Having a few butterflies in your stomach before plastic surgery is incredibly common, and in many cases, patients are simply nervous because they don’t know exactly what to expect. While there’s no replacement for actually experiencing the process for yourself, as a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in face lifts for over twenty years, I can walk you through the day of your surgery so you have a better idea of what to expect.
By the day of your procedure, you will have received plenty of specific instructions about what to avoid and how to prepare before face lift surgery. For example, when to stop smoking if you smoke, when to stop taking certain medications and supplements, when to stop eating the day of or night before surgery, etc. When you wake up on surgery day, be sure to continue following these instructions closely. You’ll put on comfortable clothing that doesn’t need to be taken off over your head, like a button-up shirt. Without applying any makeup or skin care products for the day (which is a welcome break, for some patients), you’ll also wash your face with antibacterial soap and take any pre-surgical medications you were instructed to take, like antibiotics. All of this information will be included in the pre-surgical instructions you will receive when you schedule your surgery.
When it’s Time for Surgery
When your appointment time is near, you’ll head to either my office (if you’re having a Band Aid Mini Facelift or a Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift) or to Perimeter Surgical Center, the facility where I perform traditional face lifts. Before the actual surgery begins, you’ll have some paperwork to fill out, and my nurse Dorothy will check your blood pressure and provide other preparations, including your “before” picture.
If you’re having a traditional facelift with general anesthesia (so that you will be unconscious throughout the surgery), your anesthesia will be administered before surgery by an anesthesiologist (or by a nurse anesthetist overseen by an anesthesiologist). If you’re having an in-office Band Aid Facelift, on the other hand, your surgical preparation will depend on whether you will receive only local anesthesia (gentle numbing for the treatment area) or local anesthesia with sedation as well. You and I will discuss and decide all of these details in advance at your pre-surgical consultation, so you’ll know exactly what to expect ahead of time.
Your surgical time will depend on the extent of your procedure, your unique anatomy, and a number of other factors. In general, though, a Band Aid Mini Facelift takes about an hour and a half, while a traditional face lift can take anywhere from two to four hours. Halfway through the procedure, Dorothy typically comes out to the waiting area to give an update to any friends or family members who are waiting for you. When your surgery is finished, you’ll have a dressing applied to the area to provide gentle pressure and protect your incisions. You may or may not also have a drain to release any excess fluids.
All in all, Band Aid Facelift patients typically spend a total of 2 ½ hours in our office. Face lift patients vary considerably more based on their procedure, and the process as a whole takes longer as well because these patients need more time in the recovery room to recuperate from the anesthesia before they head home. Both traditional face lifts and Band Aid Mini Face Lifts are performed on an outpatient basis, so you can look forward to spending that first night resting comfortably at home.
If you receive a traditional facelift or if you receive sedation for your Band Aid Mini Face Lift, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night. If you receive only a local anesthetic with no sedation, you can safely drive, although some patients still choose to have a friend or family member drive them home so they can be fully comfortable.
While there is always some discomfort associated with surgery, the pain after a facelift is generally quite bearable and can be managed with medication. Just remember to carefully follow all of the post-surgical instructions you were given ahead of time, because some over-the-counter pain relievers are not safe to take after surgery. For the most part, you should spend the rest of your surgery day relaxing comfortably, reclined at a 30- or 45-degree angle (not lying flat), and taking frequent, gentle walks to keep your circulation active.
Because I tailor the surgical process to each patient’s needs, everyone experiences their face lift in a slightly different way. But overall, my best advice for nervous patients is to find a way to relax, trust yourself that you’re well-prepared, and trust your surgeon to operate safely and successfully. For the vast majority of patients, a facelift is a rather uneventful process, ending with beautiful results that leave them feeling happier and more confident in their appearance. To get started on your facelift journey, schedule a consultation today with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
There are several different levels of facial rejuvenation procedures. The mildest tend to be injectables (like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, etc.), then other non-surgical treatments (such as Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening), followed by minimally invasive surgery (including my Band Aid Mini Facelift and Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, both of which are performed in-office with gentle numbing), and finally traditional cosmetic surgery like face lifts, eyelid surgery, and neck lifts. This allows every patient to choose a procedure or combination of procedures that best fits their unique needs.
But it’s important to recognize that this isn’t a step-by-step process. In other words, patients don’t generally start with fillers, then abandon fillers in favor of laser treatments, then stop laser treatments to get a Band Aid Mini Facelift, and so on. Instead, each cosmetic procedure has its own focus and purpose, so getting your ideal results at every stage of the aging process typically involves a combination of a few different options to treat your individual concerns. For instance, you may get consistent filler injections in your 30s and 40s, but when you begin to develop sagging skin, you might choose a Band Aid Facelift to restore a firmer, younger-looking facial structure, then simply use Botox® and/or facial fillers to treat the few remaining fine lines, wrinkles, and lost volume that will appear over the coming years.
To find out more about how multiple types of facial rejuvenation can work together, check out my video below:
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, my ultimate goal is to help every patient be their most confident and beautiful self, whether that involves injections, non-surgical treatments, plastic surgery, or a combination of each. To discuss your cosmetic concerns and receive a treatment recommendation, schedule a consultation with me today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, helpful videos, and more, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Every plastic surgeon recognizes the trends in their own practice—the procedures that are most popular, the average ages of their patients, the number of men vs. women, etc. But each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) gathers statistics based on a survey that is distributed to around 30,000 board-certified physicians. These numbers help us to discover, on a national level, the changes within the plastic surgery field. The 2016 data has recently been published, and it offers us new insights into the way surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are meeting the needs of patients throughout the country.
Here are a few of the takeaways from this year, especially those regarding my specialty area of facial rejuvenation:
Cosmetic medicine continues to grow in popularity.
Trends change every year, so some procedures are more or less popular than they were a few years ago, but overall the number of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures has been growing. In fact, this year, Americans spent over $15 billion on aesthetic medical treatments for the first time since ASAPS began collecting data in 1997.
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments are increasing more quickly than surgeries are.
In the past year, the number of plastic surgeries in the US has increased by 3.5%, while the number of non-surgical procedures has increased by 7.3%. This may partially be because technology continues to improve non-surgical options, but it also shows that patients value convenience. I have seen this hold true within my own practice as well, with the number of patients who come in to ask about my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift and Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift as opposed to a traditional face lift.
Brow lifts are being replaced by other facial rejuvenation options.
Between 1997 and 2016, the national number of face lifts has risen by nearly 22%, and the number of eyelid surgeries has risen by over 9%. Brow lifts, on the other hand, have decreased by nearly 39%. In one of my recent blogs, I explained that I very rarely perform brow lifts today, because the results patients are looking for can generally be achieved in less invasive ways instead, and the data gathered by ASAPS demonstrates this strategy on a national level as well.
Over half of face lifts are performed for patients between the ages of 51 and 64.
While plastic surgeries overall had the largest numbers among patients between 35 and 50, face lifts are actually more popular among patients in their 50s and 60s. Even though most people begin to see early signs of aging in their early 30s, a true face lift isn’t necessary until the aging process reaches a certain level, so for patients in their 30s and 40s, less invasive procedures like injectables, laser treatments, non-surgical skin tightening, or even a mini facelift can keep wrinkles and sagging skin at bay.
As a plastic surgeon, studying cosmetic procedure statistics gives me a unique look into my future patients’ needs, goals, and priorities. And for potential patients, the information can help you gain perspective about the field and recognize that you are by no means alone in the desire to be your most confident and beautiful self. To discuss your surgical and non-surgical cosmetic options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more unique plastic surgery facts and health tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Special offers for facial rejuvenation are the perfect way to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin, keep your facelift results looking their best, or enhance the results of a recent face lift at Atlanta double board certified plastic surgeon, John L. Leroy, MD, FACS office.
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+.