The Rise of Plastic Surgery in Older Adults

southern plastic surgeryBecause we perform many types of cosmetic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, we see a plethora of clients with varying ages, ethnicities, and plastic surgery desires. From men requesting nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to new mothers looking to rejuvenate their bodies through mommy makeover surgery, we are pleased to report that our patients run the gamut.

We were especially intrigued by a recent New York Times article, “The Golden Years, Polished With Surgery,” which discusses the recent upward trend in plastic surgery for adults over 65. The article discusses the cases of baby boomers opting in to cosmetic procedures so their bodies mirror their positive attitudes.  Also mentioned is the risk associated with elective surgery procedures performed on older adults.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that almost 350,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on adults aged 55 or over in 2010 with around a third getting eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). A study by the Cleveland Clinic Department of Plastic Surgery has shown that the risks associated with older adults getting plastic surgery are based less on their numerical age and more on their overall health and physiological age.

Dr. David Whiteman is an expertly trained and board certified plastic surgeon with experience in many different types of cosmetic surgery on diverse groups of people. During a consultation, Dr. Whiteman will discuss the results you desire, and you’ll be informed of the potential side effects and risk factors in your particular case.

All patients, regardless of age, should be screened for certain health conditions and make their plastic surgeons aware of all medications they are currently taking to minimize the risk of contraindication. While older adults may heal slower than those who are younger, there are conditions that would make even a young person an unsuitable candidate for plastic surgery like high blood pressure, for example.

We realize that people of all ages have cosmetic desires to enhance their bodies or boost self-confidence, which is why we encourage each potential client to visit our office and speak with Dr. Whiteman to talk about how plastic surgery can benefit and rejuvenate his or her appearance.

To discuss your cosmetic surgery options and see if you’re a candidate for plastic surgery procedures, contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates, and information on specials.

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.

For more information on the plastic surgery procedures that I offer, visit my website. Also, be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for more Health and Wellness and plastic surgery updates.

Bridalplasty: New Reality Show Allows Brides-to-be to Compete for Plastic Surgery before their Big Day

Bridalplasty: New Reality Show Allows Brides-to-be to Compete for Plastic Surgery before their Big DayReality shows are commonly filled with contestants who have had plastic surgery or who have plastic surgery on the show, but a reality show that gives plastic surgery as a prize to the winner has yet to air, until now. E! Entertainment is planning to do just that. With the reality TV buzz on brides and weddings, E! has decided to combine a bridal show with plastic surgery, called Bridalplasty. Unlike the popular mommy makeover surgery, bridalplasty is for women who want to change/enhance their bodies before getting married.

The contestants for the show Bridalplasty are brides-to-be who are not completely satisfied with their bodies. Each contestant starts the show with a plastic surgery wish list. The competition entails the brides writing vows and making honeymoon and wedding plans. Each week, one bride wins a small cosmetic surgery, which she chooses from her wish list. The surgery is performed immediately, and results are shown the next week. The bride who wins the entire contest will be given a major plastic surgery procedure of her choice and her dream wedding. The winner’s wedding will be aired on E!, and just to make things more interesting the groom will not see his bride’s new look until she walks down the aisle.

While this show will be interesting and drama-filled, here at Southern Plastic Surgery, we hope it will also provide viewers with education on plastic surgery procedures. Popularity of cosmetic surgery before a wedding is rising. Brides tend to feel additional stress when preparing for a wedding, and they want to look their best for their big day. Cosmetic surgery before the wedding can provide the bride with the look she always wanted, and it will require her to rest and relax a little. Major procedures, such as breast augmentation, body contouring, and facial procedures require recovery time, so we suggest that patients plan their surgery in advance and allow plenty of recovery time. Southern Plastic Surgery also offers skin care products and laser hair removal that will guarantee you’ll look your best for your big day, and you won’t even have to pack a razor for the honeymoon. For more information on plastic surgery procedures or to schedule a consultation before your big day contact us, visit our website, and continue to read Dr. Whiteman’s blog.