FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for Men

Once thought to be exclusively a woman’s game, recent years have shown us that plastic surgery is growing more popular with men all the time. With Father’s Day approaching, I thought it would be a great time to answer some of the more common questions I receive from male patients about popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men. Hopefully this will be instructional for any guys who are still on the fence about whether plastic surgery may be right for them.

FAQ’s About Common Cosmetic Procedures for MenWhat are the most common plastic surgery procedures for men?

According to stats collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for 2016, liposuction is consistently the most popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women, due to its reputation for versatility and effectiveness. After that, the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgeries for men are (in order of their popularity) male breast reduction, eyelid surgery, neck lifts, and facelifts.

How much scarring will there be after male breast reduction surgery?

The scars left from male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of fat and breast tissue that is removed during the procedure, as well as the elasticity of the patient’s skin. During male breast reduction, I try to make the smallest-possible incisions in hard to see areas on and around the chest to reduce the visibility of scars. In my experience, even patients who have larger breasts and more scarring following their male breast reduction are still very satisfied with their results.

Which facial procedures would you recommend for men trying to restore a more youthful appearance?

As I mentioned above, facelifts are very popular with men trying to turn the clock back and rejuvenate their face, but they are far from the only option. Eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty procedures are very in-demand with men at the moment, as are fat transfer injections. Fat transfer injections purify and re-inject a patient’s fat that is removed during liposuction to add lost volume to other areas including the face. Men may also want to consider a mini facelift of neck lift.

Are there any nonsurgical treatments for men that you would recommend for men trying to improve their appearance?

SculpSure® nonsurgical fat reduction can be perfect for guys trying to shed stubborn fat from areas all over the body. SculpSure® is FDA-approved to treat stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone may not be able to get rid of.

Men have more options than ever to achieve natural-looking aesthetic upgrades. Whether you are trying to shed stubborn excess fat, improve your physique, or undo some of the natural effects of aging, I believe plastic surgery can open up a world of possibilities for men trying to look and feel their best. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today. And follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more tips, photos and updates from the world of cosmetic surgery.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet CC

Welcome back to another installment of our intern spotlight series. In addition to performing a wide range of plastic surgery procedures, our own Dr. David Whiteman prides himself on medical mentoring and helping prepare the next generation of professionals for their careers in medicine. This month, we’re excited to focus on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, CC. CC has been interning here at SPS while she finishes up her studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). It’s been a real treat having CC in our office learning from Dr. Whiteman and our team. Between her hard work, professionalism, and enthusiasm, she has made significant contributions during her internship and we are proud to call her part of our Southern Plastic Surgery team.

best gwinnett plastic surgeonTo help everyone get a better idea of who CC is, we had her answer a few questions about her time here at Southern Plastic Surgery and share some of her fondest memories from her internship.

What made you choose a career in medicine?

Having family members negatively affected by the poor healthcare system in Nigeria and the lack of available treatment enabled me to see the importance of health and wellness for every individual, especially those in disadvantaged populations. This motivated me to do my part by working to reach those through healthcare that seem unreachable.

What has been your favorite memory of your internship so far?

I can’t say I have just one favorite memory. I would say crossing paths with caring, intelligent people every day will forever impact me and stay in my memory.

Describe your internship in ONE word.   

Enlightening

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical career?  

The ability to engage with patients and connect with them personally. This is a skill that I have had nurtured in me that reaches far beyond the world of medicine. I personally believe that many physicians lack the ability to connect with their patients on a personal level.

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  

I’ve learned that unexpected things happen, especially rare ones, and you can’t let this frustrate you. You must roll with it and treat those things as they come.

What has been your favorite part of interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

Dr. Whiteman is one of the only teachers that I have had that has actually allowed his students to have real life responsibilities with patients. The interaction he allows his students to have with patients is easily the best experience a student can have, and a luxury that most students are not allowed. He loves to teach and share his knowledge and never allows anything to get in the way of one of his students getting the best learning experience possible!

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far during your internship?  

The biggest challenge for me was getting over my initial timidness and becoming more comfortable and confident in what I know and applying it. I feel I have grown a lot in this area during my internship.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  

In 5 years I hope to be practicing sports medicine and starting a family.

When you’re not working, what are your favorite hobbies?

Health and fitness, as well as “trying” to learn guitar.

What is your favorite movie?  

The Patriot

Do you have a personal motto?

It’s not by my strength or for my glory!

If you weren’t practicing medicine what would you be doing professionally?  

I would either be a sports analyst on a major network like NFL network or ESPN or be pursuing a career in Public Health programming.

What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?  

Finding the best desserts all over the city.

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  

Brunch! I love chicken and waffles!!

It’s always sad to see our interns leave. After mentoring and working closely together, it’s only natural to get accustomed to seeing someone every day and to start feeling like a family over time. With that said, we have only great things to say about our time with CC and we are excited to see where her career takes her. We have no doubt that CC will be a terrific, valuable addition to wherever she ends up. For more information about Dr. David Whiteman or if you are interested in a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right For Me?

As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also typically the first thing people notice when they look at someone’s face. That’s why to minimize the effects of aging and keep ourselves looking young, it all begins with taking care of the eyes. As we age, it’s only natural for the skin around our eyes and eyelids to begin to sag, creating bags and dark circles under the eyes and making the eyes look tired.

For patients interested in rejuvenating the areas around their eyes, I offer eyelid surgery. Otherwise known as a blepharoplasty procedure, eyelid surgery is able to refresh a patient’s face by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s specific needs.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery can provide benefits for patients seeking relief from a wide variety of facial imperfections. Eyelid surgery can treat bags that appear under the eyes or puffiness on the upper eyelids. It can also help patients that experience obscured vision that results from excess skin and fat on the eyelids.

If you are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for your procedure, eyelid surgery can work wonders to create a more youthful appearance for your face. Certain medical conditions like glaucoma and dry eye may prevent certain patients from undergoing this procedure. To confirm that you are a candidate for eyelid surgery, I recommend coming in for a complimentary plastic surgery consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history as well as what you hope to achieve with your surgery to determine if an eyelid surgery is the right choice for you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips, news, and updates.