Mommy Makeover Surgery: Now’s the Time

Although Atlanta is still too cold for us to think about warm weather and our desired “beach bodies,” if you are looking to pursue cosmetic surgery, now is the perfect time to start planning in order to recover before the temperatures begin to heat up. Mommy makeover surgery is one or more body contouring procedures I specifically recommend undergoing during this time of year.

TummyTuckAs most new parents will attest, having a baby is one of the greatest gifts. Most mothers will also agree, it can also take a major toll on your body physically. I will often recommend a mommy makeover for women who are looking to tighten up their waistline or undergo complete body rejuvenation. It is essential for female patients to wait until after they are finished having children before considering mommy makeover as additional pregnancies can reverse your results. Additionally, it is important for you to be in overall good physical and mental health before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure. During your consultation, we will discuss your personal cosmetic surgery goals and what customized procedures will be performed in order to give you the look you desire.

Typically, mommy makeover is a comprehensive combination surgery incorporating both breast and body contouring procedures. If you suffer from sagging breasts or have lost volume, a breast augmentation or breast lift can be performed. To sculpt the areas on the abdomen where skin and muscle has stretched, I use tummy tuck surgery to target excess fat and skin and re-tighten weakened abdominal muscles for a firmer, more contoured outcome. Additionally, I can combine liposuction to remove stubborn isolated pockets of fat and help sculpt the midsection as well as the thighs, hips, and arms. By combining surgeries, the amount of downtime is significantly less than if you had individual procedures. Depending on the procedures performed, during your mommy makeover, each person’s recovery time will undoubtedly differ. I advise all my patients to regularly schedule follow-up appointments with me in order to receive recommendations for minimizing the risks of complications.

I like to remind all my patients that Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides financing options for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit℠. CareCredit℠ is an 18 month plan that charges no interest as long as monthly minimum payments are successfully met, and payment is received in-full within the 18 month promotional period. If you’re interested in mommy makeover surgery, or any of the other procedures I perform, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.  For the most up-to-date plastic surgery news and specials be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Tummy Tuck Surgery 101

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures I have performed on both male and female patients. The abdomen is a common area where many patients have stubborn, unwanted fat and/or excess skin. There are multiple factors such as pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and aging which can all affect the appearance of the midsection. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, which does not eliminate loose skin or target muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat and repair the muscles in the abdominal area.

During a tummy tuck procedure, incisions are made in the lower abdominal region between the hips; the loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, followed by repairing the weakened abdominal muscles. For patients who do not require muscle repair, they can choose a mini tummy tuck option. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the midsection maintains an even smoother appearance. If there are still remaining areas of unwanted fat in the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction may be combined with tummy tuck surgery to remove the fat. Over my 20 plus years of practice, I have perfected a specialized tummy tuck technique, which involves tapering the Scarpa fascia portion of the abdominal region to enhance waist narrowing. By utilizing these methods, abdominoplasty results can produce an improved waist definition in proportion to a natural body structure.

Often, abdominoplasty is a procedure used in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their pre-pregnancy stomach as pregnancies can cause weight gain and skin to lose elasticity. I also perform tummy tuck surgery for post-bariatric patients who have residual skin from substantial weight loss. While tummy tucks can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, it should never substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. I always advise my patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen after surgery for long-lasting abdominoplasty results.

If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. As an additional resource to help you plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Eyelid Surgery vs. Cosmetic Injectables

To address signs of aging, many of my patients seek eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, or cosmetic injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin®, and Dysport® achieve a more youthful look. I perform eyelid surgery to eliminate the excess skin and puffy fat pads on the upper and/or lower eyelid that contributes to an aged, tired appearance. Cosmetic injectables are designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin around the eyes, but there are a few differences to be considered with each of these treatments.

eyelid surgery and facial fillers atlanta gaBOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin®, and Dysport® contain a purified form of Botulinum that temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles between and around the eyes as well as the forehead that form with age and repeated facial expressions. Because the products are injected into the muscle, they are eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body, and must be re-injected every 4-6 months to maintain facial rejuvenation results. For patients looking to address other areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, lips, or nasolabial folds, I offer a variety of facial fillers including Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Voluma™, and Radiesse®.  While all of these types of injections target the signs of aging, they do not permanently stop the aging process. Additional treatments are necessary to maintain results.

In addition to the wrinkles that injectables treat, the inelastic skin of mature eyes can begin to droop and cause a “hooded” appearance. Upper blepharoplasty permanently removes the excess skin and fat pads (if necessary) of the upper eyelid with an incision hidden neatly within the eye’s natural crease.  Many patients assume that they need an upper blepharoplasty when their eyebrows begin to droop and sag. However, as you age, the skin on your forehead begins to stretch, causing wrinkles and even droopy eyebrows. In this instance, a brow lift (forehead lift) can better rejuvenate a more youthful appearance. Sometimes, this procedure is even combined with blepharoplasty for total eye rejuvenation.

As the skin ages, it also becomes thinner and easier to see the fat pads and dark vessels that appear under the eyes. Lower eyelid (conjunctional) blepharoplasty utilizes a discrete incision along the inside of the eyelid to remove fat from underneath. In addition to fat pad removal, some patients may also benefit from laser skin resurfacing or removal of excess skin in the area to treat the surface symptoms of aging.  If necessary, both blepharoplasty and skin resurfacing/ skin excision can be performed simultaneously.  While the eyes do continue to age after any facial cosmetic surgery procedure, be it surgical or non-surgical, the signs become much less pronounced by addressing the folded, excess tissue.

If you are interested in eyelid surgery, or any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Also, connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.