Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases statistics on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed during the previous year. While breast augmentation still remained the top procedure, the 2012 statistics show a significant increase in facial procedures. One of the facial features most patients want to address is the eyes as they are one of the first places to show the signs of aging. To address these aging symptoms, many patients seek blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to eliminate the tired appearance aging eyes can cause. According to the 2012 ASPS statistics, blepharoplasty was the third most performed procedure with 204,015 surgeries completed last year.
Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs eyelid surgery to help patients achieve a younger appearance or to resolve vision obstructions. Skin loses its elasticity as we age, resulting in drooping upper eyelids and excess skin forming on the lower eyelids. Often, patients also experience fat deposits underneath the eyes that cause a tired look. Sometimes these effects can cause visual obstruction if excess skin on eyelids compromises the eye’s crease.
To treat patients, Dr. Whiteman removes excess skin, tissue, and fat around the eyes for a younger, more alert appearance. For upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Whiteman will reduce the amount of lax skin and create a natural-looking crease. Lower blepharoplasty removes puffy fat pockets under the eyes for a rejuvenated appearance. For overall rejuvenation, patients commonly combine eyelid surgery with other facial procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty. To maintain their blepharoplasty results, many patients choose minimally invasive procedures such as Botox® and facial fillers.
In addition to the facial procedures featured in ASPS’ statistics, Dr. Whiteman also performs breast and body procedures. If you are interested in any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us today. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.
In Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s March issue, Southern Plastic Surgery discusses popular body contouring procedures. With Dr. David Whiteman’s featured procedures, patients can achieve a sculpted midsection or combat unwanted fat pockets with liposuction and/or tummy tuck! Liposuction sculpts the body by removing stubborn areas of fat that are non-responsive to diet and exercise. Be sure to pick up your issue of Best Self today!
As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has performed a variety of breast surgeries, Dr. David Whiteman often consults with patients who are unsure of which procedure they need. Two of the most commonly confused procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Breast augmentation addresses the size, shape, and volume of the breasts but does not correct sagging. Breast lift surgery is specifically designed to reposition breasts to a more youthful location to eliminate drooping. Often, these procedures are combined for complete rejuvenation of the breasts.
According to the 2012 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation surgery has remained the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. for the past five years. Breast enhancement surgery involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can choose from a variety of breast implants since there are different types, textures, sizes, and shapes. Allergan’s highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” as another option for breast augmentation patients. Breast implants are also available as an option for some breast reconstruction patients.
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, involves surgical removal of excess skin to tighten the breast area for a younger, perkier appearance. Over time, the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can contribute to the loss of skin elasticity. Since breast lift addresses the area surrounding the breasts, this procedure can be performed on its own or combined with other breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery.
While breast procedures can be combined or performed individually, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your needs and goals. If you’re interested in a breast procedure or other procedures that Dr. Whiteman offers, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.