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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Unmask Younger-Looking Skin This Halloween

Halloween is an opportunity for us to embrace our inner creative, fun-loving child by dressing up in fun costumes and masks. For some of my patients, however, facial aging can make them feel like they’re wearing a mask every day, one which makes them look older and more tired than they truly feel. That’s why my October specials focus on facial rejuvenation treatments that can help you unmask the younger-looking, well-rested you.

October Specials for a Younger-Looking YouBand Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lasers are a popular tool for skincare because they can improve the appearance of so many “problem areas” at once, like wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and acne scars, while still offering the precision of a more narrow, targeted procedure. Traditional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments required significant recovery time, but fortunately, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing now uses newer technology, called DOT Therapy™, to minimize healing time while providing individualized, noticeable results.

Band Aid Skin Tightening

While laser treatments can improve the firmness of your skin, this is the primary goal that Band Aid Skin Tightening focuses on. The treatment uses the Protégé system to deliver precisely controlled heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This warmth causes your body to produce more collagen (the protein that gives skin a youthful tone and texture), giving the treated skin a firmer, lifted look. Performed in a series of five sessions, Band Aid Skin Tightening requires no downtime or anesthesia, and results keep improving for months after your last treatment because your skin continues to build more collagen.

After more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve developed a strong understanding of how unique each patient’s needs are. The benefit of offering services that range from injections to non-surgical treatments to both minimally-invasive and traditional plastic surgeries is the ability to provide each patient with the procedure that is ideally suited to them. To start discussing your cosmetic options, and to learn how to take advantage of our October specials, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest specials and plastic surgery news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid Plastic Surgery Procedures Featured in Atlanta Magazine’s September Issue

what is band aid plastic surgeryDr. John LeRoy is best known throughout Atlanta for specializing in facial plastic surgery and for his original line of Band Aid cosmetic procedures. But, as many new patients ask, what exactly is Band Aid plastic surgery and what makes it different?

Simply put, Band Aid procedures are modified cosmetic surgeries (and, in a few cases, modified non-surgical treatments) that are less invasive than their more traditional counterparts. For example, the Band Aid Facelift uses smaller incisions than the traditional facelift and, through specialized surgical techniques, produces results that look especially natural while minimizing scarring and recovery time. Plus, all of Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid procedures can be performed in-office with gentle numbing, which lowers the risks and costs that accompany a traditional surgery and general anesthesia.

Part of the reason why Band Aid cosmetic surgery has become so popular is because it employs a new philosophy and strategy which is well-aligned with most patients’ lifestyles. A traditional plastic surgery requires considerable recovery time and expense, and typically it only seems to be “worth it” to patients if they’re correcting a concern that is a rather significant burden on their appearance. Band Aid procedures, on the other hand, require far less patient commitment, so they’re less of a disruption to daily life and more accessible to patients who, for instance, have moderate facial aging they want to improve. Band Aid Facelift patients can also choose non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing to address new signs of aging that arise in the years following their surgery or to minimize existing imperfections like sun damage or acne scars. This combination helps patients to remain more consistently happy with their appearance long-term without the need for an extensive, traditional operation.

While the Band Aid Facelift is highly popular, Dr. LeRoy also offers minimally-invasive plastic surgeries that target other areas of the face (such as Band Aid Eyelid Surgery and the Band Aid Brow Lift) as well as the body (like the Band Aid Tummy Tuck and Band Aid Liposuction). To start discussing whether one of these innovative procedures can help you to become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on our current special offers and the latest plastic surgery news, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Ask Dr. LeRoy: How Can Band Aid Liposuction Help Me Look Younger?

When patients are considering plastic surgery to help them look younger, they tend to immediately think of a facelift. However, as I’ve explained to many patients throughout over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, a facelift isn’t always the best option. Everyone ages in their own way, so if plastic surgery will help you reach your aesthetic goals, it needs to be customized to you, and for some patients, Band Aid Liposuction is the best way to help them look younger. No, we’re not talking about slimming down saddlebags—we’re talking about removing excess fat from under the chin.

neck and chin surgery atlanta gaThe chin is one of those areas where any unwanted fat is particularly difficult to lose. Unfortunately for those who are concerned about signs of aging, excess fat below the chin (known as a “double chin”) also creates the appearance of sagging skin, making you look both older and heavier. For patients whose skin is still rather young and firm, Band Aid Liposuction alone may produce the results they’re looking for, while patients whose skin has lost firmness with age may benefit from a combination of Band Aid Liposuction and a neck lift.

Band Aid Liposuction is part of my signature line of Band Aid cosmetic procedures that aim to produce natural-looking results without the need for general anesthesia or extensive downtime. Band Aid Liposuction is used to remove small amounts of fat from areas like the jowls, as well as the arms, abdomen, thighs, behind the elbows, or around the knees, and the entire procedure is performed in my office with gentle numbing.

While seeing great cosmetic surgery results is an exciting and confidence-building experience, these results can diminish over time, so I encourage every patient to follow these steps to keep their chin and neck looking young and slim for longer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. While liposuction removes fat cells, the remaining cells can still store additional fat, so it is still possible to gain weight both under the chin as well as throughout the rest of your body.
  • Slow your skin’s aging. While the aging process itself may be inevitable, you can slow it down by wearing sunscreen every day, not smoking, and following a healthy daily skincare regimen.
  • Address signs of aging as they arise. Even simple, non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Skin Tightening can significantly improve the look of aging facial and neck skin, and results can last as long as two years.

For some patients, Band Aid Liposuction can be the perfect way to achieve the results they’re looking for without the expense and downtime that traditional liposuction requires. Ultimately, however, every patient is unique and one of the most important parts of planning plastic surgery is finding the procedure that’s best suited to your specific needs and goals. To start discussing your aesthetic concerns and how traditional or minimally invasive cosmetic surgery may be able to help, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest plastic surgery news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Ask Dr. LeRoy: How Can I Save On My Cosmetic Treatments This Month?

At the office of Dr. John L. LeRoy, we work with patients whose cosmetic concerns run the gamut from aging to facial structure to physique, and our goal is to give every patient results that will help them embrace their most confident and beautiful self. For some, this means a traditional plastic surgery like a facelift or tummy tuck, but for others, it means a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that creates subtle and natural-looking results. If you fit into the latter category, our September specials may help you save some cash on your cosmetic treatments.

Atlanta facial plastic surgery discountsBand Aid Skin Tightening

This procedure does exactly as its name suggests—it tightens facial skin that has begun to sag with age, while embodying the in-office, convenient, minimally-invasive philosophy behind our Band Aid plastic surgery. The Protégé system uses innovative Energy Flow Control (EFC) to send precise warmth into the deeper layers of the skin. This causes your body to produce more collagen (the protein that gives skin its youthful firmness and elasticity), so the results continue to improve over the course of several months, and can last for as long as two years.

Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing

For patients who want to go beyond tightening skin to also address age spots, acne scars, and other skin imperfections, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing may be a more effective option. During this laser treatment, tiny beams of light are sent into the skin to activate the body’s natural healing process. As a result, renewed collagen is produced to smooth old scars, reduce hyperpigmentation (spots or patches of darkened skin), minimize wrinkles, and add a rejuvenating firmness.

Regardless of where your cosmetic concerns lie, the first step toward a younger-looking appearance (or any aesthetic improvement, for that matter) is finding the procedure that will provide the best balance between your desired results and your needs regarding recovery time, anesthesia, etc. To start discussing how we can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to stay up-to-date on our future special offers and the latest plastic surgery news, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Feeling Confident is a Process, Not a Task

One of the most common aesthetic goals I hear from patients is to achieve a youthful look that makes them feel confident. Wanting to feel comfortable in your own skin can be a great reason for cosmetic surgery. As a double board certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is to help my patients develop an understanding of the road ahead. That’s why I emphasize to my facial rejuvenation patients that they should look at their efforts to feel happy with their appearance as an ongoing journey, rather than as a task that plastic surgery will permanently cross off their to-do list.

John L LeRoy MDSome plastic surgeries produce results that are generally permanent, like rhinoplasty, otoplasty, or a tummy tuck (although the results of a tummy tuck can change with future weight fluctuations or pregnancies). But procedures like a Band Aid Facelift or a neck lift strive to turn back the clock on an ongoing process: aging. And while these cosmetic surgeries can take a decade or more off a patient’s appearance, there is no way to completely stop aging, so new wrinkles and lax skin will eventually appear.

Does this mean you won’t always be happy with your surgical results? No—but it depends on whether you continue your facial rejuvenation journey or whether you stop addressing your signs of aging after the procedure. My patients who are happiest with their results in the long run are those who choose plastic surgery to reach a point where they’re confident with their appearance, but who then address the new wrinkles and age spots that appear throughout the years with simpler, non-surgical skin treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, and cosmetic facial injections (such as facial fillers and Botox® or Dysport®). This is the philosophy behind my Band Aid plastic surgery procedures—seeing cosmetic procedures not as a one-time fix but as a process that gives you natural-looking results that you can maintain for years on end.

Regardless of where you currently are in the aging process or what facial rejuvenation measures you’ve used in the past, part of the beauty of having so many avenues to a younger look is that your journey can be customized to fit your specific needs. To start discussing your aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with me. Or, for more tips and updates about plastic surgery, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Band Aid Facelift

Every plastic surgery patient has their own aesthetic goals, but my most popular procedure has proven to be versatile enough to meet the needs of many different patients, and this procedure is the Band Aid Facelift. This minimally-invasive version of the traditional facelift can take years off a patient’s appearance, but it can be performed in-office with gentle numbing and requires a much shorter recovery period. While patients are typically thrilled with their Band Aid Facelift results, my goal is to help every patient (including my future patients) to have the best experience and results possible.  To get the most out of your Band Aid Facelift, try these helpful tips:

  • facelift surgery atlantaBe Proactive. The Band Aid Facelift can be an easier, quicker, and more cost-effective route to facial rejuvenation than a traditional facelift, but it works best for patients whose aging has not yet progressed far enough to warrant a comprehensive facelift. Therefore, it’s better to come in for a consultation sooner rather than later so that we can discuss your cosmetic concerns and create a plan that can help you to feel confident in your appearance for years to come. To get started now, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy.
  • Allow for more recovery time than you expect to need. Depending on the details of your procedure and your medical needs, I can help you determine how long you should plan to be out of commission. It’s important to give your body as much time to heal as it needs, because pushing yourself too early and experiencing stress to get back to work and you daily routine can hinder your recovery.
  • Consider combining the Band Aid Facelift with other procedures. For most patients, there are multiple features they would like to improve. In many cases, opting for multiple procedures in one surgery can be a safe way to get more comprehensive, satisfying results without needing to go through a full cycle of planning, surgery, and recovery for each procedure. The Band Aid Facelift, for instance, is often combined with Band Aid Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) or Band Aid Liposuction beneath the chin.
  • Stock up before the surgery. Anticipate what you’ll need during your recovery process and have everything purchased and ready to go. Fill any necessary prescriptions, stock up on simple-to-make foods, and load up your bedside table (or wherever you’re planning to spend your recovery) with anything you think you’ll need. It’s also important to thoroughly read and understand your post-surgical instructions beforehand and to be prepared to follow them carefully.
  • Take steps to maintain your results. While a Band Aid Facelift may take years off your appearance, it does not stop the aging process, so new wrinkles and skin laxity can develop in the years following your surgery. To better maintain your rejuvenated results, consider non-surgical treatments like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing or Band Aid Skin Tightening to address future signs of aging as they arise, and protect your skin from accelerated aging by wearing sunscreen daily.

While all of these tips can help, one of the most important ways to make your cosmetic surgery experience as successful as possible is to choose the right procedure. Explore my website to start learning about all of your plastic surgery options, or, to stay up-to-date on the latest news in plastic surgery, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Why Some Patients Choose the Non-Surgical Procedures in our August Specials

At the office of Atlanta double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy, we’re focused on helping each individual patient achieve the best possible results, and one way we achieve this goal is by offering a wide array of facial rejuvenation options. Our treatments run the gamut from entirely non-surgical procedures (like Botox® and facial filler injections) to minimally-invasive surgeries (like the Band Aid Facelift) to more comprehensive, traditional plastic surgery (like the facelift). So why do some patients find that non-surgical treatments are the better choice for their needs?

  • John LeRoy MD skin care discountsThey’re experiencing the earlier signs of aging. Every procedure we administer is tailored to the patient’s needs, but, as most would assume, the more extensive the procedure is, the more significant the results will generally be. For patients who want to nip aging in the bud and address fine lines and wrinkles as they arise, non-surgical treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening can be a great solution.
  • They’ve established a multi-step rejuvenation process. Just as weight loss patients can’t simply lose weight once and stop watching their diet, looking as young as you feel works best as a long-term plan, rather than a one-time deal. In other words, patients who opt for a Band Aid facelift or a traditional facelift are typically happier with their results if they use non-surgical procedures to minimize future signs of aging as they arise.
  • They have concerns that plastic surgery doesn’t address. Facial cosmetic surgery can be a great way to lift lax skin and give the face an overall younger and more refreshed look. But there are signs of aging which are generally not addressed with plastic surgery, such as age spots and acne scars. Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, on the other hand, can break up the pigment in age spots and the scar tissue in acne scars, giving the face an overall more radiant and smooth complexion.

Ultimately, every patient is unique and must decide on a treatment plan that addresses their aesthetic concerns while taking their priorities and medical needs into consideration. To start learning about your cosmetic options and discussing how to become your most beautiful and confident self, schedule a consultation with Dr. LeRoy or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Announcing the Winner of Our Social Media Charity Contest: Atlanta Humane Society

At the office of Atlanta double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy, we place great value on being a part of the metro Atlanta community. In an effort to give back to our local supporters, every year we host several social media charity contests, in which we invite all of you to help us choose a Georgia charity to receive a $1,000 donation. Our latest charity contest has now come to a close, and we would like to offer our sincere congratulations to both of our runners-up, TJ and Friends Foundation and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospice, as well as the winner, Atlanta Humane Society.

atlanta humane societyAtlanta Humane Society (AHS) has been serving the metro Atlanta area for over 140 years as the city’s oldest private charity. While they began as an organization to protect the welfare of women and children as well as animals, they have since focused their efforts on the goal of ending pet homelessness overpopulation in our community. AHS takes a multi-faceted approach, including:

  • Adoption – Pet shelters are perhaps the most well-known of AHS’ efforts. At their campuses on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta and on Mansell Road in Alpharetta, they take in animals who need a home and make them available for adoption with loving families in the area.
  • Education and Support – One of the most vital tools for protecting animals is information. AHS’ programs offer support to pet owners (and other members of the community) for everything from pet safety courses to obedience training to instruction about reporting abuse or finding a lost pet. Animals who are currently housed with AHS may also be a part of pet-facilitated therapy programs. To further their efforts, AHS is currently developing new outreach programs which will allow their information to reach local classrooms and children throughout the metro Atlanta area.
  • Veterinary Services – AHS’ veterinary clinic offers trusted healthcare for local animals. To further improve pet homelessness in our community, the organization also offers low-cost spaying and neutering procedures, as well as mobile spay and neuter services to reach other locations throughout the Atlanta area.

All of us at the office of John L. LeRoy, M.D. are honored to be able to donate to an organization that is such a long-standing and valuable part of our community. To get up-to-date information about upcoming charity contests as well as the latest cosmetic surgery news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Win $1,000 for a Local Charity

At the office of plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy, we recognize the importance of our work—giving people the confidence that allows them to live their lives to the fullest. But we also want to give something to those in our community who need help in ways beyond restoring self-esteem. That’s why, every year, we hold several social media charity contests, when we ask all of you to help us identify a local charity that can put our $1,000 donation to good use. We’ve been taking in your nominations for the past few weeks, and now the finalists have been chosen and we invite you to vote for the charity you think should win.

Here’s how to cast your vote:

  1. dr-leroy-charity-contest-300x200Go to the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page and click “Like,” if you haven’t already.
  2. Find the post at the top of our timeline, inviting you to vote in the charity contest. Click the link in the post, which will take you to the poll to cast your vote.
  3. Be sure to vote before Monday, July 20th, 2015. The winning charity will be announced on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015.

The finalists include:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospice – A diagnosis of terminal cancer is extremely difficult for anyone, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospice believes that these patients shouldn’t need to worry about being unable to afford the medical care they need. The facility provides the necessary round-the-clock nursing attention for patients who cannot afford adequate care elsewhere, allowing those in need to enjoy their days without the significant financial burden of hospice costs.
  • The TJ and Friends Foundation – When TJ Johnson was battling cancer, three of his friends organized an escorted motorcycle ride to raise money to assist with the family’s medical costs. Today, in TJ’s memory, the friends continue their mission by hosting fundraising events to ease the financial burden for other cancer patients in Northeast Georgia. To date, they have helped over 1,000 local patients since the foundation’s founding in 2008.
  • Atlanta Humane Society – As Atlanta’s oldest private charitable organization, the Atlanta Humane Society has been serving the community for over 140 years. Today, they’re a leader in the fight to end pet homelessness and overpopulation in metro Atlanta, and use a multi-faceted approach that combines educational programs and veterinary services with pet adoption centers where adoptable animals are never euthanized.

All of us at the office of Dr. John LeRoy are honored to be able to give back to our community and help those in need. We encourage each of you to join us in supporting our fellow Georgians’ charitable missions by voting on the charity whom you feel will put our donation to the best use. To learn more about us and the cosmetic surgery services we offer, explore our website or schedule a consultation appointment.

Keep an Open Mind with July Specials on Non-Surgical Procedures

Many of my patients express, even at our first consultation, that they’re apprehensive about the idea of plastic surgery. Being nervous is natural, but unfortunately, some patients spend years being unhappy with signs of aging because they don’t realize that there are ways to take years off their appearance without surgery. This month, we’re using our July specials to call attention to the many options patients have for surgery-free facial rejuvenation.

John L LeRoy MD discountsBand Aid Skin Tightening

As we age, our skin loses an essential protein called collagen, and as a result, the skin loses firmness, elasticity, and volume. While patients who have more significant amounts of lax skin would benefit best from a facelift, those who would like a more subtle, natural-looking improvement have seen great success with Band Aid Skin Tightening. The non-surgical procedure sends precisely controlled heat energy into targeted layers of the skin. This heat increases the body’s natural production of collagen, causing the skin to gradually become firmer, smoother, and more youthful.

Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing

While Band Aid Skin Tightening can be highly effective for patients who primarily want to focus on lax skin and wrinkles, other patients have accompanying signs of aging that they want to address. For these patients, laser skin resurfacing can minimize the appearance of age spots and acne scars while also making the skin firmer. Unlike traditional laser treatments, Band Aid laser Skin Resurfacing uses tiny columns of laser light to efficiently cause the deeper layers of skin to produce more collagen while also allowing the treatment area to heal more quickly.

Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels

For patients with fine lines and earlier signs of aging, lighter treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels can achieve highly satisfying results. Microdermabrasion uses very small, fine crystals to exfoliate away dead skin cells and damaged surface skin, revealing younger, more radiant skin. A chemical peel has a similar goal (removing damaged surface skin to give the skin a fresher appearance and a smoother complexion), but this procedure uses a medicinal formula to penetrate precise layers of skin. The aged and damaged skin will gradually peel away throughout the days following the treatment, and the results depend on whether a light, medium, or deep chemical peel is needed.

Cosmetic Facial Injectables

One of the quickest and simplest ways to address signs of aging is with cosmetic facial injections. Some treatments, like Botox® and Dysport®, relax tense facial muscles that can cause creases and wrinkles, like those of the forehead and on the sides of the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Facial fillers like Restylane® and Juvéderm®, on the other hand, replace volume that the facial skin has lost with age. This added volume smooths fine lines and wrinkles and gives the face a youthful plumpness. Because these treatments generally require no downtime and can be administered in a brief appointment (often just 10-15 minutes), patients with busy schedule find them to be especially beneficial.

One of the keys to attaining great cosmetic results from your facial rejuvenation treatments is choosing the procedure that offers the ideal balance of addressing your aesthetic concerns while meeting your medical needs. But while it can seem overwhelming to decide between a facelift, Band Aid Facelift, or any of the various non-surgical options, you don’t need to make the decision alone. Schedule a consultation to learn about your choices and discuss your cosmetic goals. Or, to learn more about the services we offer, explore our website and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.