Eyelid Lift

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, Ear Surgery in Atlanta, GA

Facial plastic surgery is very demanding; the results should be appreciable yet subtle. Dr. Whiteman strives to provide his patients with a youthful, natural look. He uses a variety of techniques from surgical procedures to cosmetic injections to achieve the results seen in our gallery. Whether you’re looking to our Atlanta, Georgia office for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), ear surgery, or other minimally invasive procedures; or you’re seeking injectable treatment or other non-ablative, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Whiteman and our staff at Southern Plastic Surgery will strive to give you exactly the results you’re looking for.

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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Atlanta, Ga

At our Atlanta, Georgia office, blepharoplasty—also called eyelid surgery—is one of our most common procedures. From the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the skin simply losing elasticity with the passage of time, the skin around your eyes may begin to sag and droop, giving you a sleepier, less alert appearance. During a visit to our Atlanta office for eyelid surgery, excess fat, skin, and muscle around your eyes is removed, reducing the amount of tissue to “bunch up” around your eyes. Following the procedure, you will appear more alert and awake, though the results will be so subtle that even close friends will most likely not realize that you have had surgery. Our blepharoplasty patients may consider our Eye Package, intended to help maximize the benefit of the surgery.

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Otoplasty ( Ear Surgery) in Atlanta, Ga

Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as ear surgery or ear pinning, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head, or to reduce the size of large ears. Your face and ears will appear more balanced, and you may discover increased self-esteem. At his Atlanta , Georgia office, Dr. Whiteman has performed countless ear surgery procedures.


Forehead Lift (Browlift) in Atlanta, Ga

Smoothing the skin above the eyes, a forehead lift (or “browlift,” as it is sometimes known) can remove frown lines that make a person appear tired, sad, or angry. Because the incision is made near the hairline, scarring is minimal. You will look fresher, younger, and more alert after your browlift, though nobody will be able to tell what has changed.

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Lip Procedures in Atlanta, Ga

A person’s lips are one of their most important facial features, framing smiles and words. We offer various procedures that can increase or decrease the size of your lips in order to improve appearance, including injectable treatments.

Liposuction of Double Chin in Atlanta, Ga

Liposuction is used to remove undesirable pockets of fat from the body, including the face and neck. A double chin can not only detract from your appearance but may also cause you to feel self-conscious. Advanced liposuction techniques can create impressive results.

Contact our plastic surgery center in the Atlanta, Georgia area to learn more about ear surgery, eyelid surgery, browlifts, or any of the facial procedures we offer. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have or set up a consultation for Dr. Whiteman to review your situation.

Facelift Surgery

Facelift Surgery in Atlanta, GA

Read Dr. Whiteman’s article on Facelifts  published by Jezebel magazine. Facelift procedures are becoming increasingly common for both men and women in today’s world. While there is no “fountain of youth” to completely restore our teenage appearance or keep it that way, our patients in Atlanta and surrounding Georgia areas find that a Facelift is one of many procedures that can help combat the effects of the passage of time and help keep you looking as young as you feel.

It is a fact of life that as we age, our skin becomes less and less taut. Exposure to the sun, pollutants in the air, and gravity all weaken the elasticity of our facial tissue, and even our faces themselves betray us, as the substances under our skin break down on their own. There are certainly many things we can do to help slow this process, including healthy diets, regular exercise, limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen; but nothing can stop it completely.

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Full Facelift

At our office in Atlanta, Georgia, we offer full Facelift procedures that can “turn back the clock” on the effects of aging. A Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens and smoothes wrinkled and loose facial skin. Particularly useful for eliminating excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, facelifts can create a younger looking face with a more defined jaw line. At Dr. Whiteman’s office in Atlanta, Facelift procedures are often done in conjunction with browlift surgery  or eyelid surgery to reveal a face that looks years younger. Please consider our Facial Rejuvenation Package, an excellent supplement for patients following Facelift procedures.

Mini Facelift

A mini Facelift or rapid recovery lift involves giving a lift to the lower third of the face and neck, and can occasionally be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under general anesthesia. This minimally-invasive procedure is unique in its flexibility and can be specifically tailored to the problem areas of the neck, jowls, or mid-face through smaller, hidden incisions. The mini Facelift is able to restore a youthful appearance to the face while requiring a shorter recovery time for the patient. Mini facelifts are sometimes referred to as a “weekend procedure,” as that is the normal post-operative recovery time for the surgery. For patients who do not have major skin laxity in the face and neck, a mini Facelift may be the ideal option.


Patients with excess, hanging skin or fat along their chin and neck can benefit from neck lift surgery. Depending on the patient’s specific needs and desires, necklift surgery can be combined with a mini facelift or full facelift procedure for more extensive rejuvenation. During a necklift procedure, liposuction through a small cannula removes excess fat from the chin and neck. Then, the sagging skin is excised and underlying muscles are tightened to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Candidates for a facelift at Southern Plastic Surgery include men and women who have experience sagging in the face or neck. Facelift candidates are typically 40 years of age or older, though younger people can certainly benefit as well. The primary impact of the facelift will be on the neck and jowls region as well as the midface. Additional procedures for the eyelids and eyebrows can be completed at the same time if necessary.

Q: How much time will I need for recovery following face lift surgery?
Some swelling and bruising is common after a facelift procedure, but these effects are temporary. These procedures are not painful. Most people feel quite well in just a couple of days following their procedure. Returning to work between 1 – 2 weeks is typical although it can take up to six weeks (or longer) to achieve a natural appearance.


Facelift FAQs

While there is no “fountain of youth” to completely restore our teenage appearance or keep it that way, facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is one of many facial plastic surgery procedures that can help combat the effects of the passage of time and help keep you looking as young as you feel. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 133,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2013. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have broken down the top common questions patients typically ask me before/after undergoing facelift surgery:

atlanta-facelift-surgery-resultsQ: Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?
A: Facelift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging such as lax skin, or deep wrinkles and fine lines. Ideally, candidates should be healthy individuals who do not have past or present medical conditions that can impair healing and maintain a positive outlook and realistic expectations about his/her procedure.

Q: What areas of the face can be treated with a facelift?
A: There are multiple factors that can contribute to the aging process including pollutants, sun exposure, and gravity, which all aid in deteriorating the suppleness of our skin. Particularly useful for eliminating excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, facelift surgery can create a younger looking face with a more defined jaw line. Patients who are only concerned with specific isolated areas of the face such as the neck, jowls, or mid-face may opt for a mini-facelift.

Q: How is facelift surgery performed?
A: During a facelift procedure, I remove excess and sagging skin and re-tighten or reposition muscle and tissue to refill areas of lost volume and smooth wrinkles. A full facelift could also include a neck lift which restores the neck line, jawline, and removes turkey neck.

A mini-facelift, also known as a “weekend procedure” because of the minimal downtime required, reduces wrinkles and sagging skin by making smaller, hidden incisions without affecting the brow and eye areas.

Q: What aftercare is required following my facelift surgery?
A: Following your surgery, a bandage may be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed and will be worn for several days. Thin tubes may also be inserted to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate under the skin. I will provide you with specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition.

Q: What other cosmetic procedures do you perform for facial rejuvenation?
A: Many patients do not realize that there are various surgical and non-surgical options in addition to traditional facelift surgery to meet their unique concerns. Facial procedures such as a browlift, blepharoplasty, and neck lift can also significantly revitalize your appearance.

Patients with minor skin concerns and moderate to minimal wrinkling can benefit from non-surgical treatments such as laser resurfacing. Cosmetic injectables like BOTOX® smooth out wrinkles caused by expression on the forehead and near the eyes. Juvéderm® and Restylane® facial fillers restore lost volume in areas of the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lips. Since these procedures are non-surgical, patients can benefit from minimal to no downtime and shorter treatment times as injections typically take 10-20 minutes to complete.

I remind my patients that though these procedures can restore a more youthful appearance, it is important to keep realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery does not slow down the body’s natural aging process. In addition to surgery, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, limiting UV exposure, and using sunscreen faithfully can all help aid in prevention.

If you are interested in facelift surgery or other cosmetic procedures at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.