Cosmetic Injectables: Beyond Wrinkles

dysport atlanta georgiaThere are many benefits to cosmetic injectables: they work as anti-aging treatments, require little to no downtime, can be done on your lunch break and require no hospital stays, to name a few.  There are quite a few cosmetic injectable brands on the market today that each work to address a variety of aesthetic concerns for patients.  While they are most notably known for slowing down the progression of aging, cosmetic injectables are very dynamic and beneficial for much more than just fine lines and wrinkles.

Let’s take a look at three key areas that can benefit from cosmetic injectables:

Face – We all go through different stages of aging.  For some of us we spend summers outdoor and the sun’s powerful UV rays break down the collagen in the skin, making the skin sag and appear more aged than those who stay indoors.  For others, their genetic makeup simply shows fine lines and wrinkles at earlier stages in life.  To tackle these facial concerns we have two options within the injectables family: Botox®/Dysport® or facial fillers.  Botox® and Dysport® are two main brands of cosmetic injectables (both FDA approved to produce the same results but made by different manufacturers) used to treat expression lines (fine lines and wrinkles) on the upper part of the face.  They work by relaxing the muscles in the face that cause expression to create a smoother, less furrowed appearance.  Then we have facial fillers, which as the name would suggest fills areas of the face.  Made from naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers restore areas of the face that have sunken in or could use added volume (such as the cheeks, lips and around the mouth), in addition to smoothing wrinkles and lines.  All cosmetic injectables provide temporary relief (results vary from six months to over a year depending on the specific injectable you choose) but can safely be repeated to maintain your cosmetic injectable results.

Hands – Our hands are exposed to all kinds of harmful elements and one of the dead giveaways of our age.  As we age, our skin becomes thinner and the veins more prominent – often creating a skeletal look for some patients.  Just this past June, Radiesse® was FDA-approved for the use of hand rejuvenation.  Hand rejuvenation using Radiesse® works similarly to the way treatments are administered for areas of the face; predetermined areas that could use more volume are determined and Radiesse® is administered in a short series of injections.  Once the filler has been injected, it is massaged into the hands to create an even look that covers soft tissue and reduces the appearance of veins and tendons in the hands.  Results are immediate and can last up to two years.

Nose – This is probably the least known option for cosmetic injectables.  For patients who have a sunken nose or simply want more volume added to reduce a flattened appearance, facial Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® can revitalize the nose and the surrounding areas.  Fillers can be injected directly into the tip, base or bridge of the nose to produce a natural, more balanced look.  The results are not permanent as they are with a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure, but additional treatments over time can help to maintain the results.

If you’re interested in trying Dysport®, we’re having a flash sale with special pricing for the first 15 patients!  See the flyer for details or contact Southern Plastic Surgery to book your appointment.  To learn about hand rejuvenation, cosmetic injectables or the cosmetic treatments offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.  Stay up to date on the latest cosmetic plastic surgery and skincare news by following me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

You Don’t Have to Be a Mom to Enjoy a Mommy Makeover

Contrary to what the name may suggest, a mommy makeover procedure isn’t only reserved for those who are mothers.  While it’s original intent was to identify a procedure that corrects common physical changes that a woman’s body experiences during/after carrying and delivering a child, similar effects can also occur to those who have never had kids themselves.  Mommy makeover surgery consists of a strategic combination of body contouring and breast procedures to remedy effects that natural aging and weight gain/loss can have on the body.  Don’t let a name fool you into thinking that it’s not an option for you, because it is.  With the many benefits combination procedures have, let’s take a look at what mommy makeovers can be for all women.

liposuction-atlanta-georgiaOriginally, mommy makeover was coined as a term to describe procedures that reverse the effects of pregnancy weight gain, weakened abdominal muscles and excess sagging breasts from breastfeeding.  Each surgical plan is customized to give each patient mommy makeover results that mirror a pre-pregnancy body; one more proportionate to the patient’s frame, without all of the excess fat and skin.  The two biggest areas of concern for moms tend to be the stomach and the breasts.  As your child grows in the womb, the abdominal muscles can stretch and become separated from the abdominal wall, commonly referred to as diastasis recti.  On top of weakened muscles, the abdomen can form a pooch and harbor excess skin and fat long after a child is born.  Achieving a contoured waistline can be hard to do with even the most steadfast diet and exercise regimen, therefore tummy tuck surgery tops the list for procedures to re-sculpt the midsection and re-tighten the muscle.

Then we take a look at the breasts.  After breastfeeding, the once enlarged breasts simply will not go back to the position they were once before; the extra skin sags and the breasts become more pendulous and less perky.  We have several options to address these concerns.  First we’ll figure out if you want to go bigger, smaller and possibly add a lift.  With a breast augmentation, we’ll use a pre-determined breast implant to increase the bust and raise the breast higher up on the body.  If you already have large breasts and want them to relieve some of the weight from your body, a breast reduction can remove the excess fat and skin.  When combining a breast reduction with a breast lift we aren’t enhancing the breasts but raising them higher in position, one more proportionate to your body’s frame.  For those that aren’t mothers, gravity takes its toll on the breasts and can cause the same pendulous effects when experiencing dramatic weight gain/loss.  The same combinations would be beneficial to helping restore the breasts to a more youthful aesthetic.

A major benefit to combination mommy makeover surgery is that you’re minimizing several key factors: recovery, time and money.  Having one comprehensive procedure versus say three (for example one procedure for a tummy tuck, another for a breast reduction and another for a breast lift) will reduce the overall amount of time you need to recover.  Less time spent in the hospital means less time spent at home recovering and quicker time getting you back to your regular schedule.  With each surgical procedure there are fees outside the cost of materials and labor like hospital stays, anesthesia, surgical fees and medications.  Each time you have a procedure these are factored into your total costs; if you have one complete procedure, those fees apply to that one procedure versus multiple.

It’s really about when the timing is right for you.  For mothers, the time should be when you’re finished having children because the same physical effects could reverse any results you’ve accomplished from your plastic surgery procedures before that point (the same goes for women who have a tendency to fluctuate in their weight gain/loss).  If you’d like to learn more details on the benefits of mommy makeover or combination procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery.  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+.

Importance of Weight Management

As a society, our battle with obesity rates has been a hot topic of conversation and while there have been many initiatives put into place to encourage all of us to get active and be more mindful of the food and beverages we consume, for many weight management can be difficult.  An increasing trend among plastic surgery procedures is post-bariatric procedures, or body contouring procedures performed after losing a substantial amount of weight from either diet/exercise or gastric bypass surgery.  Once a person has successfully reached their goal weight, the removal of excess skin that has stretched out, due to the extra weight the body once carried, can be viewed as the last step to achieving their desired physique.  However, it is my belief that being mindful of weight management before, during and after rapid weight loss is the key to living a healthier, more active lifestyle and also maintaining your results.

liposuction atlantaBeing obese can cause a plethora of complications to your health.  From diabetes and depression to cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders, not giving your body the nutrition and physical activity it needs to function properly on a daily basis can be detrimental.  Every inch of our bodies are interconnected and our bodies function similarly to smoothly run cars.  With proper maintenance and giving it the right “oil,” we are able to reduce stress, increase energy and brain function, control weight and even improve our mood.

Often times we hear the importance of exercising regularly; this alone is not going to help manage your weight.  There needs to be a nice balance of exercise and diet, plus a commitment to sticking with it, to ensure gradual success.  I say gradual because it’s a marathon and not a sprint when it comes to weight management; the challenge is finding what works best for you and your lifestyle.  Our days may simply seem like there aren’t enough hours to go to work, get on a treadmill for 30 minutes then follow that up with making a hearty, home cooked meal.  But if you were to think about all of the effort and resources needed to reverse prolonged weight gain, why not mitigate the need for multiple cosmetic procedures because your final plastic surgery results are reversed once you slip back into your previous lifestyle?

Body contouring isn’t a method for weight loss, so you shouldn’t be fooled by the idea that you can liposuction large amounts of fat to help you get to a specific weight.  The work doesn’t stop after you leave the operating room and battling pockets of fat can be an ongoing struggle if you let it work its way back into your areas of concern.  For those of you who are exploring your options for post-bariatric procedures, there are several procedures to help you address sagging skin and improve contours.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, most commonly I perform arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, tummy tuck and body lift to help patients achieve a more sculpted appearance that matches your new body.

We understand the difficulty sticking with such an undertaking as changing your lifestyle can be, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.  To help better serve our patients and give them the extra resources that could benefit them, we have a Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist to help keep you focused and motivated.  Spearheaded by NESTA Weight Management Specialist Jackie Madison, our Lifestyle Change program promotes healthy active lifestyles by encouraging weight loss and management and holding you accountable each step of the way.  From past experiences, we have seen many of our patients make the most out of our Lifestyle Weight Management program and we really want each of them to have continued success long after leaving our office.

If you’re interested in starting your healthy lifestyle plan or want to find out about the body contouring and post-bariatric procedures we perform, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.  For more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness, be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.