Health and Wellness: Maintaining Facial Plastic Surgery Results

In previous health and wellness blogs, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman often discusses healthy eating habits and regular exercise routines for his body contouring patients. However, with over 20 years of experience performing procedures for all areas of the body including the face and breasts, he reminds patients that healthy lifestyles are also imperative to maintain facial cosmetic surgery results. A healthy lifestyle is necessary for overall health, and it is essential to prolong long-lasting results after plastic surgery.

atlanta plastic surgeonDiet and exercise are still important for patients who undergo facial plastic surgery, but patients should also adopt a skincare regimen and avoid harmful habits such as smoking and excessive sunbathing. Many patients pursue procedures such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to reduce the signs of aging. Proper skincare can improve facial surface appearance and texture as well as assist with healing and scarring from surgery. Patients should avoid smoking and sunbathing as they dehydrate skin and cause skin to be more damage-prone.

While surgery does not completely stop the aging process, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and skincare products can keep skin healthy and vibrant. Dr. Whiteman provides non-invasive treatments such as Botox® and facial fillers to further reduce wrinkles and fine lines. He also offers skincare products at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. and skin treatments such as peels and fractionated laser resurfacing at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

If you’re interested in an anti-aging facial procedure or any other procedure offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates.

Restoring a “Baby Face” with Facial Fillers

Traditional facial procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery are known to address the signs of aging and restore a more rested, youthful appearance. In addition to surgical procedures, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman also provides non-surgical treatments including Botox® and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. In a recent New York Times article, the term “baby face” was coined by patients who are seeking the round, plump cheeks that associate with a younger faces. Facial fillers are typically injected into targeted areas of the face where wrinkles appear, but now physicians have begun injecting fillers into cheeks for a fuller, lifted result.

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During consultation, Dr. Whiteman discusses treatment plans with each patient to address their concerns. Facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Expression® are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in human skin. Fillers stimulate skin to produce more of its own collagen so treatments last longer, typically up to a year or two.

As one of the most prominent areas of the face, the cheeks may deflate and show excess skin as age and gravity takes its toll. These fillers re-plump areas where creases and furrows develop while also lifting folds. Facial fillers are a great non-surgical alternative to cheek implants or facelift surgery as anti-aging treatments. Many patients choose injectables as there is minimal downtime and no surgery, scars, or incisions required.

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

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.

Contact our office for more information on iGuide® or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.  You can also stay up to date on the latest cosmetic surgery news and updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook.