Your Cosmetic Surgery Checklist

Before undergoing plastic surgery, I always advise my patients to really think carefully about what you want and why you want it while also maintaining realistic expectations. Regardless if you choose to have a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, it is important to approach all cosmetic procedures in a safe and judicious way. Take time to evaluate all of your options and not rush the process, no matter how eager you are to have the surgery.

During your initial consultation, I will provide you with all the information you need to make a fully informed decision and put in the time necessary to listen to and fully understand your individual goals and desires. You will not be pressured into a procedure which will not help you — in fact on many occasions I discourage patients from procedures which will not give them the greatest cosmetic surgery results. I have shared the following checklist to help you better decide if you’re ready to undergo surgery and help you determine what is best for you.

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Really think about your expectations and goals. The decision to have plastic surgery should be taken seriously.  You need to be honest with yourself about what you want to have done and the results you anticipate to achieve.

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Do your research. Do your homework before going forward with any procedure. Research your doctor, the procedure, the benefits, risks, cost, pre and post-surgery care, hospital accommodations, and recovery. It is crucial that you spend time studying and looking for information precise to the surgery you are considering.

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Have a thorough consultation. This is your time to ask as many questions as you want and voice your concerns regarding your surgery and view before and after results for plastic surgery. For example, ask “What are the risks and complications associated with my breast augmentation?” The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that you are given all the essential information to make an informed choice. This process is imperative to help ensure that you are not approaching the procedure with an unrealistic notion of what can be accomplished. Being clear and specific about what problem areas bother you can help to achieve the best results.

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Consider all of your options. Give yourself some time to think about your options, deliberate what you discussed during your consultation and the potential benefits and risks of having your procedure.

 

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Utilize a financial plan. Most cosmetic surgery procedures comprise three costs: anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon’s fees. Southern Plastic Surgery provides patient financing options for those that qualify for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit℠. CareCredit℠ is an 18-month plan that charges no interest as long as monthly minimum payments are successfully met, and payment is received in-full within the 18 month promotional period.

I want every patient who walks through my door to be comfortable, aware, and confident in their goals and my abilities as their cosmetic surgeon. To that end, I ensure that I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. For more information about cosmetic plastic surgery, please contact us at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C.  to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

Plastic Surgery Myths & Facts

There are often a variety of misconceptions associated with plastic surgery that are simply untrue. These skewed perceptions are often derived from photos of celebrities that have had “botched” surgeries or just from word-of-mouth which often raises much concern for patients who are interested in undergoing surgery. Regardless of the type of procedure you decide to have, I believe it is important for my patients to be knowledgeable about potential risks and benefits of plastic surgery and to maintain realistic expectations. In order to ease any apprehensions you may have, I have deciphered a few common plastic surgery myths:

Plastic Surgery Myths and FactsMYTH: Plastic surgery is only for women
FACT: Over the last ten years, the once female-predominant field of plastic surgery has become more acceptable and more common for men to consider and undergo. For a variety of motivations such as staying competitive with younger applicants in today’s job market or to improve overall self-esteem, the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures among men continues to gain popularity.  Popular procedures for men include eyelid surgery, liposuction, and neck lifts. Even so, there are some procedures for males that are exclusive to them – the treatment for gynecomastia is one such example.

Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from a Greek phrase meaning “woman-like breasts,” and is a common condition for an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. Gynecomastia occurs when there is a hormone imbalance of estrogen and testosterone and can transpire in one or both breasts and can even leave breasts noticeably uneven.  Caused by heredity, disease or hormonal changes, the breast glands can increase to an unusually large size. In order to address such concerns, I perform breast reduction surgery to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue and skin.

MYTH: Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery is a substitute for exercising and eating healthy
FACT: While liposuction, abdominoplasty, and other body contouring procedures can help you achieve personal cosmetic surgery goals, it is important to remember it should not be a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Post-surgery, I advise my patients to maintain proper nutrition and exercise regularly in order to preserve positive body contouring results.

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, and more as it pertains to your suited lifestyle.

MYTH: Plastic surgery is extremely expensive and unaffordable for most people
FACT: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 15.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2013—which means that plastic surgery is an option for a large number of people. Most individuals who undergo surgery are everyday people who are interested in boosting their self-confidence by improving their appearance.

Southern Plastic Surgery provides patient financing options for any reconstructive or cosmetic surgery service we provide. Included within our financing options is CareCredit℠. CareCredit℠ is an 18 month plan that charges no interest as long as monthly minimum payments are successfully met, and payment is received in-full within the 18 month promotional period.

MYTH: All plastic surgeons are the same
FACT: Unless a doctor is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you may be corresponding with someone who is not a properly trained plastic surgeon. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon is the most important step when deciding on surgery. Your surgeon should be a fully trained and board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing different procedures; just as importantly, he or she must take the time to listen to and fully understand your individual goals and desires. I welcome you to read my biography to learn more about me and my board certification credentials.

I want every patient who walks through my door to be comfortable, aware, and confident in their goals and my abilities as their cosmetic surgeon. To that end, I ensure that I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. If you’re interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to contact us  to schedule a complimentary consultation while openings last! Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Dr. Whiteman’s Guide to Facial Plastic Surgery: Going Beyond the Facelift

Many people automatically associate facial plastic surgery with the traditional facelift. Although facial plastic surgery does include the well-known facelift, it also includes a variety of other procedures that target very specific concerns. In fact the facelift itself can involve the traditional procedure as well as mini versions of the facelift to treat isolated cosmetic concerns of the eyes, forehead, lower face, etc.

As we age, our skin becomes lax and collagen begins to break down causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging facial skin. The traditional or full facelift focuses on problem areas around the cheeks, jowls, and neck. While some patients combine this procedure with other anti-aging facial procedures like the brow lift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation, other patients seek surgery before a procedure of that extent is necessary. These patients focus on their problem areas as they notice them. Some signs of aging can be repaired with facial fillers and cosmetic injectables.  For more advanced signs of aging,  Dr. Whiteman also offers procedures like brow lift to smooth wrinkles on the forehead, mid-facelift to reduce wrinkles and refresh the middle section of the face, or neck lift (lower facelift) to eliminate sagging skin on the jowls.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fat and tissue that contributes to bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs. Aside from helping patients look younger and more alert, some surgeons are performing migraine relief surgery in conjunction with blepharoplasty because they have better access to the muscles attributed to causing this condition. Plastic surgery patients have also experienced migraine relief through some brow lift surgery techniques and with Botox® injections.

Many facial contouring procedures provide a youthful appearance in addition to balancing facial aesthetics, though anti-aging was not their original purpose. Patients often seek otoplasty (ear surgery) to help pin back ears that are too prominent or to reduce the size of ears that are too large. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is used to enhance the shape and size of a patient’s nose. In fact, nose surgery can also be used to alleviate breathing problems caused by injury or birth defects, so Dr. Whiteman works to repair function first (if necessary) and then to enhance aesthetics.

In addition to balance-focused procedures like otoplasty and rhinoplasty, chin surgery (genioplasty) and the insertions of chin implants are becoming more popular. In fact according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 statistics report, the number of patients to receive chin implant surgery increased 71% in comparison to the 2010 statistics. Chin implants are used to give the chin a more prominent position and help balance other facial features like the nose. Dr. Whiteman also employs techniques like facial liposuction, or liposuction of the double chin to add definition to a patient’s jaw line.

Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body in addition to the facial procedures he offers. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery by Dr. David Whiteman, visit his website. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.