Buttock Augmentation: Unraveling the Media’s Vast Obsession

In today’s society, there is much emphasis placed on one’s physical appearance. Social media has made an influential impact on the way we look and it always circles back to “we all want what we can’t have.” Different plastic surgery trends arise every day—one day women are opting for larger breasts and bigger derrières the next. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2013, there were 9,993 buttock augmentation procedures performed with a 16% increase since 2012.

butt augmentation atlanta gaThis increasing popularity in buttock enhancement stems from a variety of influences; mainly from popular Hollywood starlets with a large presence on social media and television such as Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, or the Kardashian sisters. This infatuation with an individual’s backside is not only seen in the tabloids, but now it’s commonly heard in lyrics and seen in music videos as well. Nowadays, most female patients desire similar, more contoured figures not just in the waist and hips but also the buttocks. In order to achieve this look, I perform buttock augmentation, also known as Brazilian butt lift, for patients wishing to enhance the size and curve of their buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift is commonly performed through a fat transfer process to enhance the shape of the buttocks. The injections consist of your own fat from other areas obtained through liposuction around the buttocks, thighs, hips, or abdomen.  The donated fat is then purified and re-injected into predetermined areas on your buttocks.  By using your own fat, it allows me to sculpt the injected fat into a more naturally prominent posterior.  I prefer using the fat transfer technique for butt augmentation as it significantly decreases the risk of complication that can be associated with the introduction of a foreign object into the body, such as butt implants.

During your consultation, I will assess the amount of donated fat needed, the desired sites where the injections will go, as well as the number and depth of the injections when determining your desired cosmetic goals.  Despite media influences, it is my responsibility as your double board-certified plastic surgeon to understand and achieve your wants and needs. I will take the time to listen to your concerns, and while each patient is different and unique, it is my obligation to provide you the most aesthetically-pleasing results.

If you are interested in buttock augmentation or any other body contouring procedure at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to also connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more of the latest plastic surgery trends and news.

Couples Seek Plastic Surgery

We all know men and women are very different creatures. In fact, you can see a pretty big difference between the two groups just by reviewing plastic surgery statistics. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2011 statistics, the male population accounted for just over a million minimally-invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 while females accounted for more than 12 million of these procedures.  However, as reported by ABC news, men and women are beginning to seek cosmetic surgery together, a phenomenon known as couples’ plastic surgery.

Some plastic surgery patients struggle to know what to say to their mate when they begin to pursue cosmetic enhancement. The process can be uncomfortable because people worry their significant other will disagree with their choice or be somewhat intimidated. Fortunately for Heather Robertson, the woman featured in ABC’s story as reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, her husband, David, had the exact reaction the mother of four had hoped for when she mentioned her desire for tummy tuck surgery. He said he thought if anyone deserved a procedure like that, his wife did.

The couple has been together for 18 years, and they have both changed and aged throughout the years. As we often discuss in our mommy makeover surgery blogs, pregnancy and childbirth can permanently change a woman’s body causing weight fluctuation, muscle damage and loose skin. However, as David can attest, the children aren’t completely responsible for their changed appearance. He decided to follow his wife’s lead and have plastic surgery to get rid of his double chin.

When hearing the phrase “couples’ plastic surgery,” a person might assume that each person is having the same type of procedure. For instance, some may envision a husband and wife seeking liposuction or tummy tuck, or couples getting Botox® or facial filling injectables at the same time. However, the Robertson’s experience demonstrated the fact couples can pursue different plastic surgery procedures that target their personal areas of concern and still be there for one another along the journey.

Dr. David Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures including cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring procedures, and facial plastic surgery, including the iGuide® neck lift technique to target double chins. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedures he offers, visit his website. Be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and trends.

The Rise of Plastic Surgery in Older Adults

southern plastic surgeryBecause we perform many types of cosmetic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, we see a plethora of clients with varying ages, ethnicities, and plastic surgery desires. From men requesting nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to new mothers looking to rejuvenate their bodies through mommy makeover surgery, we are pleased to report that our patients run the gamut.

We were especially intrigued by a recent New York Times article, “The Golden Years, Polished With Surgery,” which discusses the recent upward trend in plastic surgery for adults over 65. The article discusses the cases of baby boomers opting in to cosmetic procedures so their bodies mirror their positive attitudes.  Also mentioned is the risk associated with elective surgery procedures performed on older adults.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that almost 350,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on adults aged 55 or over in 2010 with around a third getting eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). A study by the Cleveland Clinic Department of Plastic Surgery has shown that the risks associated with older adults getting plastic surgery are based less on their numerical age and more on their overall health and physiological age.

Dr. David Whiteman is an expertly trained and board certified plastic surgeon with experience in many different types of cosmetic surgery on diverse groups of people. During a consultation, Dr. Whiteman will discuss the results you desire, and you’ll be informed of the potential side effects and risk factors in your particular case.

All patients, regardless of age, should be screened for certain health conditions and make their plastic surgeons aware of all medications they are currently taking to minimize the risk of contraindication. While older adults may heal slower than those who are younger, there are conditions that would make even a young person an unsuitable candidate for plastic surgery like high blood pressure, for example.

We realize that people of all ages have cosmetic desires to enhance their bodies or boost self-confidence, which is why we encourage each potential client to visit our office and speak with Dr. Whiteman to talk about how plastic surgery can benefit and rejuvenate his or her appearance.

To discuss your cosmetic surgery options and see if you’re a candidate for plastic surgery procedures, contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates, and information on specials.