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.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Preparing for Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) in Atlanta GAPeople choose to have rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, for a variety of reasons such as medical necessity due to breathing difficulty or damage from trauma, as well as for cosmetic reasons. Dr. David Whiteman knows rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly pursued plastic surgery procedures, but he also recognizes it’s one of the most complex, especially among different ethnicities because of differences in cartilage texture. With almost 20 years of plastic surgery experience and a history of successful ethnic rhinoplasty results, Dr. Whiteman uses his knowledge of human physiology to produce rhinoplasty results that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. No matter what the initial reason is for pursuing surgery, pre- and post-operative care is important for minimizing complications and optimizing rhinoplasty results. An important part of pre-operative care includes planning for your procedure.

When you decide to have plastic surgery, it is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable. During your consultation, it’s important to discuss the reasons you’re pursuing plastic surgery as well as your medical history, surgical concerns, and desired results. Dr. Whiteman will take this time to discuss the ins and outs of your procedure and pre- and post-op care such as avoiding certain medications, arranging for help the day of your surgery, and stopping smoking.

There are certain medications that could increase the chance of surgical complications. For two weeks before your procedure, avoid blood-thinning medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, etc.), aspirin or aspirin containing medicines. Dr. Whiteman will ask you for a list of all of the medications you are taking including vitamins and supplements, but he will also give you a list of medications that should be avoided before and following surgery to minimize bruising, swelling, and other complications. It’s also important to arrange a ride home from your surgery and for help during your recovery to increase comfort. It is important to note that smoking can hinder recovery by slowing the healing process after surgery.

Depending on the patient’s unique needs, Dr. Whiteman may use a closed or open technique during rhinoplasty. During closed rhinoplasty, small incisions are made inside the nose. During an open rhinoplasty, small incisions are made inside the nose, and an additional incision is made to separate the nostrils. No matter what technique is used, he is sure to hide incisions within the natural folds of the nose in order to minimize scarring. Dr. Whiteman will also provide aftercare instructions such as proper wound care, diet, sleep, and medications that can help speed the healing process.

While it is important to find an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon for successful rhinoplasty results, it’s also important to do your part by following your surgeon’s instructions. If you are interested in nose surgery or another procedure Dr. Whiteman performs, schedule a consultation today. Be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

Plastic Surgery Slang Part 1: Face

Whether it’s intended to be a cute description like love handles or more of a joke like turkeyneck, slang words related to plastic surgery are all over the internet. In fact, we commonly use these terms in our blogs. Most of these plastic surgery slang terms are self explanatory, but we thought we would break it down for you in case you’re not familiar.

“Elevens” – Also known as glabellar lines, these vertical lines between the eyebrows are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as frowning. Although they’re called elevens, at times, they appear as one line and sometimes three. These unwanted lines are often remedied with Botox® or Dysport® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles.

“Bags” – Whether they’re caused by lack of sleep, allergies, or stored fat pockets, we’re all familiar with unsightly bags that form under the eyes. Depending on their cause, certain skin care products may reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Patients who have bags under their eyes caused by fat pads can benefit from lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

“Crow’s Feet” – Rather than between the eyes, these lines surround the outer corners of the eyes and are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling. Botox® and Dysport® are successful in treating these lines as well.

“Turkeyneck” – If an image of a droopy chin came to mind as soon as you saw this one, then you probably know what it means. With age, the skin loses elasticity, collagen production slows, and the skin begins to sag. A turkeyneck describes drooping skin beneath the chin and is often remedied by neck lift surgery. Dr. David Whiteman prefers neck lift surgery with iGuide® for its natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

“Parentheses” – These lines, also known as nasolabial folds, extend from corners of the nose to the edges of the mouth and deepen with age. Many patients with these wrinkles pursue facial filling treatments like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm®.

“Nose Job” – This is one of the most common plastic surgery slang terms describing rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty may be pursued for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes in order to reshape the nose or to restore functionality and aesthetics.

“Brotox” – Due to the increase in the number of men seeking Botox®, the media has coined a nickname for men using the product: Brotox. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures in order to stay looking young in the workplace, and many begin with Botox® and facial fillers for facial rejuvenation.

“Trout Pout” – While lip enhancement done well looks great, the phrase trout pout isn’t always positive. Although the trout pout  or big plumped up lips were popular a couple of years ago, patients are now opting for a more natural lip enhancement with fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Contact our office to learn more about a certain procedure or to schedule a consultation. Check out the blog about current specials on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers, and Latisse. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming blog on plastic surgery slang for the body. In the mean time, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.