Preparing for Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

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.

Couples Seek Plastic Surgery

We all know men and women are very different creatures. In fact, you can see a pretty big difference between the two groups just by reviewing plastic surgery statistics. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2011 statistics, the male population accounted for just over a million minimally-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 while females accounted for more than 12 million of these procedures.  However, as reported by ABC news, men and women are beginning to seek cosmetic surgery together, a phenomenon known as couples’ plastic surgery.

Some plastic surgery patients struggle to know what to say to their mate when they begin to pursue cosmetic enhancement. The process can be uncomfortable because people worry their significant other will disagree with their choice or be somewhat intimidated. Fortunately for Heather Robertson, the woman featured in ABC’s story as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, her husband, David, had the exact reaction the mother of four had hoped for when she mentioned her desire for tummy tuck surgery. He said he thought if anyone deserved a procedure like that, his wife did.

The couple has been together for 18 years, and they have both changed and aged throughout the years. As we often discuss in our mommy makeover surgery blogs, pregnancy and childbirth can permanently change a woman’s body causing weight fluctuation, muscle damage and loose skin. However, as David can attest, the children aren’t completely responsible for their changed appearance. He decided to follow his wife’s lead and have plastic surgery to get rid of his double chin.

When hearing the phrase “couples’ plastic surgery,” a person might assume that each person is having the same type of procedure. For instance, some may envision a husband and wife seeking liposuction or tummy tuck, or couples getting Botox® or facial filling injectables at the same time. However, the Robertson’s experience demonstrated the fact couples can pursue different plastic surgery procedures that target their personal areas of concern and still be there for one another along the journey.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring procedures, and facial plastic surgery, including the iGuide® neck lift technique to target double chins. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedures he offers, visit his website. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and trends.

Plastic Surgery Slang Part 1: Face

Whether it’s intended to be a cute description like love handles or more of a joke like turkeyneck, slang words related to plastic surgery are all over the internet. In fact, we commonly use these terms in our blogs. Most of these plastic surgery slang terms are self explanatory, but we thought we would break it down for you in case you’re not familiar.

“Elevens” – Also known as glabellar lines, these vertical lines between the eyebrows are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as frowning. Although they’re called elevens, at times, they appear as one line and sometimes three. These unwanted lines are often remedied with Botox® or Dysport® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles.

“Bags” – Whether they’re caused by lack of sleep, allergies, or stored fat pockets, we’re all familiar with unsightly bags that form under the eyes. Depending on their cause, certain skin care products may reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Patients who have bags under their eyes caused by fat pads can benefit from lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

“Crow’s Feet” – Rather than between the eyes, these lines surround the outer corners of the eyes and are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling. Botox® and Dysport® are successful in treating these lines as well.

“Turkeyneck” – If an image of a droopy chin came to mind as soon as you saw this one, then you probably know what it means. With age, the skin loses elasticity, collagen production slows, and the skin begins to sag. A turkeyneck describes drooping skin beneath the chin and is often remedied by neck lift surgery. Dr. David Whiteman prefers neck lift surgery with iGuide® for its natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

“Parentheses” – These lines, also known as nasolabial folds, extend from corners of the nose to the edges of the mouth and deepen with age. Many patients with these wrinkles pursue facial filling treatments like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm®.

“Nose Job” – This is one of the most common plastic surgery slang terms describing rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty may be pursued for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes in order to reshape the nose or to restore functionality and aesthetics.

“Brotox” – Due to the increase in the number of men seeking Botox®, the media has coined a nickname for men using the product: Brotox. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures in order to stay looking young in the workplace, and many begin with Botox® and facial fillers for facial rejuvenation.

“Trout Pout” – While lip enhancement done well looks great, the phrase trout pout isn’t always positive. Although the trout pout  or big plumped up lips were popular a couple of years ago, patients are now opting for a more natural lip enhancement with fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Contact our office to learn more about a certain procedure or to schedule a consultation. Check out the blog about current specials on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers, and Latisse. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming blog on plastic surgery slang for the body. In the mean time, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.