The new year is a perfect opportunity to hit pause and assess what we want from our lives and how much progress we’ve made toward our goals. For my plastic surgery patients, one of their goals is to feel more confident in their appearance and less burdened by self-consciousness. If you want to head into 2016 feeling happier with your look, my January specials may be able to help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
Many of my patients have already heard that laser treatments can rejuvenate the skin, but during my Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure, this effect is achieved with less downtime and a more natural-looking result than more traditional laser resurfacing. By sending the laser light into the skin in a pattern of tiny dots, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing is able to boost your body’s collagen production and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other imperfections while leaving the areas of skin between the dots untouched. This leads to an overall younger look with little to no downtime.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
Sagging facial skin doesn’t happen overnight; it develops slowly over the years. If you have enough skin laxity to make you self-conscious but not enough to need a facelift or a Band Aid Facelift, my Band Aid Skin Tightening may be the ideal choice. The procedure uses controlled warmth to help your skin rebuild firming collagen, allowing your skin to gradually look younger with no incisions, needles, or lasers.
Latisse® Eyelash Enhancement
For those whose cosmetic struggles have less to do with aging and more with inadequate lashes, Latisse® eyelash enhancement may be a surprisingly simple solution. While it must be prescribed by a select few types of medical professionals such as a board-certified plastic surgeon like me, Latisse® is a topical medication you can apply in your own home on a nightly basis. By adjusting your lashes’ growth cycles, the treatment causes them to become longer, fuller, and darker.
The start of a new year is an exciting time when we look at the coming months and consider all the possibilities they hold, but as I’ve seen first-hand, self-consciousness can quickly put a damper on optimism. I look forward to another great year of helping you become your most confident and beautiful self. Happy New Year!
It seems just yesterday we were welcoming 2015, and now the year is already wrapping up as we prepare for 2016. But as quickly as the year has gone by, there have been no shortage of moments we’ve cherished. Here are a few of our favorite highlights from 2015:
Giving back to three wonderful charities. At our plastic surgery office, we love the work we do every day, but we also love being able to contribute to the well-being of other members of our community. This year, we held three social media charity contests, enlisting your help to select three deserving charities to receive $1,000 donations to continue their valuable work. We were honored to contribute to the missions of Atlanta S.E.E.D.s, Atlanta Humane Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Adding a new cosmetic facial injection to our menu of services. As a cosmetic surgeon, I believe in a multi-faceted approach toward improving your appearance. For those who want to look younger or maintain their youth, this often means a combination of a facelift or my minimally invasive Band Aid Facelift and non-surgical procedures like skin tightening, laser treatments, Botox®, and facial fillers. This year, we were excited to add a new filler: Restylane® Lyft. While it’s similar to the Restylane® that so many of my patients use to fill in fine lines and wrinkles around their mouth and nose, this new injection is also able to restore volume to the cheeks to reduce the appearance of the “hollows” that naturally appear with age.
Helping patients be their most confident and beautiful selves. While there are many different aspects of cosmetic surgery I enjoy, there’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing a patient who has felt self-conscious for years (or, in some cases, their entire life) and is now thrilled with their results. Giving plastic surgery patients the freedom to enjoy their lives more by taking a burden from their shoulders has been an important part of my more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, and I look forward to continuing to meet and help exceptional patients in 2016.
As you look back over this year, we hope you have as much to feel grateful for as we do. Thank you to all our patients for giving us a year to celebrate – we look forward to helping you continue to look and feel your best in 2016. From our family to yours, we wish you all happy holidays surrounded by the friends and family who have made your year special.
Featured in the latest issue of Atlanta Magazine, my Band Aid plastic surgery procedures have become a popular way for patients to address a number of cosmetic concerns with less scarring, downtime, and cost than traditional plastic surgery, and with only gentle numbing instead of general anesthesia. Band Aid procedures are only available with me, Dr. John LeRoy, and while you’ll be in good hands with a double board-certified plastic surgeon, there are also steps you can take to make your procedure as successful as possible.
Follow all instructions closely. At your pre-surgical consultation, I’ll give you instructions for both before and after your surgery, including medications to avoid, directions for caring for your incision, activity limitations, and more. Following these instructions closely is rule #1 for ensuring the safest and best possible results.
Make sure you choose the right procedure for your needs. This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are probably more options than you think. For example, if your goal is to look younger, do you need a Band Aid Facelift, a Band Aid Brow Lift, or Band Aid Eyelid Surgery? Once you’ve narrowed down what it is you want to improve, I can help you find the ideal procedure.
Have a support system and a plan. The plastic surgery process may go more smoothly with family and friends in your corner to help you with the physical and practical aspects of your recovery (like child care, preparing food, etc.) as well as the emotional stress that may accompany your experience. Make sure you have someone ready and willing to help, like a spouse or someone who can stay with you for a day or two.
Use non-surgical procedures to maintain the results of an age-defying surgery. While the Band Aid Facelift and other surgeries aimed at facial rejuvenation can take years off your appearance, there’s no way to stop the aging process, so as the years go on, new wrinkles and skin laxity will form. One way to keep looking youthful for longer is to address these new signs of aging as they arise with non-surgical treatments, like Band Aid Skin Tightening or Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing.
Have realistic expectations. Regardless of how successful your results are, you won’t be happy with them if you’re expecting the impossible. To get an idea of what the surgeries you’re considering can accomplish, review plastic surgery before and after pictures and look for patients who are as similar to you as possible in bone structure, degree of aging, or other features that will impact your results.
Use the right skincare regimen after your procedure. Especially if you’re focused on keeping a youthful appearance, your regular skincare routine may contain some products that are effective but aggressive. After your surgery, follow my instructions about caring for the area around your incision and stick to gentler products, like non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers.
If your surgery focused on facial rejuvenation, maintain your results with changes to your daily routine. Even small changes can go a long way toward slowing the aging process and prolonging your new, younger look. Try these tips:
Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day.
Use moisturizer daily.
Wash your face twice per day to fight the effects of pollution and other environmental factors.
Switch to a satin pillowcase, which doesn’t crease your skin while you sleep like cotton does.
Don’t neglect your neck – this area ages too, so use the same skincare regimen on your neck that you use on your face.
Eat plenty of richly-colored fruits and vegetables because of the antioxidants they contain.
If you chose a body contouring procedure, maintain your post-surgical weight. Band Aid Liposuction and a Band Aid Tummy Tuck can give you a slimmer, sleeker look, but they don’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future. An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can make new fat accumulate in and around the area where you had liposuction, and weight fluctuations can add laxity to the abdominal skin your Band Aid Tummy Tuck made firm, so after your surgery, it’s important to keep up with healthy habits.
Regardless of whether your journey toward self-confidence leads you toward a Band Aid procedure or a more extensive surgery, it’s important to remember that your results are a collaborative effort between you and your surgeon. To begin discussing how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a plastic surgery consultation. Or, for more helpful tips, plastic surgery news, and special offers, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Every parent wants their child to feel confident and proud of who they are, inside and out. That’s why it can be heartbreaking to hear your son or daughter ask for plastic surgery – it tells you that they are unhappy with an aspect of their appearance and are actively looking for a way to change it. While it’s clear how much a person can be held back by constant self-consciousness, parents understandably have concerns about going the plastic surgery route as well. After all, elective surgery is still a medical procedure, so the risks and benefits need to be weighed carefully. So, as a parent, how do you know if your child or teenager is old enough for you to consider cosmetic surgery as an option? The answer, of course, depends on the patient and the procedure, but here are some guidelines about the most common procedures for teenagers and children.
Otoplasty improves the appearance of the ears, primarily for patients whose ears protrude farther from their head than they would like them to. Ear surgery accounted for 29% of the cosmetic surgeries performed on patients who were 18 years old or younger in 2014, and this procedure also has a particularly young age limit. Otoplasty involves reshaping the cartilage which gives an ear its shape, and because a child’s cartilage becomes firmer with age, the procedure can be performed at any time after the cartilage is developed enough to hold its new shape – usually around the age of four to six years old. However, ear surgery can also be performed effectively on many adults, so if you’re concerned about the appearance of your own ears, your window for otoplasty hasn’t closed.
As a close second to otoplasty, nose surgery also made up 29% of plastic surgeries for patients aged 18 or younger in 2014. For teens who want to enhance the balance of their facial features by improving the appearance of a nose that is large or undesirably shaped, rhinoplasty can typically be performed after the nose reaches its adult size at the age of 15-17. For patients who are seeking surgery to correct a deviated septum or structural breathing problem, these factors will also be considered before determining when rhinoplasty is a viable option.
Breast Surgery (for males and females)
This category encompasses breast augmentation and breast reduction for girls as well as male breast reduction. For girls with excessively large breasts, reduction surgery is most successful when it is performed after the patient’s breasts have finished growing in her late teens or early adult years. Male breast reduction is a common procedure among teenage boys who suffer from gynecomastia (the development of female-looking breasts on a male), which often begins in adolescence due to hormones, genetics, weight fluctuations, or certain medications. As with female breast reduction, male breast reduction is best performed when the breasts are no longer growing. For patients seeking breast augmentation, on the other hand, the minimum ages are more specific due to FDA guidelines – saline breast implants are only approved for use in patients 18 years or older, while silicone implants may only be used for patients who are at least 22 years of age.
Making a decision about your child’s plastic surgery should not be taken lightly, and while information like this is helpful, it’s only one step of the process. When you schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy, I’ll take extra care to assess your child’s expectations, maturity, and readiness to determine whether the procedure and the timing are right for them. To learn more about the cosmetic surgery services I offer, explore my website and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
It seems like as soon as December hits (or sometimes even earlier), all that’s on our minds is the upcoming winter holiday. And why not? It’s all about cheer and joy and spending time with family and friends. Even when we outgrow the childhood excitement over presents, there’s still optimism and anticipation in the air over seeing all our loved ones. So, to help you embrace the holiday spirit by looking (and feeling) your best, we’re offering some special December discounts.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
While a facelift or a Band Aid Facelift is an effective way to lift and firm aging skin, these procedures don’t affect the actual quality or complexion of your skin. That’s why Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing can be the perfect complement to plastic surgery. By sending tiny beams of laser light into the treatment area, we can help your skin rebuild collagen (the natural protein which makes young skin firm, elastic, and radiant) while also diminishing the age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles which can give away your age.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
Whether you’re first starting to notice aging and gravity teaming up against your youthful appearance, or you’re ready to refresh the results of your previous facial plastic surgery, Band Aid Skin Tightening is a non-invasive way to restore youthful firmness. The precise warmth of our Protégé system stimulates collagen production to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate your facial skin with no downtime.
Longer, fuller lashes can be the perfect finishing touch to help you look your best for the holidays. While a prescription is required from a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. LeRoy, the treatment itself can simply be applied at home. Latisse® is a topical solution which is applied daily to your upper lash line, and by lengthening the “growth” phase of your lashes’ life cycle, it allows you to grow fuller, longer eyelashes.
Whether your wish list for your appearance includes minimizing wrinkles, age spots, lax skin, insufficient lashes, or something that requires surgery, schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help. Or, to be the first to hear about our future special offers, blogs, and other announcements, follow Dr. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.