The Many Uses of Liposuction in Cosmetic Surgery

One of the most popular cosmetic body procedures for both men and women is liposuction. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers liposuction for patients looking to eliminate areas of stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise. However, not only is liposuction performed as an individual treatment for fat reduction, but it is also used in procedures like mommy makeover surgery, facial plastic surgery, and buttock augmentation. With over 20 years of performing a variety of body and facial procedures, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction as a technique for certain cosmetic procedures.

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Liposuction removes unwanted fat cells through a cannula, or tiny hollow tube, through small, surgical incisions. For combination surgeries like mommy makeover, tummy tuck is often performed and while it addresses sagging skin and some excess fat, liposuction may still be needed to remove residual excess fat. Male breast reduction also includes liposuction along with excision to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and/or skin to address gynecomastia, the medical condition for overly large male breasts.

Another body procedure that requires liposuction is Brazilian butt lifts (buttock augmentation). Dr. Whiteman uses a more natural technique known as fat transfer to remove unwanted fat through liposuction that is then safely re-injected in the buttocks. By using a patient’s own fat, the risk of post-operative complications and infection is significantly decreased.

In addition to body procedures, liposuction is also used to treat the face and neck to improve the contours of facial plastic surgery patients. For a facelift or neck lift, Dr. Whiteman makes small incisions along the natural creases of the face or neck to remove fat. Afterwards, he can tighten lax skin for a more youthful appearance.

While liposuction is used in other procedures, patients can also individually choose this procedure to remove isolated areas of unwanted fat for most areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, arms, and thighs. If you are interested in a body contouring procedure, contact us today to schedule your consultation. For more plastic surgery news and updates, connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Dr. David Whiteman Attends the 40th Annual Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting

TummyTuckLast month, Dr. David Whiteman traveled to Vancouver, Canada to attend the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Dr. Whiteman is double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery from both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. During the CSAPS meeting, Dr. Whiteman attended lectures and discussions, as well as presented his research on advancements in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery).

Tummy tucks improve the contour of the midsection by removing excess fat and skin and retightening weakened abdominal muscles. Patients can also choose a mini tummy tuck option which removes excess skin and fat, but does not address abdominal muscles. This body procedure is often popular in mommy makeover procedures and post-bariatric surgery. As part of the CSAPS faculty, Dr. Whiteman presented a surgical technique for tummy tuck surgery to improve patient results and safety. With his latest studies, abdominoplasty results can yield an improved waist definition in proportion to the patient’s body structure. This technique can be applied to both full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgeries.

If you’re interested in abdominoplasty or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact us today. For the latest plastic surgery news and specials, connect with Southern Plastic Surgery 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+.