Cool and Enjoyable Summer Exercise

Dedicated to beauty, both inside and out, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery often advises cosmetic surgery patients to follow an exercise regime both before and following any procedure to facilitate healing and further enhance their satisfaction with their surgical results.  Read below for some of our latest exercise tips.

Summer is a difficult season for exercise, especially here in the notorious Atlanta heat. However, here are some easy and creative ideas for summer workouts that can get you outside.

Swimming – You don’t have to own a pool to swim. There are many public pools around Atlanta that are open in the mornings for lap swimmers. Swimming is a great way to burn a ton of calories in very little time. It’s a great morning workout routine as it wakes you up and really gets you ready to start the day. Many YMCA’s have outdoor pools in addition to their workout facilities, so if a public pool is far from your house, there are other options for swimming as well.

Biking – Biking, no matter where, is a great form of exercise, because just like swimming it can help burn lots of calories with little time commitment. In the summer heat, the best biking paths are on trails. All over the Atlanta area, city parks offer bike trails. They’re usually shaded by trees and can be a cool alternative to pavement. Sometimes following a river or stream, you can burn easily burn calories while enjoying the scenery.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for Summer

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get INTO The Kitchen: Healthy Recipes Perfect for SummerDiet and exercise are an invaluable aspect of any type of weight-loss related procedures. In order to attain the best results, Dr. Whiteman often has patients follow a diet plan both before and after their respective surgical procedure. We’ve put together a list outlining several ideas for easy summer recipes, in addition to the other information on the health and wellness portion of our blog, that can help you improve your look (whether you’re having cosmetic surgery or not.)

Easy Summer Eat’s

Summer is all about cool, fresh, and light ingredients. Beautiful produce is available in any local grocery store that is both healthy and delicious; you just have to know what to look for! For vegetables, it’s all about the color. Vegetables that are deep and vibrant in color are often rich in beta-carotene and other important nutrients.  Peppers, tomatoes, spinach, beets, carrots, and broccoli are all good examples of vitamin rich, healthy vegetables. As far as fruits are concerned, peaches, nectarines, and plums are good snack ideas because of their high water content.   They will fill you up without giving you the unwanted calories that many fat-laden snack foods contain.

Here are some ideas of healthy summer recipes:

Grilled Pepper Salad

4 bell peppers, (mixed colors), halved, seeded and stemmed

1/4 cup halved and pitted oil-cured black olives

1/4 cup rinsed and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbs balsamic vinegar

1/8 tsp salt

Grill peppers on medium-high, intermittently turning until soft and charred in spots (usually 5 minutes per side.) When cool enough to handle, chop the peppers and gently mix with olives, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl.

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables

1 small onion, halved and sliced

1 tb finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

1 lb. green beans, trimmed

1 medium summer squash (or zucchini) halved and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup halved cherry (or grape) tomatoes

1 tb extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup white wine (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown (about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.  Season beans with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve.

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The Use of Botox for Migraine and Headache Treatment

A new study suggests that Botox® may be useful beyond its’ cosmetic ability to relax wrinkle-causing muscles. In numerous examinations of both men and women, patients have noted a decrease in headache frequency after receiving Botox® for cosmetic reasons. Botox has long been used to reduce wrinkles, though its non-cosmetic popularity has begun to rise as well thanks to recent research.

Anyone who’s ever experienced migraines which originate near the eyes knows how terribly debilitating they can be. Extreme sensitivity to lights and sound, combined with a dreadfully painful headache, are just some of the classic symptoms of migraines.  Although plastic surgeons do not typically inject Botox to treat migraines specifically, many Southern Plastic Surgery patients who have received Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles have been delighted by the fact that their migraines are a thing of the past.

If someone were to receive Botox® injections to decrease wrinkles, no additional injections would be needed to treat headaches. That means headache reductions are simply an added bonus to the primary effects of Botox® treatment.

It is important to note that, though the original study was done with specifically Botox®, Dr. David Whiteman has also seen similar results with Dysport® (a competitor to Botox®.)

If you’ve been thinking about Botox® or Dysport® treatments, please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions.