What is Ethnic Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgery is constantly evolving.  I say it’s ever-evolving because as a society, so are we.  Our opinion of what we consider beautiful now is a mosaic, largely attributed to a mix of worldwide travel diversity and the internet.  What we considered as ideal beauty 30 years ago is certainly not the case now, nor will it be the same 30 years into the future.  In direct correlation to shifting trends, there has also been a shift in ethnic plastic surgery procedures.  But what exactly is ethnic plastic surgery and what factors should be considered when exploring these various facial procedures?

Ethnic Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAs a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 21 years of performing ethnic plastic surgery, I have seen the same evolution of patient goals occur among every cultural background; each one is different.  The reason it’s termed ethnic plastic surgery is centered largely around unique cultural identities and the vast diversity that is embodied within each culture (specifically African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian).  Each culture has distinct facial structures and features that are indigenous to that specific culture and it takes a great wealth of knowledge, in regards to the facial complexities, to be able to produce plastic surgery results that are directly in line with the patient and their goals.

Ethnic facial plastic surgery procedures have surged over the past decade as more men and women are seeking cosmetic results that cannot be achieved with makeup or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.  For example, many of my African American/Black patients decide on a rhinoplasty to address the look of a large or flattened nose (think wider tip, flatter bridge and flared nostrils).  The main goal is to reduce the overall size, so I typically draw from several techniques to reshape the nose.  Typically, rhinoplasty involves removing cartilage or bone to create a thinner appearance.  With African Americans, the nose’s structure generally has weaker cartilage and shorter nasal bones in which we must augment the bridge to sculpt the narrower look the patient is going for.  Instead of using implants, I use a technique where I take the patient’s own cartilage and tissue from a donor area to add volume and reshape the nose.  To further augment the overall appearance, I might recommend facial fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge (fillers can be safely injected into the tip, base or bridge of the nose, with repeated treatments to maintain final results).  In the same respect, rhinoplasty continues to vary even among Hispanic/Latino cultures (who tend to have wider bridges and bases of the nose as well as weaker cartilage) and Asians (who have thicker skin, lower bridges and a wider base).  On top of each person coming from a different ethnic background, each person also comes with a unique facial structure, all their own.

With every ethnicity, elective surgery is a choice.  The end result is to create natural-looking plastic surgery results that the patient has in mind.  There are many factors to consider when creating a patient’s rhinoplasty plan, one that accentuates their individual qualities but at the same time also focuses on maintaining cultural identity.  My job, as the surgeon, is to listen to my patient’s concerns and properly address them at surgery.  It’s not to put my “stamp” on their results because as with any ethnic representation, corrective measures should be individualized and ethnically appropriate to suit their face.  My patients, in the simplest of terms, want an improved version of themselves.  I’m just here to help them achieve that.

The face is delicate and should be handled by someone that knows the complex details to perform facial plastic surgery procedures in a safe and successful manner.  When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, do your homework to avoid disappointing results.  If you’re interested in ethnic plastic surgery or any of the plastic surgery procedures we perform at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more plastic surgery news and updates.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the second most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2013 with 221,053 procedures performed. A delicate blend of artistry and science, rhinoplasty requires a keen eye and a thorough knowledge of the physiology of the human body. For over 20 years, I’ve placed much importance on achieving long-lasting, natural results tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals. To help patients learn more about the procedure, I have answered a few frequently asked questions:

Q: Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?

Liposuction-Tummy-Tuck-Discounts-Atlanta-GAA: Rhinoplasty may be performed on a wide variety of ages and ethnic groups. As with any surgery, parental consent is required for all plastic surgery procedures performed on patients under the age of 18. The ideal candidate should be physically and emotionally healthy, a non-smoker, has fully matured, and has realistic expectations about your physical results before undergoing nose surgery. Patients may elect to have rhinoplasty for several reasons. For some individuals it is a necessary surgery to improve breathing difficulties caused by a birth defect or an injury, and for others it is an elective procedure done to enhance the shape or size of the nose. Whatever the motivation, rhinoplasty can significantly correct the appearance of the nose and, as a result, change the way a patient’s entire face is perceived.

Q: How is rhinoplasty performed?

A: In order to produce the most natural, aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty results, I utilize a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are tailored to complement the unique traits for each patient. Traditional rhinoplasty entails implementing a closed or open technique. Closed rhinoplasty requires small incisions to be made inside the nose, while open rhinoplasty requires an additional incision to be made to separate the nostrils. With both techniques, the incisions will be hidden within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring.

For patients seeking a less invasive procedure, facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® can be used to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with minimal downtime. Fillers can be injected into the tip, base, or bridge of the nose to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge, which produces a more aesthetically-pleasing rhinoplasty result. Those opting for facial fillers to address the nose will require additional injections as the results are not permanent.

Q: Are customized techniques used during rhinoplasty for patients that come from different ethnic backgrounds?

A: I utilize the “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among patients of every ethnic background. As an alternative to using artificial materials or silicone implants, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

Q: What aftercare is required following my nose surgery?

A: Following your surgery, a splint or bandages will be placed on the outside to protect the nose, and will be worn for several days. You may also experience some swelling and bruising which will go down within the first few weeks and most patients are able to return to work in about a week. I will provide you specific instructions on how to take care of the surgical site, suggest medications to aid in the healing process, when to make your follow-up appointments, and advise on engaging in physical activity and preserving proper nutrition. I continue to remind my patients that leading a healthy lifestyle is necessary for overall health, and it is essential to maintaining rhinoplasty results.

If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Treatments to Address the Nose

Rhinoplasty is the traditional facial procedure to resolve cosmetic and functional concerns of the nose. Whether a patient wishes to change the length of the bridge or eliminate a deviated septum that causes breathing problems, Dr. David Whiteman has over 20 years of surgical experience and has refined his techniques for nose surgery. He specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty as he has produced natural-looking results for patients of different backgrounds including African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian. Now he has developed and refined the use of facial fillers to rejuvenate the nose and surrounding area.southern plastic surgery

Facial fillers are non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments in the form of an injectable. Composed of naturally-occurring substances found in the human body, facial fillers restore lost facial volume and smooths wrinkles and lines. Also known as dermal fillers or just simply fillers, these treatments are great for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging or to help maintain plastic surgery results. While these are typically injected in the cheeks, mouth area, and jaw line, Dr. Whiteman now uses fillers to resolve nose issues.

For patients concerned with lost volume or a sunken nasal appearance, Dr. Whiteman can inject an amount of filler to restore the lost volume for a more balanced, youthful appearance. By adding volume, he can straighten the bridge or add volume to a flattened appearance. Patients also enjoy the benefits of minimal to no downtime and quick, short injections to treat targeted areas. However, while fillers can improve the bridge, tip, and base of the nose, it does not have permanent results like a rhinoplasty procedure and will require additional treatments over time.

If you are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation. For the latest plastic surgery updates and procedures, follow Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.