Stay in Shape This Holiday Season

Christmas Workout

The holidays are for spending time with family, shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties, and indulging in your favorite foods.  As most people find this time of year to be the busiest, we often struggle to pay a visit to the gym. It’s important to not let your jam-packed schedule hinder you from reaching your weight loss goals. Even if you’re considering cosmetic surgery procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or mommy makeover, it is still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to produce aesthetically-pleasing cosmetic surgery results. Here are some tips for staying fit and motivated this holiday season:

  • Schedule a block of time for your workouts:Take a look at your calendar and schedule in time for your workout. This may mean missing something else on your agenda, but it will be worth it in the long run. Set reminders on your phone so you won’t forget, even on your busiest days.
  • Get creative with your exercises: Whether you’re spending the holidays traveling or if you’re stuck inside because you’ve been snowed in, it’s difficult to stick to your usual exercise routine. Perhaps your flight gets delayed; find a space and stretch, do pushups, sit ups, or walk the terminal. As another alternative, try interval jumping jacks or running in place in your living room. You can also get plenty of cardio while shopping at the mall!
  • Sweat out the stress: It is known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and noticeable signs of aging. Yoga is an excellent and sufficient way to decrease seasonal stress while improving strength, flexibility, and balance. As soon as you wake up in the morning, spend about half an hour doing a few relaxation and breathing exercises in order to diminish any tension in your body.
  • Make the most of your “off” day: Everyone has days that they slip up on their workout routine. Instead of vegging out in front of the television, use the time slot to enjoy some quiet time by reading a book, listen to music, or treat yourself to a day at the spa. Remember not to get down on yourself for skipping, instead, schedule a day off from your workout plan to rest, just be sure to practice self-control and start again the next day.
  • Limit holiday treats:Holiday foods are packed with calories. It is acceptable to enjoy these foods in moderation, but it’s important to not overindulge. People often make the mistake of not eating all day so that they can let loose at a holiday party. Instead, eat a healthy snack before going out to avoid eating extra calories to compensate for your hunger. Exercising in the morning will also help you provide some calorie wiggle room at the party.
  • Set goals: Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set some goals. Setting goals is important and beneficial, but they need to be realistic. There’s no need to set yourself up for disappointment.

Staying fit over the holidays is all about self-control and moderation. I believe that exercise is an important part of overall health and wellness, and plastic surgery should not replace any exercise plan. If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre- and post-surgery time period 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. If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news.

Atlanta Cosmetic Breast Surgery Explained

In my nineteen years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered patients often pursue plastic surgery without knowing exactly what they need. With so many different plastic surgery procedures and variations of those procedures, it can be very overwhelming. That’s why I take time during patient consultations to listen to a patient’s concerns and explain their surgical options. I also try to help educate patients by offering information through my blog and social media. Since many women often inquire about which cosmetic breast procedure would meet their needs, I wanted to explain the diverse breast procedures available.

Breast augmentation surgery, the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, involves the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is the perfect option for women who desire larger breasts. Patients can choose the size of their implants, material (saline or silicone), shape (round or teardrop), and texture (textured or smooth). During a plastic surgery consultation, I will explain all of these options and offer recommendations based on the patient’s desires.

We will also discuss placement of incisions as well as placement of the breast implants (above or beneath pectoral muscles). Patients who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past and experienced complications, wish to exchange their implants for a different size, or just aren’t satisfied with results from their previous surgeon can benefit from breast revision surgery. I’ve recently started offering an additional technique for breast enlargement using fat injections, which involves using liposuction to remove excess fat from an area of the body, purifying the fat, and then injecting the fat into the breast to add volume.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed for women with overly large breasts. Many women with overly large breasts suffer embarrassment along with physical discomfort. In fact, overly large breasts aren’t an issue limited to females as I often perform male breast reduction surgery on patients who suffer from gynecomastia. During breast reduction surgery, excess skin and tissue is removed and breasts are reshaped for a natural looking result.

Breast lift surgery is a procedure designed to repair sagging and drooping. Many variables can cause a woman’s breasts to sag such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and age. A typical breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and breast, and tightening the remaining tissue for a more youthful appearance. If the patient is happy with their breast volume, breast lift surgery can be performed on its own. However, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation for women who wish to add volume, or it can be combined with breast reduction for women with overly large or sagging breasts.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, we understand each patient’s needs and desires are different, so we tailor each procedure to these specific needs to produce optimal plastic surgery results. If you’re interested in cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery, schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can also visit my website to learn more about the facial and body contouring procedures I perform. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates on specials.

Win a Gift Certificate with our Spring into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest

As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman knows the important role health and wellness play in healing and maintaining plastic surgery results. Therefore, he strives to promote healthy living not only in his patients, but also in his Atlanta community and beyond with his blog and social media profiles. With a whole section devoted to health, wellness, and plastic surgery, Dr. Whiteman regularly updates his blog with healthy recipes, exercise tips, and personal training information. In order to promote healthy eating, Dr. Whiteman is holding a Spring into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Trattoria one•41 in Johns Creek, GA.

All you have to do to enter the contest is send your tastiest and healthiest spring-inspired recipes by email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgery.com before April 30th, 2012. The winning recipe will be chosen at random. To be eligible to win*, email your recipe with information including why it is healthy and where you found it (whether you got it from a friend, family member, website, cookbook, etc.). On top of winning a gift certificate to enjoy one of Chef Marc Sublette’s delectable dishes, the winner’s recipe will be featured in Dr. Whiteman’s May newsletter. Each recipe we receive will be added and recognized on Dr. Whiteman’s healthy recipe blog as a resource for eating well.

There are healthy recipes already available in Southern Plastic Surgery’s blog, so check it out if you’re looking for something healthy to cook for dinner. You can also find exercise encouragement and information about lifestyle and weight management coaching sessions with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison. If you’re interested in pursuing plastic surgery with Dr. Whiteman, visit the rest of his website to learn more about the procedures he performs. Schedule a consultation today if you’re interested in learning more about a particular plastic surgery procedure. Connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for contest updates and other health, wellness, and plastic surgery news.

* Recipe will not be counted unless sent via email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgey.com with information of where it was found (i.e., website, a cookbook, etc.) and why it is healthy. If your recipe came directly from a website, it will be counted for the contest, but may be modified before it’s posted to our blog.