The Newest in Skincare Treatments

As a double board-certified Atlanta cosmetic surgeon, I like to stay abreast on not only the latest advancements in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, but also non-invasive anti-aging treatments.  As American writer Betty Friedan once said, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”  Unless someone has been sitting on a magical elixir of endless youth, physical signs of aging are inevitable and we are physically reminded of this with each passing year.  For some, fine lines and wrinkles signify years filled with laughter.  For others they can be reminders that the damage we do to our skin when we are younger (like spending lots of time in the sun without proper protection) play a large part in how our skin can unfavorably mature. Recently there has been an anti-aging treatment that I think many of you will be excited to try: Restylane® Silk.  Below are some of the key benefits that may make these skincare treatments desirable for many cosmetic injectable fans.

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Plump up the volume with Restylane® Silk:

  • The ONLY FDA-approved facial filler for augmenting the lips
  • A “lighter” version of the original Restylane® facial filler so the results are subtle and patients can avoid “duck lips”
  • The granular substance is much smaller than other fillers on the market so Restylane® Silk is able to get deeper within the delicate fine lines around the mouth
  • Is safe for patients 21 and older
  • Results can last 6-12 months

To welcome Restylane® Silk to our family of cosmetic facial procedures, we invite you to take advantage of special introductory pricing on treatments now through April 30th, 2015.  Be sure to check out the flyer for details but you can always give us a call at the Southern Plastic Surgery office at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have or to book your appointment.  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+.

New Trend Alert: Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

According to the latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, 15.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed last year in the United States; out of those many millions, over 286,000 were breast augmentation procedures.  The motivation behind this consistent trend can range from women wanting to fill out their clothing to addressing physical effects the breasts can experience during pregnancy and breastfeeding or simply for a confidence booster.  While many factors remain constant with most plastic surgery procedures, here’s a look into a new trend in breast augmentation techniques that has evolved into a viable option for achieving larger, fuller and natural-looking breasts.Breast Size

The key component to breast enhancement has long involved the use of breast implants to augment the size of the breasts.  The main FDA-approved players in breast implants include:

  • Saline implants – made of a silicone outer shell filled with sterile saline solution, many patients choose saline implants because they enjoy the look and feel and prefer their shell to be filled after the implant is inserted (this allows for alternative incision options including under the armpit, around the areola, along the bottom of the breast or around the naval).
  • Silicone implants – made of the same silicone outer shell as saline breast implants except these implants are pre-filled with a predetermined amount of silicone gel.  Some patients prefer these types of implants for their more natural look and also because they are more stable in their form.
  • Gummy bear implants – comprised of a highly-cohesive silicone gel substance that improves shape retention (less rippling like silicone) and ultimately allowing a softer, more natural feel.

Regardless of the type of implant chosen, the technique remains generally the same: an incision is made in a predetermined place on the body then the implant is inserted and either filled to the desired size or positioned above/beneath the chest muscle (all dependent on the type of implant used, your body type and ultimate goal).  Now, fat transfer offers a different approach.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer begins by using liposuction to remove unwanted fat from one area of the body, typically the abdomen, back, buttocks, or thighs, before it is sent through a purification process.  Once purified, the removed fat is re-injected in the breasts to add volume.  The injections themselves can be administered using local anesthetic, making this a minimally-invasive procedure, and carries less risk of an infection largely in part because the materials used to augment are taken from your own body rather than using a foreign object (synthetic implants).  On top of that, many argue that the newly added tissue is more soft and free-moving in comparison to breast implants and creates a more natural look and feel.  The downsides to this type of breast augmentation procedure are that the desired results are not guaranteed.  The fat needs adequate space within the breasts to survive and there is a possibility that some of the fat will be absorbed back into the body, potentially creating breast asymmetry, a need for breast revision procedures or resulting in smaller breasts that the patient originally hoped for.

Before you decide on a specific type of breast augmentation procedure it’s best to do your research so that you can maintain realistic expectations about the type of results you can possibly see.  If you’re interested in discussing your breast enhancement options, feel free to contact Southern Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation.  In the meantime, stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery trends, specials and updates.

Mommy Makeover Series: Part 1

When it comes to my wife, I may be a bit biased but to me, she’s superwoman.  On top of work, extracurricular activities and everything in between, being a mom is a full time gig; as soon as a woman becomes a mother their focus is no longer on themselves but the wellbeing of their family.  For this reason I want to shine the spotlight back on all of you mothers out there and share a procedure that is all about you: the mommy makeover.

Due to the physical effects pregnancy and childbirth have on a woman’s body, no amount of diet and exercise can remedy the sagging breasts from breastfeeding or the weakened abdominal muscles in the stomach.  Mommy makeover is multi-faceted because it’s a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures performed at the same time.  From perkier breasts with a breast augmentation and breast lift to a tighter waistline with a tummy tuck, mommy makeover addresses multiple concerns at once.  An added benefit is that it also reduces your amount of required downtime versus if you had each procedure done one at a time.

In part one of my mommy makeover series I wanted to touch on some of the basics that make up a mommy makeover.  Below is a helpful guide breaking down some of main components that go into mommy makeover to help my patients regain their pre-baby body: tummy tuck, liposuction, breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation.

 
One important thing I can’t stress enough is for my mommy makeover patients to wait until after they are done having children before considering a mommy makeover, body contouring or breast enhancement procedures because the effects of pregnancy can reverse your results.  Stay tuned for part two of my mommy makeover series where I will go into more detail on the benefits of the different procedures I combine.  If you’re interested in mommy makeover surgery, or any of the other cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.  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+.