John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.C.
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., NE Suite 375
Atlanta, Georgia 30342

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Fact Check: Can Facial Exercises Really Make You Look Younger?

It seems as if you can’t open a magazine or turn on a TV without seeing another “revolutionary way to look younger.” Although many people are more than willing to give them a try, most of these “discoveries” have little or no scientific basis, so they simply won’t produce the results you expect. But one technique which has been debated for a long time is “facial yoga” or the “workout facial”—exercising the facial muscles as a way to look younger. So does it really work? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve taken a closer look at the claims behind facial exercises and the science surrounding them.

atlanta facelift surgeryThe Claims

As we age, we lose volume throughout the face. Youthful fat diminishes with other tissue succumbs to the aging process, and the result is a more gaunt and “hollowed” facial shape. The primary claim behind facial exercises is that by toning the facial muscles, we can lift and enlarge these muscles in order to replace some of the age-related volume loss. Another added bonus is the enhanced blood flow that comes from the exercise, making your skin appear more radiant and youthful.

The Science

Proponents of facial exercises are correct that we lose muscle tone with age, and that exercise helps to give the skin a brighter look. But all in all, facial exercises will not make you look younger (and will certainly not replace a facelift) for a number of reasons.

First, there are several different factors in facial aging. Volume loss is one of them, but much of the volume lost is fat, rather than muscle. The other major contributor to looking “older” is the weakening and sagging of the skin. For many patients, this is actually the issue they are most bothered by, and facial exercises are not able to firm or smooth the skin. The only way to do this is through non-surgical skin treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, or for a more precise and comprehensive result, a surgical facelift or Band Aid Mini Face Lift.

Second, in some cases, facial exercises might actually accelerate wrinkle formation. Facial wrinkles are generally caused by a combination of weakening skin and repeated facial expressions, so if you’re making repetitive and dramatic facial movements, you could be forming new wrinkles in these areas.

Third, while the claim that facial exercises enhance blood flow for a brighter complexion does hold some merit, this has been found to be the case with any exercise, from jogging to lifting weights. A consistent workout routine can give you that energized complexion while also offering the many health benefits of an active lifestyle and avoiding the wrinkle-causing risks of facial exercises.

It’s understandable that everyone wants to look younger with as little effort as possible, but in this case, sticking with tried and true facial rejuvenation options such as Botox®, laser treatments, and face lifts can actually save you a lot of time you would have spent on ineffective (or even counter-productive) facial exercises. To discuss how I can help you achieve the more youthful and well-rested yet natural appearance you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


Why Does Rhinoplasty Leave So Little Scarring?

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in facial cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, I’ve found that post-surgical scarring is among the first questions nearly every patient asks during their consultation. After all, the purpose of plastic surgery is to allow you to regain confidence in your appearance, and if you’re just as self-conscious about your scarring as you were about the original problem, you won’t be able to enjoy the full potential of your results. Cosmetic nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a procedure which, to many patients’ pleasant surprise, leaves very little scarring—or even no visible scarring in some cases. But why is this the case?

Why Does Rhinoplasty Leave So Little ScarringNose surgery is not exactly “minimally invasive.” After all, it often involves making changes to the actual bone structure of the nose. But because of the nose’s shape, its structure can be accessed with relatively small incisions, which is why most patients are left with little if any scarring. It all depends on what your aesthetic goals are, and with rhinoplasty, this can be reshaping a crooked or bumpy nose, changing the angle of the nose’s slope, reforming the tip of the nose (or even adding a nasal implant), resizing the nostrils, or any number of other changes. Most nose surgery patients will have one of two types of procedures:

  • Open Rhinoplasty – The nasal structure is accessed through an incision in the narrow area of tissue separating the two nostrils. This results in a very subtle scar which is only visible to someone looking at your nose from below.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty – Incisions are limited to areas within the nostrils, which means you will have no visible scarring.

How do you know what type of nose surgery you’ll need? Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast ways to know what to expect without a plastic surgery consultation. Your procedure will be designed based on your unique anatomy and the aesthetic vision you’re working toward. Every patient hopes to be a candidate for a closed rhinoplasty with no external scarring, but rest assured that if you do need external incisions, I will make them with your cosmetic goals in mind and conceal them within your natural contours as discreetly as possible.

Whether your aesthetic concerns include a crooked nose, facial aging, fat under your chin, or any number of other issues, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons (including potential scars) as a whole to decide whether a particular surgery is right for you. To get started, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, to learn more about plastic surgery and stay up-to-date on our latest special offers, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


Why I Chose Plastic Surgery

I am a firm believer in making sure a patient and a surgeon are on the same page before any cosmetic surgery in order to attain the best possible results. That’s why the consultation I hold with each patient is more than just an informational meeting – it’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to make sure we’re working with the same vision in mind. Building this connection with my patients is one of the reasons so many have been thrilled enough with their results to offer plastic surgery testimonials for other patients as well.

Throughout the cosmetic surgery consultation process, many patients ask why I chose to be a plastic surgeon. At first, this question threw me for a loop. After all, how often do we truly understand why we have the passions we do? So I did some soul-searching, examining what I found to be the most rewarding about the process. Check out my video below to learn more about why I chose plastic surgery and why I’m so dedicated to attaining the best possible results for each patient.

There is no shortage of things to love about cosmetic surgery. It’s a fascinating and constantly evolving field which is highly rewarding, thanks in part to the interactions I have with my patients. To learn more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer, including my specialized, minimally invasive Band Aid surgeries, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for all our latest news and special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and subscribe to my newsletter.


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Announcing Our Summer 2016 Charity Giveaway

At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John LeRoy, we place strong value on being part of our community. After all, it’s because of our patients in the Atlanta area that we are able to spend every day pursuing our passion of helping men and women be their most confident selves. To give back to our neighbors in Atlanta and beyond, we host a social media charity contest each quarter, allowing Georgia-based non-profit organizations to compete for a $1,000 donation. We’re excited to announce that our summer 2016 contest is now in full swing, and you have the opportunity to help your favorite charity win!

atlanta plastic surgeon charity contestOur charity giveaways have two stages: nominations and voting. During the nomination stage (July 21st – August 5th, 2016), anyone is welcome to nominate the Georgia-based non-profit organization who they believe would make good use of our donation. After the nominations close, we’ll select up to four finalists. Then, from August 8th through August 19th, 2016, we’ll have a poll on our Facebook page where you can vote for one of the four finalists. The winning charity will be announced on Monday, August 22nd and will receive a $1,000 donation to use toward their cause.

Here’s how you can participate and help your favorite charity win:

  1. Visit the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page before August 5th and comment on the “Summer 2016 Charity Giveaway” post with the name of the organization you want to nominate. Feel free to add up to 50 words explaining why they’ve earned your nomination. Each nomination must meet the following criteria:
    • The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
    • The charity must be in Georgia.
    • The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
    • Each nominator may only nominate one charity.
    • The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
    • The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
  2. Last Step: Return to our Facebook page between August 8th and August 19th to place your vote for a final winner! We’ll announce the voting in a post at the top of the page, so you’ll be able to simply click on the link in that post and place your vote. While there’s no need to be a plastic surgery patient or have an affiliation with our office in order to vote, each person may only vote once, so be sure to spread the word so your friends can vote for your favorite charity, too!

At Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office, seeing how thrilled our patients are to look in the mirror is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job. But we also enjoy helping the members of our community who have needs in other areas of their lives, like housing, healthcare, or simply emotional support. If you have questions about our current or future social media charity contests, contact Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office. Or, to keep up with our future charity contests, special offers, and other news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and subscribe to our newsletter.


Tips for Preparing for a Facelift

Depending on your personal tastes, “planning” can either be an exciting word or an awful one. Some people enjoy making lists, getting organized, and thinking ahead, while others enjoy being more spontaneous. Whichever type of person you normally are, the fact is that planning ahead is one of the keys to a successful plastic surgery – including my most popular procedures, face lifts and Band Aid Mini Facelifts. But don’t worry – as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m happy to offer some tips and tricks to help you prepare.

  • how to prepare for facelift surgeryDo your homework. Specifically, this applies to choosing a surgeon and a procedure. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon (if you only see the words “plastic surgeon” or “cosmetic surgeon,” they may not have all the rigorous education, testing, and years of experience requirements needed for board certification) and feel free to consult with several surgeons before you find one who makes you feel comfortable.
  • Plan your resting space. After surgery, you’ll need to keep your head elevated at around a 30-45 degree angle while lying down during the early stages of your recovery. Either plan to use a comfortable recliner or prepare your bed using a wedge pillow or several comfortable pillows you can use to elevate your head.
  • Evaluate your medicine cabinet. In addition to filling any prescriptions you may need (such as pain medication and antibiotics), you may also want to stock up on over-the-counter medications, because the medicine you normally take (like aspirin, certain other pain relievers, and specific herbal and nutritional supplements) may interfere with your body’s healing process and affect your plastic surgery results.
  • Have your support system ready to go. It’s important to have family and friends available, not only for emotional support but for all the little things you may not be able to do for the first few days, such as transportation, shopping, child care, cooking, and cleaning.
  • Stop smoking. Many patients underestimate the impact smoking has on recovery. By impairing your circulation, it limits your body’s ability to heal, which increases your risk for complications while also slowing your recovery and potentially limiting the quality of your results.
  • Have soft food ready to go. To give your face an opportunity to rest, we generally recommend soft foods that require little or no chewing for the first 24 hours after a face lift. However, some patients need or choose to stay on a soft diet for longer, so it’s a good idea to stock up on soft foods before your procedure, especially those that require little preparation.
  • Have everything you need at an easy-to-access level. You shouldn’t bend down, lift, or strain yourself after surgery, so do an inventory of everything you should need to access during your healing period and place all of it around the height of your waist or chest.
  • Get a nightlight or flashlight. In case you need to make your way to the bathroom or elsewhere in your dark home at night, make sure you have a way to see where you’re going so you don’t fall or otherwise injure yourself.
  • Follow all other pre-surgical instructions. Every plastic surgery patient is unique, so be sure to follow the detailed instructions I provide to you for preparing for your procedure, because these can vary based on your specific medical needs and the surgery you’re receiving. You should also review the post-surgical instructions so you can ask me any questions you may have and ensure that your spouse, friend, or anyone else who is helping with your recovery understands what they’ll need to do.
  • Keep in communication with your plastic surgeon. Ask any and all questions you may have before your surgery so you have the knowledge, information, and peace of mind to help your procedure and your recovery be successful.

Even if planning and preparation isn’t exactly your idea of a good time, taking the right steps before plastic surgery can go a long way towards helping you have the safest and most successful possible results. To start discussing whether a facelift may be the best choice for you and how you can get the results you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


Band Aid Mini Facelift Featured in Atlanta Magazine

While Dr. John LeRoy has developed a professional reputation in Atlanta as a highly skilled plastic surgeon (especially for facial rejuvenation procedures like face lifts, neck lifts, and even non-surgical treatments), he is also well-known as the surgeon behind the Band Aid Mini Face Lift. Because it uses a minimally invasive approach but still creates the precise results only cosmetic surgery can provide, the Band Aid Facelift has become the most popular procedure Dr. LeRoy performs, and this month’s issue of Atlanta Magazine highlights why it’s been the right choice for thousands of patients.

Band Aid Mini Facelift Featured in Atlanta MagazineTo be brief, the Band Aid Mini Facelift is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift. This opens the door to a number of advantages:

  • A focus on natural-looking results
  • Ability to perform the surgery in our comfortable office setting
  • Gentle numbing (with conscious sedation if desired), rather than being “put under” with general anesthesia
  • Significantly reduced recovery time
  • Less bruising and swelling than a traditional face lift causes
  • Smaller incisions, which lead to minimal scarring

Ultimately, this means that the Band Aid Mini Face Lift is a way for patients to receive significant results with a more manageable surgery. While a traditional facelift does have the ability to create a more powerful change and is therefore often the best option for patients with more extensive aging, the Band Aid Mini Facelift can be ideal for patients who are in the “in between stage”: the point when non-surgical facial rejuvenation will no longer produce dramatic enough results, but when aging has not yet progressed far enough to justify the lengthy recovery of a comprehensive face lift or when you just want a subtle improvement.

The first step toward getting plastic surgery results that will help you feel confident for years to come is finding the right procedure and board-certified plastic surgeon to fit your needs and aesthetic goals. To start discussing your cosmetic surgery options, schedule a consultation with Dr. LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest special offers and announcements from our office, follow Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


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Quick Facts about Facelifts

Facelifts answer a cosmetic concern that plagues all of us as we get older: the physical effects of aging. Wrinkles and skin laxity may affect everyone at different rates, and they may bother some people more than others, but most people want to maintain a younger appearance for as long as possible. While non-surgical procedures like Botox®, facial fillers, and laser treatments can help, there comes a time when the skin has lost too much elasticity for them to produce results that the patient will be happy with, and when this occurs, facelifts and mini facelifts have helped countless Americans restore confidence in their appearance. To help you develop a better understanding of this popular plastic surgery, take a look at some of the helpful quick facts below.

06.15.16 Quick Facts about Facelifts

One of the most important steps toward a successful face lift is choosing the best surgeon to suit your needs. Be sure to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in working with the intricate anatomy of the face, like Dr. John LeRoy. To start your journey toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with us or follow Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


Where Did the Band Aid Facelift Come From?

All one needs to do is a little web surfing to realize that there is now a treatment for nearly any cosmetic problem that may arise, some being quick and non-invasive while others require significant surgery or ongoing treatments. When it comes to looking younger, surgical facelifts with board-certified plastic surgeons have held strong as the most effective way to get rid of excess sagging skin and refine the underlying tissue for the most comprehensive results possible. But, you may ask, if so many people have been happy with their facelift results, why did I develop the Band Aid Facelift?

atlanta facelift surgeryThe answer simply lies in making plastic surgery into an accessible, ongoing process for continued youthfulness, and it largely stems from my fellowship under the extraordinary surgeons at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City. During this fellowship, while I did work with patients who were having their first face lift, I was also seeing many patients who were having a second or even a third facelift, not because they were unsatisfied with the results of their earlier surgery, but because their first surgery was ten or fifteen or twenty years ago, and they now wanted to address the new wrinkles and excess skin that had occurred throughout that time.

Of course, aging is a continuing process, and it makes perfect sense that patients want to maintain their youthful appearance by addressing new signs of aging as they arise. The problem, however, is that a traditional facelift is a rather extensive plastic surgery, and between the recovery time and the costs involved, very few patients can afford to have this procedure more than once. That’s why I developed my Band Aid Mini Facelift. Using specialized minimally invasive techniques, I’m able to achieve natural-looking facelift results with an in-office surgery under gentle numbing (as well as conscious sedation if desired), rather than general anesthesia in an operating room. This offers patients a level of improvement that only cosmetic surgery can provide, yet with significantly less downtime and cost than a traditional facelift requires. As a result, it allows a much larger group of patients to enjoy the continued youthfulness of multiple surgeries.

The process of developing the Band Aid Mini Facelift began nearly twenty years ago, and today, thousands of patients have been able to achieve a lasting confidence they didn’t think was possible without a traditional facelift. Finding the best cosmetic surgery for your unique needs is one of the keys to seeing ideal results, so it’s important to research your options and to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your case and base their recommendation on years of expertise. To get started, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more helpful blogs and plastic surgery tips.

About Dr. John L. LeRoy:

John LeRoy, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is specialty trained in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. LeRoy received his undergraduate education at Clemson University and went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia, where he completed his training in general surgery and plastic surgery. A formative step in his training was a prestigious one-year fellowship at the renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York. There, Dr. LeRoy was trained by the world’s leading plastic surgeons in the latest cosmetic surgery techniques.

Practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. LeRoy is best known as the innovator of the Band Aid Facelift, as well as other unique minimally invasive plastic surgeries.