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+.
Most people think facelifts are the go-to plastic surgery for looking younger, but the truth is a bit more complex. Not only are there several varieties of facelifts, all of which are customized to fit each patient, but there are actually entirely different procedures for certain signs of aging. The brow lift is simply one example. As its name suggests, the brow lift (as well as my minimally invasive Band Aid Brow Lift) focuses on rejuvenating the brow line and the forehead. To give you more insight into how the surgery works and whether it may be the right fit for you, I’ve taken a moment to answer some of the most common questions about this procedure.
The overall goal of a brow lift is to make the top portion of your face look youthful, well-rested, content, and symmetrical. But this can take many forms, so a few of the specific complaints that can often be addressed with a brow lift include:
- Expression lines throughout the forehead (like frown lines between the eyebrows and horizontal creases across the forehead)
- Excess skin drooping over the tops of the eyes (but keep in mind that this depends on where the skin comes from; if the brow line is sagging, a brow lift will likely be the right choice, but if the excess skin is only on the upper eyelids, eyelid surgery will probably be a better option)
- A brow that has lost its arch over the years
- Looking perpetually sad or angry because of the way certain areas of the forehead sag and wrinkle
- Asymmetrical eyebrows, in which one brow is higher or lower than the other
How does a brow lift work? How intense is the surgery?
Brow lifts and Band Aid Brow Lifts can remove excess skin from the forehead, reposition underlying facial tissue, and give the skin a smoother and firmer tone. There are multiple approaches at varying levels, depending on how much improvement you need to achieve. After more than 25 years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have found that the traditional brow lift, which involves an incision across the top of the head, is almost never the best option, because the extensiveness of the surgery outweighs the benefits it offers, and in fact, it often leaves patients looking less natural than they would have liked. While an endoscopic brow lift is a less invasive option, it still tends to have the same problem with the results. Instead, I developed the Band Aid Brow Lift. This procedure is performed in-office with gentle numbing so that it doesn’t require general anesthesia, and it keeps the incisions as minimal as possible by solely addressing the areas that the individual patient needs to treat.
How much scarring will I have after a brow lift?
My Band Aid Brow Lift keeps scarring to a minimum. Depending on how much correction you need, you may have a few small scars, which are usually hidden within the hairline so that they are as discreet as possible.
What is the difference between a brow lift and a forehead lift?
Forehead lifts and brow lifts are actually two terms for the same surgery. Some doctors or patients may also refer to a brow lift as an upper facelift. While each of these names are interchangeable, as a potential patient, it’s important to know what they entail so that you can get the most out of your plastic surgery consultation.
If I keep aging, will I need another surgery?
Everyone ages in their own way based on their genetics, lifestyle factors, and other variables, so while aging is a continuous process, you may or may not age enough in your forehead to warrant another Band Aid Brow Lift in the future. This will depend on your unique aging process, your personal preferences, and the determination we make together in a pre-surgical consultation.
Plastic surgery is a far more customized process than most patients believe. Rather than each procedure having a mechanical “step 1, step 2, step 3” process, achieving the best results requires a balance between science and art. While science sets the limits, making the tweaks and changes that truly help each patient to be their most confident and beautiful self is a practice of art and should be approached with an artistic eye. To start discussing whether a Band Aid Brow Lift or another procedure may be right for you, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, for more information about my minimally invasive procedures, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Facial rejuvenation is a field that is constantly being changed and advanced. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with a specific passion for this area, I thoroughly enjoy staying on the cutting-edge of the latest medical advancements. But for a patient who has recently chosen to do something about an issue that makes them self-conscious, those first few Google searches for facial rejuvenation options can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. My advice is to take it little by little, gaining a basic understanding of what’s available, then heading to a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation to discuss which choice will best meet your needs.
To help you in your information-gathering process, the guide below highlights an option that has proven successful for over 5,000 of my patients over the past twenty years: my Band Aid Mini Facelift.
When it comes to selecting the right cosmetic surgery for each patient, my philosophy is to make the procedure fit the patient, not to make the patient fit the procedure. In other words, I tailor every surgery (or non-surgical treatment) to the patient’s exact needs and desired results. To discuss how I can help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a plastic surgery consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for daily anti-aging tips, cosmetic surgery blogs, and more.
When patients come to me and ask about the Band Aid Facelift that I developed in 1997, after performing over 5,000 of these procedures in the past twenty years, I have found that patients are often attracted to this surgery because it offers more natural results with less recovery time than a traditional facelift. In fact, patients can typically return to work and most of their other day-to-day activities in just half as much time as they would require after a traditional face lift. But of course, everyone wants to hear about the recovery from the patients who have actually experienced it. Fortunately, several of my past patients were happy to offer their input in their testimonial videos.
In some cases, a Band Aid Mini Facelift can be performed at the same time as another minimally invasive surgery for patients who want to address multiple different concerns. For the patient below, I performed a Band Aid Facelift as well as a Band Aid Lower Eyelid Surgery—a procedure to remove “bags under the eyes.” Despite receiving two surgeries, this patient was able to recover within just one week.
This patient had already been through surgery related to breast cancer, and she came to me for facial rejuvenation so that she could continue to enjoy her cancer-free life feeling more confident in her appearance. But with her medical history, she wanted to keep her cosmetic procedures as minimal as possible, so the Band Aid Mini Face Lift was a perfect fit. In the video below, she explains how quickly she was not only back to her daily responsibilities, but back to having fun, too.
Being in the earlier stages of aging, this patient was an ideal candidate for a Band Aid Mini Face Lift, because the minimally invasive surgery was enough to provide the youthful look she was seeking. In her video below, she not only explains how quick her recovery was, but offers some advice for future patients as well.
Healing is a crucial part of any plastic surgery, and when you’re planning any cosmetic surgery, it’s important to be sure that you can allow as much recovery time as your procedure will need. But you also shouldn’t choose a procedure that offers limiting downtime if it won’t be comprehensive enough to provide the results you want. To start discussing the available options for your specific needs, schedule a consultation today. Or, for more information about the Band Aid Facelift and other cosmetic surgery procedures, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.