What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available?

When figuring out which cosmetic procedures are among the most popular with my patients, versatility certainly plays a role. There are many procedures like rhinoplasty that are specifically intended to treat one area of a patient’s body (in this case, the nose) and then there are others that can be applied to a number of areas all over the body. I have noticed that many patients are drawn to the idea of certain trusted procedures. Especially those that can help provide benefits to different areas in need of aesthetic alteration. To help explain what I mean, here is a basic primer on three of the most versatile cosmetic procedures that I perform. 

What are the Most Versatile Cosmetic Procedures Available

Liposuction has long been considered the most versatile cosmetic surgery available. By providing outstanding results from head-to-toe, liposuction proved to be the single most in-demand cosmetic surgery for both women and men last year. During liposuction, areas of stubborn fat that may not respond to diet and exercise alone are removed from the body to provide a leaner, healthier physique. Lipo can be used to treat a wide variety of problem areas including the abdomen, hips, flanks (or love-handles), thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks, neck, and more.

Often going hand in hand with liposuction, fat transfer injections are also often commended for their versatility. Fat transfer injections use fat that is removed during liposuction and injects it back into areas of the patient’s body that may benefit from a bit of added volume. This can include the face (including the lips), hands, breasts, or buttocks. Fat transfer is a safe, effective way for patients to maximize the aesthetic benefits of their liposuction procedure.

Lastly, allow me to highlight some of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that I am able to perform. Cosmetic injectables for facial rejuvenation can help patients correct a number of facial concerns. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® are excellent for treating imperfections on the upper part of the face and around the eyes including wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and other issues caused by muscle activity such as expression lines. Facial filler injections like Restylane® and Juvederm® can help add lost volume to the cheeks, mid-face, or lips. Additionally, facial fillers can be used to perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty (sometimes known as the liquid nose job) in which fillers are injected into the nose to reduce the appearance of bumps and uneven areas.

When considering a cosmetic procedure to undergo, it’s nice to have a number of options to choose from in order to find the most appropriate surgery plan for your specific needs. That’s why it is so important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise performing a variety of cosmetic procedures in order to give yourself as many treatment alternatives as possible. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more tips, photos, and news.

The Most Common Areas for Male Plastic Surgery

Over the past few years, one of the most prominent trends I have noticed is a sizable increase in the demand for male plastic surgery. Men of all ages, from baby boomers trying to look younger and more refreshed, to guys who seek to rid themselves of unwanted body fat are finally beginning to realize the incredible potential of cosmetic plastic surgery. In my experiences with male patients, it’s clear that men and women often pursue cosmetic surgery for similar reasons: to increase their self-esteem and quality of life by achieving a rejuvenated, fit, and younger-looking appearance. To help guys understand the various ways cosmetic surgery can help, I have highlighted a few of the most common areas for male plastic surgery.

The Most Common Areas for Male Plastic Surgery

Male Plastic Surgery for the Face

Looking youthful can be a major component to staying ahead in an increasingly younger and more competitive workforce. A facelift can tighten and smooth the facial skin to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the cheeks, jowls, and neck. Some men may prefer more subtle results that can be achieved through a mini facelift. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has become increasingly more in-demand with guys. By removing excess skin and fat deposits from the upper and/or lower eyelids, blepharoplasty is able to provide a refreshed, more rested look to men who suffer from “tired eyes”.

Male Plastic Surgery for the Body

Many guys strive to maintain the cut, athletic physique from their youth as they age, but this can be difficult as stubborn fat begins to accumulate in the abdomen, back, and the flanks (or love handles). With this in mind, it’s no surprise that liposuction is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery performed on men. Liposuction can surgically remove stubborn fat from areas all over the body including the abdomen, hips, love handles, and more that may not be treatable with diet and exercise alone. If the patient prefers, I also perform fat transfer injections in which the fat removed during lipo is used to sculpt other areas of the body like the abdomen, pectoral muscles, or face.

Male Breast Reduction

Men of all ages may suffer from gynecomastia, otherwise known as male breast enlargement. Although it may not be damaging to a man’s health, gynecomastia can severely impact the confidence and body image of guys ranging from adolescents to fully mature adults. I perform male breast reduction for patients who want to flatten their chest contour and create a more masculine physique.

This is merely the tip of the iceberg. From facial and body contouring procedures, to post-weight loss surgery, to non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, guys have more options than ever to turn back the clock and improve their appearance. But the first step for any aesthetic alteration is a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, we will discuss your aesthetic needs, goals, and expectations to determine which procedure is the best fit for you. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for the latest plastic surgery news, tips, and photos.

Answering Common Questions About Fat Transfer Injections

There is no question that fat transfer is becoming more and more popular with cosmetic surgery patients across the country. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), fat transfer injections to the face, breasts, and buttocks all increased significantly between 2015 and last year. Still, despite its surging popularity, I have noticed that patients still have plenty of questions about what they can and can’t do with fat transfer. That’s why I’ve taken some time to answer some common questions about how fat transfer injections can help my patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals.

Answering Common Questions About Fat Transfer InjectionsQuestion 1: What is the difference between facial fat transfer injections and facial filler injections?

Both fat transfer injections and dermal fillers can rejuvenate a patient’s face by plumping up areas of lost volume and improving the facial contour. The biggest difference between fat transfer and facial fillers is that fat transfer uses a patient’s own organic material, whereas facial fillers use a synthetic material instead. This makes fat transfer for the face a bit safer for certain patients, especially those who are allergic or sensitive to certain products.

Question 2: Can I dramatically increase my breast size with fat transfer injections?

Unfortunately not. Though fat transfer injections to the breast are very popular right now, they cannot replicate the dramatic increase in breast size that a breast augmentation procedure can provide. Instead, fat transfer for the breast is perfect for patients who seek a more modest, natural-looking increase in breast size, or those who want to correct a mild or moderate asymmetry.

Question 3: Will my fat transfer procedure lead to much scarring?

One of the many things my patients love about fat transfer is the minimal scarring it leaves. Because liposuction incisions are typically small, the scars left behind are also small (often just a few millimeters long). I also try to make incisions in less visible locations. Even the more visible scars left after liposuction will fade over time. Scarring may be more visible for patients who require larger liposuction cannulas or those with more darkly pigmented skin.

I hope this was educational for patients who are interested in learning more about this fantastic, versatile procedure. If you think fat transfer injections may be right for you, it’s important to bring this up during your liposuction consultation where I will determine if you have the necessary amount of fat in donor sites required for fat transfer. For more information on fat transfer injections or other plastic surgery procedures, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more plastic surgery tips, news, and photos.