Can I Have a Tummy Tuck if I’ve had a C-Section?

As Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery has discussed in previous blog posts detailing mommy makeover surgery, a woman’s body goes through numerous changes during pregnancy and post child birth.  That is why most mommy makeover surgeries are usually comprised of a series of procedures such as: liposuction, breast lift (mastopexy), breast augmentation, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty.)
For most women, the changing appearance of their abdomen, caused by the extreme growth and variable contracture after birth, tends to be the most physically dramatic during pregnancy.  In addition to body changes, for some women, having a baby also involves a Can I Have a Tummy Tuck if I’ve had a C-Section?.  A c-section requires a surgeon to make an incision to access the mother’s uterus and remove the baby.  This is a type of surgery from which women must properly recover before having any additional procedures.  However, there is usually no reason a previous, healed c-section should keep a woman from approaching a tummy tuck to reattach the abdominal muscles and skin that can become stretched and lax by a baby.
In fact, in addition to removing excess skin and tightening muscle, a tummy tuck is often effective in reducing the amount of scar tissue created by a c-section.  Dr. Whiteman reiterates to patients that this is a surgical procedure that should be approached with due caution especially for women who have just been through the taxing process of giving birth.  Additionally, women should allow ample time for their bodies to normalize hormone levels before they seek surgical consultation as hormones greatly affect the appearance of tissues and fluid levels.
To learn more about the cosmetic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs or to schedule an Atlanta tummy tuck consultation contact his office, visit his website or subscribe to his blog.

Thigh Lift Surgery Provides Exceptional Results for Post Bariatric and Skin Aging Patients

For bariatric surgery patients, the original weight- loss surgery is often only half the battle.  Patients who have successfully endured bariatric surgery and have been able to lose weight and keep it off, are regularly left with debilitating amounts of sagging, excess skin on their lower trunk and legs which inhibits them from fully taking advantage of their reclaimed lives.  Excess skin and fat is equally frustrating to those individuals who are life-long exercisers who are simply unable to rid their bodies of fat deposits on their thighs.  For both of these groups, the thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic body contouring procedure that may help them capture the silhouettes they have long chased.
The thigh lift, unlike liposuction which targets underlying fat specifically, also works to remove excess tissue on various portions of a patient’s thighs in addition to removing lean layers of fatty tissue.  Dr. Whiteman uses several versions of the thigh lift procedure including:  inner thigh lift, bilateral thigh lift, medial thigh lift to most effectively target the areas of the leg in need of re-contouring and skin tightening.
Results from a thigh lift are dramatic and often offer a renewed sense of “freedom” for patients.  While there are limited scars associated with all types of the thigh lift procedure, certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons like Dr. David Whiteman are especially adept at hiding the necessary incisions in the body’s natural folds; easily concealed by clothing and active wear.
An added advantage of thigh lift procedure is that is can easily be performed in conjunction with other “lift” procedures like tummy tucks  (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy) breast reduction, arm lift (brachioplasty), and body lift to redefine the contours of post-bariatric patients.  For patients who are approaching the procedure to reverse the effects of skin aging, the thigh lift is also easily performed with facial rejuvenation procedures.
To learn more about the cosmetic procedures Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery contact his office, visit his website, or subscribe to his blog.

Custom Surgery- The Adaptability of Mommy Makeover Surgery

As a fresh school year begins, all parents hope that their children will have teachers who can commit to paying an adequate amount of time and attention to their child’s individual educational and developmental needs.  As a plastic surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery recognizes this same need in parents (and patients): the need for individual care and a customizable treatment plan.

This is why, with every surgery; Dr. Whiteman emphasizes the variable nature of combination cosmetic procedures like mommy makeover surgery.  As described in a previous blog post, Dr. Whiteman performs mommy makeover surgery to remedy the effects of pregnancy and child birth on a woman’s body.
Every woman’s body responds differently to pregnancy: some women experience significant weight gain, some are more reactive to the hormone fluctuation and experience more breast changes, and some have very limited physical changes from pregnancy.  Every woman also has a different opinion about her desired aesthetic result.  The best cosmetic surgery is one that is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who is able to clearly understand your surgical expectations and work with you individually to formulate a plan for surgery and after-care to optimize your results.

If you’re a mom who is ready to let yourself look as good as your kids do going back to school this year, contact Dr. Whiteman’s office to schedule a consultation for mommy makeover surgery or review his website and blog for additional information.