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+.