Dr. David Whiteman Helps Deserving Mother on TLC’s Ultimate Makeover

Tami Magby celebrated mother’s day in an exceptional way this year. Not only did she celebrate her wonderful 10 year-old-son, successfully juggling two jobs, and being a part-time student, but she also celebrated her new body. Tami was the recipient of plastic surgery by Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery as well as free personal training session by personal trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness.

Tami’s journey, chronicled by TLC’s Ultimate Makeover, began when she saw a similar candidate on another episode of the show and “something clicked.” “I knew I owed it to myself to learn how to better care for my body,” declared Tami. Dr. Whiteman and Daryl Madison knew she deserved the ultimate makeover when she lost the prerequisite 15 pounds and quit smoking to prepare her body for liposuction and a tummy tuck and to aid in better healing.

During his initial consultation with Tami, Dr. Whiteman reiterated, “This is going to be a team effort. I know how to make your body look better, but it’s up to you to commit to exercising regularly and engaging in healthy living by not smoking to really see the kind of results you want in order to be satisfied.”

Dr. Whiteman, a long time proponent of total patient care was very thorough when it came to understanding Tami’s long-term goals and desired results, “Tami’s situation is very common amongst patients her age. They’re incredibly busy. Juggling children, family, and job can make you lose discipline when it comes to health. They go and go and go and tend to run out of steam when it comes to maintaining a regular exercise routine and a healthy weight with the changing metabolism that often emerges during a woman’s 30’s and 40’s.”

Dr. Whiteman’s expert surgical skill and Daryl’s inspirational fitness guidance combined with Tami’s determination to better her life paid off. The now svelte mother stood proudly in front of her family and friends at her big reveal party to show-off her new body.

“I am so thankful for what Dr. Whiteman, Daryl, and everyone from the show have done for me. I now look, and more importantly, feel good. I know I’ll be able to better do all the things I did before because I’m physically more able,” declared Tami during her Ultimate Makeover’s interview.

If you would like to see more of Tami’s story visit visit Dr. Whiteman’s You Tube channel to view her clips from the show. To learn more about Dr. Whiteman or the procedures he offers visit his website or call (770) 622-9100.

Dr. Whiteman Cautions Patients to be Wary of Doctors Offering ‘Awake’ Breast Augmentation Surgery

A recent article in the NY Times discussed a group of doctors who are boasting the ability to perform breast augmentation surgery while patients are awake. This breast implant procedure is performed in the physician’s office and only requires local anesthesia – boasting lower costs and the ability to interact with patients during the actual surgery.

Traditionally though, and at the practice of Southern Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation surgery is performed in a hospital while the patient is under general anesthesia to ensure patient safety. While the “awake” breast augmentation surgery sounds like a good idea in theory, the safety and legitimacy of it has been called into serious question. Here are just a couple of reasons why I caution against opting for this kind of procedure:

• Performing operations while a patient is awake, under local anesthesia takes an amount of control away from the surgeon and is not conducive to the best possible results.

• Surgeries performed in a physician’s office instead of a hospital are not subject to proper accreditation or safety standards.

• If something goes wrong in surgery or if the patient becomes uneasy by the graphic nature of the surgery there will not be an anesthesiologist or hospital staff on hand to assist.

• Local anesthesia still makes a patient “out of it” – so they may request something like a size change during surgery that they would not otherwise ask for with a sound mind.

• Many people performing these procedures are not board certified or even trained in plastic surgery! (The article notes a non board certified doctor that teaches this procedure to other non-plastic surgery doctors with a two day course!)

• Just as many complications can arise from local anesthesia as from general anesthesia, but with local anesthesia you do not have the support of a hospital or specialist if such a complication should arise.

While some procedures are perfectly safe performed under local anesthesia, a procedure as invasive as breast augmentation is not (at least not yet anyways). You don’t want anyone performing a surgery as serious as a breast augmentation who has not gone to school to study plastic surgery; or who is not board certified by an accredited, third party medical board such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Whiteman is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures of the face, breasts, and body. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery, or any other cosmetic procedure, contact the office of Southern Plastic Surgery today.

Diet, Exercise, and a Healthy Lifestyle are Vital to Any Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Dr. David Whiteman Launches Health & Wellness Section to Southern Plastic Surgery Website

In every consultation, Dr. Whiteman tells his patients that he will do his part in enhancing their appearance with a cosmetic surgery procedure, but is careful to remind his patients that it is of utmost importance that they do their part to maintain the results. For ALL patients, that means maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Especially for liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast reduction patients, keeping up with regular diet and exercise is the only way to maintain their results. But even cosmetic surgeries of the face, patients must maintain their health – such as quitting smoking – in order to facilitate healing.

Because plastic surgery and healthy lifestyles go hand-in-hand, Dr. Whiteman decided to launch a health and wellness section to southernplasticsurgery.com. The health and wellness section will provide patients with diet and exercise tips including: Common Diet Mistakes, Tips for Diet Success, Hidden Calories in Foods, Healthy Snacks, and a feature on how to correctly read food labels.

The health and wellness section will also contain a section of healthy, delicious, and low calorie recipes. All of the recipes have been personally made and approved by members of the Southern Plastic Surgery staff.

Dr. Whiteman hopes that, with the help of the health and wellness section of his website, that all his patients will make strides towards healthy, fit lifestyles to keep them looking and feeling their best!