Mother’s Day may have passed, but a mother’s job is never finished, and parenthood puts a whole new spin on every aspect of life – including plastic surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I work with moms every day who want to restore a more youthful, rested appearance. To make it a little easier for them to become their most confident and beautiful selves, I’ve gathered a few tips specially designed for busy mothers.
Plan ahead for child care. When you’re recovering from surgery, your most important task is to rest, let your body do its job of healing, and follow your post-surgical instructions closely, and this is difficult to do when you’re caring for even the most well-behaved of children. Pain medication and activity limitations can also make you unable to drive, which could be a concern if an emergency were to occur with your child. For multiple reasons, you should arrange ahead of time for someone to care for your children for a few days or longer after your surgery, depending on the details of your procedure.
Look for ways to minimize your surgical process. For instance, the Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed is popular with my patients in general, but especially among mothers, because it’s a minimally invasive, in-office procedure using gentle numbing and specialized techniques to limit the recovery time, bruising, swelling, and scarring. If there are several plastic surgeries you’re considering, you may also be a candidate for combining them into one surgery, which will shorten your overall process and total recovery time.
Decide beforehand how you would like to explain the surgery to your kids. Keep in mind that you will have bruising, and swelling during your recovery, and this can be upsetting for some children to see depending on their age and maturity level. Plan ahead by deciding what you want to tell them about the facelift beforehand (such as what they can expect to see, how they can help you while you heal, etc.). As a parent, you know your child and can decide the best way to approach this conversation to make them feel more comfortable.
Plan your timing carefully. For example, it may be best to avoid having surgery during a time when your children have a lot of extracurricular activities on the schedule or when your spouse is out of town. You should also consider the timing in terms of your stage of life—elective surgery is typically not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, and it’s often also ideal to wait until your children are old enough to require less energy and attention, to make life a little easier for your spouse or whoever will be caring for your children during your plastic surgery recovery.
Ultimately, plastic surgery is a decision that should only be made after careful consideration, but minimally invasive procedures like my Band Aid Facelift are often a solution which can allow mothers to balance parenthood and their many other responsibilities with their own confidence and self-image. To start discussing how I can help you return to a look you love, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips about face lifts and other facial rejuvenation treatments, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
There are many factors involved in planning a plastic surgery. Even after deciding to pursue surgery, you’ll need to choose a surgeon, a procedure, a date, and more. The planning process is far more complex than can be explained in a single blog, so today, I’ve chosen to focus on one specific aspect which is among the first questions many patients ask: cost. Medical procedures are certainly not something which should be decided on the basis of, “the cheaper the better,” but at the same time, the most expensive option is not always the ideal one for you. This is one reason why so many patients are drawn to my Band Aid Mini Facelift.
The Band Aid Facelift is a plastic surgery I developed twenty years ago. Using specialized techniques, I am able to achieve a natural-looking rejuvenation in-office with the use of gentle numbing, resulting in less recovery time, scarring, bruising, and swelling than a traditional facelift. While these advantages alone make the Band Aid Mini Facelift a terrific choice for many of my patients, they also allow it to be a more affordable option. Plastic surgery involves several different costs, like the surgeon’s fee, the anesthesia costs, and the facility charge. By reducing the length of the surgery, using only gentle numbing (rather than general anesthesia), and performing the minimally invasive procedure in my comfortable office (rather than the expensive operating room a more comprehensive surgery requires), my Band Aid Face Lift lowers the cost on all three fronts.
While your budget shouldn’t be the only factor in planning your plastic surgery, it should be on the priority list for a number of reasons. First, part of a successful healing process involves limiting your stress and allowing your body to rest. This is more difficult to do when you’re worried about whether you’ve overspent, and if you’re taking unpaid time off work to recover, it can make you feel pressured to return to work before you’re truly ready, which could result in unwanted or even dangerous setbacks in your healing. Second, it’s best to be financially comfortable enough to allow for other potential procedures in the future. While complications requiring medical treatment are very rare with a Band Aid Mini Facelift, patients often enjoy “topping off” their results with Botox®, Dysport®, or facial fillers to smooth any remaining fine lines, and non-surgical skin firming or laser treatments down the line can also refine your results, reduce age spots or other surface imperfections, and even minimize the appearance of surgical scars.
Cost will certainly be involved in your plastic surgery planning, but it should only be one part of the equation. Remember, if it seems too good (or too inexpensive) to be true, it probably is, so if a surgeon’s price seems surprisingly low, you should find out why – perhaps they aren’t telling you all the fees involved, or they have limited experience and therefore need to charge less than a more proficient surgeon. Costs and financing are just a few of the many factors to research while you’re preparing for plastic surgery, and as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m happy to help. To start discussing how you can become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
For many men and women in the Atlanta area, my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift offers the opportunity to restore a more youthful appearance they can feel confident in without the extensive downtime and costs of a more comprehensive facelift. Still, there are considerations to keep in mind when you’re planning the timing and other details of your plastic surgery. This time of the year, many of my patients are preparing for family vacations, special events, and other fun occasions over the summer, so below are some tips for coordinating your Band Aid Facelift with your summer plans.
Leave yourself plenty of time between surgery and any upcoming events. While my mini facelift involves a significantly shorter recovery period than a traditional facelift, remember that everyone’s body can respond differently, and it may take longer for your bruising and swelling to resolve than it does for others. Based on the details of your specific case (like your medical history, the extensiveness of your surgery, etc.), we can discuss an expected timeline and how far in advance you should schedule your procedure before any trips or occasions when you’ll want to look your best. Ideally, you should schedule a consultation as early as possible so we can plan ahead and select the ideal timing for your needs.
Be particularly cautious about sun protection. While sun exposure can always be unhealthy for your skin (especially if you want to preserve a more youthful look, because the sun accelerates the aging process), it’s especially concerning for your surgical scars. New scars are particularly vulnerable to sun damage, and it can cause them to permanently darken and look more prominent. In general, we recommend that patients are diligent with their sunblock for at least six weeks after plastic surgery.
Stay in the air conditioning during your recovery. Whether you’re a fan of the Hotlanta heat or not, it’s important to keep your body comfortable while you heal. Particularly after a facelift, anything which causes your face to flush and become red is causing an increase in blood flow to your head, and this can contribute to swelling. A good guideline is to avoid anything which makes your face flush, including heat, exercise, and alcohol.
Arrange for child care ahead of time. If you’re a parent with children who will be home for their school’s summer break and you won’t have a spouse at home during the day, it’s a good idea to have someone else take care of your children while you’re recovering. For plastic surgery patients, pushing yourself to be too active too soon after surgery (by running after children, for example) can make your body take longer to heal. Plus, if an emergency were to occur, you may not be able to drive due to pain medications, so it’s best to allow yourself to focus on your recovery by making other arrangements for the kids.
There are many factors which come together to make a cosmetic surgery successful, and planning ahead is one of the most valuable steps you can take toward getting safe and satisfying results. Allow yourself plenty of time to research your procedure, find the right board-certified plastic surgeon, and choose the ideal time in your personal calendar. To get started planning your cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The facelift is one of the most well-known plastic surgery procedures, and for good reason. Aging affects us all, and while it progresses at different rates or in different ways from one person to the next, it’s almost always an unwelcome change. That’s why so many people choose to take control of their appearance with a combination of healthy choices, at-home skincare, and professional treatments. But when skin laxity has reached a point when only plastic surgery can produce the desired results, patients in past years often struggled with the decision because of the recovery time, risk, and expense associated with a traditional facelift. That’s where my Band Aid Mini Facelift comes in.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I believe that everyone should have the option to become their most confident and beautiful self, so I developed the Band Aid Mini Facelift nearly 20 years ago to make surgical-quality facial rejuvenation accessible to patients who were in that uncomfortable “in-between” stage: their aging had progressed far enough that they were no longer happy with the results non-surgical treatments could provide, yet not far enough for them to justify a comprehensive facelift. As a minimally invasive procedure, the Band Aid Facelift is performed in-office using gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. I also use specialized techniques in order to target the specific areas of concern while leaving smaller incisions for more discreet scars. Ultimately, this unique plastic surgery offers natural-looking results with significantly less downtime, swelling, bruising, scarring, and cost compared to a traditional facelift.
So why do some of my patients still choose the conventional facelift? The simple fact is that different procedures are ideal for different types of patients, and the Band Aid Facelift is designed for a moderate level of aging. Those who are looking for a more extensive change to their appearance are often better suited for a traditional facelift. At the end of the day, the goal is to design a plan that makes you feel comfortable and to match you with the surgery that will give you the best balance between your results and your priorities.
While researching your cosmetic options is an important first step, remember that the only way to truly know what procedures you may be a candidate for is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the experience to translate your aesthetic goals and other needs into a surgical plan. To get started toward feeling confident in your appearance again, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips, special offers, and plastic surgery news, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.