Lift or Enhance, Which Breast Procedure Will I Need?

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has performed a variety of breast surgeries, Dr. David Whiteman often consults with patients who are unsure of which procedure they need. Two of the most commonly confused procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Breast augmentation addresses the size, shape, and volume of the breasts but does not correct sagging. Breast lift surgery is specifically designed to reposition breasts to a more youthful location to eliminate drooping. Often, these procedures are combined for complete rejuvenation of the breasts.breast lift vs breast augmentation atlanta duluth ga

According to the 2012 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation surgery has remained the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. for the past five years. Breast enhancement surgery involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can choose from a variety of breast implants since there are different types, textures, sizes, and shapes. Allergan’s highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” as another option for breast augmentation patients. Breast implants are also available as an option for some breast reconstruction patients.

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, involves surgical removal of excess skin to tighten the breast area for a younger, perkier appearance. Over time, the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can contribute to the loss of skin elasticity. Since breast lift addresses the area surrounding the breasts, this procedure can be performed on its own or combined with other breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery.

While breast procedures can be combined or performed individually, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your needs and goals. If you’re interested in a breast procedure or other procedures that Dr. Whiteman offers, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Expression® Facial Filler Now Available at Southern Plastic Surgery

For patients who are not quite ready for a surgical procedure, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments to address minor to moderate skin conditions. Dr. Whiteman offers various cosmetic injectables to reduce wrinkling and replenish areas of lost volume. For example, Botox® and Dysport® relax facial muscles to smooth wrinkles and furrows while facial fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® provide volume. Recently, Dr. Whiteman added the newest facial filler on the market, Expression®, to his menu of facial rejuvenation options. Since this product is new to patients, Dr. Whiteman has answered frequently asked questions about Expression® below.expression facial filler atlanta ga

What is Expression® and where can it be administered?
Like Juvéderm®, Expression® is a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural complex sugar found in the human body, which is injected into any facial area to address the signs of aging. However, it can be used near the eyes, on the forehead, and on the cheeks to add volume. Shallow injections may also be made near the lips and nasolabial folds.

How is it different from other injectables?
Expression® contains a pathogen-free medium, Bacillus Subtilis, making it 100 percent free of animal-based materials. Upon injection, Expression® does not draw water to the site so there is minimal swelling and bruising. Since it is made of HA and natural substances, results can be reversed if patients are unsatisfied.

What is treatment like?
Expression® is available in a 1.5 mL syringe. Prior to injection, Dr. Whiteman will discuss treatment areas and expected results with each patient. Lidocaine is applied to areas of treatment to reduce discomfort. The full procedure takes about 10 minutes.

What kind of results should I expect?
Patients can see results almost immediately after the procedure. There is minimal downtime and most patients typically return to normal activity following the procedure. Expression® typically smoothes fine lines, wrinkles, and folds for 6-12 months after treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about facial rejuvenation or other procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.

 

Male Cosmetic Surgery Procedures on the Rise

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, most people only think of female patients. However, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of male patients has been steadily increasing with men accounting for 9 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2011. With the competitive job market in today’s unsteady economy, more men have considered cosmetic body and facial procedures to maintain a youthful appearance to compete with younger professionals. Although these procedures are available to both men and women, there are different techniques used with male plastic surgery in order to yield more masculine results. Dr. David Whiteman understands the differences between male and female patients and uses specialized techniques for each patient according to their unique needs.

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Facial procedures are the most common types of procedures that men pursue. According to ASPS, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and facelifts ranked in the top five male cosmetic surgeries. Male rhinoplasty is very similar to nose surgery for women, but the male nose has distinct characteristics. For example, male patients are generally seeking a more defined nose with a higher bridge while women opt for a more subtle nose with a smooth bridge. Similarly, male blepharoplasty and facelift surgery are tailored to the different facial anatomy of men.

In addition to facial procedures, many men choose body contouring procedures for a younger, refreshed look. Procedures such as liposuction and necklifts surgery can remove unwanted fat and loose skin. Although many people do not consider breast reduction as a primary male procedure, many men suffer from gynecomastia, which is a condition where breast glands rapidly grow to an unusual size, causing overly large breasts. Male breast reduction surgery consists of the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin through excision and liposuction to produce a smoother, flatter chest.

Since every patient, regardless of gender, has different goals and needs, it is important to schedule a consultation to decide your surgical plans. If you are interested in a body or facial cosmetic procedure, contact us today. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery information and news.