Health and Wellness: Maintaining Atlanta Body Contouring Surgery Results

According to a study by the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, published by Plastic Surgery Practice, body contouring after bariatric surgery improves patients’ quality of life for up to 7 years after surgery. Post bariatric surgery usually consists of procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or body lifts to resolve problems such as excess skin after massive weight loss. While it is not always required for patients who had lost substantial weight, the report showed improvements in six out of seven quality-of-life domains for patients who underwent body contouring procedures following dramatic weight loss.atlanta body contouring

As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of health and wellness in maintaining surgical results. Plastic surgery should not be a “quick-fix” but rather assist patients in achieving their goals. Plastic surgery is often required to eliminate extra skin that result from massive weight loss. However, plastic surgery results are not always permanent. Patients must develop a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain their results.

The study showed quality-of-life scores were lower for patients who regained weight after their body-contouring surgery. In addition to performing procedures, Dr. Whiteman also provides resources to educate patients on health and wellness. Dr. Whiteman has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and founder of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients develop their own fitness regimen. Daryl works with patients to develop a progressive fitness program, as well as a healthier diet. Daryl offers personal telephone coaching through “Talk Away the Pounds.” He has also created Chair-A-Cise to help patients ease back into regular exercise after surgery since it is suitable for all fitness levels and can be done while sitting.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, be sure to check out Dr. Whiteman’s website and blog. Also, be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness news.

Brazilian Butt Lifts in Atlanta: Achieving a More Natural Curve

More and more patients want to change the shape and size of their buttocks to better fit into clothes and achieve a curvier look.  There are many fitness programs and undergarments that focus on enhancing the shape and size of the butt. However, sometimes even diet and exercise can’t help patients obtain their desired look.  Buttock augmentation in Atlanta, GA has become increasingly popular.  Also known as a fat transfer or Brazilian butt lift, this cosmetic procedure harvests the fat from other areas of the body and then re-injected into the buttocks. Dr. David Whiteman uses this technique because it yields the most natural-looking results.

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During the procedure, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas such as the lower back, stomach, or hips. Next, the fat is purified and re-injected into the necessary sites on the buttocks. Unlike other buttock enhancement surgeries such as a butt lift or butt implants, Brazilian butt lifts solely uses fat transfer to enhance the butt without repositioning muscles. By using the patient’s own fat, there are fewer risks of complications. Also, patients can benefit from combining liposuction for other areas with buttock enhancement so they can achieve a more proportional result.

Both men and women can undergo buttock augmentation if they are unsatisfied with the appearance of their butt. However, patients must have an adequate amount of fat in other areas so it can be safely transferred to the buttocks. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin, Dr. Whiteman may recommend post bariatric procedures to remove sagging skin and eliminate isolated fat deposits.

Since the amount of fat needed and the number of transfer sites varies, not every patient is a candidate for Brazilian butt lift. It is very important to discuss aesthetic goals with a board certified plastic surgeon before surgery so each patient can choose the proper procedure. If you are interested in fat grafting, or in any other body contouring procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you haven’t already, be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Using Implantless Techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2011 with 244,000 procedures performed. Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA can resolve both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns, but it remains one of the more challenging procedures that Dr. David Whiteman performs due to complex bone and cartilage structures found in the nose.  Serving the diverse Atlanta community for almost 20 years, Dr. David Whiteman recognizes that rhinoplasty must be performed with expert precision, especially to preserve cultural identities.

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Traditional rhinoplasty techniques may not yield natural-looking results for African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA. For example, African-American patients tend to have more fibrous tissue, shorter nasal bones, and weaker cartilage than Caucasian/White patients. Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges, and Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge. For these reasons, Dr. Whiteman exercises different techniques to rebuild the nose and reduce the risk of Keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.

To produce more natural results and reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Whiteman performs an implantless technique that grafts the patient’s own bone and cartilage from his or her body to reshape the nose. For Asian rhinoplasty, implants can be ineffective because the bridge is more narrow and may not support the implant well. Cartilage grafts can define and lift areas of the nose to create a stronger, more refined appearance.

To ensure the best results, Dr. Whiteman reminds all of his patients to ask questions and request before and after photos during their plastic surgery consultation. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or any other procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.