Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s with Dr. David Whiteman

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is helping educate my patients about the various cosmetic procedures that I perform. Patient education is an integral part of the plastic surgery process. That’s why I’m always happy to answer any questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing certain questions I have received, my goal is to both inform and encourage others not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about some of my most in-demand cosmetic procedures: male breast reduction, mommy makeovers, facelifts & mini facelifts.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m a guy who has been dealing with the embarrassment of enlarged breasts for years. After recently hearing about it for the first time, I am very interested in male breast reduction. My question is: if I undergo this procedure, can my man boobs grow back down the road?

Sincerely,
“D”

Dear “D”,

Enlarged breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, is often caused by a hormonal issue that leads to excess breast tissue. Instead of attacking the symptoms, male breast reduction treats the root cause of gynecomastia by surgically removing the extra breast tissue. Because of this, results from male breast reduction can last a lifetime. However, it’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations closely in order to maintain your male breast reduction results. Gynecomastia can reoccur as a result of steroid use, abuse of recreational drugs, certain medical conditions, or even considerable weight gain.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, when is the right time to undergo a mommy makeover? Do I have to be a mommy first?

Sincerely,
“R”

Dear “R”,

You do not have to be a mommy to undergo a mommy makeover, but there are other considerations to be aware of before having your surgery. For starters, it’s important to remember that a mommy makeover consists of three body contouring procedures (a tummy tuck using my Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery) and patients should not expect considerable weight loss after a mommy makeover. I advise my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. Additionally, you should not consider a mommy makeover if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as pregnancy can negatively affect or even reverse the results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have begun to do some preliminary research about facelifts. Can you detail the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

Both a full facelift and a mini facelift (known as a rapid recovery lift) can help rejuvenate your appearance by tightening and smoothing facial skin. They differ in the degree to which they treat facial aging. Full facelifts are intended to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation to multiple areas of the face, whereas the mini facelift is specifically intended for patients who are showing early signs of aging in the lower third part of the face (including the neck, mid-face area, and jowls). During a consultation, I will explain the differences between these procedures in detail, including their respective recovery times required, to help determine which procedure is best for you.

I hope you found this helpful and informative. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary plastic surgery consultations for patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and updates.

Mother’s Day Specials this May at Southern Plastic Surgery

Mother’s Day is almost here. What better time to think about all the special women in our lives? If you’re stuck trying to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift, have you considered a mommy makeover? The mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) is a customizable procedure that combines a tummy tuck (using Dr. Whiteman’s Scarpa fascia technique that is able to provide additional benefits by improving the contour of the waist), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure to sculpt a new, trimmer figure that will give the Mom in your life something to smile about. We also offer grammy makeovers, which build-upon the mommy makeover by allowing patients to add additional a-la-carte procedures of their choice, including a face lift, neck lift, or fat transfer injection depending on their personal aesthetic goals. If you’re still shopping around for more ideas, allow us to present our May specials and promotions at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

May Cosmetic Specials

This May’s cosmetic specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are all about rejuvenating the face and body. All this month, take 20% OFF select treatments for the face including chemical peels, Réjuvapen® microneedling, and SilkPeel® microdermabrasion. We’re also offering special savings on SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction treatments. Check out the flyer below for all the details!

May 2017 specials at laser lights

There are also special gift certificate giveaways for our Laser Lights patients all month long. Receive a complimentary $100 Laser Lights gift certificate with a purchase of $500 or more, or a $50 Laser Lights gift certificate with a purchase of $300 or more all throughout May. SPS and Laser Lights gift certificates can be used on all of our available cosmetic procedures and treatments. A gift card from SPS or Laser Lights can be just what the doctor ordered with Mother’s Day and graduation season just around the corner.

All of our specials are good until May 31st, 2017 and may not be combined with other offers. For more information on special promotions at either Southern Plastic Surgery or our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights today. You can also call us to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation with Dr. David Whiteman. Have a great May and a Happy Mother’s Day from the whole SPS family!

Dr. David Whiteman Answers Your Questions about the Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover can be a terrific way for any woman (not just mothers) to improve the contours of her silhouette. By combining a tummy tuck (using my special Scarpa fascia technique), liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to tighten the abdominal muscles, reduce fat and help remedy the effects of breast feeding, weight fluctuation, or aging. A Mommy Makeover is able to provide comprehensive and long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to regain their younger figure and show off their best selves this summer. Since a mommy makeover is a customizable procedure that varies depending on each specific patient’s needs, I have taken the time to answer some more general questions about what patients can expect before and after their surgery:

Dr. David Whiteman Answers Your Questions about the Mommy MakeoverWhat position should patients sleep in while they recover from a mommy makeover?

This is a great question. It’s important for patients to get plenty of rest after their procedure to help build up the strength needed to recover and promote the best-possible results from their surgery. Normally, I advise my mommy makeover patients to try sleeping on their backs with pillows under their backs and legs. The legs should be kept slightly bent at the hips. This may help minimize the tension on the abdominal incision, reduce pain, and facilitate a thinner scar.

What can I do in the lead-up to a mommy makeover to prepare my body for the procedure?

For starters, hydration is crucial. Leading up to a mommy makeover, patients should try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day and maintain a healthy diet to go into their procedure in the best possible physical condition. Mommy makeover patients should cut out all tobacco/nicotine consumption for at least 3 weeks before and after their procedure to promote good healing. Limit alcohol consumption to less than 2-3 drinks per week leading up to your procedure. Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Motrin, etc.) that can increase bleeding for 2 weeks before and after your mommy makeover.  Always follow your pre-op instructions closely to go into your procedure in the best-possible physical condition.

It’s also essential to prepare for your recovery period in advance of your surgery. Make sure someone is on-hand to take care of young children (should that be necessary) and help out with minor tasks like lifting, cleaning, and driving for 2 weeks following your procedure.

Will a mommy makeover help someone trying to lose a lot of weight?

Unfortunately not. A Mommy Makeover is a body contouring procedure, so patients should not expect a great deal of weight loss following their mommy makeover. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue is removed and, in some cases, muscle is repaired if the patient has experienced muscle separation. The skin and fatty tissue that is removed does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients get as close as they can to their goal weight before undergoing their Mommy Makeover.

Whether you are trying to regain your pre-baby body or seeking the ideal figure that you have always desired, I believe a mommy makeover at Southern Plastic Surgery can be a terrific option for women. As always, a pre-surgery consultation will be required to determine if a mommy makeover is the right choice to help achieve your unique aesthetic goals. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation today, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.