As we look forward to spring and summer, everyone in our plastic surgery office is already dreaming about beach vacations and longer evenings. But if you’re like a large percentage of the population, your summer plans may also stir up some self-consciousness about exposing your midsection or wearing a form-fitting bathing suit. While full-body weight loss is a journey all its own, people who don’t necessarily need to shed pounds but who want a slimmer, firmer, and more youthful waistline may be able to find their perfect solution in a tummy tuck.
What many patients don’t realize about a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is that it’s actually ideal for patients whose primary cosmetic issue is either excess skin, an isolated “pooch” on the abdomen, or a combination of both—not patients who solely have excess fat to remove and whose skin is elastic enough to remain firm after the fat is removed. To learn more about this popular plastic surgery, check out the guide below.
Whether you’re considering a tummy tuck, a facelift, or any other type of plastic surgery, a successful cosmetic surgery requires planning, thought, and diligence, so gathering information like the guide above can be a perfect first step. And the next step is finding out whether a tummy tuck is the right procedure to meet your cosmetic needs by scheduling a plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Plus, for more plastic surgery tips, special offers, and helpful articles, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
We’ve all had a restless night or two that has left us with puffiness under our eyes. But it’s not uncommon to notice a more permanent appearance of “bags under the eyes” begin to develop, especially as the aging process wears on. It can be frustrating to hear comments like “you look so tired” because of these unwanted “pillows,” especially if you’re actually feeling energized and joyful. But what exactly causes under-eye bags to appear, and what can you do about them?
Causes of Under-Eye Bags
When under-eye baggage is long-lasting and persistent, the short answer is that it’s caused by aging, but there are a number of different ways the aging process contributes. By design, we all have fat deposits beneath our eyes for support. As we get older, the muscles and other tissue around these fat deposits weaken, and these weakened barriers allow the fat deposits to extend forward, creating a bulge beneath the skin. At the same time, the skin itself is becoming thinner and looser, and we’re losing volume from the cheeks and surrounding facial areas, all of which just makes the bulge that much more apparent. Fortunately, this combination of factors doesn’t happen to everyone, but it does tend to run in families.
While aging-related bags under the eyes are consistent from one day to the next, keep in mind that there are other factors which can make them look more prominent on a temporary basis, too. Fluid retention can make the area look puffy, so it may help to cut back on salty foods. Inflammation and allergies can also contribute to the appearance of under-eye bags, so avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible and see an allergist if necessary.
How to Fix Bags Under the Eyes
The only way to truly resolve under-eye bags is through a cosmetic surgery called blepharoplasty (also known as lower eyelid surgery). While the word “surgery” may sound daunting, here’s the good news:
Results are typically permanent, so you should only have to have the procedure once.
The procedure leaves little or no visible scarring. In some cases, the incision is made just below the lash line, so it’s easily concealed within the natural creases of the eyelid. But for patients who solely need fat deposits removed (and who don’t need to reduce sagging skin), the incision can actually be made inside the eyelid, so there is no visible scar.
The results are highly successful, predictable, and natural-looking. Patients generally say that they don’t look “plastic” or “like they’ve had work done,” they simply look like a more well-rested and pleasant version of themselves.
For some patients, the surgery can actually be done in-office using gentle numbing and local anesthesia as my Band Aid Blepharoplasty. This minimally invasive procedure uses specialized techniques to dramatically reduce the recovery time and the cost compared to a traditional eyelid surgery.
Let’s be honest: some things about aging are just not fun experiences. Between the aches and the pains, as well as the cosmetic issues, it’s enough to make anyone want to turn back the clock. But at least there are actions you can take to keep it to a minimum by both repairing some of the effects aging has already had and by slowing the progression in the future. To learn more, schedule a consultation with me, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips and interesting plastic surgery information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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When you’re trying to choose a plastic surgeon, it’s important to start with their qualifications and their experience. Be sure to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon, as a “cosmetic surgeon” does not need to be tested and qualified by a nationally-recognized board of leading surgeons (and if they’re double board-certified like Dr. LeRoy, that’s even better). But once you’ve narrowed your search to a few highly qualified surgeons, you should also be sure to take personality and other factors into consideration. The more you and your surgeon share a similar aesthetic vision and the more comfortable you are communicating with them, the more likely you are to work as a team to achieve a successful and beautiful result. To help you get to know Dr. LeRoy a little better before your consultation, we sat down with him for a fun Q & A session.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
While I specialize in all aspects of the face and body, particularly in facial rejuvenation, my #1 favorite surgery to perform is the Band Aid Mini Facelift for a number of reasons. First, because it’s a procedure that I actually developed, it’s particularly rewarding to see how happy it makes my patients. And second, the procedure is actually performed using gentle numbing, so the patients are awake, and I love the opportunity to interact with them throughout the surgery. It makes it a much more personal experience.
When did you realize you wanted to be a plastic surgeon? What attracted you to it?
I knew for a long time that I wanted to be a doctor, but when I first entered medical school, all I knew was that I wanted to be a surgeon—I wasn’t sure which specialty I wanted to focus on. During medical school, we did a number of “rotations”: spending time in different specialty areas to experience them and have a well-rounded education. One of my last rotations was plastic surgery, and I just fell in love with the energy of it. Because patients were there by choice and were looking forward to their results, they had a very positive air about them, and I knew I wanted to spend my career in this type of atmosphere.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do a lot of reading when I have free time, but I also love spending time outdoors, like boating when the weather is warm. One of my big projects, though, is working on the land my family owns in South Carolina. My siblings all live in different cities, and we each enjoy spending some time there throughout the year operating the pine farm and just enjoying the land and the nature with different projects and activities.
Early in your career, you had a very prestigious fellowship at the Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH) in New York City. What would you say is the most valuable lesson or experience you took away from that fellowship?
The surgeons I worked under at MEETH were well-known leaders in the field, and before I started, I had some apprehension—like many people do before they meet someone they idolize. But the surgeons definitely did not disappoint. They were outstanding in both their facial rejuvenation technical skills and in making me feel welcome and helping me to learn in a great environment, so it was a powerful experience in my training. Overall, I’d say there are two lessons I took away as a surgeon:
Even though I was already very proficient before my fellowship, you can always learn more and you can always stay humble.
If you’re a new doctor, accumulate as much training, experience, and education as you can before you start practicing. When you have great credentials already, you can go into your practice with confidence and without feeling like you need to prove yourself because you have already shown your expertise.
If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
To be honest, I don’t think I would tell him anything other than perhaps to relax a little more. One of my professors taught me about The Law of Unintended Consequences, and because I’m really happy with the way my life is now, I wouldn’t want to change any part of the journey that led here. I’ve often heard the saying, “Success is a poor teacher,” because you can learn more from your mistakes, but I don’t think that necessarily has to be the case—you just need to continue to make a conscious effort to grow, regardless of how much success you’ve already achieved.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this opportunity to connect with Dr. LeRoy and get to know him a little better. But remember, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of an in-person consultation, which is your time to not only meet your surgeon and get to know them but also to explain and thoroughly discuss your goals for the surgery, see more before and after photos, and discuss the unique recommendations Dr. LeRoy would offer for you. If you’re ready to get started, give us a call to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more fun facts, plastic surgery tips, and special offers, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
This time of the year, we’re all dreaming of summer and all the warmth and vacations that come along with it. But for many, the hot season also comes with a powerful dose of self-consciousness. While sleeveless and short-sleeved shirts are essential for staying comfortable during the summers in Hotlanta, they also expose any excess fat or sagging skin plaguing the underside of your upper arms—a problem commonly and unflatteringly referred to as “bat wings.” But with a few more months before tank top season, now is the perfect time to do something about it. Depending on the causes of your issue, your best bet may be liposuction, brachioplasty, or a combination of both.
Liposuction and Band Aid Liposuction
For some, the only issue with their upper arms is excess fat. While diet and exercise is the ideal way to lower your overall body fat and improve your health, the reality is that your body decides how your fat is distributed, and people who are perfectly healthy and fit can still have unwanted bulges of fat under their arms. If your skin is still rather elastic and will be able to stay firm and sleek on your new contours after the fat is removed (which is more common for younger patients who have had a rather stable weight throughout life), liposuction alone may do the trick. This leaves minimal scarring because the fat is removed using a tiny tube called a cannula, which simultaneously breaks up the unwanted fat and suctions it out of the body. Your incisions will be just large enough to fit the cannula, so they’re usually only a few millimeters long. If it’s a particularly small amount of fat you need to have removed, you could be a candidate for Band Aid Liposuction, a minimally invasive procedure I developed which is performed in-office with gentle numbing to reduce the recovery time, swelling, and cost of liposuction.
Brachioplasty/Arm Lift or Band Aid Brachioplasty
Aging, gravity, and weight fluctuations can all take their toll and result in sagging skin under the upper arm. In this case, an arm lift can be an optimal solution. This procedure focuses on removing this excess skin, and in some cases, removing unwanted fat and tightening the underlying muscle as well, all of which contributes to a slimmer and more toned appearance. The resulting scar will depend on how much excess skin is removed and where it’s located. For instance, if you have a smaller degree of sagging skin and it’s closer to the top of your arm, your incision may be limited to the armpit area. In cases where a more significant amount of skin needs to removed, the incision may extend from the elbow to the top of the arm, though it will be as concealed as possible in a location that isn’t visible in most positions. For patients who only need a more subtle improvement, a Band Aid Arm Lift (also called Band Aid Brachioplasty) may be an option. Like Band Aid Liposuction, this minimally invasive procedure is performed in-office using local anesthesia, offering a quicker recovery.
Diet and exercise are always the best way to lower your overall weight and enhance your health. However, if you’re at a healthy weight and simply have a few specific problem areas (like those ever-frustrating upper arms), cosmetic surgery can be the perfect solution. For an exam and a personalized consultation where you can discuss your specific needs with Dr. LeRoy, call our Atlanta office. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, health news, and special offers, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.