Who Can Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many men and women suffer from excessively large breasts that can cause physical issues such as skin irritation, back and neck pain, and/or poor posture. Large, heavy breasts often cause a strain on a patient’s body and limit their ability to participate in physical activities. Patients can also be emotionally affected by self image issues and difficulty finding proper-fitting clothes. Double board certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman often recommends breast reduction surgery to patients who suffer from overly large breasts.

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Breast reduction surgery may seem straightforward since its goal is to remove excess fat, skin, and tissue contributing to macromastia, or overly large breasts. However, there are various techniques for breast reduction surgery, depending on the patient’s needs. Not only do women undergo this procedure, but men can also suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, or large male breasts. In order to obtain a more masculine appearance, Dr. Whiteman employs a different technique in male breast reduction surgery. Patients who have also had post bariatric surgery or experienced significant weight loss may choose breast lift surgery to remove excess, drooping skin.

Female breast reduction includes a surgical incision to remove fat and tissue from the breast mound. Dr. Whiteman will also remove excess skin to provide a more proportional result. Often, female patients choose to have breast lift surgery in addition to a reduction to reposition their new, smaller breasts to a more youthful location. In male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Whiteman removes fat and tissue through both liposuction and excision. For men, the goal is to yield a smoother, flatter chest.

For post bariatric patients, excess skin is typically the main concern since massive weight loss often leaves patients with inelastic, stretched skin. Like most post bariatric procedures such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to eliminate small areas of residual fat and then tightens the area by removing excess skin. It is especially important for the patient to maintain a healthy weight since weight change can reverse results.

For more information on breast reduction surgery, or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, visit our website or contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and news.

Am I a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a popular body contouring procedure to help patients achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. However, it is important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is a fairly major procedure that will require recovery because not only does it remove excess skin and fat, but it also tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Patients must be in good physical shape and only consider surgery for areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who emphasizes health and wellness, Dr. David Whiteman advises that tummy tucks should not be a substitute for weight loss measures or a regular exercise program.

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When patients lose substantial amounts of weight or have had children, the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch and lose elasticity. Unlike liposuction which only targets fat, tummy tuck surgery removes sagging skin that can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, or pregnancies. The most common tummy tuck candidates are mothers who are finished having children or post-bariatric patients with excess skin. Often, abdominoplasty is combined with other procedures as part of mommy makeover surgery, to create a slimmer and more proportionate result.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed solely for the midsection to address unwanted fat and sagging skin. During the procedure, an incision is made between the hip bones to remove fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Dr. Whiteman will also trim excess skin to eliminate the appearance of a “pooch” so the stomach is flattened. For patients who only require a small amount of fat or skin removed from the abdomen, Dr. Whiteman also performs mini tummy tucks. This procedure is similar to a regular tummy tuck, but the incision is much smaller since the abdominal muscles are not tightened.

While tummy tuck surgery can significantly improve body contour, it is important to discuss which procedure would help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. For the latest information on plastic surgery, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Dr. Whiteman to Participate on Gwinnett Medical Center’s Panel of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery will join the Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) as a panelist for the annual Panel of Plastic Surgeons event on January 14, 2013. The panel’s discussion will center on topics relating to bariatric surgeries and managing post-surgery results and weight. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who focuses on health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman will present information on surgical procedures and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery. During the event, patients will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session in smaller breakout groups.Dr_David_Whiteman

Many patients undergo bariatric surgery to improve their health and overall quality of life. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure and the Panel of Plastic Surgeons would like to ease patients into their new, healthier lifestyle. Many patients may even consider post-bariatric surgery to further improve the aesthetics of their new bodies and to address excess skin after substantial weight loss. GMC’s Center for Surgical Weight Management offers support groups and serves as a resource for healthy diet and exercise management.

Maintaining health and wellness is not always easy, but Dr. Whiteman and his trusted team of professionals like ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness are here to help. If you are interested in a post-bariatric procedure or wellness counseling, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for health and wellness tips, as well as plastic surgery news.