Choosing a Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust

While the commercial shown below is humorous, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman uses the message as a reminder to patients to thoughtfully consider the implications of any cosmetic surgery and only entrust a certified plastic surgeon who maintains the patient’s best interest when making choices that effect cosmetic surgery results.

Women who select overly large breast implants that are not well suited to their bodies often end up needing breast revision surgeries such as a breast implant reduction or a breast lift at a later date. Some believe bigger breasts are better, but as with any cosmetic procedure, there are other important variables to consider when selecting a breast implant size like the patient’s height, rib cage size, overall body frame size, body weight, and original breast size. These variables explain the need for choosing a plastic surgeon that you can trust.

You should find a board certified plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with, who wants you to look your very best after your cosmetic surgery procedure. Your plastic surgeon should place more emphasis on your overall look instead of just the area he or she is enhancing. Take breast augmentation for example: be wary of any surgeon who suggests breast implants in a size you’re not comfortable with- no matter how good they promise it will look. Remember that your body is your own, and you have to live with the results.

Dr. David Whiteman has been performing plastic surgery procedures in Atlanta since 1993, and understands that no two bodies are the same. In preparation for a plastic surgery procedure, he takes time to discuss the patient’s expectations as well as realistic expectations. He listens to his patients and makes recommendations for their specific body types/ selected procedure, but overall the patient makes the calls. Dr. Whiteman believes that extensive patient education provides patients with results they will be happy with. For more information on other plastic surgery procedures that Dr. Whiteman performs such as rhinoplasty, facelift, liposuction, and tummy tuck, visit his website or continue to read his blog.

Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Nene Leakes’ Plastic Surgery


real housewives of AtlantaWho:
Gwinnett’s own Dr. David Whiteman, founder of Southern Plastic Surgery, was showcased in    consultation with Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

What: Dr. David Whiteman performed the reality star’s rhinoplasty, breast lift (mastopexy), breast revision (breast implant removal and breast augmentation), and body contouring (liposuction) cosmetic procedures in April.

When: Whiteman performed Nene’s plastic surgeries in April and is seen during pre-surgery consultation video from Bravo’s Monday night episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Where: Nene Leakes stayed true to her Atlanta ties in choosing a local cosmetic surgeon.  Dr. David Whiteman operates out of Gwinnett Medical Center and has his Southern Plastic Surgery P.C. office in Duluth, GA.

Why: Dr. Whiteman suggested the cosmetic procedures to Nene after a thorough consultation in which the “housewife” expressed dislike of the back and chest pain caused by her large breast size, her large nostrils, and small amounts of excess fat around her mid section.

To learn more about how the breast augmentation, breast lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), and liposuction procedures, like Nene received, are performed visit Dr. Whiteman’s website or read his blog.

Men and Plastic Surgery: Cauliflower Ear

Men and Plastic Surgery: Cauliflower EarPeople tend to associate women with plastic surgery, but plastic surgery procedures are becoming increasingly more popular for men. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, procedures on men accounted for over 9% of the total cosmetic procedures in 2009 ( 8% more than their total procedures in 2008). Men and women are completely different creatures, and it is still unclear as to why women get more plastic surgery work. Although women do have more cosmetic surgery, the top five cosmetic procedures men had done last year are liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), gynecomastia (male breast reduction), and hair transplantation.

While otoplasty, or ear surgery, is not among the top five male procedures in the past year, the need for such a procedure is more prevalent in men than women due to the popularity of contact sports amongst males. Many people assume that ear surgery is performed only to people who have large or protruding ears, but ear surgery can be necessary to correct deformities as well. Boxers, wrestlers, and martial artists often struggle with ear imperfections caused by trauma from their contact sport. When an athlete is repeatedly hit in the ear, tissue between the cartilage and skin can bleed and swell producing a deformation known as cauliflower ear. If this fluid is not immediately drained, the results can become permanent and require cosmetic surgery.

A board certified plastic surgeon can fix this condition by grafting and/or shaving cartilage to return the ear to a normalized appearance.  Cauliflower ear can be very painful and make simple, everyday tasks like talking on the phone or listening to head phones more difficult.  Patients who desire cosmetic surgery to rid them of these issues need to seek a plastic surgeon that is experienced with otoplasty like Dr. Whiteman. For more information on cosmetic surgery for men and women, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s website and continue reading the blog.