Interested in Breast Procedures? Visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s AtlantaBreast.Com

Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman is excited to announce his new website focusing on breast procedures, www.atlantabreast.com, for detailed information and resources for breast surgery patients.breast-surgery-atlanta-ga

Individuals can find information about breast procedures and techniques including breast augmentation, lift, revision, reconstruction, reduction, and male breast reduction surgeries. Patients are encouraged to peruse Dr. Whiteman’s before and after gallery to see other patients’ surgery results.

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Grey’s Anatomy Features Teenage Gynecomastia Patient

All of you out there who are avid network TV watchers (like some of us are) may have seen last week’s episode of ABC’s long time hit Grey’s Anatomy, in which a young, 13 year old boy underwent male breast reduction surgery.  The character’s over-sized breasts were attributed to a condition known as gynecomastia.

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Effecting a large number of males (40-60% according to 2008 statistics), gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat or glandular tissue in the male breast causing an over-feminized appearance.  Though often exhibited in teenage boys that have recently gone through puberty (like the Grey’s character), the condition is attributed to numerous causes including:  spiked estrogen levels during puberty, taking certain medications, anabolic steroid use, and weight gain.

If gynecomastia is drug or weight induced, many plastic surgeons will first suggest adopting a healthier life style (i.e.- diet and exercise or stopping steroid use).  However, if this isn’t the case, a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. David Whiteman can remove the excess fat via liposuction and then surgically excise any remaining glandular tissue.  While this procedure is not complicated, usually taking about an hour to complete, male breast reduction results can be life changing.

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery or the other breast surgeries offered at Southern Plastic Surgery such as:  breast augmentation/ breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), or breast revision surgery visit our website or read our 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.