The process of selecting a plastic surgeon can be overwhelming. It’s an important decision which can have a profound effect on your life. Atlanta has no shortage of plastic and cosmetic surgeons, but there’s so much information to compare, such as board certification, education, amount and quality of experience, specialties, awards, and much more. But all too often, patients get so focused on the credentials that they forget another important part of the mix: the surgeon’s overall doctor-patient compatibility with you. For instance, do you prefer a physician who’s blunt and to-the-point, or one who’s more sensitive to your emotions? Do your surgeon’s plastic surgery before and after photos show that you have the same opinions of what a successful result looks like? Are you comfortable enough with the surgeon that you feel able to ask all your questions and have them answered thoroughly?
Finding out your doctor-patient compatibility is one of the reasons why an in-person consultation is so crucial. But the good news is that you can start the process of learning about your surgeon at home. Most surgeons will have before and after photos from previous patients available for you to evaluate. But because I believe so strongly in the importance of patients and doctors being on the same page, I’ve also created several videos about my cosmetic surgery practice, my specialty, my history, and more, to help potential patients get to know me. The video below explains the philosophy I live by every day in my plastic surgery practice.
Plastic surgery has allowed millions of people to live their lives without the self-consciousness that once weighed them down, but the best way to get the results you want is not to rush the process. Take the time you need to educate yourself, learn about your options, and identify the right surgeon for you. In fact, some of my patients had consultations with two or three other plastic surgeons before me. If you want to start discussing how I may be able to help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest news from our practice and the world of plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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The Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed is undoubtedly my most popular procedure, and for good reason. After all, it offers patients the degree of facial rejuvenation that only cosmetic surgery can produce, and yet it’s performed in-office using minimally invasive techniques and gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. But, as a brief look at our plastic surgery testimonials will show, it’s not uncommon for patients to return for a second or even third mini facelift. Why is this the case?
The simplified answer is that aging is an ongoing process. For instance, the results of a rhinoplasty (or nose surgery) will typically look the same throughout the rest of the patient’s life, because after the nose reaches its genetically-determined adult structure, it changes very little if at all. Aging, on the other hand, is inevitable and progressive throughout adulthood. So while a face lift will remove excess skin and restore a more youthful shape to the face, the existing skin will continue to lose firmness and facial tissue will continue to drop, eventually creating new wrinkles and sagging skin. You will always look younger than you would have if you had never had a facelift, but for instance, if you look to be 40 years old after your surgery, you will not continue to look 40 forever.
With that being said, patients return for a second Band Aid Mini Facelift for many reasons. Everyone ages at their own pace due to heredity as well as environmental factors, but it typically takes around ten years after a mini facelift for patients’ signs of aging to return to the extent that they appeared before surgery, so some patients choose to have a second mini facelift after ten, fifteen, or twenty years in order to address the new aging that has appeared since their last surgery. Another common reason patients return is to have a different area treated. The mini face lift is designed to target specifically the area of the face which needs the most attention, be it the cheekbone area, the jawline, or the neck, so some patients may initially receive surgery to rejuvenate their jawline and return several years later to also address skin laxity on their neck.
Another popular choice is for Band Aid Facelift patients to later undergo not a second mini facelift but one of my other facial rejuvenation surgeries, such as Band Aid Eyelid Surgery to improve “hooded” eyelids or bags under the eyes, or a Band Aid Brow Lift to address aging across the forehead. I also offer a variety of non-surgical skin treatments, which are particularly popular for patients who want to maintain the results of their facelift, including Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and injectables (such as Botox®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and more).
Plastic surgery is more than simply a cosmetic change. To paraphrase one of my previous patients, it’s an added pick-me-up each day that contributes to an overall more positive outlook. While aging is inevitable, choosing manageable and incremental procedures like the Band Aid Mini Facelift can help you feel more confident and uplifted by your appearance for years to come. To start discussing the ideal treatment plan for you, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more information about our plastic surgery services as well as the latest special offers and announcements from our office, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Plastic surgery has helped countless patients restore their confidence and take the stress of self-consciousness off their minds, but it does come with some trade-offs to consider, including scars. Patients who are preparing for facial surgeries like a facelift tend to be particularly concerned about scarring because their face is such a prominent part of their appearance. While scars cannot be fully avoided in any surgery, the good news is that board-certified plastic surgeons like me are experienced in concealing scars within the hair and natural lines of the face as much as possible, and that there are also many steps you can take before and after surgery to minimize your scarring.
Consider whether a Band Aid Mini Facelift will meet your needs.
Many patients know that they want to look younger and they know that they’ve reached a point when non-surgical treatments like Botox® and filler injections simply won’t produce the results they want. But some who think they need a facelift are actually candidates for my minimally invasive Band Aid Facelift instead. While it’s still a surgery, the Band Aid Mini Facelift uses specialized techniques and is performed in-office with gentle numbing (as well as conscious sedation if desired), and among other advantages, produces smaller scars compared to those of a traditional face lift.
Follow all pre- and post-surgical instructions closely.
While there are ways to reduce the appearance of your scars later, it’s best to help them remain as small and subtle as possible from the beginning, and one of the most important factors in the way your scar forms is how well your body heals. Many factors can affect your plastic surgery recovery, from what you’re eating and drinking to whether you’re smoking to the way you care for your incisions, and all of these will also have an impact on the appearance of your scar, so following the instructions you receive both before and after your surgery will help your body’s healing process and help your scars form as smoothly as possible. It’s also crucial to communicate any concerns you’re having about your recovery along the way, either at your scheduled follow-up appointments or simply by calling my office. Keep in mind as well that some patients are genetically more likely to have significant scarring than others, so your body’s natural responses will also affect your scars.
Protect your new scars from the sun.
Scar tissue is more sensitive to the sun than your normal skin, and sun exposure can cause your scars to darken and develop a more prominent appearance. We advise our patients to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for at least six weeks after surgery. However, keep in mind that sun exposure can also cause premature aging, so making sunscreen a part of your normal daily skincare can also help your face lift results last longer.
Consider Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing to further reduce your scar.
After you’ve healed from your surgery, certain skin treatments can be used to smooth and reduce the appearance of your skin by breaking down the old collagen and helping your body replace it with a more even texture. Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing is a minimally invasive way to do this by creating tiny treatment areas which work with your body’s natural healing process to improve the appearance of the skin around them. Beyond helping your scars to be less noticeable, this laser treatment can also enhance the results of your facelift by improving other signs of aging, like age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Scarring is a part of the fascinating way your body heals and protects you, and while that doesn’t make their appearance any more welcome, there are many ways you can make your plastic surgery scarring as minimal and subtle as possible, and you can begin this process before your procedure is even performed. To discuss how I can help you address your specific aesthetic concerns while also keeping scars to a minimum, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and other helpful information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Just as with most other aspects of life, preparedness can make all the difference in your Band Aid Mini Facelift (or any plastic surgery, for that matter). For many of my patients, the time leading up to their surgery is filled with excited preparations, like stocking up on movies to watch and easy foods to eat while they recover. But what happens after your surgery? Because aging is a continuing process, patients who want to keep looking their best are never “done.” While a facelift or Band Aid Facelift can have a powerful effect on your appearance (in fact, many patients feel that it takes ten years or more off their age), there are some follow-up steps you can take to keep your results looking their best.
Step 1: Help your healing process go more smoothly.
Your final plastic surgery results will depend not only on the procedure itself but also on how well your body heals. The best ways to achieve strong results are to keep up with all your follow-up appointments (to allow me, as your plastic surgeon, to evaluate whether you’re healing properly) and to follow all your post-surgical instructions, like your activity limitations, details about caring for your incisions, and more.
Step 2: Protect your skin from age-accelerating factors.
While aging throughout your face and the rest of your body occurs naturally, there are outside factors which can accelerate it significantly, which means your facial rejuvenation results won’t last as long. Some of the most common and powerful culprits include:
Sun exposure (even for just a few minutes at a time, which can be reduced by wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying every several hours)
Smoking (which breaks down the proteins that keep your skin firm while also forming little lines above your lips from the repetitive motion of using a cigarette)
Skin dehydration (which can be minimized by both drinking plenty of water and using moisturizer)
Excess sugar, including too much alcohol
Skin irritation (such as from using overly harsh skincare products)
Step 3: Tackle new signs of aging as they arise with non-surgical skin treatments.
While all the tips above can slow the aging process, there’s no way to stop it entirely, so new fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity will eventually appear. Non-surgical treatments can go a long way toward addressing these concerns. For instance, cosmetic facial injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, and facial fillers (e.g., Restylane®, Juvéderm®, or Radiesse®) can refine your Band Aid Mini Facelift results by targeting and smoothing specific wrinkles with a simple appointment that can be done over your lunch hour. For more comprehensive results, my Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a minimally invasive approach while addressing age spots, wrinkles, and skin laxity, while my Band Aid Skin Tightening focuses on storing firmness to the skin.
Wanting to look your best is far more than a superficial concern—confidence (or a lack of it) can impact nearly any area of your life, including your day-to-day outlook. But it’s important to realize that becoming and maintaining your most confident and beautiful self is an ongoing process that requires teamwork between you and your board-certified plastic surgeon. To get started, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation tips.