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    Preparing for Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) in Atlanta GAPeople choose to have rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, for a variety of reasons such as medical necessity due to breathing difficulty or damage from trauma, as well as for cosmetic reasons. Dr. David Whiteman knows rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly pursued plastic surgery procedures, but he also recognizes it’s one of the most complex, especially among different ethnicities because of differences in cartilage texture. With almost 20 years of plastic surgery experience and a history of successful ethnic rhinoplasty results, Dr. Whiteman uses his knowledge of human physiology to produce rhinoplasty results that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. No matter what the initial reason is for pursuing surgery, pre- and post-operative care is important for minimizing complications and optimizing rhinoplasty results. An important part of pre-operative care includes planning for your procedure.

    When you decide to have plastic surgery, it is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. During your consultation, it’s important to discuss the reasons you’re pursuing plastic surgery as well as your medical history, surgical concerns, and desired results. Dr. Whiteman will take this time to discuss the ins and outs of your procedure and pre- and post-op care such as avoiding certain medications, arranging for help the day of your surgery, and stopping smoking.

    There are certain medications that could increase the chance of surgical complications. For two weeks before your procedure, avoid blood-thinning medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, etc.), aspirin or aspirin containing medicines. Dr. Whiteman will ask you for a list of all of the medications you are taking including vitamins and supplements, but he will also give you a list of medications that should be avoided before and following surgery to minimize bruising, swelling, and other complications. It’s also important to arrange a ride home from your surgery and for help during your recovery to increase comfort. It is important to note that smoking can hinder recovery by slowing the healing process after surgery.

    Depending on the patient’s unique needs, Dr. Whiteman may use a closed or open technique during rhinoplasty. During closed rhinoplasty, small incisions are made inside the nose. During an open rhinoplasty, small incisions are made inside the nose, and an additional incision is made to separate the nostrils. No matter what technique is used, he is sure to hide incisions within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring. Dr. Whiteman will also provide aftercare instructions such as proper wound care, diet, sleep, and medications that can help speed the healing process.

    While it is important to find an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon for successful rhinoplasty results, it’s also important to do your part by following your surgeon’s instructions. If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure Dr. Whiteman performs, schedule a consultation today. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

    Take Advantage of September 2012 Discounts at Laser Lights

    Dr. David Whiteman invites you to save on skin care this month with specials from Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Through September 30th, 2012, take advantage of discounts on Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening to tighten loose skin and promote collagen production on the face and to reduce cellulite on the body. You can also receive an hour-long massage for only $50 or take advantage of our massage package to receive three massages for $135.

    Be sure to also take advantage of this month’s body contouring and facial rejuvenation specials at Southern Plastic Surgery. Patients who purchase a tummy tuck can receive one site of free liposuction with this month’s featured procedure. To find out more about the discounts on cosmetic injectables and Latisse®, click here to read our previous blog.

    Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center September Specials

    Check out our specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September 2012

    During the month of September, Southern Plastic Surgery breast augmentation patients can choose between free Botox® (up to 20 units) or free Latisse® if they purchase Allergan’s Natrelle® gel breast implants for their procedure.

    You can also take advantage of manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September. Check out the flyers for more details, or click here to read a blog for more information on manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials. If you purchased a Gilt City voucher for Restylane® before August 13th, be sure to redeem your voucher before September 30, 2012.

    Southern Plastic Surgery September Specials