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+.
It’s no surprise that my Band Aid Facelift has become one of the most popular procedures I perform. After all, it produces surgical-quality results in-office with gentle numbing, less scarring, and minimal downtime, and it opens the door for patients who want the results of cosmetic surgery but don’t want to wait until their aging has progressed far enough to justify a traditional facelift. But it’s important to remember that plastic surgery isn’t a “one and done” operation. There are plenty of ways to enhance your results after surgery, and to address new signs of aging as they arise in order to maintain your younger look, and our February specials make these treatments even more accessible.
Facial aging happens in multiple ways at once – wrinkles form, skin becomes lax, youthful volume decreases, and age spots appear. While a Band Aid Facelift can take years off your appearance by lifting sagging skin and repositioning facial volume, it does not impact age spots or the overall brightness of your skin tone. That’s where Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing comes in. The procedure involves a specialized DOT™ laser, which uses tiny columns of laser light to remove age spots and other surface imperfections while helping your skin produce more collagen, which further smooths and rejuvenates the skin. The procedure can also minimize the appearance of the already minimal and discreet scarring from a Band Aid Facelift.
Latisse® Eyelash Enhancement
One finishing touch which can flatter anyone’s features is longer, fuller, darker lashes. Latisse® is a topical solution which, once you’ve received a prescription from a board-certified plastic surgeon or one of a select few other types of doctors, can be easily applied as a part of your nightly routine. While the product can produce exceptional results on its own, it can also be a great way for Band Aid Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) patients and Band Aid Facelift patients to accentuate their newly-youthful features.
There’s no shortage of non-surgical ways to boost and maintain your Band Aid Facelift results, but at the end of the day, the best choice is the one which helps you feel like your most confident and beautiful self. To discuss what this means for you and how I can help you reach this goal, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to keep an eye out for more special offers, participate in our social media charity contest, and hear about the latest news in plastic surgery, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John LeRoy, one of our favorite parts of the job is hearing patients talk about how thrilled they are with their results. While we have a genuine passion for plastic surgery, our patients help to make every day brighter as well. Because we feel fortunate to be members of the Atlanta community, and to spread some of our good fortune, we’ve been holding social media charity contests for the past several years. Every few months, we invite the community to help us select a local charity to receive a $1,000 donation, and our first contest of 2016 is now in full swing.
During the first stage of the contest (January 21st through February 5th, 2016), we’re asking for your nominations for Georgia charities who would put the donation to good use. The process is quick and simple: just visit the John LeRoy, MD Facebook page, “Like” our page (if you haven’t already), and comment on the post at the top of our timeline (the one inviting you to submit your nominee) with the charity of your choice and 50 words or less explaining why they’ve earned your nomination. After all the nominees have been received, we will announce the finalists on Monday, February 8th, and the new post at the top of our Facebook page will be a link where you can vote for a final winner, regardless of whether you offered a nomination.
So what types of charities can you nominate? We’re receptive to a wide variety of causes, and all nominations need only to meet these criteria:
- 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 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
Involving our plastic surgery patients and supporters in our charity contest allows us to find spectacular organizations who are doing important work in their communities, and it gives you an opportunity to bring attention and potential funding to the causes that are most meaningful to you, so we look forward to working with you to find the best use for our next donation. To stay up-to-date on our future charity contests as well as our current special offers and the latest plastic surgery news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If you would like to discuss a cosmetic procedure you’re considering, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy.