All of our Band Aid procedures (like the Band Aid Facelift and Band Aid Tummy Tuck) are in-office procedures that are performed with gentle numbing without the need for general anesthesia. This leads to natural-looking results with a much shorter and easier healing period.
One of the most common aesthetic goals that our patients have is to look younger. After a mini facelift and lower Band Aid Blepharoplasty, this recent patient says, “Nobody can really believe now what my age is, which is 66, so I am very pleased with Dr. LeRoy’s work and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is considering having some facial work done.”
One look at the statistics and content of social media shows us how important images and sharing are to our society—how many of the recent posts on your Facebook feed are either “selfies” or photos of your friends and family at events or outings? We’re constantly snapping photos to share our lives with those we love, and a common side-effect of this is that we’ve become more aware of our appearance. When signs of aging begin to creep in, we notice them quickly and start looking for solutions. The eyes are often one of the first areas of our face to show aging, so we’re delving into the information you need to know about one of the most common concerns of facial aging: bags under the eyes.
What causes bags under the eyes?
One of the primary causes of under-eye bags is—you guessed it—the natural aging process. As occurs with many areas of the body, the skin, muscle, and other tissue around the eye weakens. Fat deposits that were once held back by this tissue now move forward, creating a visible puffiness beneath the skin.
While these under-eye bags make us look tired and older, they’re not just caused by age. Fluid accumulations can also create the same look, so for younger patients, puffiness under the eyes can be the result of excess salt consumption, dehydration, or even changes in the weather.
Whether the culprit is fluid accumulation or natural aging, heredity is often to blame as well, making some people more susceptible to this condition than others. Allergies can even have an impact on under-eye bags, as can a lack of high-quality sleep.
How can I treat bags under the eyes?
If the puffiness under your eyes is caused by fluid accumulations, lifestyle changes may be able to reduce your symptoms. Start drinking the recommended amount of water for your size and activity level. Keep track of your sodium intake and take steps to cut it down if necessary—your physician can help you determine what your daily sodium limit should be depending on your health considerations. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, and try to sleep with your head slightly elevated to minimize fluid buildup.
For most patients, however, cosmetic intervention is needed to ease bulges beneath the eyes. The most effective way to address this concern is often through a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. This outpatient procedure can be performed using an incision along the lower lash line to remove or redistribute fat deposits, tighten delicate muscles, and remove excess skin. Or, if only fat deposits need to be removed, the incision can be made inside the lower eyelid. This is called a transconjunctival incision, and it eliminates the risk of visible scars.
Lower blepharoplasty can also be combined with other procedures for optimal results, like laser skin resurfacing, which can minimize wrinkles and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. On the other hand, some patients prefer a non-surgical solution that produces less-permanent results than the results of blepharoplasty. For these patients, dermal fillers may be used to add volume to nearby areas of the face, disguising the appearance of under-eye puffiness.
Unlike age spots and some other signs of aging, bags under the eyes can be difficult or impossible to camouflage with makeup, so this symptom can have a harsh effect on a patient’s self-image. Fortunately we offer a number of surgical and non-surgical options to help you combat those under-eye bags and embrace your most confident and beautiful self. To learn more about your aesthetic options, explore our website, schedule a consultation, or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
While many of my patients have the goal of looking younger and more refreshed, each patient ages differently. For those who want an especially significant change, a facelift or minimally-invasive Band Aid Facelift is often the most effective way to achieve their desired results. But for patients with milder signs of aging or more subtle aesthetic goals, non-surgical procedures can create the natural results they’re looking for while providing a number of extra perks:
- Less Recovery Time. All we need to do is look at how many functions a smart phone can have—from communication to banking to ordering dinner with a few taps of the finger—to see that our society prioritizes multi-tasking and being able to do everything on-the-go. For patients with a seemingly endless to-do list, procedures that require little (if any) downtime can allow them to restore an appearance they feel confident in without taking so much time out of their busy schedules.
- Less Risk of Scarring. Because the purpose of plastic surgery is cosmetic, I utilize techniques to make incision scars minimal and as concealable as possible. But patients who can delay surgical procedures with non-surgical treatments can eliminate the need for an incision altogether. Band Aid Skin Tightening, for example, restores youthful firmness to the skin by sending controlled heat energy into the deeper layers of the skin, rather than requiring an incision.
- Results that Look More Natural. The decision to have a cosmetic procedure is a personal one. While some patients don’t mind telling others about their procedure, some patients prefer results which make them look overall younger and more refreshed, but which also don’t look “operated on.” In other words, friends and family will notice that their appearance has improved, but acquaintances wouldn’t realize that they’ve had a cosmetic procedure.
- Lower Cost. A traditional plastic surgery comes with several costs—the surgeon’s fee, the facility’s fee, anesthesia, etc. However, the non-surgical route (as well as our line of minimally invasive Band Aid surgical procedures performed in-office with gentle numbing) can cut these costs dramatically by eliminating the need for anesthesia and a surgical facility, and instead being performed in our comfortable office in a much shorter period of time than is involved in a surgical procedure. Plus, this month we’re offering special pricing on two of our most popular non-surgical procedures: Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening.
The large number of options for facial rejuvenation can be overwhelming for some patients—there are so many treatments and procedures that vary in strength, versatility, and results. But the goal is to find the option that provides the best balance of all your needs and priorities while helping you be your most confident and beautiful self. To begin discussing your options and which procedure may be best for your needs, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, to learn more about the treatments we offer, join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Every plastic surgery patient’s goal is to have an appearance that makes them feel more confident and attractive, and while cosmetic procedures can usually achieve this goal, every surgery comes with scarring. The good news is that scars have varying sizes and degrees of severity, and keeping scars as minimal and hidden as possible is one of my primary focuses in every procedure. Scarring varies based on many factors including the type of procedure performed, and by scheduling a consultation you can learn how much scarring to expect based on your surgical goals. But for patients who want to minimize their scarring, these tips can help.
- Opt for a Band Aid procedure instead of a traditional plastic surgery.
The balance between aesthetic results and potential scarring is a consideration in every cosmetic surgery. That’s why I developed my Band Aid line of procedures—so that patients who prefer more natural results or need a smaller amount of improvement can achieve their goals with less scarring risk than a traditional procedure. For example, my Band Aid Facelift provides youthful results that are more targeted than a traditional facelift, and because it requires smaller, less invasive incisions, the procedure causes less scarring and can be performed in-office with gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. At your consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and whether a Band Aid procedure can provide results you’ll love or whether you would be happier with a more comprehensive procedure.
- Follow all surgical instructions carefully.
There are many factors that can affect how scars develop, including the way the incision is cared for during recovery. Your post-surgical instructions will contain information about applying any prescribed topical medications, changing and caring for your dressings, when you can resume various types of activity, and other details. Following these instructions carefully can minimize your scarring while also protecting your health and ensuring that you see the best possible results from your procedure.
- To improve scars after they’ve formed, consider non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Between cosmetic and health-related surgeries, accidents, and acne, facial scarring is a common problem, so many treatments have been developed. Depending on the depth and prominence of the scar, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing can be an effective way to reduce its appearance. This procedure sends columns of laser light into the skin, breaking up old scar tissue and causing your skin produce new collagen (the protein that makes the skin youthful and firm). As a result, existing scars become less noticeable and more smoothly blended into rejuvenated skin.
Every patient’s body responds differently to cosmetic surgery, based on the procedure and simply how their body heals. That’s why it’s so important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can appreciate and adjust for your specific needs. To learn more about achieving cosmetic results that can help you become your most beautiful and confident self, join the Dr. John LeRoy pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve found that while each patient is very unique, there are a few priorities that hold true for every patient: they all want results that make them feel more confident in their appearance, and they all want their procedures and recovery to go as smoothly and easily as possible. Realizing that there was a need for procedures that better balanced these two priorities led me to develop my Band Aid Facelift nearly 20 years ago. While most of my patients are familiar with my mini facelift, fewer patients realize the many other procedures I’ve developed since then, all following my signature Band Aid procedure pattern: minimally-invasive procedures that can correct mild to moderate imperfections using gentle numbing in a comfortable and safe office setting. Below is a brief explanation of my Band Aid procedures for patients who want facial rejuvenation but may not yet need the comprehensive results of more traditional plastic surgery.
Band Aid Brow Lift
As its name suggests, a Band Aid Brow Lift focuses on the area around and above the eyebrows. Creases on the forehead and sagging skin around the eyebrows can age anyone’s appearance, and in the case of skin that causes a drooping effect over the eyes, can make a patient look tired or unfriendly. Using significantly smaller incisions than a traditional brow lift allows me to remove the excess skin and provide a rejuvenating lift to the remaining skin with local anesthesia and minimal downtime.
Band Aid Eyelid Surgery
Often referred to as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can address eyelids that have a hooded appearance, puffy “bags” under the eyes, or both. My Band Aid Eyelid Surgery uses minimally-invasive methods to address the same concerns by removing sagging excess skin or the small fat deposits that cause under-eye bags, creating a more rested and rejuvenated look.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
Unlike my other Band Aid procedures, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing doesn’t remove or re-position tissue, but focuses on enhancing the quality of the skin itself. As a procedure that is especially helpful for patients who have subtle signs of aging (like age spots from sun damage or fine lines and wrinkles)but not enough skin laxity to warrant a surgical solution, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a DOT laser to send tiny columns of light into the skin. The perforations created by this process activate your body’s natural healing process, which produces a protein called collagen that restores elasticity and youthful firmness to the treated area.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
Like laser skin resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening is a method of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Rather than using a laser, this procedure uses the Protégé skin rejuvenation system, which sends precisely controlled heat energy into the skin. By promoting collagen growth which restores the skin’s youth, Band Aid Skin Tightening produces results that continue to improve for up to 6 months after treatment.
Besides noticeable, natural-looking results with minimal cost and downtime, Band Aid procedures offer versatility. For instance, they can be used once to address the concerns of patients with mild to moderate aging, or they can be used as part of a multi-step rejuvenation plan, or they can be used to enhance and maintain the results of previous plastic surgeries. Whether it’s through a minimally-invasive procedure or a more comprehensive cosmetic surgery, I’m honored to help my patients become their most confident and beautiful selves. For more information, schedule a consultation with me or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.