What’s in a name? If you’re talking about the bevy of creatively titled facelift and mini facelift procedures available to consumers today, there’s not much there. Despite creative efforts to brand Atlanta’s plastic surgeons, the true difference lies in the procedures’ results.
As the onslaught of media coverage detailing minimally-invasive facelift-like procedures reveals: men and women want to look like a younger version of themselves without having to empty their bank accounts or take weeks and weeks to recover from cosmetic surgery. But if the history of legal trouble some partial (mini) facelift “brands” teaches us anything, it’s that consumers should be more careful than ever to ensure the surgeon they are choosing is right for them (and that they’re not lusting after the procedure’s label.)
These partial, mini, facelift procedures (ideally) subtly tighten specific regions of a patient’s facial skin as well as tightening the underlying muscle groups so that the result s look as natural as possible. Unfortunately, many of the mini facelift “brands” are just that: a name advertised by any doctor who is willing to pay for the rights to the brand. If adopted by a board certified plastic surgeon with ample experience, this doesn’t pose any problem. The fact that any licensed physician can pay for these rights and offer the procedure, regardless of their experience, is where the actual value and results get a little questionable.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy has performed over 2,600 Band Aid Facelifts and traditional facelift procedures during his surgical career. Unlike the aforementioned examples, Dr. LeRoy created his original Band Aid Facelift in an attempt to separate his meticulous surgical technique from other well-marketed, but not necessarily as thoroughly performed mini facelift procedures.
Dr. LeRoy reiterates the importance of researching any prospective cosmetic surgeon’s credentials and past results before undergoing surgery. To learn more about the cosmetic facial, breast, and body procedures Dr.LeRoy performs visit his website and read his blog.
Betty White Reveals the Common Misconception that Plastic Surgery Makes people look Unrecognizable: LeRoy invites her to Visit Atlanta Facelift
While aging gracefully, Golden Girls star Betty White claims that plastic surgery has caused many of her friends to become unrecognizable. She says that she is luckily able to recognize her friends’ voices, but dislikes the fact that she cannot distinguish their look. The belief that plastic surgery makes people no longer look like themselves is a common misconception that can only be dispelled by responsible cosmetic surgeons like Dr. John LeRoy.
Facelifts, if done in a fashion which does not consider a patient’s individual needs, can make people look unnatural and different. However, Dr. LeRoy’s goal is to make his patients look like younger versions of themselves. This aspiration helped him develop the band aid facelift. The Band Aid Facelift is a mini version of a traditional facelift.
Patients commonly prefer the band aid facelift, and the other Band Aid procedures, to the traditional versions because they are performed in Dr. LeRoy’s office under local anesthesia; therefore, recovery time is shortened. Patients also prefer the band aid facelift because in this procedure, Dr. LeRoy targets the patients’ problem areas without affecting the appearance of the entire face. While Betty’s claim about plastic surgery may ring true for some, a rejuvenated, natural looking plastic surgery result is possible with the help of a patient-centric, board certified plastic surgeon.
New Superbug Bacteria Linked to Foreign Plastic Surgeries Reiterates Importance of Using Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. John LeRoy has long warned patients against the economic allure of “medical tourism” in which cosmetic surgery patients travel outside the US to receive deeply discounted surgical procedures from foreign physicians. There have been numerous reports of tourist patients who have returned to the US and developed complications as a result of a foreign surgeon’s lack of training or substandard sanitation methods. There is now an additional threat linked to these tourist surgeries: NDM-1.
As recently reported by The World Health Organization, the New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) bacteria produces an enzyme which neutralizes the effects of almost the entire western world’s currently used antibiotics. The bacteria emerged in a group of British patients who had traveled to India and Pakistan to undergo cosmetic surgery and returned home with the drug resistant superbug which then spread to other British and US patients.
Dr. LeRoy uses this latest news headline as a caution against not only medical tourism, but also against patients entrusting surgeons who aren’t properly certified. Because there are a few reported cases of NDM-1 in the United States, it’s more important than ever to ensure that any plastic surgeon you approach is board certified and strictly adheres to board mandated patient-care and sterility guidelines.