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  • Brazilian Butt Lifts in Atlanta: Achieving a More Natural Curve

    More and more patients want to change the shape and size of their buttocks to better fit into clothes and achieve a curvier look.  There are many fitness programs and undergarments that focus on enhancing the shape and size of the butt. However, sometimes even diet and exercise can’t help patients obtain their desired look.  Buttock augmentation in Atlanta, GA has become increasingly popular.  Also known as a fat transfer or Brazilian butt lift, this cosmetic procedure harvests the fat from other areas of the body and then re-injected into the buttocks. Dr. David Whiteman uses this technique because it yields the most natural-looking results.

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    During the procedure, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas such as the lower back, stomach, or hips. Next, the fat is purified and re-injected into the necessary sites on the buttocks. Unlike other buttock enhancement surgeries such as a butt lift or butt implants, Brazilian butt lifts solely uses fat transfer to enhance the butt without repositioning muscles. By using the patient’s own fat, there are fewer risks of complications. Also, patients can benefit from combining liposuction for other areas with buttock enhancement so they can achieve a more proportional result.

    Both men and women can undergo buttock augmentation if they are unsatisfied with the appearance of their butt. However, patients must have an adequate amount of fat in other areas so it can be safely transferred to the buttocks. For patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin, Dr. Whiteman may recommend post bariatric procedures to remove sagging skin and eliminate isolated fat deposits.

    Since the amount of fat needed and the number of transfer sites varies, not every patient is a candidate for Brazilian butt lift. It is very important to discuss aesthetic goals with a board certified plastic surgeon before surgery so each patient can choose the proper procedure. If you are interested in fat grafting, or in any other body contouring procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you haven’t already, be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

    Increased Popularity of Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Atlanta Emphasizes Need for Experienced Surgeons

    Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. uses his twenty years of experience and specialized techniques to produce natural- looking ethnic rhinoplasty results in Atlanta, GA.

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    ATLANTA, GA, December 12, 2012 – Serving the diverse Atlanta community since 1993, double board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has specialized in ethnic rhinoplasty for 20 years. Rhinoplasty is a more prevalent procedure for ethnic patients and can be among the most challenging of all facial procedures because intricate nasal structures require attention to detail to yield natural-looking results. Dr. Whiteman emphasizes the importance of maintaining cultural identity with cosmetic procedures and selecting a surgeon knowledgeable of and experienced with ethnic diversity in plastic surgery.

    Featured on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta during NeNe Leakes’ plastic surgery journey, Dr. David Whiteman acknowledges the structural differences in African American (Black) rhinoplasty as well as other groups such as Hispanic (Latino) rhinoplasty and Asian rhinoplasty. Dr. Whiteman cites the risk of scarring as a prominent concern amongst ethnic patients because they tend to have more fibrous tissue than Caucasian patients. Another anatomical concern is cartilage because ethnic patients typically have weaker cartilage and shorter bones.

    To produce the most natural-looking results, Dr. Whiteman employs an implantless technique that harvests the patient’s own tissues to augment the nose. Implants can place a patient at higher risk for infection or rejection of the foreign material. Dr. Whiteman’s technique significantly reduces the risk of post-operative complications, as he notes, “ethnic patients, particularly of Asian and Hispanic backgrounds, usually require additional cartilage and tissue to enlarge the nasal bridge or tip. By using materials from their own bodies, the risk of complications is minimized.”

    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2011 Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics show that ethnic plastic surgery is on the rise, with ethnic patients making up approximately 21% of all cosmetic procedures. Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) ranked among the top three procedures for Asian-American and Latino groups. Statistics also show the number of African-American rhinoplasty procedures is up 10% in 2011 from 2010.

    Dr. Whiteman urges cosmetic surgery patients to always ask questions regarding the procedure and the surgeon’s experience during their consultation, as well as review rhinoplasty before and after photos. For ethnic patients, it is important to find a plastic surgeon thoroughly skilled and experienced working with a diverse patientbase.

    About Southern Plastic Surgery – Dr. David Whiteman

    Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by David M. Whiteman, M.D., F.R.C.S. Dr. Whiteman serves as the Chief and Director of Surgical Services for Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth and is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman created a “buddy system” for his breast reconstruction patients to discuss their journeys to recovery and is founder of Life After the Fight, an interactive business directory for breast cancer survivors in the professional world to connect. Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization.

    Patients considering facial plastic surgery, body contouring procedures, breast surgery, or other aesthetic options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at www.southernplasticsurgery.com.

    Using Implantless Techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2011 with 244,000 procedures performed. Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA can resolve both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns, but it remains one of the more challenging procedures that Dr. David Whiteman performs due to complex bone and cartilage structures found in the nose.  Serving the diverse Atlanta community for almost 20 years, Dr. David Whiteman recognizes that rhinoplasty must be performed with expert precision, especially to preserve cultural identities.

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    Traditional rhinoplasty techniques may not yield natural-looking results for African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA. For example, African-American patients tend to have more fibrous tissue, shorter nasal bones, and weaker cartilage than Caucasian/White patients. Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges, and Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge. For these reasons, Dr. Whiteman exercises different techniques to rebuild the nose and reduce the risk of Keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.

    To produce more natural results and reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Whiteman performs an implantless technique that grafts the patient’s own bone and cartilage from his or her body to reshape the nose. For Asian rhinoplasty, implants can be ineffective because the bridge is more narrow and may not support the implant well. Cartilage grafts can define and lift areas of the nose to create a stronger, more refined appearance.

    To ensure the best results, Dr. Whiteman reminds all of his patients to ask questions and request before and after photos during their plastic surgery consultation. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or any other procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.