Most patients who are considering plastic surgery to combat signs of aging have heard of mini facelifts—milder, less invasive versions of the traditional face lift. But did you know that mini face lifts vary from one surgeon to the next? The Band Aid Mini Facelift is a cosmetic surgery I developed as a result of an exceptional fellowship I completed at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. Not only is it easier on your body than a typical facelift, but it can actually be performed in-office using gentle numbing, rather than the general anesthesia that lengthens your recovery time. If you’re curious whether the Band Aid Mini Facelift may be the right option for you, check out my video below.
One of the most important parts of the plastic surgery process is identifying the procedure that best suits your needs, but fortunately, it’s not a decision you need to make (or should make) on your own. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m here to offer you advice and recommendations based on more than twenty years of experience helping thousands of patients become their most confident and beautiful selves. To discuss your surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, schedule an initial consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic surgery tips, the latest industry news, and more, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
When you first start investigating cosmetic surgery, you may be seeing advice from all different directions—surgeons, patients, friends, relatives, doctors, and more. Everyone may have their own words of wisdom, but one of the most universal tips you’ll hear is to do your homework. It pays to take the time and educate yourself about the procedure(s) you’re considering, the treatment options available, and especially about the plastic surgeons you’re considering. The modern-day internet is both a blessing and a curse for this task. While it puts all the latest and most comprehensive information at your fingertips, it can also lead you to inaccurate information, and it’s not always easy to distinguish trustworthy sources from bogus ones. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m deeply familiar with the industry as a whole and I’ve guided thousands of patients through their pre-surgical research, so I’ve been able to distinguish the good sources from the bad.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) · www.smartbeautyguide.com
This is one of the highly trusted organizations for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, and they’re dedicated to holding all of their member surgeons (myself included) to the highest standards as well as educating patients throughout the country. Their website includes comprehensive information about the many plastic surgeries, from breast augmentation to the face lift, as well as a series of specific tools designed to help you plan your procedure—just look for their Planning Toolkit.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) · www.plasticsurgery.org
ASPS certainly has a similar name to ASAPS, and they carry a similar level of reliability as well. While their website doesn’t offer quite as much detail about the various cosmetic surgery procedures as the ASAPS website does, they still provide another exceptional resource for finding treatment options and answers to your common questions.
My two websites: JohnLeRoyMD.com and AtlantaFacelift.com
While plastic surgery is all based on science, the surgery itself is as much of an art form as it is a science. In fact, the way I often explain it is that science tells us the limitations of what we can safely do, while the aesthetics of surgery is an art performed on an individualized basis. This means that no two surgeries are exactly alike and that some surgeons may have different opinions than others. I have dedicated my websites to providing information that I have found to be true throughout my advanced training and more than twenty years of experience.
The United States National Institute of Health · www.medlineplus.gov
The National Institute of Health is a highly reliable source. However, some of their published information is directed toward doctors, so it can be very difficult for anyone without a specialized medical education to accurately understand. MedLine Plus is a resource they created to make trustworthy information accessible to the public. They offer information about numerous areas of medicine, including plastic surgery patient information.
Trying to navigate all the plastic surgery information you find online can leave you caught in a web of opinions, half-truths, and outdated or misinterpreted content. While I don’t discourage patients from educating themselves, it’s important to be very picky about your sources, especially when it comes to your health. The list above is by no means a comprehensive one, but it can serve as a quick guide to get you started. During your search, it’s also crucial to keep in mind that no two patients or surgeries are exactly alike, so ultimately, your most reliable source of information is a well-educated and experienced plastic surgeon who is familiar with your unique case after a pre-surgical consultation. To take this step, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful tips before and after plastic surgery, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Spring has officially begun, and our weather has certainly shown it well, both with warmer temperatures and with those famous “April showers.” In general, people tend to spend more time cozy at home during the winter, and more time out and about during the spring and summer. But as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I often see the negative side of this: as my patients’ social lives ramp up, so do their insecurities about signs of aging, excess fat, or other aspects of their appearance. Here are some tips on how you can enjoy your spring a little more this year:
- Start your cosmetic treatments or procedures early in the season
When it comes to both plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, generally, earlier is better. You’ll need to allow your body some time to heal, even after some non-surgical procedures like Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing. So if, for instance, you have cosmetic surgery in April, you can probably expect to be healed enough to enjoy your results by the time summer is in full swing (depending on your procedure, your unique anatomy, and other factors, of course). If you have a vacation planned, having your procedure early is even more important. For example, most of my patients are back to their daily activities within one to two weeks after a Band Aid Mini Facelift. But everyone’s body heals in its own unique way, so if you wait until two or three weeks before your vacation to have surgery, you run the risk of not feeling your best during the trip.
- Investigate minimally invasive options.
Plastic surgery recovery doesn’t have to mean three or four weeks cooped up at home, and particularly during the spring and summer, it’s understandable to want to be back on your feet as soon as possible. That’s why I created my line of Band Aid procedures: surgical and nonsurgical options which are minimally invasive, performed in-office with gentle numbing so that both the recovery time and the cost are half of what a traditional plastic surgery would be. These procedures are most common for facial rejuvenation, such as Band Aid Eyelid Surgery, Band Aid Mini Facelift, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Micro Mini Facelift, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, but I also offer a highly successful Band Aid Tummy Tuck and Band Aid Liposuction as well.
- Take advantage of cost-saving opportunities.
Between vacations and weekend activities, there are plenty of ways to use some extra “mad money” during the spring and summer. While all of my patients agree that unlocking their self-confidence is a worthwhile way to spend some money, you also don’t want to spend more than you need to. While my minimally invasive cosmetic procedures offer savings all year round, I’m also offering special discounts this month on two facial rejuvenation options: Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening.
There is plenty to look forward to about the coming months, and with a little bit of extra planning, you can enjoy that time without feeling the weight of self-consciousness on your shoulders. To learn more about the specific cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatment options available for you, schedule a consultation. Or, for our future special offers as well as plastic surgery tips and more, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
There are more ways to look younger than many cosmetic surgery patients realize…that is, until they begin doing some research and become overwhelmed by the shear number of options. For those who don’t have a medical background, it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various procedures. Take the facelift and my Band Aid Facelift as an example—not everyone realizes the many factors that distinguish one surgery from the other. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I am passionate about educating people about their choices when it comes to their health and appearance. So, to help you understand the difference between a traditional facelift and my Band Aid Mini Facelift, I created the video below.
In the age when mass amounts of information is available at the fingertips of anyone with Internet access, patients often try to self-diagnose medical issues, and this applies with cosmetic surgery as well. I frequently see patients who believe they need a certain procedure, but who will actually see better results with an entirely different surgery. To discuss how you can become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a plastic surgery consultation. Or, for more videos and other helpful cosmetic surgery information, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.