Breast Augmentation: Now’s the Time!

April is right around the corner and spring break marks the downhill momentum until we can officially welcome summer.  For many of our patients that meet with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman, deciding to undergo a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure may not come as easily as choosing between paper and plastic at the grocery store.  As you’re thinking ahead to that vacation you’ll spend, whether on a beach, hiking a national trail or crossing off items on your bucket list, now is actually the perfect time for you to think about a cosmetic procedure such as breast augmentation.  Below we’ll break down the Five W’s that should be considered when sorting through catalogs of questions or concerns you may have when considering a breast augmentation.

southern plastic surgeryWho?  From high school/college graduation gifts to a mother of three wanting to restore her pre-baby body, breast augmentation is reserved for women of all ages.  Candidates should however be at least 18 years old and physically and emotionally mature.  Breast augmentation is ideal for anyone wishing to increase the size and volume of their breasts.

What?  To achieve the fullness of your new breasts, implants are inserted into the breast cavity.  Dr. Whiteman offers traditional saline and silicone as well as highly cohesive “gummy bear” gel implants to fit each patient’s unique build.  There isn’t a “one size fits all” method to choosing breast implants and the sizing of your implants is completely customized for you.  During consultation, cosmetic goals and desired look are taken into consideration as well as measurements of your body (height, rib cage size, weight and previous breast size for example) to help you get the most proportionate and natural-looking breasts.  That’s the overall goal, right?

Where?  Start by doing your research and doing it well; your health could depend on it.  Rather than searching the internet for a surgeon that offers the best deal, study their credentials, look at their before and after results and read previous patient reviews to get a broader impression of the surgeon and their expertise.  Consultations aren’t just the time to discuss the size of your new breasts, but the time when you should establish a relationship with your surgeon – one that makes you feel comfortable and in highly-capable hands.  At the very least, Dr. Whiteman can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a board certified plastic surgeon to reduce any associated risks of surgery.

When?  This is probably one of the most pondered questions for our breast augmentation patients.  With busy work, school and personal schedules, planning for recovery time is important to consider.  The truth is that breast augmentation downtime isn’t as consuming as you may think.  There are certain considerations to keep in mind when determining your recovery time including your type of job and incisions; however, most of our patients are able to return to work within 48 hours.  So when should you get your surgery?  Now, while you have a break before summer starts blazing!

Why?  According to the 2013 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, 15.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed.  Out of those millions, over 290,000 were breast augmentations – securing its spot as the top procedure for the past six years.  The motivation to enhance the breasts can range from a desire to fill out clothing, changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding or as an overall confidence booster; in the end it should just be about you.

In addition to breast augmentation, Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body.  If you have any questions about a procedure or you’re interested in taking the next steps towards cosmetic surgery, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.  You can also connect with Dr. Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.

Buttock Augmentation Popularity Surges According to Latest Statistics

With each new year comes new statistical research within our plastic surgery culture.  These statistics share interesting findings from shifts in surgical trends to the most favored cosmetic procedures performed.  Body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck and mommy makeover remain some of the most popular surgeries among patients today, however, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) there are new trends emerging in the United States.  In initial 2013 statistics released by ASAPS, buttock augmentation dramatically surged in popularity with a 58% increase in procedures performed over the past year.

brazilian butt lift atlanta gaPopular celebrities with a large presence on social media and television including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj are most notably known for their curvy physiques and sculpted derrières.  Today’s trends clearly show the increasing popularity for women desiring similar, more contoured figures not just in the waist and hips but also the buttocks.  Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs buttock augmentation, also known as Brazilian butt lift, for his patients wishing to enhance the size and curve of their buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift is commonly performed through a fat transfer process which harvests unwanted fat from one area of the body to transfer to the buttocks.  Dr. Whiteman first performs fat transfer using liposuction to remove fat cells through a cannula, or tiny hollow tube, and can remove fat from areas such as your thighs, back, hips or abdomen.  The donated fat is next purified and re-injected into predetermined areas on your buttocks.  By using a patient’s own fat during this shape-modifying procedure, it allows Dr. Whiteman to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally enhanced buttock.  Fat transfer is Dr. Whiteman’s preferred technique for butt augmentation as it significantly reduces the risk of complication that can be associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, such as implants.

Dr. Whiteman meets with each patient during a consultation to evaluate 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 plastic surgery results.  Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience is very important when undergoing any cosmetic surgery procedure, not only to maximize your safety but to ensure long-lasting results.

If you are interested in a Brazilian butt lift 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 us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

7 Anti-Aging Foods with Benefits

When you see commercials on TV for products that claim “you’ll see a more youthful appearance in just weeks,” you may be tempted to fall into the trap, but what if you could turn back the clock with just taking a bite out of some of your favorite grocery items?  Dr. David Whiteman always encourages his patients to maintain a pro-active healthy lifestyle and by giving your body the nutrients it needs, you will begin to see a difference in your complexion and according to Huffington Post, these seven foods can help do the trick:anti-aging-foods-health-advice

  • Berries: Whether you’re grabbing a handful of fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, each contain antioxidants and an excellent source of Vitamin C that promotes healthy cells and help to fight against diseases such as cancer or diabetes.
  • Oranges: Packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system, oranges contain natural anti-oxidants which help eliminate the toxins throughout your body that cause wrinkles, age spots, and dry skin.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin C, copper, Biotin, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 and fiber which are beneficial in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin texture. Incorporating foods with vitamin-rich qualities is just as beneficial as maintaining your skincare regimen.
  • Carrots: Just one carrot is packed with beta carotene which helps to prevent illnesses, disease and most importantly, aging. The vegetable also contains Vitamin A which gives you a healthy scalp and brings shine to your hair.
  • Broccoli: Containing a chemical called “sulforaphane,” broccoli prevents free radicals from causing you to age and also helps to fight cardiovascular disease, joint diseases and diabetes.
  • Avocado: Avocados contain biotin which can aide in healthy skin and contain specific amino acids and anti-oxidants that reduce age spots, inflammation and heals injuries. It’s important to remember that allowing yourself to properly heal can maximize your plastic surgery results.
  • Plain Low-Fat Greek Yogurt: Yogurt offers calcium and protein, which both aide in bone and muscle building, and also boosts teeth enamel and helps with the appearance of wrinkles.

 

For patients with more extensive signs of aging desiring more-permanent results, contact us for information on our services. Connect with Dr. Whiteman and his Southern Plastic Surgery family on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on health and wellness and more.