Dr. Whiteman’s Guide to Facial Plastic Surgery: Going Beyond the Facelift

Many people automatically associate facial plastic surgery with the traditional facelift. Although facial plastic surgery does include the well-known facelift, it also includes a variety of other procedures that target very specific concerns. In fact the facelift itself can involve the traditional procedure as well as mini versions of the facelift to treat isolated cosmetic concerns of the eyes, forehead, lower face, etc.

As we age, our skin becomes lax and collagen begins to break down causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin. The traditional or full facelift focuses on problem areas around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. While some patients combine this procedure with other anti-aging facial procedures like the brow lift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation, other patients seek surgery before a procedure of that extent is necessary. These patients focus on their problem areas as they notice them. Some signs of aging can be repaired with facial fillers and cosmetic injectables.  For more advanced signs of aging,  Dr. Whiteman also offers procedures like brow lift to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, mid-facelift to reduce wrinkles and refresh the middle section of the face, or neck lift (lower facelift) to eliminate sagging skin on the jowls.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fat and tissue that contributes to bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs. Aside from helping patients look younger and more alert, some surgeons are performing migraine relief surgery in conjunction with blepharoplasty because they have better access to the muscles attributed to causing this condition. Plastic surgery patients have also experienced migraine relief through some brow lift surgery techniques and with Botox® injections.

Many facial contouring procedures provide a youthful appearance in addition to balancing facial aesthetics, though anti-aging was not their original purpose. Patients often seek otoplasty (ear surgery) to help pin back ears that are too prominent or to reduce the size of ears that are too large. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is used to enhance the shape and size of a patient’s nose. In fact, nose surgery can also be used to alleviate breathing problems caused by injury or birth defects, so Dr. Whiteman works to repair function first (if necessary) and then to enhance aesthetics.

In addition to balance-focused procedures like otoplasty and rhinoplasty, chin surgery (genioplasty) and the insertions of chin implants are becoming more popular. In fact according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 statistics report, the number of patients to receive chin implant surgery increased 71% in comparison to the 2010 statistics. Chin implants are used to give the chin a more prominent position and help balance other facial features like the nose. Dr. Whiteman also employs techniques like facial liposuction, or liposuction of the double chin to add definition to a patient’s jaw line.

Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body in addition to the facial procedures he offers. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery by Dr. David Whiteman, visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.

Men and Plastic Surgery: Cauliflower Ear

Men and Plastic Surgery: Cauliflower EarPeople tend to associate women with plastic surgery, but plastic surgery procedures are becoming increasingly more popular for men. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, procedures on men accounted for over 9% of the total cosmetic procedures in 2009 ( 8% more than their total procedures in 2008). Men and women are completely different creatures, and it is still unclear as to why women get more plastic surgery work. Although women do have more cosmetic surgery, the top five cosmetic procedures men had done last year are liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), gynecomastia (male breast reduction), and hair transplantation.

While otoplasty, or ear surgery, is not among the top five male procedures in the past year, the need for such a procedure is more prevalent in men than women due to the popularity of contact sports amongst males. Many people assume that ear surgery is performed only to people who have large or protruding ears, but ear surgery can be necessary to correct deformities as well. Boxers, wrestlers, and martial artists often struggle with ear imperfections caused by trauma from their contact sport. When an athlete is repeatedly hit in the ear, tissue between the cartilage and skin can bleed and swell producing a deformation known as cauliflower ear. If this fluid is not immediately drained, the results can become permanent and require cosmetic surgery.

A board certified plastic surgeon can fix this condition by grafting and/or shaving cartilage to return the ear to a normalized appearance.  Cauliflower ear can be very painful and make simple, everyday tasks like talking on the phone or listening to head phones more difficult.  Patients who desire cosmetic surgery to rid them of these issues need to seek a plastic surgeon that is experienced with otoplasty like Dr. Whiteman. For more information on cosmetic surgery for men and women, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s website and continue reading the blog.

Bridalplasty: New Reality Show Allows Brides-to-be to Compete for Plastic Surgery before their Big Day

Bridalplasty: New Reality Show Allows Brides-to-be to Compete for Plastic Surgery before their Big DayReality shows are commonly filled with contestants who have had plastic surgery or who have plastic surgery on the show, but a reality show that gives plastic surgery as a prize to the winner has yet to air, until now. E! Entertainment is planning to do just that. With the reality TV buzz on brides and weddings, E! has decided to combine a bridal show with plastic surgery, called Bridalplasty. Unlike the popular mommy makeover surgery, bridalplasty is for women who want to change/enhance their bodies before getting married.

The contestants for the show Bridalplasty are brides-to-be who are not completely satisfied with their bodies. Each contestant starts the show with a plastic surgery wish list. The competition entails the brides writing vows and making honeymoon and wedding plans. Each week, one bride wins a small cosmetic surgery, which she chooses from her wish list. The surgery is performed immediately, and results are shown the next week. The bride who wins the entire contest will be given a major plastic surgery procedure of her choice and her dream wedding. The winner’s wedding will be aired on E!, and just to make things more interesting the groom will not see his bride’s new look until she walks down the aisle.

While this show will be interesting and drama-filled, here at Southern Plastic Surgery, we hope it will also provide viewers with education on plastic surgery procedures. Popularity of cosmetic surgery before a wedding is rising. Brides tend to feel additional stress when preparing for a wedding, and they want to look their best for their big day. Cosmetic surgery before the wedding can provide the bride with the look she always wanted, and it will require her to rest and relax a little. Major procedures, such as breast augmentation, body contouring, and facial procedures require recovery time, so we suggest that patients plan their surgery in advance and allow plenty of recovery time. Southern Plastic Surgery also offers skin care products and laser hair removal that will guarantee you’ll look your best for your big day, and you won’t even have to pack a razor for the honeymoon. For more information on plastic surgery procedures or to schedule a consultation before your big day contact us, visit our website, and continue to read Dr. Whiteman’s blog.