Atlanta Cosmetic Breast Surgery Explained

In my nineteen years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered patients often pursue plastic surgery without knowing exactly what they need. With so many different plastic surgery procedures and variations of those procedures, it can be very overwhelming. That’s why I take time during patient consultations to listen to a patient’s concerns and explain their surgical options. I also try to help educate patients by offering information through my blog and social media. Since many women often inquire about which cosmetic breast procedure would meet their needs, I wanted to explain the diverse breast procedures available.

Breast augmentation surgery, the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, involves the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is the perfect option for women who desire larger breasts. Patients can choose the size of their implants, material (saline or silicone), shape (round or teardrop), and texture (textured or smooth). During a plastic surgery consultation, I will explain all of these options and offer recommendations based on the patient’s desires.

We will also discuss placement of incisions as well as placement of the breast implants (above or beneath pectoral muscles). Patients who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past and experienced complications, wish to exchange their implants for a different size, or just aren’t satisfied with results from their previous surgeon can benefit from breast revision surgery. I’ve recently started offering an additional technique for breast enlargement using fat injections, which involves using liposuction to remove excess fat from an area of the body, purifying the fat, and then injecting the fat into the breast to add volume.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed for women with overly large breasts. Many women with overly large breasts suffer embarrassment along with physical discomfort. In fact, overly large breasts aren’t an issue limited to females as I often perform male breast reduction surgery on patients who suffer from gynecomastia. During breast reduction surgery, excess skin and tissue is removed and breasts are reshaped for a natural looking result.

Breast lift surgery is a procedure designed to repair sagging and drooping. Many variables can cause a woman’s breasts to sag such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and age. A typical breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and breast, and tightening the remaining tissue for a more youthful appearance. If the patient is happy with their breast volume, breast lift surgery can be performed on its own. However, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation for women who wish to add volume, or it can be combined with breast reduction for women with overly large or sagging breasts.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, we understand each patient’s needs and desires are different, so we tailor each procedure to these specific needs to produce optimal plastic surgery results. If you’re interested in cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery, schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can also visit my website to learn more about the facial and body contouring procedures I perform. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates on specials.

Take Advantage of Special Offers at Southern Plastic Surgery through June 30, 2012

From breast surgery to cosmetic injectables, there are plenty of opportunities to save this summer at Southern Plastic Surgery. In fact, it’s the perfect time to schedule breast augmentation surgery. If you receive breast augmentation surgery to increase your breast size or you want to give your natural breasts more of a lift with a breast lift, breast enhancement is the way to go.  Also, those patients who choose Natrelle® Gel Implants before June 30th, 2012 are eligible to receive FREE Botox® Cosmetic injections -or- FREE Latisse® from Allergan. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your breast implant options.

The manufacturers of the Restylane® family of injectables are offering rebates May 1st through June 30th, 2012. You can save $40 per milliliter of Restylane® and Restylane-L® and $50 per milliliter of Perlane® and Perlane-L® (stipulations apply, see note*). Perfect for filling in lines and wrinkles while plumping lost volume, you can save on your favorite Restylane® family product with or without lidocaine. All you have to do is receive treatment between 5/1/12 and 6/30/12, send in a completed redemption form with your itemized receipt (credit card receipts not accepted) and product box end flaps (must show hologram) postmarked prior to July 31, 2012. However, if you prefer to re-plump areas of lost volume and wrinkles with dermal filling Radiesse®, be sure to take advantage of buy one get one free Radiesse® injections.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes, the manufacturers of Dysport® are offering a $50 rebate for patients who receive treatment between May 1st and June 30th, 2012. Additionally, Dr. David Whiteman will match the manufacturer’s rebate for a total of $100 off. To receive the manufacturer’s rebate, sign up to become a member of the Dysport® community online, complete the redemption form, and mail it along with your itemized receipt within 30 days of your treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take advantage of these specials. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for specials updates and plastic surgery news.

* In order to receive the rebate, a 2 mL minimum 9 mL maximum of Restylane® (up to 1.5 mL can be used per lip), a 2 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Restylane-L®, or a 1 mL minimum 6 mL maximum of Perlane® or Perlane-L® must be purchased.

Breast Cancer Patients have New Options for Breast Reconstruction

dr david whitemanA recent article from The Sacramento Bee reported that there are now more breast reconstruction options producing natural looking results for breast cancer patients than there once was. Breast cancer takes a toll on its victims, both physically and emotionally. As the breast cancer patients in the article asked, was looking great after such a tough experience too much to ask? Breast reconstruction surgeons, like Dr. David Whiteman, don’t think so.

Cheri Person spoke out about her experience in the article discussing the thick, red scars she was left with after her double lumpectomy. She even said that she dreaded looking at herself in the mirror. Person knew something had to change, so she found a plastic surgeon to perform a mastectomy (to remove what was left of the breast tissue) and rebuild her chest with breast reconstruction.

As a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Whiteman works to provide his patients with the best plastic surgery results possible, and that extends to his reconstructive surgery patients as well. He has seen firsthand how natural looking breast reconstruction results can boost a survivor’s confidence and self-esteem. He has also watched the field of breast reconstruction expand.

Aside from more reconstruction options becoming available, more breast cancer patients are now pursuing breast reconstruction after cancer treatment. In fact, over 96,000 out of 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer received reconstruction in 2011. The article states that more women may be pursuing reconstruction than before because patients are being diagnosed at a younger age.

Dr. Whiteman performs breast reconstruction here at Southern Plastic Surgery using the patient’s skin, muscle, and fat to create new breast(s) that are proportional to the patient’s other features. Breast implants can be used in breast reconstruction to provide natural-looking volume enhancement, but if there is not an adequate amount of tissue after mastectomy, tissue expanders may be used to allow room for the breast implant. There are times when cancer only affects one breast. In these cases, Dr. Whiteman will use cosmetic breast surgery techniques like breast lift or breast reduction to ensure symmetry.

Plastic surgeons are constantly researching to find more options for breast reconstruction because they know that, like the majority of plastic surgery procedures, breast reconstruction is not one-size-fits-all. For instance, you may have heard about Suzanne Somers’ reconstruction procedure recently in the news. A bilateral lumpectomy left Somers with one breast looking deflated compared to the other. Instead of receiving a breast implant to make her breasts symmetrical, Somers opted for adipose-derived stem cell surgery. Similar to fat-grafting and fat transfer techniques, the stem cell surgery removes tissue from an area of the body to be placed in the breast. During surgery, the tissue that was removed is processed right in the operating room to boost stem cell concentration. Then, the remaining substance is injected into the breast where the stem cells eventually mature and regenerate. Although the long-term results of this new procedure have not been determined, researchers have determined that this technique is safe as long as there are no active cancer cells remaining in the breast.

Dr. Whiteman knows that breast reconstruction is all part of the healing journey and agrees with the article’s claim that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often find a sisterhood among other women going through treatment and reconstruction. He’s even helped facilitate this camaraderie between his own patients by forming support groups, called the Buddy System, between his breast reconstruction patients and breast cancer survivors. He also founded Life after the Fight, a business listing to promote the professional ventures of breast cancer survivors.

To learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s breast reconstruction surgery techniques, the Buddy System, Life after the Fight, or if you are interested in plastic surgery, visit his website. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already for plastic and reconstruction surgery news and updates.