No Tricks, Just Treats: October Plastic Surgery Specials Are Here!

Welcome to the month of ghosts, goblins, costumes and pumpkins.  During a time when many of us are deciding how we will be celebrating All Hallows Eve and thinking about the next round of holidays that are soon after, schedules can be pretty busy this time of year.  That’s why we encourage you to really do something you’ve perhaps been considering or wanting for a while now: a gift for yourself.  This month we’re featuring loads of plastic surgery specials so there’s a little of something for everyone:

sps_Oct2015_coupon_FinalBody Contouring Special

Receive one site of liposuction FREE with purchase of a tummy tuck ($2400 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Body contouring benefits include:

  • Improving the overall contours of the body by reshaping or enhancing the abdominal area
  • Addressing stubborn fat in the hips, flanks or back that is resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction
  • Removing excess fat and skin with a tummy tuck
  • Creating a sculpted midsection, without a noticeable stomach pooch or weakened abdominal muscles, with a liposuction and tummy tuck combo (this combination is popular among mommy makeover and Grammy makeover patients)

Oct_2015_special2_FinalHand Rejuvenation Special

Purchase a Radiesse® hand rejuvenation treatment, get a FREE Xeomin® treatment ($550 savings)

Radiesse® hand rejuvenation benefits include:

  • FDA-approved
  • Nonsurgical procedure so there’s little to no downtime needed
  • Filling out the bony, delicate skin that can make the hands appear skeletal
  • Covering soft tissue to creates less prominent veins and tendons
  • Immediate results that last from 1-2 years

sps_lift_Oct2015_FinalBreast Enhancement

FREE mini breast lift with purchase of a breast augmentation ($2300 savings)

+ 10% OFF hospital and anesthesia fees

Breast enhancement benefits include:

  • Increasing breast size and firmness with the use of FDA-approved breast implants during a breast augmentation
  • Addressing sagging breasts that have lost firmness, removes extra skin + tightening breast tissue during a breast lift
  • Restoring a natural shape and proportion to the breasts by improving their overall contours
  • Natural looking breast surgery results that best fit the patient’s existing body frame

With work, family and everything else in-between, doing something that will make you feel confident in the skin you’re in is often passed over on the priority list, but it doesn’t have to be.  Hearing patients lament over the fact that they shouldn’t have waited so long to give themselves a gift is something that will never get old around this office.  Every plastic surgery journey starts with a consultation and a goal and the Southern Plastic Surgery team is here to help.  All of our current specials are valid until October 31st, 2015 and more details can be found on our plastic surgery specials page.  If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please don’t hesitate to contact us; in the meantime, we hope to see you soon!

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Andrew

Part of what I enjoy about being a double board-certified plastic surgeon is getting to know my patients.  I like hearing their stories and what motivates them on a day-to-day basis; same goes for my interns, which is why we started the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) intern spotlight series.  We wanted to give you all a chance to get to know more about the interns who have spent time as an integral part of the SPS team – this month we are turning the spotlight on Andrew.

Southern Plastic Surgery InternA little backstory on Andrew: he lived in Mexico for a few years after he finished high school and it was there that he honed in on his goal to become a medical provider.  What stuck out the most during his time in rural Mexico was how poor health and hygiene affected entire families and communities.  He ultimately decided he wanted to help people feel better and live longer, happier lives.  That dedication to improving the quality of life for others is only a small fraction of what will make Andrew a great dermatologist in the future.  Here’s a little bit on what Andrew had to say about working with us and our cosmetic plastic surgery patients:

What’s your favorite memory?  Probably when I was able to attend a national conference with Dr. Whiteman and observe an entire group of dedicated professionals improving their own skills and knowledge to benefit their patients. It was a fun and educational weekend!

Describe your internship in ONE word.  Inspiring!

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  I learned how you can interact with your patients in a fun and comfortable way while still maintaining a professional, positive workplace. I was also reminded that medicine really is an art – that no two patients are the same and each requires unique attention and your best effort in order to make each and every procedure a masterpiece.

What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learned during your internship?  You cannot help people if you don’t know how. Medicine is not easy, and neither are the many procedures that are often advertised all around town by sometimes inadequately trained semi-professionals. When a patient trusts you to help make them feel better and look better, that is a big responsibility and one that should never be taken lightly. Having adequate training, experience and a strong foundation of medical knowledge is key in ensuring your patients get the safe and effective plastic surgery results they deserve.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman?  Dr. Whiteman’s outgoing and upbeat personality makes him a pleasure to work with! There is never a dull moment when the Doctor is around. For an intern it makes learning more fun, and for a patient it’s much more comfortable and reassuring when your doctor actually has a personality.

What’s been the biggest challenge?  Definitely keeping up with Dr. Whiteman! He has been doing this for a number of years and keeping up with his schedule, his preparation and especially his mind-set has been both challenging and rewarding!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Fresh out of medical residency and looking to establish my own dermatology practice.

Andrew is originally from Vancouver, Washington and when he’s not studying at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he leads a really active lifestyle.

Hobbies: I love hiking in the mountains, camping, snowboarding, playing basketball and soccer, gardening and cooking with my wife.

Fun fact about yourself: I worked as a snowboard instructor during college (yes mom, it was work…)

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta:  Hiking in the North Georgia Mountains with my wife and kids!

Do you have a personal motto?  Growing up my dad would always say, “Leave it better than you found it.” I’ve learned you can apply that to almost any situation whether it’s a hiking trail, a relationship or even a simple conversation. In medicine I’ve been able to use this with patient encounters – always leave the patient better, happier and healthier than when you met them.

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  Breakfast all day long!

If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? Probably work for the National Parks Service as a Forest Ranger or a Ski Patrol/EMT at a ski resort.

Catch the latest on our intern feature stories on our blog and stay tuned for more in the near future!  If you have any questions about our practice or any of the reconstructive and cosmetic procedures we perform, feel free to contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.  You can also stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet George

So far you’ve all had the chance to get to know a little bit about our past interns in our intern spotlight series.  We’ve introduced Lila and Hiroki, but now we’d like to introduce you to George.  An Augusta, Georgia native and a current 4th year osteopathic medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – GA Campus, George has been a great addition to the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) family during the duration of his medical internship.  It’s always great to have interns that are dedicated, focused and hard-working in regards to making the most of their internship and being proactive in their learning; and George is no exception!

SPS internWhat made you choose a career in medicine? I grew up in a medical household. My father is an osteopathic physician, my mother is a registered nurse practitioner, and I’ve just always sort of been drawn towards medicine. In fact, when I was around 8 years old I dressed up as a doctor for Halloween and my mother never let me forget it!

What’s your favorite memory so far?  Among many great memories, Dr. Whiteman’s staff is tremendous. Great people, great at what they do.

Describe your internship in ONE word.  Fascinating.

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  Steady hands – invaluable in medicine.

What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  Never leave the office until all of the work is done. You’ll just have more to do tomorrow.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman?  Dr. Whiteman tries to come across as the “tough professor” in the beginning of the internship, but by the end we all know he’s just a big teddy bear.  Seriously, he is an excellent doctor and teacher, and he doesn’t accept a job performance less than well done.

What’s been the biggest challenge?  Managing time – without a doubt; there never seems to be enough, does there?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Practicing medicine and somewhere on a beach or a golf course.

When George isn’t finessing his plastic surgery surgical skills, in hopes of one day specializing in Internal Medicine, he leads a very active lifestyle here in Atlanta and is quite the renaissance man (fun fact about George: he taught himself how to play five different instruments with only the help of the internet – and he’ll eagerly share that this was back in the days of dial-up!).

Hobbies: I have a wide variety of hobbies.  Sports, music and good food/beverage are pretty close to the top of the list.

Favorite movie:  Tommy Boy. Don’t judge me; it’s a classic from my childhood.

Do you have a personal motto?  Always be better than the guy before you, and make it extremely difficult for the guy after you.

If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant. Maybe someday further on down the road…

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta:  A day at the park with my dog, Murphy.

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  Brunch!

Everyone at the office has enjoyed George’s time here and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!  Check back next month as we feature our next SPS intern feature.  Feel free to also contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. with any questions you may have about our practice or cosmetic procedures.  You can also stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.