Top Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Myth: Plastic surgery is purely cosmetic.  Fact: It’s not.  I’m not sure exactly how this misconception started but it’s simply not the case.  Plastic surgery has the ability to dramatically change a person’s life for the better.  For the woman who beat breast cancer and chooses to rebuild her breast with breast reconstruction to the man who fears taking off his shirt because of his man-boobs and chooses breast reduction – is it fair to judge the motivations of a person choosing to do something that will genuinely make them happy?  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon having had the fortune to work with Atlanta-area patients for over 22 years, the motivations are endless but the absence of judgment remains the same.  Today I wanted to share some of the top reasons my patients choose rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, in hopes that it’ll inspire anyone considering this procedure to find common ground with previous patients of mine.

I hear a lot of discussions in the media about this celebrity getting cosmetic injections or that celebrity getting body contouring and facial plastic surgery.  I’m not one to preach (I prefer to think of it as teach), but why does it matter?  Just because we have lumped breast and body procedures into the category of plastic surgery doesn’t mean it’s purely cosmetic.  Rhinoplasty patients can fall into two categories: cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty.  Let’s start with reasons to consider rhinoplasty:

  • You’re unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
  • Your nose does not proportionately fit your face (meaning it’s too big or too small in relation to your overall profile)
  • You have breathing issues related to a deviated septum
  • Your nose is crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment due to trauma
  • You have a birth defect
  • You simply want to improve the nose you already have

The face is such a prominent feature and the nose, eyes, and mouth tend to be some of the first things we notice about one another.  It’s not like you can go through life covering your face with a bag just because you’re unhappy with the way you look, so rhinoplasty is a great way to address the biggest concerns plaguing patients.  Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, smooths bumps on the bridge, enhances the angles of the contours, and can reduce enlarged tips when performed by a doctor who understands the finesse required for such a delicate procedure.  Depending on your reasoning for electing to have a nose job, there are several techniques that are used but the end result is to improve what you already have.

For some patients this means wanting to look in a mirror and feel their nose isn’t the most noticeable feature of their face.  For other patients it’s wanting to have the ability to breathe clearly for the first time in their life or to reduce the memory of an injury to the face.  In the final results, your rhinoplasty results should best fit your face and look as natural as if you were born that way.  We’re not going for overdone in our practice, we’re going for improved.  If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to send us a message, reach out by telephone, or connect with us on social media to get the conversation started.  I’m here to listen to your concerns and help you get there; it’s a decision that is completely up to you and should lift your spirits in a way you may not have known possible.

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.

Cosmetic Injectables: Beyond Wrinkles

dysport atlanta georgiaThere are many benefits to cosmetic injectables: they work as anti-aging treatments, require little to no downtime, can be done on your lunch break and require no hospital stays, to name a few.  There are quite a few cosmetic injectable brands on the market today that each work to address a variety of aesthetic concerns for patients.  While they are most notably known for slowing down the progression of aging, cosmetic injectables are very dynamic and beneficial for much more than just fine lines and wrinkles.

Let’s take a look at three key areas that can benefit from cosmetic injectables:

Face – We all go through different stages of aging.  For some of us we spend summers outdoor and the sun’s powerful UV rays break down the collagen in the skin, making the skin sag and appear more aged than those who stay indoors.  For others, their genetic makeup simply shows fine lines and wrinkles at earlier stages in life.  To tackle these facial concerns we have two options within the injectables family: Botox®/Dysport® or facial fillers.  Botox® and Dysport® are two main brands of cosmetic injectables (both FDA approved to produce the same results but made by different manufacturers) used to treat expression lines (fine lines and wrinkles) on the upper part of the face.  They work by relaxing the muscles in the face that cause expression to create a smoother, less furrowed appearance.  Then we have facial fillers, which as the name would suggest fills areas of the face.  Made from naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers restore areas of the face that have sunken in or could use added volume (such as the cheeks, lips and around the mouth), in addition to smoothing wrinkles and lines.  All cosmetic injectables provide temporary relief (results vary from six months to over a year depending on the specific injectable you choose) but can safely be repeated to maintain your cosmetic injectable results.

Hands – Our hands are exposed to all kinds of harmful elements and one of the dead giveaways of our age.  As we age, our skin becomes thinner and the veins more prominent – often creating a skeletal look for some patients.  Just this past June, Radiesse® was FDA-approved for the use of hand rejuvenation.  Hand rejuvenation using Radiesse® works similarly to the way treatments are administered for areas of the face; predetermined areas that could use more volume are determined and Radiesse® is administered in a short series of injections.  Once the filler has been injected, it is massaged into the hands to create an even look that covers soft tissue and reduces the appearance of veins and tendons in the hands.  Results are immediate and can last up to two years.

Nose – This is probably the least known option for cosmetic injectables.  For patients who have a sunken nose or simply want more volume added to reduce a flattened appearance, facial Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® can revitalize the nose and the surrounding areas.  Fillers can be injected directly into the tip, base or bridge of the nose to produce a natural, more balanced look.  The results are not permanent as they are with a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure, but additional treatments over time can help to maintain the results.

If you’re interested in trying Dysport®, we’re having a flash sale with special pricing for the first 15 patients!  See the flyer for details or contact Southern Plastic Surgery to book your appointment.  To learn about hand rejuvenation, cosmetic injectables or the cosmetic treatments offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.  Stay up to date on the latest cosmetic plastic surgery and skincare news by following me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.