The Rise of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Facial plastic surgery trends throughout the world are continuously ever-changing. Whether it’s wanting to resemble a specific celebrity, the impact of social media platforms, or just the desire to address certain problem areas, individuals of all ethnicities have a look in mind that they wish to achieve. In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing results, I implement a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the different cultural traits for each patient.

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAccording to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), there was a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure.

With a specialized focus on ethnic rhinoplasty, I utilize expert precision to preserve cultural characteristics that each individual possesses. For African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients, because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty, traditional techniques may not produce the most natural-looking results.

For example, African American noses are typically thicker than Caucasian noses with a wide tip, flat bridge, and flared nostrils. To reduce the appearance of a large or flat nose, I focus on building the bridge of the nose to create a more defined look. Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge, while Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges. For these reasons, I apply unique methods such as an implantless technique in which I graft the patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to reshape the nose.  Using the patient’s own materials considerably decreases the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking rhinoplasty result.

Additionally, I perform non-surgical techniques in which I incorporate the use of facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to revitalize the nose and surrounding area. Injecting fillers into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose can restore areas of lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces an aesthetically-pleasing outcome.  Though facial fillers require minimal downtime, results are not permanent and require multiple follow-up appointments for maintaining results.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Surgery

There are multiple factors that can influence a change in a woman’s breasts. Over time, the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can take a toll on the body, especially in the breasts which gradually lose their shape and firmness. To address such concerns, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is utilized in order to give the breasts a more youthful, firmer, and perkier appearance.

breast-surgery-atlanta-gaThe ideal candidate for a breast lift is an individual that suffers from sagging, pendulous breasts that lack firmness and have irregular nipple placement. I use various techniques when performing a breast lift based on the size and shape of your breasts, the degree of sagging, and other additional causes. A breast lift doesn’t address the size of the breast but instead, re-positions and reshapes the nipple and areola and removes excess stretched skin while tightening the remaining tissue. The lift restores the natural shape and proportion of the breasts to achieve aesthetically-pleasing results. Additionally, I perform a mini breast lift for patients who need a minor correction to the placement of the breasts.

Typically, breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation for individuals who want to increase the volume of their breasts while lifting them to a more youthful placement. When performing a breast augmentation procedure, I insert a breast implant to enhance the shape and size of the breast and excess skin and tissue is removed to provide a lifted appearance.

To maximize results after surgery, I recommend that my patients frequently schedule and attend follow-up appointments in order to receive recommendations for minimizing any complications and proper instructions to care for the areas of incision. Depending on the type of incision, upkeep, or weight fluctuation following your procedure, breast lift results can last a while, but can also be reversed if you experience a dramatic increase in weight which can cause the skin to stretch.

If you’re interested in a breast procedure or any other procedures I perform, contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Postoperative Care: Rhinoplasty

With over 20 years of surgical experience in performing rhinoplasty, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has implemented innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques to ensure his patients natural and aesthetically pleasing results. Whether undergoing rhinoplasty for medical or cosmetic reasons, Dr. Whiteman places great emphasis on his patients’ physical and mental health. Patients can minimize complications by following Dr. Whiteman’s recommended aftercare instructions such as proper wound care, diet, sleep, and medications which can aid in speeding up the healing process and enhancing successful rhinoplasty results.

Surgical

expression facial filler atlanta gaWhen performing rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Whiteman utilizes two different techniques: closed or open. Closed rhinoplasty requires small incisions to be made inside the nose. An open rhinoplasty is similar to closed, but Dr. Whiteman makes an additional incision to separate the nostrils. No matter what rhinoplasty technique is used, Dr. Whiteman will hide incisions within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring.

Post-surgery, a splint or bandages will be placed on the outside to protect the nose, and will be worn for about a week. You will also experience some swelling and bruising which will go down within the first few weeks and most patients are able to return to work in about a week. Dr. Whiteman will provide you specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, advise on engaging in physical activity, and maintaining proper nutrition, and when to make your follow-up appointments. Dr. Whiteman’s extensive knowledge and expertise in facial rejuvenation has entitled him to produce successful results for patients of all ages and ethnicities.

Non-Surgical

Dr. Whiteman incorporates the use of facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to revitalize the nose and surrounding area. By injecting fillers into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose, Dr. Whiteman can restore lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces a more youthful, natural aesthetic. Though patients like the perks of minimal downtime with the use of facial fillers, the results are not permanent and will require meeting with Dr. Whiteman for additional injections.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure Dr. Whiteman performs, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with him on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.