New Year, New Resolutions

By now you’re probably tired of seeing the trillions of lists on the internet trying to help you figure out what your goals are for the New Year. Whether you call them goals, resolutions, dreams, aspirations, or simply whatever you like best, the theme remains the same – a chance to improve on some aspect of your life. I find that many of my patients start the year off with such great motivation and intensity but often have difficulty sticking to their original plan as the year gets busier and everyday distractions get in the way.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 22 years of practice, my job is not only to help patients attain their plastic surgery goals but also to encourage maintaining the results long after you’ve left my office. But how you may be wondering? With a new year and new resolutions!

Plastic surgery is a choice and it can certainly help patients regain their confidence when it comes to how they feel about their appearance. What it’s not is a weight-loss tool. Yes body contouring procedures like the mommy makeover, Grammy makeover, liposuction, and tummy tuck can help achieve a slimmer, more sculpted body, but what do you think happens to your figure if you go back to eating unhealthily, leading a predominately sedentary lifestyle, and barely working out? Well, the same stubborn fat can come back and ultimately reverse the plastic surgery results you worked so hard to get.

Whether you’re seeking a breast surgery procedure like as breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or more concerned with anti-aging facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, or facelift, I will help you to achieve the plastic surgery results you’ve always wanted. It’s no surprise that one of the most common resolutions for the start of the year includes some form of health. From taking the first steps to major weight loss or wanting to unearth that 6-pack from the college days, as a society weight management tends to be a big focus when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet/exercise routine. The health benefits alone should be reason enough to join a gym or incorporate daily walking into your schedule, but it’s sticking with it that can be the challenge.

Since plastic surgery should never be a “fix-all” weight loss solution, we’ve taken our commitment to improved health one step further at Southern Plastic Surgery.  For several years now, we have provided all of our patients the opportunity to take the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes by giving them direct access to our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison and Daryl Madison, experienced ACE certified personal trainer. The Lifestyle & Weight Management program specifically helps coach you through your pre- and post-surgery journey by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve when you have the right motivation in your corner.

To help you start looking towards a brighter year, we’re offering a Mommy Makeover special for patients interested in combination breast and body procedures. Combine a tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF your surgery. Don’t let the idea that plastic surgery isn’t affordable deter you from giving the gift you’ve always wanted to yourself; check out our special plastic surgery financing or give us a call at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.

My Plastic Surgery Story: Why I’m Choosing Plastic Surgery

 

Dear Readers,

It’s not every day you get inspired to share your personal story with the public, but here we are, so bear with me if this seems a bit scattered, it’s my first time!  I guess I’ll start with a little background about myself.  I’m 29 years old, no kids, no spouse and have lived in Atlanta for about 5 years now.  I’ve always been pretty fit – standing at 5’8” and weighing 140lbs, give or take a few donuts (sorry Dr. Whiteman I know, I know – I’m not supposed to be fluctuating weight before my plastic surgery procedures but I’m trying to fit everything in before I make the change for good!).  All through elementary, middle and high school I was a competitive swimmer with very little body fat to my name thanks to twice a day workouts and a lot of time in the weight room.  Fast forward to today and everything has seemed to sloooooow down, including my metabolism and confidence.  The dining hall food from the University of Georgia, nights out on the town with my friends and less gym time than before has left me with a bit of a permanent food baby that I can’t seem to get rid of.  On top of that I can barely fill out my size 36A bra without feeling like my shirt is going to get swallowed up by my bra.  I can’t say I’ve ever been one to consider plastic surgery before now; those who know me were actually surprised to hear that I have not been entirely happy with the way I look.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand nobody is perfect and wholeheartedly believe beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, but I decided that I wanted to do something for myself; something that makes me happy and is entirely my own.

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media about the stigma of plastic surgery shifting and I’ll be the first to admit I was one of those “I’ll never get plastic surgery…blah blah blah” people until recently.  Sadly when I was younger (and dare I say more naïve) I was one of those who saw it as a vanity and a complete waste of money, but as I’ve grown I realize that plastic surgery is no different than buying a particular purse or pair of shoes because they make us feel good about our look.  I’m so used to hiding my body under baggy clothes in the hopes that nobody will mistake my breasts for bee stings or my stomach pooch for a fanny pack, but why should I feel that way?  Before you judge and think I just need to get on a treadmill, trust me, I’ve tried that.  It got to a point where no matter how much I watched my diet and exercise regularly, nothing would budge.  That’s about the time that I decided to stop wallowing and do something…so I started a little research on body contouring procedures.

Nonsurgical treatments prove that technology and science can accomplish amazing things.  But for me, that’s not enough because I want something that’s longer lasting.  I did some research on plastic surgeons in the Atlanta area; male, female, old and young – you name it and I probably goggled it.  For me, doing the research was exciting because it was the first time I was actively working towards my goal so I started with an online community detailing procedures and real patient experiences to get an idea of what I could potentially be going through.  Sure it was a bit overwhelming and got a bit daunting trying to figure out who was worth meeting for a consultation and who wasn’t, but I felt like I was investing more into my procedure and not being hasty like I tend to do.

Once I met with Dr. David Whiteman, it was a wrap.  It was during my consultation that we talked about my stomach pooch and he explained that I was an excellent liposuction candidate because I only had a small amount of fat to address and was already in great health.  What I wasn’t expecting was learning that combination procedures were a “thing.”  I honestly hadn’t factored breast augmentation into my procedure because I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford more than one procedure.  But I was wrong!  Dr. Whiteman and his staff did such a great job at giving me ALL the materials I needed as far as financing, what to expect during my procedure and lots of visuals (I’m a visual learner so before and after pictures are my jam) that I was sold on combining a breast augmentation and liposuction for my upcoming procedure.  The reason I decided to do them both at the same time is because I don’t have unlimited vacation days and it actually saved me money by not having to pay surgical fees more than once!  That, plus my recovery time was not going to be as long as I thought.  Sure it’s not an exact science but just a few short days/weeks sounded extremely reasonable to me.

So here I am, writing this as I stare at my calendar with my surgery date circled in obnoxious exclamation points.  Right now I’m not nervous…well maybe a little, but it’s an excited nervous because I can’t wait to see what my plastic surgery results are going to look like!  I’m already planning my new wardrobe, have started hitting the gym more to work on underlying muscle tone and added just about every bra on Victoria’s Secret website to my wish list for when I get out of surgery.  When Dr. Whiteman asked if I would share my story in a series I thought he was crazy, but I’ve found this is sort of a nice outlet to express what I’m going through leading up to my big day.  As I wrap up this long diatribe, I kindly ask everyone to put their judgments aside for a second and consider the underlying reasons so many people willingly choose cosmetic surgery.  It’s a very personal matter for me, an intimately personal choice and one that I know I am making on my own – free of judgment or pressures from others.  For once it’s about me and I couldn’t be more proud of myself for taking these steps.

The internet is only able to cover so much and it’s not until I was face to face with my future surgeon that my dream became more of a reality than I ever expected.  There’s no pressure to you or the doctor to just have a conversation but it’s the only way I would recommend getting started.  You may be just as surprised as I was.  Just remember, do it because YOU want to – forget the haters!

No Tricks, Just Treats: October Plastic Surgery Specials Are Here!

Welcome to the month of ghosts, goblins, costumes and pumpkins.  During a time when many of us are deciding how we will be celebrating All Hallows Eve and thinking about the next round of holidays that are soon after, schedules can be pretty busy this time of year.  That’s why we encourage you to really do something you’ve perhaps been considering or wanting for a while now: a gift for yourself.  This month we’re featuring loads of plastic surgery specials so there’s a little of something for everyone:

sps_Oct2015_coupon_FinalBody Contouring Special

Receive one site of liposuction FREE with purchase of a tummy tuck ($2400 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Body contouring benefits include:

  • Improving the overall contours of the body by reshaping or enhancing the abdominal area
  • Addressing stubborn fat in the hips, flanks or back that is resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction
  • Removing excess fat and skin with a tummy tuck
  • Creating a sculpted midsection, without a noticeable stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, with a liposuction and tummy tuck combo (this combination is popular among mommy makeover and Grammy makeover patients)

Oct_2015_special2_FinalHand Rejuvenation Special

Purchase a Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment, get a FREE Xeomin® treatment ($550 savings)

Radiesse® hand rejuvenation benefits include:

  • FDA-approved
  • Nonsurgical procedure so there’s little to no downtime needed
  • Filling out the bony, delicate skin that can make the hands appear skeletal
  • Covering soft tissue to creates less prominent veins and tendons
  • Immediate results that last from 1-2 years

sps_lift_Oct2015_FinalBreast Enhancement

FREE mini breast lift with purchase of a breast augmentation ($2300 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Breast enhancement benefits include:

  • Increasing breast size and firmness with the use of FDA-approved breast implants during a breast augmentation
  • Addressing sagging breasts that have lost firmness, removes extra skin + tightening breast tissue during a breast lift
  • Restoring a natural shape and proportion to the breasts by improving their overall contours
  • Natural looking breast surgery results that best fit the patient’s existing body frame

With work, family and everything else in-between, doing something that will make you feel confident in the skin you’re in is often passed over on the priority list, but it doesn’t have to be.  Hearing patients lament over the fact that they shouldn’t have waited so long to give themselves a gift is something that will never get old around this office.  Every plastic surgery journey starts with a consultation and a goal and the Southern Plastic Surgery team is here to help.  All of our current specials are valid until October 31st, 2015 and more details can be found on our plastic surgery specials page.  If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please don’t hesitate to contact us; in the meantime, we hope to see you soon!