A facelift, like any surgery, is an important event. Even a minimally invasive surgery like my Band Aid Facelift or Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift requires careful preparation in order to achieve the safest and most successful results possible. The planning actually begins from your first web search to find a board-certified plastic surgeon or to learn about the procedure you’re considering. But I’ve gone into detail about these steps in earlier blogs, so today, I’m going to focus on the time between your pre-surgical consultation and your actual surgery. In addition to the specific pre-surgical instructions you will receive at your consultation, I have put together a checklist to guide you through the weeks before your facelift.
Complete all your required medical testing. Your safety is the most important part of the process, so to ensure that you are healthy enough for the surgery or to be sure that I can make any necessary adjustments, I require each patient to have a set of medical tests, like specific blood tests, urinalysis, EKG, chest x-ray, or other evaluations, depending on your medical history and the details of your procedure.
Fill the prescriptions you will need after plastic surgery. You will be prescribed a pain medication and possibly an antibiotic to take after your procedure, so to make your surgery day easier, have these prescriptions filled and easily accessible beforehand.
Make arrangements for transportation and caregivers. You may or may not be able to drive home after your procedure depending on what type of facelift you have, but follow-up appointments are crucial too, so you should set up a ride to and from all of these appointments as well.
Set alarms or calendar reminders for when to stop eating, smoking, and taking certain medications before and after surgery. You will be given these timelines with your other pre-surgical instructions, but setting reminders can help to keep you on track.
Prepare your resting area. You should sleep at a 30-45 degree angle for the first days of your recovery, so either bring everything you need to a recliner, or have a wedge pillow or several extra pillows set up in your bed to create the angle you need.
Move everything you’ll need to torso-level. You should avoid bending over and straining after surgery, so make sure everything you need is accessible around the level of your waist or chest.
Find entertainment that allows you to keep your chin level or pointed upward. This may include movies, TV shows, or books if you can prop them on something at eye level. Just avoid activities that require you to tilt your chin down.
Put your plastic surgery aftercare instructions in an easy-to-access place where you and/or your caregiver can refer to them as needed. Make sure my office’s phone number is easy to find as well, in case you need to call with any questions.
If needed, over-the-counter medicines that don’t include aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, or certain herbal and nutritional supplements. Keep in mind that many cold medicines contain aspirin. You will receive a full list of medications and supplements to avoid.
An alternate method of birth control if you are a woman who is taking an oral contraceptive and will be taking an antibiotic after surgery. Antibiotics interfere with hormonal birth control, so it is wise to have a back-up.
Antibacterial soap, which you should begin using on your face three days before your facelift.
Soft foods, as well as foods that are easy to prepare and gentle on your stomach. You will be limited to soft foods for at least the first 24 hours, but even after that time, being prepared with easy foods will help you avoid straining yourself.
Broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Your skin will be particularly sensitive while it heals, and you should be especially cautious to protect the area around your incisions from the sun if and when you go outside.
A nightlight or flashlight. In case you need to get up and move around in the middle of the night, you may have limited mobility of your head, and you don’t want to complicate your surgical recovery by injuring yourself, too.
A surgery may only take an hour to two to perform, but the full process actually spans from your first step of learning about your options through the full recovery period, and each stage will factor into how successful of an outcome you attain. To get started on your personal journey, schedule an initial consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery tips, videos, medical news, and more, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Breast augmentation is one of those plastic surgeries which tends to receive plenty of publicity from the entertainment industry, both in movies and television shows as well as in celebrities’ own lives. But how much do you actually know about breast augmentation—the implants, the options, and the results? To learn more about the details of the procedure and whether you may be a candidate, check out my video below providing a brief overview including several plastic surgery before and after pictures that can give you an idea of what to expect.
Breast size is just one of the many common aesthetic issues that can leave people struggling with self-consciousness. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, my passion is helping patients become their most confident and beautiful selves, whether that means enhancing the size and shape of the breasts, turning back the clock on facial aging, or other cosmetic changes. To discuss your own plastic surgery options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy today. Or, for more patient tips and news from the cosmetic surgery world, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Aging is a process which emotionally affects everyone differently. Some enjoy keeping their face and body looking as young as possible, while others simply let wrinkles take their natural course. Some have had aging prevention on their mind since they were in their 20s, and others just looked in the mirror one day and noticed wrinkles that seemed to appear overnight. Regardless of how focused you are on keeping your skin younger, there’s one aspect of facial rejuvenation that even the most aesthetically-minded tend to overlook: the neck.
While every person ages in their own unique way, your neck will likely age just as quickly as your face. As the years go by, the skin throughout the neck becomes thinner and less firm, leading wrinkles and bands to form. At the same time, the underlying neck muscles may loosen, which also contributes to the appearance of an aging neck. And if you have a tendency to accumulate fat under your chin, this adds to the problem as well. Despite all this, many patients simply don’t notice that their neck is aging because they’re focused on keeping their face looking youthful, but the problem is that as much as they try to maintain a natural look throughout their facial rejuvenation procedures, if their neck looks 10 years older than their face does, it takes away from their ability to look natural.
So what can you do to keep your neck looking young? Depending on how much aging has already taken place, you may be best suited for either surgical or nonsurgical options (or a combination of both):
Plastic Surgery for a Younger Neck
The most comprehensive way to rejuvenate the neck is with a neck lift. Much like a face lift, this procedure repositions underlying tissue and platysmal bands if needed to provide a more youthful and lifted structure (by tightening the neck muscles), then removes excess skin and gives the remaining skin a firmer, smoother look.
If you have accumulated unwanted fat under your chin or throughout the jowl area over the years, this can make even a younger adult look like their neck area has aged. For these cases, I offer Band Aid Liposuction. As a minimally invasive version of traditional liposuction, this surgery is performed in-office with gentle numbing, and it offers just half the recovery time and half the cost of a typical liposuction, yet it’s a highly effective way to restore younger, slimmer contours to the neck, jowls, and chin.
Nonsurgical Neck Rejuvenation
If you’re in the earlier stages of aging and don’t yet feel the need for surgery, there are also several non-surgical procedures that can help. Band Aid Skin Tightening is just what its name implies: a non-surgical and noninvasive way to tighten the skin throughout the neck. While it can be used for the face as well, Band Aid Skin Tightening uses the Protégé system to send targeted warmth to the deeper layers of the skin, which helps to rebuild and strengthen collagen to make your skin firmer and thicker.
Another popular option is Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. I use the DOT Therapy™ laser, the least invasive way available to achieve the exceptional results of laser skin resurfacing. This procedure sends tiny columns of laser light into the skin in a pattern of “dots” to clear away damaged surface skin while adding firmness and thickness to skin beneath. Beyond simply firming the skin, this treatment can also reduce surface imperfections like age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, too.
Being your most confident and beautiful self looks different for everyone. At my plastic surgery office, we see age not as a number but as a state of mind, and much of what we do is simply helping our patients’ appearances match the youth and vitality they feel on a daily basis. To discuss how I can address your specific aesthetic concerns, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic surgery tips as well as our monthly special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
While it’s a celebration of Irish culture, the inclusiveness of St. Patrick’s Day allows everyone to get in on the fun. Amongst the green beverages and shamrock décor is an opportunity for all of us to simply put aside the stressors of everyday life and enjoy each other’s company. In honor of the upcoming holiday, at my plastic surgery office in Atlanta, I am proud to offer some exciting discounts on several facial rejuvenation options.
Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift
As a plastic surgeon who specializes in face lifts and other facial revitalization procedures, part of my aesthetic philosophy is to only do as much as each patient needs to make them feel confident in their appearance. That’s how I keep my patients looking natural and looking “like themselves” while taking five or ten years off their age (or more). The Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift is a minimally invasive surgery I developed as part of this approach. It’s performed in-office using gentle numbing, so there’s no general anesthesia to recover from and scarring is minimal and discreet. It’s designed primarily for patients who have had a facelift three to four years ago and now want to address the aging that has happened since then. But the best part is that it involves just half the recovery time and half the cost of even my Band Aid Mini Facelift.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
Contrary to what most people believe, plastic surgery isn’t the only way to lift aging skin. If you have minimal sagging and simply want some firming to treat the early signs of aging, my Band Aid Skin Tightening may be a perfect option. It’s entirely non-invasive, which means it won’t break the skin. Instead, it uses controlled warmth that targets the deeper layers of the skin and causes your body to produce collagen—the protein that makes young skin firm, strong, and smooth. Most patients see optimal results after five treatments, and this month, you can save on your five-treatment package.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
It seems as if lasers have been used to treat every medical or cosmetic issue, from wrinkles to unwanted hair. The Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing I perform focuses not only on wrinkles but also on other signs of aging and cosmetic concerns, like age spots, fine lines, acne scars (or other types of scars), and more. As part of my Band Aid line of minimally invasive procedures, this treatment uses a specialized laser called DOT Therapy™, which uses the latest techniques to offer the least recovery time available for a comprehensive level of improvement.
Most of my patients have been unhappy with their appearance for a long time before they come to my office, and sometimes, there was just one little push they needed to finally do something about it. This push may be an upcoming special occasion, or extra time off work, or even a savings opportunity like my March discounts. But whatever it is that brings you in, I look forward to helping you be your most confident and beautiful self. To get started, schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation today. Or, for more anti-aging tips and cosmetic surgery information, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.