We strongly believe in patient education and want to make learning about cosmetic surgery as easy as possible. First, we begin with some of the most common questions about plastic surgery. Then, at the bottom of this page, you will find links to more frequently asked questions about each specific procedure.
Would Dr. White consider speaking to our group?
Yes. Dr. White very much enjoys teaching; especially when he can help others better understand plastic surgery. There have been so many stories in the media that sometimes it’s difficult to make sense out of it all. Dr. White has given numerous lectures to both medical and non-medical groups. Women’s clubs in particular seem to appreciate learning more about the latest advances in cosmetic surgery as well as the many choices available to women who want to either look younger or improve their figure. Some of Dr. White’s most popular talks include:
- Plastic Surgery of the Face & Body
- The Latest Advances in Cosmetic Surgery
- How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon
- Looking Younger with Facial Rejuvenation
- Regaining Your Figure with Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
- Breast Enhancement with Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, and Brava
Due to Dr. White’s busy schedule, he usually limits his speaking engagements to groups of twenty-five or more in the North Texas area. If your group would be interested in having Dr. White speak on one of the above topics, please contact us at 214.696.6676.
Why is it called ”plastic“ surgery?
The word ”plastic“ comes from the Greek word ”plastikos,“ meaning ”to mold or to shape.“ This is the origin for the name of the man-made material that is found almost everywhere today—plastic. Whether it’s a toy, a cup, a plate, or a computer monitor, plastic is the material of choice since it can be molded or shaped into any desired form.
The term ”plastic surgery“ then refers to surgery that molds or shapes the human body. Unfortunately, despite the latest advances in plastic surgery, we still cannot mold the human body into any desired form (otherwise everyone could be a supermodel). We can however make a big difference in sculpting one’s body to achieve the best shape for each individual by using today’s state-of-the art surgical techniques.
What are the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures?
The five most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States are nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, and facelift. With the latest innovations in cosmetic plastic surgery, patients may now benefit from more natural results, faster recovery, and safer procedures. Consequently, more and more people have decided to take advantage of these advanced procedures to help them enhance their appearance or restore a more youthful look. In fact, the number of people choosing cosmetic plastic surgery has tripled in the last decade!
The most popular plastic surgery procedures for women include nose reshaping, liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, facelift, brow lift, tummy tuck, and breast lift. Men also have nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, facelift, brow lift, and tummy tuck, as well as surgery to treat gynecomastia, or male breast reduction.
What is the difference between plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, aesthetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, and aesthetic surgery all refer to the same thing: surgery done to improve one’s appearance. Plastic surgery is also used in a broader context to refer to all aspects of plastic surgery (i.e. both plastic and reconstructive surgery).
Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body to improve the patient’s appearance. Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to reshape abnormal structures of the body, which have resulted from accidents, injuries, infections, cancers or other diseases, as well as congenital or developmental deformities.
What should I know before I choose a plastic surgeon?
It is most important to first understand that some doctors who call themselves ”cosmetic surgeons“ or ”plastic surgeons“ are, in fact, not real plastic surgeons. We strongly encourage you to read the information on our website entitled: Making Sense of Certification. We recommend finding a plastic surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Be aware that just because a doctor has a nice office with a big staff and a slick advertising campaign, does not mean the doctor is a real plastic surgeon. Before you consent to having an operation in a doctor’s office, first check with the local hospital to see if the doctor has privileges to perform that same procedure at the hospital.
Dr. White believes there is no substitute for knowledge and experience. He is not only a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but also one of the few plastic surgeons in the United States certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. This rare dual certification reflects Dr. White’s commitment to excellence.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons provided some of the following questions and answers. Please choose from the links below for frequently asked questions about each topic:
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