A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that can take years off of a person’s appearance by smoothing wrinkles and tightening skin around the face and neck. However, before now the number of years reduced by a facelift was debatable. Kansas plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson’s recently released facial cosmetic surgery study concluded that facelift surgery makes patients look an average of 12 years younger.
While Dr. Swanson’s research did not include results for “mini” facelifts, he did observe 122 facelift patients, with an average age of 57, from 2002 to 2007. Motivated by the fact that informed patients are usually more satisfied, Dr. Swanson hoped to provide plastic surgery patients more information on what to expect after a facelift. The information gathered in Dr. Swanson’s research denotes patient satisfaction as well as expected recovery times.
Although the facelift is sometimes misrepresented (i.e.- Betty White Reveal’s the Common Misconception that Plastic Surgery Makes People Look Unrecognizable), Dr. Swanson’s research shows that most patients (97%) are satisfied with their facelift results. His research also shows that 90% of facelift patients received positive feedback from others. Most patients (80%) reported higher self-esteem after surgery, and 70% reported an improvement in their quality of life. Dr. Swanson also examined the participants’ recovery times so that future facelift patients would know what to expect and plan accordingly. His research showed an average of 24 days off work, but most patients’ only experienced pain in the first 10 days. Dr. LeRoy gives his facelift patients an estimated recovery time during consultation once he assesses all factors involved. For instance, some facelift patients may benefit from other procedures like eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), upper facelift (brow lift), or lower facelift (neck lift) depending on the areas of the face displaying signs of again.
Long recovery times are no dilemma for Dr. John LeRoy’s Band Aid Facelift. Although this “mini” procedure does not produce results as dramatic as those associated with a traditional facelift, Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid Facelift patients prefer their natural result and indicated their results last an average of ten years. In fact, since the Band Aid Facelift has been such a success, Dr. LeRoy expanded his menu of minimally-invasive procedures. He also offers: Band Aid Blepharoplasty, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Liposuction, and Band Aid Tummy Tuck.
Dr. LeRoy likes to use research to keep his patients informed about all cosmetic procedures in an effort to keep them educated. For more information on the procedures he provides, visit his website or contact his office. Make sure to also read his blog for breaking plastic surgery news.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released information on the possible link between of a rare form of cancer, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), and silicone and saline breast implants. According to the National Institute of Cancer, ALCL is not a type of breast cancer, as it can develop in lymph nodes and the skin.
The FDA’s research suggests that women with implants could have a higher risk of developing this uncommon cancer because there have been 34 cases of ALCL development in the scar capsule surrounding a breast implant in the U.S. since information on the subject was first published in 1997. Only 1 in 500,000 women are diagnosed with ALCL in any area of their body each year, and only 3 in 100 million women nationwide with breast implants have been diagnosed with ALCL in the breast tissue. Although, the statistics are low, they are prominent enough to catch the attention of the FDA.
Breast implants, both silicone and saline, have been thoroughly researched by the FDA. When the FDA believed silicone breast implants were unsafe, they pulled them off the market. Therefore, if they felt that breast implants were not safe, they would take them off the market without question. Until there is more substantial research, the FDA suggests women with breast implants or those interested in breast augmentation continue proper aftercare routines suggested by their board certified plastic surgeon. In order to gather more information, the FDA is requesting that plastic surgeons report any ALCL findings in women with breast implants. To assist in this research, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is uniting with the FDA to compile a Breast Implant Registry.
This information in not meant to worry breast implant patients, but to highlight the importance of mammograms and MRIs along with other aftercare routines. For those interested in breast enhancement that may now be second-guessing the desired procedure, Dr. John LeRoy suggests researching the topic as thoroughly as possible: weighing the risks and benefits to decide if the surgery is appropriate. During a consultation, Dr. LeRoy discusses possible risks in detail and provides patients with educational information so that they can make a decision they will be comfortable with.
For those patients interested in plastic surgery, but disinterested with inserting implants, Dr. LeRoy performs “mini” versions of plastic surgery procedures that he calls Band Aid procedures. He offers Band Aid Facelift, Band Aid Blepharoplasty, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Liposuction, and Band Aid Tummy Tuck. Patients who have an area of concern, but do not need the full procedure to correct the concern can benefit from these Band Aid procedures right in Dr. LeRoy’s office under local anesthesia. Therefore, recovery time is shortened.
Dr. LeRoy will continue to keep patients updated about the developing breast implant research, so keep reading the blog. Also, visit Atlanta Facelift’s website for more information on Band Aid procedures and the other cosmetic procedures Dr. LeRoy performs.
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