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+.