Raquel’s Story: Don’t Always Believe the Hype

I get to work with a lot of great patients – for some, on more than one occasion.  Being able to hear how a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure has positively impacted their lives later in life is part of the drive that keeps me motivated to help patients achieve their goals!  Today, I’d like to share with you Raquel’s story.  When Raquel first came to me nine years ago, she was interested in pursuing her first breast enhancement procedure.  “A friend of mine was also consulting for breast implants around the same time and had recommended Dr. Whiteman.  She had explained how comfortable she felt with him versus other doctors she had met with,” Raquel recently shared, “but what sold me was that Dr. Whiteman also worked with breast cancer survivors for breast reconstruction surgery.”

breast implant surgery in atlanta georgia dr david whitemanDuring Raquel’s consultation we discussed her goals and explored several different breast implant sizes and types to find the fit that worked best for her.  “I had always been flat chested, smaller than an A cup, so I had always wanted breast implants to balance me out.  Fitting into bathing suits or tops and dresses was always a problem; I never wanted anything too big, just natural,” Raquel recalled.  “Once in my 20s, I was mentally ready and went for it.”  A few years after her procedure, Raquel gave birth to her first child and experienced capsular contracture, a condition associated with breast augmentation where scar tissue forms around a breast implant causing the breasts to harden.  “I had the misfortune of having one of my breasts capsulate after my first pregnancy, which is something random that could happen for no rhyme or reason, and replacing them was the only solution.  I chose to have them replaced and both experiences with Dr. Whiteman and the hospital staff were the best.”  When we have a patient come to us with something like capsular contracture, breast revision is the procedure of choice to eliminate the scar tissue and exchange the affected breast implant.

Since her breast revision four years ago, Raquel has welcomed her second child into the family (her kids are currently 5 years old and 5 months old) and keeps busy as an active mom and wife, fitting in home projects and decorating in her spare time.  “Life after my surgery is great; my husband has no complaints!  I have been extremely happy with my breast augmentation results; they are the perfect size for my tomboyish body and it has given me a confidence boost.  I enjoy not having to worry about clothes fitting me!”

For breast augmentation patients, breastfeeding with implants is a common concern.  While it’s true that some patients may have difficulty, don’t believe the hype for discouraging breast augmentation and breastfeeding because each person is different.  When we asked Raquel how it was for her choosing breast augmentation prior to having kids and breastfeeding, she would tell you what she told us, “I had no problem breastfeeding both of my kids.  It’s been nine years since my first breast surgery and four years since replacing them and they still look as good as when I had my first surgery.”  As a double board certified plastic surgeon, it’s my job to educate my patients on maintaining their results to the best of their ability. This could mean incorporating a healthier diet and exercise plan, finding the time to have a procedure that fits into your lifestyle and discussing what’s best for you and your body long-term.  With open communication between you and your surgeon, hopefully your experience will be just as rewarding as it has been for Raquel.

I’ll be sharing more patient testimonial stories with you in the upcoming months and invite you to reach out to my office if you have any questions regarding a procedure that we perform at Southern Plastic Surgery.  Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery trends, patient features, news and information.

Dr. David Whiteman’s April Featured Procedure in Best Self Atlanta Magazine

In the April 2014 issue of Best Self Atlanta Magazine, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman is highlighted along with his feature procedure for popular breast enhancement surgery including breast lift and breast augmentation.

breast-surgery-atlanta-gaPatients who are looking to enhance their breasts have many size, shape and texture options when choosing breast implants.  Dr. Whiteman meets with each of his breast augmentation patients to discuss goals and determine which implants will proportionately complement the body.  For patients who are interested in further breast enhancements, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation to addresses sagging by re-positioning the breasts to a more youthful area on the chest.

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Check out our February Featured Procedure and Join Us for Pink in the Rink

2014 Atlanta Pink in the Rink InformationAs seen in the February 2014 issue of Best Self AtlantaDr. David Whiteman is featured discussing top cosmetic plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, performed to increase a patient’s breast size, and breast lift, which addresses sagging breasts by tightening tissue to a more youthful position.

At the end of the month, Dr. Whiteman would like to invite patients, families, and friends to the 7th annual Gwinnett Gladiators’ Pink in the Rink starting on Friday, February 28th, 2014. Hosted by The Sport of Giving 501(c)(3), Pink in the Rink honors breast cancer patients and raises money to benefit women’s cancer care and prevention. Dr. Whiteman is double board certified in plastic surgery and has performed breast reconstruction for over 20 years. Additionally, he serves as medical director for The Sport of Giving.

For more information about specials and events from Southern Plastic Surgery or to schedule your consultation, contact our office today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.