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.

Why Waste Your Fat after Liposuction?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is the most commonly-performed plastic surgery in America. But what happens to all the fat that is removed after those procedures are finished? The truth is, a lot of the time the fat is just thrown away as medical waste. While you may not think that sounds like a big deal, the fat that is removed during liposuction is often referred to as “liquid gold” by surgeons due to its amazing ability to rejuvenate other parts of the body. Allow me to explain.

Why Waste Your Fat after LiposuctionFat transfer injections take fat removed from areas of the body during liposuction and inject it back into other areas of the body that may be lacking in volume like the face, breasts or buttocks. The fat transfer procedure is generally a very safe way to provide natural, long-lasting results to areas all over the body. Patients are quickly catching on to this phenomenon, as evidenced by the considerable increase in fat transfer procedures I have personally witnessed over the past several years.

Fat transfer can be a terrific, noninvasive method for patients seeking facial rejuvenation. Whether you are concerned about facial creases like smile lines and crow’s-feet or sunken areas around the lips and cheeks, fat transfer injections can provide a significant aesthetic improvement. Fat transfer injections for the face are able to create an effect similar to facial fillers, but with the added perk of results that can least for years.

Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves injecting the previously removed fat into a patient’s breasts to create a more subtle, natural-looking increase in breast size. With smaller, more modest breasts becoming more fashionable recently, it’s no surprise that fat transfer injections to the breast experienced a massive 41% increase in popularity last year according to ASAPS statistics for 2016.

Fat transfer can also be used as supplement for breast reconstruction procedures by filling in irregularities like lumps or hiding obvious signs of breast implants for women who have undergone mastectomies to treat breast cancer.

If you are considering fat transfer, it’s important to bring this up with your surgeon during your liposuction consultation. During a consultation, I am able to determine if a patient has the necessary amount of fat in donor sites required for fat transfer. I have personally developed a unique method for fat transfer that removes fat from a patient’s body using suction, process it and places it in another area of the body in a matter of just a few minutes. For more information or to schedule your plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.