Couples Seek Plastic Surgery

We all know men and women are very different creatures. In fact, you can see a pretty big difference between the two groups just by reviewing plastic surgery statistics. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2011 statistics, the male population accounted for just over a million minimally-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 while females accounted for more than 12 million of these procedures.  However, as reported by ABC news, men and women are beginning to seek cosmetic surgery together, a phenomenon known as couples’ plastic surgery.

Some plastic surgery patients struggle to know what to say to their mate when they begin to pursue cosmetic enhancement. The process can be uncomfortable because people worry their significant other will disagree with their choice or be somewhat intimidated. Fortunately for Heather Robertson, the woman featured in ABC’s story as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, her husband, David, had the exact reaction the mother of four had hoped for when she mentioned her desire for tummy tuck surgery. He said he thought if anyone deserved a procedure like that, his wife did.

The couple has been together for 18 years, and they have both changed and aged throughout the years. As we often discuss in our mommy makeover surgery blogs, pregnancy and childbirth can permanently change a woman’s body causing weight fluctuation, muscle damage and loose skin. However, as David can attest, the children aren’t completely responsible for their changed appearance. He decided to follow his wife’s lead and have plastic surgery to get rid of his double chin.

When hearing the phrase “couples’ plastic surgery,” a person might assume that each person is having the same type of procedure. For instance, some may envision a husband and wife seeking liposuction or tummy tuck, or couples getting Botox® or facial filling injectables at the same time. However, the Robertson’s experience demonstrated the fact couples can pursue different plastic surgery procedures that target their personal areas of concern and still be there for one another along the journey.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring procedures, and facial plastic surgery, including the iGuide® neck lift technique to target double chins. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedures he offers, visit his website. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and trends.

Did You See Us in the August 2012 Edition of Best Self Atlanta Magazine?

Check out Dr. David Whiteman’s August featured procedure in Best Self Atlanta magazine. On top of great manufacturer specials on cosmetic injectables and facial fillers available right now at Southern Plastic Surgery, patients can take advantage of body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck surgery to help achieve a sculpted look.  Additionally, patients pursuing breast augmentation can still receive up to 20 free units of Botox® or Latisse® by choosing Allergan’s Natrelle® gel breast implants.

In addition to Dr. Whiteman’s featured procedure article, he was also highlighted in the Best Business section of the magazine discussing the importance of patient care. Be sure to read what Dr. Whiteman has to say about the significance of doctor-patient relationships and see his ad for more details on specials below.

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+.