Every patient is understandably nervous before plastic surgery. It is, after all, a medical surgery, and they’re anxious to see if they’ll be happy with their results. But in fact, most of what’s necessary to achieve the best and safest possible results is done before you step foot into an operating room (or an in-office procedure room, in the case of minimally invasive procedures like my Band Aid Facelift). One such precaution is ensuring that you’re truly receiving the ideal procedure for your needs, and sometimes the answer is not as obvious as you might expect—this is why honest communication is so important during your consultation. Take the neck for example – many patients who want a more shapely neck and chin area aren’t sure whether they should be looking for liposuction or a neck lift, so let’s take a closer look.
There are a number of different reasons the underside of your chin or your neck may look larger or less toned than you would like it to: excess fat, skin laxity, and loose muscles. This is what determines what procedure will give you the results you want.
If you have excess fat under the chin but have significant skin elasticity (which is most often the case for younger patients as well as those whose skin has simply aged slowly), your best bet will more than likely be Band Aid Liposuction. I developed this procedure to be a minimally invasive version of liposuction, so it can be performed in-office with gentle numbing, leading to a milder and much shorter recovery period. In fact, many patients are back to work or their other daily activities in 1-3 days.
For patients whose neck muscles have become lax, a neck lift can produce the most successful result. In addition to using sutures to tighten and revitalize the neck muscles, this surgery also involves re-firming the skin throughout the neck and jowl area to minimize the wrinkles and sagging which happen with age.
However, it’s important to determine whether it’s actually your neck that you want to rejuvenate or if your true focus is on the jowls. In this case, the procedure best suited to your needs is likely my Band Aid Mini Facelift. Much like Band Aid Liposuction, this surgery is performed in-office with gentle numbing for minimized healing time, and it can target the specific facial area where you want to see improvement by reducing excess skin and lifting the underlying facial tissue for a more youthful contour.
But what if you find that you’re bothered by more than one of these aesthetic issues? This is the case for many of my plastic surgery patients, and fortunately, each of your concerns can often be addressed in one procedure by combining Band Aid Liposuction with your neck lift or Band Aid Mini Face Lift.
To the average eye, it can be difficult to determine the specific culprit behind your cosmetic frustrations. While educating yourself about the options is a great first step, don’t underestimate the importance of a consultation and honest communication with a board-certified plastic surgeon. After specializing in cosmetic surgery for the facial area for over twenty years, I’ve developed the expertise to design the ideal solution for each patient’s needs. To get started, contact our office to schedule your appointment. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
About John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Dr. John LeRoy is an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon devoted to providing exceptional aesthetic care for over 20 years. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. LeRoy is best known for his Band Aid procedures: the innovative line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures he has developed and perfected since 1997, including his Band Aid Facelift, which he has performed for over 5,000 patients. He studied cosmetic surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York and is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
There’s nothing quite like looking in the mirror one day and seeing your first wrinkles, especially because it often happens earlier than you expect. In many cases, the first signs of aging appear around the eyes as crow’s feet, frown lines, or forehead creases, and fortunately, there is a highly successful and convenient treatment available: Dysport® and Botox®, both of which have been FDA-approved as safe and effective. These wrinkle reduction injections are so popular among men and women in their 20s through 70s that Botox® has become a household name, and more and more people are finding out about Dysport®, which is a highly similar formula with a different brand name. We’ve compiled some helpful facts to give you a crash course in these terrific injections you may want to add to your cosmetic roster.
As popular and minimally invasive as Botox® and Dysport® are, it’s important to remember that they require a true medical procedure which can have serious complications if done incorrectly, so you should only trust your health to a qualified medical professional—in this case, a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn whether you’re a candidate for Dysport® or Botox® injections, schedule a consultation with me. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery tips, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
While there are certainly some things in life which get better with age, most people feel that their appearance isn’t one of them. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve worked with enough patients to know how much physical aging can put a damper on your self-confidence, especially because there is little you can do on your own to counteract it. And while facial wrinkles are often the first and most noticeable sign of aging, gravity and skin laxity affect every part of the body. If you spend every summer feeling more and more self-conscious about stepping out in a swimsuit, you’re not alone, and this is clear by the millions of Americans each year who undergo rejuvenating plastic surgery. Thanks to medical science, we now have cosmetic procedures to lift and tighten nearly any part of your physique.
Facelift & Band Aid Mini Facelift
The face lift is a classic in the plastic surgery industry. As a highly popular procedure, this comprehensive approach removes excess skin and repositions underlying facial tissue to give the skin a lifted, firmer, more youthful look. But for patients who are looking for a more subtle improvement, my specialized Band Aid Mini Facelift is a less invasive surgery which is performed in-office with gentle numbing (rather than general anesthesia), producing natural-looking results with less recovery time, scarring, swelling, bruising, and expense than a traditional face lift.
The neck is an often overlooked area which can age quickly due to frequent movement. Similar to the facelift, a neck lift tightens the skin and the underlying muscles for an overall younger-looking facial contour, all while keeping scars to a minimum and keeping them as naturally concealable as possible.
Arm Lift & Band Aid Brachioplasty
Brachioplasty is a surgery to rejuvenate and slim down the appearance of the upper arms. Aging, weight fluctuations, and genetics can all play a role in causing the skin below the upper arm to sag – a feature which can make a patient look older and heavier all at once. While patients with only excess fat in the upper arms may be candidates for liposuction alone, those who also have skin laxity will see the best results with either traditional brachioplasty or my minimally invasive Band Aid Arm Lift.
Breast Lift for women
Gravity can have a profound effect on the breasts over time, especially for women who have experienced extreme weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Without changing the breast size, a breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the nipple to give the breast a firmer, higher, more youthful shape.
Gynecomastia Surgery for men
The development of excess tissue in the chest area can cause men to be highly self-conscious, whether it’s actual breast tissue (a condition referred to as gynecomastia) or excess fat. Male breast reduction can address either one or both of these issues to provide a more sculpted, younger-looking physique.
Tummy Tuck or Band Aid Tummy Tuck
Another area commonly affected by sagging skin is the abdomen. While it’s particularly common for women who have had children or patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss, anyone can see their belly become less taut over time. A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) can be the ideal option for those who need a significant amount of skin removed or who can benefit from repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles, but patients who only need a small amount of tissue removed may be candidates for the Band Aid Tummy Tuck, which is performed in-office with gentle numbing and requires far less recovery time.
While combining multiple surgeries into one comprehensive plan can be the right choice for some, remember that cosmetic surgery isn’t about creating the “perfect body” or changing your entire look to fit a societal standard. It’s about lifting the burden of self-consciousness by targeting the aesthetic features that bother you, allowing you to be your most beautiful and confident self. To discuss which procedure(s) may be right for you, schedule a consultation with me, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips and our latest special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and subscribe to my newsletter.
Your eyes are the major focal point of your face, so it can be particularly frustrating that they are also more vulnerable to aging than most other areas, thanks to the many movements they make throughout the day and the naturally thin skin around them. The good news is that there are ways to turn back the clock and give your eyes a more youthful and energized look. Everyone ages in their own way, but as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I offer a variety of methods to address the unique ways each patient ages around their eyes.
For “hooded” eyelids:
The upper eyelids develop a “hooded” appearance when the skin above the upper eyelid sags over the eyelid itself. This can be impacted by genetics, but it also tends to occur or worsen as the skin ages and becomes less firm, ultimately making one or both eyes look less open, less awake, and even less friendly. Upper eyelid surgery (or upper blepharoplasty) is a surgery which removes a small amount of the sagging skin, restoring a more youthful look. For some patients, this can be done with my minimally invasive Band Aid Blepharoplasty, which is performed in-office with gentle numbing for reduced recovery time.
For “bags under the eyes”:
We all have small deposits of fat beneath our eyes, but heredity and aging can cause these deposits to extend forward, “puffing up” below the eyes. Especially when combined with the natural thinning and sagging of the skin with age, these deposits create the appearance of “bags under the eyes.” Band Aid Lower Eyelid Surgery, traditional lower blepharoplasty, or transconjunctival lower eyelid surgery (using an incision inside the lower eyelid to leave no visible scarring) can address these concerns by removing the unneeded fat deposits and restoring firmness to the lax skin if needed.
For dark circles under the eyes:
While they make you look sleep-deprived, dark circles under the eyes are a persistent problem for some patients regardless of how well-rested they are. Depending on your specific needs, this may be improved by using facial filler injections into the hollow below the eye. Whether it’s performed with Restylane®, Juvéderm®, or another specific formula, this restores a natural-looking and youthful plumpness to the area in order to reduce the “sunken” look and the shadows it creates. However, because of the complex anatomy in this area, these injections should only be performed by someone who is highly qualified and experienced in the procedure, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedure. For some patients, the best option may be Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. Using a precise “dot” pattern of laser columns, this treatment eases a number of surface skin imperfections while restoring skin-firming collagen.
For wrinkles around the eyes:
Most wrinkles around the eyes (like crow’s feet and frown lines) are caused by a combination of two major factors: repeated facial expressions leading to tense muscles, and a loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin. Fortunately, there are remedies for both of these issues. Botox® and Dysport® injections temporarily relax the underlying facial muscles, causing fine lines and creases to even out. To restore the firmness of the skin, Band Aid Skin Tightening uses controlled warmth to rebuild skin-firming collagen in a non-surgical and non-invasive way which is gentle enough to be used around the eyes.
While any one of these aesthetic concerns can put a dent in a person’s self-confidence, many of my patients suffer from several of them at once. In these cases, most eye rejuvenation methods can be combined and performed either at the same time or as part of a multi-step process. To discuss how I may be able to help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic tips and information about aesthetic treatments, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.