After over twenty years of helping patients be their most confident and beautiful selves, I’m no stranger to the concerns patients have before plastic surgery. While everyone experiences their own unique set of emotions at their initial consultation, there are a few questions nearly every patient asks, like, “What kind of results will I get?”, “How long will my recovery take?” and, last but not least, “What will my scars look like?” That last question tends to weigh heavily on patients’ minds. After all, the purpose of cosmetic surgery is to help you feel more confident in your appearance, and extensive scarring could quickly lessen that effect. To give you an idea of what to expect, I’ve created a summary of my most popular facial procedures and the scars that each may cause.
Band Aid Facelift
One of the advantages to choosing a minimally invasive Band Aid Facelift over the traditional facelift is the ability to use a smaller incision and, as a result, leave a smaller scar. Your surgery is based on the area(s) of the face you want to target, but a Band Aid Facelift typically leaves a discreet scar above the ears, at the nape of the neck, or under the chin.
For patients who need a more dramatic improvement than the Band Aid Facelift provides, a facelift can be the better choice. During this procedure, the incision is usually placed within the hairline and extends from the temple, around the front of the ear, and ends within the lower scalp. When performed by an experienced double board-certified plastic surgeon, the scar is typically flat, inconspicuous, and easily hidden by hair.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty and Band Aid Blepharoplasty)
When blepharoplasty is performed to minimize excess skin above the eyes, which gives the eyelid a “hooded” appearance, the incision is concealed within the natural crease of the eyelid. Lower eyelid surgery, on the other hand, is typically used to reduce “bags under the eyes.” If this only requires removal of the localized fat deposits, the incision may be made inside the lower eyelid to eliminate any visible scarring, but if sagging skin will be removed, the incision will be placed just below the lower lash line.
Band Aid Brow Lift
For patients who want to focus on rejuvenating their forehead and brow area, my Band Aid Brow Lift uses a minimized incision which is concealed within the hairline.
Scars from nose surgery will depend on your aesthetic goals. If the procedure will focus on the underlying structure of the nose, your incision will either be made in the underside of your nose through the tissue between your nostrils, or it will be made inside your nose, leaving no visible scarring. If we will be adjusting the size of your nostrils, the incision will be placed within the natural crease of the nose.
Otoplasty improves the appearance of ears which are either too large or protrude too far outward from the head. In most cases, the procedure can be completed with a small incision in the back of the ear.
For patients who are only looking for a slimming effect, liposuction can remove excess fat from the neck with just a few tiny incisions. However, for a neck lift which will also include firming the skin and repairing the underlying muscles, the incision is typically made in front of your earlobe and extends into the lower scalp. An additional small incision may also be made underneath your chin.
While every surgery will leave a scar, one of the advantages of working with a skilled and specialized facial plastic surgeon is knowing your surgeon will prioritize keeping the scar as small and discreet as possible. You can also help your incisions heal as cleanly as possible by following all post-surgical instructions carefully. To start discussing your plastic surgery and the results you can expect, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful information, special offers, and news about cosmetic surgery, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
In over 20 years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve noticed that most potential patients have a similar reaction to their initial consultation – excitement about the results they’re envisioning, nervousness about the process ahead, and many of the same questions running through their minds: “Will I look natural?” “Will my recovery be lengthy and difficult?” “What will my surgery cost?” “How much scarring will I have?”
For a number of patients, all of these concerns can be answered by my signature Band Aid plastic surgeries. Since developing the Band Aid Facelift nearly 20 years ago, I’ve continued to expand my line of procedures to provide a wider range of patients with an improved balance between the result they want and the process needed to achieve it. For the right patients, in-office Band Aid facial cosmetic surgery can attain natural-looking results with minimal scarring, less downtime, and less expense because it requires only gentle numbing.
To help you determine whether there’s a Band Aid facial procedure that fits your needs, here’s a quick guide:
Band Aid Facelift – Firms aging skin, and can be focused on the cheeks, lower face, jowls, or neck area
Band Aid Eyelid Surgery (Band Aid Blepharoplasty) – Upper eyelid surgery rejuvenates sagging skin which gives the eyes a “hooded” appearance, while lower eyelid surgery removes fat deposits and tightens skin (if necessary) below the eyes for a smooth appearance under the eyes
Band Aid Brow Lift – Lifts and tightens aging facial skin like the Band Aid Facelift, but targets the forehead area above and around the brow line
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing – Uses a specialized laser to send precise beams of light in a pattern of tiny dots into the treated skin, which reduces age spots, wrinkles, and acne scars by helping the body build more collagen, the protein that gives young skin its elasticity
Band Aid Skin Tightening – Uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production and non-surgically restore youthful firmness to the skin
One of the most crucial steps toward getting the best possible plastic surgery results is identifying the ideal procedure for your needs and making sure your expectations match. While researching and gathering information (like what you’ve read in this blog) is a great start, it’s important to also have the guidance of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. To discuss your facial rejuvenation options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery tips and information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Especially during this Thanksgiving season, all of us at the office of plastic surgeon John L. LeRoy, MD are honored to be able to offer help to those who have less to be thankful for this year. Because of your support and your participation in our fall charity contest, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been able to contribute to the life-saving cause of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This unique hospital was the brainchild of Danny Thomas who, in the 1950s, set off on a mission to use his success in show business to give back to his community. With the help of a group of Memphis business leaders, as well as a volunteer group called ALSAC®, he raised enough money to make his dream possible, and the hospital opened its doors in 1962.
Since then, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has grown into one of the most valuable sources of both patient care and research for pediatric diseases. Serving children with life-threatening illnesses, like cancer and sickle cell disease, the hospital has played a powerful role in saving and improving lives throughout the country. In fact, thanks in part to the doctors and researchers at St. Jude, the survival rate for pediatric cancer has risen from 20% in 1962 to 80% today, and while children with ALL (a type of leukemia and the most common form of childhood cancer) faced a 4% survival rate in 1962, they now have a 94% chance of survival.
On behalf of all our staff at the office of Dr. John LeRoy, we would like to extend a thank you to each of you. Your support has allowed us to spread joy not only to the patients we work with every day but also people throughout the country who need our help the most, like the families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To learn more about the plastic surgery services we offer, explore our website and schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to be the first to hear about our future charity contests and special offers, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The many holidays of fall and winter can be great opportunities to spend time with family and friends, but there’s no denying that the season comes with its stresses, too. After all, we’ve just finished Halloween, and it’s already time to start planning menus, decorations, and/or travel arrangements for Thanksgiving. If you’re on a tight schedule but still want to look your best for the holiday season, our November special offers on non-surgical treatments can help you get a younger look with little or no downtime.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
For many of my patients, one of the most frustrating parts of aging is that it affects their appearance in so many ways – the face loses volume, wrinkles form, the skin becomes less firm, and age spots appear. That’s why Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing is so popular – because it addresses multiple aging-related concerns at once. Also known as DOT laser therapy, the procedure uses a precise laser to send tiny columns of laser light into your skin, which creates comprehensive results by helping the skin grow firmer, brighter, and more youthful while minimizing age spots, wrinkles, and even acne scars. Plus, leaving space between these tiny columns of light means you’ll need significantly less recovery time than earlier, more traditional laser treatments require.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
If your primary concern is the firmness of your skin, Band Aid Skin Tightening is another non-surgical way to look younger, typically with no downtime. This procedure uses the Protégé system to send controlled warmth to precise layers of the skin. The heat used during Band Aid Skin Tightening boosts your body’s production of collagen – a naturally-occurring component that gives our skin youthful firmness and elasticity. While several treatments are typically needed, your results will continue to improve for weeks after your last session, and can last up to two years for many patients, so this procedure is also a great fit for those who want to refresh the results of a previous facelift.
Whether you’re hosting your family gathering or you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, remember to take time out for yourself during this busy time. To learn more or to start the journey toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date with our latest special offers and helpful information, follow Dr. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John LeRoy, we have much to be grateful for this fall, including the continued support of the metro Atlanta area. To give back to our community, we’re hosting our third 2015 social media charity contest and we invite you to help us decide which local charity will receive our $1,000 donation. We’ve accepted your nominations and chosen the finalists, and now it’s time for you to cast your vote and help an area non-profit organization to continue their valued work.
How do I vote?
To cast your vote, visit the Dr. John LeRoy Facebook page and find the post at the top of our timeline, inviting you to vote. Click the link in the post, which will take you to an anonymous poll where you can vote for any of the four finalists. The poll will close on Friday, October 30th, 2015, and the winning charity will be announced on Monday, November 2nd, 2015.
Who are the finalists?
Based on nominations for you and from other patients and Facebook followers of Dr. LeRoy, we’ve selected the following four charities as the finalists:
Jude’s Hospital for Children – This well-known organization serves children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, like cancer and sickle cell disease. By providing these children with free, specialized healthcare, and by continuing to research pediatric illnesses, St. Jude’s Hospital is a much-needed resource in the fight against childhood diseases.
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach – For patients who are battling cancer, their needs extend even beyond extensive medical care and affect their lives in emotional, financial, cosmetic, and time-consuming ways. Marietta-based Loving Arms Cancer Outreach serves these patients with a number of much-needed programs, like support groups, financial assistance, educational programs, survivor outreach efforts, and access to prostheses, wigs, scarves, and more.
Atlanta Food Bank – Hunger is a problem that affects families and individuals in all areas of metro Atlanta, and the Atlanta Food Bank serves a network of over 600 non-profit organizations in 29 Georgia counties. Since its founding in 1979, the Atlanta Food Bank has grown to serve the community with seven unique programs, including distributing food items to smaller food pantries, delivering prepared food to shelters and soup kitchens, and helping local families and individuals to apply for the benefits they need.
Blue Skies Ministries – For families who are dealing with the realities of pediatric cancer, the illness can take over every area of their lives. Founded by a mother who has been in their shoes, Blue Skies Ministries offers families a beach retreat where they can take a break, reconnect together, and restore their hope for the future.
All of us at the office of Dr. John LeRoy would like to take a moment to thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of others in our community. It is your continued support which allows us to help our patients be their most confident and beautiful selves, and to share our good fortune with the members of the community in need. To learn more about us and about the cosmetic surgery services we offer, explore our website or schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy.