Are You Getting Your Beauty Sleep?

Have you ever had those days where you have woken up to puffy eyes after a night of little sleep?  A dulled complexion, dark circles under the eyes and noticeable bags are tell-tale signs that you did not get a good night’s rest.  In reality, the amount of sleep your body gets can determine physical affects that are longer-lasting than you may realize.  Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman discusses the importance of sleep in maintaining the face’s healthy glow and youthful appearance.skin-care-tips

Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging.  When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth.  When our bodies are not able to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol.  The increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen formation, which is beneficial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and luminosity, and can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.  Initially, bags and dark circles under the eyes can be superficially treated with make-up or skin care products.  However, as time progresses and the skin becomes lax it can make the face appear perpetually tired.

Dr. Whiteman often discusses with his patients the benefits of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options to correct visible signs of aging.  FDA-approved injectables such as BOTOX® address facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause us to frown to reveal a smoother, more relaxed appearance.   Dr. Whiteman also offers injectable facial fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Dysport® as fast and effective treatments for patients experiencing volume loss in the eyes, forehead and cheeks, in addition to the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.

For patients with more extensive signs of aging desiring more-permanent results, Dr. Whiteman performs eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) by removing excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes to restore the face to a more youthful and alert appearance.

To learn more about which facial rejuvenation treatments will best benefit you or the plastic surgery procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on plastic and reconstructive news and information.

Seeing a Healthier You: Relief after Blepharoplasty

atlanta eyelid surgeryWhile people choose plastic surgery for a variety of reasons, some procedures are designed to correct functional issues along with cosmetic concerns. Procedures such as breast reduction and rhinoplasty are more commonly recognized as medical necessities; breast reduction alleviates discomfort caused by overly large breasts and rhinoplasty improves breathing and facial proportion, but there are many other procedures that can also provide solutions to medical issues.

You may have heard of the facial rejuvenation surgery called blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, but have you ever considered it as an option to improve vision or relieve severe migraines? Dr. David Whiteman performs this facial rejuvenation procedure to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid and/or fat deposits underneath the eyes to create a brighter, more alert appearance. As skin ages it becomes inelastic and begins to droop, compromising the eye’s natural crease and shape. Heavy excess skin may hang over and cover the eyelashes and/or begin to obstruct a person’s normal vision. In addition to resolving vision obstruction, some surgeons have also attributed blepharoplasty to migraine relief for patients. Doctors say that eyelid surgery allows access to sensory nerves that cause head pain. According to a recent study conducted by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, about 88 percent of patients who underwent surgery reported a reduction in migraine pain and frequency. Head pain can be attributed to the critical nerves compressed by fat or tissue buildup behind the eyelid.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fatty tissue that contributes to bags. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs.

For example, Dr. Whiteman may also perform brow lift surgery or otoplasty to help balance the results of a rhinoplasty, as well as help eliminate additional medical problems. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, please visit his website and connect with him via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates.

Check out our specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September 2012

During the month of September, Southern Plastic Surgery breast augmentation patients can choose between free Botox® (up to 20 units) or free Latisse® if they purchase Allergan’s Natrelle® gel breast implants for their procedure.

You can also take advantage of manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September. Check out the flyers for more details, or click here to read a blog for more information on manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials. If you purchased a Gilt City voucher for Restylane® before August 13th, be sure to redeem your voucher before September 30, 2012.

Southern Plastic Surgery September Specials