Tummy Tuck Surgery 101

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures I have performed on both male and female patients. The abdomen is a common area where many patients have stubborn, unwanted fat and/or excess skin. There are multiple factors such as pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and aging which can all affect the appearance of the midsection. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, which does not eliminate loose skin or target muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat and repair the muscles in the abdominal area.

During a tummy tuck procedure, incisions are made in the lower abdominal region between the hips; the loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, followed by repairing the weakened abdominal muscles. For patients who do not require muscle repair, they can choose a mini tummy tuck option. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the midsection maintains an even smoother appearance. If there are still remaining areas of unwanted fat in the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction may be combined with tummy tuck surgery to remove the fat. Over my 20 plus years of practice, I have perfected a specialized tummy tuck technique, which involves tapering the Scarpa fascia portion of the abdominal region to enhance waist narrowing. By utilizing these methods, abdominoplasty results can produce an improved waist definition in proportion to a natural body structure.

Often, abdominoplasty is a procedure used in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their pre-pregnancy stomach as pregnancies can cause weight gain and skin to lose elasticity. I also perform tummy tuck surgery for post-bariatric patients who have residual skin from substantial weight loss. While tummy tucks can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, it should never substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. I always advise my patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen after surgery for long-lasting abdominoplasty results.

If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery or other body contouring procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. As an additional resource to help you plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Eyelid Surgery vs. Cosmetic Injectables

To address signs of aging, many of my patients seek eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, or cosmetic injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin®, and Dysport® achieve a more youthful look. I perform eyelid surgery to eliminate the excess skin and puffy fat pads on the upper and/or lower eyelid that contributes to an aged, tired appearance. Cosmetic injectables are designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin around the eyes, but there are a few differences to be considered with each of these treatments.

eyelid surgery and facial fillers atlanta gaBOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin®, and Dysport® contain a purified form of Botulinum that temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles between and around the eyes as well as the forehead that form with age and repeated facial expressions. Because the products are injected into the muscle, they are eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body, and must be re-injected every 4-6 months to maintain facial rejuvenation results. For patients looking to address other areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, lips, or nasolabial folds, I offer a variety of facial fillers including Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Voluma™, and Radiesse®.  While all of these types of injections target the signs of aging, they do not permanently stop the aging process. Additional treatments are necessary to maintain results.

In addition to the wrinkles that injectables treat, the inelastic skin of mature eyes can begin to droop and cause a “hooded” appearance. Upper blepharoplasty permanently removes the excess skin and fat pads (if necessary) of the upper eyelid with an incision hidden neatly within the eye’s natural crease.  Many patients assume that they need an upper blepharoplasty when their eyebrows begin to droop and sag. However, as you age, the skin on your forehead begins to stretch, causing wrinkles and even droopy eyebrows. In this instance, a brow lift (forehead lift) can better rejuvenate a more youthful appearance. Sometimes, this procedure is even combined with blepharoplasty for total eye rejuvenation.

As the skin ages, it also becomes thinner and easier to see the fat pads and dark vessels that appear under the eyes. Lower eyelid (conjunctional) blepharoplasty utilizes a discrete incision along the inside of the eyelid to remove fat from underneath. In addition to fat pad removal, some patients may also benefit from laser skin resurfacing or removal of excess skin in the area to treat the surface symptoms of aging.  If necessary, both blepharoplasty and skin resurfacing/ skin excision can be performed simultaneously.  While the eyes do continue to age after any facial cosmetic surgery procedure, be it surgical or non-surgical, the signs become much less pronounced by addressing the folded, excess tissue.

If you are interested in eyelid surgery, or any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Also, connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Facial Fillers to Improve Nasal Structure

With over 20 years of surgical experience in performing rhinoplasty, I have implemented innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques to ensure my patients natural and aesthetically pleasing results. Whether a patient wishes to change the length of the bridge or eliminate a deviated septum that causes breathing problems, we will determine which technique provides you the appearance that you desire. With a specialty in ethnic rhinoplasty, I have produced natural-looking results for patients of diverse backgrounds including African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian. By incorporating the use of facial fillers, I am able to rejuvenate the appearance of the nose and surrounding areas.

facial plastic surgery atlanta ga dr david whitemanComposed of naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® help to restore lost facial volume and smoothes wrinkles and lines. Also known as dermal fillers or just simply fillers, these treatments are great if you have moderate to minimal signs of aging or to help maintain your plastic surgery results. While these are typically injected in the cheeks, mouth area, and jaw line, I also like to use fillers to resolve nose issues.

Fillers can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and the cheeks for a more balanced, youthful result. They can also be administered to the nasal dorsum as a non-surgical alternative for rhinoplasty. As an alternative to grafting cartilage for the nose, facial fillers can be used to restore the same volume. By adding volume, I can straighten the bridge or enhance a flattened appearance. Patients also enjoy the benefits of minimal to no downtime and quick, short injections to treat targeted areas. However, while fillers can improve the bridge, tip, and base of the nose, it does not have permanent results like a rhinoplasty procedure and will require additional treatments over time.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.