3 Nonsurgical Solutions to Common Cosmetic Problems

Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular than it is right now. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), last year smashed the record for more cosmetic surgery procedures performed in a single year in the US. Still, despite its surging popularity, plastic surgery is not for everyone. In my time as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have spoken with many patients who were not able to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure, whether it was due to medical reasons, scheduling conflicts, or just personal preference. Thankfully for these patients, there are now more nonsurgical cosmetic solutions available than ever before. To give readers a better idea of what they can achieve without surgery, allow me to highlight three of my most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

3 Nonsurgical Solutions to Common Cosmetic ProblemsAlthough it may not be a substitute for liposuction, SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction helps patients in a similar way. As we age, it gets harder and harder to shed unwanted fat that accumulates on our bodies. When diet and exercise are not enough, SculpSure® can be the perfect way to tighten up your figure by eliminating stubborn fat from areas all over the body including the abdomen, love handles, waist, arms, and more. SculpSure® treatments are fast (usually around 25 minutes), safe, and require no downtime for recovery.

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures can be helpful for improving the appearance of a patient’s face. For instance, nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) uses injectable dermal fillers to camouflage uneven areas on the nose. A liquid nose job is for patients who seek subtle tweaks to the appearance of their nose. Those who want to alter the size and shape of their nose will still need to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty.

Lastly, Kybella® fat reduction for the double chin is FDA-approved to help remove submental fat that appears below the chin. By using deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, Kybella® can safely break down fat cells. Once these fat cells are destroyed, they do not return, meaning the results from Kybella® treatments can be extremely long-lasting.

Keep in mind, these procedures are not intended to take the place of cosmetic surgery. While the procedures mentioned above can provide outstanding, natural-looking results, some patients may require more extensive cosmetic alterations only achievable through surgery. However, by making my patients aware of all of the various surgical and nonsurgical options that I provide, my goal is to help them make an informed decision about the right cosmetic procedure for their specific needs. For more information or to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, photos, and more.

Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s with Dr. David Whiteman

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is helping educate my patients about the various cosmetic procedures that I perform. Patient education is an integral part of the plastic surgery process. That’s why I’m always happy to answer any questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing certain questions I have received, my goal is to both inform and encourage others not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about some of my most in-demand cosmetic procedures: male breast reduction, mommy makeovers, facelifts & mini facelifts.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m a guy who has been dealing with the embarrassment of enlarged breasts for years. After recently hearing about it for the first time, I am very interested in male breast reduction. My question is: if I undergo this procedure, can my man boobs grow back down the road?

Sincerely,
“D”

Dear “D”,

Enlarged breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, is often caused by a hormonal issue that leads to excess breast tissue. Instead of attacking the symptoms, male breast reduction treats the root cause of gynecomastia by surgically removing the extra breast tissue. Because of this, results from male breast reduction can last a lifetime. However, it’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations closely in order to maintain your male breast reduction results. Gynecomastia can reoccur as a result of steroid use, abuse of recreational drugs, certain medical conditions, or even considerable weight gain.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, when is the right time to undergo a mommy makeover? Do I have to be a mommy first?

Sincerely,
“R”

Dear “R”,

You do not have to be a mommy to undergo a mommy makeover, but there are other considerations to be aware of before having your surgery. For starters, it’s important to remember that a mommy makeover consists of three body contouring procedures (a tummy tuck using my Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery) and patients should not expect considerable weight loss after a mommy makeover. I advise my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. Additionally, you should not consider a mommy makeover if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as pregnancy can negatively affect or even reverse the results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have begun to do some preliminary research about facelifts. Can you detail the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

Both a full facelift and a mini facelift (known as a rapid recovery lift) can help rejuvenate your appearance by tightening and smoothing facial skin. They differ in the degree to which they treat facial aging. Full facelifts are intended to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation to multiple areas of the face, whereas the mini facelift is specifically intended for patients who are showing early signs of aging in the lower third part of the face (including the neck, mid-face area, and jowls). During a consultation, I will explain the differences between these procedures in detail, including their respective recovery times required, to help determine which procedure is best for you.

I hope you found this helpful and informative. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary plastic surgery consultations for patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and updates.

Getting to Know Your Various Facial Rejuvenation Options

For patients who want to rejuvenate their appearance and fight off some of the more visible signs of aging, the face is a great place to start. After all, our faces are the most prominent and unique feature we have. This is why so many patients first think of facial procedures when considering their options for cosmetic improvement. Whether you are interested in more proportional facial features or treating visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, I am able to perform a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures for patients of all ages.

Cosmetic facial surgery, such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty procedures, are intended for patients who are seeking more significant and longer-lasting results. For instance, rhinoplasty can fundamentally alter a person’s appearance by creating a more symmetrical, better-proportioned facial structure. Conversely, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation may make more sense for patients who prefer more subtle, natural-looking aesthetic tweaks instead of more dramatic alterations. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, like Botox® Cosmetic injections and facial fillers, may also appeal to those are too busy to take on the recovery time needed after certain cosmetic procedures, or those who may not be healthy enough for surgery. Nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures are also commonly used as maintenance for patients who have already undergone facial surgery.

I know all these options can be overwhelming for certain patients who are not sure which procedures or treatments make the most sense for them. That’s why I have taken some time in the video below to provide some more information on nonsurgical facial rejuvenation and how it can be of assistance:

Remember that when it comes to surgical vs. nonsurgical procedures, it does not have to be a one or the other choice. In fact it’s common for my patients to use nonsurgical treatments to complement and enhance the results of their cosmetic surgery. Regardless of which facial rejuvenation route you ultimately choose, the first step towards your desired change is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help guide you towards the cosmetic procedures that will most successfully help you reach your new aesthetic goals. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.