American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Conference Raises Questions About Triglyceride Lowering Benefits of Body Contouring Procedures

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Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Discusses Body Contouring and the Effect of Triglycerides on Results

Board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman fortifies the health and wellness mission of his practice with the latest findings from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that show liposuction may reduce health risks.

At the 2011 annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, findings were released from a Kansas-based study measuring triglyceride levels of 229 liposuction patients before and after fat-reduction plastic surgery. Patients with high triglyceride levels before surgery averaged a 43% decrease of the harmful fats in their blood three months post-surgery along with a decrease in white blood cell count, which is another risk factor in the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a number of aesthetic enhancement procedures at his Atlanta practice, including liposuction, tummy tuck, breast surgery, and mommy makeover surgery. Though not a replacement for exercise and a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Whiteman uses these body contouring procedures as the extra push many mothers need to return to their pre-baby appearances and embrace more active lives.

Dr. Whiteman shares his practice’s mission to promote overall health stating, “As a doctor of medicine and a plastic surgeon, I understand that one’s appearance is often married with how they feel. I know that if patients commit to healthier habits, they will also maximize the rejuvenation effects capable with plastic surgery.”

To further enhance the positive impact liposuction and post weight loss plastic surgery can have, Dr. Whiteman encourages his Southern Plastic Surgery patients to take advantage of the practices’ ACE certified personal training and nutrition coach partner, Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness. Additionally, the Atlanta cosmetic surgeon also regularly updates the health and wellness portion of his blog with healthy recipes and exercise tips to provide easily accessible information to aid patients in maintaining their newly rejuvenated appearance and improving their health.

About Southern Plastic Surgery – David M. Whiteman M. D., F. R. C. S.

Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by Dr. David Whiteman, who serves as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Gwinnett Medical Center where he performs many post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization. Patients considering a tummy tuck, procedures of the breasts, facial plastic surgery, or other aesthetic and body contouring options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at southernplasticsurgery.com.

About ASPS- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is composed solely of plastic and reconstructive surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The organization strives to educate current and potential plastic and reconstructive patients of their available surgical options, the most highly qualified surgeons performing them, and advancing plastic surgery technology and patient safety.

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Eating In Season – Recipes for Fall and Winter Fruits and Veggies

While food is often the highlight of spring and summer months, many people get into a rut when it comes to healthy fall foods. We often stick to what we know and are used to making. However, there are plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables that are at their peak during the cooler months of the year. Check out the nutritional benefits of these fall and winter fruits and veggies, and some of our recipe suggestions for how to use them.  As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Whiteman knows the important role health and wellness plays in healing from plastic surgery. Stay tuned throughout the coming months as we post more recipes and food facts to keep you healthy and nourished all season long.

Eggplant
Did you know eggplant is a berry? It peaks near the end of summer and beginning of fall. It is high in dietary fiber, potassium, and phytonutrients like flavonoids which can help fight free radicals and protect the body’s cells. Did you know eggplants contain trace amount of nicotine? Don’t worry, though, you’d have to consume 20 pounds of eggplant to get the amount of nicotine in one cigarette.

Winter Squash
Late summer and early fall is the best time to harvest winter squash like acorn squash. Full of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron, varieties of winter squash are not only reminders of the fall season, they’re pretty healthy too. It’s most commonly baked, but can also be sautéed, steamed, and even microwaved. Try this mashed potato substitute:

Mashed Maple Squash – Makes 2 servings

• 1 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Place squash halves cut-side down in the prepared pan. Bake until soft, about 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
3. Scrape the soft squash flesh into a medium bowl. Stir in syrup, butter, nutmeg and salt with a fork, mashing the squash until somewhat smooth.

Per serving: 156 calories; 2 g fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbs; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 299 mg sodium; 790 mg potassium.

(adapted from EatingWell)

Health and wellness is a priority and a crucial factor in maintaining plastic surgery results, which is why Southern Plastic Surgery focuses on patient wellbeing and overall health. To keep up with our health and wellness updates, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our monthly newsletter! Happy autumn eating!

 

Negative Effects of Obesity May Include Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Obesity PreventionHealth and wellness is an important part of my practice and my recommendation as a plastic surgeonPlastic surgery can enhance a person’s body aesthetically, but without proper diet and exercise, the surgical results can be compromised.  Obesity can negatively affect many people’s lives by worsening (and sometimes causing) health problems and diseases.  In fact, new research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (American Association for Cancer Journal) shows that obesity may even increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer.

As a plastic surgeon who offers breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer patients after mastectomy, I’m all-too familiar with the disease and the toll it takes on patients.  Triple-negative breast cancer accounts for 10 to 20 percent of all breast cancers and is particularly hard to treat.  The results of the study showed that women with a higher BMI (body mass index) more frequently developed triple-negative breast cancer and estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer than those women who lived physically active lives (and had a lower BMI).

Getting down to an appropriate, healthy weight can be challenging and frustrating.  Plastic surgery is never an excuse to forego proper diet and exercise, but it can help you achieve your desired results.  Body contouring, or liposuction procedures, can help remove stubborn areas of fat that just won’t respond to diet or exercise.  Liposuction can be performed in almost any area you have concentrated, excess fat stored (i.e.- flanks, hips, abdomen, back, legs, thighs, arms, neck, buttocks).

Fat can stretch the skin, which means that after weight is lost, the skin may sag instead of bouncing back like it once did, especially in cases where a significant amount of weight is lost.  When this occurs, body lift procedures may be performed to excise the excess skin while tightening the surrounding tissues and muscles.  Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a partial body lift procedure that tightens skin and tissue in the abdominal region.  Post bariatric, or post weight loss patients may also benefit from arm lift, thigh lift, or even a complete body lift.

As previously stated, plastic surgery should never replace traditional diet and exercise routines, but can aid you in maintaining a pleasing aesthetic once you’ve done your part to live healthily.  You can find plenty of helpful information in the health and wellness section of my blog, including healthy recipes, fat fighter tips, and health focused blogs.  My goal is to educate my patients on overall wellness and its role in plastic surgery recovery and results. For more information on the plastic surgery procedures I perform, visit my website and keep reading my blog.