What is Ethnic Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgery is constantly evolving.  I say it’s ever-evolving because as a society, so are we.  Our opinion of what we consider beautiful now is a mosaic, largely attributed to a mix of worldwide travel diversity and the internet.  What we considered as ideal beauty 30 years ago is certainly not the case now, nor will it be the same 30 years into the future.  In direct correlation to shifting trends, there has also been a shift in ethnic plastic surgery procedures.  But what exactly is ethnic plastic surgery and what factors should be considered when exploring these various facial procedures?

Ethnic Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAAs a double-board certified plastic surgeon with over 21 years of performing ethnic plastic surgery, I have seen the same evolution of patient goals occur among every cultural background; each one is different.  The reason it’s termed ethnic plastic surgery is centered largely around unique cultural identities and the vast diversity that is embodied within each culture (specifically African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian).  Each culture has distinct facial structures and features that are indigenous to that specific culture and it takes a great wealth of knowledge, in regards to the facial complexities, to be able to produce plastic surgery results that are directly in line with the patient and their goals.

Ethnic facial plastic surgery procedures have surged over the past decade as more men and women are seeking cosmetic results that cannot be achieved with makeup or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.  For example, many of my African American/Black patients decide on a rhinoplasty to address the look of a large or flattened nose (think wider tip, flatter bridge and flared nostrils).  The main goal is to reduce the overall size, so I typically draw from several techniques to reshape the nose.  Typically, rhinoplasty involves removing cartilage or bone to create a thinner appearance.  With African Americans, the nose’s structure generally has weaker cartilage and shorter nasal bones in which we must augment the bridge to sculpt the narrower look the patient is going for.  Instead of using implants, I use a technique where I take the patient’s own cartilage and tissue from a donor area to add volume and reshape the nose.  To further augment the overall appearance, I might recommend facial fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® to restore lost volume and straighten the bridge (fillers can be safely injected into the tip, base or bridge of the nose, with repeated treatments to maintain final results).  In the same respect, rhinoplasty continues to vary even among Hispanic/Latino cultures (who tend to have wider bridges and bases of the nose as well as weaker cartilage) and Asians (who have thicker skin, lower bridges and a wider base).  On top of each person coming from a different ethnic background, each person also comes with a unique facial structure, all their own.

With every ethnicity, elective surgery is a choice.  The end result is to create natural-looking plastic surgery results that the patient has in mind.  There are many factors to consider when creating a patient’s rhinoplasty plan, one that accentuates their individual qualities but at the same time also focuses on maintaining cultural identity.  My job, as the surgeon, is to listen to my patient’s concerns and properly address them at surgery.  It’s not to put my “stamp” on their results because as with any ethnic representation, corrective measures should be individualized and ethnically appropriate to suit their face.  My patients, in the simplest of terms, want an improved version of themselves.  I’m just here to help them achieve that.

The face is delicate and should be handled by someone that knows the complex details to perform facial plastic surgery procedures in a safe and successful manner.  When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, do your homework to avoid disappointing results.  If you’re interested in ethnic plastic surgery or any of the plastic surgery procedures we perform at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.  Stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube for more plastic surgery news and updates.

Turn Up the Heat with Summer Savings

This month marks the start of summer and things have already started heating up around the city as a lot of you will be heading out of town, enjoying more friend and family gatherings and heading outdoors to soak up a good dose of Vitamin D.  Not only is June 21st the summer solstice but it also happens to be Father’s Day.  The Southern Plastic Surgery team certainly wants to extend a very happy Father’s Day wish to all the special men in each of your lives and I hope you make their day extra special this year!

atlanta restylane discountsWe understand that schedules can be tight this time of year and finding the best time to fit a surgical or nonsurgical procedure in can be tricky.  Surprisingly enough, downtime can be quite minimal for several procedures we perform so you don’t miss out on the important events coming up this season!  To kick off this month’s specials, let’s start with FDA-approved Restylane® Silk.  When we first introduced Restylane® Silk to patients earlier this year, our patients were pleased with its ability to provide subtle plumping of the lips.  When I say subtle I mean that it’s a “lighter” version of the original Restylane® facial filler due to the smaller granular substance that is able to get deeper into the delicate lines around the mouth.  Patients can get that pouty-lip look but still avoid the commonly overdone “duck lips.”  If you haven’t tried Restylane® or Restylane® Silk yet, check out our flyer for details on our treatment packages that are good now until June 30th, 2015.

Some of you may remember a few weeks ago I shared that I had the honor of speaking at the 2015 Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting to a select group of doctors on the topic of tummy tucks (abdominoplasty).  My scarpa fascia flap abdominoplasty technique has become a staple for helping patients achieve not only a flatter midsection, but one with curves and I’m hoping that I was able to encourage other doctors from all around the world to do their part in improving our tummy tuck patient’s results.  By utilizing the scarpa fascia tummy tuck technique when performing tummy tucks, a more defined contour of the waistline (think along the lines of an hourglass shape).

Be sure to check out our flyers for more details on the SPS specials, plus Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center has a few Father’s Day specials you may want to take advantage of.  If you have any questions regarding the specials or any of the reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100.  You can also stay connected with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  We wish everyone has a great start to their summer season and hope to see many new and familiar faces very soon!

Can Facial Plastic Surgery Turn Back the Clock on My Appearance?

One of the main reasons why plastic surgery patients choose facial procedures is to reduce the signs of aging that appear in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. With over 20 years of surgical experience, Dr. David Whiteman understands that facial plastic surgery can significantly rejuvenate a person’s appearance. While these procedures can restore a more youthful appearance, Dr. Whiteman always reminds patients to maintain realistic expectations and understand that plastic surgery does not slow down the body’s natural aging process.

facial plastic surgery atlanta gaPatients with minor skin concerns and moderate to minimal wrinkling can benefit from non-surgical treatments. Cosmetic injectables such as Botox® smooth out wrinkles on the forehead and near the eyes. Facial fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® restore lost volume in areas like the cheeks and lips. Since these procedures are non-surgical, patients can benefit from minimal to no downtime and shorter treatment times as injections typically take 10-20 minutes to complete.

For patients with more noticeable signs of aging such as deeper wrinkles and lines and/or lax skin, Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of facial procedures from rhinoplasty and eyelid lifts to facelift surgery. During a facelift, he removes excess, sagging skin and re-tightens muscle and tissue to smooth wrinkles and refill areas of lost volume. Patients who are only concerned with certain areas can choose mini facelift or brow lift surgery to target isolated areas of concern.

In addition to facial procedures, Dr. Whiteman performs a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the breasts and body. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates about plastic surgery and health and wellness.