Happy Holidays from the Southern Plastic Surgery Family!

The Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS) family and I have a lot to be thankful for as we reflect back on the year we’ve had together and with all of our inspiring patients. I say inspiring because it’s been a great year to witness many life-changing improvements that many of you have experienced after seeing your plastic surgery results. Here are a few highlights of some of the biggest memories that stand out for us in 2015 – a year in review of sorts that we’d like to share with you all this holiday season:

  • Our website got a much needed makeover because we wanted our patients to get a better sense of who we are and what we most enjoy doing – serving our patients!
  • Thanks to all of you, I was nominated, and announced the winner of the 2015 Best Self Magazine “Best of Atlanta Contest” for Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy
  • I recently found out that The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has accepted, and will be publishing, my abstract on the Scarpa fascia tummy tuck technique I developed entitled “Abdominoplasty with Scarpa’s Fascia Advancement Flap to Enhance the Waistline”
  • The SPS team grew and we welcomed our newest team member Michelle to the office
  • Patient participation has been at an all-time high and I’ve been fortunate enough to have many of you volunteer as features for our patient spotlight blog, share your personal testimonies detailing your plastic surgery experience, and even received television screen time on Atlanta & Co.
  • We added several new procedures to our menu of cosmetic surgery services for our patients, both nonsurgical and surgical, including Kybella™ fat reduction, Radiesse® hand rejuvenation, the Grammy makeover, and Mommy makeover to give patients the opportunity to choose some of the most innovative treatments on the market today

We are hopeful that 2016 will be as successful as it has been in years past and even better thanks to all of you. Everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery would like to thank you again as we look forward to another great year. Happy holidays and we hope to see many new and familiar faces in the New Year!

What is Ethnic Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgery is constantly evolving.  I say it’s ever-evolving because as a society, so are we.  Our opinion of what we consider beautiful now is a mosaic, largely attributed to a mix of worldwide travel diversity and the internet.  What we considered as ideal beauty 30 years ago is certainly not the case now, nor will it be the same 30 years into the future.  In direct correlation to shifting trends, there has also been a shift in ethnic plastic surgery procedures.  But what exactly is ethnic plastic surgery and what factors should be considered when exploring these various facial procedures?

Ethnic Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAs a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 21 years of performing ethnic plastic surgery, I have seen the same evolution of patient goals occur among every cultural background; each one is different.  The reason it’s termed ethnic plastic surgery is centered largely around unique cultural identities and the vast diversity that is embodied within each culture (specifically African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian).  Each culture has distinct facial structures and features that are indigenous to that specific culture and it takes a great wealth of knowledge, in regards to the facial complexities, to be able to produce plastic surgery results that are directly in line with the patient and their goals.

Ethnic facial plastic surgery procedures have surged over the past decade as more men and women are seeking cosmetic results that cannot be achieved with makeup or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.  For example, many of my African American/Black patients decide on a rhinoplasty to address the look of a large or flattened nose (think wider tip, flatter bridge and flared nostrils).  The main goal is to reduce the overall size, so I typically draw from several techniques to reshape the nose.  Typically, rhinoplasty involves removing cartilage or bone to create a thinner appearance.  With African Americans, the nose’s structure generally has weaker cartilage and shorter nasal bones in which we must augment the bridge to sculpt the narrower look the patient is going for.  Instead of using implants, I use a technique where I take the patient’s own cartilage and tissue from a donor area to add volume and reshape the nose.  To further augment the overall appearance, I might recommend facial fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge (fillers can be safely injected into the tip, base or bridge of the nose, with repeated treatments to maintain final results).  In the same respect, rhinoplasty continues to vary even among Hispanic/Latino cultures (who tend to have wider bridges and bases of the nose as well as weaker cartilage) and Asians (who have thicker skin, lower bridges and a wider base).  On top of each person coming from a different ethnic background, each person also comes with a unique facial structure, all their own.

With every ethnicity, elective surgery is a choice.  The end result is to create natural-looking plastic surgery results that the patient has in mind.  There are many factors to consider when creating a patient’s rhinoplasty plan, one that accentuates their individual qualities but at the same time also focuses on maintaining cultural identity.  My job, as the surgeon, is to listen to my patient’s concerns and properly address them at surgery.  It’s not to put my “stamp” on their results because as with any ethnic representation, corrective measures should be individualized and ethnically appropriate to suit their face.  My patients, in the simplest of terms, want an improved version of themselves.  I’m just here to help them achieve that.

The face is delicate and should be handled by someone that knows the complex details to perform facial plastic surgery procedures in a safe and successful manner.  When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, do your homework to avoid disappointing results.  If you’re interested in ethnic plastic surgery or any of the plastic surgery procedures we perform at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more plastic surgery news and updates.

Spring Into Spring With Cosmetic Injectables

“Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I’ve already had,
my face pretty much maintains itself.”  -Dolly Parton

Cosmetic injectables are the temporary, non-surgical defenders from one of the most common signs of aging, wrinkles.  Providing effective facial rejuvenation, many Southern Plastic Surgery patients choose facial injectables because treatments are quick and require minimal downtime (meaning no surgery, scars or incisions required).  Depending on your specific anti-aging concerns and goals, cosmetic injectables can leave the skin wrinkle-free for four months to over a year.

This month, we want to help ease your aging woes and invite you to try (or revisit for those familiar) these great anti-aging treatments.  We are featuring a special on cosmetic injectable packages featuring two popular treatments: Xeomin® and Radiesse®:

Xeomin® – If you’ve ever tried Botox® in your lifetime then you are already familiar with the general capabilities Xeomin® treatments can have.  Both Xeomin® and Botox® are similar in that they contain the same botulinum toxin A and block the release of specific chemicals in facial muscles, stopping them from contracting and subsequently forming wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.

Radiesse® – As signs of aging seem to be most noticeable on the face, over time our cheeks may start to deflate and show excess skin as gravity takes its toll.  Composed of naturally-occurring substances found in our bodies, Radiesse® re-plumps areas with lost facial volume and effectively smooths wrinkles and lines for patients experiencing moderate to minimal signs of aging or want to help maintain their previous plastic surgery results.  Radiesse® is typically injected in the cheeks, mouth area and jaw line, to treat smile lines (wrinkles around the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (wrinkles on the cheeks) and jowls that have thinned due to lost collagen.

Be sure to read our flyer for more details on the facial filler package special we are currently offering – we only have 10 packages available, if you would like to reserve your package or find out more information about facial rejuvenation, please contact us at 770-622-9100. You can also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.