How Much Recovery Time is Needed for Your Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Once a patient has completed their plastic surgery procedure and had the chance to start the healing process, I always have them meet with me for a follow-up consultation to make sure they’re healing properly and are happy with their new plastic surgery results. In my nearly 22 years as a double-board certified plastic surgeon, there are two remarks I often hear when I have follow-up consultations with my patients:

“I didn’t think affordable plastic surgery existed.”

“I should have done this procedure a long time ago – the recovery time was better than I could have ever expected.”

This got me thinking that perhaps these misconceptions were because patients simply were not aware that the most popular plastic surgery procedures can produce positive, life-changing results without the need of breaking the bank or causing setbacks in their daily work and home routines. The first step to success is choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified (means they have completed all requirements in their specialty according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons). Next you’ll discuss your plastic surgery procedure of choice and start your journey to doing something that is gift all for yourself.  Each month I like to feature a facial plastic surgery, body contouring, breast enhancement or nonsurgical anti-aging procedure to offer extra savings for my patients.  This month we’re featuring tummy tucks and breast enhancement procedures. Each patient is unique and therefore there is no exact science to recovery time, but let’s take a look at the expected recovery time needed for this month’s featured procedures.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Tummy tucks are one of the top body contouring procedures that are performed on their own or as a part of combination procedures like the mommy and Grammy makeover to restore their pre-baby/grandchildren bodies. The first week post-tummy tuck surgery is the time when patients will need the most help from their friends and family. We don’t want you to stress the newly contoured abdominal area so resting is crucial to let the body begin the healing process. Typically patients are able to return to work after 2 weeks and are advised to hold off on heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks.  We know many patients are anxious to get back into the gym, but exercise must be eased in to.  In the beginning I recommend that patients regularly walk to help keep the muscles active but anything more should not happen until the 3-6 week recovery mark.  As we continue to monitor your healing, this could certainly change, but following doctor’s orders and waiting until you’re cleared will only stand to benefit you and your tummy tuck results.

Breast Enhancement

This month patients can receive a FREE mini breast lift with a purchase of a breast augmentation.  These two procedures are great combination breast enhancement procedures to not only beneficial for increasing the size of the breasts but also to remove extra fat and skin to position breasts higher on the chest.  A bonus for combining procedures is that you reduce the overall amount of downtime.  It doesn’t seem like it would benefit a patient to have a breast augmentation in one procedure, then turn around and undergo a breast lift shortly thereafter.  If you combine up front, then you’ll combine the total time needed to recover.  If we look at each procedure separately, the recovery time is pretty similar for both a breast lift and breast augmentation. Depending on your comfort level and ability to heal, breast enhancement patients can generally expect to return to work in a few days to a week after their procedure. You’ll have to refrain from heavy lifting and any activity that could put strain on your chest, but it shouldn’t prohibit light activity. For the exercise-conscious, I like to recommend holding off until 2-3 weeks post-surgery before starting light exercises.  You’ll be able to gradually work up to more strenuous exercise, but don’t get ambitious until your surgeon says otherwise.

Knowing that my patients leave our office feeling truly happy with their plastic surgery results is what I strive to achieve on a daily basis. Only you can be your biggest advocate for your safety, so do your homework and make sure that you ask as many questions as you need to feel confident in your decision! We have several plastic surgery specials for November (including non-surgical hand rejuvenation) and invite you to reach out to our office at 770-622-9100 with any questions you have, or to schedule a consolation for any of the procedures we perform at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS).  All of the SPS team hope you have a great month and get to spend loads of time with those you are most thankful for!

No Tricks, Just Treats: October Plastic Surgery Specials Are Here!

Welcome to the month of ghosts, goblins, costumes and pumpkins.  During a time when many of us are deciding how we will be celebrating All Hallows Eve and thinking about the next round of holidays that are soon after, schedules can be pretty busy this time of year.  That’s why we encourage you to really do something you’ve perhaps been considering or wanting for a while now: a gift for yourself.  This month we’re featuring loads of plastic surgery specials so there’s a little of something for everyone:

sps_Oct2015_coupon_FinalBody Contouring Special

Receive one site of liposuction FREE with purchase of a tummy tuck ($2400 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Body contouring benefits include:

  • Improving the overall contours of the body by reshaping or enhancing the abdominal area
  • Addressing stubborn fat in the hips, flanks or back that is resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction
  • Removing excess fat and skin with a tummy tuck
  • Creating a sculpted midsection, without a noticeable stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, with a liposuction and tummy tuck combo (this combination is popular among mommy makeover and Grammy makeover patients)

Oct_2015_special2_FinalHand Rejuvenation Special

Purchase a Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment, get a FREE Xeomin® treatment ($550 savings)

Radiesse® hand rejuvenation benefits include:

  • FDA-approved
  • Nonsurgical procedure so there’s little to no downtime needed
  • Filling out the bony, delicate skin that can make the hands appear skeletal
  • Covering soft tissue to creates less prominent veins and tendons
  • Immediate results that last from 1-2 years

sps_lift_Oct2015_FinalBreast Enhancement

FREE mini breast lift with purchase of a breast augmentation ($2300 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Breast enhancement benefits include:

  • Increasing breast size and firmness with the use of FDA-approved breast implants during a breast augmentation
  • Addressing sagging breasts that have lost firmness, removes extra skin + tightening breast tissue during a breast lift
  • Restoring a natural shape and proportion to the breasts by improving their overall contours
  • Natural looking breast surgery results that best fit the patient’s existing body frame

With work, family and everything else in-between, doing something that will make you feel confident in the skin you’re in is often passed over on the priority list, but it doesn’t have to be.  Hearing patients lament over the fact that they shouldn’t have waited so long to give themselves a gift is something that will never get old around this office.  Every plastic surgery journey starts with a consultation and a goal and the Southern Plastic Surgery team is here to help.  All of our current specials are valid until October 31st, 2015 and more details can be found on our plastic surgery specials page.  If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please don’t hesitate to contact us; in the meantime, we hope to see you soon!

Cosmetic Injectables: Beyond Wrinkles

dysport atlanta georgiaThere are many benefits to cosmetic injectables: they work as anti-aging treatments, require little to no downtime, can be done on your lunch break and require no hospital stays, to name a few.  There are quite a few cosmetic injectable brands on the market today that each work to address a variety of aesthetic concerns for patients.  While they are most notably known for slowing down the progression of aging, cosmetic injectables are very dynamic and beneficial for much more than just fine lines and wrinkles.

Let’s take a look at three key areas that can benefit from cosmetic injectables:

Face – We all go through different stages of aging.  For some of us we spend summers outdoor and the sun’s powerful UV rays break down the collagen in the skin, making the skin sag and appear more aged than those who stay indoors.  For others, their genetic makeup simply shows fine lines and wrinkles at earlier stages in life.  To tackle these facial concerns we have two options within the injectables family: Botox®/Dysport® or facial fillers.  Botox® and Dysport® are two main brands of cosmetic injectables (both FDA approved to produce the same results but made by different manufacturers) used to treat expression lines (fine lines and wrinkles) on the upper part of the face.  They work by relaxing the muscles in the face that cause expression to create a smoother, less furrowed appearance.  Then we have facial fillers, which as the name would suggest fills areas of the face.  Made from naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers restore areas of the face that have sunken in or could use added volume (such as the cheeks, lips and around the mouth), in addition to smoothing wrinkles and lines.  All cosmetic injectables provide temporary relief (results vary from six months to over a year depending on the specific injectable you choose) but can safely be repeated to maintain your cosmetic injectable results.

Hands – Our hands are exposed to all kinds of harmful elements and one of the dead giveaways of our age.  As we age, our skin becomes thinner and the veins more prominent – often creating a skeletal look for some patients.  Just this past June, Radiesse® was FDA-approved for the use of hand rejuvenation.  Hand rejuvenation using Radiesse® works similarly to the way treatments are administered for areas of the face; predetermined areas that could use more volume are determined and Radiesse® is administered in a short series of injections.  Once the filler has been injected, it is massaged into the hands to create an even look that covers soft tissue and reduces the appearance of veins and tendons in the hands.  Results are immediate and can last up to two years.

Nose – This is probably the least known option for cosmetic injectables.  For patients who have a sunken nose or simply want more volume added to reduce a flattened appearance, facial Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® can revitalize the nose and the surrounding areas.  Fillers can be injected directly into the tip, base or bridge of the nose to produce a natural, more balanced look.  The results are not permanent as they are with a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure, but additional treatments over time can help to maintain the results.

If you’re interested in trying Dysport®, we’re having a flash sale with special pricing for the first 15 patients!  See the flyer for details or contact Southern Plastic Surgery to book your appointment.  To learn about hand rejuvenation, cosmetic injectables or the cosmetic treatments offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.  Stay up to date on the latest cosmetic plastic surgery and skincare news by following me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.