American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Conference Raises Questions About Triglyceride Lowering Benefits of Body Contouring Procedures

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Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Discusses Body Contouring and the Effect of Triglycerides on Results

Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman fortifies the health and wellness mission of his practice with the latest findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show liposuction may reduce health risks.

At the 2011 annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, findings were released from a Kansas-based study measuring triglyceride levels of 229 liposuction patients before and after fat-reduction plastic surgery. Patients with high triglyceride levels before surgery averaged a 43% decrease of the harmful fats in their blood three months post-surgery along with a decrease in white blood cell count, which is another risk factor in the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a number of aesthetic enhancement procedures at his Atlanta practice, including liposuction, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and mommy makeover surgery. Though not a replacement for exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Whiteman uses these body contouring procedures as the extra push many mothers need to return to their pre-baby appearances and embrace more active lives.

Dr. Whiteman shares his practice’s mission to promote overall health stating, “As a doctor of medicine and a plastic surgeon, I understand that one’s appearance is often married with how they feel. I know that if patients commit to healthier habits, they will also maximize the rejuvenation effects capable with plastic surgery.”

To further enhance the positive impact liposuction and post weight loss plastic surgery can have, Dr. Whiteman encourages his Southern Plastic Surgery patients to take advantage of the practices’ ACE certified personal training and nutrition coach partner, Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness. Additionally, the Atlanta cosmetic surgeon also regularly updates the health and wellness portion of his blog with healthy recipes and exercise tips to provide easily accessible information to aid patients in maintaining their newly rejuvenated appearance and improving their health.

About Southern Plastic Surgery – David M. Whiteman M. D., F. R. C. S.

Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by Dr. David Whiteman, who serves as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Gwinnett Medical Center where he performs many post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization. Patients considering a tummy tuck, procedures of the breasts, facial plastic surgery, or other aesthetic and body contouring options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at southernplasticsurgery.com.

About ASPS- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is composed solely of plastic and reconstructive surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The organization strives to educate current and potential plastic and reconstructive patients of their available surgical options, the most highly qualified surgeons performing them, and advancing plastic surgery technology and patient safety.

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Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

Southern Plastic Surgery stock photoWhen many patients come to our Southern Plastic Surgery office for their first consultation looking for body contouring, they often ask me the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Many people assume that the two amount to about the same thing since both can help improve contours abdominal area. While both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures can help clients eliminate the stubborn, exercise-resistant fat that often clings to the midsection, the two procedures are actually very different.

Liposuction can be used on more than just the stomach area, including areas around the face, legs, chest, flanks, back, arms and buttocks.  In tumescent and super-wet liposuction, a small incision is made and a liquid mixture of anesthetic, adrenaline, and salt water is injected in order to make the fat easier to suction. The liquid and fat are then drawn out through cannulas, or metal tubes used to remove fluid from the body. Liposuction can often be performed along with a tummy tuck in certain procedures like Mommy Makeover surgery. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves in addition to liquid injections to liquefy fat, and is most often used in areas like the face where careful accuracy is required.

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is reserved solely for the midsection and is a fairly major surgical procedure. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdominal region, weakened muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall are restored and tightened, loose skin and tissue is removed, and the stomach-area is flattened and tightened. Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction does not address sagging skin that may come along with stubborn fat, which is why tummy tuck and liposuction are often used in conjunction for post-bariatric weight loss patients. For patients who do not need as much fat or loose skin removed, a mini-tummy tuck may offer the results they desire with less down-time afterward.

While both treatments are used to contour the curves of the body and re-establish the patient’s desired silhouette, each procedure is often better suited to specific patients. For example, patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time are often left with loose, sagging abdominal skin which can easily be removed with a tummy tuck. For patients who require less skin and muscle tightening and would like to just smooth and improve contour in a few areas, liposuction may be a better option. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your desired look with Dr. David Whiteman and determine which procedure(s) will best suit your needs.

Check out our before and after galleries of both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures to get a better idea of how the results can be beneficial to you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and recent news.

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.

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