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.
Do 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+.
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.
To 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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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.
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+.
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?
The 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.
One of the most important steps toward getting the results you want from plastic surgery is to choose the right procedure. This seems like it would be an obvious choice until you start to truly look at all the options that are available – especially for patients who want to look younger. Even setting aside non-surgical skin treatments like facial fillers, Botox® or Dysport® injections, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, those who want a more significant improvement still have a choice of a traditional facelift or a Band Aid Facelift.
The Band Aid Mini Facelift is a surgery I developed nearly 20 years ago to allow patients to experience the benefits of a surgical facelift without the extensive downtime, scarring, bruising, swelling, and cost of the procedure. Using minimally invasive techniques, I focus on natural-looking results and perform the Band Aid Facelift in my comfortable office setting with gentle numbing and, if desired, conscious sedation, rather than general anesthesia. Check out my video below to learn more about what the Band Aid Mini Face Lift is and how it differs from the original facelift.
Choosing the right plastic surgery or facial rejuvenation procedure for you is a crucial part of attaining the best possible outcome and experience. It all depends on your desired results, physical health, and other priorities. To discuss whether you’re a candidate for the Band Aid Mini Facelift, a traditional facelift, or non-surgical facial rejuvenation, schedule a consultation with me, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to learn more about your many aesthetic options, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Choosing a plastic surgery procedure isn’t as simple as many people think. Take facial rejuvenation for example. Nearly everyone knows what a facelift is, but it’s just one of a large number of procedures designed to turn back the clock on facial aging, and the selection can even vary from one surgeon to the next. For many of my patients who want to look younger, the ideal option is actually not the traditional facelift but a surgery I developed nearly 20 years ago called the Band Aid Facelift. Like an old-fashioned facelift, this procedure can achieve powerfully successful results by removing excess sagging skin and repositioning facial tissue, but several factors make the Band Aid Mini Facelift unique.
An operating room can be intimidating for patients, and because my Band Aid Facelift uses minimally invasive techniques, it can be performed in my comfortable and safe office setting, putting patients at ease. This also significantly reduces the cost of the surgery by removing operating room’s pricey fee.
While a comprehensive facelift requires general anesthesia, the Band Aid Facelift requires only gentle numbing. That means you can remain awake during the entire procedure, and because anesthesia does carry some risks, patients are typically more comfortable with the gentle numbing and, if desired, conscious sedation.
Precise techniques allow me to achieve natural-looking facelift results while having as little unnecessary impact as possible. This means your recovery period will involve much less bruising and swelling than a typical facelift, as well as smaller incisions and smaller scars.
Shortened Recovery Time
One of the more prominent factors in many of my patients’ decisions to choose a Band Aid Mini Face Lift is that the downtime is significantly shorter than a traditional facelift requires. As a result, the surgery is much easier for patients to fit into their busy schedules and allows them to see their final results sooner.
Many patients considering plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation are concerned about getting a “windblown” or “overdone” look. While both the traditional face lift and Band Aid Mini Facelift can achieve a natural-looking, the minimally invasive procedure focuses on incremental, subtle improvements over time. As one patient explains it, “It isn’t anything anybody outwardly recognizes, they just say, “Oh, you look so refreshed all the time!”
Only Performed by Dr. John LeRoy
The Band Aid Facelift was developed by me, Dr. John LeRoy, and is performed exclusively in my Atlanta office. That means every Band Aid Mini Facelift is performed not only by a double board-certified plastic surgeon, but by the only one who has nearly twenty years of experience in this precise surgery.
Remember, while the Band Aid Facelift has allowed thousands of patients over the years to achieve the natural-looking results they wanted with less recovery time, the best way to ensure that you get the best possible results is to do your research, learn about all your options for both plastic surgeons and procedures, and schedule a plastic surgery consultation to discuss your specific circumstances. You can get started by scheduling an appointment at my office at 404-843-0840 or by following me, Dr. John LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
This month’s issue of Atlanta Magazine features some of the benefits of a Band Aid Mini Facelift – the shortened recovery time, the use of in-office gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia, the natural-looking results, and the minimal scarring, bruising, and swelling. But how do you know if this is a surgery you can benefit from? Every plastic surgery patient is unique, and it’s important to find the right procedure for each patient’s needs and priorities. While the only way to determine whether you’re a candidate for this procedure is to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy, below are a few qualities which can make a patient an ideal fit for a Band Aid Facelift.
You have a moderate amount of aging. While my mini facelift is tailored to each patient’s “problem areas” and the degree of improvement they want, those with a more advanced amount of excess skin are typically better suited for a traditional facelift, which involves general anesthesia and is focused on providing a more extensive change.
You’re more comfortable with local than general anesthesia. Many people have anxiety about going under general anesthesia, and while medical science has come a long way in ensuring your safety, there are still some rare risks involved. This can be a major deciding factor in some patients who are deciding between a Band Aid Facelift and a traditional surgery, because the Band Aid Mini Facelift only uses gentle numbing rather than “putting you under” with general anesthesia.
Your goal is to restore more lifted, firm skin to your upper, middle, or lower face. The Band Aid Facelift can be customized to address each of these “problem areas.” But for patients whose primary concerns are their forehead and brow line or their eyes (like “hooded” eyelids or bags under the eyes), I also offer a minimally invasive Band Aid Brow Lift or Band Aid Eyelid Surgery.
You want cost-effective results. While most of my Band Aid Mini Facelift patients choose their procedure because of the minimal downtime and the lack of general anesthesia, there’s also a strong financial benefit as well. Because the procedure is done in-office with gentle numbing, patients don’t have the large price tag of a hospital operating room or of general anesthesia. This surgery is also shorter than a comprehensive facelift, which means the surgical fees themselves are lower, so for patients who are good candidates for a mini facelift, the results are just as satisfying as those from a traditional facelift would be, but the cost is significantly lower.
You prefer limited downtime. With any plastic surgery, patients need to find a balance between the amount of improvement each cosmetic procedure can offer them and the amount it disrupts their day-to-day routine. Some patients find that the extended time away from work and other daily responsibilities (as well as the need for help from family and friends) that a comprehensive facelift requires simply isn’t practical for them, and a Band Aid Mini Facelift can allow them to still regain an appearance they’re confident in with significantly less inconvenience.
Learning about the cosmetic surgery procedures you may be eligible for is a great first step in planning your surgery, but remember to also seek the recommendation of a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery and can use their professional experience to evaluate your concerns, goals, and medical needs to find the best options for you. To take that next step toward your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. For more helpful plastic surgery information and the latest news and special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
One of the most important decisions all plastic surgery patients will make is which procedure to have. The choice may seem more straightforward in some cases, such as patients who want larger breasts, but a particularly wide array of options is available for patients who want to look younger. Throughout more than twenty years of serving the Atlanta area as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have seen thousands of patients enjoy great success with the Band Aid Mini Facelift – a cosmetic surgery I developed to provide surgical-quality results in a minimally invasive way to reduce recovery time, scarring, swelling, bruising, and event patient costs. But what other advantages does a Band Aid Facelift offer? My video below delves into more detail about this unique approach.
Selecting a plastic surgery procedure should be a well-thought-out process, during which you’ve considered your aesthetic goals, medical needs, and practical priorities along with the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon. To get started on your journey toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me. Or, for more plastic surgery information and helpful tips, join me, Dr. John LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.