Importance of Weight Management

As a society, our battle with obesity rates has been a hot topic of conversation and while there have been many initiatives put into place to encourage all of us to get active and be more mindful of the food and beverages we consume, for many weight management can be difficult.  An increasing trend among plastic surgery procedures is post-bariatric procedures, or body contouring procedures performed after losing a substantial amount of weight from either diet/exercise or gastric bypass surgery.  Once a person has successfully reached their goal weight, the removal of excess skin that has stretched out, due to the extra weight the body once carried, can be viewed as the last step to achieving their desired physique.  However, it is my belief that being mindful of weight management before, during and after rapid weight loss is the key to living a healthier, more active lifestyle and also maintaining your results.

liposuction atlantaBeing obese can cause a plethora of complications to your health.  From diabetes and depression to cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders, not giving your body the nutrition and physical activity it needs to function properly on a daily basis can be detrimental.  Every inch of our bodies are interconnected and our bodies function similarly to smoothly run cars.  With proper maintenance and giving it the right “oil,” we are able to reduce stress, increase energy and brain function, control weight and even improve our mood.

Often times we hear the importance of exercising regularly; this alone is not going to help manage your weight.  There needs to be a nice balance of exercise and diet, plus a commitment to sticking with it, to ensure gradual success.  I say gradual because it’s a marathon and not a sprint when it comes to weight management; the challenge is finding what works best for you and your lifestyle.  Our days may simply seem like there aren’t enough hours to go to work, get on a treadmill for 30 minutes then follow that up with making a hearty, home cooked meal.  But if you were to think about all of the effort and resources needed to reverse prolonged weight gain, why not mitigate the need for multiple cosmetic procedures because your final plastic surgery results are reversed once you slip back into your previous lifestyle?

Body contouring isn’t a method for weight loss, so you shouldn’t be fooled by the idea that you can liposuction large amounts of fat to help you get to a specific weight.  The work doesn’t stop after you leave the operating room and battling pockets of fat can be an ongoing struggle if you let it work its way back into your areas of concern.  For those of you who are exploring your options for post-bariatric procedures, there are several procedures to help you address sagging skin and improve contours.  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, most commonly I perform arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, tummy tuck and body lift to help patients achieve a more sculpted appearance that matches your new body.

We understand the difficulty sticking with such an undertaking as changing your lifestyle can be, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.  To help better serve our patients and give them the extra resources that could benefit them, we have a Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist to help keep you focused and motivated.  Spearheaded by NESTA Weight Management Specialist Jackie Madison, our Lifestyle Change program promotes healthy active lifestyles by encouraging weight loss and management and holding you accountable each step of the way.  From past experiences, we have seen many of our patients make the most out of our Lifestyle Weight Management program and we really want each of them to have continued success long after leaving our office.

If you’re interested in starting your healthy lifestyle plan or want to find out about the body contouring and post-bariatric procedures we perform, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.  For more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness, be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Reshaping Your Midsection with Tummy Tuck Surgery

The abdomen is a common area where many patients have stubborn, unwanted fat and/or excess skin. Pregnancy, weight loss or gain, and aging can all affect the appearance of the midsection. To help patients achieve a flatter, smoother contour, double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. Unlike other body contouring procedures such as liposuction which does not remove loose skin or address muscle separation, tummy tucks are specifically designed to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection.

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During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Whiteman makes an incision in the lower abdominal region between the hips where scarring can be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Loose skin and unwanted fat are removed, and Dr. Whiteman will repair weakened abdominal muscles. For patients who do not require muscle repair, they can choose a mini tummy tuck option. By repairing affected abdominal muscles, the abdominal wall maintains a smooth appearance. If patients still have remaining areas of unwanted fat in surrounding areas such as the hips, flanks, or back, liposuction is commonly combined with tummy tuck to remove fat from these areas.

Often, abdominoplasty is a procedure used in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their pre-pregnancy stomach as pregnancies can cause weight gain and skin to lose elasticity. Dr. Whiteman may also perform tummy tuck surgery for post-bariatric patients who have residual skin from substantial weight loss. While tummy tucks can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, it should never substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Whiteman always advises his patients to maintain a healthy diet and exercise after surgery for long-lasting cosmetic surgery results.

If you’re interested in abdominoplasty or other plastic surgery procedures, contact us today. To help plan a healthy lifestyle, Jackie Madison is a certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist and is available in-office at Southern Plastic Surgery. Connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Studies Show Lifestyle Improvements after Breast Reduction Surgery

One of the most commonly performed breast plastic surgery procedures is breast reduction. Many patients, both male and female, suffer from overly large breasts that contribute to many health concerns. Heavy, large breasts often result in poor posture, rashes and indentions from bra straps or clothing, neck and back pain, and poor self esteem. With over 20 years of experience performing breast procedures, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers breast reduction surgery to men and women looking to alleviate physical and emotional problems caused by large breasts.breast reduction atlanta ga

In a recent study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports show substantial increase in physical wellness in addition to psychosocial well-being. Patient satisfaction with their physical appearance and mental well-being nearly doubled after the procedure with scores going from the 40s to 80s on a 100 point scale. Breast reduction surgery provides a more proportionate result for patients so they can feel more confident and enjoy the ability to participate in physical activities that they couldn’t before.

Dr. Whiteman performs breast reduction surgery by making an incision in the nipple or under the crease of the breast to remove breast tissue, fat, and excess skin. For a more youthful and rejuvenated result, breast lift surgery is commonly combined to reposition breasts to a more aesthetic location on the chest. Men who suffer from overly large breasts, also known as a condition called gynecomastia, can also undergo this procedure. For male breast reduction, Dr. Whiteman will remove fat and skin using liposuction and will re-tighten remaining tissue for a smooth, masculine look.

As an advocate for health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman always advises patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after cosmetic surgery. By incorporating consistent healthy eating and a regular exercise routine, patients can continue improving their self esteem and physical health. If you are interested in breast surgery or any other procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates and plastic surgery specials.