Although patients choose to have plastic surgery procedures to enhance their appearances, they are not necessarily looking for a drastic physical change. There are some patients who only need a small enhancement to reach their surgical goals. If these desired adjustments are minimal enough to only require a minimally invasive procedure, general anesthesia may not be necessary. For that reason, I refined my original Band Aid Facelift in 1997, which is my version of a “mini” facelift, to provide for patients whose aged appearance doesn’t yet call for the traditional facelift. Since then I’ve continued to refine traditional cosmetic procedures, and I now offer Band Aid Blepharoplasty, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Liposuction, and Band Aid Tummy Tuck as well. Although I would love to offer Band Aid versions of each traditional plastic surgery procedure, a Band Aid procedure is not always feasible.
Take breast procedures for example. Though there are some surgeons who perform “mini” breast enhancements with only gentle numbing (often called “awake breast augmentation”), it is important to understand that breast enhancement surgery is an elaborate procedure. Keeping patient comfort as top priority, breast procedures, including breast reduction and breast lift are best performed under general anesthesia. Another intricate procedure that is not a good fit for a Band Aid technique is nose surgery (rhinoplasty). It is also important to understand that just because certain procedures lend themselves to a Band Aid technique, doesn’t mean that the Band Aid version of the particular procedure is suitable for every patient.
For instance, Band Aid Liposuction may be a good option for patients who have very small amounts of excess fat in areas like the abdomen, “saddle bags,” elbows, knees, or beneath the chin. However, areas of the body with surplus nerve endings, no matter what amount of excess fat, should not be treated with only gentle numbing. Tummy tuck surgery can remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal region; patients who only have a little loose abdominal skin, but are at a healthy weight, can take advantage of the Band Aid Tummy Tuck. While a breast procedure is a typical component of mommy makeover surgery, some women may choose to combine Band Aid Tummy Tuck and Band Aid Liposuction to reclaim their pre-baby bodies to avoid the downtime of the traditional versions of the procedures.
Signs of aging emerge on each individual’s face differently. While a facelift can get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin affecting the entire face, patients who only have minimal fine lines and wrinkles may be better candidates for a Band Aid Facelift. Then there are some patients whose signs of aging aren’t equally distributed (i.e.- tired looking eyes or brows that are starting to sag without fine lines and wrinkles appearing anywhere else). Band Aid Brow Lift can smooth fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and give the brows a more lifted position. Just as Band Aid Blepharoplasty (“mini” eyelid surgery) can rejuvenate the eyes, some cases still call for a traditional brow lift or traditional eyelid surgery.
To learn more about my Band Aid procedures, as well as the other cosmetic procedures I offer, view my website or schedule a consultation. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.