Debunking Common Myths about Liposuction

Liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US among both men and women. Patients love having the ability to create a trimmer, healthier-looking body contour by removing excess fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, back, or elsewhere. Though despite its immense popularity, there are still a lot of patients that don’t know about liposuction and the benefits it is able to provide. That’s why I am writing to debunk a few of the more common misconceptions about liposuction.

Debunking Common Myths about LiposuctionMyth #1: Liposuction Can Help You Lose a Large Amount of Weight

Unfortunately this is not true. It’s important to remember that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. While it’s true that excess fat is removed during liposuction, the number of pounds of fat that can be removed safely from the body is relatively small and fatty tissue does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Myth #2: Liposuction Will Keep Fat Away Forever

Liposuction results are meant to last for a considerable amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that treated areas will remain fat-free forever. Though lipo is able to reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body, some cells will remain intact. Any remaining fat cells can expand and contract, leading to more body fat. Certain changes in the body from pregnancy, weight gain, or aging can alter a patient’s results.

Myth #3: Liposuction Will Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Despite what many people believe, liposuction is not intended to treat cellulite. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin pushing through the connective tissue. Liposuction can sometimes reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing fat and slightly smoothing a specific area, but this is not always the case. I personally recommend Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment for patients who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Due to its effectiveness and versatility, it’s no surprise to me that liposuction becomes more and more in-demand every year. Hopefully by elaborating on what it can do (and what it cannot do) patients will have a better idea of whether or not liposuction is the right procedure to help achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Non-invasive treatments like SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction may be preferable for certain patients. If you would like to learn more about liposuction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. You can also follow along with us at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, news, photos, and more.

Why Winter is a Great Time for Cosmetic Surgery

One of the more common questions I hear from patients during plastic surgery consultations is, “when is the best time of year for me to undergo my procedure?” It may not seem like a major point of emphasis to some, but to those who have busy working schedules and daily lives, proper planning is an integral part of the overall plastic surgery experience. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong time to choose cosmetic surgery, it’s a matter of timing that works best for you. One of the most popular times that works relatively well for many of my patients is winter and today I’ll share some of these benefits.

Why Winter is a Great Time for Cosmetic SurgeryThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery themselves have declared that the fall and winter months are among the most ideal season to undergo a cosmetic procedure. But why is this? In theory, while the way a procedure is performed (i.e. specific techniques used by the surgeon) will not change or the anticipated aesthetic goals the patient hopes to achieve, the winter does however offer unique advantages for a patient’s recovery and quality of life immediately following their procedure.

Recovery time is a major consideration for many people considering plastic surgery. This is especially true for those patients who have to worry about missing time at work. That’s part of what makes the holiday months the ideal time for plastic surgery. Between the major holiday breaks for Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s, as well as holiday weekends like MLK day, there is ample opportunity for recovery time that won’t interfere with your work schedule or require too many extra days off.

The cooler winter conditions can also play a part in easing a patient’s recovery. Colder weather calls for looser, bulkier clothing that can help conceal swelling and bruising that can occur after certain cosmetic procedures. Winter hats and scarves can effectively cover up the effects of facial procedures like a facelift or rhinoplasty, while sweaters can offer greater movement and less constriction on the body following a breast augmentation or tummy-tuck. Lastly, I recommend patients to keep out of strong, direct sunlight after their procedures.

For those considering giving their loved ones the gift of plastic surgery with a Southern Plastic gift certificate, rest assured that recovery times are not as great as some may think. Certain breast and facial procedures can take only a week and turn out to be a terrific holiday gift for the person that may have just needed a bit of motivation to achieve their best self. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure or would like to purchase a gift certificate towards any of our services, feel free to contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

Step into the New Year with our December Specials!

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and before we say goodbye to 2016, there is still time to finish out the year in style thanks to Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS). A cosmetic surgery procedure at SPS or a nonsurgical treatment from Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser center can serve as a terrific gift for a loved one or a perfect way to treat yourself as we head into the new year. To help you prepare for this festive month, we are celebrating with savings on some of our most popular surgical and nonsurgical procedures!

Feature Procedure

The customizable Mommy Makeover procedure is our pick as December’s feature procedure because it’s one of our most in-demand procedures. One reason it’s so wildly popular is because the Mommy Makeover provides comprehensive and long-lasting results for the entire body. By allowing patients to combine a tummy tuck (using my special Scarpa fascia technique), liposuction and a cosmetic breast procedure, the Mommy Makeover is able to help patients look and feel their best by tightening the abdominal muscles and lose skin, reducing fat and helping to remedy the effects of weight gain and breast feeding.

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Check out the savings on Mommy Makeover Surgery this month at Southern Plastic Surgery!


Cosmetic Specials                                                                  

Holiday shopping has never been easier thanks to the December specials at Laser Lights. All month long, you can enjoy special deals on many of your most beloved cosmetic treatments including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), laser hair removal, fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing and more. We’re also offering an exclusive deal on our Holiday Glow Package that includes Réjuvapen® microneedling, SilkPeel® microdermabrasion and various skin care products. If you’re in the market to customize your own package, we offer additional package specials – just give us a call to let us help you create the best one!

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Skincare specials from Laser Lights. Specials expire December 31, 2016


In case you’d like to leave the gift choice up to your loved ones, it’s helpful to remember that both Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights offer gift certificates that are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. Even the most hard to shop for person on your list can’t help but get excited over a gift certificate from either of our practices because who wouldn’t like a gift of options?

All specials are good until December 31st, 2016 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on special promotions at either SPS or Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we invite you to contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights directly with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation. We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!