Liposuction in Atlanta, GA

Liposuction can sculpt the body by removing stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. During the past decade, traditional liposuction has been refined and several different techniques are currently in use, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique. These procedures are now available at Southern Plastic Surgery, serving the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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With these advanced liposuction techniques, Dr. Whiteman is able to provide more precise results and a quicker recovery time. Which method is right for you can only be determined during a consultation with Dr. Whiteman. All of our body contouring patients are invited to inquire about our Body Package, which is specifically intended to help patients maximize the benefit they derive from their procedure.

Ultrasound-Assisted (Ultrasonic) Liposuction

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic energy (sound waves) to liquefy the fat to be removed, making the procedure simpler and more effective, though the procedure takes longer than some other liposuction techniques. It is very effective, however, in procedures focusing on more fibrous areas of the body, or in procedures where extreme precision is needed.

Tumescent and Super-Wet Liposuction

Our Atlanta, Georgia office offers tumescent liposuction, which involves injecting anesthetic liquid, salt water, and adrenaline into the areas of fat to be removed. This procedure causes the compartments of fat to become puffed up (or “tumesced”), making removal easier, and allowing for less blood loss during the liposuction procedure. “Super-wet” liposuction is very similar to the tumescent procedure, except that slightly less fluid is injected; generally a volume equal to the amount of fat to be removed. Tumescent and super-wet liposuction techniques are usually preferred, as less blood is lost during the procedure, minimizing swelling, and as the anesthesia stays in the body, there is usually minimal pain for the next day or so.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Utilized along with the tumescent technique, power-assisted liposuction involves using equipment that causes the tip of the suction tube to vibrate during the procedure. The vibration dislodges the fat cells so that they may be suctioned away easier, with less damage to the surrounding tissue.


Buttock Augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift)

A procedure that has recently gained tremendous popularity, not just at our Atlanta office, but nationwide, is the Buttock Augmentation, or Brazilian Butt Lift. Also known as fat transfer, the Buttock Augmentation is a shape-modifying procedure that uses fat injections to enhance the shape of your buttocks. Usually, the injections consist of your own fat from other areas harvested through liposuction around the buttocks, stomach, or elsewhere. This fat is run through a purifying process before it is re-injected into the necessary sites on your buttocks. The number of purified fat injections needed to attain your desired result may vary greatly from person to person based on the amount of fat needed, the number of sites where injections are desired, and the depth of the injections into the buttocks.

Plastic Surgery for Males

Cosmetic surgery is not for the fairer sex alone; many men come into our office seeking liposuction or other cosmetic enhancements. A younger, healthier appearance is important for personal and professional success for both genders. We offer a full-range of procedures for men as well as women. Don’t hesitate to give yourself a refreshed appearance; look into our plastic surgery options today!

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If you live in Atlanta, Georgia or surrounding communities and are considering liposuction, contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. A consultation with Dr. Whiteman will help give you an idea of what procedural methods will work best for your goals and body type, and help you set realistic expectations for the surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

Q: Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Candidates for liposuction include people with areas of stubborn, excess fat that are unable to be resolved with diet and exercise. Liposuction candidates should be in good mental and physical health before their procedure. Although liposuction can often provide very substantial improvements, it is rare for liposuction results to be perfect so patients should speak with their cosmetic surgeon about what results they can expect.

Q: What areas of the body can I treat with liposuction?
The most commonly treated liposuction areas for are the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks and neck. For men, commonly treated areas include the chin and neck area, abdomen, flanks ("love-handles") and the chest area (or breast area).

Refresh Your Look with Facial Rejuvenation

As an Atlanta cosmetic surgeon, I’ve seen how facial rejuvenation procedures are some of the most sought after cosmetic plastic surgery options today.  When you think about it, our faces are tough.  Not only do they fight against gravity, harmful exposure to the sun and aging in general, but the face is such a prominent feature that trying to hide certain insecurities we may have is near impossible and can be cause for concern for many of us.

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAOur genetic makeup is different, so there isn’t a recommended age to start facial rejuvenation but instead something to consider at different milestones in your life.  Think about the first time you noticed fine lines by the corners of your eyes or the moment you looked in the mirror and realized the under-eye bags were there to stay.  There are a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures that can help refresh your look and when you delve even deeper, I see many of my facial rejuvenation patients fit into two distinct groups: those that wait until signs of aging are prominent before they are prompted into action and those that start early to slow down the progression.

Get started early.

The beauty of cosmetic injectables is that they give patients temporary relief for the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin and depending on the type of product used (injectables vs. facial filler) can yield results up to a year.  The earlier you start cosmetic injectable treatments the less noticeable the concerns you have with your facial appearance will present themselves as your skin matures.  Starting earlier gives patients more time before major concerns give added cause to start considering a longer-lasting way of anti-aging.  Patients as young as 18 may opt for Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles of the face while patients with thinned lips, deeper wrinkles or loss volume may consider facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® or Perlane® to smooth out their skin or to better help maintain previous facial plastic surgery results.

Look more rested.

If you’ve graduated beyond the injectables phase and entered the ages of looking perpetually tired because of under eye bags and hooded eyelids, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) could be the facial rejuvenation treatment you consider.  The main goal of eyelid surgery is to remove excess fat, tissue and skin that accumulates around the eyes and this can be done on the upper, lower or a combination of both the upper and lower lids to get you back to looking more rested.  Eyelid surgery results are subtle enough that your family and close friends may not recognize that you had surgery, but effective enough that you look more relaxed, awake and as if you just had the best sleep of your life!

Lift your woes.

When the skin on your face starts to sag well beyond comfort and the folds are deep enough to make a bulldog your doppelgänger, a more invasive procedure, rhytidectomy (or better known as facelift), is needed to help turn back the clock.  Collagen breaks down as we get older and the loose skin creates a dulled appearance that can extend from the top of the forehead all the way down around the cheeks, jowls and neck.  A facelift can work in two ways.  On one hand it directly removes excess skin and on the other hand it addresses the fundamental cause of your facial aging.  To help these underlying concerns, I reposition the skin, tissue and muscle to replace the lost volume and create a look that is smoother and more youthful.  Patients have the option of a full facelift or may opt for isolated concerns on the upper, middle and lower sections of the face independently.  While facelift results are much more extensive than those which are produced from cosmetic injectable treatments, with any facial cosmetic procedure the plastic surgery results are not permanent and a touch up procedure is recommended to help you looking younger, for longer.

If you’re interested in exploring your facial rejuvenation options with me, please don’t hesitate to contact my office to set up a time when we can go over your questions and concerns.  To keep up with my latest rants and raves as a cosmetic surgeon, stay connected with me, David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.

Non-Surgical & Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation treatments come in many forms.  From daily skincare regimens of moisturizer to more entailed cosmetic facial plastic surgery, men and women of all ages and skin types are choosing facial rejuvenation procedures to combat signs of aging in order to revive their youthful appearance.  In fact, according to the 2014 statistics shared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facial rejuvenation procedures saw a surge in popularity and remained among the top five in both minimally-invasive and cosmetic surgery procedures:

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GABotox® – 6.7 million treatments performed

Botox® contains a purified form of botulinum that works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles between (glabellar lines) and around (crow’s feet) the eyes that form with age and repeated facial and forehead expressions.  As Botox® is injected into the muscle, it is eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body and therefore treatments must be “re-touched” just about every 4-6 months to maintain the same facial rejuvenation results.

Facial Fillers – 2.3 million treatments performed

Like Botox®, facial fillers are cosmetic injectables but are unique in that they are composed of naturally-occurring substances found in the human body that work to restore lost facial volume and smoothes wrinkles and lines.  Facial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Expression®, Perlane®, Radiesse® and Restylane® are great for patients aged 21 and up who have moderate to minimal signs of aging or simply want to help maintain previous plastic surgery results.  Popular areas for facial filler treatments include the cheeks, lips, around the mouth area and jaw line.  Depending on the type of filler you choose, typical results can last anywhere from 6 months up to two years, therefore follow-up treatments are necessary to keep a more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – 207,000 procedures performed

As we age, skin loses its elasticity, often causing the upper eyelids to droop and form excess fat deposits underneath the eyes on the lower eyelids.  Blepharoplasty is performed to eliminate those telltale signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess fat, tissue and skin around the eyes in order to provide a rested appearance.  Depending on the patient’s particular goals, eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids (to address the “hooded” appearance from sagging eyelid skin) and/or on the lower eyelids (to target the fatty tissue that creates under eye bags).

Facelift – 128,000 procedures performed 

When you’re at the point where you’re looking for longer-lasting facial rejuvenation results, facelift surgery can target moderate to minimal signs of aging such as lax skin, or deep wrinkles and fine lines; particularly helpful for those looking to eliminate excess skin around the cheeks, jowls and neck.  Once I remove excess, sagging skin, I reposition the remaining skin, tissue and muscles (if needed) to fill lost volume and create an overall smoother, wrinkle-free appearance.  There are also those patients who may have specific isolated areas of concern on their face in regards to the neck and jowls and choose to opt for a mini facelift to only rejuvenate and tighten the lower third of the face.

Whichever facial rejuvenation plan we tailor for your unique needs is entirely up to you, however, the first step towards facial rejuvenation is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in the procedure of your choosing.  When your safety is concerned, it is important to be your biggest advocate and do the research!  If you’d like to meet with me, cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman, to answer any questions, feel free to schedule a consultation whenever the need arises.  You can also stay connected with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates.