Breast Reconstruction Awareness: Celebrate BRA Day October 17th

Atlanta Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day 2012In our last breast reconstruction blog, we discussed reconstruction options and how looking great after breast cancer shouldn’t be too much to ask. Unfortunately, many women don’t even know their options for breast reconstruction. However, on October 17th, 2012, we will celebrate National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, to encourage breast reconstruction education, awareness, and access.  BRA Day, launched first in Canada in 2011, is now nationally observed each year on the third Wednesday of October (also breast cancer awareness month).

According to the BRA Day website, as many as 7 out of 10 women do not know their breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, or breast cancer removal surgery. Dr. David Whiteman performs various types of breast reconstruction to restore a woman’s breast(s) dependent upon her specific circumstances and preferences. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as mastectomy (immediate breast reconstruction) or delayed for months or years after the cancer is removed.

If there is an adequate amount of breast tissue remaining after cancer removal, breast implants may be used to provide natural-looking volume enhancement. If there’s not enough tissue to support a breast implant, a tissue expander can be used to make room for the implant. However, Dr. Whiteman can also use techniques to create new breast(s) with the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.

Dr. Whiteman knows the importance breast reconstruction plays in the breast cancer healing journey, and he wants to help ensure women know their options. He also understands that connecting with other women going through breast cancer treatment and reconstruction can help. Therefore, he created a support group for his patients called the Buddy System. He also founded a business directory, called Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures.

For more information about breast reconstruction and other plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, visit his website. Be sure to also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for BRA Day updates and other plastic surgery news.

 

Plastic Surgery Slang Terms Part 2: Body

Since slang is commonly used on the internet and in everyday conversations, we explained the meaning of many slang terms relating to facial plastic surgery in our most recent blog. Now, we’d like to explain plastic surgery slang associated with cosmetic procedures of the body.

“Dog Ears” – Although this phrase probably makes you think of an adorable pet, dog ears aren’t nearly as cute on people as the term describes the puckering of skin at the end of a scar. While this effect can be avoided with certain surgical techniques, dog ears are more commonly associated with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dog ears can be eliminated with scar revision surgery.

“Saddlebags” – Traditionally, the term saddlebags describes a piece of luggage that sits on the back of a horse or motorcycle that allows room for excess cargo, but in the plastic surgery world, saddlebags refer to excess fat in the outer thighs. Saddlebags that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise are usually best treated with liposuction.

“Muffin Tops” – Most people love muffin tops—that is, until they start showing up on our waistlines. Just like the delicious part of a muffin seeps over the edges of the pan as it cooks, muffin tops describe the excess fat seeping over the edge of a person’s pants and can be removed with liposuction.

“Mommy Makeover” – This term refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures designed to address the affects typically noticed after pregnancy and childbirth. Each mommy makeover is different as they are customized depending on each patient’s needs. However, mommy makeover surgery usually includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of the aforementioned procedures).

“Man Boobs or Moobs” – Though this term is pretty self-explanatory, man boobs occur because of a condition known as gynecomastia, or overly large male breasts. Fortunately, Dr. David Whiteman performs male breast reduction to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a more masculine chest.

“Boob Job” – The term boob job is commonly used interchangeably with breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to a woman’s breasts.

 “Banana Roll” – As if cellulite in this area isn’t a big enough issue on its own, banana roll describes the excess fat stored on the back of the thigh just beneath the buttocks that can be eliminated with liposuction.

“Bat Wings” – Sometimes called chicken wings, bat wings refer to the excess hanging skin under the upper arms, which usually becomes apparent after extreme weight loss or weight fluctuation. Arm lift surgery can reduce the appearance of bat wings.

“Love Handles” – While this description is somewhat sweet, few people are pleased with love handles. Love handles describe the excess fat bulging from the sides and back of the abdomen and can usually be eliminated with liposuction.

If you’re interested in learning more about a certain procedure Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact his office today. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest plastic surgery news by connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Plastic Surgery Slang Part 1: Face

Whether it’s intended to be a cute description like love handles or more of a joke like turkeyneck, slang words related to plastic surgery are all over the internet. In fact, we commonly use these terms in our blogs. Most of these plastic surgery slang terms are self explanatory, but we thought we would break it down for you in case you’re not familiar.

“Elevens” – Also known as glabellar lines, these vertical lines between the eyebrows are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as frowning. Although they’re called elevens, at times, they appear as one line and sometimes three. These unwanted lines are often remedied with Botox® or Dysport® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles.

“Bags” – Whether they’re caused by lack of sleep, allergies, or stored fat pockets, we’re all familiar with unsightly bags that form under the eyes. Depending on their cause, certain skin care products may reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Patients who have bags under their eyes caused by fat pads can benefit from lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

“Crow’s Feet” – Rather than between the eyes, these lines surround the outer corners of the eyes and are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling. Botox® and Dysport® are successful in treating these lines as well.

“Turkeyneck” – If an image of a droopy chin came to mind as soon as you saw this one, then you probably know what it means. With age, the skin loses elasticity, collagen production slows, and the skin begins to sag. A turkeyneck describes drooping skin beneath the chin and is often remedied by neck lift surgery. Dr. David Whiteman prefers neck lift surgery with iGuide® for its natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

“Parentheses” – These lines, also known as nasolabial folds, extend from corners of the nose to the edges of the mouth and deepen with age. Many patients with these wrinkles pursue facial filling treatments like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm®.

“Nose Job” – This is one of the most common plastic surgery slang terms describing rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty may be pursued for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes in order to reshape the nose or to restore functionality and aesthetics.

“Brotox” – Due to the increase in the number of men seeking Botox®, the media has coined a nickname for men using the product: Brotox. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures in order to stay looking young in the workplace, and many begin with Botox® and facial fillers for facial rejuvenation.

“Trout Pout” – While lip enhancement done well looks great, the phrase trout pout isn’t always positive. Although the trout pout  or big plumped up lips were popular a couple of years ago, patients are now opting for a more natural lip enhancement with fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Contact our office to learn more about a certain procedure or to schedule a consultation. Check out the blog about current specials on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers, and Latisse. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming blog on plastic surgery slang for the body. In the mean time, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.