Laser Treatments to Enhance Facial Plastic Surgery Results

Here’s a truth: cosmetic plastic surgery is long lasting, but it won’t last forever on its own. We all continue to age every day and even after facial plastic surgery, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures, changes are still going to occur to the body as the skin naturally reacts to the same type of environmental factors that affected them from the start (think sagging skin, wrinkles, weight gain/loss, sun damage, etc.). The good news is there are nonsurgical ways to help slow down these inherent signs of aging and improve your results before, during, and after undergoing a specific surgical treatment. With advancements in technology and a higher demand for nonsurgical options among skincare and plastic surgery patients, laser treatments continue to surge in popularity, especially for those who wish to enhance their facial plastic surgery results.

laser-resurfacing-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaIn addition to this month’s featured Mommy Makeover Special (combine tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF), we’re featuring fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center for both our skincare and plastic surgery patients. As a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), we are committed to providing safe and effective laser treatments to patients of varying ages, skin tones, and type. When performed by a provider with extensive training (the same diligence spent choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon should be applied to choosing your laser specialist – safety first, right?) CO2 treatments have many great benefits:

  • Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, melasma (dark spots on the skin), sun damage, acne scarring, and more.
  • Safe to use on several areas of the face, including the neck, chest, and hands.
  • Emits beams of laser light into the deeper layers of the tissue to stimulate collagen production and encourage the sloughing of damaged skin.
  • Unlike previous CO2 technology, our lasers don’t remove entire layers of skin, but instead the smallest fraction of the top layer of skin (meaning it leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed).
  • Allows skin to recover much faster.

Whether you opt for a facial procedure like rhinoplasty, eyelid lift, or a facelift, laser resurfacing treatments have the ability to refresh the skin, giving it a natural and more youthful look. By choosing to pair nonsurgical laser treatments with your facial plastic surgery results, you’re able to slow down progressive signs of aging and prolong the youthfulness your plastic surgery results have produced for many years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing treatments, our monthly plastic surgery specials, or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation for any of the Southern Plastic Surgery procedures we perform, give us a call at 770-622-9100! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Mommy Makeover?

Our time is valuable and for many of my hard-working patients, extended recovery time is not ideal. One of the most popular topics I generally cover during consultations is how long it will take to recover once the surgery has been successfully performed. While you have to keep in mind that every person’s body will heal differently, I’ve come up with an average timeline for recovery for my patients whether they choose facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures. Since this month’s featured procedure is the ever-popular Mommy Makeover – if you had to answer how long does it take to recover from Mommy Makeover, what would you guess?

In case you’re not familiar, let’s start with the benefits of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Can help restore a pre-baby physique for mothers who’ve experienced changes to their body during/after carrying their child.
  • Even if you’re not a mother, Mommy Makeovers can benefit patients who have experienced physical changes to their body from aging and/or significant weight gain/loss.
  • A combination procedure that typically includes body contouring (tummy tuck and liposuction) and breast enhancement (breast augmentation or breast lift).
    • Since the procedures are performed simultaneously during the Mommy Makeover, you only have to go through one comprehensive recovery process versus first procedure then heal, second procedure then heal, etc.
  • This is an outpatient procedure meaning, you’re in and out the same day as your procedure (since you don’t have to stay in the hospital AND you’re combining procedures it means you’re not paying double the required hospital fees – such as anesthesia, surgical fees, and medication).
  • Natural-looking Mommy Makeover results will reveal a slimmer, more-contoured waistline and breasts that are not only proportionate to your frame, but also perky and youthful.

What should your expectations be regarding Mommy Makeover recovery?

The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow the pre and post-operative instructions I send you home with. I’ve heard time and time again from patients that the overall experience was a lot less strenuous than they may have assumed. In my over 22 years of experience as a double-board certified plastic surgeon, I firmly believe in giving my patient’s all the tools they need to increase their overall happiness with their results. Using highly-specialized surgical techniques (like the Scarpa Fascia Advancement technique for tummy tucks that I use to specifically reduce recovery time for my patients), combined with diligent effort from the patient to follow the recovery recommendations I provide, you’re more likely to increase your overall success with your procedure.

February Skincare and Plastic Surgery Savings You’ll Love

Happy February everyone! It’s been a great start to the year and the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) team can already tell it’s going to be even better than the last. Some of you may not know this fun fact, but SPS has a premier cosmetic laser center, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, which was founded back in 1999 along with co-founder Patti Daniel. Now that it’s official, I am pleased to share with you that I am the new sole owner of Laser Lights, now that Patti has retired to be closer to her family, and we have big plans for both practices – ones we hope you’ll love (we will be featuring brand new skincare packages, diverse monthly specials and events, and lots of updates on what’s going on in and around all of our offices so keep checking back in the future for more big announcements).

plastic surgery discountsTo kick off this month, we are sharing both skincare and plastic surgery specials from Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights:

February Specials at Southern Plastic Surgery

  • Mommy Makeover Special: Combine Tummy Tuck + any Breast Procedure, receive $500 OFF
  • $100 OFF Botox® or Facial Filler Treatments at SPS during the entire month if you have a February birthday

laser lights specialsSkincare Specials at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

When we first started Laser Lights, I wanted to give my plastic surgery patients access to both surgical and nonsurgical skincare treatments because it’s always been a belief of mine that surgery doesn’t end once you’re sent home after your procedure. By combining skincare treatments (for instance scar treatment therapy), I’ve found that my patients are much happier with their plastic surgery results and have even discovered new anti-aging services in the process.  Think of Laser Lights as the perfect complement to keeping skin looking youthful from top to bottom and a direct extension of the SPS family.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we definitely want to help you look and feel your absolute best, in case you’re preparing for a big date. Whether you are looking for laser hair removal, wrinkle reduction with facial fillers and Botox®, tattoo removal, spider vein removal treatments, age spots, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, you name it – we’ve got the right laser treatment for you. If lasers aren’t what the doctor prescribes, we also offer a bevy of other cosmetic procedures ranging from chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and cellulite reduction to massage therapy services, acne treatments, waxing, and more. February’s specials include:

  • Laser Hair Removal Packages
  • Réjuvapen® Microneedling with HGF Treatments
  • Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
  • Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction Treatments
  • Laser Tattoo Removal Packages

This is only a small fraction of Laser Lights’ skincare services so explore our website to learn more about what we do there, or better yet, stop by and meet the great staff that’s committed to helping all of my patients achieve their skincare goals (Laser Lights is less than a mile from the SPS office and they speak Spanish too!). All of our specials are valid now until February 29th, 2016; some exclusions may apply so be sure to check out the specials flyers for details. If you’re interested in discussing your plastic surgery goals or learning more about our skincare treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today. We hope everyone has a great month and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon!