The Healing Power of a Tummy Tuck

In recent years, the tummy tuck has emerged as one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the US. Known in medical terms as an Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flatter and more toned. Tummy tuck is a great remedy for the lower belly pooch that may result from excess fat or loose skin resulting from child birth. 2015 saw a 9% increase in the number of tummy tuck procedures performed in the US, and that number should only continue to rise this year. While traditionally considered a cosmetic procedure, my Scarpia fascia technique for abdominoplasty can provide substantial medical benefits as well. This technique was recently covered in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal published by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

The Healing Power of a Tummy TuckTreatment of Ventral Hernia

A tummy tuck can treat ventral hernias and prevent future hernias from forming by repairing the abdominal wall. A ventral hernia is a condition that occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, creating a painful bulge. People who have lost a large amount of weight, have undergone C-sections or similar procedures or who have a family history of hernias may be at risk to develop a ventral hernia. In this event, it is not uncommon to pair hernia surgery with a tummy tuck to minimize downtime for recovery and avoid future hernias.

Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder leaks urine during physical activities or exertion. The leakage can occur as a result of the most minor physical activities like laughing, coughing and sneezing, as well as more rigorous tasks like exercising or lifting heavy objects. During a tummy tuck, a slight bladder obstruction is created using soft tissue near the pelvis, reducing incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is much more common in women than men, particularly women who have been pregnant or undergone a C-section.

Improved Posture and Pain Reduction

Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients notice their posture has improved thanks to increased support from the abdominal muscles that have been tightened. Back issues are common for people carrying excess skin and fat on the abdomen. The extra belly fat can put additional stress on the back, neck and shoulders causing weakness and pain. A tummy tuck can repair weak or separated abdominal muscles while simultaneously removing excess skin to flatten the abdomen.

Additionally, there is also a significant mental benefit with the added incentive to keep off this unwanted weight. Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients feel as if they have been granted a fresh start in their pursuit of a healthy life without the burden of unsightly, loose skin on the abdomen and excess weight.

A tummy tuck may be recommended for patients in generally good health, mothers who have finished having children or anyone dealing with extra hanging skin due to significant weight loss. For more information on tummy tuck procedures or to set up your complimentary consultation today please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today at (770) 622-9100. Please ask about the many combination treatments we offer at our Laser Lights cosmetic laser center. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this or any other procedure.

Say Hello to Summer Plastic Surgery & Skincare Savings

Skincare and plastic surgery don’t discriminate – it’s all inclusive to men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races. I have noticed that more men, in particular, are discovering the great benefits of cosmetic procedures. They’re joining their spouses to try the latest skincare treatments because they too want to improve their self-image and achieve their goals with the help of plastic surgery procedures like male breast reduction, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts (to name the top five). There are numerous different motivations for why men elective to undergo cosmetic procedures, but at the very core, improving their self-confidence, achieving the look that best compliments them, being competitive in business, and generally just feeling better about their reflection in the mirror resonate with my male patients. In honor of Father’s Day this month, Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are featuring special savings on laser treatments, skincare, and more that you and the special men in your life can enjoy.

LL_Jun_2016_Summer_FinalSculpSure™ fat reduction featured in Best Self Magazine

If you get a chance to pick up the latest copy of Best Self Magazine, you’ll see our latest SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction system featured in their June issue. All month long, receive $100 OFF your first treatment and discover why this 25-minute treatment has been praised on The Doctors, NBC News, Extra, and more. SculpSure™ has been a great addition to our procedures because patients who aren’t ready or willing to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures like achieving similar body-contouring results with FDA-approved nonsurgical fat reduction methods.

June Specials

June 19th is coming up close and we want to make sure Father’s Day is special for your loved ones with this month’s special savings:

  • NEW! Airbrush ECO Tan® {Buy THREE sessions, get ONE FREE}: Get a bronzed summer glow without putting your skin at risk of skin cancer with an airbrush tan that is customized to your preferences. Using all-natural and organic ingredients, airbrush tans are performed by our licensed and experienced aesthetician to help you avoid orange-dyed skin this summer.
  • Laser Hair Removal {20% OFF any laser hair removal package}: Who really wants to spend a ton of their free time shaving? Living a razor-free and hair-free life is not a myth, it’s a possibility with the help of laser hair removal; no more waxing, razor burn, shaving cream spills, or embarrassment.
  • SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion {Buy TWO treatments, get 50% OFF THIRD treatment}: Microdermabrasion treatments have remained one of the most popular skincare treatments for many years because it’s able to treat a wide range of skin concerns like acne, scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and age spots. SilkPeel® is an updated customizable microdermabrasion treatment that uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently remove dead/damaged skin cells on the face to stimulate new growth.
  • Cellulite Reduction & Skin Firming {25% OFF first treatment}: We use Viora® Reaction™ to treat pesky cellulite that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how well we eat or keep up an exercise routine. Combining controlled heat and vacuum pressure, Viora® is most popularly used for body contouring benefits to reduce cellulite by toning the skin for a younger appearance (as an added bonus, Viora® can also be used for facial skin tightening).
  • MicroLaserPeel {$100 OFF for the face OR face + neck}: The advancements and innovation of modern technology has done wonders for helping patients maintain healthy and radiant looking skin. MicroLaserPeels use laser technology to treat age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and more.
  • Laser Tattoo Removal {Buy THREE treatments, get FOURTH treatment FREE}: Whether you’ve outgrown or changed your mind about a tattoo on your body, removing it is a bit more complex than just washing the ink off. Now, advanced laser systems can target once permanent tattoo ink of various ages, sizes, locations, and ink colors in shorter treatments than ever before.

Finding an ideal gift for men can be just as difficult as finding an ideal gift for women, which is why gift certificates are a great way to let your loved ones decide what they’d like the most. Both Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift certificates that are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. We try to freshen up our special each month, so even if there isn’t something mentioned above that they’d like, they can wait until next time to try – but either way, they’re sure to get exactly what they like.

For details on June events and special savings at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, check out our flyers below. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation or Laser Lights appointment!

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak Show

Let’s be honest, some people in today’s society attach stigmas to plastic surgery – some may be good but others can be scathing. Everyone has an opinion on just about everything these days and I find myself still being disappointed by the negative comments I read on cosmetic plastic surgery articles. In my over 22 years of plastic surgery experience, the main motivator that pushes me to do better and work harder is the positive way plastic surgery can change lives. It’s the giant smile on a mother of three’s face when she expresses she never thought she’d see her youthful body again, the teenager who is excited to be able to swim with his friends without feeling embarrassed by his male breasts, and the tears of joy from a young woman in her 20s who had stopped looking at herself in the mirror because her nose was all she could see – it’s for all of them, and those to come that I do it. So when I see such judgment being directed towards those that choose plastic surgery because they want nothing more than to lead a happy, active lifestyle, I feel the need to speak up. Even though certain tabloids and media outlets love to cover the most bizarre and often over the top, one in a million fanatical cases, plastic surgery is not a freak show.

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak ShowFor many people, plastic surgery is the only way to help reduce functional body issues some active men and women face on a daily basis. I saw an article over the past few months that claimed more women were electing to have labiaplasty (a procedure that reduces the folds of skin surrounding the vulva, called labia majora and labia minora) because they weren’t happy with the way they looked in yoga pants. That type of motivation is purely cosmetic and not exactly a reason that I would have ever considered before reading that article, but for the aspiring dancer who can barely move without having extreme discomfort due to chafing or the teenager whose period causes incapacitating labial swelling and pain, this type of procedure is life changing.

Our bodies are not symmetrical and many of us have quirks that make each of us unique. It’s when day-to-day living is a physical struggle or when a person’s health is at risk that plastic surgery becomes the type of treatment that is most effective. Men who have gynecomastia, the medical condition where they have oversized male breasts, can cause an immense amount of insecurities that keep them hiding inside. Exercise is vital for both brain function and nourishing the body so we can perform at our best. Women with overly large breasts also find themselves in a similar boat in regards to health concerns. Large breasts can contribute to chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, leaving it virtually impossible to properly exercise without experiencing discomfort. Instead of suffering day in and day out, these types of cases look to breast reduction (for women) and male breast reduction to alleviate the excess fatty tissue and skin that make up their once pendulous and extremely heavy breasts.

The thigh gap concept was also another “trend” I saw that got a lot of attention but also added some negative opinions of body contouring. Instead of certain body contouring procedures being accredited for helping patients with what I like to call “friction syndrome” (like when the inner thigh rubs together constantly to the point of causing clothes to feel uncomfortable, chafing, and pain) that interferes with walking and simply being able to function without being miserable, the benefits are being overshadowed. But whether a patient chooses to go with liposuction or a thigh lift to address their lower body or the SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction method, they’re alleviating a genuine concern that is persistently bothersome – and there’s nothing freakish about any of that in my opinion.

Thanks to advancements in technology and the constant improving of surgical techniques, patients have access to more options today than ever before. The internet and social media certainly have become hot beds for conversations and shared opinions on all things plastic surgery, but at the very core, the choice for a person to undergo any surgical procedure should be extremely important, personal, and shouldn’t be dictated based on societal views and prejudices. Vanity will perhaps always exist but I think keeping an open mind when considering the pieces of a person’s story we may not know, before lumping them into negative stereotypes, will foster a stronger support system within our community and view those who benefit from plastic surgery in a more positive light.