Southern Plastic Surgery: Reaching out to Patients in the Southeast and Beyond!

While seeing surgical consultations recently, Dr. Whiteman noticed an interesting trend: many of the patients coming to see him had traveled to his Atlanta, Georgia office from various parts of the country. Within one day of consultations, Dr. Whiteman met with patients who lived in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois and even Italy!

This trend of traveling patients highlights the fact that you don’t have to “settle” for a plastic surgeon based on geography. If there is only one wedding dress shop in your town and none of the dresses struck your fancy, you aren’t going to settle on a dress you don’t like; instead you would travel to a dress shop that better fit your needs. Why should you not do the same with something as important as a cosmetic procedure?

When choosing a plastic surgeon, you need to first and foremost make sure that they are board certified in plastic surgery. In this economy, many general surgeons are offering plastic surgery services as a way to make extra income. Board certification in plastic surgery however, means that an independent board has reviewed and approved a surgeon’s experience, education, and ethical/moral commitments. It is very important for your safety and your satisfaction that you only have the most qualified and experienced physician performing your procedure. (Click here to learn more about Dr. Whiteman’s qualifications).

But choosing a plastic surgeon is not just about medical credentials, you should also feel comfortable and “at ease” with your surgeon, their staff, and their practice before you opt for a procedure. What sets Southern Plastic Surgery apart is that most of Dr. Whiteman’s staff has been working together for over a decade. The close bond that we share is reflected on every patient that walks through the door of our practice and it is our goal to make every patient as comfortable as possible. Contact us to visit our office for a consultation.

Traveling for Cosmetic Surgery?

You may recall awhile back the story about the wife of music celebrity Usher Raymond who traveled out of the country for ‘privacy reasons’. While her true reasons are unknown, the facts are she very recently gave birth and attempted to get liposuction while in Brazil.

Most board certified plastic surgeons in the US would have warned her out of undergoing the procedure so early after childbirth and send her away for the time being, but those out of the US, away from bothersome things like “credentials” and “board certifications” have no qualms with taking the money from someone famous. The result of her voyage? Falling into cardiac arrest prior to the procedure due to irresponsible anesthesia administering.

This information became, as you can see, anything but ‘private’, thereby making the reason for her leaving the US absolutely meaningless. The practice of leaving the US to get plastic surgery, whether for privacy concerns or to save some money is sometimes called ‘Medical Tourism’ and it clearly comes with its own risks.

According to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, 28 countries on four different continents are part of the medical tourism business. Each year 2 million patients get procedures done in other countries besides their own; and these countries offer everything from dental care to plastic and cosmetic surgery. Even Americans, more than 180,000 in 2008, are going abroad to visit hospitals and clinics in other countries besides the United States.

The reasons for “outsourcing” often come down to the money you
will save. Other reasons include trying to keep your operation under the radar so no one at home will know that you have gotten work done. But there is nothing to be ashamed of when considering plastic surgery. If you want to get rid of that post-pregnancy weight (similar to motives of Usher’s wife), people will understand. You just need to work with your surgeons, because many will ask you to wait for a few to several months after birth so your body can normalize and recover.

While the choice of where you get your medical procedures done is up to you, keep in mind the risk you will be taking if your physician is not a board certified or have excellent credentials and past experience. If you travel out of the US to find a US-trained and board certified plastic surgeon; but keep in mind there may be a reason why they have left the US. Your best bet is to stay local and stick with the names you trust. All of my patients have and I hope their results speak for themselves.

[Original news source courtesy of the Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Report]