Who Can Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many men and women suffer from excessively large breasts that can cause physical issues such as skin irritation, back and neck pain, and/or poor posture. Large, heavy breasts often cause a strain on a patient’s body and limit their ability to participate in physical activities. Patients can also be emotionally affected by self image issues and difficulty finding proper-fitting clothes. Double board certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman often recommends breast reduction surgery to patients who suffer from overly large breasts.

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Breast reduction surgery may seem straightforward since its goal is to remove excess fat, skin, and tissue contributing to macromastia, or overly large breasts. However, there are various techniques for breast reduction surgery, depending on the patient’s needs. Not only do women undergo this procedure, but men can also suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, or large male breasts. In order to obtain a more masculine appearance, Dr. Whiteman employs a different technique in male breast reduction surgery. Patients who have also had post bariatric surgery or experienced significant weight loss may choose breast lift surgery to remove excess, drooping skin.

Female breast reduction includes a surgical incision to remove fat and tissue from the breast mound. Dr. Whiteman will also remove excess skin to provide a more proportional result. Often, female patients choose to have breast lift surgery in addition to a reduction to reposition their new, smaller breasts to a more youthful location. In male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Whiteman removes fat and tissue through both liposuction and excision. For men, the goal is to yield a smoother, flatter chest.

For post bariatric patients, excess skin is typically the main concern since massive weight loss often leaves patients with inelastic, stretched skin. Like most post bariatric procedures such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to eliminate small areas of residual fat and then tightens the area by removing excess skin. It is especially important for the patient to maintain a healthy weight since weight change can reverse results.

For more information on breast reduction surgery, or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, visit our website or contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and news.

Dr. Whiteman to Participate on Gwinnett Medical Center’s Panel of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery will join the Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) as a panelist for the annual Panel of Plastic Surgeons event on January 14, 2013. The panel’s discussion will center on topics relating to bariatric surgeries and managing post-surgery results and weight. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who focuses on health and wellness, Dr. Whiteman will present information on surgical procedures and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery. During the event, patients will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session in smaller breakout groups.Dr_David_Whiteman

Many patients undergo bariatric surgery to improve their health and overall quality of life. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure and the Panel of Plastic Surgeons would like to ease patients into their new, healthier lifestyle. Many patients may even consider post-bariatric surgery to further improve the aesthetics of their new bodies and to address excess skin after substantial weight loss. GMC’s Center for Surgical Weight Management offers support groups and serves as a resource for healthy diet and exercise management.

Maintaining health and wellness is not always easy, but Dr. Whiteman and his trusted team of professionals like ACE Certified Personal Trainer Daryl Madison of Lifestyle Fitness are here to help. If you are interested in a post-bariatric procedure or wellness counseling, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for health and wellness tips, as well as plastic surgery news.

Health and Wellness: Maintaining Atlanta Body Contouring Surgery Results

According to a study by the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, published by Plastic Surgery Practice, body contouring after bariatric surgery improves patients’ quality of life for up to 7 years after surgery. Post bariatric surgery usually consists of procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or body lifts to resolve problems such as excess skin after massive weight loss. While it is not always required for patients who had lost substantial weight, the report showed improvements in six out of seven quality-of-life domains for patients who underwent body contouring procedures following dramatic weight loss.atlanta body contouring

As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of health and wellness in maintaining surgical results. Plastic surgery should not be a “quick-fix” but rather assist patients in achieving their goals. Plastic surgery is often required to eliminate extra skin that result from massive weight loss. However, plastic surgery results are not always permanent. Patients must develop a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain their results.

The study showed quality-of-life scores were lower for patients who regained weight after their body-contouring surgery. In addition to performing procedures, Dr. Whiteman also provides resources to educate patients on health and wellness. Dr. Whiteman has partnered with Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer and founder of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, to help patients develop their own fitness regimen. Daryl works with patients to develop a progressive fitness program, as well as a healthier diet. Daryl offers personal telephone coaching through “Talk Away the Pounds.” He has also created Chair-A-Cise to help patients ease back into regular exercise after surgery since it is suitable for all fitness levels and can be done while sitting.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, be sure to check out Dr. Whiteman’s website and blog. Also, be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness news.