For the millions of women each year in the US who receive a breast augmentation, breast reduction sounds like a foreign concept. But for women who have struggled with excessively large breasts since their teens (and for women whose breasts became too large later in life), the problems they encounter because of their breasts are all too real. On top of the emotional self-consciousness, large breasts also tend to cause physical discomfort or even long-term health problems, like shoulder pain and back pain. For these women, breast reduction is a welcome relief. But because women so often hear breast reduction and breast lifts discussed together, many of them ask: can I just have a reduction, or will I need a breast lift as well?
For the most part, yes, a lift is a necessary step of the breast reduction process. Because of the effect gravity has over time, the skin of large breasts tends to sag much faster than smaller breasts do, and while sagging may not be as noticeable when your breasts are at their largest, it will be much more pronounced after the necessary breast tissue is removed. It’s the same issue that is typically seen in people who lose an extreme amount of weight and are then left with sagging skin that has not been able to tighten back to their slimmer shape. The reality is that when underlying breast tissue and fat is removed, it will amplify breast sagging, so a breast lift is typically necessary in order for patients to be happy with their results.
But here’s the good news: lifting the breast is simply built in as a normal part of breast reduction. In other words, while your breasts will need both a reduction in size and a re-shaping, all of this can usually be done within the same surgery, so you receive all of the benefits of these two procedures while only being in the operating room once. The surgery typically involves what is known as the “anchor” incision, which forms a circle around the areola, a thin line extending down from the areola, and a curve that aligns with the crease where the bottom of your breast meets your rib cage. This allows for the precise amount of breast tissue, fat, and skin to be removed in order to both lift the breast and reduce its size. The nipple and areola are then repositioned while the breast is given a “perkier” and more youthful shape, and if needed and desired, the areola can be made smaller as well.
Whether you’re having plastic surgery for the emotional or the physical benefits, the results can be truly life-changing. To start discussing your cosmetic surgery options, schedule your consultation today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, helpful information, and the latest health news, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Like any major city, Atlanta has no shortage of plastic surgeons. So, as a patient, how do you choose one? After you’ve narrowed your list to solely board-certified plastic surgeons (rather than cosmetic surgeons, who don’t require certification from a nationally recognized medical board), it’s time to look at what makes each surgeon unique. For most of my own plastic surgery patients, their choice was based not only on recommendations from other physicians, family, and friends, or on my before and after photos, but also on the specialized “Band Aid” line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures I offer.
The Band Aid line began with the procedure that is, to this day, the most common treatment I perform: the Band Aid Mini Facelift. Early in my career, I had the invaluable opportunity to complete a fellowship at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. During this fellowship, I learned from some of the most skilled and advanced surgeons in their field, and by accumulating lessons from each surgeon, I theorized a way to produce exceptional facelift results with an in-office procedure that used gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia, reducing the recovery time by half. After returning to Atlanta, I was able to put this into practice, and after twenty years, I have now performed over 5,000 Band Aid Mini Facelifts.
In seeing how thrilled my patients were with the results they could achieve without an extensive facelift, I began applying the same “Band Aid” principles to other popular surgeries as well. Since 1997, I have expanded my Band Aid line to include:
Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift
Band Aid Liposuction
Band Aid Eyelid Surgery
Band Aid Brow Lift
Band Aid Tummy Tuck
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
Band Aid Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
All of these procedures share the qualities of my Band Aid plastic surgeries: they’re performed in-office with gentle numbing in a way that offers natural-looking plastic surgery results with half the recovery time and even half the cost of their traditional counterparts. Keep in mind, however, that Band Aid procedures cater to a specific type of patient: one who is only looking for a rather mild, discreet, natural-looking improvement. If, for example, you have more advanced signs of aging and would need six or seven inches of excess skin to be removed in order to be satisfied with your results, you will be better suited for the traditional facelift instead—another type of surgery I perform which we can discuss during your consultation.
For the right patients, Band Aid procedures can provide a more manageable yet still highly successful way for them to achieve the results they want. But the first step is a plastic surgery consultation to find out if this is truly the right procedure for you. As a plastic surgeon, my focus is helping you reach your aesthetic goals, and I am cautious to be honest with each patient about what procedure will and will not be successful for them. To get started, schedule your consultation today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, monthly special offers, and more, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
A facelift, like any surgery, is an important event. Even a minimally invasive surgery like my Band Aid Facelift or Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift requires careful preparation in order to achieve the safest and most successful results possible. The planning actually begins from your first web search to find a board-certified plastic surgeon or to learn about the procedure you’re considering. But I’ve gone into detail about these steps in earlier blogs, so today, I’m going to focus on the time between your pre-surgical consultation and your actual surgery. In addition to the specific pre-surgical instructions you will receive at your consultation, I have put together a checklist to guide you through the weeks before your facelift.
Complete all your required medical testing. Your safety is the most important part of the process, so to ensure that you are healthy enough for the surgery or to be sure that I can make any necessary adjustments, I require each patient to have a set of medical tests, like specific blood tests, urinalysis, EKG, chest x-ray, or other evaluations, depending on your medical history and the details of your procedure.
Fill the prescriptions you will need after plastic surgery. You will be prescribed a pain medication and possibly an antibiotic to take after your procedure, so to make your surgery day easier, have these prescriptions filled and easily accessible beforehand.
Make arrangements for transportation and caregivers. You may or may not be able to drive home after your procedure depending on what type of facelift you have, but follow-up appointments are crucial too, so you should set up a ride to and from all of these appointments as well.
Set alarms or calendar reminders for when to stop eating, smoking, and taking certain medications before and after surgery. You will be given these timelines with your other pre-surgical instructions, but setting reminders can help to keep you on track.
Prepare your resting area. You should sleep at a 30-45 degree angle for the first days of your recovery, so either bring everything you need to a recliner, or have a wedge pillow or several extra pillows set up in your bed to create the angle you need.
Move everything you’ll need to torso-level. You should avoid bending over and straining after surgery, so make sure everything you need is accessible around the level of your waist or chest.
Find entertainment that allows you to keep your chin level or pointed upward. This may include movies, TV shows, or books if you can prop them on something at eye level. Just avoid activities that require you to tilt your chin down.
Put your plastic surgery aftercare instructions in an easy-to-access place where you and/or your caregiver can refer to them as needed. Make sure my office’s phone number is easy to find as well, in case you need to call with any questions.
If needed, over-the-counter medicines that don’t include aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, or certain herbal and nutritional supplements. Keep in mind that many cold medicines contain aspirin. You will receive a full list of medications and supplements to avoid.
An alternate method of birth control if you are a woman who is taking an oral contraceptive and will be taking an antibiotic after surgery. Antibiotics interfere with hormonal birth control, so it is wise to have a back-up.
Antibacterial soap, which you should begin using on your face three days before your facelift.
Soft foods, as well as foods that are easy to prepare and gentle on your stomach. You will be limited to soft foods for at least the first 24 hours, but even after that time, being prepared with easy foods will help you avoid straining yourself.
Broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Your skin will be particularly sensitive while it heals, and you should be especially cautious to protect the area around your incisions from the sun if and when you go outside.
A nightlight or flashlight. In case you need to get up and move around in the middle of the night, you may have limited mobility of your head, and you don’t want to complicate your surgical recovery by injuring yourself, too.
A surgery may only take an hour to two to perform, but the full process actually spans from your first step of learning about your options through the full recovery period, and each stage will factor into how successful of an outcome you attain. To get started on your personal journey, schedule an initial consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery tips, videos, medical news, and more, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Breast augmentation is one of those plastic surgeries which tends to receive plenty of publicity from the entertainment industry, both in movies and television shows as well as in celebrities’ own lives. But how much do you actually know about breast augmentation—the implants, the options, and the results? To learn more about the details of the procedure and whether you may be a candidate, check out my video below providing a brief overview including several plastic surgery before and after pictures that can give you an idea of what to expect.
Breast size is just one of the many common aesthetic issues that can leave people struggling with self-consciousness. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, my passion is helping patients become their most confident and beautiful selves, whether that means enhancing the size and shape of the breasts, turning back the clock on facial aging, or other cosmetic changes. To discuss your own plastic surgery options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy today. Or, for more patient tips and news from the cosmetic surgery world, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.