Cosmetic surgery is more customized than most patients initially realize. For instance, one patient’s facelift (or, in some cases, the less invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed twenty years ago) may focus on smoothing and rejuvenating the cheekbone area while another’s may primarily impact sagging skin around the jawline. A surgeon who uses the exact same steps and incisions for every face lift will only be able to offer ideal results for a small number of people with a specific facial structure.
It’s always a good idea to do some research and to learn about the surgery you’re considering, and in the course of doing this, many facial rejuvenation patients come across advertising for “franchised” procedures—a method developed by one physician or a group which is then given a “brand name” so that surgeons throughout the country can purchase the rights to perform it. Unfortunately, this can leave little room for the customization that is so crucial to achieving successful results for every patient. After all, you expect your hair stylist to tailor your haircut to make you look your best, so why wouldn’t you expect the same from plastic surgery?
To learn more about how your facelift or Band Aid Mini Facelift is customized to fit you, check out my video below:
We all have our own “rules” about when we’re willing to pay for quality and when we choose the least expensive option available, but it’s safe to say that if there is anything you should choose based on quality, it’s your medical care. Preparing for cosmetic surgery can be exciting, but maintain enough self-awareness to avoid getting swept up in the marketing “hype” for franchised procedures. To discuss your aesthetic options and how I can help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to learn more about cosmetic surgery and to keep up with my latest special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, the most common procedure I perform is the face lift (or, in many cases, my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift). But I also help patients with a number of other aesthetic concerns regarding not the age but the structure of the face. One such procedure is otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery.
What issues can otoplasty improve?
Clearly, the goal of ear surgery is to improve the appearance of the ears, but this can take many forms. One of the most common concerns otoplasty patients have is that their ears are forward-facing or they appear to stick out too far from the sides of their head. Other frequent issues patients ask about include ears that are disproportionately large or small, asymmetrical, or positioned undesirably.
How does ear surgery work?
Your otoplasty procedure will be customized to meet your specific needs. However, for most patients, the surgery begins with an incision in the back of the ear, allowing me to access the cartilage—the firm but flexible tissue that gives your ear its shape. From this incision, I can reshape the cartilage and, in some cases, use internal sutures to give the ear a more aesthetic yet natural-looking form.
How long does it take to recover from otoplasty?
In general, most patients can return to work, school, and most of their other daily activities about one week after their cosmetic ear surgery. Within two weeks after the procedure, your results should be rather visible, although small changes can continue to appear for up to twelve months. Keep in mind that, especially during the first days and weeks after surgery, you will have very specific instructions to follow regarding activity restrictions, caring for your dressings and incisions, how to position your head, and more, so it’s important to have support at home from friends and/or family members who can help.
Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?
Because the ears reach near their full adult size at an early age, this procedure is one of the few which can be successfully and safely performed on children as well as adults. Most children’s ears have reached the necessary growth by around ages 4 to 6. However, remember that anatomy is only one aspect of determining whether a patient is ready for plastic surgery—they must also be able to understand the surgery and be willing to follow their post-surgical instructions, and in the case of a child, the parents need to be on this same page as well.
Will I have scars after otoplasty?
Any surgery will leave a scar—it’s simply part of the body’s natural healing process. But fortunately, most ear surgeries can be performed using a rather small incision which can be placed in the back of the ear, in an area where it will be primarily concealed within the natural folds of the ear.
Will ear surgery affect my hearing?
No—otoplasty is designed to be purely cosmetic, not to impact your hearing (other than the early days of your recovery when your bandages may interfere). If your goal is to improve your hearing ability, you should speak with an audiologist or other physician who specializes in this area.
Whether otoplasty is being performed for a child or an adult, it’s important to be sure you’re pursuing surgery for the right reasons: a genuine desire to address an aesthetic problem which is holding you back, not an expectation that if you look better, everything else in life will fall into place. To discuss whether ear surgery is the right choice for you or your child, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L LeRoy. Or, for more information and helpful plastic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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For people who aren’t very familiar with the plastic surgery industry, there’s a common stereotype that cosmetic surgery patients are all wealthy, middle-aged socialite women. But in over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s become abundantly clear that people of all ages, genders, career paths, and walks of life choose to restore their self-confidence with plastic surgery (or, in some cases, attain a confidence they’ve never had before). In particular, men are becoming more and more frequent patrons at plastic surgery offices, especially when it comes to my specialty: the facelift and the Band Aid Mini Facelift.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (which collects data from surgeons nationwide each year), over 13,700 men in the US received face lifts last year, while in 2010 it was 10,300 men. And while women do still make up the majority of facial rejuvenation patients, men are gaining ground: they accounted for just over 8% of facelifts in 2010, but nearly 11% in 2015. This same trend occurs for plastic surgery in general, too: men received just over 142,000 cosmetic surgeries in 2010, and more than 196,000 in 2015.
Why the recent increase? Every patient’s motivations are their own, but there are a number of factors which may be making men more interested in plastic surgery. First, while men do often choose surgery simply to feel more confident in their appearance, more and more are also citing the need to look refreshed and youthful in order to compete in the job market. Especially for men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are competing with young professionals in their 20s and 30s, the natural aging of sagging skin and wrinkles can make them look more tired than they truly are, and a facelift as well as similar procedures like eyelid surgery or even non-surgical skin firming, laser treatments, or facial injectables can make a powerful difference in how they’re perceived and in the first impression they make.
Another potential reason behind the popularity of plastic surgery for men is that the surgical options themselves are improving. Surgeons are becoming more skilled at producing impressive results while keeping a masculine, discreet look. Newer, less invasive procedures also tend to open a lot of options for men, especially those in the corporate world, because they require minimal time off work. For instance, my Band Aid Mini Facelift focuses on natural-looking results, but it’s performed in-office using gentle numbing (as opposed to general anesthesia) and minimally invasive techniques, which results in a shorter recovery time in addition to less bruising and swelling as well as smaller scars.
Regardless of what reason you have for seeking plastic surgery, the fact is that as we continue to make new advances and develop new technologies, the procedures become accessible and relevant for more and more patients—including men. If you want to discuss what I can do to help you look and feel your best, schedule a consultation. Or, for more helpful tips, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
In more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve found that many people don’t realize the broad range of services a plastic surgeon actually provides. In particular, many patients assume that I strictly perform surgical procedures, when the fact is that I provide a comprehensive spectrum of aesthetic options, especially for facial rejuvenation. Some patients simply aren’t yet ready for cosmetic surgery, like a facelift or even my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift, while others prefer to take advantage of my non-surgical treatments to enhance and maintain the results of plastic surgery. Whatever your intentions may be, the rundown below offers a look at your options for non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and injections of Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and more.
Every patient’s treatment plan will look different depending on their specific concerns, priorities, and desired results. Offering a wide array of both cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures allows me to give each patient the ideal treatments for their needs. To discuss how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
About John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Dr. John LeRoy is an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon devoted to providing exceptional aesthetic care for over 20 years. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. LeRoy is best known for his Band Aid procedures: the innovative line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures he has developed and perfected since 1997, including his Band Aid Mini Facelift, which he has performed for over 5,000 patients. But don’t let the name fool you—Band Aid procedures are not a franchised brand, but a set of surgeries exclusively developed and used by Dr. LeRoy to offer more natural-looking results with a simpler surgery. He studied cosmetic surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York and is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
When people think of liposuction, their first thought is typically of the abdomen. But the procedure is a surprisingly versatile way to remove localized pockets of fat from nearly any area of the body. In fact, removing excess fat under the chin and throughout the jowls can be a successful addition to a facelift or my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Face Lift. After all, for facial rejuvenation patients, fine-tuning the “double chin” area can enhance their results while also giving them a more slender appearance. If you’re considering fat removal under your chin, here’s an overview to give you a better understanding of the procedure:
Liposuction under the chin is performed through very tiny incisions. In order to minimize bleeding and post-surgical discomfort, I typically use an advanced technique known as tumescent liposuction. In this method, I first inject a specialized solution (which includes lidocaine as well as other medications intended to constrict the local blood vessels). A narrow metal tube called a microcannula is then used to break up the targeted fat, and suction removes these fat cells through the same cannula. After I’ve carefully created a precise new contour, the liposuction incisions are closed cleanly (sometimes even without the need for sutures) for minimal scarring.
The recovery for facial liposuction is rather simple—most patients are back to work within a few days to a week. Keep in mind that it can take weeks for swelling and bruising to fully fade so that you can see your newly sculpted silhouette, but the long-term results for “double chin” liposuction can be exceptional for patients who take measures to maintain their pre-surgical weight.
Many neck liposuction patients are actually candidates for a specialized procedure I developed called Band Aid Liposuction. Designed for very small and precise areas of excess fat, Band Aid Liposuction employs minimally invasive techniques so that it can be performed in my comfortable office setting using gentle numbing, rather than general anesthesia. The result is surgery with less recovery time, less swelling and bruising, and a lower cost.
It’s crucial to recognize that liposuction is essentially a “spot treatment” for specific areas of fat. It is not a weight loss method, but it can actually be a perfect way to enjoy the results of your weight loss program by resolving stubborn bulges which remain after you reach your goal. Whether you’re considering liposuction to finish off your journey toward better health or you’ve simply always been bothered by disproportionate fat distribution, the first step is a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Call my office to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery information and health tips, follow John L. LeRoy, MD on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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.
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.
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+.
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?
Nose 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+.
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.