The Difference between Breast Reconstruction and Breast Revision

At Southern Plastic Surgery, when we talk about reconstruction surgery, we’re referring to those who have made the decision to have their breasts reconstructed after losing one or both breasts in the surgical treatment of breast cancer (also known as a mastectomy). Other practices do not always make that distinction; they refer to reconstruction surgery as a procedure to “re-do” a previous augmentation, reduction, or lift. At SPS, we call this procedure a Breast Revision because the patient and Dr. Whiteman will work together to create a new vision to further enhance the breasts or to correct any problems seen with the patient’s current augmentation, reduction, or lift.

There is nothing more debilitating than being unhappy with your results – especially after having to undergo the surgical procedure and putting in the necessary recovery time. Being able to have this “re-do” procedure performed will once and for all give you the look and feel you’ve always desired. Those looking for a breast revision procedure come to Dr. Whiteman not just because of his double board certification, but because his skill and expertise in breast surgery is well respected and his results speak for themselves.

If you’ve undergone a surgical breast procedure but are less than satisfied with your results, there is an option available to you! Come in and see Dr. Whiteman for a consultation and he will discuss your ideal image with you and guide you down the Breast Revision surgery path.

Implant Alternative to Saline and Silicone Enters Trial Phase

We’ve seen it discussed far more often than nearly any other cosmetic surgical question – saline versus silicone. Saline is safe; silicone appears more natural. Before now, that was the end of it. However, a new clinical trial has launched to give women the opportunity to try a new style of implant that is both safe and gives a natural-looking result. This new implant is called the “Ideal Implant®”. Since it’s still in its trial and testing phase, its availability is unknown at this time.

Designed by plastic surgeon Dr. Robert S. Hamas, M.D., the Ideal Implant® consists of a series of implant shells of increasing size nested together with saline filling the gaps between layers. These internal shells help to control saline movement (sloshing and bouncing). The implant is built to conform to the chest wall and minimize wrinkling on the sides, a negative drawback to traditional saline implants.

The clinical trial for this new implant is underway right now to help the FDA determine the safety and effectiveness of this new alternative. If they get enough positive data, there very well may be a third option in the future, for those choosing to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. We’ll put our ears to the floor and keep you updated on this fascinating new innovation!


Southern Plastic Surgery Supports Summer Safety!


It’s summertime. The time when yard work never seems to get done and the grass never seems to stop growing. Imagine our surprise to learn that over 200,000 people are injured in lawn mower accidents each year. Many of these lawn mower accidents involve children! If you or your children are mowing the lawn this summer, we want to dole out some safety tips to keep you out of our office.

The following tips are offered courtesy of the ASRM, ASPS, ASMS, AAP, and AAOS:
• Children should be 12 years old before operating any lawn mower; 16 years old for ride-on mowers.
• Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.
• Always wear shoes while mowing. No sandals!
• Keep young children well away from the area you are mowing.
• Before you begin, pick up any loose stones, toys, or debris that may have been scattered around your lawn.
• Always wear eye and hearing protection.
• Use a mower that will stop itself from moving forward if the handle is released.
• Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, looking carefully for anyone behind you if you do.
• Start and refuel mowers outdoors with the motor off and at a cool temperature. Don’t do this stuff in the garage.
• Only adults should set the blade settings.
• Wait for the blades to completely stop spinning before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel roads.

These may seem like common sense, but there are children and adults who abuse the lawn mower as a toy – no doubt contributing to the 200,000 accidents each year. These accidents usually require teams of physicians of various specialties to treat and repair any physical damage. Please be safe this summer and every summer, if not for our sake or your own, but for your children’s.