“Think Outside the Bo**x:” Save on Dysport® at Southern Plastic Surgery

southern plastic surgeryFacelifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are effective in tightening the skin around the eyes and face that are often one of the most telling signs of age. However, wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows can often be smoothed through the use of products like Dysport® and Botox® that relax muscles of the face for patients who are just starting to notice signs of aging.

In addition, a recent study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery claims that more patients favored areas of their face treated by Dysport® better than Botox® when they contracted facial muscles, although the patients in the study did not report a difference when the muscles were relaxed. While Dysport® and Botox® are similar in composition, there is a slight difference. Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxin A) was developed as an alternative to Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA). Further research is necessary to determine which is really more effective in eliminating wrinkles.

Patients can now save up to $100 on a Dysport® treatment through a new program called “Think Outside the Bo**x.” July 15 through September 30, 2011, Southern Plastic Surgery will offer $50 off a Dysport® treatment and an additional $50 off for former Botox® patients trying Dysport®. By registering on the Dysport® website at www.dysportusa.com and mailing in a completed rebate form, patients will receive a rebate check for $50.

Those who have had a Botox® treatment within the last 3-12 months of their Dysport® treatment must also register online, but need to mail in the itemized receipt for their previous Botox® treatment to receive an additional $50 rebate. If you have had Botox within the past year, you could potentially receive $100 off your next Dysport® treatment.

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Liposuction Not a Substitute for Proper Diet and Exercise

Liposuction Atlanta Southern Plastic SurgeryOften viewed as a “quick-fix,” I like to take a different approach to plastic surgery with my patients.  Instead of only accentuating their bodies, I also like to educate them on health and wellness because overall health is a major factor in healing.  Plus, like I frequently explain to patients, you can eat your way out of any liposuction results.  That’s why I found the recent study highlighted in the New York Times about fat returning after liposuction surgery so interesting.

Doctors Teri L. Hernandez and Robert H. Eckel of the University of Colorado conducted a study to determine whether or not fat returns after liposuction surgery, and if so, where it returns.  With this type of cosmetic surgery, researchers randomly chose non-obese women with small amounts of excess fat in areas such as the thighs and lower abdomen. After the study was complete, the women were able to have more liposuction at a reduced rate if they desired it.  In a year, they determined that the fat did return,; however, it returned to other areas like the upper abdomen, arms and triceps.  The researchers in this particular study believe that the fat did not return to the areas sculpted with liposuction due to the changed structure of the targeted fat cells.

The fact that fat can increase after liposuction is not new information.  Whether it’s liposuction, a tummy tuck, or another body contouring procedure, maintaining appropriate health and wellness should be your first priority in order to maintain results.  The key point I take away from this article is that these women did not change daily activities or eating habits.  In fact, they were encouraged not to change their habits as they were offered more liposuction if it was needed once the study was complete.

Liposuction should never be a substitute for proper diet and exercise.  Instead, it should serve as that extra push for the stubborn fat pockets that just do not seem to go away even with the best dieting and exercise efforts.  After liposuction recovery, patients should be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain their results.  In my years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered that many patients aren’t sure what a healthy lifestyle looks like, which is why I do my best to educate through my Health and Wellness blog’s healthy recipes and tips.  I’ve also teamed up with Darryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and creator of Chair-A-Cise exercise program, to offer patients diet and exercise programs that can be tailored for any fitness level.

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Southern Plastic Surgery Patients Help Raise $5600 for Breast Cancer Treatment and Awareness

Without the amazing support from my Atlanta plastic surgery patients and colleagues, I could not do what I do. For that reason, I would like to take this blog to thank the patients (and their families) who purchased tickets for this year’s Pink in the Rink event.  Thanks to the Gwinnett Gladiators and your help, over $5600 was raised for The Sport of Giving 501(c)(3).

Thanks to your assistance, our locally founded, now nationally known, Sport of Giving can continue their mission of raising awareness and funds for women’s cancer treatment centers and prevention initiatives.  In the event you didn’t get to participate in this year’s festivities, make sure you keep an eye on the Southern Plastic Surgery blog to find out about upcoming Sport of Giving events.  If you haven’t already, make sure you connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest breast reconstruction and plastic surgery news.

Thank you again!