Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
Serving the diverse Atlanta community since 1993, double board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has specialized in ethnic rhinoplasty, for 20 years. Rhinoplasty is a more prevalent procedure for ethnic patients and can be among the most challenging of all facial procedures because intricate nasal structures require attention to detail to yield natural-looking results. Dr. Whiteman emphasizes the importance of maintaining cultural identity with cosmetic procedures and selecting a surgeon knowledgeable of and experienced with ethnic diversity in plastic surgery.
Featured on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta during NeNe Leakes’ plastic surgery journey, Dr. Whiteman acknowledges the structural differences in African American (Black) rhinoplasty as well as other groups such as Hispanic (Latino) rhinoplasty and Asian rhinoplasty. Dr. Whiteman cites the risk of scarring as a prominent concern amongst ethnic patients because they tend to have more fibrous tissue than Caucasian patients. Another anatomical concern is cartilage because ethnic patients typically have weaker cartilage and shorter bones.
To produce the most natural-looking results, Dr. Whiteman employs an implantless technique that harvests the patient’s own tissues to augment the nose. Implants can place a patient at higher risk for infection or rejection of the foreign material. Dr. Whiteman’s technique significantly reduces the risk of post-operative complications, as he notes, “ethnic patients, particularly of Asian and Hispanic backgrounds, usually require additional cartilage and tissue to enlarge the nasal bridge or tip. By using materials from their own bodies, the risk of complications is minimized.”
The latest American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics show that ethnic plastic surgery is on the rise, with ethnic patients making up approximately 21% of all cosmetic procedures. Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) ranked among the top three procedures for Asian-American and Latino groups. Statistics also show the number of African-American rhinoplasty procedures is up 10% in 2011 from 2010.
Dr. Whiteman urges cosmetic surgery patients to always ask questions regarding the procedure and the surgeon’s experience during their consultation, as well as review rhinoplasty before and after photos. For ethnic patients, it is important to find a plastic surgeon thoroughly skilled and experienced working with a diverse patient base.
About Southern Plastic Surgery – Dr. David Whiteman
Southern Plastic Surgery was founded in 1993 by David M. Whiteman, M.D., F.R.C.S. Dr. Whiteman serves as the Chief and Director of Surgical Services for Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth and is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. With a special interest in assisting women suffering from breast cancer, Dr. Whiteman created a “buddy system” for his breast reconstruction patients to discuss their journeys to recovery and is founder of Life After the Fight, an interactive business directory for breast cancer survivors in the professional world to connect. Dr. Whiteman also serves on the board of directors for The Sport of Giving, a women’s cancer care and prevention non-profit organization.
Patients considering facial plastic surgery, body contouring procedures, breast surgery, or other aesthetic options can find more information about Southern Plastic Surgery and Dr. Whiteman at http://www.southernplasticsurgery.com.