The Link Between Obesity and Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million women world-wide are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breast cancer risk factors span from those that are not easily treated such as age and family history, to those that may be easily minimized by leading a healthy lifestyle. Though there are multiple factors that can contribute to cancer risk, body weight proves to have the strongest evidence linking it to cancer. Excess body weight contributes to as many as 1 out of 5 of all cancer-related deaths.

breast reconstruction in atlanta georgiaRecently, studies from both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Cancer Research Fund concluded that there is substantial evidence that being obese or overweight can promote breast cancer following menopause. The study also found that women over the age of 18 who gained 60 or more pounds had double the risk of being diagnosed with post-menopausal breast cancer compared to women who lived physically active lives and had a lower body mass index.

Reaching an appropriate, healthy weight can often be challenging. However, it is important to maintain positive lifestyle habits to not only prevent your risk of life-threatening illnesses, but is also essential to maintaining plastic surgery results. While I do perform body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and mommy makeover surgery to help patients achieve a slimmer, thinner contour, plastic surgery should not be a “quick-fix” but rather assist you in achieving your goals. I always promise that I will do my part to meet your desired cosmetic goals, but also place the utmost importance that you do your part to preserve a successful procedure outcome.

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time, assist with battling stress and more.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

Buttock Augmentation Popularity Surges According to Latest Statistics

With each new year comes new statistical research within our plastic surgery culture.  These statistics share interesting findings from shifts in surgical trends to the most favored cosmetic procedures performed.  Body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck and mommy makeover remain some of the most popular surgeries among patients today, however, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) there are new trends emerging in the United States.  In initial 2013 statistics released by ASAPS, buttock augmentation dramatically surged in popularity with a 58% increase in procedures performed over the past year.

brazilian butt lift atlanta gaPopular celebrities with a large presence on social media and television including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj are most notably known for their curvy physiques and sculpted derrières.  Today’s trends clearly show the increasing popularity for women desiring similar, more contoured figures not just in the waist and hips but also the buttocks.  Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs buttock augmentation, also known as Brazilian butt lift, for his patients wishing to enhance the size and curve of their buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift is commonly performed through a fat transfer process which harvests unwanted fat from one area of the body to transfer to the buttocks.  Dr. Whiteman first performs fat transfer using liposuction to remove fat cells through a cannula, or tiny hollow tube, and can remove fat from areas such as your thighs, back, hips or abdomen.  The donated fat is next purified and re-injected into predetermined areas on your buttocks.  By using a patient’s own fat during this shape-modifying procedure, it allows Dr. Whiteman to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally enhanced buttock.  Fat transfer is Dr. Whiteman’s preferred technique for butt augmentation as it significantly reduces the risk of complication that can be associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, such as implants.

Dr. Whiteman meets with each patient during a consultation to evaluate the amount of donated fat needed, the desired sites where the injections will go, as well as the number and depth of the injections when determining your desired plastic surgery results.  Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience is very important when undergoing any cosmetic surgery procedure, not only to maximize your safety but to ensure long-lasting results.

If you are interested in a Brazilian butt lift or any other body contouring procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

Studies Show High Satisfaction Rate with Brazilian Butt Lifts

Butt augmentation has received added attention as more patients have become interested in enhancing the size and curve of their buttocks. There are many diet and exercise programs dedicated to helping women achieve their ideal shape, but often these cannot achieve the results patients are seeking. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs buttock augmentation through a technique known as a Brazilian butt lift. Brazilian butt lifts use fat transfer to harvest unwanted fat from other areas of the body to re-inject to the buttocks.

brazilian butt lift atlanta gaAt the most recent meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), research presented show that women who had undergone buttock augmentation with fat transfer are highly satisfied with no reports of major complications. Buttock augmentation with fat transfer is known colloquially as a Brazilian butt lift. Dr. Whiteman performs this body contouring procedure by first removing unwanted fat through liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, back, or hips. The fat is then purified and re-injected to the buttocks for natural enhancement. Dr. Whiteman prefers this augmentation technique as it uses the patient’s own fat, significantly decreasing the risk of complication and providing more natural results.

Also in the article, ASPS discusses recent news media covering the rise in illegal buttock injections and reminds patients to always seek an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to perform their surgery. By thoroughly conducting your research and finding a board certified plastic surgeon to explain the procedure and answer your questions, buttock augmentation can be performed safely with long-lasting butt augmentation results.

If you are interested in a Brazilian butt lift or any other cosmetic procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news.