Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Tiffany

Welcome back to our intern spotlight series. For this installment, we’re thrilled to put the spotlight on our newest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, Tiffany. Tiffany is interning here at SPS while she finishes up her studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). We have loved having Tiffany in our office and have been constantly impressed by her professionalism and her natural ability to work with our patients.  Her hard work and enthusiasm is present in everything she does. To help everyone get to know Tiffany a little bit better, we had her share some of her fondest memories with us and open up about what she has learned during her time here at SPS and where she hopes to go during her career in medicine. Here’s what she had to say:

southern plastic surgery atlanta gaHow would you describe your internship in one word?

Inspiring

Which skills that you have learned do you think will be most valuable in your medical field?

The most important skill I’ve learned so far from Dr. David Whiteman is his honesty and level of care he takes when working with his patients.

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

I have learned that most patients just want to be heard and it’s incumbent on us to listen intently to their concerns.

What has been the biggest challenge of your internship so far?

So far, the biggest challenge has been handling patient’s emotions after anesthesia.

southern plastic surgery atlanta gaWhere do you see yourself in 5 years?  

In Florida, post-residency, working in my own private practice.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

It may sound cheesy, but getting to spend time with Dr. Whiteman and his staff. It has been one of the best office environments I have worked in and I am truly grateful to spend my time there.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I love to spend my time studying, being with my son, practicing mixed martial arts fighting, and running.

What is your favorite movie?

Good Will Hunting

Do you have a personal motto?

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till your good is your better and your better is your best.

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

I would be something related to working with people, like a social worker, therapist, or teacher.

What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?

I love the outdoor festivals in the springtime in Atlanta! I just attended the recent brunch festival.

Pick one: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?

Brunch! Though to be honest, I love all food at all times.

It’s never easy to say goodbye to any of our interns, who all begin to feel like family during their time here. But we are thrilled about our time with Tiffany and can’t wait to see what great things she will go on to during her career, whether it be in cosmetic surgery or otherwise. Having expertise is only one part of having a career in medicine. To really make it, a medical provider must be able to work well with patients and nurture relationships. We have no doubt that Tiffany will meet this standard and thrive regardless of where she ends up. For more information 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 tips and updates.

Cosmetic Surgery Steadily Rising Worldwide

Plastic surgery is on the rise. Not just in the US, but all over the world. According to new stats recently published at the World Congress exhibit in Paris, the worldwide cosmetic surgery market grew over 8% in 2016 to an estimated $8.9 billion. That figure is expected to increase to almost $10 billion this year and industry experts predict that this growth will only continue in the years ahead.

Cosmetic Surgery Steadily Rising WorldwideThough North America (the US in particular) and Europe still have the highest numbers of cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year, other world regions are beginning to close the gap. The Asian Pacific region has seen a massive spike in the popularity of plastic surgery, particularly South Korea. Research done by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) stated that South Korea had the 3rd most plastic surgery procedures performed in 2015, behind just the US and Brazil.

There are a number of factors that can be partially attributed to this recent cosmetic surgery surge. Societal stigmas around cosmetic surgery, especially for men, have become less prevalent in recent years. More people than ever all around the globe are feeling empowered to seek out cosmetic procedures as a way to fight off the signs of aging and look and feel their best. We have also seen an increase in the number of available board-certified cosmetic surgeons worldwide in recent years.

Though plastic surgery as a whole is growing worldwide, which procedures are most popular is still very dependent on the region. The ISAPS data indicates that breast augmentation procedures and liposuction are still the most popular procedures in the US, whereas facial procedures like eyelid and nose surgeries are the most in-demand in South Korea. One thing that remains consistent is the exponential growth of non-surgical cosmetic procedures like Botox® Cosmetic injections and nonsurgical fat reduction like SculpSure®.

Personally, I’m very heartened by this development. As someone who takes pride in helping people improve their appearance, self-esteem and quality of life through plastic surgery, it’s great to see more and more people opting for these potentially life-changing procedures. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips and updates.

Happy New Year from Everyone at Southern Plastic Surgery!

It’s been a fantastic year at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) and we all have a lot to be thankful for. 2016 brought us new patients and truly inspiring cosmetic and reconstructive surgery results that will hopefully make a difference to our patients for years and years to come. With that in mind, 2017 offers us a new year of possibilities and experiences we can’t wait to discover. But before we fully transition into the new year, let us take a moment to reflect on 2016 and all that the whole SPS and Laser Lights family were able to accomplish:

  • Happy New Year from Everyone at Southern Plastic Surgery!As now the sole owner of our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we are now able to provide two centers with one purpose. United together, we embrace the opportunity to serve all of our patients with a wide array of both surgical procedures and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.
  • Thanks to all of you, for the second year in a row I was nominated for the 2016 Best Self Magazine “Best of Atlanta Contest” for Best Plastic Surgeon for my Tummy Tuck procedure.
  • On a similar note, we are so proud that our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center was awarded the 2016 Best Self Magazine award for Best Laser Hair Removal.
  • Within the last year, we added a number of new treatments to our menu of cosmetic services for our patients. These nonsurgical treatments provide our patients simple, quick and effective ways to look and feel their best without any necessary downtime for recovery, including Kybella® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction for the double chin and Cellulaze™ Cellulite Treatment. Additionally, Laser Lights added several new cosmetic treatments including SculpSure® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction, platelet-rich plasma treatments, paramedical scar camouflaging, Réjuvapen® microneedling, organic airbrush spray tanning, new skin care treatments and more.

Here’s to wishing for an even bigger and better 2017 for Southern Plastic Surgery and our patients. So from everyone here at Southern Plastic Surgery, we would like to thank you all again and wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2017! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about our procedures or cosmetic treatments, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery or Laser Lights for a complimentary consultation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.