Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures: Belly Button & Below

To me, plastic surgery is such a diverse field.  I am able to work with men and women of all ages and walks of life and each person has their unique desires and motivations for enhancing their lives physically and mentally.  When it comes to body contouring, as an Atlanta cosmetic surgeon I have worked with patients ranging from a mother who is hanging up her pregnancy hat and ready to get her pre-baby body back to men who have lost significant weight and want to add the finishing touches of eliminating excess skin.  From tummy tucks to liposuction, there are many cosmetic plastic surgery procedures within the body contouring umbrella and I wanted to share two of the most popular procedures that accentuate the body from the belly button, down:

plastic surgery-tummy tuck - buttock augmentation atlanta georgiaTummy Tuck considerably the most popular of the body contouring procedures, tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) are designed to create a smoother midsection.  I still utilize the traditional method of removing excess skin and fat and retightening the abdominal muscle that may have become weakened due to pregnancy.  My preferred method is a “no-drain” abdominoplasty which eliminates the extra space within the abdomen that collects fluid (and subsequently requires a drain to help clear out the fluid during recovery) by suturing the remaining skin and fat together down towards the muscle.  What this does is it not only allows my tummy tuck patients to have better control of their abdominal movements (because you’re not delaying the natural healing of the fat to the muscle when you twist or contort the body) but also makes recovery much less complex or difficult.

In addition to the no-drain abdominoplasty, I utilize a special Scarpa fascia waist contouring technique that I developed over the past several years to produce a flat, smooth contour for a patient’s midsection.  This is significant because previously these results were only possible with liposuction alone; now, I am able to improve the contours and shape of the abdomen with the Scarpa fascia technique so the stomach and waistline is shapelier than traditional tummy tuck results can produce.

Buttock Augmentation Buttock augmentation has seen a surge of popularity in recent years and I would argue that we can thank popular culture for this increasing trend.  Also known as Brazilian butt lift, this procedure is commonly performed through a fat transfer process for patients who wish to enhance the shape of their derrières.  The fat transfer process uses injections consisting of the patient’s own fat from other areas obtained through liposuction around the buttocks, thighs, hips or abdomen.  Once I have taken an ample amount of donated fat, it is then purified and re-injected into the predetermined areas of the buttocks.   A benefit of fat transfer is that by using a patient’s own fat, it allows me to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally-prominent buttock, plus, the fat transfer technique for Brazilian butt lift also significantly decreases the risk of complications associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, like butt implants.

To learn more about body contouring procedures I perform including thigh lift and arm lifts, or any of the additional plastic surgery procedures available, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C today to schedule your complimentary consultation.  Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery trends, news and information.

BioCorneum® and Arinka Forte to Reduce Post-Surgery Scarring

As with any surgical procedure, plastic surgery requires incisions whether you are seeking breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or a facelift. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman always discusses the importance of pre and post-surgery care with his patients to minimize scarring and expedite recovery from surgery.southern plastic surgery

Scar visibility also depends on the size of the incision, placement, the patient’s skin type and tone, age, and/or heredity.  There are also topical treatments available to reduce scarring including bioCorneum®.  This topical gel allows the scar to mature through normal collagen synthesis cycles with twice daily application.  This treatment has been shown to smooth scars and reduce discoloration; generally the recommended treatment time for newer scars is at least 60 to 90 days.

Arnika Forte™ is an oral homeopathic pill that is taken prior to surgery to reduce bruising and swelling while promoting recovery.   This natural formula, containing a combination of Arnica Montana and Bromelain,  should be taken a couple days before surgery and continued for seven days after for maximum results.

In addition to these treatments it’s imperative to follow your qualified board-certified plastic surgeon’s instructions for pre and post-surgery care to ensure effective results. For more information about plastic surgery procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery please contact our office at 770-622-9100. Be sure to also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic and reconstructive news and information.

Mother- Daughter Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery patients come in a variety of ages, shapes, and sizes. As each patient has different needs for surgery, Dr. David Whiteman discusses their individual goals to provide the most natural-looking results possible.

top-facial-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaYou may have seen in the recent news an uptick in mothers and daughters receiving plastic surgery at the same time. Although this may seem like an interesting way to bond, it’s not as uncommon as you may think. According to 2005 statistics by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there has been a significant increase in the number of people getting surgery with a partner.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Whiteman understands that cosmetic surgery is an important and thoughtful decision ultimately made by the patient.  Sharing that experience and comfort with someone you care about can make that process even more meaningful.

Whether or not you choose to have cosmetic surgery at the same time as a loved one, the recommended procedures will differ depending on your individual desires and goals. For example, one patient may be more concerned with addressing signs of aging with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or liposuction of double chin whereas their loved one may be more concerned with eliminating stubborn fat with a tummy tuck or a breast lift to restore perkier breasts.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to check out our before and after gallery to see patients’ procedure results. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.