Spring Back to an Active Lifestyle

healthy-lifestyleDespite our New Year’s resolutions, the colder months tend to makes many of us unmotivated to be physically active. As the days become longer and the temperatures warm up, now is the perfect time to restart your exercise routine and get rid of those extra inches.

Staying active doesn’t require hitting the gym five times a week. Whether it’s enjoying the springtime with a walk outside or avoiding the elevator at work, every little bit can help with fat loss and improve overall wellness.  Finding an activity that you enjoy will make exercising more fun and less of a chore.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle complete with regular exercise but and also proper dieting. With the upcoming warm months, take advantage of the plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables available.  Fruits and vegetables such as kale, strawberries, and sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling and looking young.

For individuals interested in a plastic surgery procedure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help enhance results and reduce recovery time.  Continue reading Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog for the latest healthy living tips. Also be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and information.

The Great Debate: To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?

Many women cite the studied health benefits and reported emotional bond they feel it creates between mother and child as the reason they chose to breastfeed. Others opt for formula because they feel breastfeeding will change the appearance of their breasts. Earlier this month the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that women with breast implants are increasingly concerned that their augmented breasts would change shape after breastfeeding.

A study surveyed 160 mothers who had breast implants. Eighty-six percent of the mothers chose not to breastfeed because they didn’t want their breasts to look bad, and 13% of the mothers in the study who did breastfeed their babies were concerned their breast shape would change because of breastfeeding. Although more research is necessary, doctors say breastfeeding should not be blamed for breast sagging in women with (or without) breast implants after pregnancy. Instead, they say breast sagging is more evident after each pregnancy whether or not the mother breastfeeds.

Therefore, whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, breast-fed or bottle-fed, you may notice increased sagging with each pregnancy. However, something can be done to correct the appearance of deflated, sagging breasts. If you’ve already had a breast enhancement and decide you’d like further refinement after the birth of a child, breast revision surgery is an option.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. David Whiteman removes the original breast implants, and depending on the patient’s desires, he can excise tissue and lift the breast to a more natural location or insert new breast implants for added volume. Mothers who do not have breast implants, but are bothered by sagging breasts after pregnancy can benefit from a breast lift procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without a breast implant to produce fuller breasts depending on the patient’s wishes.

Unfortunately less perky breasts are not the only complaint many women have about their bodies following pregnancy. It’s not always easy to get back to that pre-baby appearance, but mommy makeover surgery can help. Usually comprised of a breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), along with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, a mommy makeover procedure is custom-tailored to the mother’s specific needs. Aside from mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Whiteman maintains a focus on Health and Wellness at his Duluth plastic surgery practice and offers helpful exercise tips and healthy recipes to promote the long-term health of his patients (and their children)!

American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Conference Raises Questions About Triglyceride Lowering Benefits of Body Contouring Procedures

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Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Discusses Body Contouring and the Effect of Triglycerides on Results

Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman fortifies the health and wellness mission of his practice with the latest findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show liposuction may reduce health risks.

At the 2011 annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, findings were released from a Kansas-based study measuring triglyceride levels of 229 liposuction patients before and after fat-reduction plastic surgery. Patients with high triglyceride levels before surgery averaged a 43% decrease of the harmful fats in their blood three months post-surgery along with a decrease in white blood cell count, which is another risk factor in the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a number of aesthetic enhancement procedures at his Atlanta practice, including liposuction, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and mommy makeover surgery. Though not a replacement for exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Whiteman uses these body contouring procedures as the extra push many mothers need to return to their pre-baby appearances and embrace more active lives.

Dr. Whiteman shares his practice’s mission to promote overall health stating, “As a doctor of medicine and a plastic surgeon, I understand that one’s appearance is often married with how they feel. I know that if patients commit to healthier habits, they will also maximize the rejuvenation effects capable with plastic surgery.”

To further enhance the positive impact liposuction and post weight loss plastic surgery can have, Dr. Whiteman encourages his Southern Plastic Surgery patients to take advantage of the practices’ ACE certified personal training and nutrition coach partner, Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness. Additionally, the Atlanta cosmetic surgeon also regularly updates the health and wellness portion of his blog with healthy recipes and exercise tips to provide easily accessible information to aid patients in maintaining their newly rejuvenated appearance and improving their health.

About Southern Plastic Surgery – David M. Whiteman M. D., F. R. C. S.

Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by Dr. David Whiteman, who serves as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Gwinnett Medical Center where he performs many post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization. Patients considering a tummy tuck, procedures of the breasts, facial plastic surgery, or other aesthetic and body contouring options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at southernplasticsurgery.com.

About ASPS- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is composed solely of plastic and reconstructive surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The organization strives to educate current and potential plastic and reconstructive patients of their available surgical options, the most highly qualified surgeons performing them, and advancing plastic surgery technology and patient safety.

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