Using Implantless Techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2011 with 244,000 procedures performed. Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA can resolve both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns, but it remains one of the more challenging procedures that Dr. David Whiteman performs due to complex bone and cartilage structures found in the nose.  Serving the diverse Atlanta community for almost 20 years, Dr. David Whiteman recognizes that rhinoplasty must be performed with expert precision, especially to preserve cultural identities.

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Traditional rhinoplasty techniques may not yield natural-looking results for African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA. For example, African-American patients tend to have more fibrous tissue, shorter nasal bones, and weaker cartilage than Caucasian/White patients. Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges, and Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge. For these reasons, Dr. Whiteman exercises different techniques to rebuild the nose and reduce the risk of Keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.

To produce more natural results and reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Whiteman performs an implantless technique that grafts the patient’s own bone and cartilage from his or her body to reshape the nose. For Asian rhinoplasty, implants can be ineffective because the bridge is more narrow and may not support the implant well. Cartilage grafts can define and lift areas of the nose to create a stronger, more refined appearance.

To ensure the best results, Dr. Whiteman reminds all of his patients to ask questions and request before and after photos during their plastic surgery consultation. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or any other procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

Check out our specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September 2012

During the month of September, Southern Plastic Surgery breast augmentation patients can choose between free Botox® (up to 20 units) or free Latisse® if they purchase Allergan’s Natrelle® gel breast implants for their procedure.

You can also take advantage of manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials on Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Botox®, and Latisse® through the end of September. Check out the flyers for more details, or click here to read a blog for more information on manufacturer’s facial rejuvenation specials. If you purchased a Gilt City voucher for Restylane® before August 13th, be sure to redeem your voucher before September 30, 2012.

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Plastic Surgery Slang Terms Part 2: Body

Since slang is commonly used on the internet and in everyday conversations, we explained the meaning of many slang terms relating to facial plastic surgery in our most recent blog. Now, we’d like to explain plastic surgery slang associated with cosmetic procedures of the body.

“Dog Ears” – Although this phrase probably makes you think of an adorable pet, dog ears aren’t nearly as cute on people as the term describes the puckering of skin at the end of a scar. While this effect can be avoided with certain surgical techniques, dog ears are more commonly associated with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dog ears can be eliminated with scar revision surgery.

“Saddlebags” – Traditionally, the term saddlebags describes a piece of luggage that sits on the back of a horse or motorcycle that allows room for excess cargo, but in the plastic surgery world, saddlebags refer to excess fat in the outer thighs. Saddlebags that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise are usually best treated with liposuction.

“Muffin Tops” – Most people love muffin tops—that is, until they start showing up on our waistlines. Just like the delicious part of a muffin seeps over the edges of the pan as it cooks, muffin tops describe the excess fat seeping over the edge of a person’s pants and can be removed with liposuction.

“Mommy Makeover” – This term refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures designed to address the affects typically noticed after pregnancy and childbirth. Each mommy makeover is different as they are customized depending on each patient’s needs. However, mommy makeover surgery usually includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of the aforementioned procedures).

“Man Boobs or Moobs” – Though this term is pretty self-explanatory, man boobs occur because of a condition known as gynecomastia, or overly large male breasts. Fortunately, Dr. David Whiteman performs male breast reduction to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a more masculine chest.

“Boob Job” – The term boob job is commonly used interchangeably with breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to a woman’s breasts.

 “Banana Roll” – As if cellulite in this area isn’t a big enough issue on its own, banana roll describes the excess fat stored on the back of the thigh just beneath the buttocks that can be eliminated with liposuction.

“Bat Wings” – Sometimes called chicken wings, bat wings refer to the excess hanging skin under the upper arms, which usually becomes apparent after extreme weight loss or weight fluctuation. Arm lift surgery can reduce the appearance of bat wings.

“Love Handles” – While this description is somewhat sweet, few people are pleased with love handles. Love handles describe the excess fat bulging from the sides and back of the abdomen and can usually be eliminated with liposuction.

If you’re interested in learning more about a certain procedure Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact his office today. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest plastic surgery news by connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.