Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet George

So far you’ve all had the chance to get to know a little bit about our past interns in our intern spotlight series.  We’ve introduced Lila and Hiroki, but now we’d like to introduce you to George.  An Augusta, Georgia native and a current 4th year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – GA Campus, George has been a great addition to the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) family during the duration of his medical internship.  It’s always great to have interns that are dedicated, focused and hard-working in regards to making the most of their internship and being proactive in their learning; and George is no exception!

SPS internWhat made you choose a career in medicine? I grew up in a medical household. My father is an osteopathic physician, my mother is a registered nurse practitioner, and I’ve just always sort of been drawn towards medicine. In fact, when I was around 8 years old I dressed up as a doctor for Halloween and my mother never let me forget it!

What’s your favorite memory so far?  Among many great memories, Dr. Whiteman’s staff is tremendous. Great people, great at what they do.

Describe your internship in ONE word.  Fascinating.

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  Steady hands – invaluable in medicine.

What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  Never leave the office until all of the work is done. You’ll just have more to do tomorrow.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman?  Dr. Whiteman tries to come across as the “tough professor” in the beginning of the internship, but by the end we all know he’s just a big teddy bear.  Seriously, he is an excellent doctor and teacher, and he doesn’t accept a job performance less than well done.

What’s been the biggest challenge?  Managing time – without a doubt; there never seems to be enough, does there?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Practicing medicine and somewhere on a beach or a golf course.

When George isn’t finessing his plastic surgery surgical skills, in hopes of one day specializing in Internal Medicine, he leads a very active lifestyle here in Atlanta and is quite the renaissance man (fun fact about George: he taught himself how to play five different instruments with only the help of the internet – and he’ll eagerly share that this was back in the days of dial-up!).

Hobbies: I have a wide variety of hobbies.  Sports, music and good food/beverage are pretty close to the top of the list.

Favorite movie:  Tommy Boy. Don’t judge me; it’s a classic from my childhood.

Do you have a personal motto?  Always be better than the guy before you, and make it extremely difficult for the guy after you.

If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant. Maybe someday further on down the road…

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta:  A day at the park with my dog, Murphy.

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  Brunch!

Everyone at the office has enjoyed George’s time here and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!  Check back next month as we feature our next SPS intern feature.  Feel free to also contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. with any questions you may have about our practice or cosmetic procedures.  You can also stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

Introducing the Grammy Makeover Series

Some of you may be familiar with the popular mommy makeover procedure.  Best known as a combination of breast and body contouring procedures (performed in one comprehensive surgery), mommy makeovers address common physical changes mothers can experience after pregnancy and childbirth to restore a pre-baby body.  Now, we’d like to introduce to you the Grammy makeover – the newest combo procedure helping grandmothers and mature women everywhere get their pre-child/grandchild body back!You can think of a Grammy makeover as a supercharged mommy makeover – offering a wide variety of face, hand, arm, breast and body contouring procedures to combine into one procedure.  After we determine your cosmetic goals, we’ll take a look at the procedures that will help you achieve your ultimate plastic surgery results.  For part one of my Grammy makeover series, I would like to start by covering some of the options that Grammy makeover patients have.



Grammy makeovers can address a multitude of concerns.  From creating a well-rested look by eliminating fat pockets and excess tissue with eyelid surgery to saying goodbye to sagging skin and wrinkles with a neck lift or facelift, Grammy makeovers can start with breathing new life into the face.  To compliment your overall look, cosmetic injectables like Botox® or facial fillers like Juvéderm® may be a non-surgical addition to your Grammy makeover.  As we head to the breasts, we will evaluate their look, in relation to your body frame (are they sagging, too big, too small or all the above?) and determine which breast enhancement procedure will give you bigger (or smaller), perkier breasts – depending on your preference.  If “bat wings” keep you hiding your arms, you may consider an arm lift to remove the extra skin and create a more toned appearance.  To create a sculpted midsection, free of a stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) using the scarpa fascia technique may be what you need.  Finally, let’s not forget about the hands; what better way to complete your Grammy makeover than with hand rejuvenation using Radiesse®?  What’s unique about the Grammy makeover is that it’s 100% customizable; for you and only you.  There isn’t a pre-determined package to limit the type of results you want; the combination possibilities with a Grammy makeover are endless!

As your double board-certified surgeon, I want to help restore the face and body to its once youthful look.  Natural-looking plastic surgery results that highlight each patient’s beautiful existing features are important, so creating a surgical plan that best suits them uniquely is vital.  As an added bonus just as with mommy makeovers, Grammy makeovers have low overall complication rates (this is largely in part to working with an experienced, board-certified surgeon because not all doctors have the same expertise and skillset).  Grammy makeovers also offer the same benefit as mommy makeovers in regards to what patients save – time and money.  By combining procedures into one, patients reduce their overall recovery time (imagine having 3-5 separate surgeries spanned over several months, or years, versus once) as well as extra costs associated with surgical fees that can certainly add up with each individual procedure.

Plastic surgery doesn’t have to be a hard-reaching goal; you just need to know your options!  If you’ve been considering a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure or would like to learn more about the Grammy makeover, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS).  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as we discuss more details on the Grammy makeover.  Be sure to also follow SPS on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest updates.

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

As we say goodbye to 2014, it is that time of year to say hello to our New Year’s Resolutions. While many of us make big promises for the upcoming year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep these promises to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. Not unexpectedly, we often forget or give up within the first few weeks, if not sooner. So how do you stick to your 2015 resolutions? Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. offers the following tips:

  • Tips-for-Keeping-Your-New-Years-Resolutions-for-2015Be realistic!You know what you are and are not capable of. While you may like to push yourself, be aware of what is realistically possible with your other responsibilities.
  • Make your goals manageable. You may have big dreams in mind for 2015, but make sure to break up this huge goal into realistic and manageable steps or benchmarks. For example, if you are trying to lose 30 pounds, break it down to working out 5 times a week or losing 8 pounds in the first 2 months.

I understand that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is not always easy. If you need that little extra push to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle plan, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre- and post-surgery time period by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress.

  • Seek support.It is much easier to complete a goal if you have the support of a friend or loved one. They can offer encouragement or give you motivation to keep going. Team up with a buddy and track your progress together, and you will more likely see success. Besides friends, there are tons of mobile apps out there to help you out with tips on how to achieve specific goals while also tracking them.
  • Know it is okay to make some mistakes.People who experience a setback in their initial goal have a tendency to just give up and throw the entire goal out of the window. Just because you go on one vacation and spend more money than you should, doesn’t mean you should throw out your resolution to spend less money this year.
  • Tell people about it. If you announce your resolution to people other than yourself, you will feel more accountable in fulfilling it. Tell your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook, or join a support group. If you keep your resolution a secret, no one will know if you don’t succeed – giving you less motivation.
  • Don’t get discouraged.If 2015 comes around and you haven’t exactly lived up to your own 2014 expectations, use that as a learning experience and try again. You may need a more realistic goal or just some more motivation.

As you know, many New Year’s resolutions have to do with weight loss or looking your best for the upcoming year. At Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., we offer full cosmetic and surgery services. Whether you want to look and feel younger with cosmetic injectables, wish to feel more confident with a breast augmentation or touch-up areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction, I can consult with you on the best treatment plan possible.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.