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  • Southern Plastic Surgery Wishes Patients a Happy Holiday!

    happy-holidaysDr. David Whiteman and his medical team at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. would like to thank patients this holiday season for your continued support. This past year, Dr. Whiteman introduced his new specialty website, Atlanta Breast, to highlight the cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures that he offers at Southern Plastic Surgery. In addition to extending his breast surgery options, Dr. Whiteman has also continued refining his implantless techniques for ethnic rhinoplasty and surgical techniques to achieve optimal abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) results.

    In October, Dr. Whiteman attended the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) to present topics on his tummy tuck procedure. He also made an appearance on Bravo® TV’s “I Dream of NeNe” during its premiere season.

    All of us at Southern Plastic Surgery would like to thank you again as we look forward to another great year! Happy holidays and we’ll see you in the New Year!

    Frequently Asked Questions on Natural Ethnic Rhinoplasty Answered

    Recent studies gathered by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) revealed a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has served the Atlanta area for over 20 years and understands the importance of achieving long-lasting, natural results specific to his patient’s aesthetic goals and body structure.

    Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAHe has developed a natural “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among his ethnic patients. To help patients learn more about his natural technique, he’s answered a few frequently asked questions about ethnic rhinoplasty:

    Q.) What is an “implantless technique” for rhinoplasty?

    Instead of using silicone implants or other artificial materials, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

    Q.) Why is using my own tissue better than implants for facial plastic surgery?

    By using your own tissue, your risk of post-operative complications is greatly reduced. Instead of using a foreign substance, the body’s natural bone, cartilage, fat, and tissue can be used without high risk of infection or rejection. Also, rhinoplasty results tend to be more subtle and natural-looking than those created with an implant.

    Q.) Will my downtime be shorter by avoiding implants in rhinoplasty?

    The risk of complications is reduced, but the downtime associated with your procedure is dependent on your individual rhinoplasty procedure. By following prescribed aftercare instructions, attending follow-up appointments, and avoiding strenuous activity, many patients can gradually return to regular activity after a week.

    Q.) Are there any non-surgical options to restore areas of lost volume?

    To address lost volume for the face, we provide minimally invasive facial fillers including Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with little to no downtime. Fillers can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and the cheeks for a more balanced, youthful result. They can also be administered to the nasal dorsum as a non-surgical alternative for rhinoplasty. As an alternative to grafting cartilage for the nose, facial fillers can be used to restore the same volume.

    If you’re interested in facial plastic surgery or other procedures, please contact us today. Also be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

    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+.