Studies Show Lifestyle Improvements after Breast Reduction Surgery

One of the most commonly performed breast plastic surgery procedures is breast reduction. Many patients, both male and female, suffer from overly large breasts that contribute to many health concerns. Heavy, large breasts often result in poor posture, rashes and indentions from bra straps or clothing, neck and back pain, and poor self esteem. With over 20 years of experience performing breast procedures, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers breast reduction surgery to men and women looking to alleviate physical and emotional problems caused by large breasts.breast reduction atlanta ga

In a recent study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports show substantial increase in physical wellness in addition to psychosocial well-being. Patient satisfaction with their physical appearance and mental well-being nearly doubled after the procedure with scores going from the 40s to 80s on a 100 point scale. Breast reduction surgery provides a more proportionate result for patients so they can feel more confident and enjoy the ability to participate in physical activities that they couldn’t before.

Dr. Whiteman performs breast reduction surgery by making an incision in the nipple or under the crease of the breast to remove breast tissue, fat, and excess skin. For a more youthful and rejuvenated result, breast lift surgery is commonly combined to reposition breasts to a more aesthetic location on the chest. Men who suffer from overly large breasts, also known as a condition called gynecomastia, can also undergo this procedure. For male breast reduction, Dr. Whiteman will remove fat and skin using liposuction and will re-tighten remaining tissue for a smooth, masculine look.

As an advocate for health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman always advises patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after cosmetic surgery. By incorporating consistent healthy eating and a regular exercise routine, patients can continue improving their self esteem and physical health. If you are interested in breast surgery or any other procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates and plastic surgery specials.

Smoking Hinders Breast Surgery Recovery

Atlanta Breast LiftA recent article published by Dr. Anthony Youn on CNN.com highlights the dangers that smokers risk when lighting up after plastic surgery.  In his piece entitled “Smoking can make your nipples fall off,” Youn discusses cases in which a woman undergoing a breast lift refused to quit smoking and suffered complications including a loss of blood flow to the nipples.

Atlanta breast lift surgeon Dr. David Whiteman understands the fear that articles like this can strike into women looking to take on procedures like breast lift and breast reduction. For women who suffer from an aching back or are limited physically by larger breasts or who want to lift sagging breasts, surgery is still an option. Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman wants patients to realize that complications like those mentioned in the article by Dr. Youn are rare in patients who adequately follow pre- and post-surgery directions from their surgeon.

Smoking constricts the blood vessels which was most likely the cause of the aforementioned patient’s complications. Before taking on any plastic surgery patient, Dr. Whiteman undergoes a thorough examination of each person’s medical and family history, as assessment of well as any risk factors that increase complications during a breast procedure.

Whether you’re looking to increase your breast size through breast enlargement surgery, reduce the size of your breasts through reduction, or lift sagging breasts as a part of mommy makeover surgery (which also typically includes liposuction and a tummy tuck), you can rest assured that Dr. Whiteman has both your best interest and safety in mind during all stages of the breast surgery process: consultation, pre-surgery, during the procedure, and plastic surgery recovery.

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Grey’s Anatomy Features Teenage Gynecomastia Patient

All of you out there who are avid network TV watchers (like some of us are) may have seen last week’s episode of ABC’s long time hit Grey’s Anatomy, in which a young, 13 year old boy underwent male breast reduction surgery.  The character’s over-sized breasts were attributed to a condition known as gynecomastia.

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Effecting a large number of males (40-60% according to 2008 statistics), gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat or glandular tissue in the male breast causing an over-feminized appearance.  Though often exhibited in teenage boys that have recently gone through puberty (like the Grey’s character), the condition is attributed to numerous causes including:  spiked estrogen levels during puberty, taking certain medications, anabolic steroid use, and weight gain.

If gynecomastia is drug or weight induced, many plastic surgeons will first suggest adopting a healthier life style (i.e.- diet and exercise or stopping steroid use).  However, if this isn’t the case, a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Whiteman can remove the excess fat via liposuction and then surgically excise any remaining glandular tissue.  While this procedure is not complicated, usually taking about an hour to complete, male breast reduction results can be life changing.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or the other breast surgeries offered at Southern Plastic Surgery such as:  breast augmentation/ breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast revision surgery visit our website or read our blog.