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  • Refresh Your Look with Facial Rejuvenation

    As an Atlanta cosmetic surgeon, I’ve seen how facial rejuvenation procedures are some of the most sought after cosmetic plastic surgery options today.  When you think about it, our faces are tough.  Not only do they fight against gravity, harmful exposure to the sun and aging in general, but the face is such a prominent feature that trying to hide certain insecurities we may have is near impossible and can be cause for concern for many of us.

    Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAOur genetic makeup is different, so there isn’t a recommended age to start facial rejuvenation but instead something to consider at different milestones in your life.  Think about the first time you noticed fine lines by the corners of your eyes or the moment you looked in the mirror and realized the under-eye bags were there to stay.  There are a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures that can help refresh your look and when you delve even deeper, I see many of my facial rejuvenation patients fit into two distinct groups: those that wait until signs of aging are prominent before they are prompted into action and those that start early to slow down the progression.

    Get started early.

    The beauty of cosmetic injectables is that they give patients temporary relief for the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin and depending on the type of product used (injectables vs. facial filler) can yield results up to a year.  The earlier you start cosmetic injectable treatments the less noticeable the concerns you have with your facial appearance will present themselves as your skin matures.  Starting earlier gives patients more time before major concerns give added cause to start considering a longer-lasting way of anti-aging.  Patients as young as 18 may opt for Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles of the face while patients with thinned lips, deeper wrinkles or loss volume may consider facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® or Perlane® to smooth out their skin or to better help maintain previous facial plastic surgery results.

    Look more rested.

    If you’ve graduated beyond the injectables phase and entered the ages of looking perpetually tired because of under eye bags and hooded eyelids, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) could be the facial rejuvenation treatment you consider.  The main goal of eyelid surgery is to remove excess fat, tissue and skin that accumulates around the eyes and this can be done on the upper, lower or a combination of both the upper and lower lids to get you back to looking more rested.  Eyelid surgery results are subtle enough that your family and close friends may not recognize that you had surgery, but effective enough that you look more relaxed, awake and as if you just had the best sleep of your life!

    Lift your woes.

    When the skin on your face starts to sag well beyond comfort and the folds are deep enough to make a bulldog your doppelgänger, a more invasive procedure, rhytidectomy (or better known as facelift), is needed to help turn back the clock.  Collagen breaks down as we get older and the loose skin creates a dulled appearance that can extend from the top of the forehead all the way down around the cheeks, jowls and neck.  A facelift can work in two ways.  On one hand it directly removes excess skin and on the other hand it addresses the fundamental cause of your facial aging.  To help these underlying concerns, I reposition the skin, tissue and muscle to replace the lost volume and create a look that is smoother and more youthful.  Patients have the option of a full facelift or may opt for isolated concerns on the upper, middle and lower sections of the face independently.  While facelift results are much more extensive than those which are produced from cosmetic injectable treatments, with any facial cosmetic procedure the plastic surgery results are not permanent and a touch up procedure is recommended to help you looking younger, for longer.

    If you’re interested in exploring your facial rejuvenation options with me, please don’t hesitate to contact my office to set up a time when we can go over your questions and concerns.  To keep up with my latest rants and raves as a cosmetic surgeon, stay connected with me, David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.

    Shaping the Future: The Aesthetic Meeting 2015

    Summer is right around the corner and even though the kids will be out of school soon, it seems our schedules show no sign of slowing down here at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.  There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for us and we wanted to keep everyone in the loop on what’s happening in and out of the office this month!  I’m a firm believer that you should never stop pursuing education and higher learning and perhaps this is why my passion for plastic surgery goes beyond the operating room and into teaching.

    This month, I am honored be invited to speak at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 48th Annual Meeting – The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 – held in Montréal, Canada from May 14-19.  I always find a deeper appreciation for the reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery field whenever I attend The Aesthetic Meeting.  As one of the biggest annual events in the aesthetic surgery field, it brings together brilliant educators, researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss what advancements are happening in our field and how we, as surgeons, can better provide for our patients.

    This year, I’ll be speaking to a select group of plastic surgeons on scarpa fascia flap abdominoplasty, a technique that I have developed over the past several years.  The scarpa fascia technique can be described as a waist contouring technique that allows plastic surgeons to modify the waste narrowing capabilities during a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure that was once only occasionally achieved with liposuction for patients of a specific body type.  We really wanted our tummy tuck patients to have a more contoured and shapelier abdomen that could be produced during the same procedure but the technique didn’t previously exist.

    At the very core there is some formality when it comes to the techniques surgeon’s use to perform plastic surgery procedures but I really believe it is the advancements in the techniques that set good and great results apart.  For me, I want my patients to have as easy of a recovery as possible (keeping in mind the fact that we all recover differently) but have tummy tuck results that mirror their goal of achieving a slimmer, flatter and more contoured shape.  By sharing this improved technique with surgeons from all over the globe, I am thrilled at the idea that future tummy tuck patients will see better results than ever before!

    Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more updates on The Aesthetic Meeting, monthly specials and news at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.  If you’re interested in learning more about the tummy tuck techniques I utilize or any of the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures we offer, don’t hesitate to give us a call at our office at 770-622-9100; we look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Lila

    Each year I mentor several medical students that spend a few weeks interning in our office to get hands-on learning in the field of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery and I thought it was about time we introduced the bright students that are going to be the future of medicine!  For the 4th year interns who choose our practice for their elective internship, we really wanted to give them a well-rounded scope of topics we feel are important to helping future physicians properly care for their patients; from surgical techniques to office management and patient caretaking.  First up on our spotlight is Lila.

    dr david whiteman southern plastic surgeryOriginally from Alpharetta, Georgia, Lila is an aspiring pediatrician who we have had the pleasure of working with for the past several weeks.  Lila received her Bachelors of Science in Biology (with a minor in Global Health) from Emory University and is currently studying at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus.  We sat down with Lila and asked her a few questions about her time spent interning with the Southern Plastic Surgery family:

    What made you choose a career in medicine?  For as far back as I could remember being a doctor is what I said when people asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I have a brother who had very bad childhood asthma, and to me, the doctors that looked after him during his really terrible asthma exacerbations were miracle workers. I wanted to do for other families what they did for mine.

    Describe your internship in ONE word.  “Independence”.  Dr. Whiteman really pushes his interns to think independently, but will never abandon us and will never waste an opportunity for us to learn something.

    What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  I won’t be doing a lot of plastic surgery in my practice, but nonetheless have learned some incredible things that I will carry with me throughout residency and my practice.  Dr. Whiteman has really helped me improve my suturing and surgical skills.  What I’ve learned will be invaluable throughout my emergency medicine rotations and pediatric surgery experiences.  I also have learned so much about wound care and management, post-operative care for patients, and am now able to confidently discuss the risks, benefits and process of certain procedures that I will be referring my pediatric patients to plastic surgery for.

    What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  I’ve learned that it’s ok to ask for help! I won’t always know the right answer or what to tell my patients – but its ok, that’s why I’m working with the best to learn!

    What’s been the biggest challenge?  How to transition from thinking like a student to thinking like a physician.  Suddenly, it isn’t about just diagnosis anymore, it’s about recognizing disease states and conditions, testing for them, efficiency and being economical with my time and tests I want to order.

    What’s the best thing about interning with Southern Plastic Surgery?  Some may say plastic surgery is a very superficial or shallow field of medicine, and I admit, before I started I can’t say that I completely disagreed.  But, working with Dr. Whiteman, I’ve really been humbled by his work, his patients, his attitude and the relationship he has with his patients.  It isn’t about looking “pretty” or “beautiful” – although all his patients I’ve seen certainly do look so, but rather it’s about how his patients FEEL and celebrating who they are and how they feel about themselves.  He helps patients who have lost over 100+ pounds celebrate by removing excess skin and helps women who have beat breast cancer rebuild a part of their bodies that are so associated with femininity.  He treats every patient that walks through his door like family – and that is something that really made an impression on me and I aspire to achieve in my own practice.

    What’s your favorite memory so far?  Dr. Whiteman dancing to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars in the operating room while his patient got settled, so she was more at ease.  It is surgery, yes, but he always made it fun!

    Then, we asked her the really tough questions:

    Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, spending time with family & shopping.

    Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

    Do you have a personal motto?  It is a quote from a famous Persian poet that my father read to me growing up, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

    Fun fact about yourself:  I never use my given name, Lila!  My nickname, which everyone knows me by, is only a one letter difference from my given name!  “Lily” Is my nickname.

    If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? A wedding planner! One of my hobbies is decorating and party planning, but a lot of why I enjoy this is because I love celebrating happy occasions with families!  In medicine, when my patients gets discharged from the hospital after several days and get to go home healthy again, it’s always a mini-celebration!

    Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta:  In the spring I love to get lunch from Alon’s Bakery and have a picnic at Piedmont Park!

    Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  Brunch.  Definitely brunch.

    Stay tuned for more intern spotlights in the upcoming weeks to learn more about the stellar group of men and women you may see around the office from time to time.  Feel free to also contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. with any questions you may have about our practice or procedures.  You can also stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.