Reshaping Your Midsection with Tummy Tuck Surgery

The abdomen is a common area where many patients have stubborn, unwanted fat and/or excess skin. Pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and aging can all affect the appearance of the midsection. To help patients achieve a flatter, smoother contour, double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction which does not remove loose skin or address muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection.

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During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Whiteman makes an incision in the lower abdominal region between the hips where scarring can be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, and Dr. Whiteman will repair weakened abdominal muscles. For patients who do not require muscle repair, they can choose a mini tummy tuck option. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the abdominal wall maintains a smooth appearance. If patients still have remaining areas of unwanted fat in surrounding areas such as the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction is commonly combined with tummy tuck to remove fat from these areas.

Often, abdominoplasty is a procedure used in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their pre-pregnancy stomach as pregnancies can cause weight gain and skin to lose elasticity. Dr. Whiteman may also perform tummy tuck surgery for post-bariatric patients who have residual skin from substantial weight loss. While tummy tucks can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, it should never substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Whiteman always advises his patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise after surgery for long-lasting cosmetic surgery results.

If you’re interested in abdominoplasty or other plastic surgery procedures, contact us today. To help plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Lifestyle & Weight Management with Jackie Madison, certified NESTA Weight Management Specialist

A healthy lifestyle is essential to providing long-lasting plastic surgery results and achieving your aesthetic goals. To help reach those goals, Dr. David Whiteman is happy to announce Jackie Madison, Southern Plastic Surgery’s office administrator, is now certified in Lifestyle & Weight Management and serves as an in-house resource for his patients. Jackie is certified by NESTA, the National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association, an international professional fitness organization that promotes health and fitness education and resources. Jackie guides patients through available 4, 8, and 12-week program plans by promoting active lifestyles, providing eating techniques, identifying obstacles and personal goals, and managing time and stress.

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At Southern Plastic Surgery, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs an array of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to help his patients look and feel their best. While body contouring procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck can help patients achieve a slimmer, thinner contour, Dr. Whiteman always reminds patients that a healthy diet, positive lifestyle habits, and regular exercise are essential to maintaining plastic surgery results. These factors are also essential for mommy makeover patients who are looking to restore their pre-pregnancy body and create healthy lifestyles for their families. Therefore, Dr. Whiteman is happy to team with Jackie to offer easily accessible lifestyle and fitness management programs.

In addition to Jackie’s programs, Dr. Whiteman also works with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and founder of the Chair-A-Cise fitness program. If you are interested in jumpstarting your lifestyle change or achieving cosmetic goals, contact us today to schedule your appointment. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman and his team on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on health and wellness and plastic surgery.

Smoking Hinders Breast Surgery Recovery

Atlanta Breast LiftA recent article published by Dr. Anthony Youn on CNN.com highlights the dangers that smokers risk when lighting up after plastic surgery.  In his piece entitled “Smoking can make your nipples fall off,” Youn discusses cases in which a woman undergoing a breast lift refused to quit smoking and suffered complications including a loss of blood flow to the nipples.

Atlanta breast lift surgeon Dr. David Whiteman understands the fear that articles like this can strike into women looking to take on procedures like breast lift and breast reduction. For women who suffer from an aching back or are limited physically by larger breasts or who want to lift sagging breasts, surgery is still an option. Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman wants patients to realize that complications like those mentioned in the article by Dr. Youn are rare in patients who adequately follow pre- and post-surgery directions from their surgeon.

Smoking constricts the blood vessels which was most likely the cause of the aforementioned patient’s complications. Before taking on any plastic surgery patient, Dr. Whiteman undergoes a thorough examination of each person’s medical and family history, as assessment of well as any risk factors that increase complications during a breast procedure.

Whether you’re looking to increase your breast size through breast enlargement surgery, reduce the size of your breasts through reduction, or lift sagging breasts as a part of mommy makeover surgery (which also typically includes liposuction and a tummy tuck), you can rest assured that Dr. Whiteman has both your best interest and safety in mind during all stages of the breast surgery process: consultation, pre-surgery, during the procedure, and plastic surgery recovery.

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