The Most Common Areas for Male Plastic Surgery

Over the past few years, one of the most prominent trends I have noticed is a sizable increase in the demand for male plastic surgery. Men of all ages, from baby boomers trying to look younger and more refreshed, to guys who seek to rid themselves of unwanted body fat are finally beginning to realize the incredible potential of cosmetic plastic surgery. In my experiences with male patients, it’s clear that men and women often pursue cosmetic surgery for similar reasons: to increase their self-esteem and quality of life by achieving a rejuvenated, fit, and younger-looking appearance. To help guys understand the various ways cosmetic surgery can help, I have highlighted a few of the most common areas for male plastic surgery.

The Most Common Areas for Male Plastic Surgery

Male Plastic Surgery for the Face

Looking youthful can be a major component to staying ahead in an increasingly younger and more competitive workforce. A facelift can tighten and smooth the facial skin to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the cheeks, jowls, and neck. Some men may prefer more subtle results that can be achieved through a mini facelift. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has become increasingly more in-demand with guys. By removing excess skin and fat deposits from the upper and/or lower eyelids, blepharoplasty is able to provide a refreshed, more rested look to men who suffer from “tired eyes”.

Male Plastic Surgery for the Body

Many guys strive to maintain the cut, athletic physique from their youth as they age, but this can be difficult as stubborn fat begins to accumulate in the abdomen, back, and the flanks (or love handles). With this in mind, it’s no surprise that liposuction is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery performed on men. Liposuction can surgically remove stubborn fat from areas all over the body including the abdomen, hips, love handles, and more that may not be treatable with diet and exercise alone. If the patient prefers, I also perform fat transfer injections in which the fat removed during lipo is used to sculpt other areas of the body like the abdomen, pectoral muscles, or face.

Male Breast Reduction

Men of all ages may suffer from gynecomastia, otherwise known as male breast enlargement. Although it may not be damaging to a man’s health, gynecomastia can severely impact the confidence and body image of guys ranging from adolescents to fully mature adults. I perform male breast reduction for patients who want to flatten their chest contour and create a more masculine physique.

This is merely the tip of the iceberg. From facial and body contouring procedures, to post-weight loss surgery, to non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, guys have more options than ever to turn back the clock and improve their appearance. But the first step for any aesthetic alteration is a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic needs, goals, and expectations to determine which procedure is the best fit for you. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for the latest plastic surgery news, tips, and photos.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Laney

Welcome back to our intern spotlight series where this edition we’ll dish on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, Laney. A native of Lawrenceville, Laney is in the home stretch of her formal training at the Mercer University College of Health Professionals where she’s focusing on becoming a Physician Assistant. Having come to us with an interest in one day joining an esteemed dermatology or plastic surgery practice (we selfishly vote for the latter choice), Laney has really found her knack working with our patients and has seemed to genuinely love every minute of her time learning through hands-on practice and combining the hard work she’s put in so far. Before Laney left, we had her share some of her fondest memories with us and open up on where she hopes to go once she’s officially a graduate, here’s what she had to say:

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet LaneyWhat made you choose a career in medicine? It’s like a puzzle. Every day presents new problems to be solved. Each patient is different, and the field is always changing and advancing. It’s challenging, exciting, and rewarding!

What’s your favorite memory? When Dr. David Whiteman sent me to the penalty box. He asked me a question in the operating room (OR) that I couldn’t answer, so I was sent out to the nurse’s station (the penalty box) to look up the answer. Then I returned to the OR to teach everyone about the information I had found.

What’s been the biggest challenge? Probably being open to criticism. I think most people in the medical profession are very driven, type-A people. We are motivated to be the best at what we do. Sometimes I have to swallow my pride and remember that I am going to be wrong, and it’s ok!

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  I think knowing how to relate to each of my patients and  make a surgical plan to meet their needs will be important regardless of which specialty I choose to pursue.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman? He is such a good mix of personality traits. He is really laid back, but completely invested in helping me become a better provider at the same time. He is demanding but also very forgiving.

Do you have a personal motto?  Improving requires you to go outside your comfort zone. If you’re not being challenged, you’re probably not growing.

If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? Ice cream taste tester.

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, soccer, sewing, and refinishing furniture.

Fun Fact: I attended college at both Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. I met my husband at Georgia Tech, but we cheer for the Dawgs during football season!

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta: Taking my beagle to the park or hiking.

The office is never quite the same whenever we have to say goodbye to any of our extended SPS team members, but we are enthusiastic that Laney will do great no matter where she ends up. Having skill and expertise is always important but it goes beyond that. The relationships that you are able to nurture with your patients set certain medical providers apart – it’s our belief that the passion you embody and exhibit towards your patients are the type of additional qualities that make overall great providers and Laney will undoubtedly fit the profile when she starts to make a name for herself within the medical community. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more installations in our intern and patient spotlight series, and if you’d like to share your own personal plastic surgery story with other readers, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery so we can help get you started!

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Jakai’

It has been a while since we’ve had an intern at our Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) office but today we are thrilled to share with you the latest SPS plastic surgery intern rock star – Jakai’!  Jakai’ is a 4th year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus and has been a great addition to the SPS family.  She’s got a genuinely caring personality and an infectious laugh, but what we admire most about Jakai’ has been her ability to connect with many of our patients over the past month.  We had Jakai share some of her experiences with us and here’s what she had to say:

What made you choose a career in medicine? My parents have always instilled in me the understanding that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to.  Growing up, my pediatrician was a young, black female.  I can remember becoming instantly fascinated with her and her job, and she eventually became my idea of what a doctor looks like.  In a field that I now know to be dominated by my male counterparts, I’ve always felt that there was a place for me.  My pediatrician was my role model until I turned 20 (yes, I had trouble leaving the pediatric nest).  Thankfully my love for science and reading followed our initial introduction and my parents, teachers, and other loved ones helped to cultivate what soon became a love for medicine.  So I guess you can say that I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.  It also helped that I somehow successfully made it through the pre-med coursework at Vanderbilt University, because honestly, things could have easily gone south.

What’s your favorite memory? I have two favorite memories.  My first was being told that one of our post-operative patients came in for their follow-up and asked to see me before leaving.  It felt good knowing that I had built up enough of a rapport that the patient felt comfortable coming to me with questions and accepting my medical advice.  My second was all of the events leading up to being given the nickname “little sister”.  I won’t get into that story, but there is never a dull moment with Dr. Whiteman and his team!

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?

  • Listening; all patients come in with a plastic surgery goal and it is the job of the physician to understand what it is and guide the patient towards reaching that goal.
  • Slow and steady doesn’t always win the race; time is precious when in the OR and though I always freak out when Dr. Whiteman tells me to move faster, his surgery tips have come in handy and I am slowly, yet steadily increasing my suturing and note writing speed.

What’s been the greatest lesson you’ve learned during your internship? To trust myself – whether it is knowing the answer to one of Dr. Whiteman’s questions or anticipating where my hands need to be in the surgical field, I know more than I think I do and there is little to no time for hesitation.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman? The best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman is the autonomy that he and his staff expect and allow.  Learning to be “THE doctor” is one of the greatest struggles I’m sure I will encounter after graduating and beginning residency.  This month has been a small taste of what I can begin to expect.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself fresh out of my neurology residency program and hopefully on a much-needed vacation!

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, watching football and my weekly television shows.

Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club.

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta: Brunch

Do you have a personal motto?  I don’t know if I would consider this a motto, more of a note to self: “Keep trying, keep praying, stay positive, be Awesome: become better!”

We’re going to miss having Jakai’ around the office but we have no doubt that she is going to go on to do great things in the medical field because she’s got the drive and determination needed to excel.   Hopefully you all enjoy getting to know our interns as much as we have these past several months, so be sure to catch the latest on our intern feature stories on our blog in the upcoming weeks!