Plastic Surgery Myths & Facts

There are often a variety of misconceptions associated with plastic surgery that are simply untrue. These skewed perceptions are often derived from photos of celebrities that have had “botched” surgeries or just from word-of-mouth which often raises much concern for patients who are interested in undergoing surgery. Regardless of the type of procedure you decide to have, I believe it is important for my patients to be knowledgeable about potential risks and benefits of plastic surgery and to maintain realistic expectations. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have deciphered a few common plastic surgery myths:

Plastic Surgery Myths and FactsMYTH: Plastic surgery is only for women
FACT: Over the last ten years, the once female-predominant field of plastic surgery has become more acceptable and more common for men to consider and undergo. For a variety of motivations such as staying competitive with younger applicants in today’s job market or to improve overall self-esteem, the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures among men continues to gain popularity.  Popular procedures for men include eyelid surgery, liposuction, and neck lifts. Even so, there are some procedures for males that are exclusive to them – the treatment for gynecomastia is one such example.

Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from a Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts,” and is a common condition for an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. Gynecomastia occurs when there is a hormone imbalance of estrogen and testosterone and can transpire in one or both breasts and can even leave breasts noticeably uneven.  Caused by heredity, disease or hormonal changes, the breast glands can increase to an unusually large size. In order to address such concerns, I perform breast reduction surgery to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue and skin.

MYTH: Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery is a substitute for exercising and eating healthy
FACT: While liposuction, abdominoplasty, and other body contouring procedures can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it is important to remember it should not be a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Post-surgery, I advise my patients to maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve positive body contouring results.

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, and more as it pertains to your suited lifestyle.

MYTH: Plastic surgery is extremely expensive and unaffordable for most people
FACT: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013—which means that plastic surgery is an option for a large number of people. Most individuals who undergo surgery are everyday people who are interested in boosting their self-confidence by improving their appearance.

Southern Plastic Surgery provides patient financing options for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit℠. CareCredit℠ is an 18 month plan that charges no interest as long as monthly minimum payments are successfully met, and payment is received in-full within the 18 month promotional period.

MYTH: All plastic surgeons are the same
FACT: Unless a doctor is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you may be corresponding with someone who is not a properly trained plastic surgeon. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon is the most important step when deciding on surgery. Your surgeon should be a fully trained and board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing different procedures; just as importantly, he or she must take the time to listen to and fully understand your individual goals and desires. I welcome you to read my biography to learn more about me and my board certification credentials.

I want every patient who walks through my door to be comfortable, aware, and confident in their goals and my abilities as their cosmetic surgeon. To that end, I ensure that I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. If you’re interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to contact us  to schedule a complimentary consultation while openings last! Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Patients Seek Eyelid Surgery to Eliminate the Signs of Aging

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.eyelid-surgery-atlanta-georgia

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 FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Couples Seek Plastic Surgery

We all know men and women are very different creatures. In fact, you can see a pretty big difference between the two groups just by reviewing plastic surgery statistics. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2011 statistics, the male population accounted for just over a million minimally-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 while females accounted for more than 12 million of these procedures.  However, as reported by ABC news, men and women are beginning to seek cosmetic surgery together, a phenomenon known as couples’ plastic surgery.

Some plastic surgery patients struggle to know what to say to their mate when they begin to pursue cosmetic enhancement. The process can be uncomfortable because people worry their significant other will disagree with their choice or be somewhat intimidated. Fortunately for Heather Robertson, the woman featured in ABC’s story as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, her husband, David, had the exact reaction the mother of four had hoped for when she mentioned her desire for tummy tuck surgery. He said he thought if anyone deserved a procedure like that, his wife did.

The couple has been together for 18 years, and they have both changed and aged throughout the years. As we often discuss in our mommy makeover surgery blogs, pregnancy and childbirth can permanently change a woman’s body causing weight fluctuation, muscle damage and loose skin. However, as David can attest, the children aren’t completely responsible for their changed appearance. He decided to follow his wife’s lead and have plastic surgery to get rid of his double chin.

When hearing the phrase “couples’ plastic surgery,” a person might assume that each person is having the same type of procedure. For instance, some may envision a husband and wife seeking liposuction or tummy tuck, or couples getting Botox® or facial filling injectables at the same time. However, the Robertson’s experience demonstrated the fact couples can pursue different plastic surgery procedures that target their personal areas of concern and still be there for one another along the journey.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring procedures, and facial plastic surgery, including the iGuide® neck lift technique to target double chins. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedures he offers, visit his website. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and trends.