Getting to Know the 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Teens

The world of cosmetic surgery is more inclusive than ever. With so many increases in the variety of procedure techniques available over the years, not to mention advancements in safety and success of plastic surgery, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery is on the rise nationwide. This is true for patients of all ages, including teenagers. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), patients nineteen years old or younger underwent nearly 40,000 cosmetic surgery procedures in the US last year alone.

The demands and surgery options available for teenage patients can differ significantly from those of more mature patients. Common procedures, like breast augmentation and liposuction, are considered inappropriate for teens, with some exceptions of course. So what cosmetic surgeries are patients in their teens undergoing and why? I dug into the ASAPS statistics to find out and see if these numbers were similar to my personal experiences with younger patients.

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, was the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery for teenage patients. Teens underwent 11,821 ear surgeries last year, accounting for a third of all ear surgeries performed. Otoplasty is intended to help patients who seek to reduce the size of their large, protruding ears (ears that stick out) that can make the face seem unbalanced and affect their self-confidence.


Rhinoplasty was the second most popular procedure among teens, accounting for 11,059 surgeries in 2016. Unlike other parts of the body, the nose typically reaches its full adult size by age sixteen for girls and seventeen for boys. This means teens can undergo a rhinoplasty without having to worry about further growth and development negatively altering the results of their surgery, as long as they have the permission of their parents.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction was the third most popular cosmetic surgery for teens, accounting for nearly 5,000 procedures last year. Although cosmetic breast surgery is more commonly associated with older, more physically mature women, breast reduction can have amazing benefits for teenage girls coping with the physical and emotional strain of excessively large and heavy breasts.

Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is a major decision for a young person that takes a considerable amount of research and consultation, both with a board-certified plastic surgeon as well as their parents. I make it a point to thoroughly discuss every treatment option with my younger patients and their families to help them make an informed decision that will lead to the best-possible cosmetic surgery experience. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news, photos, and more.

3 Solutions for Dealing with Underarm Bra Fat

We all have certain parts of our bodies that we are unhappy with. It can be anything from the shape of your nose to the appearance of your breasts. But for many women, the unsightly bulge of underarm fat known as the bra bulge is the thing that makes them the most self-conscious. No matter how slim you may be, you may find it impossible to lose that small bubble of fat next to the armpit that pokes out of your bra. This unfortunate patch of excess fat can impact how a woman sees herself in a bra or certain other styles of clothing. Thankfully, there are things you can do to trim down your bra bulge. Because exercise cannot be used to reduce fat from just one specific part of the body, I offer patients a number of procedure options (both surgical and nonsurgical) to help lose their bra bulge once and for all.

3 Solutions for Dealing with Underarm Bra FatKybella® Fat Reduction

Although it has long been considered a specialized treatment to help patients help treat of the double chin, Kybella® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction has other uses including helping reduce the bra bulge. Kybella® treatments for the arms are relatively simple. A series of small injections are made near the armpit area. The main ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. Kybella® destroys the fat cells in the bra bulge so they can no longer accumulate fat.

SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

For patients who would prefer to go the nonsurgical route for treating their bra bulge, SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction can be just the thing. SculpSure® uses controlled heat to target fat cells deep below the skin’s layers to kill the fat cells in the treated area. Once the fat cells are destroyed, the fat deposits leak out of the cells and eventually exit the body. SculpSure® can provide excellent, natural-looking results without the need for any downtime.


Liposuction is the most popular way to reduce of unwanted fat around the armpit. Performing liposuction on the bra bulge can improve the proportion and appearance of the arms, reducing the need to think twice before wearing your favorite tank top. During the procedure, tiny incisions are made, usually near the elbow or the armpit crease. A thin micro cannula is inserted into the area and the extra fat is suctioned out, contouring the area. After liposuction, patients will quickly notice a significant difference to the contours of their arms.

No matter which of these cosmetic procedures you choose for your bra bulge reduction, the results will be much-improved and long-lasting. When choosing between the three, there is no right or wrong choice. It’s just a matter of personal preference. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more helpful tips, news, photos, and videos.

3 Nonsurgical Solutions to Common Cosmetic Problems

Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular than it is right now. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), last year smashed the record for more cosmetic surgery procedures performed in a single year in the US. Still, despite its surging popularity, plastic surgery is not for everyone. In my time as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have spoken with many patients who were not able to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure, whether it was due to medical reasons, scheduling conflicts, or just personal preference. Thankfully for these patients, there are now more nonsurgical cosmetic solutions available than ever before. To give readers a better idea of what they can achieve without surgery, allow me to highlight three of my most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

3 Nonsurgical Solutions to Common Cosmetic Problems

Although it may not be a substitute for liposuction, SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction helps patients in a similar way. As we age, it gets harder and harder to shed unwanted fat that accumulates on our bodies. When diet and exercise are not enough, SculpSure® can be the perfect way to tighten up your figure by treating stubborn fat in areas all over the body including the abdomen, love handles, waist, arms, and more. SculpSure® treatments are fast (usually around 25 minutes), safe, and require no downtime for recovery.

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures can be helpful for improving the appearance of a patient’s face. For instance, nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) uses injectable dermal fillers to camouflage uneven areas on the nose. A liquid nose job is for patients who seek subtle tweaks to the appearance of their nose. Those who want to alter the size and shape of their nose will still need to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty.

Lastly, Kybella® fat reduction for the double chin is FDA-approved to help remove submental fat that appears below the chin. By using deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, Kybella® can safely break down fat cells. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they do not return, meaning the results from Kybella® treatments can be extremely long-lasting.

Keep in mind, these procedures are not intended to take the place of cosmetic surgery. While the procedures mentioned above can provide outstanding, natural-looking results, some patients may require more extensive cosmetic alterations only achievable through surgery. However, by making my patients aware of all of the various surgical and nonsurgical options that I provide, my goal is to help them make an informed decision about the right cosmetic procedure for their specific needs. For more information or to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, photos, and more.