Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. John LeRoy explains the differences between popular “mini” plastic surgeries and new cosmetic skin treatments, and why those differences can often depend on the doctor.
The overall goal with increasingly popular “mini” cosmetic procedures such as Botox® and Dysport® injections, “mini” facelift surgery, and laser skin resurfacing is to rejuvenate a patient’s appearance without compromising their natural aesthetic or incurring the cost and recovery time of traditional facial plastic surgeries. Despite creative efforts from cosmetic companies attempting to brand plastic surgeons, Dr. John LeRoy says the true difference among “mini” facial rejuvenation procedures performed at his Atlanta plastic surgery practice lies in experience and results.
Since 1997, board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. LeRoy has used surgical experience and patient feedback to develop a line of minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedures that are completed in-office using gentle numbing. These procedures include the following: Band Aid Facelift, Band Aid Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Band Aid Brow Lift, and Band Aid Liposuction to address small areas of patient concern without overly altering their appearance. The important thing to note here, according to Dr. LeRoy, is that he has developed these procedures independent of corporate influence from the major cosmetic companies.
Having performed over 3,000 facelifts in Atlanta, including the “mini” facelift plastic surgeries during his career, Dr. LeRoy warns patients about the true differences among particular “brands” of facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures. “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 gets a little questionable.”
Dr. John LeRoy also explains that the quick-fix offered by most wrinkle injection treatments and superficial laser treatments only provides temporary results (typically lasting anywhere from 4 months to a year). While the face continues to age after any cosmetic facial procedures, he is able to address the root issues with minimally-invasive procedures—such as tightening lax muscles underneath the skin or physically removing excess tissues with Band Aid Liposuction in Atlanta—to ensure more significant, long-lasting cosmetic results.
Annual statistics gathered by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) indicate that cosmetic surgery patients are approaching more “mini” procedures at a younger age than the cosmetic surgery patients of years past. In light of these statistics from ASAPS, Dr. LeRoy emphasizes the importance of choosing a qualified plastic surgeon for any cosmetic procedure, regardless of whether it has been deemed surgical or minimally-invasive. “The history of legal trouble some partial “mini” facelift brands have experienced emphasizes the importance of consumers exercising caution when choosing a surgeon to ensure they are receiving the best care available and not lusting after the procedure’s label.”
About Dr. John LeRoy
John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon devoted to providing exceptional aesthetic care. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. He studied cosmetic surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in New York and is board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic and reconstructive plastic surgery practice is located at 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., NE Suite 375 in Atlanta, GA 30342, and can be reached at (404) 418-7579, or online at either the practice website //www.atlantafacelift.com/ or the Dr. John L. LeRoy MD Facebook page.
Muscle Malady May be to Blame for Cosmetic Concerns Remedied by Mommy Makeover Surgery and the Band Aid Facelift
Muscles are vital to human existence. Responsible for enabling movement, keeping the heart beating, and the lungs active, muscles are also needed to keep us looking young. Atlanta plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. John LeRoy often hears cosmetic concerns from mommy makeover surgery and facelift patients who believe their areas of concern are the result of excess fat or loose skin when in fact, lax or malpositioned muscles are to blame.
Many mothers (1/3 of all pregnancies) experience muscle separation from the rapid growth of the abdomen during pregnancy. Resulting in a permanent “pooch” appearance, abdominal muscle separation occurs when a mother’s uterus expands rapidly and the abdominal muscles that lie in front of the organ aren’t elastic enough to accommodate the baby’s growth and begin to protrude. The bulge created by this loose muscle tissue is easily mistaken for residual baby weight; however, no amount of exercise can fix the issue. Dr. LeRoy uses tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to surgically realign the rectus abdominis muscle to its proper, vertical position along the front of the torso. Additionally, breast tissue can stretch during pregnancy and require a breast lift (mastopexy) or breast augmentation (breast implants) to reverse.
Similarly, Dr. LeRoy often hears complaints from facial rejuvenation patients about sagging jowls. While many think this is the result of stretched skin, loose facial muscles can also be to blame. As the face ages, muscles begin to pull downward and contribute to a “scowl” expression. Using the“Band Aid” Mini Facelift, Dr. LeRoy carefully moves the muscles back to their original position to restore a youthful, natural appearance: like you, just ten years younger. Dr. Leroy also uses blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or facial implants to augment/ restore youthful musculature.
While cosmetic surgery is not a substitute for a healthy diet, exercise, and skin care regime, the breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial procedures Dr. LeRoy performs can help remedy the underlying conditions contributing to cosmetic issues. To learn more visit Dr. LeRoy’s website and continue to read his blog.
Dear Dr. LeRoy,
Thank you so much for expertly wielding the Restylane® syringes yesterday that gave me a new jaw line and eliminated other wrinkles in the nasolabial folds, forehead and between the eyes.
This effect is what I’ve been looking for in the arena of appearing more youthful. I absolutely LOVE what you did! My own jaw line was never this pretty, and I no longer look sunken and angry. This procedure, coupled with the great mini lift you did last year, has enabled me to look pretty darn good for an old gal of 65!
Again, my compliments and thanks to you!