Aging is a process which emotionally affects everyone differently. Some enjoy keeping their face and body looking as young as possible, while others simply let wrinkles take their natural course. Some have had aging prevention on their mind since they were in their 20s, and others just looked in the mirror one day and noticed wrinkles that seemed to appear overnight. Regardless of how focused you are on keeping your skin younger, there’s one aspect of facial rejuvenation that even the most aesthetically-minded tend to overlook: the neck.
While every person ages in their own unique way, your neck will likely age just as quickly as your face. As the years go by, the skin throughout the neck becomes thinner and less firm, leading wrinkles and bands to form. At the same time, the underlying neck muscles may loosen, which also contributes to the appearance of an aging neck. And if you have a tendency to accumulate fat under your chin, this adds to the problem as well. Despite all this, many patients simply don’t notice that their neck is aging because they’re focused on keeping their face looking youthful, but the problem is that as much as they try to maintain a natural look throughout their facial rejuvenation procedures, if their neck looks 10 years older than their face does, it takes away from their ability to look natural.
So what can you do to keep your neck looking young? Depending on how much aging has already taken place, you may be best suited for either surgical or nonsurgical options (or a combination of both):
Plastic Surgery for a Younger Neck
The most comprehensive way to rejuvenate the neck is with a neck lift. Much like a face lift, this procedure repositions underlying tissue and platysmal bands if needed to provide a more youthful and lifted structure (by tightening the neck muscles), then removes excess skin and gives the remaining skin a firmer, smoother look.
If you have accumulated unwanted fat under your chin or throughout the jowl area over the years, this can make even a younger adult look like their neck area has aged. For these cases, I offer Band Aid Liposuction. As a minimally invasive version of traditional liposuction, this surgery is performed in-office with gentle numbing, and it offers just half the recovery time and half the cost of a typical liposuction, yet it’s a highly effective way to restore younger, slimmer contours to the neck, jowls, and chin.
Nonsurgical Neck Rejuvenation
If you’re in the earlier stages of aging and don’t yet feel the need for surgery, there are also several non-surgical procedures that can help. Band Aid Skin Tightening is just what its name implies: a non-surgical and noninvasive way to tighten the skin throughout the neck. While it can be used for the face as well, Band Aid Skin Tightening uses the Protégé system to send targeted warmth to the deeper layers of the skin, which helps to rebuild and strengthen collagen to make your skin firmer and thicker.
Another popular option is Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. I use the DOT Therapy™ laser, the least invasive way available to achieve the exceptional results of laser skin resurfacing. This procedure sends tiny columns of laser light into the skin in a pattern of “dots” to clear away damaged surface skin while adding firmness and thickness to skin beneath. Beyond simply firming the skin, this treatment can also reduce surface imperfections like age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, too.
Being your most confident and beautiful self looks different for everyone. At my plastic surgery office, we see age not as a number but as a state of mind, and much of what we do is simply helping our patients’ appearances match the youth and vitality they feel on a daily basis. To discuss how I can address your specific aesthetic concerns, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic surgery tips as well as our monthly special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
While it’s a celebration of Irish culture, the inclusiveness of St. Patrick’s Day allows everyone to get in on the fun. Amongst the green beverages and shamrock décor is an opportunity for all of us to simply put aside the stressors of everyday life and enjoy each other’s company. In honor of the upcoming holiday, at my plastic surgery office in Atlanta, I am proud to offer some exciting discounts on several facial rejuvenation options.
Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift
As a plastic surgeon who specializes in face lifts and other facial revitalization procedures, part of my aesthetic philosophy is to only do as much as each patient needs to make them feel confident in their appearance. That’s how I keep my patients looking natural and looking “like themselves” while taking five or ten years off their age (or more). The Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift is a minimally invasive surgery I developed as part of this approach. It’s performed in-office using gentle numbing, so there’s no general anesthesia to recover from and scarring is minimal and discreet. It’s designed primarily for patients who have had a facelift three to four years ago and now want to address the aging that has happened since then. But the best part is that it involves just half the recovery time and half the cost of even my Band Aid Mini Facelift.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
Contrary to what most people believe, plastic surgery isn’t the only way to lift aging skin. If you have minimal sagging and simply want some firming to treat the early signs of aging, my Band Aid Skin Tightening may be a perfect option. It’s entirely non-invasive, which means it won’t break the skin. Instead, it uses controlled warmth that targets the deeper layers of the skin and causes your body to produce collagen—the protein that makes young skin firm, strong, and smooth. Most patients see optimal results after five treatments, and this month, you can save on your five-treatment package.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
It seems as if lasers have been used to treat every medical or cosmetic issue, from wrinkles to unwanted hair. The Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing I perform focuses not only on wrinkles but also on other signs of aging and cosmetic concerns, like age spots, fine lines, acne scars (or other types of scars), and more. As part of my Band Aid line of minimally invasive procedures, this treatment uses a specialized laser called DOT Therapy™, which uses the latest techniques to offer the least recovery time available for a comprehensive level of improvement.
Most of my patients have been unhappy with their appearance for a long time before they come to my office, and sometimes, there was just one little push they needed to finally do something about it. This push may be an upcoming special occasion, or extra time off work, or even a savings opportunity like my March discounts. But whatever it is that brings you in, I look forward to helping you be your most confident and beautiful self. To get started, schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation today. Or, for more anti-aging tips and cosmetic surgery information, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Plastic surgery is one of those decisions you should be highly confident in before you move forward. It should not be an impulsive choice, but one based on thought, planning, and an investment in a happier future. When patients are researching their options and they find out that I offer a specialized line of procedures including the Band Aid Facelift, Band Aid Liposuction, and more, they’re excited to learn that these surgeries are performed in-office with gentle numbing, rather than with general anesthesia. Feeling fearful of being “all the way under” is very common, but few patients realize the full extent of the benefits local anesthesia can provide.
Advantages of Using Local Anesthesia
One of the most profound benefits of local anesthesia is that it is significantly easier on your body than general anesthesia, which means that many of the most serious risks surgery carries are strongly reduced. While severe complications from plastic surgery are already extremely rare (as long as the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon), local anesthesia can reduce the risks even further for the right patients and the right procedures.
In addition to lowering surgical risks, opting for local anesthesia helps to make cosmetic surgery an easier and more pleasant experience because you’ll be able to return home the same day as your procedure, and you won’t have the grogginess and nausea that typically follow general anesthesia. But as thrilled as many patients are that their post-surgery hours will be easier, the more attractive benefit is usually the reduced recovery time. General anesthesia itself is an experience your body needs to recover from, on top of healing from the cosmetic surgery itself, because general anesthesia also requires an endotracheal tube and intravenous medication, which both add to the post-operative downtime as well. Local anesthesia, on the other hand, dramatically reduces the amount of recovery your body needs, which means you’ll be back on your feet significantly sooner—typically twice as quickly as you would after general anesthesia.
Notes to Keep in Mind
While local anesthesia can make the plastic surgery process easier and more pleasant in a number of ways, there are a few cautions to keep in mind. First, the safety and results of any surgery are dependent on the surgeon as well as the patient’s commitment to following pre- and post-surgical instructions. If you encounter a cosmetic surgeon who offers only local anesthesia and never performs surgery with general anesthesia, this should be a red flag, because a valid board-certified plastic surgeon must be well-trained in procedures using general anesthesia.
It’s also important to recognize that local anesthesia is only beneficial under the right circumstances. Your medical history and the extensiveness of the surgery you need will determine whether you are a candidate for a Band Aid Facelift (or another type of Band Aid procedure). While everyone wants their surgery to be as minimally invasive as possible, as a plastic surgeon, my goal is balancing your surgical experience with results that you will be happy with. At an in-person consultation, I will be able to make a recommendation about what type of procedure can best achieve your goals.
Plastic surgery is truly a balancing act—you’ll need to weigh your expected results, medical history, available recovery time, finances, aesthetic concerns, and more to find the ideal procedure and type of anesthesia for you. To start discussing your specific options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and information about the procedures you’re considering, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Facial fillers like Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse® are among the most popular and best-known ways to diminish lines and wrinkles throughout the face. However, most patients simply know that fillers are injections that make their wrinkles smoother. Knowing more about any procedure you’re having or considering can help you better understand why certain products and techniques are ideal for your needs. Plus, many patients feel more at-ease when they know exactly what is being injected, how it’s being injected, and why. So, to help you be more informed about your facial rejuvenation choices, we’re delving a little deeper into the science behind dermal fillers and how they actually work.
Volumizers vs. Stimulators
The overall goal of fillers is to “fill in” wrinkles by plumping up the skin, and in some cases, to restore more youthful contours to your face. There are two general ways this can be done: by placing a temporary amount of volume (“volumizers”) or by causing your own body to produce more collagen—the protein that gives your skin youthful volume and firmness (“stimulators”). Volumizers produce results that are visible nearly immediately, but they generally last around 6-9 months as your body naturally breaks them down. Stimulators, on the other hand, produce much longer-lasting results, but because they rely on your body’s own processes, the results take longer to develop. Some facial fillers, however, combine both: they provide temporary volume while the body works on building collagen, so that the improved appearance continues even after the volumizer has broken down.
Types of Fillers
Within the categories of volumizers and stimulators, there are a number of different chemicals and compounds that can be used to make facial fillers. At my plastic surgery office in Atlanta, we offer the following types:
Hyaluronic Acid (Restylane®, Juvéderm®)
Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is actually a substance that occurs naturally in your body, so the manufactured HA mimics a natural chemical. HA is a volumizer, so it offers temporary volume which lasts for approximately 6-9 months, depending on the brand and your body’s natural metabolism.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®)
This unique formula combines both volumizing and stimulating effects. The calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is suspended in a gel, and while the gel creates temporary volume, the CaHA is stimulating new collagen. As a result, the results typically last one year or more.
Combining Facial Fillers with Other Facial Rejuvenation Methods
Dermal fillers have a number of advantages: the appointment takes just minutes to complete, they’re minimally invasive, and they’re able to target very specific wrinkles. However, they won’t address sagging skin, age spots, or expression lines. In these cases, filler injections are very easy to combine with other facial rejuvenation treatments. For instance, a Band Aid Mini Facelift can resolve sagging jowls and lift the mid-face, while fillers can address the remaining wrinkles or volume loss, resulting in a significantly younger yet natural-looking appearance. If you also have age spots or other surface imperfections you would like to address, these can typically be treated with Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing as an additional way to enhance your results.
When some patients want a cosmetic change, they simply go to their plastic surgeon and ask, “What can you do about this problem?” But in the digital age, it’s becoming easier and easier for patients to learn about a variety of procedures online. While being informed can be very beneficial in allowing you to understand your needs and your options, it’s important to only get your information from trusted, accurate sources and to rely on the advice of your board-certified plastic surgeon rather than simply taking your questions to Google. To learn what types of fillers or other cosmetic treatments are ideal for your needs, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery information and helpful tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.