Keller Funnel™ Facilitates Breast Enhancement Surgery

Keller Funnel™ Facilitates Breast Enhancement SurgeryWhile breast augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure, there are several things to consider before pursuing breast enhancement surgery. While patients must think about factors like breast implant size, shape, texture, and type, a plastic surgeon must consider breast implant placement (above or below the pectoral muscle) and the type of incision to use. Breast implants come in all different sizes (volume), shapes (anatomic or round), consistency (smooth or textured), and are filled with saline or silicone.

Silicone breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a viscous silicone gel, while saline breast implants are surrounded with a strong silicone elastomer shell filled with a predetermined amount of sterile saline solution. One type of breast implant is not better than the other; the decision is solely based on patient preference. Continue reading

Study Shows Rise in Number of Unqualified Practitioners Offering Cosmetic Services like Liposuction and Botox

It is not surprising that, in a down economy, people will be doing anything they can to keep their business afloat and continue to make money. Understandably, fast food chains will jump on the “value menu” bandwagon or nail salons will begin to offer two for one pricing – but what is the beyond the realm of understanding is unqualified medical practitioners who are offering surgeries they have no training for. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has been happening in the world of cosmetic surgery procedures, namely liposuction and the administering of injections like Botox® and Dysport®.

In a recent study, published in the April issue of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal, researchers found that nearly 40 percent of doctors offering liposuction in the Southern California area had NO specific surgical training. In fact, other than plastic surgeons, dermatologists, otolaryngologists (head/ Neck surgeons), and Primary Care Physicians were the top four groups providing liposuction. The study examined 1876 cosmetic practitioners in the California test area, and only 495 of them were trained in plastic surgery!

So, how can people get away with this? Well first of all, there is no law that makes offering these services illegal because no actual training in surgery is required by law. Second of all, injections and liposuction can technically be performed in a practitioner’s office; therefore, hospital privileges (which are only given to legitimate, qualified doctors) are not an issue. What consumers are left with are untrained/ minimally trained practitioners offering surgical procedures in less than safe conditions just to see a bump in their paycheck.

Luckily, there are things that you, as a consumer, can do to protect yourself. First of all, be weary of misleading practice names that are not supported and backed by a real doctor. You have every right to ask about your practitioner’s qualifications, so make sure that you do so. You want to make sure when getting any cosmetic or surgical procedure that your physician is board certified in plastic surgery, and not just general surgery – specific training in plastic surgery is the key to the best and safest results.

For more information on Dr. Whiteman’s qualifications, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website. Feel free to contact our office with any more questions you may have!

Part II of Dr. Whiteman’s Intern Blog Series: “Can I still breastfeed after breast reduction?”

The second blog in a series of guest blogs from Dr. Whiteman’s interns.

In simple terms, breast reduction surgery involves removing part of the breast tissue in order to decrease the size of the breast. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed on young women today, and has an extremely high satisfaction rate. Most of the young women who are considering breast reduction surgery are simply tired of the neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, uncomfortable attention, peer pressure, lifestyle limitations, poor self-image and sometimes sexual harassment. Upon having the breast reduction procedure, these patients can significantly regain a confident self-image and increase their self esteem. Breastfeeding is often an uncommon concern at the time of breast reduction surgery; however, when the time for breastfeeding arrives, there are some common questions that arise. “Can I breastfeed my baby at all after breast reduction?” “Would my decision to have a breast reduction years ago affect my ability to feed, nurture, and bond with my baby at the breast now?”

To answer those burning questions, one must understand what breastfeeding really means. Breastfeeding should not be viewed as an “all or nothing” event, but should rather be viewed as how much milk a mother can produce. When the question is viewed from this perspective, breastfeeding after breast reduction is a very viable possibility. Breast reduction surgery, or any type of breast surgery, will almost always compromise a woman’s lactation potential to some extent, but the good news is a woman can still breastfeed her baby even if she cannot produce a full supply of milk. Breastfeeding a baby is not just about milk; more than that, it is about the special bonding created naturally between the mom and her newborn at the breast. Therefore, it is absolutely worthwhile to attempt breastfeeding even if breast reduction surgery causes reduced milk supply during lactation. It should be noted that there are ways women can increase their milk supply such as a supplementer, breast pump, etc. Education, support from family and doctor, reassurance, and patience are key factors needed for successful breastfeeding. If a mother is able to breastfeed, she will increase that special bond with her child allowing her to better nurse, comfort, and soothe her child. No matter the amount, as long as a mother can give her child any human milk at all, it will be well worth the effort.

Therefore, it is extremely important for young women to express their desire to maintain their breastfeeding ability when consulting with a plastic surgeon prior to breast reduction surgery. Mothers will have more successful breastfeeding capability if their surgeon takes care to preserve their mammary tissue, vital nerves, and ducts during the breast reduction procedure. Lactation capability is influenced by the type of breast reduction surgery a mother had done as some surgical techniques will preserve more lactating breast tissue than others. It is never too late to learn about the type of breast surgery you have had, or plan to have, and its impact on your breastfeeding capability.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, Dr. Whiteman and his staff are dedicated to making you comfortable and confident in your decision for a breast reduction procedure by making sure that you completely understand the procedure, expectations and possible outcomes. Dr. Whiteman and his staff are glad to answer any questions you may have before and after your surgery. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we are here to make your life easier and more meaningful in any way possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (770) 622-9100 or visit www.southernplasticsurgery.com to learn more about breast reduction surgery options.