For people who aren’t very familiar with the plastic surgery industry, there’s a common stereotype that cosmetic surgery patients are all wealthy, middle-aged socialite women. But in over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s become abundantly clear that people of all ages, genders, career paths, and walks of life choose to restore their self-confidence with plastic surgery (or, in some cases, attain a confidence they’ve never had before). In particular, men are becoming more and more frequent patrons at plastic surgery offices, especially when it comes to my specialty: the facelift and the Band Aid Mini Facelift.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (which collects data from surgeons nationwide each year), over 13,700 men in the US received face lifts last year, while in 2010 it was 10,300 men. And while women do still make up the majority of facial rejuvenation patients, men are gaining ground: they accounted for just over 8% of facelifts in 2010, but nearly 11% in 2015. This same trend occurs for plastic surgery in general, too: men received just over 142,000 cosmetic surgeries in 2010, and more than 196,000 in 2015.
Why the recent increase? Every patient’s motivations are their own, but there are a number of factors which may be making men more interested in plastic surgery. First, while men do often choose surgery simply to feel more confident in their appearance, more and more are also citing the need to look refreshed and youthful in order to compete in the job market. Especially for men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are competing with young professionals in their 20s and 30s, the natural aging of sagging skin and wrinkles can make them look more tired than they truly are, and a facelift as well as similar procedures like eyelid surgery or even non-surgical skin firming, laser treatments, or facial injectables can make a powerful difference in how they’re perceived and in the first impression they make.
Another potential reason behind the popularity of plastic surgery for men is that the surgical options themselves are improving. Surgeons are becoming more skilled at producing impressive results while keeping a masculine, discreet look. Newer, less invasive procedures also tend to open a lot of options for men, especially those in the corporate world, because they require minimal time off work. For instance, my Band Aid Mini Facelift focuses on natural-looking results, but it’s performed in-office using gentle numbing (as opposed to general anesthesia) and minimally invasive techniques, which results in a shorter recovery time in addition to less bruising and swelling as well as smaller scars.
Regardless of what reason you have for seeking plastic surgery, the fact is that as we continue to make new advances and develop new technologies, the procedures become accessible and relevant for more and more patients—including men. If you want to discuss what I can do to help you look and feel your best, schedule a consultation. Or, for more helpful tips, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
In more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve found that many people don’t realize the broad range of services a plastic surgeon actually provides. In particular, many patients assume that I strictly perform surgical procedures, when the fact is that I provide a comprehensive spectrum of aesthetic options, especially for facial rejuvenation. Some patients simply aren’t yet ready for cosmetic surgery, like a facelift or even my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift, while others prefer to take advantage of my non-surgical treatments to enhance and maintain the results of plastic surgery. Whatever your intentions may be, the rundown below offers a look at your options for non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and injections of Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and more.
Every patient’s treatment plan will look different depending on their specific concerns, priorities, and desired results. Offering a wide array of both cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures allows me to give each patient the ideal treatments for their needs. To discuss how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
About John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Dr. John LeRoy is an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon devoted to providing exceptional aesthetic care for over 20 years. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. LeRoy is best known for his Band Aid procedures: the innovative line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures he has developed and perfected since 1997, including his Band Aid Mini Facelift, which he has performed for over 5,000 patients. But don’t let the name fool you—Band Aid procedures are not a franchised brand, but a set of surgeries exclusively developed and used by Dr. LeRoy to offer more natural-looking results with a simpler surgery. He studied cosmetic surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York and is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
When people think of liposuction, their first thought is typically of the abdomen. But the procedure is a surprisingly versatile way to remove localized pockets of fat from nearly any area of the body. In fact, removing excess fat under the chin and throughout the jowls can be a successful addition to a facelift or my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Face Lift. After all, for facial rejuvenation patients, fine-tuning the “double chin” area can enhance their results while also giving them a more slender appearance. If you’re considering fat removal under your chin, here’s an overview to give you a better understanding of the procedure:
Liposuction under the chin is performed through very tiny incisions. In order to minimize bleeding and post-surgical discomfort, I typically use an advanced technique known as tumescent liposuction. In this method, I first inject a specialized solution (which includes lidocaine as well as other medications intended to constrict the local blood vessels). A narrow metal tube called a microcannula is then used to break up the targeted fat, and suction removes these fat cells through the same cannula. After I’ve carefully created a precise new contour, the liposuction incisions are closed cleanly (sometimes even without the need for sutures) for minimal scarring.
The recovery for facial liposuction is rather simple—most patients are back to work within a few days to a week. Keep in mind that it can take weeks for swelling and bruising to fully fade so that you can see your newly sculpted silhouette, but the long-term results for “double chin” liposuction can be exceptional for patients who take measures to maintain their pre-surgical weight.
Many neck liposuction patients are actually candidates for a specialized procedure I developed called Band Aid Liposuction. Designed for very small and precise areas of excess fat, Band Aid Liposuction employs minimally invasive techniques so that it can be performed in my comfortable office setting using gentle numbing, rather than general anesthesia. The result is surgery with less recovery time, less swelling and bruising, and a lower cost.
It’s crucial to recognize that liposuction is essentially a “spot treatment” for specific areas of fat. It is not a weight loss method, but it can actually be a perfect way to enjoy the results of your weight loss program by resolving stubborn bulges which remain after you reach your goal. Whether you’re considering liposuction to finish off your journey toward better health or you’ve simply always been bothered by disproportionate fat distribution, the first step is a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Call my office to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery information and health tips, follow John L. LeRoy, MD on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
It seems as if you can’t open a magazine or turn on a TV without seeing another “revolutionary way to look younger.” Although many people are more than willing to give them a try, most of these “discoveries” have little or no scientific basis, so they simply won’t produce the results you expect. But one technique which has been debated for a long time is “facial yoga” or the “workout facial”—exercising the facial muscles as a way to look younger. So does it really work? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve taken a closer look at the claims behind facial exercises and the science surrounding them.
As we age, we lose volume throughout the face. Youthful fat diminishes with other tissue succumbs to the aging process, and the result is a more gaunt and “hollowed” facial shape. The primary claim behind facial exercises is that by toning the facial muscles, we can lift and enlarge these muscles in order to replace some of the age-related volume loss. Another added bonus is the enhanced blood flow that comes from the exercise, making your skin appear more radiant and youthful.
Proponents of facial exercises are correct that we lose muscle tone with age, and that exercise helps to give the skin a brighter look. But all in all, facial exercises will not make you look younger (and will certainly not replace a facelift) for a number of reasons.
First, there are several different factors in facial aging. Volume loss is one of them, but much of the volume lost is fat, rather than muscle. The other major contributor to looking “older” is the weakening and sagging of the skin. For many patients, this is actually the issue they are most bothered by, and facial exercises are not able to firm or smooth the skin. The only way to do this is through non-surgical skin treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, or for a more precise and comprehensive result, a surgical facelift or Band Aid Mini Face Lift.
Second, in some cases, facial exercises might actually accelerate wrinkle formation. Facial wrinkles are generally caused by a combination of weakening skin and repeated facial expressions, so if you’re making repetitive and dramatic facial movements, you could be forming new wrinkles in these areas.
Third, while the claim that facial exercises enhance blood flow for a brighter complexion does hold some merit, this has been found to be the case with any exercise, from jogging to lifting weights. A consistent workout routine can give you that energized complexion while also offering the many health benefits of an active lifestyle and avoiding the wrinkle-causing risks of facial exercises.
It’s understandable that everyone wants to look younger with as little effort as possible, but in this case, sticking with tried and true facial rejuvenation options such as Botox®, laser treatments, and face lifts can actually save you a lot of time you would have spent on ineffective (or even counter-productive) facial exercises. To discuss how I can help you achieve the more youthful and well-rested yet natural appearance you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.