Breast Cancer Patients have New Options for Breast Reconstruction

dr david whitemanA recent article from The Sacramento Bee reported that there are now more breast reconstruction options producing natural looking results for breast cancer patients than there once was. Breast cancer takes a toll on its victims, both physically and emotionally. As the breast cancer patients in the article asked, was looking great after such a tough experience too much to ask? Breast reconstruction surgeons, like Dr. David Whiteman, don’t think so.

Cheri Person spoke out about her experience in the article discussing the thick, red scars she was left with after her double lumpectomy. She even said that she dreaded looking at herself in the mirror. Person knew something had to change, so she found a plastic surgeon to perform a mastectomy (to remove what was left of the breast tissue) and rebuild her chest with breast reconstruction.

As a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Whiteman works to provide his patients with the best plastic surgery results possible, and that extends to his reconstructive surgery patients as well. He has seen firsthand how natural looking breast reconstruction results can boost a survivor’s confidence and self-esteem. He has also watched the field of breast reconstruction expand.

Aside from more reconstruction options becoming available, more breast cancer patients are now pursuing breast reconstruction after cancer treatment. In fact, over 96,000 out of 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer received reconstruction in 2011. The article states that more women may be pursuing reconstruction than before because patients are being diagnosed at a younger age.

Dr. Whiteman performs breast reconstruction here at Southern Plastic Surgery using the patient’s skin, muscle, and fat to create new breast(s) that are proportional to the patient’s other features. Breast implants can be used in breast reconstruction to provide natural-looking volume enhancement, but if there is not an adequate amount of tissue after mastectomy, tissue expanders may be used to allow room for the breast implant. There are times when cancer only affects one breast. In these cases, Dr. Whiteman will use cosmetic breast surgery techniques like breast lift or breast reduction to ensure symmetry.

Plastic surgeons are constantly researching to find more options for breast reconstruction because they know that, like the majority of plastic surgery procedures, breast reconstruction is not one-size-fits-all. For instance, you may have heard about Suzanne Somers’ reconstruction procedure recently in the news. A bilateral lumpectomy left Somers with one breast looking deflated compared to the other. Instead of receiving a breast implant to make her breasts symmetrical, Somers opted for adipose-derived stem cell surgery. Similar to fat-grafting and fat transfer techniques, the stem cell surgery removes tissue from an area of the body to be placed in the breast. During surgery, the tissue that was removed is processed right in the operating room to boost stem cell concentration. Then, the remaining substance is injected into the breast where the stem cells eventually mature and regenerate. Although the long-term results of this new procedure have not been determined, researchers have determined that this technique is safe as long as there are no active cancer cells remaining in the breast.

Dr. Whiteman knows that breast reconstruction is all part of the healing journey and agrees with the article’s claim that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often find a sisterhood among other women going through treatment and reconstruction. He’s even helped facilitate this camaraderie between his own patients by forming support groups, called the Buddy System, between his breast reconstruction patients and breast cancer survivors. He also founded Life after the Fight, a business listing to promote the professional ventures of breast cancer survivors.

To learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s breast reconstruction surgery techniques, the Buddy System, Life after the Fight, or if you are interested in plastic surgery, visit his website. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already for plastic and reconstruction surgery news and updates.

Facial Rejuvenation Savings Ignite March Madness at Southern Plastic Surgery

southern plastic surgeryIf you’ve been putting off facial rejuvenation, you may have trouble finding a good excuse not to receive your favorite cosmetic injectables this month at Southern Plastic Surgery. Offering savings and rebates on Dysport®, Botox®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvéderm®, you can save big on a complete facial rejuvenation with your favorite injectables. Read below to learn more about the specific discount details.

Dysport®: Now through March 31st, 2012, Southern Plastic Surgery patients can save $50 on Dysport® injections. All you have to do is sign up online at www.dysportusa.com to become a member, complete the rebate redemption form (online or provided by Dr. David Whiteman), and mail in the itemized receipt and rebate redemption form within 30 days of your Dysport® treatment. Similar to Botox®, Dysport® works to relax wrinkle-causing muscles on the forehead and between the eyes.

Botox®: Patients can save up to $200 on Botox® treatments this year. First, you must sign up for the Brilliant Distinctions® Program and receive your initial Botox® treatment before April 30th, 2012. You will receive a $50 rebate via email after the first treatment and 200 Brilliant Distinction® member points (or $25 off the next treatment). Then, participating patients will receive another $50 email rebate in three months, bringing the total to $75 off the second Botox® treatment. If you use this rebate within three months of receiving it, you will receive yet another 200 Brilliant Distinctions® points and another $50 email rebate to save $75 on your third Botox® treatment.

Restylane® and Perlane®: On top of the manufacturer’s rebates available this month, Dr. Whiteman’s patients can save an extra $100 on a syringe of Restylane® or Perlane®. You can still save $40 per milliliter on Restylane® (2 mL minimum, 9 mL maximum) or Restylane-L® (2 mL minimum, 6 mL maximum limit) through March 31st, 2012. For those deeper wrinkles be sure to take advantage of saving $50 per mL of Perlane® or Perlane-L® (1 mL minimum and 6 mL maximum limit). All you have to do to receive this mail-in rebate is schedule your treatment before March 31st and send in the Restylane® redemption form (must be postmarked prior to April 30th, 2012). You must also include the product box (with hologram) and your itemized receipt (they do not accept credit card receipts).

Juvéderm®: Through March 31st, 2012, our patients can buy one syringe of Juvéderm® XC and receive half off their second syringe. Perfect for filling in deep wrinkles and areas of lost volume, Juvéderm® results can last up to a year. To top off this deal, Brilliant Distinctions® members will earn 400 points through this purchase that can be used for $50 off their next Botox®, Juvéderm® or Latisse® purchase.

It doesn’t matter which type of cosmetic injectable you prefer—this March you can take your pick and still take advantage of savings. You can choose to relax wrinkle-causing muscles on the forehead or between the eyes with Botox® or Dysport® or to fill in deep wrinkles and areas of lost volume with facial fillers like Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvéderm®. Remember, you can also pair muscle-relaxing injectables with facial fillers for overall facial rejuvenation. If you’re not already a member of Brilliant Distinctions®, be sure to register online  for this free loyalty program to receive added savings by gaining points for using Botox®, Latisse®, and Juvéderm®.

If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, browse our website or contact our office to schedule a consultation. Be sure to find Dr. Whiteman on Facebook and Twitter  for plastic surgery news and updates.

iGuide Neck Lift Now Available at Southern Plastic Surgery

dr david whitemanSome patients are not ready for a facelift or neck lift. Whether you’re interested in less invasive procedures, want to touch up a previous surgery, or haven’t reached the point of aging in which a lower facelift or full neck lift is necessary, Southern Plastic Surgery’s Dr. David Whiteman now offers iGuide®. The latest in minimally invasive plastic surgery technology, iGuide® offers patients an option to restore youth to the sagging skin under the chin.

Our bodies slow down collagen production as we age, leaving our skin with less elasticity and bounce. The skin under the chin and around the neck often begins to sag, producing the “turkey wattle” neck skin we’re all familiar with. The iGuide® system offers patients an alternative to neck lift surgery that helps patients reach their aesthetic goals with minimal downtime.

Using a weaving technique to help support the soft tissues and muscles under the chin, the iGuide® produces a trampoline-like structure with active tension that lifts all the tissues as one unit. The system works through small perforations under the chin through which a percutaneous suturing support system is weaved to raise any sagging tissue.

The benefits of iGuide® include natural-looking results with minimal downtime compared to traditional neck lift surgery. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after the procedure, while facelift patients often have multiple weeks of recovery. Depending on your cosmetic goals and the treatment area, iGuide can sometimes even be completed using only local anesthesia.

Ideal iGuide candidates include men and women with mild to moderate sagging neck skin, patients looking to reduce the amount of lax skin underneath the chin, and those who may be interested in “touching up” a previous surgery. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Whiteman to determine if iGuide® is a cosmetic option for you.

Contact our office for more information on iGuide® or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.  You can also stay up to date on the latest cosmetic surgery news and updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook.