American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Conference Raises Questions About Triglyceride Lowering Benefits of Body Contouring Procedures

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Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Discusses Body Contouring and the Effect of Triglycerides on Results

Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman fortifies the health and wellness mission of his practice with the latest findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show liposuction may reduce health risks.

At the 2011 annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, findings were released from a Kansas-based study measuring triglyceride levels of 229 liposuction patients before and after fat-reduction plastic surgery. Patients with high triglyceride levels before surgery averaged a 43% decrease of the harmful fats in their blood three months post-surgery along with a decrease in white blood cell count, which is another risk factor in the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a number of aesthetic enhancement procedures at his Atlanta practice, including liposuction, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and mommy makeover surgery. Though not a replacement for exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Whiteman uses these body contouring procedures as the extra push many mothers need to return to their pre-baby appearances and embrace more active lives.

Dr. Whiteman shares his practice’s mission to promote overall health stating, “As a doctor of medicine and a plastic surgeon, I understand that one’s appearance is often married with how they feel. I know that if patients commit to healthier habits, they will also maximize the rejuvenation effects capable with plastic surgery.”

To further enhance the positive impact liposuction and post weight loss plastic surgery can have, Dr. Whiteman encourages his Southern Plastic Surgery patients to take advantage of the practices’ ACE certified personal training and nutrition coach partner, Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness. Additionally, the Atlanta cosmetic surgeon also regularly updates the health and wellness portion of his blog with healthy recipes and exercise tips to provide easily accessible information to aid patients in maintaining their newly rejuvenated appearance and improving their health.

About Southern Plastic Surgery – David M. Whiteman M. D., F. R. C. S.

Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by Dr. David Whiteman, who serves as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Gwinnett Medical Center where he performs many post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization. Patients considering a tummy tuck, procedures of the breasts, facial plastic surgery, or other aesthetic and body contouring options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at southernplasticsurgery.com.

About ASPS- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is composed solely of plastic and reconstructive surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The organization strives to educate current and potential plastic and reconstructive patients of their available surgical options, the most highly qualified surgeons performing them, and advancing plastic surgery technology and patient safety.

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Spring into Health and Wellness

Spring into health and wellnessOverall health and wellness plays a major part in the results that can be achieved with plastic surgery.  Plastic surgeons can enhance a patient’s appearance, but it’s up to the patient to maintain results.  In addition to performing plastic surgery procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks, plastic surgeons should educate patients on health and wellness.  In fact, Southern Plastic Surgery has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients with diet and exercise programs.  It’s important to keep in mind that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit you, it will also teach your children healthy habits for their future.

However, encouraging healthy habits can be tough for parents because kids don’t seem to like anything that’s healthy (i.e.- health foods and exercise), which is why we suggest making it fun for them.  Making healthy meals exciting for your children to eat can also help you stick with the program too.  Choose foods with a variety of colors—not only will it encourage your children to eat, but the most nutritious foods are typically the most colorful (take fruits and veggies for example).

Just like planning a healthy meal, it’s also important to make exercise fun for your children.  In fact, it is best not to even refer to it as “exercise” in front of the kids.  Instead, plan “fun, outdoor activities”. Spring is the perfect time to get the family outdoors and moving.  The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold, and the sun sets later.  Here’s a list of ideas for spring family fun:

  • Incorporate a family walk into your dinner routine. (Some say to go before dinner to help curb your appetite, while others say a walk after dinner will help digestion. Let your family decide what works best for your routine.)
  • Visit the park.
  • Play a sport that your family enjoys. Soccer, basketball, kickball, baseball, or a game of catchhave great cardiovascular benefits.
  • Go for a hike and take a picnic lunch. (Be sure to prepare a healthy lunch and take lots of water!)
  • Ride bikes.
  • Jump rope.
  • Fly a kite on a breezy, spring day.
  • Plant a vegetable garden together.  (This gets your family off the couch and provides healthier food choices for later.)

There are so many ways to get your family active, and most of the activities mentioned above are relatively cheap (if not free). These activities don’t just help you get the family active, they will also help your family form a stronger bond.

Hopefully, you’ll find these family health and wellness tips helpful and enjoy spring activities with your family.  If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic surgery procedures that Dr. David Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit my website and keep reading my blog.

Introducing Our Health and Wellness Expansion: Fat Fighter Tips

Be sure to log onto the Southern Plastic Surgery blog regularly as we continue to add “fat fighter tips” for quick, effective ways to improve your appearance by living a healthier, more active life!  We also invite our patients and fans to join us on Facebook and Twitter to receive up-to-the-second health and wellness updates.

Fat fighter tips to keep you trim: Vary your workouts- Your body’s metabolism adjusts to repeat exercise routines so what was a challenge a few months ago may not work muscle groups past their current limits as effectively as new routines.

A good way to build more lean muscle tissue is to engage in contrast training*:  do your regular strength training routine (i.e.- 20 reps of bicep curls with light weight dumbbells) followed by a powerful series of movements that work the same muscle group (i.e.- 20 push-up’s).  By varying your movements, your body and your mind will have less of an opportunity to become complacent.

*Exercise tip derived from Womens’ Health Magazine’s January online issue

Dr. Whiteman is partnering with Daryl Madison, long-time Atlanta personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout system and weight loss plans, to optimize your plastic surgery results and help maximize your healthy lifestyle efforts.  For more diet and exercise tips to enhance the results of body contouring procedures (liposuction) performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog regularly.

**If you have an exercise or dieting tip, or even a question about healthy living, please let us know by sending an email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgery.com.