Frequently Asked Questions on Natural Ethnic Rhinoplasty Answered

Recent studies gathered by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) revealed a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has served the Atlanta area for over 20 years and understands the importance of achieving long-lasting, natural results specific to his patient’s aesthetic goals and body structure.

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAHe has developed a natural “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among his ethnic patients. To help patients learn more about his natural technique, he’s answered a few frequently asked questions about ethnic rhinoplasty:

Q.) What is an “implantless technique” for rhinoplasty?

Instead of using silicone implants or other artificial materials, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

Q.) Why is using my own tissue better than implants for facial plastic surgery?

By using your own tissue, your risk of post-operative complications is greatly reduced. Instead of using a foreign substance, the body’s natural bone, cartilage, fat, and tissue can be used without high risk of infection or rejection. Also, rhinoplasty results tend to be more subtle and natural-looking than those created with an implant.

Q.) Will my downtime be shorter by avoiding implants in rhinoplasty?

The risk of complications is reduced, but the downtime associated with your procedure is dependent on your individual rhinoplasty procedure. By following prescribed aftercare instructions, attending follow-up appointments, and avoiding strenuous activity, many patients can gradually return to regular activity after a week.

Q.) Are there any non-surgical options to restore areas of lost volume?

To address lost volume for the face, we provide minimally invasive facial fillers including Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with little to no downtime. Fillers can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and the cheeks for a more balanced, youthful result. They can also be administered to the nasal dorsum as a non-surgical alternative for rhinoplasty. As an alternative to grafting cartilage for the nose, facial fillers can be used to restore the same volume.

If you’re interested in facial plastic surgery or other procedures, please contact us today. Also be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

Preserving Cultural Identity in Ethnic Plastic Surgery

In recent news articles and social media buzz, news anchor and television personality Julie Chen revealed her decision to undergo plastic surgery. As an Asian-American, Chen had eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to address her eyes for a more alert and expressive appearance. While Chen’s procedure has received much attention from the press, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has reported a general substantial growth in cosmetic procedures among ethnic patients. Serving the diverse Atlanta area for 20 years, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman discusses the growth of ethnic plastic surgery and the importance of finding a surgeon experienced in treating patients of different backgrounds.beautiful faces

ASPS has attributed the strong growth in plastic surgery procedures to customized procedures that preserve cultural identities for African American/Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients. Studies conducted by ASPS show rhinoplasty was the most common in African American and Middle Eastern ethnic groups while blepharoplasty was the most performed for Asians and breast augmentation for Latin American/Hispanic patients. Since skin, bone, tissue structure, and aesthetic goals all vary among each patient, it is important to find a highly skilled and experienced surgeon who is board certified to perform plastic surgery.

During plastic surgery consultations, Dr. Whiteman discusses aesthetic goals, procedures, and expectations with each patient as well as answers any questions about the procedure. It is important to review your surgeon’s before and after photos as well as their board certifications and experience. Many ethnic patients are concerned about preserving their cultural identity. For example, ethnic rhinoplasty requires special precision and understanding of the nose’s complex bone and cartilage structures. An African-American patient’s goals will differ from a Caucasian or Hispanic patient’s aesthetic goals as their nasal structure typically contains more fibrous tissue and weaker cartilage.

If you are interested in a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

View Our Video Gallery for Cosmetic Surgery Results

Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery often recommends that his patients view his interactive video gallery and YouTube channel to get an idea of the cosmetic procedures he performs.  With over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Whiteman has performed thousands of procedures from ethnic rhinoplasty and liposuction to breast reconstruction for women after breast cancer removal.plastic surgery atlanta ga

Dr. Whiteman’s media center gallery displays a wide-range of interactive media including brief videos about Southern Plastic Surgery’s overall practice, facial rejuvenation treatments explained by Dr. Whiteman, and post-surgery pain management.  Individuals can also hear from patients who discuss their surgical experiences at Southern Plastic Surgery with patient testimonial videos.

For patients’ reference, Dr. Whiteman also has a featured photo gallery of before and after photos of all the procedures he offers at Southern Plastic Surgery. Before and after plastic surgery photos can help individuals get a generalized idea of realistic results. However, each patient is unique and an in-office consultation is the best way to determine which procedure will provide the most optimal results.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery please call us at 770-622-9100 to schedule your consultation. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic surgery news and information.