Ask Dr. Whiteman: Cosmetic Procedures for the Face this Winter

With so much attention paid to body contouring procedures, it’s common for some people to consider facial plastic surgery an afterthought. But when trying to achieve a new, improved appearance, what better place is there to start than the face? In the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgery for the face can offer patients outstanding, life-changing results. With this in mind, I have answered some common questions about cosmetic procedures for the face to help keep patients informed this holiday season.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

The appearance of my eyes makes me look way older than I am. Would I be better off undergoing eyelid surgery or a browlift?


Dear “P”,

It depends. Both eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) and a browlift can help provide a more refreshed, younger looking appearance to the areas around the eyes. During eyelid surgery, excess skin on the upper eyelid and small pockets of fat on the lower lids can be removed. A browlift focuses on the placement of the brow by treating frown lines that can make the face appear tired, sad, or angry. In some cases, the procedures can be combined to provide even more comprehensive results for certain patients. However, in order to understand all your options and determine which treatment plan is the right choice for you, it’s important to visit with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

If I undergo a facelift how long will I need to stay in the hospital after my surgery?


Dear “J”,

In most cases, a facelift is an outpatient procedure. This means that unless the patient prefers to do so, they will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight. Pain following facelifts is typically minimal and patients can recover in the comfort of their own home. Although some swelling and bruising will likely occur after your procedure, these effects are temporary. And most people feel quite well after just a couple days. Patients can typically return to work after one or two weeks of recovery, however it can take up to six weeks (or longer) to see the final results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have been self-conscious about a bump on my nose for years and feel I’m finally ready to do something about it. How bad is scarring after a rhinoplasty procedure?


Dear “C”,

Scarring following a rhinoplasty is generally very minor. Sometimes the procedure results in a small, barely visible scar at the base of the nose, but this will often fade over time. However, if you are that concerned about it, and you are a good candidate, I also perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedure (sometimes known as a “liquid nose job”) using injectable dermal fillers. Although nonsurgical rhinoplasty cannot alter the shape or size of the nose like a surgical rhinoplasty can, it can help to smooth out bumps and other imperfections.

I hope everyone found these answers helpful. Don’t forget, Southern Plastic Surgery and our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift cards that are good towards all of our cosmetic services. A gift card from us can be the perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life. If you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery.

Debunking Common Myths about Liposuction

Liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US among both men and women. Patients love having the ability to create a trimmer, healthier-looking body contour by removing excess fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, back, or elsewhere. Though despite its immense popularity, there are still a lot of patients that don’t know about liposuction and the benefits it is able to provide. That’s why I am writing to debunk a few of the more common misconceptions about liposuction.

Debunking Common Myths about LiposuctionMyth #1: Liposuction Can Help You Lose a Large Amount of Weight

Unfortunately this is not true. It’s important to remember that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. While it’s true that excess fat is removed during liposuction, the number of pounds of fat that can be removed safely from the body is relatively small and fatty tissue does not weigh that much. I recommend that my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Myth #2: Liposuction Will Keep Fat Away Forever

Liposuction results are meant to last for a considerable amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that treated areas will remain fat-free forever. Though lipo is able to reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body, some cells will remain intact. Any remaining fat cells can expand and contract, leading to more body fat. Certain changes in the body from pregnancy, weight gain, or aging can alter a patient’s results.

Myth #3: Liposuction Will Help Get Rid of Cellulite

Despite what many people believe, liposuction is not intended to treat cellulite. Cellulite is caused by damaged fatty tissue that accumulates below the surface of the skin pushing through the connective tissue. Liposuction can sometimes reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing fat and slightly smoothing a specific area, but this is not always the case. I personally recommend Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment for patients who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Due to its effectiveness and versatility, it’s no surprise to me that liposuction becomes more and more in-demand every year. Hopefully by elaborating on what it can do (and what it cannot do) patients will have a better idea of whether or not liposuction is the right procedure to help achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Non-invasive treatments like SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction may be preferable for certain patients. If you would like to learn more about liposuction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary plastic surgery consultation. You can also follow along with us at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, news, photos, and more.

Why Winter is a Great Time for Cosmetic Surgery

One of the more common questions I hear from patients during plastic surgery consultations is, “when is the best time of year for me to undergo my procedure?” It may not seem like a major point of emphasis to some, but to those who have busy working schedules and daily lives, proper planning is an integral part of the overall plastic surgery experience. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong time to choose cosmetic surgery, it’s a matter of timing that works best for you. One of the most popular times that works relatively well for many of my patients is winter and today I’ll share some of these benefits.

Why Winter is a Great Time for Cosmetic SurgeryThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery themselves have declared that the fall and winter months are among the most ideal season to undergo a cosmetic procedure. But why is this? In theory, while the way a procedure is performed (i.e. specific techniques used by the surgeon) will not change or the anticipated aesthetic goals the patient hopes to achieve, the winter does however offer unique advantages for a patient’s recovery and quality of life immediately following their procedure.

Recovery time is a major consideration for many people considering plastic surgery. This is especially true for those patients who have to worry about missing time at work. That’s part of what makes the holiday months the ideal time for plastic surgery. Between the major holiday breaks for Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s, as well as holiday weekends like MLK day, there is ample opportunity for recovery time that won’t interfere with your work schedule or require too many extra days off.

The cooler winter conditions can also play a part in easing a patient’s recovery. Colder weather calls for looser, bulkier clothing that can help conceal swelling and bruising that can occur after certain cosmetic procedures. Winter hats and scarves can effectively cover up the effects of facial procedures like a facelift or rhinoplasty, while sweaters can offer greater movement and less constriction on the body following a breast augmentation or tummy-tuck. Lastly, I recommend patients to keep out of strong, direct sunlight after their procedures.

For those considering giving their loved ones the gift of plastic surgery with a Southern Plastic gift certificate, rest assured that recovery times are not as great as some may think. Certain breast and facial procedures can take only a week and turn out to be a terrific holiday gift for the person that may have just needed a bit of motivation to achieve their best self. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure or would like to purchase a gift certificate towards any of our services, feel free to contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.