American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Conference Raises Questions About Triglyceride Lowering Benefits of Body Contouring Procedures

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Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Discusses Body Contouring and the Effect of Triglycerides on Results

Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman fortifies the health and wellness mission of his practice with the latest findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show liposuction may reduce health risks.

At the 2011 annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, findings were released from a Kansas-based study measuring triglyceride levels of 229 liposuction patients before and after fat-reduction plastic surgery. Patients with high triglyceride levels before surgery averaged a 43% decrease of the harmful fats in their blood three months post-surgery along with a decrease in white blood cell count, which is another risk factor in the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a number of aesthetic enhancement procedures at his Atlanta practice, including liposuction, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and mommy makeover surgery. Though not a replacement for exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Whiteman uses these body contouring procedures as the extra push many mothers need to return to their pre-baby appearances and embrace more active lives.

Dr. Whiteman shares his practice’s mission to promote overall health stating, “As a doctor of medicine and a plastic surgeon, I understand that one’s appearance is often married with how they feel. I know that if patients commit to healthier habits, they will also maximize the rejuvenation effects capable with plastic surgery.”

To further enhance the positive impact liposuction and post weight loss plastic surgery can have, Dr. Whiteman encourages his Southern Plastic Surgery patients to take advantage of the practices’ ACE certified personal training and nutrition coach partner, Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness. Additionally, the Atlanta cosmetic surgeon also regularly updates the health and wellness portion of his blog with healthy recipes and exercise tips to provide easily accessible information to aid patients in maintaining their newly rejuvenated appearance and improving their health.

About Southern Plastic Surgery – David M. Whiteman M. D., F. R. C. S.

Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by Dr. David Whiteman, who serves as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Gwinnett Medical Center where he performs many post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization. Patients considering a tummy tuck, procedures of the breasts, facial plastic surgery, or other aesthetic and body contouring options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at southernplasticsurgery.com.

About ASPS- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is composed solely of plastic and reconstructive surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The organization strives to educate current and potential plastic and reconstructive patients of their available surgical options, the most highly qualified surgeons performing them, and advancing plastic surgery technology and patient safety.

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Eating In Season – Recipes for Fall and Winter Fruits and Veggies

While food is often the highlight of spring and summer months, many people get into a rut when it comes to healthy fall foods. We often stick to what we know and are used to making. However, there are plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables that are at their peak during the cooler months of the year. Check out the nutritional benefits of these fall and winter fruits and veggies, and some of our recipe suggestions for how to use them.  As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Whiteman knows the important role health and wellness plays in healing from plastic surgery. Stay tuned throughout the coming months as we post more recipes and food facts to keep you healthy and nourished all season long.

Eggplant
Did you know eggplant is a berry? It peaks near the end of summer and beginning of fall. It is high in dietary fiber, potassium, and phytonutrients like flavonoids which can help fight free radicals and protect the body’s cells. Did you know eggplants contain trace amount of nicotine? Don’t worry, though, you’d have to consume 20 pounds of eggplant to get the amount of nicotine in one cigarette.

Winter Squash
Late summer and early fall is the best time to harvest winter squash like acorn squash. Full of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron, varieties of winter squash are not only reminders of the fall season, they’re pretty healthy too. It’s most commonly baked, but can also be sautéed, steamed, and even microwaved. Try this mashed potato substitute:

Mashed Maple Squash – Makes 2 servings

• 1 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Place squash halves cut-side down in the prepared pan. Bake until soft, about 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
3. Scrape the soft squash flesh into a medium bowl. Stir in syrup, butter, nutmeg and salt with a fork, mashing the squash until somewhat smooth.

Per serving: 156 calories; 2 g fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbs; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 299 mg sodium; 790 mg potassium.

(adapted from EatingWell)

Health and wellness is a priority and a crucial factor in maintaining plastic surgery results, which is why Southern Plastic Surgery focuses on patient wellbeing and overall health. To keep up with our health and wellness updates, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our monthly newsletter! Happy autumn eating!

 

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

Southern Plastic Surgery stock photoWhen many patients come to our Southern Plastic Surgery office for their first consultation looking for body contouring, they often ask me the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Many people assume that the two amount to about the same thing since both can help improve contours abdominal area. While both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures can help clients eliminate the stubborn, exercise-resistant fat that often clings to the midsection, the two procedures are actually very different.

Liposuction can be used on more than just the stomach area, including areas around the face, legs, chest, flanks, back, arms and buttocks.  In tumescent and super-wet liposuction, a small incision is made and a liquid mixture of anesthetic, adrenaline, and salt water is injected in order to make the fat easier to suction. The liquid and fat are then drawn out through cannulas, or metal tubes used to remove fluid from the body. Liposuction can often be performed along with a tummy tuck in certain procedures like Mommy Makeover surgery. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses sound waves in addition to liquid injections to liquefy fat, and is most often used in areas like the face where careful accuracy is required.

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is reserved solely for the midsection and is a fairly major surgical procedure. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdominal region, weakened muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall are restored and tightened, loose skin and tissue is removed, and the stomach-area is flattened and tightened. Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction does not address sagging skin that may come along with stubborn fat, which is why tummy tuck and liposuction are often used in conjunction for post-bariatric weight loss patients. For patients who do not need as much fat or loose skin removed, a mini-tummy tuck may offer the results they desire with less down-time afterward.

While both treatments are used to contour the curves of the body and re-establish the patient’s desired silhouette, each procedure is often better suited to specific patients. For example, patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time are often left with loose, sagging abdominal skin which can easily be removed with a tummy tuck. For patients who require less skin and muscle tightening and would like to just smooth and improve contour in a few areas, liposuction may be a better option. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your desired look with Dr. David Whiteman and determine which procedure(s) will best suit your needs.

Check out our before and after galleries of both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures to get a better idea of how the results can be beneficial to you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and recent news.