Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s with Dr. David Whiteman

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is helping educate my patients about the various cosmetic procedures that I perform. Patient education is an integral part of the plastic surgery process. That’s why I’m always happy to answer any questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing certain questions I have received, my goal is to both inform and encourage others not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about some of my most in-demand cosmetic procedures: male breast reduction, mommy makeovers, facelifts & mini facelifts.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m a guy who has been dealing with the embarrassment of enlarged breasts for years. After recently hearing about it for the first time, I am very interested in male breast reduction. My question is: if I undergo this procedure, can my man boobs grow back down the road?

Sincerely,
“D”

Dear “D”,

Enlarged breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, is often caused by a hormonal issue that leads to excess breast tissue. Instead of attacking the symptoms, male breast reduction treats the root cause of gynecomastia by surgically removing the extra breast tissue. Because of this, results from male breast reduction can last a lifetime. However, it’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations closely in order to maintain your male breast reduction results. Gynecomastia can reoccur as a result of steroid use, abuse of recreational drugs, certain medical conditions, or even considerable weight gain.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, when is the right time to undergo a mommy makeover? Do I have to be a mommy first?

Sincerely,
“R”

Dear “R”,

You do not have to be a mommy to undergo a mommy makeover, but there are other considerations to be aware of before having your surgery. For starters, it’s important to remember that a mommy makeover consists of three body contouring procedures (a tummy tuck using my Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery) and patients should not expect considerable weight loss after a mommy makeover. I advise my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. Additionally, you should not consider a mommy makeover if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as pregnancy can negatively affect or even reverse the results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have begun to do some preliminary research about facelifts. Can you detail the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

Both a full facelift and a mini facelift (known as a rapid recovery lift) can help rejuvenate your appearance by tightening and smoothing facial skin. They differ in the degree to which they treat facial aging. Full facelifts are intended to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation to multiple areas of the face, whereas the mini facelift is specifically intended for patients who are showing early signs of aging in the lower third part of the face (including the neck, mid-face area, and jowls). During a consultation, I will explain the differences between these procedures in detail, including their respective recovery times required, to help determine which procedure is best for you.

I hope you found this helpful and informative. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary plastic surgery consultations for patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and updates.

Turn Back the Clock with a Grammy Makeover

Maintaining a youthful appearance can be challenging, especially for women of a certain age. While diet, exercise and anti-aging skin care treatments can be effective in helping women look younger, more retirement-aged women than ever are turning to cosmetic surgical procedures to help reverse the visible signs of aging like deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Cosmetic surgery for Americans age 65 or higher has increased by almost 80% over the last decade according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery to help turn back the clock, might I recommend my unique Grammy Makeover?

Turn Back the Clock with a Grammy MakeoverInitially inspired by a conversation I had with a patient, my unique Grammy Makeover puts your cosmetic procedure options in your hands. The Grammy Makeover focuses on combining face, breast and body procedures, custom-tailored into one comprehensive surgical plan, to battle the comprehensive effects of aging on the face and body. Building upon the Mommy Makeover, the Grammy Makeover procedure includes a-la-carte options for specific areas of improvement to create a compounding effect and long-lasting results.

A Mommy Makeover utilizes a tummy tuck (using my special Scarpa fascia technique), liposuction and a cosmetic breast surgery like breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift, in an effort to tighten the abdominal muscles, reduce fat and help remedy the effects of breast feeding. The Grammy Makeover takes this procedure to the next level by adding any of a series of additional treatments and procedures including:

Radiesse® Hand Rejuvenation

FDA-approved, nonsurgical injections temporarily plump up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand.

Brow Lift

A surgical procedure designed to smooth the skin above the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

A surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to create a more rested appearance.

Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) or Mini Facelift

A surgical procedure that tightens wrinkled and loose facial skin and/or repositions facial tissue to create a tighter, more youthful appearance. I offer both facelift and mini facelift procedures.

Neck Lift

A surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the double chin, jowls and neck to create a more healthy appearance. Commonly performed in tandem with a facelift.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

A surgical procedure that removes loose skin that may accumulate after weight fluctuation and aging and fat from the arms to create a more toned appearance.

What makes the Grammy Makeover special is that it’s 100% customizable. Since no two patients are truly identical, no two Grammy Makeovers are either. Due to its specific, customizable nature, a Grammy Makeover requires a thorough consultation. To begin planning your Grammy Makeover treatment options, contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery at (770) 622-9100 to schedule your consultation today.

Restoring Youthfulness with Facelift Procedures

Facelift patients I’ve worked with in the past have told me their friends and family would be surprised of their decision to get cosmetic surgery.  When I asked why, they’ve shared “because they think I’m too young.” Age is an identifier but take into account that we all mature differently. One woman in her 60s can have the appearance of a 40 year old and a man in his mid-30s can have the appearance of a male in his early 50s. Genetics, lifestyle, and every day environmental factors contribute to how our skin ages and for some people, they experience those tell-tale signs of aging much faster than others. For this reason, I wanted to remind everyone that plastic surgery is a personal and unique experience for each individual. Age is only one way to evaluate it. When it comes to achieving the look that will truly make you happy, a facelift procedure may just be your calling.

As we get older, our faces evolve from being angular to a more squared off appearance. If you think about it, youth is about fullness and aging is about emptiness. The collagen starts to break down and the skin’s elasticity diminishes, the skin on the face appears to sag – creating deep wrinkles (like jowls), droopy eyelids, and more. It’s not only a case of genetics that is responsible, but spending lots of time outside in the sun, tanning beds, poor diet and exercise, and smoking are some of the other contributing factors that wear down our appearance. Cosmetic injectables, like facial fillers and Botox®, offer temporary relief for wrinkles, thinned lips, sunken cheeks, etc., but some men and women prefer to take advantage of the long-lasting results of facelifts.

Here are a few key points to facelift procedures that I perform at Southern Plastic Surgery:

There are in reality two different facelift options: mini facelift (rapid recovery lift) and full facelift. A mini facelift is for the patient with early signs of aging (and haven’t experienced major skin laxity yet) in the lower third part of the face (neck, mid-face area, and jowls more specifically). Full facelifts address the eye and brow area, so patients who are really going for the full rejuvenation package often need to combine their facelift with these procedures to achieve optimal results. Facelifts of either kind can be helpful for both men and women and is even an integral component to the comprehensive combination Grammy Makeover procedure which consists of face, breast, hand, and body contouring procedures.

Patients often complement their results with the help of nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedures laser treatments at Laser Lights or injectables to prolong their results – not that this is mandatory for facelift candidates, but many like to stay on top of their skincare and add these types of procedures to their regular routine. If you’re interested in learning more about nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, facelift procedures, or laser and skincare treatments to take your results to the next level, don’t hesitate to contact us at 770-622-9100  to schedule a complimentary consultation and find out more.