Health and Wellness: New Research Shows Exercise Improves Liposuction Results

Liposuction in Atlanta GAAccording to a new study by Brazilian researchers from the University of Sao Paulo that was released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), exercise following liposuction decreases compensatory visceral fat increase, which is often triggered by abdominal liposuction. There are two types of fat in the body: subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the bothersome fat we notice beneath our skin that can be removed during liposuction surgery, but visceral fat lies deeper within the body’s organs. In fact, while subcutaneous fat deposits are unsightly, because of its location, visceral fat is actually more dangerous and contributes to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

The study included a group of 36 female abdominal liposuction patients who did not exercise regularly before surgery. Half of the participants were encouraged to start exercising three times a week beginning two months after surgery. All of the participants had a flatter abdomen than they did before the procedure, but those who did not exercise had an increase in visceral fat deposits whereas those who worked out did not.

While further research is necessary to validate this study’s results, the body begins to compensate for fat when fat is removed from the body. Although many liposuction patients who do not exercise regularly after surgery may still be please with their results because they do not notice the compensatory fat, I encourage patients seeking body contouring procedures to begin following a diet and exercise plan once they have healed after surgery.

I often tell my patients that plastic surgery is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle—instead, they complement each other. Similar to liposuction, patients who receive tummy tuck surgery or other body lift procedures should focus on a healthy diet and engaging in fitness. Not only will healthy living make you feel better, it will also help you maintain cosmetic surgery results.

Many patients are interested in starting a workout regimen or developing healthier eating habits, but they just don’t know where to start. Therefore, I work closely with ACE certified personal trainer and inventor of Chair-a-cise, Daryl Madison, to help patients gain the information they need to reach their goals and live healthier. I also enjoy sharing information like diet tips and healthy recipes on the Health and Wellness section of my blog as well as my social media outlets. Visit my website today to find out more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer or for more health and wellness tips. Be sure to also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Healthy Chili Recipe Perfect for Independence Day Celebrations

Choosing the perfect dish to serve at Fourth of July cookouts can sometimes be a difficult task. If you’re anything like the providers of Southern Plastic Surgery, healthiness is always a consideration in meal planning, although you also want to provide options people will enjoy. These concerns, tied with not wanting to bring the same dish as someone else, can really increase the pressure during what’s supposed to be a fun celebration. This year, Dr. David Whiteman wants to make your decision easier by highlighting Lisa’s chili recipe just in time for Independence Day.  Lisa submitted her recipe in Dr. Whiteman’s Spring Into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest and won! She even modified the recipe to make it more kid-friendly, so you’ll be sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

Kid-Friendly Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
½  jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 large (about 6 ounces) sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin*
1 teaspoon chili flakes*
2 teaspoon dark chili powder*
1 teaspoon hot or smoked paprika*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added
1 (14.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, no salt added
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite (yeast extracts)
juice of one lemon, about 3 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste

*For a spicier chili, switch the spice measurements from teaspoons to tablespoons.

Instructions
Heat a large pot to medium-high and add oil. Add onions and jalapeno and cook while frequently stirring for 5 minutes until onions begin to soften. Then, add sweet potatoes and spices and cook for 3 minutes while frequently stirring. Next add tomato paste and cook for two minutes while continuing to stir. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, and Marmite or Vegemite and stir to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 more minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft.

This recipe makes about 8 servings with around 200 calories and only 3 grams of fat per serving.

Dr. Whiteman knows plastic surgery is no substitution for a healthy lifestyle and strives to show patients the importance of Health and Wellness through his website and blog. Aside from providing healthy recipes, health inspiration, and exercise tips, he even works closely with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison to help patients find the resources they need to reach their fitness goals. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for health, wellness, and plastic surgery updates.

Dr. Whiteman’s Guide to Facial Plastic Surgery: Going Beyond the Facelift

Many people automatically associate facial plastic surgery with the traditional facelift. Although facial plastic surgery does include the well-known facelift, it also includes a variety of other procedures that target very specific concerns. In fact the facelift itself can involve the traditional procedure as well as mini versions of the facelift to treat isolated cosmetic concerns of the eyes, forehead, lower face, etc.

As we age, our skin becomes lax and collagen begins to break down causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin. The traditional or full facelift focuses on problem areas around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. While some patients combine this procedure with other anti-aging facial procedures like the brow lift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation, other patients seek surgery before a procedure of that extent is necessary. These patients focus on their problem areas as they notice them. Some signs of aging can be repaired with facial fillers and cosmetic injectables.  For more advanced signs of aging,  Dr. Whiteman also offers procedures like brow lift to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, mid-facelift to reduce wrinkles and refresh the middle section of the face, or neck lift (lower facelift) to eliminate sagging skin on the jowls.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fat and tissue that contributes to bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs. Aside from helping patients look younger and more alert, some surgeons are performing migraine relief surgery in conjunction with blepharoplasty because they have better access to the muscles attributed to causing this condition. Plastic surgery patients have also experienced migraine relief through some brow lift surgery techniques and with Botox® injections.

Many facial contouring procedures provide a youthful appearance in addition to balancing facial aesthetics, though anti-aging was not their original purpose. Patients often seek otoplasty (ear surgery) to help pin back ears that are too prominent or to reduce the size of ears that are too large. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is used to enhance the shape and size of a patient’s nose. In fact, nose surgery can also be used to alleviate breathing problems caused by injury or birth defects, so Dr. Whiteman works to repair function first (if necessary) and then to enhance aesthetics.

In addition to balance-focused procedures like otoplasty and rhinoplasty, chin surgery (genioplasty) and the insertions of chin implants are becoming more popular. In fact according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 statistics report, the number of patients to receive chin implant surgery increased 71% in comparison to the 2010 statistics. Chin implants are used to give the chin a more prominent position and help balance other facial features like the nose. Dr. Whiteman also employs techniques like facial liposuction, or liposuction of the double chin to add definition to a patient’s jaw line.

Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body in addition to the facial procedures he offers. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery by Dr. David Whiteman, visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.