body: subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the bothersome fat we notice beneath our skin that can be removed during liposuction surgery, but visceral fat lies deeper within the body’s organs. In fact, while subcutaneous fat deposits are unsightly, because of its location, visceral fat is actually more dangerous and contributes to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

The study included a group of 36 female abdominal liposuction patients who did not exercise regularly before surgery. Half of the participants were encouraged to start exercising three times a week beginning two months after surgery. All of the participants had a flatter abdomen than they did before the procedure, but those who did not exercise had an increase in visceral fat deposits whereas those who worked out did not.

While further research is necessary to validate this study’s results, the body begins to compensate for fat when fat is removed from the body. Although many liposuction patients who do not exercise regularly after surgery may still be please with their results because they do not notice the compensatory fat, I encourage patients seeking body contouring procedures to begin following a diet and exercise plan once they have healed after surgery.

I often tell my patients that plastic surgery is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle—instead, they complement each other. Similar to liposuction, patients who receive tummy tuck surgery or other body lift procedures should focus on a healthy diet and engaging in fitness. Not only will healthy living make you feel better, it will also help you maintain cosmetic surgery results.

Many patients are interested in starting a workout regimen or developing healthier eating habits, but they just don’t know where to start. Therefore, I work closely with ACE certified personal trainer and inventor of Chair-a-cise, Daryl Madison, to help patients gain the information they need to reach their goals and live healthier. I also enjoy sharing information like diet tips and healthy recipes on the Health and Wellness section of my blog as well as my social media outlets. Visit my website today to find out more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer or for more health and wellness tips. Be sure to also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Mommy Makeover Redesigned: Can Tummy Tuck and Hysterectomy be Safely Combined?

Some plastic surgery procedures can be combined for reduced recovery times, shorter hospital stays, and decreased anesthesia risks. Dr. David Whiteman will perform multiple plastic surgery procedures at once as long as the patient is healthy and the combined procedures pose no additional surgical risks. The most common combination of procedures is mommy makeover surgery, which typically includes liposuction, tummy tuck, and cosmetic breast surgery. However, an article recently released by US News & World Report discusses the safety of a new type of mommy makeover surgery: tummy tuck combined with hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy is performed by surgically removing a woman’s uterus, usually through an incision in the abdomen or a few tiny incisions in the abdomen using a device called a laparoscope. Also performed via an incision in the abdomen, tummy tuck surgery is designed to help flatten the tummy. During the procedure, excess abdominal tissue is excised, underlying muscles are tightened, and remaining skin is stretched downward. Although these procedures sound like a perfect match due to the location of incisions, it is important to evaluate the possible risks associated with the combined procedures to ensure patient safety.

The article detailed a study by researchers at the Florida International University in Hialeah. By evaluating 65 women who received both procedures simultaneously, the researchers concluded that the combination was relatively safe with only 32% of patients experiencing minor complications. Although complications can arise with any type of surgery, some surgeons believe this surgical combination should be reevaluated. Patients who pursue this type of procedure should be in good health overall, and the procedure should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who is working alongside a board certified gynecologic surgeon, both having experience performing these procedures together.

Like mommy makeover surgery, this type of combination can be very beneficial to patients who are good candidates. Possible benefits include reduced recover time, shortened hospital stay, and reduced anesthesia risks. Additionally, having both procedures at once could potentially save patients some money instead of paying hospital and anesthesia fees twice for two different procedures.

Before pursuing any type of plastic surgery, it’s important to do your research and find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing the procedure you’re interested in. Visit Dr. Whiteman’s website to learn more about the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures he performs or schedule a consultation today for more information on a specific procedure. Be sure to also find Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and health and wellness updates.