There’s something so refreshing about the New Year, and resolutions can be the perfect way to motivate yourself to make the most of the next twelve months by setting clear goals. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, so resolutions aimed at self-improvement can run the gamut from a healthier lifestyle to career advancement to better emotional health. Depending on what you’re hoping to accomplish this year, our plastic surgery office in Atlanta may be able to help.
If you resolved to get into better shape:
Whipping your body into shape is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions around, because nearly all of us have at least one area we’re unhappy with, whether it’s the “love handles,” a “tummy pooch,” or a “double chin.” As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I recognize the importance of putting your health first, so I always encourage my patients to reach their goal weight through a healthy diet and exercise regimen. But once you’ve reached your goal, procedures like liposuction, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift, breast lift, or male breast reduction can be the perfect way to put the finishing touches on your physique and, if needed, tighten up any excess sagging skin.
If you resolved to recapture your youthful spirit:
It’s easy to let the vibrant energy of youth wane as you get older and as you become busier and busier with all of life’s responsibilities. Fortunately, it’s never too late to get it back, and many of my patients find that if they give their appearance a youthful boost, it’s easier for their emotions to follow. The rejuvenation procedure you choose will depend on your unique anatomy and how aging has affected you. The most common option is my Band Aid Mini Facelift, a minimally invasive surgery I developed and have perfected over the past twenty years, which removes excess skin and repositions the underlying facial muscles to achieve natural-looking results, all in-office with gentle numbing and specialized techniques so that it requires just half the recovery time and half the cost of a traditional face lift. Depending on your needs, you may also be a candidate for a Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, eyelid surgery, a brow lift, or a more comprehensive face lift.
If you resolved to try something new:
With our day-to-day routines keeping us busy, it’s common for us to fall into a bit of a rut and simply let the days go by, but for many people, getting out of their comfort zone and trying something new can add a little zest back into their lives. If this sounds like the problem you’re trying to fix, try treating yourself to a new cosmetic treatment you’ve never tried before. For those who are new to the anti-aging scene, injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse® can be a great way to start, because they offer quick treatment times and the results are temporary, so you can try a few options throughout the year to see what you like best. Or, you prefer something to enhance the quality of your skin itself, learn more about our Band Aid Non-Surgical Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing.
Making a New Year’s resolution is all about self-reflection and figuring out what you need to do to make the upcoming year better than the one that just passed. Whether or not your goals involve plastic surgery, we wish you all success in your journey to become your most confident and beautiful self. If you would like to find out more about our surgical and non-surgical procedures, schedule a consultation with John L. LeRoy, MD, FACS, PC. Or, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to keep up with our monthly specials, hear about the latest in plastic surgery, get great health and beauty tips, and more.
It’s hard to believe another year is already wrapping up. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I am thrilled to spend every day fulfilling my passion and I’m honored to be able to help my patients become their most confident and beautiful selves. This year, we had plenty to celebrate at our cosmetic surgery office.
The Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift
I’ve been performing the Band Aid Facelift I developed for more than 20 years with great success. And while it generally takes around 8-10 years for a patient’s aging to catch up with their surgical results, I’ve found that many patients want a “touch-up” after three or four years to address the aging that has taken place since their surgery. To respond to this common request, this year I introduced the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift. This procedure is essentially an even less invasive version of my Band Aid Facelift, and it involves half the recovery time and half the cost of the Band Aid Facelift as well. It’s an ideal way for patients to simply address their signs of aging as they arise in order to maintain a youthful yet natural look throughout the years.
Four Charity Contest Winners
If you’ve been following our practice on social media or if you subscribe to our plastic surgery newsletter, you probably know that each year, we host charity contests in order to identify non-profit organizations in Georgia who are providing a valuable service to the community. Our social media followers help us by nominating and voting for their favorite charities, and the winning organization receive a $1,000 donation to continue or expand their important work. This year, we were honored to make donations to four unique groups: The Mastocytosis Society (dedicated to helping patients with mastocytosis as well as their families), Little Nuggets Rescue (a pet rescue in Snellville), Remembering Ruthie Rescue (a pet rescue in Lawrenceville), and Calvary Children’s Home (a home for displaced children, primarily those who would otherwise be in foster care). We look forward to seeing the powerful impact all of these organizations continue to have on the community.
New Member of the Family
If you’re a current or former patient, you probably know and love our Surgical Coordinator Rebecca as much as we do. This year, Rebecca and her husband were thrilled to become parents to a beautiful baby girl. They’re all healthy and enjoying their transition to a family of three, and everyone is looking forward to getting to know our new member of the family!
It’s certainly been an exciting year at our plastic surgery office, and we have all of you to thank. It’s because of our valued patients and supporters that we’re able to continue serving the Atlanta community and even making medical innovations, and we wish everyone an outstanding 2017. If you want to learn more about our practice, give us a call or follow John L. LeRoy, MD, FACS, PC on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Everyone who’s unhappy with a certain aspect of their appearance asks themselves, “What can I do to change this?” For some, there are steps they can take on their own to make a difference, but for an issue like a nose which is asymmetrical or disproportionate, it’s a matter of facial structure, so the only way to truly improve it permanently is through cosmetic nose surgery—also known as rhinoplasty or a “nose job.” If you’re interested in learning more about this popular plastic surgery, the fact sheet below can help.
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can make a powerful difference in a patient’s appearance and, by extension, their self-confidence. But this is only true if the surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in nose reshaping and who truly puts your safety first. If you’re ready to start discussing whether rhinoplasty can benefit you, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more about the many cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures I offer, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Let’s be honest, most of us don’t just want fewer wrinkles – we want the solution to be a quick and easy one, too. After all, time is valuable. That’s why Botox® injections have become so popular that they’re a household name, as have Dysport® injections—a similar product offered from a different brand. But it’s important to realize that Botox® and Dysport® aren’t the cure-all for wrinkles. In fact, they’re designed to address very specific types of wrinkles.
Botox® and Dysport® are typically ideal for crow’s feet, “frown lines” between the eyebrows, and forehead wrinkles. That’s because the primary cause of these wrinkles is tenseness in the underlying muscles. If you look in the mirror, you’ll notice that these wrinkles become deeper when you make many facial expressions, because the underlying muscles are contracting. Over time, these muscles become tense and they don’t smooth out as well as they used to when you were younger. Combined with the fact that the skin becomes thinner as you age, these contracted muscles create wrinkles that are present even when your face is relaxed.
To address these issues, Botox® and Dysport® are injected into the tense facial muscles, and they work by blocking the nerve signals that are telling the muscles to contract. As a result, the muscles relax and smooth out, reducing the wrinkles in your skin.
So why are these injections not typically used for wrinkles around the mouth, like smile lines or marionette lines? Because the primary culprit behind these wrinkles is the loss of skin firmness and volume. Instead, the best remedy for these areas is typically a different type of injection called facial fillers, like Restylane® and Juvéderm®. Instead of treating the muscle, these injections are actually designed to replace skin volume and “fill in” wrinkles to create a smooth finish.
Choosing the right facial rejuvenation technique is one of the most important steps toward getting the results that will help you be your most confident and beautiful self. To start discussing whether Botox® and Dysport®, facial fillers, a Band Aid Mini Facelift, or another procedure is the best wrinkle-reduction option for you, schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation. Or, for more anti-aging tips and facial rejuvenation information, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.