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  • Ask Dr. Whiteman: Cosmetic Procedures for the Face this Winter

    With so much attention paid to body contouring procedures, it’s common for some people to consider facial plastic surgery an afterthought. But when trying to achieve a new, improved appearance, what better place is there to start than the face? In the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgery for the face can offer patients outstanding, life-changing results. With this in mind, I have answered some common questions about cosmetic procedures for the face to help keep patients informed this holiday season.

    best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

    The appearance of my eyes makes me look way older than I am. Would I be better off undergoing eyelid surgery or a browlift?

    Sincerely,
    “P”

    Dear “P”,

    It depends. Both eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) and a browlift can help provide a more refreshed, younger looking appearance to the areas around the eyes. During eyelid surgery, excess skin on the upper eyelid and small pockets of fat on the lower lids can be removed. A browlift focuses on the placement of the brow by treating frown lines that can make the face appear tired, sad, or angry. In some cases, the procedures can be combined to provide even more comprehensive results for certain patients. However, in order to understand all your options and determine which treatment plan is the right choice for you, it’s important to visit with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

    Dear Dr. Whiteman,

    If I undergo a facelift how long will I need to stay in the hospital after my surgery?

    Sincerely,
    “J”

    Dear “J”,

    In most cases, a facelift is an outpatient procedure. This means that unless the patient prefers to do so, they will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight. Pain following facelifts is typically minimal and patients can recover in the comfort of their own home. Although some swelling and bruising will likely occur after your procedure, these effects are temporary. And most people feel quite well after just a couple days. Patients can typically return to work after one or two weeks of recovery, however it can take up to six weeks (or longer) to see the final results of your procedure.

    Dear Dr. Whiteman,

    I have been self-conscious about a bump on my nose for years and feel I’m finally ready to do something about it. How bad is scarring after a rhinoplasty procedure?

    Sincerely,
    “C”

    Dear “C”,

    Scarring following a rhinoplasty is generally very minor. Sometimes the procedure results in a small, barely visible scar at the base of the nose, but this will often fade over time. However, if you are that concerned about it, and you are a good candidate, I also perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedure (sometimes known as a “liquid nose job”) using injectable dermal fillers. Although nonsurgical rhinoplasty cannot alter the shape or size of the nose like a surgical rhinoplasty can, it can help to smooth out bumps and other imperfections.

    I hope everyone found these answers helpful. Don’t forget, Southern Plastic Surgery and our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift cards that are good towards all of our cosmetic services. A gift card from us can be the perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life. If you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery.

    Ask Dr. Whiteman: How to Customize a Mommy Makeover

    There are a number of reasons why the mommy makeover has remained so popular over the years. One of the reasons is the comprehensive body contouring results this combination surgery is able to provide patients. Another reason is the customizability a mommy makeover allows patients to have. During a mommy makeover procedure, I perform a tummy tuck (using my Scarpa fascia technique for the waist narrowing), liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery. Part of what I love about performing mommy makeovers is helping each individual patient find the procedure options that will help them achieve the rejuvenated appearance they desire. But this requires the patient to fully understand all of their options. That’s why I am taking some time to answer common questions about how patients can get the most out of their mommy makeovers through customization.

    david m whiteman mdDear Dr. Whiteman,

    I’m having a hard time choosing between a breast lift and a breast reduction as part of my mommy makeover. Which would you recommend?

    Sincerely,
    “H”

    Dear “H”,

    This is a very common question; however, there is no “correct” answer. To determine which cosmetic breast surgery option you should undergo, you must first determine what benefits you are trying to achieve. A breast lift can improve the breast contour by addressing sagging or drooping breasts. During surgery, excess skin is removed and the breasts are reshaped and lifted to provide perkier, younger-looking breasts. A breast reduction is designed to reduce the overall size and volume of the breasts by removing excess tissue, fat, and skin. It is not uncommon to perform both procedures at the same time if that is the patient’s preference.

    Dear Dr. Whiteman,

    In your opinion, what areas should a patient focus on for liposuction during their mommy makeover?

    Sincerely,
    “B”

    Dear “B”,

    That’s totally up to you. This will depend on your specific problem areas and if they have enough fat to be removed with liposuction. While it’s true that most mommy makeover procedures involve using liposuction to remove unwanted fat, the areas treated with lipo vary significantly from patient to patient. Generally, the most common areas for liposuction include the hips, abdomen, legs, buttocks, or arms.

     

    Dear Dr. Whiteman,

    Are there any mommy makeover options that can lead to shorter recovery times?

    Sincerely,
    “S”

    Dear “S”,

    Regardless of which procedure options you end up selecting, your mommy makeover recovery will be essentially the same. However, by combining procedures, a mommy makeover allows patients to reduce their overall downtime for recovery, no matter which surgery options they ultimately choose. The most important thing is finding the treatment options that will best help you attain the new body contour that you want.

    I hope you found these answers informative and helpful. For more information on mommy makeovers and other cosmetic procedures, follow Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and more. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary in-person plastic surgery consultation today.

    What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available?

    When figuring out which cosmetic procedures are among the most popular with my patients, versatility certainly plays a role. There are many procedures like rhinoplasty that are specifically intended to treat one area of a patient’s body (in this case, the nose) and then there are others that can be applied to a number of areas all over the body. I have noticed that many patients are drawn to the idea of certain trusted procedures. Especially those that can help provide benefits to different areas in need of aesthetic alteration. To help explain what I mean, here is a basic primer on three of the most versatile cosmetic procedures that I perform. 

    What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available

    Liposuction has long been considered the most versatile cosmetic surgery available. By providing outstanding results from head-to-toe, liposuction proved to be the single most in-demand cosmetic surgery for both women and men last year. During liposuction, areas of stubborn fat that may not respond to diet and exercise alone are removed from the body to provide a leaner, healthier physique. Lipo can be used to treat a wide variety of problem areas including the abdomen, hips, flanks (or love-handles), thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks, neck, and more.

    Often going hand in hand with liposuction, fat transfer injections are also often commended for their versatility. Fat transfer injections use fat that is removed during liposuction and injects it back into areas of the patient’s body that may benefit from a bit of added volume. This can include the face (including the lips), hands, breasts, or buttocks. Fat transfer is a safe, effective way for patients to maximize the aesthetic benefits of their liposuction procedure.

    Lastly, allow me to highlight some of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that I am able to perform. Cosmetic injectables for facial rejuvenation can help patients correct a number of facial concerns. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are excellent for treating imperfections on the upper part of the face and around the eyes including wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and other issues caused by muscle activity such as expression lines. Facial filler injections like Restylane® and Juvederm® can help add lost volume to the cheeks, mid-face, or lips. Additionally, facial fillers can be used to perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) in which fillers are injected into the nose to reduce the appearance of bumps and uneven areas.

    When considering a cosmetic procedure to undergo, it’s nice to have a number of options to choose from in order to find the most appropriate surgery plan for your specific needs. That’s why it is so important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise performing a variety of cosmetic procedures in order to give yourself as many treatment alternatives as possible. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more tips, photos, and news.