Ask Dr. Whiteman: Am I A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?

I genuinely enjoy seeing patients happy with the results tummy tucks offer and try to help educate not only my patients but other doctors.  I’m very interested in improving my surgical techniques and overall safety and satisfaction for my body contouring patients and have been developing techniques that I hope will inspire other doctors to do the same.  In fact, recently, tummy tucks have been the focal point for much of my research and I wanted to share some great news I recently found out.  The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has accepted, and will be publishing, my abstract on the Scarpa fascia technique I developed and on top of that, I was awarded the honor of Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy by Best Self Magazine this month thanks to a collective vote by those in our community.

When we get questions from potential tummy tuck patients, one of the most common ones we hear at Southern Plastic Surgery is, “Dr. Whiteman, am I a good tummy tuck candidate?”  First I would need to physically evaluate a patient’s abdominal area before I can determine whether they are a good candidate, but a self-evaluation exam can give you some insights as to if you may or may not.  If you can answer yes to many of these questions, then perhaps it’s time to explore your own personal tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) options:

  • Do you have extra fat, skin or stretch marks in your abdomen that won’t budge with exercise and diet?
  • Does your stomach have a pooch that protrudes from your abdomen?
  • Are you self-conscious about the way your stomach looks when not covered up?
  • Has your abdomen been affected by pregnancy/childbirth?
  • Have you lost a significant amount of weight and are left with a lot of excess skin?
  • Do you have trouble finding properly fitting clothes because of your midsection?
  • Have you reached a stable weight? (Body contouring is not a weight-loss procedure)
  • Are you generally healthy?
  • Have you finished having kids?
  • Do you want a flatter stomach?

Patients can fall into two categories: tummy tuck candidates and mini tummy tuck candidates.  The main goal for any tummy tuck result is to create a flatter abdomen that is free of the loose skin and excess fat that tends to be a common concern.  The main difference between a mini tummy tuck and tummy tuck lies in the muscle repair.  Mini tummy tucks are for patients who have not experienced muscle separation, or only experience a mild amount of muscle separation below the navel, and are mainly focused on eliminating the skin and fat.  Tummy tucks are more involved and require me to retighten the weakened/separated muscle before the excess skin removal process.  I mentioned this briefly at the beginning, but I like to utilize a special Scarpa fascia technique I developed to further enhance the tummy tuck results for my patients.  What this technique allows is for me to contour the waist to give patients more curvature and definition of the abdomen.  Prior, combining liposuction was the way to help get this hourglass shape, but with Scarpa fascia technique, the waistline is shapelier in addition to having a flatter stomach.

Lots of patients are attracted to tummy tucks because it helps them get that body they remember having when they were younger.  Body contouring has always remained one of the top five most popular treatments and it’s really not a surprise.  In fact, tummy tucks are one of the main procedures chosen during a mommy and Grammy makeover mainly because of the benefits it can provide to mothers and grandmothers who are done having kids and want to do something for themselves.  I want every woman to have the chance to make themselves feel beautiful and excited about with the reflection they see in the mirror.  Luckily tummy tucks can help with just that.

To learn more about tummy tuck benefits or the body contouring procedures I perform, contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C today to schedule your complimentary consultation and check out our monthly specials featuring this procedure.  You can always join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more plastic surgery tips and updates; we hope to connect with you soon!

What’s New at Southern Plastic Surgery?

As we transition into fall, the idea of change can come to the forefront of our minds as the kids are back in school, we gear up for seasonal sports and prepare for upcoming holidays.  When we grow older, our bodies start to respond more to the effects of gravity and accumulated damage that we acquire from long days spent in the sun.  These effects tend to also make ourselves look more aged than we really are.  In recent years, nonsurgical skincare treatments have shown that you can achieve younger-looking results and prolong the need for extensive surgical procedures.  This month, we’re featuring two of our newest nonsurgical and surgical procedure additions: Kybella™ nonsurgical fat reduction for the double chin and the Grammy Makeover.


Kybella™

A hot topic in the newest nonsurgical fat reduction conversation is the brand new, FDA-approved facial rejuvenation treatment – Kybella™.  Specifically promoted to treat the fat that accumulates below the chin, or a double chin as you may know it as, Kybella™ is made of a naturally-occurring substance already in our bodies, called deoxycholic acid (this molecule helps the body breakdown and absorb dietary fat).   During a short, 15-20 minute series of injections into the fat below your chin, Kybella™ nonsurgical fat reduction starts to work by destroying the fat cells so they can no longer accumulate fat.  So after treatment, you’ll see improved, younger-looking contours and a slimmer profile.

Grammy Makeover

Often patients question how they can fit facial plastic surgery procedures into their schedules, and their budgets.  While some procedures don’t require as much downtime as you would think (we’re talking days and weeks, not months), combination procedures may be something you’ve never even considered.  Our newest procedure, the Grammy makeover is similar to the Mommy makeover, only this time it includes even more anti-aging options by adding facial procedures to this a-la-carte procedure.  Where a Mommy makeover focuses on the breast and body, the Grammy makeover combines face, breast and body contouring procedures in one comprehensive, custom-tailored surgical plan for our more mature patients.

When you combine procedures at the same time, you’re reducing the number of times you’re required to be in the hospital (one time versus going several times over a longer period of time) and less overall downtime (again, one recovery period verses recovery after recovery time).  The savings come into play because you’re not paying the required surgical and hospital fees for each and every procedure.  Instead, when you have a combination procedure like a Mommy or Grammy makeover, you only pay those fees once.  This month, we are extending our Beauty in All Shades offer where you can receive 10% OFF hospital facility fees and anesthesia for any surgery completed by September 30th, 2015!  This special only applies to non-insurance cases and is available as we have openings.

If you’re interested in learning more about our newest cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today to set up your complimentary consultation.  We’ll be running more specials in the near future, so be sure to follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ so you don’t miss out!atlanta plastic surgeon discounts