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Ask Dr. LeRoy: Why Do You Offer So Many Different Types of Facelifts?

Ask Dr. LeRoy Why Do You Offer So Many Different Types of FaceliftsFor people who haven’t spent much time around the plastic surgery world, their only impression of the field may be the stories they’ve seen on the news about patients who undergo a long series of procedures to look like their favorite celebrity. But that’s not a representation of cosmetic surgery for the majority of patients and trusted surgeons. For the most part, patients want to look like themselves—just with a few minor improvements. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I typically hear, “I want to look the way I did five, ten, or fifteen years ago.” But here’s the catch: turning back the clock on facial aging looks different for everyone. That’s why I offer three distinct types of face lift surgery, and each is customized to the individual patient: the traditional facelift, the Band Aid Mini Facelift, and the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift.

Traditional Facelift

As the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation option, a face lift is performed under general anesthesia. Few patients realize that facial aging is caused not only by the loss of skin firmness, but also by changes to the underlying facial structure, so a facelift addresses both of these issues by removing excess skin as well as repositioning the underlying facial tissue. This option is generally ideal for patients who have rather extensive aging and are looking for a dramatic improvement. However, I also maintain the priority of making the results look natural, rather than overdone or “windblown.”

Band Aid Mini Facelift

I developed this procedure nearly 20 years ago as a way to offer patients the precision of plastic surgery with less recovery time. Using specialized, minimally invasive techniques, my Band Aid Facelift is performed using gentle numbing, so patients have no need for general anesthesia, the tracheal tube or other necessities that come with it. Instead, the surgery is performed in-office, and the result is a natural-looking result that can take eight to twelve years off a patient’s appearance, all with half the recovery time and half the cost of a traditional face lift.

Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift

As effective as they are, neither the traditional or the Band Aid facelift can stop the aging process (nor can anything known to medical science). So eventually, patients develop new signs of aging, and they generally want to treat them so they can maintain their cosmetic surgery results. While most patients aren’t ready for another Band Aid Facelift for eight to ten years after their initial procedure, the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift is an even milder surgery which is designed for approximately three to four years post-surgery. It’s also performed in-office with gentle numbing, but it requires just half of the cost and downtime of even the Band Aid Mini Face Lift.

While my facial rejuvenation patients are each best suited for one of the three facelift options above, it’s important to recognize that each surgery is unique as well, because patients age in their own way. For instance, one patient may require their surgery to focus on the mid-face, while another may be more concerned about their jowls. A different patient may struggle primarily with sagging skin, while another is more affected by fat distribution. This is why your first step should be to schedule a plastic surgery consultation to discuss the options for your unique anatomy.  For more cosmetic surgery tips and the latest news, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Plastic Surgery Options for the Breasts

Throughout over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve found that for women, the breasts can be a major aspect of their appearance. Not only can they create a flattering silhouette, but many women feel that their breasts are a part of their femininity. Couple this with the fact that, unlike the abdomen and other areas, there’s nothing a woman can really do to naturally change her breasts, so it may not come as a surprise that breast procedures are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the US. The general public is well aware that breast implants can offer a size increase, but how knowledgeable are you about the other ways cosmetic surgery can enhance the breasts’ appearance (for both women and men)?

In reality, there are four general types of plastic surgery for the breasts:

  • Breast augmentation (sometimes known as breast enhancement or breast enlargement)
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast lift
  • Male breast reduction (to correct overdeveloped male breasts—a condition called gynecomastia)

Each procedure is ideal for a different aesthetic goal, and my video below offers an overview for each of them.

As with the face and the body, breast surgery should always be customized to fit you, the patient. If you’re ready to learn more about your options for one of these procedures or another type of cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Myths and Facts about Facial Rejuvenation

Facial aging is one of the most common aesthetic concerns around, so it’s no surprise that countless rumors and home remedies have arisen regarding how to get rid of them. But which of these theories can actually help you look your best and which will simply prove to be a waste of time and money? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I’m happy to use my knowledge and expertise to answer your questions about a few of these anti-aging myths.

Myths and Facts about Facial RejuvenationMyth #1: Wrinkles are what give away your age, so to look younger, you just need to treat your wrinkles.

Actually, there are a number of factors which make a person look older. While wrinkles and sagging skin are the most obvious signs, there are a number of factors (some of which we only notice subconsciously unless it’s pointed out to us) that betray someone’s age, including age spots as well as the loss and shifting of facial tissue which ages the shape of the face itself. For this reason, the most comprehensive results can be achieved with a combination of plastic surgery (like my Band Aid Mini Facelift) to remove excess skin and reposition the underlying tissue, along with skin treatments like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing to address age spots, fine lines, and other common problems.

Myth #2: The newer the treatment, the better it is.

It’s true that medical science is constantly advancing and producing better treatment options for cosmetic and medical needs alike, but just because a procedure is newer doesn’t mean it’s actually better. It may simply be another manufacturer trying to enter the market. Or, in some cases, a new treatment may actually offer improved benefits for certain types of patients, but it may not be the right option for your specific needs. Research your options and talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon to figure out the best course of action for you.

Myth #3: Aging is hereditary, so if your parents always looked young for their age, you will, too.

Some degree of your natural aging process is hereditary, but aging can be strongly affected by environmental factors like sun exposure, smoking, diet and exercise, and more. In other words, don’t take your good genes for granted. In order to stay looking your best, you’ll still need to use some degree of facial rejuvenation treatments as the years go by.

Myth #4: There’s nothing you can do to keep wrinkles away.

Aging can’t be prevented entirely, but there are ways you can slow and delay its progress. The aging process is accelerated significantly by sun damage, smoking, excessive drinking, and other environmental factors, so protecting your skin and following a healthy lifestyle can have a strong impact on your appearance. Another increasingly popular choice is Dysport® or Botox® injections. Because these relax the targeted facial muscles, they can limit the development of certain expression lines like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.

Myth #5: You can look 20 years younger without surgery.

Unfortunately, this is simply an unrealistic expectation. While they won’t have such a dramatic affect as to take decades off your appearance, non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Skin Tightening (which requires no downtime), Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, and the like are highly effective for facial rejuvenation. The other good news is that modernized surgeries are not as invasive as you might expect. The Band Aid Mini Facelift offers highly successful and natural-looking results with just half the recovery time of a traditional facelift, and my new Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift is even milder.

Myth #6: You get what you pay for.

This isn’t to say that all facial rejuvenation treatments and skin care products are created equal; it simply means that the most expensive choice is not always the best one. In terms of procedures, talk to a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation about the ideal options for you, and as far as skin care products go, focus on the active ingredients, not the price or the flashy packaging.

It’s understandably tempting to give it a try when you hear something like “this face mask you can make with ingredients you already have will take ten years off your face.” But when it comes to something as important as your health and your appearance, only trust a board-certified and experienced professional. To discuss how you can be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more anti-aging tips as well as monthly special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

What is a Mommy Makeover Surgery?

What is a Mommy Makeover SurgeryEvery mother has her own experiences and views on parenting, but nearly all of them agree on one thing: “it’s tough, but it’s worth it.” On top of the countless responsibilities of parenthood, most mothers are also left with self-consciousness about their post-pregnancy figure. Even after you’ve returned to your pre-pregnancy weight, there are certain changes the biological process of childbearing causes which simply cannot be resolved with diet and exercise. That’s where a mommy makeover comes in.

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a specific surgery called a “mommy makeover.” Instead, the common term refers to the technique of combining multiple cosmetic procedures, each aimed at repairing certain physical changes that come from pregnancy and early motherhood, into one surgery. With the effects breastfeeding and pregnancy have on the breasts and the abdominal area, this usually means that a mommy makeover will include one or two breast procedures as well as one or two body procedures. Every woman’s surgery is designed to fit her unique needs and goals, but here’s a look at what a mommy makeover generally includes:

Breast Procedures

In general, there are three breast surgeries which are commonly used as part of a mommy makeover: breast augmentation (with breast implants), breast reduction, and a breast lift. The first two aim to either increase the size of breasts which have lost volume through the childbearing process or decrease the size of uncomfortably large breasts. A breast lift, on the other hand, keeps the breasts the same size while removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple to give the breasts a more youthful look. In many cases, patients want to improve both the size and the position of their breasts, so a mommy makeover often includes both a breast lift AND either a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.

Body Procedures

It’s highly common for a woman who has always been slender to have a very different shape after having one or more children. Even if you’ve returned to the same weight you were before pregnancy, stretched abdominal muscles, loose skin, and a stubborn new fat distribution can cause you to be less confident in your physique. For this reason, mommy makeovers generally include liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both.

A tummy tuck removes the excess skin which has resulted from the fast gain and loss of belly size, and it can also repair the stretched abdominal muscles which give many mothers that visible “pooch” that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction, on the other hand, purely focuses on removing unwanted fat. During a mommy makeover, it’s often used around the abdomen, “love handles,” thighs, “saddlebags,” or hips. However, liposuction can be performed for nearly any area of the body.

Women who have smaller amounts of excess skin and fat may not need the full, traditional tummy tuck and liposuction. If this is the case, you may be a candidate for my Band Aid Liposuction and/or Band Aid Tummy Tuck—unique mini surgeries I developed to serve as minimally invasive versions of these popular procedures. Like my other “Band Aid” procedures, these surgeries only require half the recovery time compared to their more comprehensive counterparts, and they’re performed in-office with gentle numbing.

Parents sacrifice many things in their efforts to give their children the best upbringing they can—time, energy, money, relaxation, and the list could go on and on. But with all the options available in cosmetic medicine today, there’s no need to sacrifice your self-confidence, too. To discuss your options for taking control of your appearance and becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful articles, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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