Getting to Know the 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Teens

The world of cosmetic surgery is more inclusive than ever. With so many increases in the variety of procedure techniques available over the years, not to mention advancements in safety and success of plastic surgery, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery is on the rise nationwide. This is true for patients of all ages, including teenagers. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), patients nineteen years old or younger underwent nearly 40,000 cosmetic surgery procedures in the US last year alone.

The demands and surgery options available for teenage patients can differ significantly from those of more mature patients. Common procedures, like breast augmentation and liposuction, are considered inappropriate for teens, with some exceptions of course. So what cosmetic surgeries are patients in their teens undergoing and why? I dug into the ASAPS statistics to find out and see if these numbers were similar to my personal experiences with younger patients.

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, was the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery for teenage patients. Teens underwent 11,821 ear surgeries last year, accounting for a third of all ear surgeries performed. Otoplasty is intended to help patients who seek to reduce the size of their large, protruding ears (ears that stick out) that can make the face seem unbalanced and affect their self-confidence.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty was the second most popular procedure among teens, accounting for 11,059 surgeries in 2016. Unlike other parts of the body, the nose typically reaches its full adult size by age sixteen for girls and seventeen for boys. This means teens can undergo a rhinoplasty without having to worry about further growth and development negatively altering the results of their surgery, as long as they have the permission of their parents.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction was the third most popular cosmetic surgery for teens, accounting for nearly 5,000 procedures last year. Although cosmetic breast surgery is more commonly associated with older, more physically mature women, breast reduction can have amazing benefits for teenage girls coping with the physical and emotional strain of excessively large and heavy breasts.

Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is a major decision for a young person that takes a considerable amount of research and consultation, both with a board-certified plastic surgeon as well as their parents. I make it a point to thoroughly discuss every treatment option with my younger patients and their families to help them make an informed decision that will lead to the best-possible cosmetic surgery experience. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news, photos, and more.

Hear From Our Patients

Here at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), we always love to hear back from patients we have worked with in the past. In addition to letting their voices be heard, this feedback allows us to make sure we’re doing everything in our power to make every patient’s experience as comfortable and satisfying as possible. Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big decision and we know it’s common for patients to be anxious before their procedure. To help put your mind at ease, we’ve decided to share some thoughts and experiences from patients we have helped in the past.

“B”: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Patient*

Hear From Our Southern Plastic Surgery PatientsLike many mothers, “B” was frustrated by the way her appearance had changed after having children. Even after returning to their pre-pregnancy weight, many women are left with a “pooch” and/or sagging skin, especially after multiple pregnancies. Learn more about “B’s” tummy tuck story:

After having 2 children in 16 months I no longer recognized my body. At only 29 years old it was devastating. I went to Dr. David Whiteman for a consultation and for the first time I had so much hope and excitement that he could help me. It gave me the hope and inspiration to lose all my baby weight and more. At 30 years old I am in the best shape of my life. I could never repay Dr. Whiteman for the gift he gave me and my family. Every day I wake up with excitement and enthusiasm about my body and my future. Thank you so much Dr. Whiteman.

 

“K”: Breast Reduction Patient*

“K” wanted to undergo a breast reduction procedure due to back pain and posture issues she was having. She was nervous about undergoing her procedure due to a natural aversion to surgery, but had no regrets following her experience at SPS. Hear more about “K’s” experience below:

Dr. Whiteman and his staff are such top notch, first-class people that after my recent surgery I felt compelled to write and spread the word about my experience with them. Anything I write praising him and his staff who helped with my surgery really couldn’t do these folks justice. They are all just super. If you want an excellent, down to earth doctor with an incredible bed-side manner look no further than Dr. Whiteman. His staff is helpful and friendly and made my experience wonderful.

 

“S”: Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment Patient*

“S” visited SPS, for one of our newest and most advanced treatments, Cellulaze™ cellulite treatment. Cellulaze™ directly treats cellulite by addressing the three root causes (rigid connective tissue, excess fat beneath the skin, and thinning skin) from within. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

Cellulaze™ cellulite treatment worked wonders for my stubborn cellulite. I work out and eat healthy, but couldn’t get rid of it. I had the treatment on Friday and was at work on Monday. I could not be more thrilled with my results. Dr. Whiteman and his staff always go above and beyond to make me feel welcome and comfortable.

Whether you’re planning on undergoing cosmetic surgery or a more minor treatment, it’s our priority at SPS to ensure that you have an exceptional experience. Before any procedure takes place, we’ll provide a complimentary consultation where Dr. Whiteman will listen to your concerns and help you determine which procedure is the right choice for you. To get started, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. For more patient stories, skin care tips, special offers, and more, feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

*Disclaimer: These are patient testimonials written by real patients of Dr. Whiteman’s.  Every case is unique and individual patient’s results may vary on a case by case basis.

Say Hello to Summer Plastic Surgery & Skincare Savings

Skincare and plastic surgery don’t discriminate – it’s all inclusive to men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and races. I have noticed that more men, in particular, are discovering the great benefits of cosmetic procedures. They’re joining their spouses to try the latest skincare treatments because they too want to improve their self-image and achieve their goals with the help of plastic surgery procedures like male breast reduction, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts (to name the top five). There are numerous different motivations for why men elective to undergo cosmetic procedures, but at the very core, improving their self-confidence, achieving the look that best compliments them, being competitive in business, and generally just feeling better about their reflection in the mirror resonate with my male patients. In honor of Father’s Day this month, Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are featuring special savings on laser treatments, skincare, and more that you and the special men in your life can enjoy.

LL_Jun_2016_Summer_FinalSculpSure™ fat reduction featured in Best Self Magazine

If you get a chance to pick up the latest copy of Best Self Magazine, you’ll see our latest SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction system featured in their June issue. All month long, receive $100 OFF your first treatment and discover why this 25-minute treatment has been praised on The Doctors, NBC News, Extra, and more. SculpSure™ has been a great addition to our procedures because patients who aren’t ready or willing to undergo surgical cosmetic procedures like achieving similar body-contouring results with FDA-approved nonsurgical fat reduction methods.

June Specials

June 19th is coming up close and we want to make sure Father’s Day is special for your loved ones with this month’s special savings:

  • NEW! Airbrush ECO Tan® {Buy THREE sessions, get ONE FREE}: Get a bronzed summer glow without putting your skin at risk of skin cancer with an airbrush tan that is customized to your preferences. Using all-natural and organic ingredients, airbrush tans are performed by our licensed and experienced aesthetician to help you avoid orange-dyed skin this summer.
  • Laser Hair Removal {20% OFF any laser hair removal package}: Who really wants to spend a ton of their free time shaving? Living a razor-free and hair-free life is not a myth, it’s a possibility with the help of laser hair removal; no more waxing, razor burn, shaving cream spills, or embarrassment.
  • SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion {Buy TWO treatments, get 50% OFF THIRD treatment}: Microdermabrasion treatments have remained one of the most popular skincare treatments for many years because it’s able to treat a wide range of skin concerns like acne, scarring, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and age spots. SilkPeel® is an updated customizable microdermabrasion treatment that uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently remove dead/damaged skin cells on the face to stimulate new growth.
  • Cellulite Reduction & Skin Firming {25% OFF first treatment}: We use Viora® Reaction™ to treat pesky cellulite that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how well we eat or keep up an exercise routine. Combining controlled heat and vacuum pressure, Viora® is most popularly used for body contouring benefits to reduce cellulite by toning the skin for a younger appearance (as an added bonus, Viora® can also be used for facial skin tightening).
  • MicroLaserPeel {$100 OFF for the face OR face + neck}: The advancements and innovation of modern technology has done wonders for helping patients maintain healthy and radiant looking skin. MicroLaserPeels use laser technology to treat age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and more.
  • Laser Tattoo Removal {Buy THREE treatments, get FOURTH treatment FREE}: Whether you’ve outgrown or changed your mind about a tattoo on your body, removing it is a bit more complex than just washing the ink off. Now, advanced laser systems can target once permanent tattoo ink of various ages, sizes, locations, and ink colors in shorter treatments than ever before.

Finding an ideal gift for men can be just as difficult as finding an ideal gift for women, which is why gift certificates are a great way to let your loved ones decide what they’d like the most. Both Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift certificates that are good towards all cosmetic services and procedures. We try to freshen up our special each month, so even if there isn’t something mentioned above that they’d like, they can wait until next time to try – but either way, they’re sure to get exactly what they like.

For details on June events and special savings at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, check out our flyers below. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation or Laser Lights appointment!