Dr. Whiteman is in Jezebel Magazine this month!

Dr. David Whiteman and his staff strive to create a relaxed atmosphere for Southern Plastic Surgery’s patients.  He realizes the importance of making hispatients feel at ease, and encourages them to openly discuss their expectations in order to deliver to them the best results possible.  Since 1993, Dr. Whiteman and the Southern Plastic Surgery team have maintained discretion and professionalism as their top priorities.

Dr. Whiteman is double board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Utilizing his experience with massive weight loss surgery and body contouring (liposuction), Dr. Whiteman launched a health and wellness section on his blog– a forum where his patients regularly post healthy recipes and exercise tips to facilitate surgical recovery and long-term health.

In addition to cosmetic breast and body procedures, Dr. Whiteman studied the advanced techniques of breast reconstruction during his Georgetown fellowship, motivating his enthusiasm in helping breast cancer patients for the last 17 years.  He is currently involved with several breast and women’s cancer initiatives, including the national non-profit group The Sport of Giving and local group Life After the Fight.

Acting as medical director for The Sport of Giving (TSOG), Dr. Whiteman has helped raise more than $1.2 million for area cancer treatment and prevention facilities.  Recently, TSOG expanded its efforts nationally to help volunteers outside Georgia organize cancer fundraising events for centers in their communities.

Dr. Whiteman has furthered his volunteer efforts by founding Life After the Fight: an interactive business directory for breast cancer survivors who, through their fight, have decided to pursue careers that make them truly happy.

For more information on the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, health and wellness information, or how you can become a part of The Sport of Giving or Life After the Fight, visit www.southernplasticsurgery.com.

Are Herbal Supplements Safe to Take After Plastic Surgery?

The following blog is an adapted version of Southern Plastic Surgery intern David Gibson’s research findings:

More and more Americans are turning to herbals or alternative medicines for the management of various ailments.  This rings true for plastic surgery patients too. Up to 55% of plastic surgery patients take some kind of herbal medication on a regular basis.  Herbal medications can provide a benefit to a patient by either helping treat a disease or speed recovery after surgery.  However, due to the laws that are currently in place, there is no government regulation of herbal medications.

The FDA supervises which pharmaceutical medications are allowed on the market.  These drugs have to go through several trials to ensure that they are safe and effective for what they claim to treat.  Herbal medications, on the other hand, do not have to go through this process.   If you remember, Ephedra, which was a common weight loss medication, was taken off the market due to dangerous side effects.

It is important that you inform your plastic surgeon of all medications that you take on a regular basis, as there are certain types of medications that should be discontinued prior to plastic surgery as they can cause adverse drug interactions with common post-surgery prescriptions (i.e.- antibiotics and pain relievers.)  For instance, the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) states that St. Johns Wort prolongs the effects of Coumadin, digoxin, and lidocaine in the body, and can lead to serious bleeding and heart palpitations if not monitored.

According to the National Institute of Health’s NCCAM, the following herbals and vitamins may help reduce surgical recovery time: arnica montana, bromelain, garlic, ginseng, vitamin C (60mg to a max of 200mg a day, used to help synthesis of collagen), vitamin B12 and folic acid (to help with anemia, which can reduce delivery of oxygen to tissues). Vitamin E and Echinacea should not be taken during your recovery. Vitamin E and Echinacea inhibit collagen synthesis, which slows healing.

While some herbal medications can help with plastic surgery recovery, some can do more harm than good and create additional issues.  For more information on medication interferences and cosmetic surgery, visit our website, continue to read our blog, or contact the office.