Various Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Rejuvenation

Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman meets with each of his patients to discuss facial plastic surgery to address concerning signs of aging. Many patients do not realize that there are various options in addition to traditional facelift surgery to meet their unique concerns. Dr.  Whiteman uses his extensive surgical experience to find the best treatment to provide the most natural results.facial cosmetic surgery atlanta ga

In fact, facelift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face for patients with moderate to minimal signs of aging. Using smaller incisions to target certain areas of the face, mini facelifts rejuvenate areas of concern for patients. A mini facelift reduces wrinkles and sagging skin without affecting the brow and eye areas. Mini facelifts can also address jowls on the lower third of the face, including the neck.

As the eyes are one of the first facial features to show signs of aging and lax skin, Dr. Whiteman can perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to smooth skin and wrinkles around the upper and/or lower eyelids.  In addition to smoothing wrinkles, lower eyelid surgery can remove under eye bags. This procedure can also be performed in combination with other treatments such as a brow lift which addresses wrinkles on the forehead.

Other procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and chin augmentation can be performed to enhance facial aesthetics.  During rhinoplasty, the patient’s nose shape and size is sculpted to provide facial balance and a more youthful appearance. Genioplasty, or chin augmentation, can give an individual’s chin a more prominent position to balance their overall aesthetic.

Facial fillers and cosmetic injectables such as Juvéderm® and Botox® can also be used as individual anti-aging treatments and in combination with plastic surgery to maintain results. Many patients with minimal signs of aging prefer these treatments as there is no downtime.

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

Plastic Surgery Slang Terms Part 2: Body

Since slang is commonly used on the internet and in everyday conversations, we explained the meaning of many slang terms relating to facial plastic surgery in our most recent blog. Now, we’d like to explain plastic surgery slang associated with cosmetic procedures of the body.

“Dog Ears” – Although this phrase probably makes you think of an adorable pet, dog ears aren’t nearly as cute on people as the term describes the puckering of skin at the end of a scar. While this effect can be avoided with certain surgical techniques, dog ears are more commonly associated with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dog ears can be eliminated with scar revision surgery.

“Saddlebags” – Traditionally, the term saddlebags describes a piece of luggage that sits on the back of a horse or motorcycle that allows room for excess cargo, but in the plastic surgery world, saddlebags refer to excess fat in the outer thighs. Saddlebags that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise are usually best treated with liposuction.

“Muffin Tops” – Most people love muffin tops—that is, until they start showing up on our waistlines. Just like the delicious part of a muffin seeps over the edges of the pan as it cooks, muffin tops describe the excess fat seeping over the edge of a person’s pants and can be removed with liposuction.

“Mommy Makeover” – This term refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures designed to address the affects typically noticed after pregnancy and childbirth. Each mommy makeover is different as they are customized depending on each patient’s needs. However, mommy makeover surgery usually includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of the aforementioned procedures).

“Man Boobs or Moobs” – Though this term is pretty self-explanatory, man boobs occur because of a condition known as gynecomastia, or overly large male breasts. Fortunately, Dr. David Whiteman performs male breast reduction to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a more masculine chest.

“Boob Job” – The term boob job is commonly used interchangeably with breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to a woman’s breasts.

 “Banana Roll” – As if cellulite in this area isn’t a big enough issue on its own, banana roll describes the excess fat stored on the back of the thigh just beneath the buttocks that can be eliminated with liposuction.

“Bat Wings” – Sometimes called chicken wings, bat wings refer to the excess hanging skin under the upper arms, which usually becomes apparent after extreme weight loss or weight fluctuation. Arm lift surgery can reduce the appearance of bat wings.

“Love Handles” – While this description is somewhat sweet, few people are pleased with love handles. Love handles describe the excess fat bulging from the sides and back of the abdomen and can usually be eliminated with liposuction.

If you’re interested in learning more about a certain procedure Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact his office today. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest plastic surgery news by connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Dr. Whiteman’s Guide to Facial Plastic Surgery: Going Beyond the Facelift

Many people automatically associate facial plastic surgery with the traditional facelift. Although facial plastic surgery does include the well-known facelift, it also includes a variety of other procedures that target very specific concerns. In fact the facelift itself can involve the traditional procedure as well as mini versions of the facelift to treat isolated cosmetic concerns of the eyes, forehead, lower face, etc.

As we age, our skin becomes lax and collagen begins to break down causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin. The traditional or full facelift focuses on problem areas around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. While some patients combine this procedure with other anti-aging facial procedures like the brow lift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation, other patients seek surgery before a procedure of that extent is necessary. These patients focus on their problem areas as they notice them. Some signs of aging can be repaired with facial fillers and cosmetic injectables.  For more advanced signs of aging,  Dr. Whiteman also offers procedures like brow lift to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, mid-facelift to reduce wrinkles and refresh the middle section of the face, or neck lift (lower facelift) to eliminate sagging skin on the jowls.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fat and tissue that contributes to bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs. Aside from helping patients look younger and more alert, some surgeons are performing migraine relief surgery in conjunction with blepharoplasty because they have better access to the muscles attributed to causing this condition. Plastic surgery patients have also experienced migraine relief through some brow lift surgery techniques and with Botox® injections.

Many facial contouring procedures provide a youthful appearance in addition to balancing facial aesthetics, though anti-aging was not their original purpose. Patients often seek otoplasty (ear surgery) to help pin back ears that are too prominent or to reduce the size of ears that are too large. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is used to enhance the shape and size of a patient’s nose. In fact, nose surgery can also be used to alleviate breathing problems caused by injury or birth defects, so Dr. Whiteman works to repair function first (if necessary) and then to enhance aesthetics.

In addition to balance-focused procedures like otoplasty and rhinoplasty, chin surgery (genioplasty) and the insertions of chin implants are becoming more popular. In fact according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 statistics report, the number of patients to receive chin implant surgery increased 71% in comparison to the 2010 statistics. Chin implants are used to give the chin a more prominent position and help balance other facial features like the nose. Dr. Whiteman also employs techniques like facial liposuction, or liposuction of the double chin to add definition to a patient’s jaw line.

Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body in addition to the facial procedures he offers. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery by Dr. David Whiteman, visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.