Cosmetic Surgery Trends This Summer

Cosmetic Surgery Trends This SummerSimilar to the fashion industry when it comes to fads and trends, what was popular in cosmetic surgery last year may not be popular in the following years. RealSelf.com, a plastic surgery information and patient review site, recently released a report of summer cosmetic surgery trends based on searches performed on their website including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. They found more people are now opting for procedures that provide natural-looking results.

Just in time for swimsuit season, plastic surgery patients begin focusing on their bodies. Whether they’re looking to regain their pre-baby appearance or wanting to enhance other features, procedures of the breasts and body are always popular trends during the summer. Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US and is increasingly popular during the summer. However, as a part of mommy makeover surgery, many women also choose to undergo breast reduction and/or breast lift this time of year.

Mommy makeover surgery is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore a mother’s pre-pregnancy appearance. After pregnancy and childbirth, many women struggle to eliminate excess belly fat or retighten abdominal muscles even with the best diet and exercise efforts. A typical mommy makeover surgery includes cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction depending on the patient’s individual needs. According to RealSelf’s report, 98% of patients who rated mommy makeover surgery on the site said it was “worth it.”

For patients who are interested in butt augmentation, a plastic surgeon can perform Brazilian butt lift via fat grafting, which involves the use of liposuction to remove excess fat that will be purified and re-injected into the buttocks to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks without using synthetic materials. Patients love Brazilian butt lift results because they can use the fat they don’t want from certain areas of the body to improve other areas. According to RealSelf search results, Brazilian butt lift is the 4th most popular procedure on the website.

Trends show that patients continue to seek less invasive options for plastic surgery like Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers, but more patients are becoming interested in the “natural” options for facial rejuvenation which uses the patient’s own blood plasma or fat to fill in areas of lost volume and jump-start the collagen production process. Similar to the Brazilian butt lift technique, fat transfer is also used for facial rejuvenation.

No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a patient is interested in, plastic surgery research is vital. It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing the procedure of your interest. In fact, RealSelf reports an average of 15% increase in patient satisfaction when plastic surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing that particular procedure.

Dr. David Whiteman is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Atlanta/Duluth area with almost 20 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In order to help patients make the most educated plastic surgery decisions, Dr. Whiteman provides information through his website and performs in-depth plastic surgery consultations with each patient prior to surgery. He also updates an online plastic surgery before and after photo gallery to give patients an idea of his work. If you’re interested in learning more about a certain cosmetic surgery procedure, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website or schedule a consultation today. For more plastic surgery news and trends, connect with Dr. Whiteman through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Introducing Sientra High-Strength Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Patients seeking breast augmentation surgery now have a new option for breast implants. Prior to March 2012, there were only two FDA approved breast implant manufacturers: Mentor and Allergan. However, Sientra, a California-based company that manufacturers all types of plastic surgery implants known internationally as Silimed, recently gained FDA approval for their breast implants. Sientra offers an innovative type of breast implants made out of high-strength cohesive silicone gel, which will be available to appropriate Southern Plastic Surgery patients.

Breast implants have been somewhat controversial since the first silicone breast implants were designed in the 1960s by plastic surgeons Drs. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin due to safety concerns and the fact that plastic surgery was not as widely accepted back then as it is now. The fear of a silicone breast implant rupturing and leaking silicone into the body inspired the development of saline breast implants, which are made out of a silicone elastomer shell filled with sterile saline solution.

The safety debate continued, and in 1976, Congress passed an amendment to ensure the safety of medical devices by requiring FDA premarket notification. Between 1988 and 1991 the FDA battled with the breast implant classification requiring premarket approval and eventually submission of premarket approval applications. In 1992, silicone breast implants were actually taken off the market due to lack of data on their safety, but after 14 years of clinical studies, silicone breast implants were declared safe by the FDA and placed back on the market.

While Sientra’s newly designed implants are similar to other devices manufacturers have previously designed, they are the first to gain FDA approval and are currently the only cohesive gel implants available in the U.S. In fact, you may have already heard the term “gummy bear” breast implants, which originated in Europe to describe a similar type of breast implant that are slightly thicker than Sientra’s. Although Sientra does not use this description for their implants, their consistency can be compared to that of a gummy bear, and they are known for their singular shape retention and natural, soft feel.

High-strength silicone implants are also the only shaped silicone breast implants available in the U.S. Before Sientra designed these implants with a solid-like structure, shaped breast implants were only available with saline. Although some patients can achieve desired results with round breast implants, some prefer shaped breast implants for more natural results. Sientra’s breast implants are available in smooth, textured, moderate projection and high projection. The moderate and high projection implants show promise for women with very underdeveloped breast or those looking to correct breast sagging without breast lift surgery.

Plastic surgeons across the country are hoping high-strength silicone breast implants will be the solution for breast implant ruptures or leaks and more natural looking results. In wake of the recent French breast implant (PIP implants) recall, it’s important for patients to understand that the Sientra breast implants spent years in clinical trials and similar implants have been safely used for the past 30 years outside of the U.S. However, it is also essential for patients to understand all surgical procedures carry risks and breast implant complications are fairly common, but often avoidable. It’s imperative for patients to find a board certified plastic surgeon to minimize complication risk.

For more information on the various plastic surgery procedures Dr. David Whiteman performs, visit his website. Be sure to also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

iGuide Neck Lift Now Available at Southern Plastic Surgery

dr david whitemanSome patients are not ready for a facelift or neck lift. Whether you’re interested in less invasive procedures, want to touch up a previous surgery, or haven’t reached the point of aging in which a lower facelift or full neck lift is necessary, Southern Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Whiteman now offers iGuide®. The latest in minimally invasive plastic surgery technology, iGuide® offers patients an option to restore youth to the sagging skin under the chin.

Our bodies slow down collagen production as we age, leaving our skin with less elasticity and bounce. The skin under the chin and around the neck often begins to sag, producing the “turkey wattle” neck skin we’re all familiar with. The iGuide® system offers patients an alternative to neck lift surgery that helps patients reach their aesthetic goals with minimal downtime.

Using a weaving technique to help support the soft tissues and muscles under the chin, the iGuide® produces a trampoline-like structure with active tension that lifts all the tissues as one unit. The system works through small perforations under the chin through which a percutaneous suturing support system is weaved to raise any sagging tissue.

The benefits of iGuide® include natural-looking results with minimal downtime compared to traditional neck lift surgery. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after the procedure, while facelift patients often have multiple weeks of recovery. Depending on your cosmetic goals and the treatment area, iGuide can sometimes even be completed using only local anesthesia.

Ideal iGuide candidates include men and women with mild to moderate sagging neck skin, patients looking to reduce the amount of lax skin underneath the chin, and those who may be interested in “touching up” a previous surgery. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Whiteman to determine if iGuide® is a cosmetic option for you.

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