New Year, New Resolutions

By now you’re probably tired of seeing the trillions of lists on the internet trying to help you figure out what your goals are for the New Year. Whether you call them goals, resolutions, dreams, aspirations, or simply whatever you like best, the theme remains the same – a chance to improve on some aspect of your life. I find that many of my patients start the year off with such great motivation and intensity but often have difficulty sticking to their original plan as the year gets busier and everyday distractions get in the way.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years of practice, my job is not only to help patients attain their plastic surgery goals but also to encourage maintaining the results long after you’ve left my office. But how you may be wondering? With a new year and new resolutions!

Plastic surgery is a choice and it can certainly help patients regain their confidence when it comes to how they feel about their appearance. What it’s not is a weight-loss tool. Yes body contouring procedures like the mommy makeover, Grammy makeover, liposuction, and tummy tuck can help achieve a slimmer, more sculpted body, but what do you think happens to your figure if you go back to eating unhealthily, leading a predominately sedentary lifestyle, and barely working out? Well, the same stubborn fat can come back and ultimately reverse the plastic surgery results you worked so hard to get.

Whether you’re seeking a breast surgery procedure like as breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or more concerned with anti-aging facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, or facelift, I will help you to achieve the plastic surgery results you’ve always wanted. It’s no surprise that one of the most common resolutions for the start of the year includes some form of health. From taking the first steps to major weight loss or wanting to unearth that 6-pack from the college days, as a society weight management tends to be a big focus when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet/exercise routine. The health benefits alone should be reason enough to join a gym or incorporate daily walking into your schedule, but it’s sticking with it that can be the challenge.

Since plastic surgery should never be a “fix-all” weight loss solution, we’ve taken our commitment to improved health one step further at Southern Plastic Surgery.  For several years now, we have provided all of our patients the opportunity to take the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes by giving them direct access to our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer. The Lifestyle & Weight Management program specifically helps coach you through your pre- and post-surgery journey by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve when you have the right motivation in your corner.

To help you start looking towards a brighter year, we’re offering a Mommy Makeover special for patients interested in combination breast and body procedures. Combine a tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF your surgery. Don’t let the idea that plastic surgery isn’t affordable deter you from giving the gift you’ve always wanted to yourself; check out our special plastic surgery financing or give us a call at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.

Happy Holidays from the Southern Plastic Surgery Family!

The Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS) family and I have a lot to be thankful for as we reflect back on the year we’ve had together and with all of our inspiring patients. I say inspiring because it’s been a great year to witness many life-changing improvements that many of you have experienced after seeing your plastic surgery results. Here are a few highlights of some of the biggest memories that stand out for us in 2015 – a year in review of sorts that we’d like to share with you all this holiday season:

  • Our website got a much needed makeover because we wanted our patients to get a better sense of who we are and what we most enjoy doing – serving our patients!
  • Thanks to all of you, I was nominated, and announced the winner of the 2015 Best Self Magazine “Best of Atlanta Contest” for Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy
  • I recently found out that The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has accepted, and will be publishing, my abstract on the Scarpa fascia tummy tuck technique I developed entitled “Abdominoplasty with Scarpa’s Fascia Advancement Flap to Enhance the Waistline”
  • The SPS team grew and we welcomed our newest team member Michelle to the office
  • Patient participation has been at an all-time high and I’ve been fortunate enough to have many of you volunteer as features for our patient spotlight blog, share your personal testimonies detailing your plastic surgery experience, and even received television screen time on Atlanta & Co.
  • We added several new procedures to our menu of cosmetic surgery services for our patients, both nonsurgical and surgical, including Kybella™ fat reduction, Radiesse® hand rejuvenation, the Grammy makeover, and Mommy makeover to give patients the opportunity to choose some of the most innovative treatments on the market today

We are hopeful that 2016 will be as successful as it has been in years past and even better thanks to all of you. Everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery would like to thank you again as we look forward to another great year. Happy holidays and we hope to see many new and familiar faces in the New Year!

Ask Dr. Whiteman: Am I Too Old for a Mommy Makeover?

In the words of Pablo Picasso, “youth has no age.” At the very core, age is a numerical representation of how many years we’ve lived on this Earth. What’s great about aging is that we get to experience many things in a lifetime and whether good or bad, we still have the capability to embody a youthful spirit even as we tack on years. Plastic surgery is an art, one that helps sculpt patients into a form that can positively impact their life and give them a real sense of looking as young as they feel. I’ve been a double-board certified plastic surgeon for nearly 22 years now and I still get the question, “am I too old for a mommy makeover procedure” more times than you may believe.

Whether you’re 30, 40, 50 or 60, if you truly believe that age is just a number, then the answer to this question is easy – no, you’re not too old for a mommy makeover. As a society we tend to get stuck on the nomenclature of just about everything and can lose sight of the real goal that we’re trying to achieve. The current procedure names that we know today are just identifiers we use to describe the type of plastic surgery procedure we’re performing.  Tummy tucks cover the abdomen, breast enhancement works with breasts, and facial rejuvenation to refresh your look.

Since physical changes to the abdomen and breasts commonly arise after women experience childbirth, mommy makeover is the name used to describe a combination breast and body contouring procedure to correct patients’ concerns for multiple areas at once. This also means that it’s not a procedure exclusively for mothers; it’s for all women. It’s for the 55-year-old single woman who lost significant weight and wants to get rid of excess skin and fat around the stomach and on her breasts. It’s for the 36-year-old mother of two who is finished having kids and wants her pooch, caused by weakened abdominal muscles, gone and larger breasts to fill out a bikini. It’s for the 60-year-old grandmother who has aged gracefully in the face but would like the rest of her body to exhibit the same youthfulness (but if she wanted to combine a face procedure she would be a better Grammy makeover candidate).

As your surgeon I can examine if you’re in good mental and physical health to undergo a mommy makeover. Age is factored into the equation to increase your safety as the patient and to decrease any unforeseen risks that arise with any cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. If those two check out then the only person who can answer the “am I too old?” question is you. Plastic surgery is about improving upon what you were already gifted with because it will make you feel better in the clothes you wear, appreciate the reflection in the mirror more, or simply increase your overall happiness. Having the mommy makeover results of your dreams could be just the gift you needed for yourself and no age or misconception of what’s appropriate or not according to society’s standards should get in the way.

Each month we feature a cosmetic procedure by offering special savings to our Atlanta-area patients. Two popular procedures included in the mommy makeover are featured for December and we encourage you to check out our plastic surgery specials page if you’re interested in exploring breast enhancement and body contouring procedures. We are here to help in any way we can so give Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) a call at 770-622-9100 or get to know more about the SPS team during your consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, when the time is right for you.