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  • Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet CC

    Welcome back to another installment of our intern spotlight series. In addition to performing a wide range of plastic surgery procedures, our own Dr. David Whiteman prides himself on medical mentoring and helping prepare the next generation of professionals for their careers in medicine. This month, we’re excited to focus on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, CC. CC has been interning here at SPS while she finishes up her studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). It’s been a real treat having CC in our office learning from Dr. Whiteman and our team. Between her hard work, professionalism, and enthusiasm, she has made significant contributions during her internship and we are proud to call her part of our Southern Plastic Surgery team.

    best gwinnett plastic surgeonTo help everyone get a better idea of who CC is, we had her answer a few questions about her time here at Southern Plastic Surgery and share some of her fondest memories from her internship.

    What made you choose a career in medicine?

    Having family members negatively affected by the poor healthcare system in Nigeria and the lack of available treatment enabled me to see the importance of health and wellness for every individual, especially those in disadvantaged populations. This motivated me to do my part by working to reach those through healthcare that seem unreachable.

    What has been your favorite memory of your internship so far?

    I can’t say I have just one favorite memory. I would say crossing paths with caring, intelligent people every day will forever impact me and stay in my memory.

    Describe your internship in ONE word.   

    Enlightening

    What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical career?  

    The ability to engage with patients and connect with them personally. This is a skill that I have had nurtured in me that reaches far beyond the world of medicine. I personally believe that many physicians lack the ability to connect with their patients on a personal level.

    What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  

    I’ve learned that unexpected things happen, especially rare ones, and you can’t let this frustrate you. You must roll with it and treat those things as they come.

    What has been your favorite part of interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

    Dr. Whiteman is one of the only teachers that I have had that has actually allowed his students to have real life responsibilities with patients. The interaction he allows his students to have with patients is easily the best experience a student can have, and a luxury that most students are not allowed. He loves to teach and share his knowledge and never allows anything to get in the way of one of his students getting the best learning experience possible!

    What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far during your internship?  

    The biggest challenge for me was getting over my initial timidness and becoming more comfortable and confident in what I know and applying it. I feel I have grown a lot in this area during my internship.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  

    In 5 years I hope to be practicing sports medicine and starting a family.

    When you’re not working, what are your favorite hobbies?

    Health and fitness, as well as “trying” to learn guitar.

    What is your favorite movie?  

    The Patriot

    Do you have a personal motto?

    It’s not by my strength or for my glory!

    If you weren’t practicing medicine what would you be doing professionally?  

    I would either be a sports analyst on a major network like NFL network or ESPN or be pursuing a career in Public Health programming.

    What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?  

    Finding the best desserts all over the city.

    Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  

    Brunch! I love chicken and waffles!!

    It’s always sad to see our interns leave. After mentoring and working closely together, it’s only natural to get accustomed to seeing someone every day and to start feeling like a family over time. With that said, we have only great things to say about our time with CC and we are excited to see where her career takes her. We have no doubt that CC will be a terrific, valuable addition to wherever she ends up. For more information about Dr. David Whiteman or if you are interested in a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

    Is Eyelid Surgery Right For Me?

    As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also typically the first thing people notice when they look at someone’s face. That’s why to minimize the effects of aging and keep ourselves looking young, it all begins with taking care of the eyes. As we age, it’s only natural for the skin around our eyes and eyelids to begin to sag, creating bags and dark circles under the eyes and making the eyes look tired.

    For patients interested in rejuvenating the areas around their eyes, I offer eyelid surgery. Otherwise known as a blepharoplasty procedure, eyelid surgery is able to refresh a patient’s face by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s specific needs.

    When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery can provide benefits for patients seeking relief from a wide variety of facial imperfections. Eyelid surgery can treat bags that appear under the eyes or puffiness on the upper eyelids. It can also help patients that experience obscured vision that results from excess skin and fat on the eyelids.

    If you are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for your procedure, eyelid surgery can work wonders to create a more youthful appearance for your face. Certain medical conditions like glaucoma and dry eye may prevent certain patients from undergoing this procedure. To confirm that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, I recommend coming in for a complimentary plastic surgery consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history as well as what you hope to achieve with your surgery to determine if an eyelid surgery is the right choice for you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.

    Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which is Right for Me?

    One of the more common questions I receive from patients during plastic surgery consultations is to clarify the differences between certain procedures that may seem similar to the uninitiated. Specifically body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck and liposuction. Though these procedures are both highly in-demand for creating a flatter abdominal area, they are actually very different. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, involves removing loose or excess skin from the lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles whereas a liposuction procedure actually removes troublesome deposits of fat.

    A tummy tuck can often make sense for patients trying to get rid of excess skin around the abdomen, treat unsightly stretch marks, as well as a loose abdominal pooch that is caused by muscle separation that occurs during pregnancy or excessive weight gain. Results from a successful tummy tuck will produce a flatter stomach, smoother skin, leaner abs and even a more contoured waistline when performed with my Scarpa Fascia technique.

    Undergoing liposuction makes sense for those patients who are interested in contouring by removing stubborn fat from specific areas of the body that can be tough to treat just through diet and exercise. Typically, these patients are close to a comfortable body weight. Liposuction may not be right for patients who are considerably overweight or obese and looking to drop significant weight, since removing large amounts of fat in a single day with liposuction it not recommended.

    Determining whether a tummy tuck or a liposuction procedure makes the most sense for a specific patient may depend on the quality of a patient’s skin. In the following video, I explain how the laxity and condition of a patient’s skin can be the determining factor when choosing a cosmetic procedure:

    When it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures, what is right for a certain patient may not be right for another. That is why it’s so important to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon (like myself) to discuss your surgical options and your aesthetic goals in-depth before making any hasty decisions. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for additional tips and news updates.