G. Marc Wetherington MD, FACS
About the Practice
I strive to treat patients and their families in the same manner that I wish for myself and my family. This adaptation of the "Golden Rule" combined with the Hippocratic Oath has endured through the centuries as a model for all practitioners of the healing arts. It is an honor and privilege to serve the plastic surgical needs of my patients.
Male Breast Reduction
Skin Care Services
The Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center has been designed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the practice of plastic surgery. Our flexible office schedule and minimal wait time is designed to limit the number of patients that are simultaneously in each of our two waiting rooms. Patient confidentiality is one of our highest priorities.
The Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center sets our own strict standards of privacy, however, we are also compliant with the standards enumerated in the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act (HIPAA). A detailed description of our policy can be found in the 'Patient Forms' area of the web site and is titled Notice of Patient Privacy.
At the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center we strive to achieve the highest measure of trust, privacy, discretion and professionalism. Our practice is focused solely upon the delivery of quality aesthetic and reconstructive surgical services and we deeply understand how important your privacy and confidentiality are to you.
Facial Trauma/Breast Reconstruction
"In 1989, I was involved in a car accident that caused dramatic trauma to my face and body. Dr. Marc Wetherington took on the task of repairing my burned body and reconstructing my face. His incredible work provided me with the self-confidence to pursue my dreams with minimal evidence of that horrific accident. Since 1989, I have been a member of a Division I dance team, professional cheerleading team, pursued advanced degrees including a Doctorate in Education, and was crowned Mrs. Georgia International in 2005. When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer twenty years later, there was only one surgeon to consider for her reconstructive surgery. Dr. Wetherington has provided amazing care for two generations of my family and will continue to be my family's choice for plastic surgery." (P.G.)
Upon my decision to have breast augmentation I began my search for the right surgeon. I was extremely nervous and had a lot of concerns and questions. I consulted with two others surgeons before meeting Dr. Wetherington. I still had questions that I felt were not answered. When I met with Dr. Wetherington he made me feel so at ease and really took the time with me and answered all of my questions and earned my trust. I felt complete confidence in him as my surgeon. It was then I decided to choose him for my augmentation. I could not be happier with the results! His staff was amazing and they took great care of me before and after the surgery. I have remained a patient of Dr. Wetherington for over five years now and have since referred several friends and family to him. They too were very pleased with their results. Thank you Dr Wetherington! (K.W.)
"I have had several procedures done over the past ten years and each time Dr. Wetherington has always taken his time in explaining each step of the procedure....he never rushed through anything. He and his staff were there to answer any questions before and after the procedure. I have and will continue to recommend his office to anyone. Thank you for being a wonderful surgeon and having a wonderful staff." (F.H.)
Cancer survivor and Breast Reconstruction Patient
"When I finally decided it was time to take charge again by having a breast reconstruction I found Dr. Wetherington on the internet. From my first appointment, my husband and I were impressed with him because we could feel he didn't just consider me a patient, but a person who needed the least painful and least invasive surgical reconstruction possible to regain some of my life back. Now one and a half years later, I am so grateful to Dr. Wetherington for giving me a precious gift, my newly developed self-esteem and new body!" (M.W.)
I did a lot of research about plastic surgeons when I moved to Rome, knowing that at some time I would need my eyelids repaired. I had cosmetic eyelid surgery done years ago by another surgeon and the results were not the best, but I lived with it for years. I chose Dr. Wetherington to revise my blepharoplasty and during the procedure he had to do a lot of repairs to my lower eyelids. Dr Wetherington was my favorite; he did not push me into anything. Two years ago he did the surgery and I could not have been more pleased. It continues to look wonderful. (J.D.)
Cancer Survivor and Breast Reconstruction Patient
"I'm very satisfied with my reconstruction surgery. Dr. Wetherington is a wonderful and professional surgeon. My husband and I feel like we made a new friend during our time dealing with cancer and the follow-up surgery". (E.W.)
Background & Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Certificate # 4292 1992 (Lifetime)
American Board of Surgery, Certificate # 33325 1988-1998
Resident, Plastic Surgery
Indiana University Medical Center
Resident, General Surgery
Indiana University Medical Center
Medical Doctor, 1981
University of South Florida, College of Medicine
B.A., Microbiology 1978
University of South Florida
Publications and Presentations
Robison, R.J., Leapman, S.B.,Wetherington, G.M., Hamburger, R.J., Fineberg, M.S., Filo, R.S.: Surgical Considerations of Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis. Surgery 96: 723-729, 1984.
Wetherington, G.M., Leapman, S.B., Robison, R.J., Filo, R.S.: Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Hernias in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients. American Journal of Surgery 150: 357-360, 1985.
Wetherington, G.M., Sadove, A.M., Norins, A.L.:Locally Invasive Cellular Blue Nevus of the Scalp. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 79: 114-117, 1987.
Affiliations & Memberships
Floyd Medical Center, Rome Georgia
Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome Georgia
Gordon Hospital, Calhoun Georgia
Cartersville Medical Center, Cartersville Georgia
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
Medical Association of Georgia (Board of Directors)
Floyd-Polk-Chattooga Medical Society (Director, Past President)
Medical Association of Georgia Leadership Academy Graduate
My staff and I are committed to the practice of quality medical care delivered in a comfortable, safe and confidential environment. I have continuously practiced medicine in the areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery since 1988 and specialize in the surgical enhancement of the face, breast, torso and extremities.
I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your surgical options and answer all of your questions.
Please call and schedule your consultation today. I look forward to participating in your care.
Staff & Facilities
The Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center is a full service plastic surgery facility and is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. Modern advancements in anesthesia, surgical technique and out-patient delivery of care have significantly reduced the risk of cosmetic surgery.
At the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center, anesthesia services are performed by Integra Anesthesia Associates. Our Director of Anesthesia Services is Mr. Tony Pemerton, CRNA, who along with colleague Mr. Robert Snow, CRNA, have collectively over twenty-five years of anesthesia experience. On the day of surgery, these Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) will be delivering anesthesia medication to and monitoring our surgical patients.
Patients undergoing procedures at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center will have either Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) or General Anesthesia. Minor procedures can be performed under local anesthesia administered by the plastic surgeon and do not necessitate anesthesia.
MAC anesthesia is delivered intravenously to make the patient drowsy while the local anesthesia is injected. During the patient's procedure the local anesthesia will keep the patient free of pain at the surgical site, and the sedation will prevent anxiety. The patient's vital signs will be monitored and supplemental oxygen delivered. Some of the advantages of MAC anesthesia are less nausea and a shorter stay in the recovery room.
General anesthesia is performed using intravenous medications to achieve the proper depth of anesthesia and analgesia. With this method the patient's level of anesthesia is deep enough to block both pain and awareness. During this process, the patient's vital signs, blood oxygen levels and expired carbon dioxide levels are meticulously monitored.
Following surgery the patient is transported to the recovery room and closely monitored by the nursing staff until he/she can be safely discharged home. The length of time in this area of the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center depends upon the length of the surgery and the type of anesthetic. However, most patients can expect to recover in about one hour.
Skin Care Products
Skin Care Services
Healthy skin has an enormous impact on overall appearance and self-confidence. When speaking of skin care, the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" definitely holds true. Five basic and inexpensive lifestyle choices that promote good skin health include dedicated protection from the sun, gentle cleansing, a healthy diet, stress management and not smoking.
At the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center our skin care services are focused on helping the patient achieve her maximum potential for healthy, vibrant skin. We employ well-known, quality product lines which allow the patient to achieve maximum results. Our skin care specialist, Robbie Ann Baker, is well-trained on the use of our products, is a licensed cosmotologist and has worked with Dr. Wetherington and his patients for over twenty years. She is trained in color analysis, application of cosmetics, camouflage makeup, DermaCulture®, facials, MD Forte® and the entire line of products from Obagi® and ColoreScience®.
Skin care at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center is a team effort. The visit begins with a thorough evaluation by Mrs. Baker. During this process questions may arise regarding either medical issues or about specific findings on the skin. Dr. Wetherington is available to render a complimentary examination and recommend treatment if necessary. Mrs. Baker is available after the purchase of products and services to answer questions, monitor progress and fine tune results.
You may visit the skin care salon any time during normal business hours to purchase products. Please call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with Mrs. Baker.
If your surgery is either reconstructive or deemed medically necessary, it may be covered by insurance. When surgery is recommended by Dr. Wetherington, a letter of prior authorization will be sent to your insurance company, and approval must be obtained before surgery can be scheduled. A copy of your insurance card will be made at your initial office visit, and it is important to keep the office informed of any changes to your insurance.
A patient considering cosmetic surgery will meet with a staff member during her/his initial consultation and discuss both the cost of surgery and scheduling. Cosmetic consultations are complimentary.
Any co-payments are due at the time of your initial office visit, and all surgical fees and deductibles are collected at your preoperative visit, which is usually one week prior to your surgery. Care Credit patient financing (www.Carecredit.com) is available, and information about this service is available in our offices. We also accept cash, personal checks and Visa.