What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy Makeover?

Having options is great because in my opinion, it reduces the sense of restrictedness when having to pick among several things that we may truly want. Once women reach the point in their life when they’re finished with pregnancy/childbirth, or after years of waiting to finally decide to reclaim their youthful body from top to bottom, this is the ideal time to consider more comprehensive procedures. Two of the top most popular procedures among the 30 and over crowd (but keep in mind it’s not exclusive to this group by any means) has become the Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover procedures. Most notably known for combining multiple procedures into one procedure, these two offer great benefits for helping patients attain a younger-looking appearance, but what’s the difference between a Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover?

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy MakeoverMommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover got its name because it focuses on common areas of the body that physically change from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain/loss. This procedure combines breast and body contouring procedures and patients can choose from:

  • Breast Augmentation – to increase the overall size of the breasts using breast implants
  • Breast Lift – to reduce excess skin and fat from drooping breasts and raising them to a higher, more proportionate, position on the chest (can also be combined with a breast augmentation)
  • Liposuction – to permanently remove accumulated fat cells and refine the shape of the midsection, thighs, chin, arms, and buttocks
  • Tummy Tuck – to remove excess skin and fat of the abdominal region, and also re-tighten muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy

Grammy Makeover

With maturity comes more noticeably greater effects of natural aging and gravity that contribute to deeper wrinkles, perpetually tired-looking appearances, under-eye bags, sagging skin, and more. For this reason, a Grammy Makeover extends beyond the four procedures mentioned above for the Mommy Makeover – this time, combining nonsurgical and surgical options for the face, breasts, and body. In addition to breast augmentation/lift, liposuction and tummy tucks, a Grammy Makeover can include:

  • Hand Rejuvenation w/ Radiesse® – temporarily plumps up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand instantly with the cosmetic injectable Radiesse® (results can generally last 1-2 years)
  • Browlift – smoothes the skin above/around the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to give a more rested appearance
  • Facelift – tightens sagging skin and smoothes wrinkles on the face (mainly around the cheeks, neck, and jowls) and/or repositions facial tissue
  • Neck Lift – removes excess fat from the chin and neck, eliminates hanging, and tightens what’s remaining for a smoother finish
  • Arm Lift – removes extra skin and fat (targeting the dreaded bat wings) before tightening remaining skin for a toned appearance
  • Fat Transfer – uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (typically the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) that is purified and re-injected into areas of the body that have lost volume, such as the face and buttocks

There are options for how you’d like your groceries bagged, which gas station you’ll fuel up at, what hair color you’d like to choose, and so much more – so why shouldn’t the same inclusion apply to plastic surgery? Not every cosmetic plastic surgery procedure allows the same type of customizing freedom like a Mommy Makeover or Grammy Makeover, but the appeal of being able to hand select the procedures that will go into your final plastic surgery results are something many patients really appreciate knowing they have the ability to do. If you’re interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover, Grammy Makeover, or any of the other facial, breast, and body procedures performed by me, Dr. David Whiteman, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.

February Skincare and Plastic Surgery Savings You’ll Love

Happy February everyone! It’s been a great start to the year and the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) team can already tell it’s going to be even better than the last. Some of you may not know this fun fact, but SPS has a premier cosmetic laser center, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, which was founded back in 1999 along with co-founder Patti Daniel. Now that it’s official, I am pleased to share with you that I am the new sole owner of Laser Lights, now that Patti has retired to be closer to her family, and we have big plans for both practices – ones we hope you’ll love (we will be featuring brand new skincare packages, diverse monthly specials and events, and lots of updates on what’s going on in and around all of our offices so keep checking back in the future for more big announcements).

plastic surgery discountsTo kick off this month, we are sharing both skincare and plastic surgery specials from Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights:

February Specials at Southern Plastic Surgery

  • Mommy Makeover Special: Combine Tummy Tuck + any Breast Procedure, receive $500 OFF
  • $100 OFF Botox® or Facial Filler Treatments at SPS during the entire month if you have a February birthday

laser lights specialsSkincare Specials at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

When we first started Laser Lights, I wanted to give my plastic surgery patients access to both surgical and nonsurgical skincare treatments because it’s always been a belief of mine that surgery doesn’t end once you’re sent home after your procedure. By combining skincare treatments (for instance scar treatment therapy), I’ve found that my patients are much happier with their plastic surgery results and have even discovered new anti-aging services in the process.  Think of Laser Lights as the perfect complement to keeping skin looking youthful from top to bottom and a direct extension of the SPS family.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we definitely want to help you look and feel your absolute best, in case you’re preparing for a big date. Whether you are looking for laser hair removal, wrinkle reduction with facial fillers and Botox®, tattoo removal, spider vein removal treatments, age spots, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, you name it – we’ve got the right laser treatment for you. If lasers aren’t what the doctor prescribes, we also offer a bevy of other cosmetic procedures ranging from chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and cellulite reduction to massage therapy services, acne treatments, waxing, and more. February’s specials include:

  • Laser Hair Removal Packages
  • Réjuvapen® Microneedling with HGF Treatments
  • Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
  • Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction Treatments
  • Laser Tattoo Removal Packages

This is only a small fraction of Laser Lights’ skincare services so explore our website to learn more about what we do there, or better yet, stop by and meet the great staff that’s committed to helping all of my patients achieve their skincare goals (Laser Lights is less than a mile from the SPS office and they speak Spanish too!). All of our specials are valid now until February 29th, 2016; some exclusions may apply so be sure to check out the specials flyers for details. If you’re interested in discussing your plastic surgery goals or learning more about our skincare treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today. We hope everyone has a great month and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon!

Male Breast Reduction Surgeries

More and more men are seeking cosmetic plastic surgery to look as young as they feel. In fact, I’d say I see on average three male patients per day – some come because they are interested in nonsurgical facial procedures (like facial fillers) to make them more competitive in the business world, while others look to body contouring procedures to get the sculpted look of their youth. A good percentage of men I’ve seen recently have discovered a more permanent solution to treating gynecomastia (a condition that causes overly large male breasts): male breast reduction surgeries. Liposuction and male breast reduction procedures are generally the two options men have for eliminating excess breast tissue and skin, but today I wanted to focus on the male breast reduction side a bit by sharing some of the key points my patients discuss with me regarding their male breast reduction procedure.

To give you a brief history on gynecomastia, it’s a medical term originating from the Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts.” The direct causes can vary but typically stems from genetics, disease, or a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and testosterone which cause the breast glands to increase to an unusually large size. Some men can experience gynecomastia in one breast (often contributing to the breasts looking noticeably uneven) and for others, it can affect both breasts. It’s been reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that 26,175 men underwent male breast reduction in the previous year; a 14% increase from the year before. There can be any number of reasons why this male plastic surgery procedure has gained popularity but the fact remains the same: in order to address oversized breasts, you’ll have to consider a permanent solution.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considered a prime male breast reduction candidate:

  • Do you have overly large breasts due to gynecomastia?
  • Are you embarrassed to take off your shirt in public?
  • Have you skipped working out at the gym because you’re self-conscious about your breast size?
  • Would you like to improve your body’s proportions?
  • Has your confidence suffered because of your breast’s appearance?

As I mentioned in my video, I want you to be able to enjoy time outdoors or at the beach without feeling embarrassed. Sorry to break the news but even with the most diligent diet and exercise maintenance, the extra fat you carry on your chest won’t disappear. Luckily, having worked as a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years specializing in breast procedures, I’ve noticed just how remarkable this procedure can be for men that have spent years hiding behind oversized clothing and not able to live life to its fullest and I hope anyone who can relate may consider doing something about it for themselves. If you’re interested in learning more about male breast reduction surgeries performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS), please don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, today.