Breast Revision Surgery Helps Patients with Previous Augmentation Complications or Change of Heart

southern plastic surgeryFor most women considering breast augmentation surgery, the thought of having to redo the surgery is probably the last thing on their minds. The reasons for breast augmentation revision are numerous, but the most common include capsular contracture, switching from saline to silicone implants (implant exchange), weight- or age-related changes, and cosmetic concerns.

While the majority of plastic surgery patients are pleased with their breast augmentation results, there are always one or two individuals whose results did not turn out as they expected. Heidi Montag, former reality television star, has brought this issue to the forefront of American gossip magazines as she recently talked about regretting her multiple plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, chin reduction, brow lift, and buttock augmentation.

Dr. David Whiteman does his best to prevent these incidences through education and by discussing patient desires, needs, and expectations before surgery during a thorough consultation and determining which procedure would best benefit that person’s individual situation. Continue reading

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust

While the commercial shown below is humorous, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman uses the message as a reminder to patients to thoughtfully consider the implications of any cosmetic surgery and only entrust a certified plastic surgeon who maintains the patient’s best interest when making choices that effect cosmetic surgery results.

Women who select overly large breast implants that are not well suited to their bodies often end up needing breast revision surgeries such as a breast implant reduction or a breast lift at a later date. Some believe bigger breasts are better, but as with any cosmetic procedure, there are other important variables to consider when selecting a breast implant size like the patient’s height, rib cage size, overall body frame size, body weight, and original breast size. These variables explain the need for choosing a plastic surgeon that you can trust.

You should find a board certified plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with, who wants you to look your very best after your cosmetic surgery procedure. Your plastic surgeon should place more emphasis on your overall look instead of just the area he or she is enhancing. Take breast augmentation for example: be wary of any surgeon who suggests breast implants in a size you’re not comfortable with- no matter how good they promise it will look. Remember that your body is your own, and you have to live with the results.

Dr. David Whiteman has been performing plastic surgery procedures in Atlanta since 1993, and understands that no two bodies are the same. In preparation for a plastic surgery procedure, he takes time to discuss the patient’s expectations as well as realistic expectations. He listens to his patients and makes recommendations for their specific body types/ selected procedure, but overall the patient makes the calls. Dr. Whiteman believes that extensive patient education provides patients with results they will be happy with. For more information on other plastic surgery procedures that Dr. Whiteman performs such as rhinoplasty, facelift, liposuction, and tummy tuck, visit his website or continue to read his blog.

Grey’s Anatomy Features Teenage Gynecomastia Patient

All of you out there who are avid network TV watchers (like some of us are) may have seen last week’s episode of ABC’s long time hit Grey’s Anatomy, in which a young, 13 year old boy underwent male breast reduction surgery.  The character’s over-sized breasts were attributed to a condition known as gynecomastia.

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Effecting a large number of males (40-60% according to 2008 statistics), gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat or glandular tissue in the male breast causing an over-feminized appearance.  Though often exhibited in teenage boys that have recently gone through puberty (like the Grey’s character), the condition is attributed to numerous causes including:  spiked estrogen levels during puberty, taking certain medications, anabolic steroid use, and weight gain.

If gynecomastia is drug or weight induced, many plastic surgeons will first suggest adopting a healthier life style (i.e.- diet and exercise or stopping steroid use).  However, if this isn’t the case, a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Whiteman can remove the excess fat via liposuction and then surgically excise any remaining glandular tissue.  While this procedure is not complicated, usually taking about an hour to complete, male breast reduction results can be life changing.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or the other breast surgeries offered at Southern Plastic Surgery such as:  breast augmentation/ breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast revision surgery visit our website or read our blog.