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.

Mother- Daughter Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery patients come in a variety of ages, shapes, and sizes. As each patient has different needs for surgery, Dr. David Whiteman discusses their individual goals to provide the most natural-looking results possible.

top-facial-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaYou may have seen in the recent news an uptick in mothers and daughters receiving plastic surgery at the same time. Although this may seem like an interesting way to bond, it’s not as uncommon as you may think. According to 2005 statistics by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there has been a significant increase in the number of people getting surgery with a partner.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Whiteman understands that cosmetic surgery is an important and thoughtful decision ultimately made by the patient.  Sharing that experience and comfort with someone you care about can make that process even more meaningful.

Whether or not you choose to have cosmetic surgery at the same time as a loved one, the recommended procedures will differ depending on your individual desires and goals. For example, one patient may be more concerned with addressing signs of aging with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or liposuction of double chin whereas their loved one may be more concerned with eliminating stubborn fat with a tummy tuck or a breast lift to restore perkier breasts.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to check out our before and after gallery to see patients’ procedure results. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.

Dr. Whiteman’s Guide to Facial Plastic Surgery: Going Beyond the Facelift

Many people automatically associate facial plastic surgery with the traditional facelift. Although facial plastic surgery does include the well-known facelift, it also includes a variety of other procedures that target very specific concerns. In fact the facelift itself can involve the traditional procedure as well as mini versions of the facelift to treat isolated cosmetic concerns of the eyes, forehead, lower face, etc.

As we age, our skin becomes lax and collagen begins to break down causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin. The traditional or full facelift focuses on problem areas around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. While some patients combine this procedure with other anti-aging facial procedures like the brow lift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation, other patients seek surgery before a procedure of that extent is necessary. These patients focus on their problem areas as they notice them. Some signs of aging can be repaired with facial fillers and cosmetic injectables.  For more advanced signs of aging,  Dr. Whiteman also offers procedures like brow lift to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, mid-facelift to reduce wrinkles and refresh the middle section of the face, or neck lift (lower facelift) to eliminate sagging skin on the jowls.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fat and tissue that contributes to bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs. Aside from helping patients look younger and more alert, some surgeons are performing migraine relief surgery in conjunction with blepharoplasty because they have better access to the muscles attributed to causing this condition. Plastic surgery patients have also experienced migraine relief through some brow lift surgery techniques and with Botox® injections.

Many facial contouring procedures provide a youthful appearance in addition to balancing facial aesthetics, though anti-aging was not their original purpose. Patients often seek otoplasty (ear surgery) to help pin back ears that are too prominent or to reduce the size of ears that are too large. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is used to enhance the shape and size of a patient’s nose. In fact, nose surgery can also be used to alleviate breathing problems caused by injury or birth defects, so Dr. Whiteman works to repair function first (if necessary) and then to enhance aesthetics.

In addition to balance-focused procedures like otoplasty and rhinoplasty, chin surgery (genioplasty) and the insertions of chin implants are becoming more popular. In fact according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 statistics report, the number of patients to receive chin implant surgery increased 71% in comparison to the 2010 statistics. Chin implants are used to give the chin a more prominent position and help balance other facial features like the nose. Dr. Whiteman also employs techniques like facial liposuction, or liposuction of the double chin to add definition to a patient’s jaw line.

Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body in addition to the facial procedures he offers. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery by Dr. David Whiteman, visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.