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Myths and Facts about Facial Rejuvenation

Facial aging is one of the most common aesthetic concerns around, so it’s no surprise that countless rumors and home remedies have arisen regarding how to get rid of them. But which of these theories can actually help you look your best and which will simply prove to be a waste of time and money? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I’m happy to use my knowledge and expertise to answer your questions about a few of these anti-aging myths.

Myths and Facts about Facial RejuvenationMyth #1: Wrinkles are what give away your age, so to look younger, you just need to treat your wrinkles.

Actually, there are a number of factors which make a person look older. While wrinkles and sagging skin are the most obvious signs, there are a number of factors (some of which we only notice subconsciously unless it’s pointed out to us) that betray someone’s age, including age spots as well as the loss and shifting of facial tissue which ages the shape of the face itself. For this reason, the most comprehensive results can be achieved with a combination of plastic surgery (like my Band Aid Mini Facelift) to remove excess skin and reposition the underlying tissue, along with skin treatments like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing to address age spots, fine lines, and other common problems.

Myth #2: The newer the treatment, the better it is.

It’s true that medical science is constantly advancing and producing better treatment options for cosmetic and medical needs alike, but just because a procedure is newer doesn’t mean it’s actually better. It may simply be another manufacturer trying to enter the market. Or, in some cases, a new treatment may actually offer improved benefits for certain types of patients, but it may not be the right option for your specific needs. Research your options and talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon to figure out the best course of action for you.

Myth #3: Aging is hereditary, so if your parents always looked young for their age, you will, too.

Some degree of your natural aging process is hereditary, but aging can be strongly affected by environmental factors like sun exposure, smoking, diet and exercise, and more. In other words, don’t take your good genes for granted. In order to stay looking your best, you’ll still need to use some degree of facial rejuvenation treatments as the years go by.

Myth #4: There’s nothing you can do to keep wrinkles away.

Aging can’t be prevented entirely, but there are ways you can slow and delay its progress. The aging process is accelerated significantly by sun damage, smoking, excessive drinking, and other environmental factors, so protecting your skin and following a healthy lifestyle can have a strong impact on your appearance. Another increasingly popular choice is Dysport® or Botox® injections. Because these relax the targeted facial muscles, they can limit the development of certain expression lines like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.

Myth #5: You can look 20 years younger without surgery.

Unfortunately, this is simply an unrealistic expectation. While they won’t have such a dramatic affect as to take decades off your appearance, non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Skin Tightening (which requires no downtime), Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, and the like are highly effective for facial rejuvenation. The other good news is that modernized surgeries are not as invasive as you might expect. The Band Aid Mini Facelift offers highly successful and natural-looking results with just half the recovery time of a traditional facelift, and my new Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift is even milder.

Myth #6: You get what you pay for.

This isn’t to say that all facial rejuvenation treatments and skin care products are created equal; it simply means that the most expensive choice is not always the best one. In terms of procedures, talk to a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation about the ideal options for you, and as far as skin care products go, focus on the active ingredients, not the price or the flashy packaging.

It’s understandably tempting to give it a try when you hear something like “this face mask you can make with ingredients you already have will take ten years off your face.” But when it comes to something as important as your health and your appearance, only trust a board-certified and experienced professional. To discuss how you can be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more anti-aging tips as well as monthly special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

What is a Mommy Makeover Surgery?

What is a Mommy Makeover SurgeryEvery mother has her own experiences and views on parenting, but nearly all of them agree on one thing: “it’s tough, but it’s worth it.” On top of the countless responsibilities of parenthood, most mothers are also left with self-consciousness about their post-pregnancy figure. Even after you’ve returned to your pre-pregnancy weight, there are certain changes the biological process of childbearing causes which simply cannot be resolved with diet and exercise. That’s where a mommy makeover comes in.

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a specific surgery called a “mommy makeover.” Instead, the common term refers to the technique of combining multiple cosmetic procedures, each aimed at repairing certain physical changes that come from pregnancy and early motherhood, into one surgery. With the effects breastfeeding and pregnancy have on the breasts and the abdominal area, this usually means that a mommy makeover will include one or two breast procedures as well as one or two body procedures. Every woman’s surgery is designed to fit her unique needs and goals, but here’s a look at what a mommy makeover generally includes:

Breast Procedures

In general, there are three breast surgeries which are commonly used as part of a mommy makeover: breast augmentation (with breast implants), breast reduction, and a breast lift. The first two aim to either increase the size of breasts which have lost volume through the childbearing process or decrease the size of uncomfortably large breasts. A breast lift, on the other hand, keeps the breasts the same size while removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple to give the breasts a more youthful look. In many cases, patients want to improve both the size and the position of their breasts, so a mommy makeover often includes both a breast lift AND either a breast augmentation or a breast reduction.

Body Procedures

It’s highly common for a woman who has always been slender to have a very different shape after having one or more children. Even if you’ve returned to the same weight you were before pregnancy, stretched abdominal muscles, loose skin, and a stubborn new fat distribution can cause you to be less confident in your physique. For this reason, mommy makeovers generally include liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both.

A tummy tuck removes the excess skin which has resulted from the fast gain and loss of belly size, and it can also repair the stretched abdominal muscles which give many mothers that visible “pooch” that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction, on the other hand, purely focuses on removing unwanted fat. During a mommy makeover, it’s often used around the abdomen, “love handles,” thighs, “saddlebags,” or hips. However, liposuction can be performed for nearly any area of the body.

Women who have smaller amounts of excess skin and fat may not need the full, traditional tummy tuck and liposuction. If this is the case, you may be a candidate for my Band Aid Liposuction and/or Band Aid Tummy Tuck—unique mini surgeries I developed to serve as minimally invasive versions of these popular procedures. Like my other “Band Aid” procedures, these surgeries only require half the recovery time compared to their more comprehensive counterparts, and they’re performed in-office with gentle numbing.

Parents sacrifice many things in their efforts to give their children the best upbringing they can—time, energy, money, relaxation, and the list could go on and on. But with all the options available in cosmetic medicine today, there’s no need to sacrifice your self-confidence, too. To discuss your options for taking control of your appearance and becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful articles, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Ask Dr. LeRoy: Why Do So Many Patients Have Eyelid Surgery with a Facelift?

Aging isn’t a straightforward process. It happens to each man and woman at different rates and in different ways. For instance, as a double board-certified plastic surgeon for over twenty years, I see some patients who have primarily aged around their jawline, others around their eyebrows, etc. However, people don’t age solely in one area. That’s why every plastic surgery procedure I perform is tailored to the patient’s individual needs. In many cases, this means combining multiple procedures into one to produce comprehensive yet natural-looking results, and one of the most popular combinations includes eyelid surgery and a facelift (or minimally invasive alternatives).

Ask Dr. LeRoy Why Do So Many Patients Have Eyelid Surgery with a FaceliftWhile both eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) and a facelift have the goal of making a patient look younger and more refreshed, they complement each other so well because they each focus on different areas. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower eyelids (to remove “bags under the eyes”), the upper eyelids (to address “hooded” eyelids caused by sagging skin under the eyebrow), or both. A face lift, on the other hand, is designed to address skin laxity and other aging facial tissue throughout the lower half of the face, such as the cheeks, jawline, and in some cases, under the chin. The areas around the eyes and throughout the mid and lower face are both highly common problem areas, so for many patients, combining eyelid surgery with a facelift can address their two primary concerns in one surgery. This offers them more comprehensive results as well as less recovery time than if the procedures were completed on two separate occasions, because they can heal from both at the same time.

If you want to improve the appearance of both your eyelids and your mid or lower face but are concerned that undergoing both surgeries may be more than you need, you might be a candidate for a less invasive version combining a Band Aid Mini Facelift and Band Aid Blepharoplasty. I developed the Band Aid Facelift and other Band Aid cosmetic surgeries specifically for patients who want a lighter way to achieve more natural-looking results. These procedures use minimally-invasive techniques to produce skillful surgical results with half the cost and half the recovery time of traditional plastic surgeries, all performed in my comfortable office setting using gentle numbing (and conscious sedation if desired) rather than general anesthesia.

Whether the combination of eyelid surgery and a facelift sounds like an ideal remedy for you, or you’re looking for a way to address other concerns like a sagging brow line or excess fat under the chin, schedule a plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery information and health news, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Announcing the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift

In the more than twenty years that I have been a double board-certified plastic surgeon, my commitment has been to providing my patients with plastic surgery which will achieve the results they’re looking for but which can also fit into their busy lives. This has primarily come in the form of my Band Aid Facelift and other Band Aid procedures: minimally invasive versions of traditional cosmetic surgeries which offer natural-looking results with half the recovery time, because they’re performed in-office using gentle numbing and specialized techniques. To continue my goal of providing more accessible cosmetic solutions, I’m proud to introduce my newest innovation: the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift.

Announcing the Band Aid Micro Mini FaceliftWhile some plastic surgeries produce results which change little if at all over time (like nose reshaping and ear surgery), the issue with face lifts and other facial rejuvenation methods is that aging is progressive, and there is not a way to stop the process entirely. So while cosmetic surgery can make a powerful difference in that aging you have already experienced (in many cases, taking as much as ten years or more off a patient’s appearance), new signs of aging will arise over time. That’s where my Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift comes in.

It generally takes around eight to ten years after a facelift or Band Aid Mini Facelift for a patient’s aging to progress far enough to require another Band Aid Face Lift. In the meantime, some patients are happy with the results they achieve from Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing or Band Aid Skin Tightening. But for those who are looking for a more predictable and significant difference than non-surgical options can offer, the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift can be the perfect solution for three or four years after the surgery.

So what’s the difference between the Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed twenty years ago and the new Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift? I developed this new procedure because of my patients who had expressed interest in making more subtle, incremental changes than even my Band Aid Mini Facelift provides—essentially with the goal of continuously keeping up with new signs of aging as they appear. Both the Band Aid Mini Facelift and the Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift are performed in a minimally invasive way, in-office with gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. The Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, however, is a milder version of the surgery, and it requires just half the cost and half of the already shortened recovery time the Band Aid Facelift needs. For most patients, maintaining ideal results will begin with a Band Aid Facelift or a traditional facelift, followed by incremental “touch-ups” as the years go by to address future aging, like Band Aid Micro Mini Facelifts and non-surgical treatments.

When it comes to cosmetic surgery (as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures), the biggest advantage to having a larger number of treatment options is that we can find the choice which best aligns with your goals, needs, and priorities. Whether you’re looking for an extensive improvement or just a quick touch-up, schedule your plastic surgery consultation to discuss your cosmetic options. Or, to keep up with the latest plastic surgery news as well as tips and special offers, follow Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.