Building Awareness and Education for Breast Reconstruction Options

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 16th marked BRA Day, or Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, celebrating raising awareness and education on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction options. Studies published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that less than 23 percent of women know the wide range of options available to them. As a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. David Whiteman understands the effects of breast cancer and actively educates his patients about reconstruction options to help them on their journey to healing.

Atlanta Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day 2012Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy or lumpectomy or delayed until all cancer treatment is completed or when the patient is ready. During consultation, Dr. Whiteman examines the remaining breast tissue, skin, and muscles to determine proper treatment plans to achieve natural-looking results for each patient. A breast reconstruction treatment plan is unique to the patient’s individual situation, condition, and aesthetic goals so Dr. Whiteman ensures to discuss all options and procedural steps. Cosmetic breast procedures such as breast lift or a breast augmentation if only one breast is affected can also be performed to improve symmetry.

Depending on the amount of healthy breast tissue remaining, Dr. Whiteman may use a breast implant to restore volume and shape. If there is not enough tissue to support an implant, a tissue expander can be used to make room for an implant. Another option is flap reconstruction which includes harvesting healthy tissue, skin, muscle, and fat from another area of the body to rebuild the breast mound. The nipple and areola can also be rebuilt through cosmetic tattooing.

To further celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, Dr. Whiteman encourages you to get involved with The Sport of Giving, a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization supporting women’s cancer care and prevention with special fundraiser events. Dr. Whiteman has also founded Life After the Fight, a business listing to promote professional aspirations of breast cancer survivors.

To learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s breast reconstruction techniques, The Sport of Giving, Life After the Fight, or if you are interested in plastic surgery, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.

Dr. David Whiteman Attends the 40th Annual Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting

TummyTuckLast month, Dr. David Whiteman traveled to Vancouver, Canada to attend the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Dr. Whiteman is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery from both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. During the CSAPS meeting, Dr. Whiteman attended lectures and discussions, as well as presented his research on advancements in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery).

Tummy tucks improve the contour of the midsection by removing excess fat and skin and retightening weakened abdominal muscles. Patients can also choose a mini tummy tuck option which removes excess skin and fat, but does not address abdominal muscles. This body procedure is often popular in mommy makeover procedures and post-bariatric surgery. As part of the CSAPS faculty, Dr. Whiteman presented a surgical technique for tummy tuck surgery to improve patient results and safety. With his latest studies, abdominoplasty results can yield an improved waist definition in proportion to the patient’s body structure. This technique can be applied to both full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgeries.

If you’re interested in abdominoplasty or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact us today. For the latest plastic surgery news and specials, connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Health and Wellness: Breast Reduction Surgery to Improve Physical Ability

In a recent health article from ABC News, a new plastic surgery trend has risen among young female athletes. To help improve their sports performance, athletes have chosen breast reduction surgery for overly large breasts that can inhibit physical ability and cause back and shoulder pain. Overly large breasts, also known as a condition called macromastia for females, can cause both physical and emotional concerns. Patients with overly large breasts often complain of physical constraints such as the inability to engage in vigorous athletic activity or added respiratory stress due to the weight of the breasts on the chest. Additionally, patients can also experience emotional concerns due to self image or inability to perform physical activities.

Health and Wellness Breast Reduction Surgery to Improve Physical Ability

At Southern Plastic Surgery, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs breast reduction surgery on both male and female patients to create a more proportional and comfortable result. During the procedure, Dr. Whiteman will make an incision along the underside of the breast and remove excess skin and tissue. The remaining breast tissue will be tightened and repositioned. Occasionally, breast lift surgery can be combined with a breast reduction for a more youthful look.

Following any plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Whiteman always advises his patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since breast reduction surgery allows patients to freely engage in more physical activity, Dr. Whiteman encourages patients to take advantage of their plastic surgery results and develop a regular exercise routine. By adapting a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and lifestyle habits, patients will maintain and improve results. For patients looking to jumpstart a lifestyle plan, Jackie Madison, our office administrator, also serves as our in-house certified NESTA lifestyle and weight management coach.

If you’re interested in breast surgery or any other procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule your consultation. Stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive surgery news and information.