Debunking Common Myths about Liposuction

Liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US among both men and women. Patients love having the ability to create a trimmer, healthier-looking body contour by removing excess fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, back, or elsewhere. Though despite its immense popularity, there are still a lot of patients that don’t know about liposuction and the benefits it is able to provide. That’s why I am writing to debunk a few of the more common misconceptions about liposuction.

Debunking Common Myths about LiposuctionMyth #1: Liposuction Can Help You Lose a Large Amount of Weight

Unfortunately this is not true. It’s important to remember that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. While it’s true that excess fat is removed during liposuction, the number of pounds of fat that can be removed safely from the body is relatively small and fatty tissue does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Myth #2: Liposuction Will Keep Fat Away Forever

Liposuction results are meant to last for a considerable amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that treated areas will remain fat-free forever. Though lipo is able to reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body, some cells will remain intact. Any remaining fat cells can expand and contract, leading to more body fat. Certain changes in the body from pregnancy, weight gain, or aging can alter a patient’s results.

Myth #3: Liposuction Will Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Despite what many people believe, liposuction is not intended to treat cellulite. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin pushing through the connective tissue. Liposuction can sometimes reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing fat and slightly smoothing a specific area, but this is not always the case. I personally recommend Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment for patients who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Due to its effectiveness and versatility, it’s no surprise to me that liposuction becomes more and more in-demand every year. Hopefully by elaborating on what it can do (and what it cannot do) patients will have a better idea of whether or not liposuction is the right procedure to help achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Non-invasive treatments like SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction may be preferable for certain patients. If you would like to learn more about liposuction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. You can also follow along with us at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, news, photos, and more.

The Time is Right for a Mommy Makeover

Beach and pool season is nearly here. If you’re like many of us, you probably can’t wait to get out there and enjoy some fun in the sun after being cooped up through the fall and winter. Though for certain people, it’s not that simple. If you have struggled to regain your pre-pregnancy figure through diet and exercise alone, a mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery can be just what you need to reshape your silhouette and make you more comfortable and confident than ever before.

By combining a tummy tuck with liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery, my mommy makeover is able to target several common issues many mothers deal with after pregnancy. Mommy makeover surgery can be perfect for women trying to take a few inches off their waistline, while also firming sagging breasts and tightening their stomach.

If you’re still curious about how a mommy makeover can help you achieve the figure you desire, check out the video below in which I discuss the flexibility of the mommy makeover and how it can help women with a variety of aesthetic needs:

Women should only consider a mommy makeover once they are finished having kids, as additional pregnancies can negatively affect the results of your procedure. Since each patient’s body reacts differently to pregnancy and childbirth, a pre-surgical consultation is hugely important to determine the best procedures for your needs. For more information on the mommy makeover or to schedule your consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

Ask Dr. Whiteman

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonI always enjoy answering questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing these exchanges, I hope I am able to both educate and encourage patients not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about three of my most popular cosmetic procedures: tummy tuck, liposuction & Radiesse® Hand Rejuvenation.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I absolutely hate the stretch marks and extra skin that I have after having two kids. Although the extra skin does not bother me as much as the stretch marks I have developed. They are most noticeable on my hips and under my belly button. Can a tummy tuck help me reduce these stretch marks?

Sincerely,

“S”

Dear “S”,

Although there isn’t a specific procedure for stretch mark removal, some stretch marks can be eliminated with procedures that involve skin removal like a tummy tuck. During a tummy tuck, excess abdominal skin is removed and (in some instances) the underlying muscles are tightened. Stretch marks below the belly button can be eliminated through tummy tuck surgery, but this will not eliminate stretch marks on your hips or on any skin left behind. If you have excess hanging skin on your hips/thighs, some of the bothersome stretch marks on your thighs could be eliminated with thigh lift surgery. If the stretch marks are red of pink in color, our laser treatments may be able to reduce the pigmentation to make the stretch marks less visible.


Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I had total body liposuction two weeks ago. I stayed the same weight during my first week after surgery, but I’m up three pounds from my pre-op weight in week two and I am experiencing some swelling. Can you recommend anything that can help reduce the swelling and prevent further weight gain?

Sincerely,

“J”

Dear “J”,

It’s important to remember that liposuction is NOT a weight-loss procedure. Liposuction gives patients better body contour and a shapelier silhouette, but is not meant to help you lose pounds. I do understand that seeing the scale move upward from your pre-surgery weight after having fat removed can be discouraging. That’s why I tell patients to avoid the scale during their first month after surgery. During this month, the body is in healing mode from surgery stress which can cause it to retain water (which could translate to increased pounds). Once the body realizes you are fine, the water weight should come off. Maintaining a balanced diet moving forward and following your doctor’s prescribed post-op instructions will also help you on the right track toward a healthy recovery. Additionally, wearing a compression garment on the treated areas following liposuction will help reduce swelling and allow your new body shape to heal evenly and smoothly.


Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I recently had Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatments injected in my hands for the first time. The injector told me to massage my hands twice each night. Is this really necessary? Will the results of my treatment be dependent on my massaging?

Sincerely,

“K”

Dear “K”,

The main reason I encourage massaging the hands after Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment is to help smooth out bumps that can form after the injections are administered. Massaging helps make sure that the depressed portions on the back of the hand are adequately covered by the Radiesse® solution, so the veins and tendons appear less noticeably.

I hope I was able to bring some light to these subjects. If you have a question of your own, we encourage you to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. Southern Plastic Surgery offers complimentary consultations to patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for additional information and updates.