Complement and maintain the results of your Band Aid Facelift or other facial plastic surgery with the new Band Aif Micro Mini Facelift, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Skin Tightening treatments with Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John L. LeRoy through the end of February 2017.
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When you’re trying to choose a plastic surgeon, it’s important to start with their qualifications and their experience. Be sure to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon, as a “cosmetic surgeon” does not need to be tested and qualified by a nationally-recognized board of leading surgeons (and if they’re double board-certified like Dr. LeRoy, that’s even better). But once you’ve narrowed your search to a few highly qualified surgeons, you should also be sure to take personality and other factors into consideration. The more you and your surgeon share a similar aesthetic vision and the more comfortable you are communicating with them, the more likely you are to work as a team to achieve a successful and beautiful result. To help you get to know Dr. LeRoy a little better before your consultation, we sat down with him for a fun Q & A session.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
While I specialize in all aspects of the face and body, particularly in facial rejuvenation, my #1 favorite surgery to perform is the Band Aid Mini Facelift for a number of reasons. First, because it’s a procedure that I actually developed, it’s particularly rewarding to see how happy it makes my patients. And second, the procedure is actually performed using gentle numbing, so the patients are awake, and I love the opportunity to interact with them throughout the surgery. It makes it a much more personal experience.
When did you realize you wanted to be a plastic surgeon? What attracted you to it?
I knew for a long time that I wanted to be a doctor, but when I first entered medical school, all I knew was that I wanted to be a surgeon—I wasn’t sure which specialty I wanted to focus on. During medical school, we did a number of “rotations”: spending time in different specialty areas to experience them and have a well-rounded education. One of my last rotations was plastic surgery, and I just fell in love with the energy of it. Because patients were there by choice and were looking forward to their results, they had a very positive air about them, and I knew I wanted to spend my career in this type of atmosphere.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do a lot of reading when I have free time, but I also love spending time outdoors, like boating when the weather is warm. One of my big projects, though, is working on the land my family owns in South Carolina. My siblings all live in different cities, and we each enjoy spending some time there throughout the year operating the pine farm and just enjoying the land and the nature with different projects and activities.
Early in your career, you had a very prestigious fellowship at the Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) in New York City. What would you say is the most valuable lesson or experience you took away from that fellowship?
The surgeons I worked under at MEETH were well-known leaders in the field, and before I started, I had some apprehension—like many people do before they meet someone they idolize. But the surgeons definitely did not disappoint. They were outstanding in both their facial rejuvenation technical skills and in making me feel welcome and helping me to learn in a great environment, so it was a powerful experience in my training. Overall, I’d say there are two lessons I took away as a surgeon:
Even though I was already very proficient before my fellowship, you can always learn more and you can always stay humble.
If you’re a new doctor, accumulate as much training, experience, and education as you can before you start practicing. When you have great credentials already, you can go into your practice with confidence and without feeling like you need to prove yourself because you have already shown your expertise.
If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
To be honest, I don’t think I would tell him anything other than perhaps to relax a little more. One of my professors taught me about The Law of Unintended Consequences, and because I’m really happy with the way my life is now, I wouldn’t want to change any part of the journey that led here. I’ve often heard the saying, “Success is a poor teacher,” because you can learn more from your mistakes, but I don’t think that necessarily has to be the case—you just need to continue to make a conscious effort to grow, regardless of how much success you’ve already achieved.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this opportunity to connect with Dr. LeRoy and get to know him a little better. But remember, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of an in-person consultation, which is your time to not only meet your surgeon and get to know them but also to explain and thoroughly discuss your goals for the surgery, see more before and after photos, and discuss the unique recommendations Dr. LeRoy would offer for you. If you’re ready to get started, give us a call to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more fun facts, plastic surgery tips, and special offers, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
This time of the year, we’re all dreaming of summer and all the warmth and vacations that come along with it. But for many, the hot season also comes with a powerful dose of self-consciousness. While sleeveless and short-sleeved shirts are essential for staying comfortable during the summers in Hotlanta, they also expose any excess fat or sagging skin plaguing the underside of your upper arms—a problem commonly and unflatteringly referred to as “bat wings.” But with a few more months before tank top season, now is the perfect time to do something about it. Depending on the causes of your issue, your best bet may be liposuction, brachioplasty, or a combination of both.
Liposuction and Band Aid Liposuction
For some, the only issue with their upper arms is excess fat. While diet and exercise is the ideal way to lower your overall body fat and improve your health, the reality is that your body decides how your fat is distributed, and people who are perfectly healthy and fit can still have unwanted bulges of fat under their arms. If your skin is still rather elastic and will be able to stay firm and sleek on your new contours after the fat is removed (which is more common for younger patients who have had a rather stable weight throughout life), liposuction alone may do the trick. This leaves minimal scarring because the fat is removed using a tiny tube called a cannula, which simultaneously breaks up the unwanted fat and suctions it out of the body. Your incisions will be just large enough to fit the cannula, so they’re usually only a few millimeters long. If it’s a particularly small amount of fat you need to have removed, you could be a candidate for Band Aid Liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure I developed which is performed in-office with gentle numbing to reduce the recovery time, swelling, and cost of liposuction.
Brachioplasty/Arm Lift or Band Aid Brachioplasty
Aging, gravity, and weight fluctuations can all take their toll and result in sagging skin under the upper arm. In this case, an arm lift can be an optimal solution. This procedure focuses on removing this excess skin, and in some cases, removing unwanted fat and tightening the underlying muscle as well, all of which contributes to a slimmer and more toned appearance. The resulting scar will depend on how much excess skin is removed and where it’s located. For instance, if you have a smaller degree of sagging skin and it’s closer to the top of your arm, your incision may be limited to the armpit area. In cases where a more significant amount of skin needs to removed, the incision may extend from the elbow to the top of the arm, though it will be as concealed as possible in a location that isn’t visible in most positions. For patients who only need a more subtle improvement, a Band Aid Arm Lift (also called Band Aid Brachioplasty) may be an option. Like Band Aid Liposuction, this minimally invasive procedure is performed in-office using local anesthesia, offering a quicker recovery.
Diet and exercise are always the best way to lower your overall weight and enhance your health. However, if you’re at a healthy weight and simply have a few specific problem areas (like those ever-frustrating upper arms), cosmetic surgery can be the perfect solution. For an exam and a personalized consultation where you can discuss your specific needs with Dr. LeRoy, call our Atlanta office. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, health news, and special offers, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
For many plastic surgery patients, one of the first questions or concerns they bring up in their cosmetic surgery consultation is about the recovery time. How long will I be off work? When will I feel well enough to socialize? How difficult will it be? The short answer is that your recovery will be proportionate to your surgery. In other words, when it comes to face lifts, every facial rejuvenation patient is at a different level of aging and needs a different degree of skin and tissue adjustment to receive the results they want, and the more extensive your procedure is, the longer it will take your body to heal.
Your plastic surgery recovery will depend not only on the surgery itself, but also on other factors, like your body’s natural healing process, how well you follow your post-surgical instructions, how healthy you were before the procedure, and more. Because of this, it’s impossible to tell a patient the exact number of days they will need to heal before they return to work or other day-to-day activities. But if you want some general guidelines, my video below discusses the recovery time for a traditional facelift compared with the Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed, and explains the reasons for this sizeable difference.
Remember, plastic surgery is a true medical procedure which should be tailored to your specific aesthetic goals, signs of aging, medical needs, and other priorities. The goals may be cosmetic, but the risks involve your health, so be sure to only trust your procedure to an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. If you’re ready to start discussing your options, schedule a consultation with me today. Or, for more cosmetic surgery tips, special offers, and health news, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
There’s something so refreshing about the New Year, and resolutions can be the perfect way to motivate yourself to make the most of the next twelve months by setting clear goals. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, so resolutions aimed at self-improvement can run the gamut from a healthier lifestyle to career advancement to better emotional health. Depending on what you’re hoping to accomplish this year, our plastic surgery office in Atlanta may be able to help.
If you resolved to get into better shape:
Whipping your body into shape is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions around, because nearly all of us have at least one area we’re unhappy with, whether it’s the “love handles,” a “tummy pooch,” or a “double chin.” As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I recognize the importance of putting your health first, so I always encourage my patients to reach their goal weight through a healthy diet and exercise regimen. But once you’ve reached your goal, procedures like liposuction, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift, breast lift, or male breast reduction can be the perfect way to put the finishing touches on your physique and, if needed, tighten up any excess sagging skin.
If you resolved to recapture your youthful spirit:
It’s easy to let the vibrant energy of youth wane as you get older and as you become busier and busier with all of life’s responsibilities. Fortunately, it’s never too late to get it back, and many of my patients find that if they give their appearance a youthful boost, it’s easier for their emotions to follow. The rejuvenation procedure you choose will depend on your unique anatomy and how aging has affected you. The most common option is my Band Aid Mini Facelift, a minimally invasive surgery I developed and have perfected over the past twenty years, which removes excess skin and repositions the underlying facial muscles to achieve natural-looking results, all in-office with gentle numbing and specialized techniques so that it requires just half the recovery time and half the cost of a traditional face lift. Depending on your needs, you may also be a candidate for a Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, eyelid surgery, a brow lift, or a more comprehensive face lift.
If you resolved to try something new:
With our day-to-day routines keeping us busy, it’s common for us to fall into a bit of a rut and simply let the days go by, but for many people, getting out of their comfort zone and trying something new can add a little zest back into their lives. If this sounds like the problem you’re trying to fix, try treating yourself to a new cosmetic treatment you’ve never tried before. For those who are new to the anti-aging scene, injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse® can be a great way to start, because they offer quick treatment times and the results are temporary, so you can try a few options throughout the year to see what you like best. Or, you prefer something to enhance the quality of your skin itself, learn more about our Band Aid Non-Surgical Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing.
Making a New Year’s resolution is all about self-reflection and figuring out what you need to do to make the upcoming year better than the one that just passed. Whether or not your goals involve plastic surgery, we wish you all success in your journey to become your most confident and beautiful self. If you would like to find out more about our surgical and non-surgical procedures, schedule a consultation with John L. LeRoy, MD, FACS, PC. Or, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to keep up with our monthly specials, hear about the latest in plastic surgery, get great health and beauty tips, and more.