Ask Dr. Whiteman

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonI always enjoy answering questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing these exchanges, I hope I am able to both educate and encourage patients not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about three of my most popular cosmetic procedures: tummy tuck, liposuction & Radiesse® Hand Rejuvenation.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I absolutely hate the stretch marks and extra skin that I have after having two kids. Although the extra skin does not bother me as much as the stretch marks I have developed. They are most noticeable on my hips and under my belly button. Can a tummy tuck help me reduce these stretch marks?

Sincerely,

“S”

Dear “S”,

Although there isn’t a specific procedure for stretch mark removal, some stretch marks can be eliminated with procedures that involve skin removal like a tummy tuck. During a tummy tuck, excess abdominal skin is removed and (in some instances) the underlying muscles are tightened. Stretch marks below the belly button can be eliminated through tummy tuck surgery, but this will not eliminate stretch marks on your hips or on any skin left behind. If you have excess hanging skin on your hips/thighs, some of the bothersome stretch marks on your thighs could be eliminated with thigh lift surgery. If the stretch marks are red of pink in color, our laser treatments may be able to reduce the pigmentation to make the stretch marks less visible.


Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I had total body liposuction two weeks ago. I stayed the same weight during my first week after surgery, but I’m up three pounds from my pre-op weight in week two and I am experiencing some swelling. Can you recommend anything that can help reduce the swelling and prevent further weight gain?

Sincerely,

“J”

Dear “J”,

It’s important to remember that liposuction is NOT a weight-loss procedure. Liposuction gives patients better body contour and a shapelier silhouette, but is not meant to help you lose pounds. I do understand that seeing the scale move upward from your pre-surgery weight after having fat removed can be discouraging. That’s why I tell patients to avoid the scale during their first month after surgery. During this month, the body is in healing mode from surgery stress which can cause it to retain water (which could translate to increased pounds). Once the body realizes you are fine, the water weight should come off. Maintaining a balanced diet moving forward and following your doctor’s prescribed post-op instructions will also help you on the right track toward a healthy recovery. Additionally, wearing a compression garment on the treated areas following liposuction will help reduce swelling and allow your new body shape to heal evenly and smoothly.


Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I recently had Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatments injected in my hands for the first time. The injector told me to massage my hands twice each night. Is this really necessary? Will the results of my treatment be dependent on my massaging?

Sincerely,

“K”

Dear “K”,

The main reason I encourage massaging the hands after Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment is to help smooth out bumps that can form after the injections are administered. Massaging helps make sure that the depressed portions on the back of the hand are adequately covered by the Radiesse® solution, so the veins and tendons appear less noticeably.

I hope I was able to bring some light to these subjects. If you have a question of your own, we encourage you to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. Southern Plastic Surgery offers complimentary consultations to patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for additional information and updates.

Turn Back the Clock with a Grammy Makeover

Maintaining a youthful appearance can be challenging, especially for women of a certain age. While diet, exercise and anti-aging skin care treatments can be effective in helping women look younger, more retirement-aged women than ever are turning to cosmetic surgical procedures to help reverse the visible signs of aging like deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Cosmetic surgery for Americans age 65 or higher has increased by almost 80% over the last decade according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery to help turn back the clock, might I recommend my unique Grammy Makeover?

Turn Back the Clock with a Grammy MakeoverInitially inspired by a conversation I had with a patient, my unique Grammy Makeover puts your cosmetic procedure options in your hands. The Grammy Makeover focuses on combining face, breast and body procedures, custom-tailored into one comprehensive surgical plan, to battle the comprehensive effects of aging on the face and body. Building upon the Mommy Makeover, the Grammy Makeover procedure includes a-la-carte options for specific areas of improvement to create a compounding effect and long-lasting results.

A Mommy Makeover utilizes a tummy tuck (using my special Scarpa fascia technique), liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery like breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift, in an effort to tighten the abdominal muscles, reduce fat and help remedy the effects of breast feeding. The Grammy Makeover takes this procedure to the next level by adding any of a series of additional treatments and procedures including:

Radiesse® Hand Rejuvenation

FDA-approved, nonsurgical injections temporarily plump up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand.

Brow Lift

A surgical procedure designed to smooth the skin above the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

A surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to create a more rested appearance.

Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) or Mini Facelift

A surgical procedure that tightens wrinkled and loose facial skin and/or repositions facial tissue to create a tighter, more youthful appearance. I offer both facelift and mini facelift procedures.

Neck Lift

A surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the double chin, jowls and neck to create a more healthy appearance. Commonly performed in tandem with a facelift.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

A surgical procedure that removes loose skin that may accumulate after weight fluctuation and aging and fat from the arms to create a more toned appearance.

What makes the Grammy Makeover special is that it’s 100% customizable. Since no two patients are truly identical, no two Grammy Makeovers are either. Due to its specific, customizable nature, a Grammy Makeover requires a thorough consultation. To begin planning your Grammy Makeover treatment options, contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery at (770) 622-9100 to schedule your consultation today.