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!

My Plastic Surgery Story: Mommy Makeover Consultation

Dear Readers,

As a mother of three adult children and a few months into my 50th year on this Earth, I have decided to give myself a gift – a mommy makeover. I’ve honestly been thinking about plastic surgery ever since I can remember.  I didn’t breastfeed my kids but I have always been extremely flat chested since a teenager and extremely self-conscious.  On top of the physical changes my stomach experienced from pregnancy, I hide my 5’5/130lb. figure under size large and extra-large clothing.  With the encouragement of my daughters (I really just think they were tired of hearing me complain honestly), I decided to go see Dr. Whiteman and explore my mommy makeover options.  My consultation was just last week and I am so excited to share with his readers that I am scheduled for my mommy makeover in a little over a month’s time.  I keep asking myself if this is real life and pinching myself because the fear that I had prior to my consultation is now filled with excitement and happiness just at the thought of what my mommy makeover results that I have been longing for over several decades will finally look like.  I’m tired of hiding and now I want to share my story with as many mothers, daughters, and grandmothers out there!

I’m a detail oriented person so research has always been my first step when making any big, life-changing decision.  I was recommended to check out Dr. Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) from friends that had themselves had previous procedures at SPS (none of them had a mommy makeover but most had either had a breast augmentation or a tummy tuck).  I live almost two hours away so I was worried about actually being able to make a consultation with my work schedule, but the SPS staff was amazing and worked with me to find a time for me to meet with Dr. Whiteman (he made a special trip from the hospital to meet with me!).  I brought my oldest daughter along for moral support and I’m so glad I did honestly because it’s nice having family support and someone who can help with questions that I may have forgotten – and did.  From the time I filled out paperwork to the time I went into the office, I have to say I was beyond nervous.  I was scared that Dr. Whiteman wouldn’t be the type of doctor for me, or that he would tell me that there was nothing he could do (sounds crazy, but hey, this is all new for me).

They set up an account on their TouchMD consultation software and I was able to look at before and after pictures and read more on the procedures I was interested in until Dr. Whiteman came in to the consultation room to introduce himself and get the consultation started!  I met his sweet intern and we all just started with a simple conversation about what were my biggest concerns and more about me current and previous medical history.  Up next was taking before and after photos so they could be uploaded to my TouchMD account to discuss his thoughts on my procedure.  After taking measurements of my breasts and examining what he was going to be working with, he shared that I had excellent breast tissue and skin to work with and I wouldn’t need a breast lift, just an augmentation!  Next he examined my stomach.  I have a pooch that makes me look bloated but I honestly wasn’t sure if I had what research considers muscle separation or not.  Turns out I did have minor muscle separation but his “Fab Ab” tummy tuck (that’s the name his patients gave it – isn’t that clever?!) combined with liposuction was going to help me get my flat stomach back.  Dr. Whiteman hit me with a TON of education and I have to admit that of my millions of questions I had written down, he covered EVERY SINGLE ONE before I even had a chance to ask them.  To say I was impressed is an understatement.

Once we went through the techniques for both the tummy tuck and the breast augmentation, it was time to try on implants!  I had done my research on the various breast augmentation techniques and we talked about the look and feel that I wanted to go for.  I’m not trying to go obnoxiously big since I’m a fairly small woman, but I wanted something noticeable but understated so friends will wonder what changed, but may not be able to place it, if that makes sense.  I wanted natural looking breast augmentation results so we settled on trying silicone breast implants.  Best part of this was that I literally was able to place the implant in a sports bra and see what my results could look like when wearing a t-shirt (ya’ll it was a size medium shirt too – and I actually filled it out!).  I can’t describe the feeling I had when I examined myself in the mirror; just pure anticipation and joy.  I knew that I was most definitely going to have the tummy tuck done, but it wasn’t until I tried the implants on that I decided to just go with both procedures.  After all, since I was already going to be in recovery over Christmas break, why not just do those both now?

After the consultation was over I met with Jackie to go over my expected costs and we talked about plastic surgery financing and possible surgery dates.  Generally they would just send you home with a packet of goodies and you let them know what you decide at a later date but I was ready to go.  I think that surprised my daughter as I like to really take my time to deliberate, but it just felt right.  I was really nervous that they weren’t going to have open dates because I had my consultation so late in the game, but Jackie worked her magic and was able to get me scheduled in enough time to allow my body to heal, meet with Dr. Whiteman for my follow-up consultation, and also be back to work without having to take a lot of time off.  I’ve never had a team work so hard to make everything work out for me, regardless if it wasn’t their usual routine, it didn’t matter to them.  Usually I think it’s cliché for businesses to claim to be a family, but for the SPS team that is exactly what it felt like.  Dr. Whiteman didn’t sugarcoat anything or try to sell me on anything he honestly didn’t think I need.  For that and many, many other reasons, Southern Plastic Surgery is like my Fairy Godmother and I cannot wait to share my results with the rest of the world!

Ask Dr. Whiteman: Am I A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?

I genuinely enjoy seeing patients happy with the results tummy tucks offer and try to help educate not only my patients but other doctors.  I’m very interested in improving my surgical techniques and overall safety and satisfaction for my body contouring patients and have been developing techniques that I hope will inspire other doctors to do the same.  In fact, recently, tummy tucks have been the focal point for much of my research and I wanted to share some great news I recently found out.  The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has accepted, and will be publishing, my abstract on the Scarpa fascia technique I developed and on top of that, I was awarded the honor of Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy by Best Self Magazine this month thanks to a collective vote by those in our community.

When we get questions from potential tummy tuck patients, one of the most common ones we hear at Southern Plastic Surgery is, “Dr. Whiteman, am I a good tummy tuck candidate?”  First I would need to physically evaluate a patient’s abdominal area before I can determine whether they are a good candidate, but a self-evaluation exam can give you some insights as to if you may or may not.  If you can answer yes to many of these questions, then perhaps it’s time to explore your own personal tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) options:

  • Do you have extra fat, skin or stretch marks in your abdomen that won’t budge with exercise and diet?
  • Does your stomach have a pooch that protrudes from your abdomen?
  • Are you self-conscious about the way your stomach looks when not covered up?
  • Has your abdomen been affected by pregnancy/childbirth?
  • Have you lost a significant amount of weight and are left with a lot of excess skin?
  • Do you have trouble finding properly fitting clothes because of your midsection?
  • Have you reached a stable weight? (Body contouring is not a weight-loss procedure)
  • Are you generally healthy?
  • Have you finished having kids?
  • Do you want a flatter stomach?

Patients can fall into two categories: tummy tuck candidates and mini tummy tuck candidates.  The main goal for any tummy tuck result is to create a flatter abdomen that is free of the loose skin and excess fat that tends to be a common concern.  The main difference between a mini tummy tuck and tummy tuck lies in the muscle repair.  Mini tummy tucks are for patients who have not experienced muscle separation, or only experience a mild amount of muscle separation below the navel, and are mainly focused on eliminating the skin and fat.  Tummy tucks are more involved and require me to retighten the weakened/separated muscle before the excess skin removal process.  I mentioned this briefly at the beginning, but I like to utilize a special Scarpa fascia technique I developed to further enhance the tummy tuck results for my patients.  What this technique allows is for me to contour the waist to give patients more curvature and definition of the abdomen.  Prior, combining liposuction was the way to help get this hourglass shape, but with Scarpa fascia technique, the waistline is shapelier in addition to having a flatter stomach.

Lots of patients are attracted to tummy tucks because it helps them get that body they remember having when they were younger.  Body contouring has always remained one of the top five most popular treatments and it’s really not a surprise.  In fact, tummy tucks are one of the main procedures chosen during a mommy and Grammy makeover mainly because of the benefits it can provide to mothers and grandmothers who are done having kids and want to do something for themselves.  I want every woman to have the chance to make themselves feel beautiful and excited about with the reflection they see in the mirror.  Luckily tummy tucks can help with just that.

To learn more about tummy tuck benefits or the body contouring procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C today to schedule your complimentary consultation and check out our monthly specials featuring this procedure.  You can always join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more plastic surgery tips and updates; we hope to connect with you soon!