Hear From Our Patients

Here at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), we always love to hear back from patients we have worked with in the past. In addition to letting their voices be heard, this feedback allows us to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to make every patient’s experience as comfortable and satisfying as possible. Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big decision and we know it’s common for patients to be anxious before their procedure. To help put your mind at ease, we’ve decided to share some thoughts and experiences from patients we have helped in the past.

“B”: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Patient*

Hear From Our Southern Plastic Surgery PatientsLike many mothers, “B” was frustrated by the way her appearance had changed after having children. Even after returning to their pre-pregnancy weight, many women are left with a “pooch” and/or sagging skin, especially after multiple pregnancies. Learn more about “B’s” tummy tuck story:

After having 2 children in 16 months I no longer recognized my body. At only 29 years old it was devastating. I went to Dr. David Whiteman for a consultation and for the first time I had so much hope and excitement that he could help me. It gave me the hope and inspiration to lose all my baby weight and more. At 30 years old I am in the best shape of my life. I could never repay Dr. Whiteman for the gift he gave me and my family. Every day I wake up with excitement and enthusiasm about my body and my future. Thank you so much Dr. Whiteman.

 

“K”: Breast Reduction Patient*

“K” wanted to undergo a breast reduction procedure due to back pain and posture issues she was having. She was nervous about undergoing her procedure due to a natural aversion to surgery, but had no regrets following her experience at SPS. Hear more about “K’s” experience below:

Dr. Whiteman and his staff are such top notch, first-class people that after my recent surgery I felt compelled to write and spread the word about my experience with them. Anything I write praising him and his staff who helped with my surgery really couldn’t do these folks justice. They are all just super. If you want an excellent, down to earth doctor with an incredible bed-side manner look no further than Dr. Whiteman. His staff is helpful and friendly and made my experience wonderful.

 

“S”: Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment Patient*

“S” visited SPS, for one of our newest and most advanced treatments, Cellulaze™ cellulite treatment. Cellulaze™ directly treats cellulite by addressing the three root causes (rigid connective tissue, excess fat beneath the skin, and thinning skin) from within. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

Cellulaze™ cellulite treatment worked wonders for my stubborn cellulite. I work out and eat healthy, but couldn’t get rid of it. I had the treatment on Friday and was at work on Monday. I could not be more thrilled with my results. Dr. Whiteman and his staff always go above and beyond to make me feel welcome and comfortable.

Whether you’re planning on undergoing cosmetic surgery or a more minor treatment, it’s our priority at SPS to ensure that you have an exceptional experience. Before any procedure takes place, we’ll provide a complimentary consultation where Dr. Whiteman will listen to your concerns and help you determine which procedure is the right choice for you. To get started, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. For more patient stories, skin care tips, special offers, and more, feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

*Disclaimer: These are patient testimonials written by real patients of Dr. Whiteman’s.  Every case is unique and individual patient’s results may vary on a case by case basis.

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy Makeover?

Having options is great because in my opinion, it reduces the sense of restrictedness when having to pick among several things that we may truly want. Once women reach the point in their life when they’re finished with pregnancy/childbirth, or after years of waiting to finally decide to reclaim their youthful body from top to bottom, this is the ideal time to consider more comprehensive procedures. Two of the top most popular procedures among the 30 and over crowd (but keep in mind it’s not exclusive to this group by any means) has become the Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover procedures. Most notably known for combining multiple procedures into one procedure, these two offer great benefits for helping patients attain a younger-looking appearance, but what’s the difference between a Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover?

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy MakeoverMommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover got its name because it focuses on common areas of the body that physically change from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain/loss. This procedure combines breast and body contouring procedures and patients can choose from:

  • Breast Augmentation – to increase the overall size of the breasts using breast implants
  • Breast Lift – to reduce excess skin and fat from drooping breasts and raising them to a higher, more proportionate, position on the chest (can also be combined with a breast augmentation)
  • Liposuction – to permanently remove accumulated fat cells and refine the shape of the midsection, thighs, chin, arms, and buttocks
  • Tummy Tuck – to remove excess skin and fat of the abdominal region, and also re-tighten muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy

Grammy Makeover

With maturity comes more noticeably greater effects of natural aging and gravity that contribute to deeper wrinkles, perpetually tired-looking appearances, under-eye bags, sagging skin, and more. For this reason, a Grammy Makeover extends beyond the four procedures mentioned above for the Mommy Makeover – this time, combining nonsurgical and surgical options for the face, breasts, and body. In addition to breast augmentation/lift, liposuction and tummy tucks, a Grammy Makeover can include:

  • Hand Rejuvenation w/ Radiesse® – temporarily plumps up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand instantly with the cosmetic injectable Radiesse® (results can generally last 1-2 years)
  • Browlift – smoothes the skin above/around the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to give a more rested appearance
  • Facelift – tightens sagging skin and smoothes wrinkles on the face (mainly around the cheeks, neck, and jowls) and/or repositions facial tissue
  • Neck Lift – removes excess fat from the chin and neck, eliminates hanging, and tightens what’s remaining for a smoother finish
  • Arm Lift – removes extra skin and fat (targeting the dreaded bat wings) before tightening remaining skin for a toned appearance
  • Fat Transfer – uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (typically the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) that is purified and re-injected into areas of the body that have lost volume, such as the face and buttocks

There are options for how you’d like your groceries bagged, which gas station you’ll fuel up at, what hair color you’d like to choose, and so much more – so why shouldn’t the same inclusion apply to plastic surgery? Not every cosmetic plastic surgery procedure allows the same type of customizing freedom like a Mommy Makeover or Grammy Makeover, but the appeal of being able to hand select the procedures that will go into your final plastic surgery results are something many patients really appreciate knowing they have the ability to do. If you’re interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover, Grammy Makeover, or any of the other facial, breast, and body procedures performed by me, Dr. David Whiteman, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.

Laser Treatments to Enhance Facial Plastic Surgery Results

Here’s a truth: cosmetic plastic surgery is long lasting, but it won’t last forever on its own. We all continue to age every day and even after facial plastic surgery, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures, changes are still going to occur to the body as the skin naturally reacts to the same type of environmental factors that affected them from the start (think sagging skin, wrinkles, weight gain/loss, sun damage, etc.). The good news is there are nonsurgical ways to help slow down these inherent signs of aging and improve your results before, during, and after undergoing a specific surgical treatment. With advancements in technology and a higher demand for nonsurgical options among skincare and plastic surgery patients, laser treatments continue to surge in popularity, especially for those who wish to enhance their facial plastic surgery results.

laser-resurfacing-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaIn addition to this month’s featured Mommy Makeover Special (combine tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF), we’re featuring fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center for both our skincare and plastic surgery patients. As a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), we are committed to providing safe and effective laser treatments to patients of varying ages, skin tones, and type. When performed by a provider with extensive training (the same diligence spent choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon should be applied to choosing your laser specialist – safety first, right?) CO2 treatments have many great benefits:

  • Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, melasma (dark spots on the skin), sun damage, acne scarring, and more.
  • Safe to use on several areas of the face, including the neck, chest, and hands.
  • Emits beams of laser light into the deeper layers of the tissue to stimulate collagen production and encourage the sloughing of damaged skin.
  • Unlike previous CO2 technology, our lasers don’t remove entire layers of skin, but instead the smallest fraction of the top layer of skin (meaning it leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed).
  • Allows skin to recover much faster.

Whether you opt for a facial procedure like rhinoplasty, eyelid lift, or a facelift, laser resurfacing treatments have the ability to refresh the skin, giving it a natural and more youthful look. By choosing to pair nonsurgical laser treatments with your facial plastic surgery results, you’re able to slow down progressive signs of aging and prolong the youthfulness your plastic surgery results have produced for many years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing treatments, our monthly plastic surgery specials, or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation for any of the Southern Plastic Surgery procedures we perform, give us a call at 770-622-9100! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.