Dr. John LeRoy, Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Georgia

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Summer 2017 Charity Contest for Veterans Begins

When asked why they chose the medical field, most doctors will talk about their passion for helping people. This is certainly true for Dr. John LeRoy. But as fulfilling as it is to see the smile on a patient’s face when they feel confident for the first time in years, he also enjoys helping those who are beyond the reach of his cosmetic surgery office. That’s why he began holding his social media charity contests four years ago. And today, the tradition continues with his Summer 2017 Charity Contest, focusing this time on veterans and military personnel.

Summer 2017 Charity Contest for Veterans Begins

How Dr. John LeRoy’s Charity Contest Works

Our charity contests have two stages: nomination and voting. Between now and August 4th, 2017, anyone can nominate their favorite nonprofit organization via Dr. John LeRoy’s Facebook page. When all the nominations are in, we’ll evaluate them and select four finalists. These finalists will be announced on August 7th, and you’ll then be able to vote for a winner until August 18th, 2017. The winning charity will be announced on August 21st, 2017 and will receive a $1,000 donation from our office. It’s as simple as that!

Each charity contest we host also has a specific theme. For instance, our last contest focused on children’s charities. The theme for our Summer 2017 contest is local veterans and military personnel. All of us at the office of John L. LeRoy, MD are grateful for all our past and present military service members, and we have chosen to make them the very deserving focus of our latest charity contest.

How to Win $1,000 for Your Favorite Georgia Veteran/Military Charity

  1. Visit the John LeRoy, MD Facebook page and “Like” the page (if you haven’t already).
  2. Look for the top post on the page, inviting you to submit your nomination. Comment on this post with the name of a local Georgia veterans’ charity or military charity you would like to nominate.
    • Nominations must meet these criteria:
      • The organization must belong to the designated category—the Summer 2017 category is “charities for veterans or military service members”. 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.
      • Each nominator may only nominate one 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 The Tree House Inc., Remembering Ruthie Rescue, Calvary Children’s Home, and Little Nuggets Rescue).
  1. Return to Dr. LeRoy’s Facebook page between August 7th and August 18th, 2017 to vote for a winner. Each person can only vote once, so tell your friends and family to vote, too!

As a strong believer in paying it forward, Dr. John LeRoy is honored to be able to serve others in his community (through both plastic surgery and charity contests like this one), and he would like to personally invite you to participate. By nominating and voting for a deserving organization, you’ll be able to make a difference in the lives of people who have sacrificed for us all.

How Do I Know if I Need a Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?

Many forms of facial aging don’t simply make us look older, but also make us look more tired or unhappy. In the case of patients who have aging throughout the upper third of their faces, this is often their true concern. Between sagging skin, forehead lines, and other signs of aging, they may look like they’re either unfriendly or exhausted, even when they’re feeling cheerful and energetic. For this reason, patients often ask me, are these problems better treated with a brow lift or eyelid surgery?

Most patients think they can kill two birds with one stone by getting a brow lift, because it can make their eyes look more open while also rejuvenating their forehead. The problem, though, is that patients underestimate the difference between the severity of a brow lift and an eyelid lift. To learn about the approach I typically take to give patients the best balance between results and recovery time, check out my recent video below:

Every plastic surgery patient would love to just fast forward to their results, but the path to your best results starts long before your surgery. The first step is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust and identify the ideal procedure to fit your needs. To get started on this journey, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy in Atlanta. For more plastic surgery tip, informational videos, and more, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Dr. John LeRoy Named Among Atlanta’s Top Doctors

Our office staff hears from patients on a daily basis who are thrilled with the results they’ve received from our own Dr. John LeRoy, so we have all seen his talent and expertise first-hand. But we’re honored to announce that Dr. LeRoy has now been recognized by the premier physician-evaluating organization as one of the best plastic surgeons in the country, as reported in this month’s issue of Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. John LeRoy Named Among Atlanta’s Top Doctors

While Atlanta Magazine publishes a list of Atlanta’s Top Doctors every year, the list itself is compiled by an esteemed organization called Castle Connolly. Castle Connolly’s focus is identifying exceptional physicians in a number of specialties throughout the country. Dr. LeRoy and the other physicians in Castle Connolly’s directory have all been nominated by other doctors who trust and admire their abilities. After a doctor is nominated, Castle Connolly’s physician-led panel researches their background thoroughly to decide whether they are worthy of inclusion among the country’s best physicians, considering factors like medical training and education, board certifications, contributions to the field of medicine, professional accomplishments, and more. After this rigorous review process, Dr. LeRoy and a handful of other Atlanta physicians have been named as the best in their specialties.

As Dr. LeRoy’s patients know, this is just the latest of many career achievements. On top of providing exceptional, natural-looking results for thousands of patients over the course of over thirty years, Dr. LeRoy has developed his own line of minimally invasive procedures to meet his patients’ specific needs. These Band Aid plastic surgeries, including the Band Aid Mini Facelift, Band Aid Eyelid Surgery, Band Aid Tummy Tuck, and more, including the latest Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, are performed in-office using gentle numbing. This cuts recovery time and cost in half while providing patients with a customized approach and natural results.

As the staff who works with Dr. LeRoy and his happy patients on a daily basis, we know first-hand how Dr. LeRoy uses his expertise and his surgical skills to produce excellent results. When a well-respected third-party organization agrees and recognizes this excellence, though, it’s always a cause for celebration. To learn more about Dr. LeRoy’s credentials or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, contact our Atlanta office. For more plastic surgery information, follow Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Choosing a Breast Implant for Breast Augmentation

Choosing a Breast Implant for Breast AugmentationThe process of planning plastic surgery can be a complex one. You have to decide on a procedure, a surgeon, a schedule, and more. Once you have chosen which procedure you want, there are sometimes decisions you’ll need to make about the details of your surgery, too. Breast augmentation is a perfect example. Beyond the choices listed above, you’ll also need to select your breast implants. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has been working with breast implants for over thirty years, I’m happy to provide some insight into the various types and sizes of breast implants.

Types & Materials

When surgeons and patients talk about “types of implants,” they’re really referring to the material that each breast implant uses. There are four primary options:

  • Saline implants – a silicone shell filled with sterile saltwater
  • Structured saline implants – a saline implant with a structure inside, so that it has a slightly more stable shape than a typical saline breast implant
  • Silicone implants – a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel that is thicker and more similar to natural breast tissue than saline
  • Cohesive gel silicone implants (or “gummy bear” implants) – a silicone implant with a thicker, more solid silicone gel inside than a typical silicone implant would have, so that it holds a rather stable shape

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages of each type of breast implant. Saline implants can be filled and adjusted during surgery, allowing for a smaller incision and a bit more customization in sizing. Silicone implants, on the other hand, tend to feel more natural and exhibit less leakage in the case of a rupture. Cohesive gel silicone implants can also provide a slightly more youthful shape to the breasts.

Sizes

Along with picking the type of implant you want, you’ll also need to choose a size. While some plastic surgery patients say, “I want to go up two cup sizes,” breast implants are actually measured in “cc’s” (or cubic centimeters). There is no “standard” implant size—every patient needs to decide for herself what type of size improvement she’s looking for. A petite woman with an AA cup, for instance, may be happy with just 150 cc’s, while a taller woman with a larger frame who is starting at a C cup would see little noticeable change from that size of implant. However, I generally advise patients against going for the extreme. Breasts tend to sag much more with larger implants, making you more likely to want a breast lift at a younger age. Plus, just as women with naturally large breasts can experience back pain, shoulder pain, and other discomforts, women with very large implants may develop similar issues.

How to Choose

There’s no Cosmo-style quiz to tell you what size and type of breast implant you should choose (at least not a reliable one). There are a number of factors to consider, like your medical history, your aesthetic goals, your natural frame and current size, your existing breast tissue, your preferences for scarring, etc. This is why an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the only way to truly know which options are best suited for you.

Ultimately, plastic surgery (or any other cosmetic treatment, for that matter) needs to be customized for your individual needs and desired results. But here’s the good news—you don’t need to make any of these choices on your own. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m here to help you at each step of the way. To start discussing breast augmentation or any other cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with me. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, health news, and other information, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Ask Dr. LeRoy: How Safe are Facial Cosmetic Injectables?

These days, it seems as if everyone is getting a little something injected for the purpose of looking younger. According to both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the #1 most popular cosmetic procedure in the US is botulinum toxin injections (like Botox® and Dysport®), and #2 is dermal fillers (like Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, and more). Both of these treatments offer minimally invasive ways to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and their immense popularity comes from their convenience (typically a 15- or 30-minute treatment with no downtime), consistently successful results, and suitability for nearly anyone. But, at the same time, the idea of facial injections sounds understandably scary to many patients. So, in truth, how safe are botulinum toxin and filler injections?

Ask Dr. LeRoy How Safe are Facial Cosmetic Injectables

The safety of cosmetic injectables ultimately comes down to your provider. Cosmetic injections are true medical procedures, so it’s important to recognize the seriousness of feeling confident in the person performing them. If you’re receiving your botulinum toxin or facial filler injections from a qualified medical professional, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon, the side effects are expected to be very mild and temporary, and the risk of serious side effects is extremely low. For most patients, the side effects are limited to mild swelling and bruising, and they generally fade within a week.

However, your risk factors change dramatically when your injections are being performed by someone who is not properly qualified and educated. Serious side effects are often caused by the product being injected incorrectly or injected into an area where it shouldn’t be, such as into a blood vessel. While a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation has extensive knowledge of your complex facial anatomy, so that they can inject the products into the precise areas for maximum safety and effectiveness, there are many people who deliver these injections without having the knowledge they need to do it correctly.

Another important factor in keeping your cosmetic facial injections safe and effective is ensuring that you are receiving the true product. Sadly, there are companies who produce counterfeit versions of popular products like Botox® and Restylane®. There are also versions of these products that are produced abroad and are not FDA-approved for safety and effectiveness. Reputable board-certified plastic surgeons will allow you to see the bottle before they perform your injections so that you know you’re getting the right product, and they have the experience to know not to use inauthentic products. However, when you go to a provider who is not qualified, you also increase the likelihood of getting an inferior or potentially dangerous product injected, as these people often do not have the authorization to purchase the genuine products.

While this article has focused on a single type of treatment, the same principle holds true for any cosmetic procedure—seeing a true board-certified plastic surgeon can provide you with excellent results and an extremely low risk factor, while getting treated by an unqualified provider is never worth the risk. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re ready to take the next step toward a safe and effective treatment with cosmetic injectables, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.