As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in helping my patients look as young as they feel, I certainly know the emotional value of seeing a better reflection in the mirror. But I also know that plastic surgery is not always the right choice. In fact, it takes a certain degree of aging for a person to be a candidate for even a Band Aid Mini Facelift, and many patients (understandably) want to stay looking their best throughout the entire aging process. Non-surgical facial fillers can be a quick, easy, low-cost, and low-risk way to do this at nearly any age. Check out the infographic below for everything you need to know about facial fillers.
There are many levels of facial rejuvenation treatments: injectables, non-surgical skin tightening, laser treatments, minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, and more comprehensive cosmetic surgery. The key is keeping an open mind, taking it one step at a time, and seeking the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon who truly has your best interests at heart and can guide you through your options. To get started on the road toward your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more anti-aging tips, plastic surgery information, and even savings opportunities, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have the privilege of spending every day helping my patients gain newfound confidence in their appearance. There’s just nothing like seeing a patient look in the mirror (which used to be a stressful experience for them) and smile. But to truly fulfill my passion for giving back to my community, I want to help people who are beyond the reach of my plastic surgery services, too. That’s why, for several years, I’ve been holding social media charity contests so that my patients and supporters can help to find deserving local organizations who can do great work with my donations. And this week, my latest contest has just begun.
How it Works
My charity contest includes a few stages:
Until Friday, April 28th, 2017, anyone who “likes” and follows the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page can comment on the post at the top of the page to nominate their charity of choice. Our theme for the current contest is “children’s charities,” so nominated organizations should serve children in some capacity.
Between April 28th and May 1st, I will review the nominees and select up to four finalists.
From May 1st, 2017 through May 12th, 2017, anyone can vote on a winning children’s charity using the poll that will be on my Facebook page. Each person will only be able to vote once.
On May 15th, 2017, I will announce the winning organization on my Facebook page, and they will receive a donation of $1,000 to continue their valuable service to the community.
How to Get Involved
The nominations have already begun, so be sure to head to my Facebook page and enter yours! Just make sure your nomination meets these criteria:
The organization must belong to the designated category—the Spring 2017 category is “children’s charities” (any charity that benefits children). Organizations in other categories will not be eligible to win.
The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
The charity must be in Georgia.
The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
Each nominator may only nominate one children’s charity.
The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Remembering Ruthie Rescue, Calvary Children’s Home, Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital).
Giving back to those in need is such a moving experience, but there are just so many organizations in Georgia who are doing exceptional and necessary work. To everyone who has participated in my current charity contest or in any of my past ones, and to all of my valued plastic surgery patients who have enabled me to pursue opportunities like this, thank you for helping me find and support the fantastic organizations right in our own backyard.
For the millions of women each year in the US who receive a breast augmentation, breast reduction sounds like a foreign concept. But for women who have struggled with excessively large breasts since their teens (and for women whose breasts became too large later in life), the problems they encounter because of their breasts are all too real. On top of the emotional self-consciousness, large breasts also tend to cause physical discomfort or even long-term health problems, like shoulder pain and back pain. For these women, breast reduction is a welcome relief. But because women so often hear breast reduction and breast lifts discussed together, many of them ask: can I just have a reduction, or will I need a breast lift as well?
For the most part, yes, a lift is a necessary step of the breast reduction process. Because of the effect gravity has over time, the skin of large breasts tends to sag much faster than smaller breasts do, and while sagging may not be as noticeable when your breasts are at their largest, it will be much more pronounced after the necessary breast tissue is removed. It’s the same issue that is typically seen in people who lose an extreme amount of weight and are then left with sagging skin that has not been able to tighten back to their slimmer shape. The reality is that when underlying breast tissue and fat is removed, it will amplify breast sagging, so a breast lift is typically necessary in order for patients to be happy with their results.
But here’s the good news: lifting the breast is simply built in as a normal part of breast reduction. In other words, while your breasts will need both a reduction in size and a re-shaping, all of this can usually be done within the same surgery, so you receive all of the benefits of these two procedures while only being in the operating room once. The surgery typically involves what is known as the “anchor” incision, which forms a circle around the areola, a thin line extending down from the areola, and a curve that aligns with the crease where the bottom of your breast meets your rib cage. This allows for the precise amount of breast tissue, fat, and skin to be removed in order to both lift the breast and reduce its size. The nipple and areola are then repositioned while the breast is given a “perkier” and more youthful shape, and if needed and desired, the areola can be made smaller as well.
Whether you’re having plastic surgery for the emotional or the physical benefits, the results can be truly life-changing. To start discussing your cosmetic surgery options, schedule your consultation today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, helpful information, and the latest health news, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Like any major city, Atlanta has no shortage of plastic surgeons. So, as a patient, how do you choose one? After you’ve narrowed your list to solely board-certified plastic surgeons (rather than cosmetic surgeons, who don’t require certification from a nationally recognized medical board), it’s time to look at what makes each surgeon unique. For most of my own plastic surgery patients, their choice was based not only on recommendations from other physicians, family, and friends, or on my before and after photos, but also on the specialized “Band Aid” line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures I offer.
The Band Aid line began with the procedure that is, to this day, the most common treatment I perform: the Band Aid Mini Facelift. Early in my career, I had the invaluable opportunity to complete a fellowship at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. During this fellowship, I learned from some of the most skilled and advanced surgeons in their field, and by accumulating lessons from each surgeon, I theorized a way to produce exceptional facelift results with an in-office procedure that used gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia, reducing the recovery time by half. After returning to Atlanta, I was able to put this into practice, and after twenty years, I have now performed over 5,000 Band Aid Mini Facelifts.
In seeing how thrilled my patients were with the results they could achieve without an extensive facelift, I began applying the same “Band Aid” principles to other popular surgeries as well. Since 1997, I have expanded my Band Aid line to include:
Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift
Band Aid Liposuction
Band Aid Eyelid Surgery
Band Aid Brow Lift
Band Aid Tummy Tuck
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
Band Aid Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
All of these procedures share the qualities of my Band Aid plastic surgeries: they’re performed in-office with gentle numbing in a way that offers natural-looking plastic surgery results with half the recovery time and even half the cost of their traditional counterparts. Keep in mind, however, that Band Aid procedures cater to a specific type of patient: one who is only looking for a rather mild, discreet, natural-looking improvement. If, for example, you have more advanced signs of aging and would need six or seven inches of excess skin to be removed in order to be satisfied with your results, you will be better suited for the traditional facelift instead—another type of surgery I perform which we can discuss during your consultation.
For the right patients, Band Aid procedures can provide a more manageable yet still highly successful way for them to achieve the results they want. But the first step is a plastic surgery consultation to find out if this is truly the right procedure for you. As a plastic surgeon, my focus is helping you reach your aesthetic goals, and I am cautious to be honest with each patient about what procedure will and will not be successful for them. To get started, schedule your consultation today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, monthly special offers, and more, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.