Health and Wellness: Maintaining Facial Plastic Surgery Results

In previous health and wellness blogs, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman often discusses healthy eating habits and regular exercise routines for his body contouring patients. However, with over 20 years of experience performing procedures for all areas of the body including the face and breasts, he reminds patients that healthy lifestyles are also imperative to maintain facial cosmetic surgery results. A healthy lifestyle is necessary for overall health, and it is essential to prolong long-lasting results after plastic surgery.

atlanta plastic surgeonDiet and exercise are still important for patients who undergo facial plastic surgery, but patients should also adopt a skincare regimen and avoid harmful habits such as smoking and excessive sunbathing. Many patients pursue procedures such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to reduce the signs of aging. Proper skincare can improve facial surface appearance and texture as well as assist with healing and scarring from surgery. Patients should avoid smoking and sunbathing as they dehydrate skin and cause skin to be more damage-prone.

While surgery does not completely stop the aging process, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and skincare products can keep skin healthy and vibrant. Dr. Whiteman provides non-invasive treatments such as Botox® and facial fillers to further reduce wrinkles and fine lines. He also offers skincare products at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. and skin treatments such as peels and fractionated laser resurfacing at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

If you’re interested in an anti-aging facial procedure or any other procedure offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates.

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.

Cosmetic Surgery Trends This Summer

Cosmetic Surgery Trends This SummerSimilar to the fashion industry when it comes to fads and trends, what was popular in cosmetic surgery last year may not be popular in the following years. RealSelf.com, a plastic surgery information and patient review site, recently released a report of summer cosmetic surgery trends based on searches performed on their website including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. They found more people are now opting for procedures that provide natural-looking results.

Just in time for swimsuit season, plastic surgery patients begin focusing on their bodies. Whether they’re looking to regain their pre-baby appearance or wanting to enhance other features, procedures of the breasts and body are always popular trends during the summer. Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US and is increasingly popular during the summer. However, as a part of mommy makeover surgery, many women also choose to undergo breast reduction and/or breast lift this time of year.

Mommy makeover surgery is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore a mother’s pre-pregnancy appearance. After pregnancy and childbirth, many women struggle to eliminate excess belly fat or retighten abdominal muscles even with the best diet and exercise efforts. A typical mommy makeover surgery includes cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction depending on the patient’s individual needs. According to RealSelf’s report, 98% of patients who rated mommy makeover surgery on the site said it was “worth it.”

For patients who are interested in butt augmentation, a plastic surgeon can perform Brazilian butt lift via fat grafting, which involves the use of liposuction to remove excess fat that will be purified and re-injected into the buttocks to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks without using synthetic materials. Patients love Brazilian butt lift results because they can use the fat they don’t want from certain areas of the body to improve other areas. According to RealSelf search results, Brazilian butt lift is the 4th most popular procedure on the website.

Trends show that patients continue to seek less invasive options for plastic surgery like Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers, but more patients are becoming interested in the “natural” options for facial rejuvenation which uses the patient’s own blood plasma or fat to fill in areas of lost volume and jump-start the collagen production process. Similar to the Brazilian butt lift technique, fat transfer is also used for facial rejuvenation.

No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a patient is interested in, plastic surgery research is vital. It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing the procedure of your interest. In fact, RealSelf reports an average of 15% increase in patient satisfaction when plastic surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing that particular procedure.

Dr. David Whiteman is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Atlanta/Duluth area with almost 20 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In order to help patients make the most educated plastic surgery decisions, Dr. Whiteman provides information through his website and performs in-depth plastic surgery consultations with each patient prior to surgery. He also updates an online plastic surgery before and after photo gallery to give patients an idea of his work. If you’re interested in learning more about a certain cosmetic surgery procedure, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website or schedule a consultation today. For more plastic surgery news and trends, connect with Dr. Whiteman through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.