Atlanta Cosmetic Breast Surgery Explained

In my nineteen years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered patients often pursue plastic surgery without knowing exactly what they need. With so many different plastic surgery procedures and variations of those procedures, it can be very overwhelming. That’s why I take time during patient consultations to listen to a patient’s concerns and explain their surgical options. I also try to help educate patients by offering information through my blog and social media. Since many women often inquire about which cosmetic breast procedure would meet their needs, I wanted to explain the diverse breast procedures available.

Breast augmentation surgery, the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, involves the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is the perfect option for women who desire larger breasts. Patients can choose the size of their implants, material (saline or silicone), shape (round or teardrop), and texture (textured or smooth). During a plastic surgery consultation, I will explain all of these options and offer recommendations based on the patient’s desires.

We will also discuss placement of incisions as well as placement of the breast implants (above or beneath pectoral muscles). Patients who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past and experienced complications, wish to exchange their implants for a different size, or just aren’t satisfied with results from their previous surgeon can benefit from breast revision surgery. I’ve recently started offering an additional technique for breast enlargement using fat injections, which involves using liposuction to remove excess fat from an area of the body, purifying the fat, and then injecting the fat into the breast to add volume.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed for women with overly large breasts. Many women with overly large breasts suffer embarrassment along with physical discomfort. In fact, overly large breasts aren’t an issue limited to females as I often perform male breast reduction surgery on patients who suffer from gynecomastia. During breast reduction surgery, excess skin and tissue is removed and breasts are reshaped for a natural looking result.

Breast lift surgery is a procedure designed to repair sagging and drooping. Many variables can cause a woman’s breasts to sag such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and age. A typical breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and breast, and tightening the remaining tissue for a more youthful appearance. If the patient is happy with their breast volume, breast lift surgery can be performed on its own. However, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation for women who wish to add volume, or it can be combined with breast reduction for women with overly large or sagging breasts.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, we understand each patient’s needs and desires are different, so we tailor each procedure to these specific needs to produce optimal plastic surgery results. If you’re interested in cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery, schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can also visit my website to learn more about the facial and body contouring procedures I perform. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates on specials.

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.

Avoid Plastic Surgery Complications with Qualified Providers

Although the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery predicted more patients would do their research when pursuing plastic surgery to avoid substandard plastic surgery results in 2012, recent news shows many patients are still searching for good deals rather than qualified surgeons. These recent stories about buttock enhancement with tire sealant, breast augmentation performed in hair salons, and illegal “pumping parties” are scary and can cause life-threatening side effects. They are also easy to avoid. Dr. David Whiteman uses his blog and social media outlets to educate patients seeking cosmetic surgery.

According to CBS News, a woman was arrested in Texas for performing illegal breast augmentation with an unidentified substance in her hair salon after one of her “patients” went into critical condition. In Philadelphia, another woman was arrested for illegal “pumping parties” after a patient who received injections for buttock augmentation was hospitalized when the injected substance traveled into her bloodstream and lungs, according to an article from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Philadelphia woman was found with needles, Super Glue, cotton balls, paper towels, and a 20-ounce water bottle filled with an unidentified substance that was most likely used for injections. CBS News also reported that the Florida woman who was arrested last November for injecting toxic substances like glue and fix-a-flat to perform buttock enhancement is now facing charges after turning herself into the police in March. She will face charges for practicing medicine without a license and for seriously injuring patients due to unlicensed medical practice.

These stories are scary, but avoidable. The victims in these cases were more concerned with the price of plastic surgery than finding a qualified board certified plastic surgeon. Many factors determine the cost of plastic surgery, including the price of the particular procedure, hospital fees, anesthesiologist fees, etc. If the price for plastic surgery seems too deeply discounted, it probably is. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options like CareCredit® to help patients afford plastic surgery and avoid treatment by someone who is inexperienced and unlicensed.

Not only it is important for patients to choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, but it is also important for them to feel comfortable and be able to trust their plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon should listen to your needs and help you choose a procedure that will allow you to best meet those needs while keeping your desired results in mind. If you ever feel uncomfortable during a consultation, know you can walk away.

Last but not least, never let someone, even if they can prove they’re a board certified plastic surgeon, inject you with an unknown substance. Even if you are being injected with well-known substances like Botox® or Restylane®, make sure your provider is really using these FDA approved products properly. For example, Botox® and Dysport® are used to relax muscles on the forehead and between the eyes that cause wrinkles although there are many popular off-label uses. Do your research before your consultation.

Dr. Whiteman encourages plastic surgery patients to do their research before surgery and makes the research process easier through all of the information provided on his website. Visit his website to learn more about a particular procedure or schedule a consultation at Southern Plastic Surgery for even more information specific to your needs. If you haven’t already, connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.