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+.
At the offices of plastic surgeon Dr. John L. LeRoy, we don’t take our good fortune for granted. We’re honored to spend every day both fulfilling our passion for aesthetic surgery and helping our patients find a self-confidence they’ve never had before. To pass along some of this joy to other members of the Atlanta-area community, we’re excited to kick off another of our social media charity contests. Within the next few weeks, we’ll be donating $1,000 to a deserving Georgia charity, and we’re asking for your help to select the winning organization.
How does the contest work?
The first stage of our charity contest has already begun! Until Friday, April 29th, 2016, we’re accepting nominations from anyone who visits our Facebook page. On Monday, May 2nd, we’ll select and announce up to four finalists, and you’ll then be able to cast your vote until Friday, May 13th, and the official winner will be announced on Monday, May 16th.
How can I participate?
To submit a nomination, just follow these simple steps:
Comment on the top post on the page (the one announcing the charity contest) with the name of the charity you want to nominate. You can also explain, in 50 words or less, why they’ve earned your nomination.
Remember, we only need one nomination for an organization in order for it to be considered as a possible finalist! Just be sure to return to our Facebook page between May 2nd and May 13th, 2016 to see if your charity is a finalist and to cast your vote.
Nominated organizations can provide nearly any type of service to the community, and they simply need to meet the following requirements:
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 The Mastocytosis Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
Throughout the years, we’ve been honored to help many members of the Atlanta community, including the seriously ill and their families, the homeless, the young and underprivileged, and even abused or neglected animals. With your help, we look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of our patients and neighbors alike. To learn more about the plastic surgery services we provide, explore our website or schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy.
There’s no denying that lives are busy these days, between jobs, managing a household, raising a family, or all three. And yet, it’s still important to many people to feel confident and empowered by their appearance, rather than letting it be a source of self-consciousness. That’s why it’s so common for patients to come to my plastic surgery office and say, “I want the results only a facelift can provide, but I can’t manage weeks of recovery time. What can I do?” That’s where my Band Aid “Mini” Facelift comes in.
I developed my Band Aid Facelift nearly 20 years ago, after noticing that the patients in my year-long fellowship with the extraordinary plastic surgeons at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York preferred a more gradual approach to keeping up a younger appearance. Featured in this month’s issue of Atlanta Magazine, my Band Aid Facelift is an in-office procedure using gentle numbing, which offers results with the precision and effectiveness of surgery, but with significantly less recovery time, scarring, cost, swelling, and bruising. And because this unique type of mini facelift is so much easier for patients to fit into their lives, it can be used to tackle sagging skin as it arises over the years.
Perhaps the largest difference a Band Aid Facelift provides is making surgical enhancement accessible to a much larger group of patients. For instance, someone may be bothered by the start of sagging skin around their jawline (or “jowls”), but may decide, “It’s not bad enough to justify a full-fledged facelift, so I guess I’ll live with it for another ten years until it gets worse.” A Band Aid Mini Facelift, on the other hand, can focus specifically on their “problem areas” and allow them to achieve the appearance they want. Whether they were holding back on a facelift because of the cost, recovery time, or risks, the Band Aid Facelift is a more viable option.
Whatever your plastic surgery goals may be, the key to getting results you’re happy with is choosing the right procedure and the right surgeon based on your unique needs. To get started and find out whether my Band Aid Facelift is the right choice for you, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips and plastic surgery news, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Choosing to have plastic surgery can be an exciting and empowering step for many patients, as it should be, but it’s just the first in a series of important decisions. One of the most crucial parts of planning cosmetic surgery is choosing your surgeon, and while part of this simply depends on who you’re most comfortable with, you should begin by looking at a surgeon’s specific qualifications. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals are as qualified as they lead patients to believe. In fact, any physician can call themselves a “cosmetic surgeon” or “plastic surgeon,” even if they have no actual training in any surgery, let alone plastic surgery. That’s why four specific words are extremely important to look for: “board-certified plastic surgeon.”
What does it mean to be a board-certified plastic surgeon?
In order to earn this title, a surgeon must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only aesthetic surgery certification board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In order to do so, a physician must complete at least five years of approved surgical training, including a residency specifically in plastic surgery, all after completing medical school. In my case, I completed residencies in both general surgery and plastic surgery with the Medical College of Georgia, as well as a one year fellowship in cosmetic plastic surgery with the extraordinary plastic surgeons at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. Once this training has been completed, a surgeon must pass rigorous written and oral testing before they become board-certified.
Why is it so important that I use a board-certified plastic surgeon?
The most obvious advantage to working with a board-certified plastic surgeon is that you know they have significant experience in cosmetic surgery and that their knowledge and skills have been evaluated, while you don’t have this assurance with any other doctor. But the other important factor many patients don’t realize is that board-certified plastic surgeons have some training in general surgery as well. For instance, another type of doctor may know the steps to completing a mini facelift, but if a complication arises, they may not know what to do and how to react, which could have dangerous consequences. In the same vein, board-certified plastic surgeons should also have privileges to admit you to an accredited hospital if the need arises (regardless of whether your procedure is performed in the hospital, in the surgeon’s office, or in another facility). Finally, the experience board-certified plastic surgeons must have in order to receive certification can refine their aesthetic judgment, allowing them to achieve more predictably successful results.
Why, Dr. LeRoy, are you listed as a “double board-certified plastic surgeon”?
In addition to being board-certified in plastic surgery, I have also attained board certification in general surgery from the American College of Surgeons. This means that I have completed additional training and testing in order to have a more in-depth knowledge of anatomy and of both cosmetic and medical surgeries. Throughout more than twenty years, I have enjoyed keeping my expertise up-to-date with the latest medical advancements while also developing my own procedures like the Band Aid Facelift to meet my patients’ needs.
The idea of finally getting an appearance which makes you feel comfortable and confident can be exciting, especially if you’ve been wanting to make a change for a long time. But it’s important to also be practical, take your time, and educate yourself in order to get the best and safest results possible. To learn more about my qualifications or to discuss how I can help you become you most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Starting in the 1990s I developed the Band Aid Facelift, inspired by my experience at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH). This surgery is essentially a minimally invasive version of the traditional facelift. By using precise techniques and in-office gentle numbing, as opposed to general anesthesia in an operating room, a Band Aid Facelift offers exceptional results but with less downtime, scarring, bruising, swelling, and cost than a traditional plastic surgery requires. However, the procedure often works best as part of a multi-step process—in fact, it can work extremely well with the other similar surgeries I have since developed, including Band Aid Eyelid Surgery, Band Aid Liposuction, and the Band Aid Brow Lift.
Combining Multiple Procedures into One Surgery
You may think, “but I’d rather just get one surgery and be done with it.” However, because aging is progressive, this isn’t a realistic way to get natural-looking and satisfying results. One way the Band Aid Facelift and similar plastic surgeries can complement each other is by forming different parts of a single surgery. For example, consider a patient who has three cosmetic concerns – excess fat and sagging skin along their jawline and under their chin, as well as an aging brow line. In this case, the best option may be to improve the brow line with a Band Aid Brow Lift, and during the same surgery, to sculpt a slimmer area under the chin with Band Aid Liposuction while removing excess skin along the jawline with a Band Aid Facelift for the lower face. While this type of complex surgery is only an option for specific types of patients, it can offer a quicker road to the appearance you’re looking for, compared to having one procedure at a time with three separate recovery periods.
Making Incremental, Natural-Looking Improvements
One of the most frustrating parts of aging for many of my patients is that, while it can be slowed, it always continues to progress. That’s why Band Aid procedures can offer an ideal solution. Because they’re easier to fit into a patient’s life, they’re accessible for patients who are in the earlier signs of aging, so they can regain their confidence sooner without needing to wait until their skin laxity is severe enough to make a traditional surgery worthwhile. Then, as the years go by and aging appears in other areas (e.g., a patient who previously had a Band Aid Mini Facelift for their midface begins to develop sagging skin on their neck), additional minimally invasive surgeries can be used to improve these new signs of aging as they arise. Ultimately, this allows patients to maintain a more youthful look over time, rather than letting aging take its course and requiring more substantial procedures.
While these examples of surgical combinations have been the ideal choice for a number of patients, each patient has very unique concerns, needs, and priorities, so your aesthetic course of treatment should be based solely on your own situation. To start discussing how, as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful information and tips about plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
There are plastic surgeries available for nearly every part of the body, but the face in particular has a wealth of opportunities for improvement. So how do you figure out which one will give you the results you want? Whether your goal is to smooth away the signs of aging, to enhance your facial structure, or both, this handy display can help you narrow down your choices, from a facelift to eyelid surgery to rhinoplasty.
Educating yourself on all your surgical (and non-surgical) aesthetic options is a great start on your way to becoming your most confident and beautiful self. But your most important resource should be a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon who’s familiar with your unique anatomy and your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy, to begin discussing your cosmetic goals and the ways I may be able to help. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.