January Spotlight Patient: Meet Denise

There are several things that really seem to validate the rewards of being a plastic surgeon: I get to work with a diverse group of patients on a daily basis, help patients improve their self-image by achieving their personal cosmetic surgery goals, and have the opportunity to build lasting relationships – just to name a few. Through the recommendation of her surgeon and thorough research of my reputation, when Denise first came to Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), she had successfully battled breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy in 2012, and was ready to take on breast reconstruction to restore her breasts.

My JOYAs a mother of three adult children with a passion for life, Denise knew that although she had to endure a journey that she did not choose, there was much to be thankful for. We have had the pleasure of working with Denise over the past 2 ½ years and recently caught up with her to welcome her as our January spotlight patient so she could share a bit about her breast reconstruction experience:

“My memories with Dr. Whiteman and his wonderful staff will always be with me. At the first consult, Dr. Whiteman asked me what I wanted – to which I shared what I thought I needed. He was willing to do what I wanted but he wanted the BEST for me. After a very detailed discussion on what my daily life and activities were, we settled on using tissue expanders and implants to complete my breast reconstruction (which today was the BEST choice for me and my active lifestyle).

Dr. Whiteman is very easy to talk to; he listens to everything you say and surprisingly he remembers the office discussions on the day of surgery. Today, I am EXTREMELY THRILLED WITH MY RESULTS! It has enabled me to meet so many people and to help others that have had to deal with breast cancer themselves. During my experience with the Southern Plastic Surgery team, I became a part of their family. They knew about my family just as much as I knew about their families. Even when I had to have a complete hysterectomy and was fearful that the cancer had spread from previous tests in mid-2014, Dr. Whiteman and his staff visited me. The laughter, hugs, and even tears that they shared with me during my journey are something I’ll never forget.

I learned so much from the SPS team and totally enjoyed getting to know the different variety of plastic surgery interns that Dr. Whiteman had in his office during their rotations! I would most definitely consider another plastic surgery procedure but for right now, I am enjoying taking the time to let my body heal from all the previous surgeries – but the newest Laser Lights Laser Center treatments are definitely on my bucket list. I’m enjoying life and still learning something new every day! I try to not take life for granted and pay more attention to even the small things in life.”

Denise’s SPS experience didn’t end after her breast reconstruction but continued as she chose to refine her thighs with liposuction, rejuvenate her face with laser treatments and facials, and even partnered with our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer during her recovery through their Lifestyle & Weight Management programs. It’s our philosophy to treat each of our patients as if they were our own family and enjoy getting to know them as they each go through their unique plastic surgery experiences. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from Denise and encourage you to check back in the coming weeks when we will be sharing more patient testimonial stories in the future.

Using Implantless Techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2011 with 244,000 procedures performed. Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA can resolve both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns, but it remains one of the more challenging procedures that Dr. David Whiteman performs due to complex bone and cartilage structures found in the nose.  Serving the diverse Atlanta community for almost 20 years, Dr. David Whiteman recognizes that rhinoplasty must be performed with expert precision, especially to preserve cultural identities.

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Traditional rhinoplasty techniques may not yield natural-looking results for African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA. For example, African-American patients tend to have more fibrous tissue, shorter nasal bones, and weaker cartilage than Caucasian/White patients. Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges, and Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge. For these reasons, Dr. Whiteman exercises different techniques to rebuild the nose and reduce the risk of Keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.

To produce more natural results and reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Whiteman performs an implantless technique that grafts the patient’s own bone and cartilage from his or her body to reshape the nose. For Asian rhinoplasty, implants can be ineffective because the bridge is more narrow and may not support the implant well. Cartilage grafts can define and lift areas of the nose to create a stronger, more refined appearance.

To ensure the best results, Dr. Whiteman reminds all of his patients to ask questions and request before and after photos during their plastic surgery consultation. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or any other procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

Healthy Chili Recipe Perfect for Independence Day Celebrations

Choosing the perfect dish to serve at Fourth of July cookouts can sometimes be a difficult task. If you’re anything like the providers of Southern Plastic Surgery, healthiness is always a consideration in meal planning, although you also want to provide options people will enjoy. These concerns, tied with not wanting to bring the same dish as someone else, can really increase the pressure during what’s supposed to be a fun celebration. This year, Dr. David Whiteman wants to make your decision easier by highlighting Lisa’s chili recipe just in time for Independence Day.  Lisa submitted her recipe in Dr. Whiteman’s Spring Into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest and won! She even modified the recipe to make it more kid-friendly, so you’ll be sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

Kid-Friendly Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
½  jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 large (about 6 ounces) sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin*
1 teaspoon chili flakes*
2 teaspoon dark chili powder*
1 teaspoon hot or smoked paprika*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added
1 (14.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, no salt added
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite (yeast extracts)
juice of one lemon, about 3 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste

*For a spicier chili, switch the spice measurements from teaspoons to tablespoons.

Instructions
Heat a large pot to medium-high and add oil. Add onions and jalapeno and cook while frequently stirring for 5 minutes until onions begin to soften. Then, add sweet potatoes and spices and cook for 3 minutes while frequently stirring. Next add tomato paste and cook for two minutes while continuing to stir. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, and Marmite or Vegemite and stir to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 more minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft.

This recipe makes about 8 servings with around 200 calories and only 3 grams of fat per serving.

Dr. Whiteman knows plastic surgery is no substitution for a healthy lifestyle and strives to show patients the importance of Health and Wellness through his website and blog. Aside from providing healthy recipes, health inspiration, and exercise tips, he even works closely with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison to help patients find the resources they need to reach their fitness goals. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for health, wellness, and plastic surgery updates.