The BOTOX® Basics

As reported in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2013 statistics, botulinum toxin A, otherwise known as BOTOX® ranked as the number one non-surgical procedure with 6,321,160 treatments performed that year alone. This FDA-approved injectable is an anti-aging substance that helps eliminate fine facial lines, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles caused by muscle activity. Having achieved my “Platinum Level Status” as a BOTOX® Cosmetic injector, I ensure my patients’ optimal results as well as address each patient’s unique needs for facial rejuvenation.

atlanta botox cosmetic injectionsIn a recent article titled “BOTOX: What’s All the Hype About?” by ASPS, the use of BOTOX® has been used since 1920, and utilized for commercial marketing in 1997. Prior to cosmetic use, the injectable was used for individuals who were suffering from muscle spasms of the face and eyes which in turn proved the future efficacy in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines.

Also known as a “lunch-hour procedure” because it takes very little time to perform, BOTOX® can effectively treat facial wrinkles, though very differently than other facial treatments. While most facial fillers plump up areas of the face which are lacking in supportive tissue or fat deposits, BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of certain chemicals in facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles. BOTOX® is also used to temporarily remove frown lines, fine lines and other types of facial wrinkles caused by expression and its effects can last for several months following the cosmetic skin treatment.

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.

For more information about facial rejuvenation, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

Lower Body Contouring Procedures

Want to bring new life to your physique? There are many contributing factors including age, an increase or decrease in weight, or post-pregnancy that may all take a toll on your appearance. There are various body contouring procedures I perform including thigh lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and buttock augmentation to target areas of  stubborn, unwanted fat, weakened muscles, and/or excess skin on the lower half of the body. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2013 along with 111,986 tummy tucks, 9,993 Brazilian Butt Lifts, 8,709 thigh lifts, and 7,281 lower body lifts.

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While these 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 advise my post-surgery patients to always maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve successful results. If you’re interested in any of the body contouring procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

History of the Tummy Tuck

One of the most popular procedures I have performed on both male and female patients has been tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. 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 from the abdominal area. In order to produce a flat, smooth contour on the midsection, over the years I have perfected innovative techniques that have evolved over decades of procedures performed around the world. But have you ever wondered how tummy tucks today got their start?

atlanta Tummy Tuck SurgeryModern plastic surgery first began in the 1800’s when doctors revived techniques that were first discovered by early cultures who used portions of stretched skin to cover open wounds. As time progressed, physicians introduced medical advances in surgery techniques due to treating millions of wounded World War I soldiers. In 1890 the first recorded tummy tuck, known then as a   dermolipectomy, was performed in France by Drs. Demars and Marx.  In the United States, the first tummy tuck was performed in Baltimore, Maryland by a gynecologic surgeon named Dr. Kelly in 1899.

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. 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.

While tummy tucks can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it is important to remember it should not be a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Post-surgery, I advise my patients to maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve positive results. If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures, contact us 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 FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Southern Plastic Surgery provides patient financing options for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit®. Care Credit® 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. For more details on this and other patient cosmetic surgery financing options, contact Jackie at (770) 622-9100.