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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:
- Visit the John LeRoy, MD Facebook page and click “Like” on the photo, if you haven’t in the past.
- 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+.
The Low-Down on Facial Procedures
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+.
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but unfortunately, they can also be a window to your age. Because the skin around your eyes is already particularly thin, it tends to show signs of aging more quickly, potentially giving away your age even if the rest of your face has kept a younger look. But fortunately, depending on your specific needs, you have several options beyond simply learning to live with wrinkles.
Sometimes appearing as early as your late 20s or early 30s, crow’s feet are the fine lines which appear in the outside corners of your eyes, spreading out as they lengthen so they look like, well, a crow’s foot. The best way to minimize these wrinkles is typically with Botox® or Dysport® injections. These medications are injected into the area to relax the tense underlying facial muscle which is causing the wrinkles. This is a brief in-office procedure with little to no downtime, and the results typically appear over the next several days and last for three to four months.
“Bags under the Eyes”
Though they have a tendency to make you look tired, if the “bags under your eyes” are always present, they aren’t actually caused by a lack of sleep. You have natural fat deposits under your eyes, and as you age, these fat deposits can move outward and create a “puffy” look, especially when combined with thinning and sagging skin. Lower blepharoplasty (or lower eyelid surgery) can gently remove the unnecessary fat while also removing sagging skin if needed. Like the upper eyelid blepharoplasty, this surgery can be performed either in the operating room or as a minimally invasive, in-office procedure called Band Aid Lower Eyelid Surgery.
Dark Circles under the Eyes
If you have the opposite problem, in which the area under your eyes looks sunken and darker, there are multiple non-surgical improvements you may be a candidate for. One option may be dermal filler injections like Restylane®. When carefully injected, this filler can plump up the area beneath the eyes, reducing the shadows and dark circles. Another potential solution is Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, which uses tiny columns of laser light to help your body produce more collagen, the volumizing and firming protein that gives your skin a youthful look.
Another common effect aging has is causing the skin above your eyes to sag, giving your upper eyelids a “hooded” look and often making you look less rested and cheerful than you actually are. This issue can be corrected with either a traditional upper eyelid surgery (also called upper eyelid blepharoplasty) in the operating room or Band Aid Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty. Like my other Band Aid procedures, Band Aid Upper Eyelid Surgery is performed right in my office with gentle numbing, resulting in natural-looking results, less recovery time, and lower costs than a more comprehensive surgery. In both versions of upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the excess skin is removed while the incisions are concealed within the natural folds of the upper eyelid.
While any of the options above can be highly effective ways to rejuvenate your eyes, the key is working with a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure (or which combination of procedures) can provide the best results for your specific needs. To start working toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful information and plastic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Many mothers and their adult daughters share so much more than genetics – they confide in each other, they share common interests and goals, and sometimes, they share a desire to maintain a radiant and younger-looking appearance. Fortunately, they can also share the experience of aesthetic rejuvenation, because there’s a wide number of cosmetic procedures which can address the many signs of aging at every stage of the game, from the first crow’s feet to sagging jowls.
If Mom is in her 60s or 70s and Daughter is in her 40s…
…a traditional facelift is likely to give Mom the significant results she’s looking for if she has moderate to severe skin laxity. During this ever-popular surgery, excess sagging skin is removed to give the overall face a firmer and younger look, while underlying facial tissue can be lifted and repositioned for ideal proportions. Daughter, on the other hand, may be approaching the age for milder surgeries like my Band Aid procedures. Selecting the right one will depend on where her signs of aging have developed. For instance, if she’s bothered by bags under her eyes or by sagging skin above her eyelids, Band Aid Eyelid Surgery may be the best choice, or if she’s more concerned about deep wrinkles on her forehead and a drooping brow line, the Band Aid Brow Lift would be more suited to her needs. However, choosing a procedure depends not on age itself but on a patient’s specific signs of aging, so even women in their 70s may be good candidates for Band Aid plastic surgeries.
If Mom is in her 50s and Daughter is in her 30s…
…Mom may be a great candidate for a Band Aid Facelift. As one of my most popular surgeries, the Band Aid Facelift is minimally invasive and is performed in-office with gentle numbing rather than requiring general anesthesia. As with my other Band Aid plastic surgeries, this procedure depends on how advanced the signs of aging has become, and it allows for natural-looking results with significantly less recovery time and cost than a comprehensive facelift. Daughter, however, is in the earlier stages of the aging process and is likely to be a better candidate for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Depending on her needs, this could involve cosmetic facial injections (like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse®), Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening, or skin treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
While these suggestions can be helpful, remember that everyone ages in their own unique way, and your ideal cosmetic procedure will depend on a combination of your aesthetic concerns, medical needs, and other priorities, so the order and timing of your procedures could be completely different than the examples above. Some patients begin Botox® or other non-surgical treatments as early as their 20s to keep early signs of aging at bay, and for some, a Band Aid Facelift is the first cosmetic procedure they receive, using other procedures in the years to come in order to address new wrinkles and laxity as they arise and to keep their results in tip-top shape. Facial rejuvenation procedures are not age-dependent; they’re patient-dependent. If someone is 70 and does not have significant laxity, then a Band Aid Facelift can be perfect, while someone who is 50 and has extensive laxity may be ideally suited for a traditional facelift.
Regardless of where a mother and daughter are in the aging process, the vast number of facial rejuvenation options allows us to provide the best balance for each specific situation. To start discussing how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips and information about plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
At the office of Dr. John L. LeRoy, we have a true passion for spreading joy to those around us, whether that involves helping a patient restore their confidence with cosmetic enhancements or giving back to the Atlanta community. To this end, we hold several charity contests each year in which we invite all of you to nominate and vote on our Facebook page to select a charity who will then receive our $1,000 donation. We’ve received some excellent nominations over the past few weeks, and now we need you to cast your final vote to determine a winner!
How to Place Your Vote:
- Before Friday, February 19th, 2016, visit the John LeRoy Facebook page and “Like” the page, if you haven’t in the past.
- Find the post at the top of our timeline (the one titled, “Help a Charity Win $1,000!”
- Click the link in that post, which will take you to the poll. You will not be asked for any personal information.
- Check back on our Facebook page on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 to see who won!
Who’s on the Ballot:
Based on your nominations over the past several weeks, here are this month’s finalists:
- The Mastocytosis Society – Mastocytosis is a rare condition in which the body accumulates too many of a particular type of cell called a mast cell. This may occur either within the skin or throughout the body’s organs, and the second subtype can be particularly dangerous. The Mastocytosis Society is dedicated to creating a more optimistic future for mastocytosis patients by funding research, promoting education, and providing support for current patients and their families.
- FurKids – With locations in Doraville and Alpharetta, FurKids operates large no-kill shelters for both dogs and cats, rescuing more than 2,000 animals on average each year from area streets, unfit homes, and kill shelters. To further their mission of ending pet overpopulation, FurKids also offers spaying and neutering services, as wells as educational programs for current pet owners.
- Helping in His Name Ministries/Food Pantry – Operating in Henry County, Helping in His Name Ministries runs a food pantry to provide for local families, senior citizens, and other individuals who cannot afford the food they need. The food pantry has been serving local residents for more than 25 years and has continued to grow, currently serving more than 3,100 people each month.
- 7 Bridges to Recovery – Atlanta’s bridges have long been home to displaced residents throughout the area, and 7 Bridges to Recovery seeks out these individuals to offer them food and religious ministry. The organization also operates a year-long program to help homeless men get back on their feet, as well as a home for displaced women and children.
- PKD Foundation – Polycystic kidney disease (or PKD) causes cysts to form on the kidneys, which damages the organs and can ultimately lead to life-threatening kidney failure. The PKD Foundation is dedicated to fighting this genetic condition by researching treatments and cures, educating physicians and patients alike, and providing support to PKD patients and their families.
Whomever you chose to vote for, thank you for helping us make the world a better place for those in need. We’re happy to be a part of the Atlanta community and to be fortunate enough to give back, and we’re honored to be able to involve as many members of the community as possible. To learn more about us or if you’re considering plastic surgery and want to discuss your options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for the latest updates about our current and future charity contests and special offers, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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