While seeing surgical consultations recently, Dr. Whiteman noticed an interesting trend: many of the patients coming to see him had traveled to his Atlanta, Georgia office from various parts of the country. Within one day of consultations, Dr. Whiteman met with patients who lived in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois and even Italy!

This trend of traveling patients highlights the fact that you don’t have to “settle” for a plastic surgeon based on geography. If there is only one wedding dress shop in your town and none of the dresses struck your fancy, you aren’t going to settle on a dress you don’t like; instead you would travel to a dress shop that better fit your needs. Why should you not do the same with something as important as a cosmetic procedure?

When choosing a plastic surgeon, you need to first and foremost make sure that they are board certified in plastic surgery. In this economy, many general surgeons are offering plastic surgery services as a way to make extra income. Board certification in plastic surgery however, means that an independent board has reviewed and approved a surgeon’s experience, education, and ethical/moral commitments. It is very important for your safety and your satisfaction that you only have the most qualified and experienced physician performing your procedure. (Click here to learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s qualifications).

But choosing a plastic surgeon is not just about medical credentials, you should also feel comfortable and “at ease” with your surgeon, their staff, and their practice before you opt for a procedure. What sets Southern Plastic Surgery apart is that most of Dr. Whiteman’s staff has been working together for over a decade. The close bond that we share is reflected on every patient that walks through the door of our practice and it is our goal to make every patient as comfortable as possible. Contact us to visit our office for a consultation.