Facial cosmetic surgery has seen several major changes since the nation began facing economic stressors several years ago. Facial rejuvenation patients who would have opted for traditional versions of cosmetic surgery, like a full facelift or both upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) less than a decade ago, have instead elected to pursue minimally invasive, more cost effective versions. In an effort to dispel the inflated, high price tag reputation of cosmetic surgery, Dr. John LeRoy would like to examine the components of plastic surgery cost.
Most Atlanta cosmetic surgeons charge a similar amount for a facelift. The exact price of facial plastic surgery will vary depending upon the following: doctor’s fees (determined based on a surgeon’s experience), anesthesiologist fees, hospital fees, and material costs. We’re using the facelift as an example here, but the prices of other facial cosmetic procedures such as facial liposuction, facial implants, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are usually tabulated similarly.
Doctor’s fees for facelift surgery consist of compensation for the time spent by the surgeon completing the respective procedure, the difficulty of the procedure, and the number of areas being treated (i.e.- a full facelift vs. a partial facelift in which the plastic surgeon addresses a particular region of the face.) Some plastic surgeons may decrease the amount they charge if they are to perform several plastic surgeries in combination.
Like plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists charge based on the amount of time a person is to remain under anesthesia, the type of drugs necessary (i.e. local anesthesia vs. general anesthesia), and the complexity (any outside health concerns present during surgery). The conditions of particular interest during surgery that would require an anesthesiologist’s added focus include: high blood pressure, diabetes, and the presence of certain medications within the body’s systems which could interact with the anesthesia drugs.
Most plastic surgery offices are not equipped with appropriate space to safely perform cosmetic surgery. Therefore, most must pay to use a hospital’s space so that the doctor will have the equipment necessary to safely and effectively operate. Fortunately, Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid Facelift can be performed in-office because it only requires local anesthesia, and Dr. LeRoy possesses the proper tools to monitor vital signs and perform procedures without compromising patient safety. Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures (i.e.- dermal injections, facial fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments) do not typically require hospital stay or fees; however, not all cosmetic issues can be resolved with such procedures and thus justifying the necessity of such costs.
Material costs regularly include the expenses for specialized surgical instruments and recovery aids. Unlike tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or liposuction which requires specialty post-operative undergarments for proper healing, most facial surgery can be completed using relatively routine surgical tools. Some surgeons employ the use of specialty stitching tools to minimize scarring after a facelift, but most fees of this nature are relatively straight forward.
Dr. LeRoy emphasizes the fact that while every surgeon may bill using a similar formula, an exact price for plastic surgery can only be determined after a personal cosmetic consultation between the patient and their prospective surgeon. Visit Dr. LeRoy’s website or blog to learn more about the cost of a facelift, breast augmentation cost, or liposuction.
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.