The Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures

During consultations, Dr. David Whiteman meets with patients who often express aesthetic concerns for more than one area of their face and/or body. At Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., Dr. Whiteman offers procedures like facial rejuvenation and mommy makeover surgery that combine cosmetic treatments into a single procedure. Combining procedures lends other advantages in addition to overall rejuvenation as patients can avoid having two or more separate operations and recovery periods to reduce facility and anesthesia costs and overall downtime.

discussing options with plastic surgeonMany patients interested in facial procedures may want to smooth wrinkles and furrows while also addressing features like the nose or eyes. Cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, and rhinoplasty can all address signs of aging including drooping skin, wrinkles, and lines. Botox® and facial fillers can also be applied with surgical procedures for improved anti-aging results. By combining procedures, Dr. Whiteman can help patients achieve a more refreshed, balanced look.

Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can be performed at the same time to restore breasts for a more youthful look. Breast augmentation and reduction adjust breast shape and volume while a lift removes excess skin and tightens the areas surrounding the breasts. In addition to the breast procedures mentioned above, body procedures can be combined as well.

Body procedures can be combined to achieve a leaner contour as liposuction removes unwanted fat while abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) eliminates loose, hanging skin. Breast surgery and body contouring procedures are commonly combined in a procedure known as mommy makeover to help women achieve pre-baby bodies.

It’s important for patients to have good overall health prior to choosing combination procedures as time under anesthesia is longer and complication risk can increase. After surgery, Dr. Whiteman strongly recommends adapting a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain and improve plastic surgery results. Dr. Whiteman shares his special interest of health and wellness through his blog including exercise and diet tips, healthy recipes, and safely healing from your procedure. If you’re interested in mommy makeover or any other procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and our latest specials.

Preserving Cultural Identity in Ethnic Plastic Surgery

In recent news articles and social media buzz, news anchor and television personality Julie Chen revealed her decision to undergo plastic surgery. As an Asian-American, Chen had eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to address her eyes for a more alert and expressive appearance. While Chen’s procedure has received much attention from the press, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has reported a general substantial growth in cosmetic procedures among ethnic patients. Serving the diverse Atlanta area for 20 years, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman discusses the growth of ethnic plastic surgery and the importance of finding a surgeon experienced in treating patients of different backgrounds.beautiful faces

ASPS has attributed the strong growth in plastic surgery procedures to customized procedures that preserve cultural identities for African American/Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients. Studies conducted by ASPS show rhinoplasty was the most common in African American and Middle Eastern ethnic groups while blepharoplasty was the most performed for Asians and breast augmentation for Latin American/Hispanic patients. Since skin, bone, tissue structure, and aesthetic goals all vary among each patient, it is important to find a highly skilled and experienced surgeon who is board certified to perform plastic surgery.

During plastic surgery consultations, Dr. Whiteman discusses aesthetic goals, procedures, and expectations with each patient as well as answers any questions about the procedure. It is important to review your surgeon’s before and after photos as well as their board certifications and experience. Many ethnic patients are concerned about preserving their cultural identity. For example, ethnic rhinoplasty requires special precision and understanding of the nose’s complex bone and cartilage structures. An African-American patient’s goals will differ from a Caucasian or Hispanic patient’s aesthetic goals as their nasal structure typically contains more fibrous tissue and weaker cartilage.

If you are interested in a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

Health and Wellness: Maintaining Your Back-to-School Stress

As summer winds down, it is normal to feel stressed whether you’re headed to school or preparing your family for back-to-school schedules this fall. With school supply shopping, sport events and practices, and a busy work schedule, healthy eating and regular exercise are often forgotten as priorities. As a double board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of physical and mental health in maintaining surgical results. While we’re all busy this season, Dr. Whiteman offers a few tips to help patients continue living a healthy lifestyle.Health and Wellness: Maintaining Your Back-to-School Stress

One of the best methods to minimizing stress is time management. Establishing and continuing a routine will help you stay on track with scheduling time for exercise and rest. Routines will also help children adjust to their new school schedules. Exercise is important as a way of relieving stress and staying in shape. As discussed in a previous health and wellness blog, getting enough sleep is essential to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. Proper rest and exercise can help prevent noticeable signs of aging, as well as reduce levels of stress.

In addition, busy schedules and stress commonly affect our eating habits. Heightened stress often causes an increase in appetite as people often turn to food for comfort. Studies published by The New England Journal of Medicine have shown that eating more frequently throughout the day helps people lose weight and keeps metabolisms going. Be sure to pack healthy snacks for throughout the day and limit the amount of times you go out to eat. It is best to prepare food at home and establish dinnertime as a time to reconnect with your family after an active day.

It’s known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and visible signs of aging. While Dr. Whiteman provides various facial and body cosmetic procedures, it is important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after surgery. Plastic surgery should never be used as a weight-loss solution. Instead, procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck are reserved for patients with small, stubborn areas of unwanted fat. Facial procedures, such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), can achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance, but it does not completely stop the effects of aging. It is important to get a proper amount of sleep as well as exercise and healthy eating to prevent further signs of aging from appearing.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, contact us today. To jump start your healthy lifestyle plan, Jackie Madison is certified in Lifestyle & Weight Management and serves as our in-office resource for patients. Patients can also work with Daryl Madison, an ACE certified personal trainer whom Dr. Whiteman has partnered with to provide a helpful resource for diet and exercise programs. For more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.