While there are certainly some things in life which get better with age, most people feel that their appearance isn’t one of them. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve worked with enough patients to know how much physical aging can put a damper on your self-confidence, especially because there is little you can do on your own to counteract it. And while facial wrinkles are often the first and most noticeable sign of aging, gravity and skin laxity affect every part of the body. If you spend every summer feeling more and more self-conscious about stepping out in a swimsuit, you’re not alone, and this is clear by the millions of Americans each year who undergo rejuvenating plastic surgery. Thanks to medical science, we now have cosmetic procedures to lift and tighten nearly any part of your physique.
Facelift & Band Aid Mini Facelift
The face lift is a classic in the plastic surgery industry. As a highly popular procedure, this comprehensive approach removes excess skin and repositions underlying facial tissue to give the skin a lifted, firmer, more youthful look. But for patients who are looking for a more subtle improvement, my specialized Band Aid Mini Facelift is a less invasive surgery which is performed in-office with gentle numbing (rather than general anesthesia), producing natural-looking results with less recovery time, scarring, swelling, bruising, and expense than a traditional face lift.
The neck is an often overlooked area which can age quickly due to frequent movement. Similar to the facelift, a neck lift tightens the skin and the underlying muscles for an overall younger-looking facial contour, all while keeping scars to a minimum and keeping them as naturally concealable as possible.
Arm Lift & Band Aid Brachioplasty
Brachioplasty is a surgery to rejuvenate and slim down the appearance of the upper arms. Aging, weight fluctuations, and genetics can all play a role in causing the skin below the upper arm to sag – a feature which can make a patient look older and heavier all at once. While patients with only excess fat in the upper arms may be candidates for liposuction alone, those who also have skin laxity will see the best results with either traditional brachioplasty or my minimally invasive Band Aid Arm Lift.
Breast Lift for women
Gravity can have a profound effect on the breasts over time, especially for women who have experienced extreme weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Without changing the breast size, a breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the nipple to give the breast a firmer, higher, more youthful shape.
Gynecomastia Surgery for men
The development of excess tissue in the chest area can cause men to be highly self-conscious, whether it’s actual breast tissue (a condition referred to as gynecomastia) or excess fat. Male breast reduction can address either one or both of these issues to provide a more sculpted, younger-looking physique.
Tummy Tuck or Band Aid Tummy Tuck
Another area commonly affected by sagging skin is the abdomen. While it’s particularly common for women who have had children or patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss, anyone can see their belly become less taut over time. A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) can be the ideal option for those who need a significant amount of skin removed or who can benefit from repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles, but patients who only need a small amount of tissue removed may be candidates for the Band Aid Tummy Tuck, which is performed in-office with gentle numbing and requires far less recovery time.
While combining multiple surgeries into one comprehensive plan can be the right choice for some, remember that cosmetic surgery isn’t about creating the “perfect body” or changing your entire look to fit a societal standard. It’s about lifting the burden of self-consciousness by targeting the aesthetic features that bother you, allowing you to be your most beautiful and confident self. To discuss which procedure(s) may be right for you, schedule a consultation with me, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips and our latest special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and subscribe to my newsletter.
Your eyes are the major focal point of your face, so it can be particularly frustrating that they are also more vulnerable to aging than most other areas, thanks to the many movements they make throughout the day and the naturally thin skin around them. The good news is that there are ways to turn back the clock and give your eyes a more youthful and energized look. Everyone ages in their own way, but as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I offer a variety of methods to address the unique ways each patient ages around their eyes.
For “hooded” eyelids:
The upper eyelids develop a “hooded” appearance when the skin above the upper eyelid sags over the eyelid itself. This can be impacted by genetics, but it also tends to occur or worsen as the skin ages and becomes less firm, ultimately making one or both eyes look less open, less awake, and even less friendly. Upper eyelid surgery (or upper blepharoplasty) is a surgery which removes a small amount of the sagging skin, restoring a more youthful look. For some patients, this can be done with my minimally invasive Band Aid Blepharoplasty, which is performed in-office with gentle numbing for reduced recovery time.
For “bags under the eyes”:
We all have small deposits of fat beneath our eyes, but heredity and aging can cause these deposits to extend forward, “puffing up” below the eyes. Especially when combined with the natural thinning and sagging of the skin with age, these deposits create the appearance of “bags under the eyes.” Band Aid Lower Eyelid Surgery, traditional lower blepharoplasty, or transconjunctival lower eyelid surgery (using an incision inside the lower eyelid to leave no visible scarring) can address these concerns by removing the unneeded fat deposits and restoring firmness to the lax skin if needed.
For dark circles under the eyes:
While they make you look sleep-deprived, dark circles under the eyes are a persistent problem for some patients regardless of how well-rested they are. Depending on your specific needs, this may be improved by using facial filler injections into the hollow below the eye. Whether it’s performed with Restylane®, Juvéderm®, or another specific formula, this restores a natural-looking and youthful plumpness to the area in order to reduce the “sunken” look and the shadows it creates. However, because of the complex anatomy in this area, these injections should only be performed by someone who is highly qualified and experienced in the procedure, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedure. For some patients, the best option may be Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. Using a precise “dot” pattern of laser columns, this treatment eases a number of surface skin imperfections while restoring skin-firming collagen.
For wrinkles around the eyes:
Most wrinkles around the eyes (like crow’s feet and frown lines) are caused by a combination of two major factors: repeated facial expressions leading to tense muscles, and a loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin. Fortunately, there are remedies for both of these issues. Botox® and Dysport® injections temporarily relax the underlying facial muscles, causing fine lines and creases to even out. To restore the firmness of the skin, Band Aid Skin Tightening uses controlled warmth to rebuild skin-firming collagen in a non-surgical and non-invasive way which is gentle enough to be used around the eyes.
While any one of these aesthetic concerns can put a dent in a person’s self-confidence, many of my patients suffer from several of them at once. In these cases, most eye rejuvenation methods can be combined and performed either at the same time or as part of a multi-step process. To discuss how I may be able to help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic tips and information about aesthetic treatments, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have an appreciation for the way seemingly small improvements (like fewer wrinkles) can have a powerfully positive impact on a person’s life. But there are members of our community whose needs extend far beyond a confidence boost, and at the plastic surgery offices of Dr. John LeRoy, we strongly believe in giving back to our community by offering help to those in need. That’s why we hold four social media charity contest each year to identify Georgia-based organizations who can use our donation to serve their neighbors. We’re happy to announce that our Summer 2016 charity contest will begin on Thursday, July 21st.
How do Dr. John LeRoy’s charity contests work?
Our charity contests take place in two stages: nomination and voting. First, we’ll spend a few weeks collecting nominations from our social media followers on the John LeRoy, MD Facebook page. There is no limit to the number of charities which can be nominated, but on August 8th, we’ll announce up to four finalists and we’ll post a poll on our Facebook page where you can vote for a final winner. The winning charity will be announced on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 and will receive a $1,000 donation to further their valuable mission.
How can I get involved in the charity contest?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to participate! The first step is to nominate a non-profit organization by simply visiting our Facebook page between July 21st and August 5th, 2016 and commenting on the post at the top of our page (the one inviting you to submit your nomination). Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and follow Dr. John LeRoy on Twitter so you can keep an eye on the nomination process and stay informed when the voting stage begins. You can nominate any charity which meets these criteria:
The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
The charity must be in Georgia.
The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
Each nominator may only nominate one charity.
The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
At our plastic surgery office, one of the most satisfying parts of our job is seeing patients who are thrilled with their cosmetic surgery results and feel the burden of self-consciousness lifted from their shoulders. In the same way, we want to lift the burdens of our other neighbors in need, whether those burdens include illnesses, poverty, or other issues. We look forward to working with all of you to make Georgia a better, happier, and safer home for us all.
There’s nothing quite like looking into a mirror one day and noticing that first wrinkle. Some people think little of it, but many are bothered by seeing the aging process begin, especially when it happens earlier than they expected. For those who choose to fight back against fine lines and wrinkles, cosmetic facial injectables (like facial fillers and Botox® or Dysport®) are often the first place they turn, because the treatments are quick and easy, they require little or no downtime, and they can produce beautiful, natural-looking results. But as the aging process continues, patients require more significant procedures in order to achieve the results they want, and when they reach a point when a facelift or a Band Aid Mini Facelift is their ideal choice, many patients ask: how do injectables fit in?
There are two general categories of injectables. Botox® and Dysport® target lines around the eyes, forehead, and eyebrows (like crow’s feet and frown lines). These wrinkles are caused largely by tension in the underlying facial muscles and repeated facial expressions. When Botox® or Dysport® is injected into the targeted muscles, it blocks the signals that cause them to contract. This smooths the muscles and minimizes the fine lines and wrinkles they were causing. Facial fillers, on the other hand (like Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and more), address wrinkles around the mouth and nose, like smile lines (“parentheses”) and marionette lines, which are caused by a breakdown in the skin and repetitive facial movements. Fillers tackle this problem by “filling in” the wrinkles with youthful volume, and they can also be used to give the cheeks and the lips a fuller, younger look. Both types of injectables are temporary – based on how quickly your body metabolizes them, Botox® and Dysport® typically last around 3-4 months, while fillers can last between 6 months and 2 years (depending on the type of solution that is used).
Ultimately, injectables can be a great way to smooth specific fine lines and wrinkles for a younger but natural-looking appearance. However, they cannot be used to treat the sagging skin that aging eventually causes (like jowls and neck folds). When a patient has developed skin laxity, cosmetic surgery in the form of a facelift or a Band Aid Mini Facelift is typically the best option. Both of these procedures can remove excess skin, restore firmness to the facial skin, and reposition the underlying tissue for a more lifted, youthful look, but the Band Aid Mini Facelift is a minimally invasive option performed in-office with gentle numbing and smaller incisions for limited recovery time.
So, does a facelift eliminate the need for injectables? While it is fully a patient’s choice whether or not to continue their treatments, most face lift patients are happier with their results if they keep up with regular injectables (though they often need less than they did before). Plastic surgery does not get rid of every fine like and wrinkle – if it did, the results would look far too “tight” and unnatural. Throughout over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I have found that patients typically want to look like a younger version of themselves, and strategies like this can repair existing signs of aging while reducing the new ones as they arise, creating an ongoing youthfulness.
A combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures has helped countless patients continue to be their most confident and beautiful selves for decades to come. But there is no “one size fits all” solution, so it’s important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your needs and design a plan that is designed around you. To get started, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, our latest special offers, and more, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.