Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures: Belly Button & Below

To me, plastic surgery is such a diverse field.  I am able to work with men and women of all ages and walks of life and each person has their unique desires and motivations for enhancing their lives physically and mentally.  When it comes to body contouring, as an Atlanta cosmetic surgeon I have worked with patients ranging from a mother who is hanging up her pregnancy hat and ready to get her pre-baby body back to men who have lost significant weight and want to add the finishing touches of eliminating excess skin.  From tummy tucks to liposuction, there are many cosmetic plastic surgery procedures within the body contouring umbrella and I wanted to share two of the most popular procedures that accentuate the body from the belly button, down:

plastic surgery-tummy tuck - buttock augmentation atlanta georgiaTummy Tuck considerably the most popular of the body contouring procedures, tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) are designed to create a smoother midsection.  I still utilize the traditional method of removing excess skin and fat and retightening the abdominal muscle that may have become weakened due to pregnancy.  My preferred method is a “no-drain” abdominoplasty which eliminates the extra space within the abdomen that collects fluid (and subsequently requires a drain to help clear out the fluid during recovery) by suturing the remaining skin and fat together down towards the muscle.  What this does is it not only allows my tummy tuck patients to have better control of their abdominal movements (because you’re not delaying the natural healing of the fat to the muscle when you twist or contort the body) but also makes recovery much less complex or difficult.

In addition to the no-drain abdominoplasty, I utilize a special Scarpa fascia waist contouring technique that I developed over the past several years to produce a flat, smooth contour for a patient’s midsection.  This is significant because previously these results were only possible with liposuction alone; now, I am able to improve the contours and shape of the abdomen with the Scarpa fascia technique so the stomach and waistline is shapelier than traditional tummy tuck results can produce.

Buttock Augmentation Buttock augmentation has seen a surge of popularity in recent years and I would argue that we can thank popular culture for this increasing trend.  Also known as Brazilian butt lift, this procedure is commonly performed through a fat transfer process for patients who wish to enhance the shape of their derrières.  The fat transfer process uses injections consisting of the patient’s own fat from other areas obtained through liposuction around the buttocks, thighs, hips or abdomen.  Once I have taken an ample amount of donated fat, it is then purified and re-injected into the predetermined areas of the buttocks.   A benefit of fat transfer is that by using a patient’s own fat, it allows me to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally-prominent buttock, plus, the fat transfer technique for Brazilian butt lift also significantly decreases the risk of complications associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, like butt implants.

To learn more about body contouring procedures I perform including thigh lift and arm lifts, or any of the additional plastic surgery procedures available, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C today to schedule your complimentary consultation.  Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery trends, news and information.

Utilizing Diverse Techniques in Liposuction

One of the most popular body contouring procedures for both men and women is liposuction. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2013, 312,176 women and 51,736 men received liposuction. I frequently discuss liposuction with patients who are looking to eliminate excess body fat. Liposuction is not only performed as an individual treatment for fat reduction, but it is also applied in various cosmetic procedures including mommy makeover surgery, tummy tuck, facial plastic surgery, and buttock augmentation. In order to give you that coveted, aesthetically pleasing figure you dream of, I utilize the most advanced liposuction techniques available to provide you with optimal results.

Liposuctionatlanta-liposuction-results (2) is recommended for patients who would like to remove small pockets of fat that do not respond to various amounts of working out and healthy eating. Remember that there is no such thing as a “perfect” body and imperfections are what make each individual unique. Whatever your “problem areas” are, liposuction addresses areas such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

Depending on your cosmetic goals, we will determine which liposuction technique (tumescent, super-wet, power-assisted, or ultrasound-assisted) will best fit your needs during your initial consultation. Tumescent and super-wet liposuction techniques use a solution of tumescent fluid (saline solution and anesthetic) to be injected into the treatment areas to facilitate removal of fat and minimize blood loss. Super-wet liposuction uses slightly less solution for injection and is beneficial for patients as there is minimal blood loss and swelling. The power-assisted liposuction technique incorporates a special suction tube that vibrates during the procedure. The vibration loosens fat to allow for easier removal with less damage to the surrounding skin.  Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves in addition to fluid injection to liquefy fat and is effective for areas that require precision such as the face.

atlanta-liposuction-results (2)Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to maximize your body contouring results. If you need assistance, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison, provides a Lifestyle & Weight Management program in which patients are coached through their pre and post-surgery time period to help achieve weight loss and weight management goals through exercise and effective eating habits. Our outside ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness can also help find a routine that works best for you.

While liposuction and other body contouring procedures can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it’s important to remember it should not be a substitute for leading a healthy lifestyle. I continue to make every effort to communicate all information so that all of my patients completely understand the type of results they can expect, such as final results are always determined by your weight, skin tone and specific Habitus. I advise my post-surgery patients to always maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve successful results. If you are interested in liposuction or other cosmetic procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Buttock Augmentation: Unraveling the Media’s Vast Obsession

In today’s society, there is much emphasis placed on one’s physical appearance. Social media has made an influential impact on the way we look and it always circles back to “we all want what we can’t have.” Different plastic surgery trends arise every day—one day women are opting for larger breasts and bigger derrières the next. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2013, there were 9,993 buttock augmentation procedures performed with a 16% increase since 2012.

butt augmentation atlanta gaThis increasing popularity in buttock enhancement stems from a variety of influences; mainly from popular Hollywood starlets with a large presence on social media and television such as Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, or the Kardashian sisters. This infatuation with an individual’s backside is not only seen in the tabloids, but now it’s commonly heard in lyrics and seen in music videos as well. Nowadays, most female patients desire similar, more contoured figures not just in the waist and hips but also the buttocks. In order to achieve this look, I perform buttock augmentation, also known as Brazilian butt lift, for patients wishing to enhance the size and curve of their buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift is commonly performed through a fat transfer process to enhance the shape of the buttocks. The injections consist of your own fat from other areas obtained through liposuction around the buttocks, thighs, hips, or abdomen.  The donated fat is then purified and re-injected into predetermined areas on your buttocks.  By using your own fat, it allows me to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally prominent posterior.  I prefer using the fat transfer technique for butt augmentation as it significantly decreases the risk of complication that can be associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, such as butt implants.

During your consultation, I will assess the amount of donated fat needed, the desired sites where the injections will go, as well as the number and depth of the injections when determining your desired cosmetic goals.  Despite media influences, it is my responsibility as your double board-certified plastic surgeon to understand and achieve your wants and needs. I will take the time to listen to your concerns, and while each patient is different and unique, it is my obligation to provide you the most aesthetically-pleasing results.

If you are interested in buttock augmentation or any other body contouring procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.