Cosmetic Surgery Trends This Summer

Cosmetic Surgery Trends This SummerSimilar to the fashion industry when it comes to fads and trends, what was popular in cosmetic surgery last year may not be popular in the following years. RealSelf.com, a plastic surgery information and patient review site, recently released a report of summer cosmetic surgery trends based on searches performed on their website including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. They found more people are now opting for procedures that provide natural-looking results.

Just in time for swimsuit season, plastic surgery patients begin focusing on their bodies. Whether they’re looking to regain their pre-baby appearance or wanting to enhance other features, procedures of the breasts and body are always popular trends during the summer. Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US and is increasingly popular during the summer. However, as a part of mommy makeover surgery, many women also choose to undergo breast reduction and/or breast lift this time of year.

Mommy makeover surgery is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore a mother’s pre-pregnancy appearance. After pregnancy and childbirth, many women struggle to eliminate excess belly fat or retighten abdominal muscles even with the best diet and exercise efforts. A typical mommy makeover surgery includes cosmetic breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction depending on the patient’s individual needs. According to RealSelf’s report, 98% of patients who rated mommy makeover surgery on the site said it was “worth it.”

For patients who are interested in butt augmentation, a plastic surgeon can perform Brazilian butt lift via fat grafting, which involves the use of liposuction to remove excess fat that will be purified and re-injected into the buttocks to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks without using synthetic materials. Patients love Brazilian butt lift results because they can use the fat they don’t want from certain areas of the body to improve other areas. According to RealSelf search results, Brazilian butt lift is the 4th most popular procedure on the website.

Trends show that patients continue to seek less invasive options for plastic surgery like Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers, but more patients are becoming interested in the “natural” options for facial rejuvenation which uses the patient’s own blood plasma or fat to fill in areas of lost volume and jump-start the collagen production process. Similar to the Brazilian butt lift technique, fat transfer is also used for facial rejuvenation.

No matter what type of cosmetic surgery a patient is interested in, plastic surgery research is vital. It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing the procedure of your interest. In fact, RealSelf reports an average of 15% increase in patient satisfaction when plastic surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing that particular procedure.

Dr. David Whiteman is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Atlanta/Duluth area with almost 20 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In order to help patients make the most educated plastic surgery decisions, Dr. Whiteman provides information through his website and performs in-depth plastic surgery consultations with each patient prior to surgery. He also updates an online plastic surgery before and after photo gallery to give patients an idea of his work. If you’re interested in learning more about a certain cosmetic surgery procedure, visit the Southern Plastic Surgery website or schedule a consultation today. For more plastic surgery news and trends, connect with Dr. Whiteman through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Mommy Makeover Redesigned: Can Tummy Tuck and Hysterectomy be Safely Combined?

Some plastic surgery procedures can be combined for reduced recovery times, shorter hospital stays, and decreased anesthesia risks. Dr. David Whiteman will perform multiple plastic surgery procedures at once as long as the patient is healthy and the combined procedures pose no additional surgical risks. The most common combination of procedures is mommy makeover surgery, which typically includes liposuction, tummy tuck, and cosmetic breast surgery. However, an article recently released by US News & World Report discusses the safety of a new type of mommy makeover surgery: tummy tuck combined with hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy is performed by surgically removing a woman’s uterus, usually through an incision in the abdomen or a few tiny incisions in the abdomen using a device called a laparoscope. Also performed via an incision in the abdomen, tummy tuck surgery is designed to help flatten the tummy. During the procedure, excess abdominal tissue is excised, underlying muscles are tightened, and remaining skin is stretched downward. Although these procedures sound like a perfect match due to the location of incisions, it is important to evaluate the possible risks associated with the combined procedures to ensure patient safety.

The article detailed a study by researchers at the Florida International University in Hialeah. By evaluating 65 women who received both procedures simultaneously, the researchers concluded that the combination was relatively safe with only 32% of patients experiencing minor complications. Although complications can arise with any type of surgery, some surgeons believe this surgical combination should be reevaluated. Patients who pursue this type of procedure should be in good health overall, and the procedure should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who is working alongside a board certified gynecologic surgeon, both having experience performing these procedures together.

Like mommy makeover surgery, this type of combination can be very beneficial to patients who are good candidates. Possible benefits include reduced recover time, shortened hospital stay, and reduced anesthesia risks. Additionally, having both procedures at once could potentially save patients some money instead of paying hospital and anesthesia fees twice for two different procedures.

Before pursuing any type of plastic surgery, it’s important to do your research and find a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing the procedure you’re interested in. Visit Dr. Whiteman’s website to learn more about the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures he performs or schedule a consultation today for more information on a specific procedure. Be sure to also find Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and health and wellness updates.

The Great Debate: To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?

Many women cite the studied health benefits and reported emotional bond they feel it creates between mother and child as the reason they chose to breastfeed. Others opt for formula because they feel breastfeeding will change the appearance of their breasts. Earlier this month the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that women with breast implants are increasingly concerned that their augmented breasts would change shape after breastfeeding.

A study surveyed 160 mothers who had breast implants. Eighty-six percent of the mothers chose not to breastfeed because they didn’t want their breasts to look bad, and 13% of the mothers in the study who did breastfeed their babies were concerned their breast shape would change because of breastfeeding. Although more research is necessary, doctors say breastfeeding should not be blamed for breast sagging in women with (or without) breast implants after pregnancy. Instead, they say breast sagging is more evident after each pregnancy whether or not the mother breastfeeds.

Therefore, whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, breast-fed or bottle-fed, you may notice increased sagging with each pregnancy. However, something can be done to correct the appearance of deflated, sagging breasts. If you’ve already had a breast enhancement and decide you’d like further refinement after the birth of a child, breast revision surgery is an option.

During breast revision surgery, Dr. David Whiteman removes the original breast implants, and depending on the patient’s desires, he can excise tissue and lift the breast to a more natural location or insert new breast implants for added volume. Mothers who do not have breast implants, but are bothered by sagging breasts after pregnancy can benefit from a breast lift procedure. Breast lift surgery can be performed with or without a breast implant to produce fuller breasts depending on the patient’s wishes.

Unfortunately less perky breasts are not the only complaint many women have about their bodies following pregnancy. It’s not always easy to get back to that pre-baby appearance, but mommy makeover surgery can help. Usually comprised of a breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction), along with tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, a mommy makeover procedure is custom-tailored to the mother’s specific needs. Aside from mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Whiteman maintains a focus on Health and Wellness at his Duluth plastic surgery practice and offers helpful exercise tips and healthy recipes to promote the long-term health of his patients (and their children)!