Many of my plastic surgery patients start out by going through a similar process. They notice something they dislike about their appearance, and as time goes by, it bothers them more and more. They may try a few home remedies or change their skincare routine, but they don’t see as much improvement as they were hoping for. Eventually, they arrive at a point when they decide to take control and have the issue professionally treated – but now they need to figure out how. Patients who want to reduce signs of aging within the upper portion of their face, for instance, have several different options to choose from, so read on for an easy-to-use breakdown which can help you begin your research.
You may want a brow lift or a Band Aid Brow Lift if…
- ..you have excess sagging skin throughout your forehead. In some cases, this may even interfere with your vision.
- …your brow line is lower than it used to be, especially if it’s lower than your natural brow bone.
- …you have particularly deep creases across your forehead.
- Special Note: For most patients, a minimally invasive Band Aid Brow Lift can achieve the results they want in-office with gentle numbing, as opposed to a more extensive brow lift.
You may want an eyelid lift (or blepharoplasty) or Band Aid Eyelid Surgery if…
- …your brow line hasn’t drooped, but you have draping skin above your upper eyelids, giving your eyes a “hooded” look.
- …you have bags under your eyes.
- …the area of skin below your eyes looks puffy, even after a good night’s sleep or later in the day.
- …your lower eyelids have deep creases or have sagged to expose the whites of your eyes below your iris.
- Special Note: Band Aid Blepharoplasty produces similar results to a traditional eyelid surgery, but it’s a minimally invasive procedure which is performed in-office with gentle numbing. Your choice between these two will depend on the extent of your aging as well as your medical needs, priorities, and personal preferences.
You may want Botox® injections if…
- …you have fine lines or wrinkles across your forehead, in the corners of your eyes (“crow’s feet”), or in between your eyebrows (“frown lines” or “number elevens”).
- …your brow line hasn’t lowered and you don’t have excess skin on your forehead.
- …you aren’t ready for surgery, and are looking for an option with little or no recovery time instead.
- …you’ve already had a facial rejuvenation surgery, like a brow lift or a facelift, and want to keep your results looking youthful.
- …you are just starting to see forehead lines developing, and you want to limit them from becoming worse.
While this guide can be a helpful way to narrow your options, remember that ultimately, you should make your decision after consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. After specializing in facial rejuvenation for over 20 years, I’m happy to listen to your concerns, evaluate your needs, and design a recommended course of action to give you the best possible results. To start your journey toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy at (404) 843-0840. Or, for more helpful tips and that latest updates in the world of plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
For Atlanta patients with enough aging to prompt action but not enough to justify the expense and recovery time of a traditional facelift, my Band Aid Facelift has served as a happy medium for nearly 20 years. But sadly, aging doesn’t just happen to one localized area, so while your “problem areas” may have been effectively rejuvenated with your Band Aid Facelift, over time, the results can be diminished as signs of aging worsen in untreated areas. The good news is that there are also minimally invasive surgeries which target these other areas of the face, many of which can be performed in-office with gentle numbing, so you can get back to looking your best.
Band Aid Eyelid Surgery
Also called Band Aid Blepharoplasty, this surgery focuses on either remedying sagging skin that’s giving the upper eyelids a “hooded” appearance, or smoothing “bags under the eyes,” or sometimes both. Like my other Band Aid procedures, this eyelid surgery is minimally invasive and is performed in-office using gentle numbing, resulting in less downtime, less bruising, less swelling, and less scarring. However, I do offer a traditional eyelid surgery with general anesthesia as well for patients who prefer that option.
Band Aid Brow Lift
For patients whose wrinkles and skin laxity have become concentrated on their forehead area, a Band Aid Brow Lift may be the best choice. This procedure can remove excess skin while also lifting the brow line to a more youthful and flattering shape.
Band Aid Liposuction
While most patients hear “liposuction” and immediately think of areas like the abdomen and thighs, my minimally invasive version is also a popular way to remove stubborn fat from the “double chin” area. This fat can make even thin and healthy people appear both older and heavier, but Band Aid Liposuction performed in my office uses tiny incisions for very little scarring.
While some can achieve the results they want with only liposuction beneath the chin, for others, their cosmetic concerns are caused by lax skin instead. In this case, a neck lift allows me to excise the sagging skin and tighten the underlying muscles for a smoother and younger look. If you have excess fat in the area along with aging skin, we may be able to combine your neck lift with liposuction as well.
The bottom line is that looking youthful and feeling happy with your appearance isn’t a one-time job. Aging can be slowed (to an extent) but it doesn’t stop, so a series of minimally invasive, convenient procedures offers an approach that’s customized to meet your specific needs and priorities as time goes by. To discuss how we can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips, special offers, and the latest news in plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As the medical field continues to advance and improve, patients have more and more options for their aesthetic concerns, especially when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Unfortunately, few understand the differences between their various options and how to choose one over another. For instance, one of the most common questions my patients ask is, “What’s the difference between a traditional facelift and a Band Aid Facelift?” My recent feature in Atlanta Magazine as Atlanta’s “Face of the Band Aid Mini Facelift” serves to highlight these differences.
The traditional facelift is rather well-known. As an extensive yet effective surgery, it involves excising skin from certain areas of the face where the skin has become lax with age, as well as repositioning the underlying facial tissue for an overall more youthful look. However, after seeing during my fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital that a more gradual and progressive approach gave the facelift patients a more natural and preferred result, I developed the Band Aid Facelift.
The Band Aid Facelift is essentially a minimally invasive version of the well-known facelift. During this procedure, I use specialized techniques and smaller incisions in more targeted areas. As a result, I’m able to achieve successful and natural-looking results while using only gentle numbing as opposed to general anesthesia. The recovery period is far shorter than a traditional facelift requires, and because the incisions are smaller, you can also expect less swelling, bruising, and scarring.
While the Band Aid Facelift is an ideal balance for many patients, the true key to being happy with your surgical results is working with the surgeon to determine the right procedure for your unique needs. I find that my patients with more significant aging are better satisfied with the traditional, comprehensive facelift. On the other hand, if your skin laxity or wrinkles are limited to a specific region, you may be an optimal candidate for a Band Aid Brow Lift or Band Aid Eyelid Surgery, and if you’re looking for a more subtle and non-surgical rejuvenation method, either Band Aid Skin Tightening or Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing may be your best bet.
Sifting through your options can feel overwhelming at first, be rest assured that I’m here to help you find the course of treatment which will best meet your cosmetic and medical needs. To start discussing how you can become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more information on my Band Aid procedures and the latest news on plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John L. LeRoy, we’re thankful for the ability to spend every day working with our patients and helping them restore their confidence, so to give back to the community we’ve received so much support from, we hold multiple charity contests each year to find a deserving non-profit organization who can make good use of our $1,000 donation. We’ve been taking in your nominations over the past two weeks, and now the finalists have been selected and it’s time to cast your vote for the winner!
How do I vote?
Nominations aren’t included in the final tally of votes, so even if you submitted a nomination, be sure to place your vote to give your charity the best opportunity to win! Simply visit our Facebook page and “Like” the page (if you haven’t in the past). You’ll see that the post on the top of our timeline invites you to vote, and you can simply click on the link in the post to cast your vote. While each person can only vote once, you will not be asked for any personal information and your selection will remain anonymous.
Who are the finalists?
We have a great selection of five finalists who are eligible for this season’s contest:
FurKids – With a mission of working toward ending pet overpopulation in Georgia, FurKids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter for rescued cats in the Southeast, as well as a large no-kill shelter for dogs as well. FurKids rescues an average of 2,000 animals per year, from strays to pets removed from unfit homes to animals who had reached their last days at kill shelters. The organization also works to provide spaying and neutering services, as well as community education about pet overpopulation.
7 Bridges to Recovery – This charity serves the large population of homeless men, women, and children throughout Atlanta. By seeking out those in need under the bridges of the community, this organization offers food and religious ministry to people who are fighting for survival. In addition, 7 Bridges to Recovery also operates a year-long program for men and a home for women and children seeking shelter and religious fellowship.
The Mastocytosis Society – Mastocytosis is a rare condition which involves excess mast cells within either the skin or various organs throughout the body. Particularly in systemic mastocytosis (when the mast cells are in organs besides the skin), symptoms can be life-threatening and there is no known cure. For more than twenty years, The Mastocytosis Society has been dedicated to spreading awareness to patients and doctors alike about this condition, as well as working toward improved treatments and offering support to patients and their families.
Helping in His Name Ministries – Inability to purchase the food they need is a problem which plagues a number of families, senior citizens, and other members of our community. Operating in Henry County, Helping in His Name Ministries runs a food pantry which provides emergency assistance to individuals and families who don’t have the food they need, and also offers information about other agencies and resources to help these individuals with long-term solutions.
The PKD Foundation – Polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, is a genetic condition which causes cysts to form and grow within the kidneys, creating the possibility of life-threatening kidney failure. The PKD Foundation has spent the past 30 years improving the lives of PKD patients by funding research into the condition and potential treatments, educating the public and physicians alike, and providing needed support to those affected by PKD.
These organizations serve a wide variety of causes, and whether they’re focusing on our hometown needs or serving the nation as a whole, we look forward to helping one of these deserving charities continue their much-needed efforts. Remember to visit our Facebook page to place your vote. Or, for more information about us, explore our website or contact me, Dr. John LeRoy.