Since developing the Band Aid Facelift in 1997, Dr. John LeRoy has mastered minimally invasive versions of several traditional plastic surgery procedures including: Band Aid Lipo, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Forehead lift, and now, Band Aid Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Popular for their ability to target and rejuvenate very specific areas of the face and neck through discreet incisions, LeRoy’s Band-Aid procedures provide instant results, shorter recovery time, and decreased cost compared to the traditional versions of the surgeries.
The goal of the Band-Aid Blepharoplasty procedure is subtlety. Like traditional eyelid surgery, Dr. LeRoy targets and removes pockets of excess fat and sagging skin that can appear on the upper and lower eyelids, resulting in a more youthful, refreshed look around the eyes. Unlike traditional eyelid surgery though, Dr. LeRoy performs the Band-Aid Blepharoplasty operation in the office, using only gentle numbing (local anesthesia).
While Band-Aid Blepharoplasty makes a great option for those patients just beginning to see the signs of eye-area aging, it is important to seek the professional opinion of a board certified Plastic Surgeon before electing a specific procedure. To schedule a consultation with Dr. LeRoy call his office or visit his website.
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In the Hands of the Right Physician Every Step of the Way: The Importance of Getting What you Pay for When it Comes to Cosmetic Procedures
When talking about the credentials of any reputable physician you often hear the names of prestigious medical universities and fellowships they attended, mentions of board and even double board certifications they earned, and the number of years they have been practicing in their particular field. But no matter how impressive a physician’s credentials are on paper, these credentials only really matter if you are dealing directly with that particular doctor and are not passed off to a nurse or physician’s assistant when it comes time for treatment.
You research and consciously sign up for a doctor so that you can be treated by that particular doctor, not a less qualified member of his/her staff. That is not to say that a staff cannot be incredibly qualified and supportive – but as a patient, you are paying for that particular doctor’s expertise.
You should clearly communicate your expectations during the initial consultation and ask your physician how much of your cosmetic treatment will be performed by him/her and how much will be performed by someone else.
The bottom line: a good doctor with good training and good technique is your best chance at a fantastic result; so make sure your treatment is performed by the doctor you signed up for.
Early Stages of Research On Cell-enriched Fat Grafting Shows Promise for Future Cosmetic and Reconstruction Surgery
A recent study published in Annals of Plastic Surgery, shows promise for the future of cell-enriched fat grating in plastic and reconstructive surgery. The article titled “Supplementation of Fat Grafts with Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRCs) Improves Long-Term Graft Retention” compared the longevity and health of traditional fat grafting techniques versus fat grafting using ADRC cell-enriched grafts.
Traditionally, fat grafting is the process of using liposuction to remove excess fat, taking those fat cells and sterilizing them and then re-injecting those fat cells into other parts of the body, most commonly the face, lips, and buttocks. What this study did, in layperson terms, is enrich the removed fat cells with ADRC, and observed the effects and characteristics of these cells once re-injected.
The study found that cell retention was doubled when cell-enriched grafting was used over the traditional fat grafting controls. This is an important discovery for plastic and reconstructive surgery, because with current fat grafting techniques, some of the fat cells are naturally reabsorbed into the body, altering the initial results of the procedure. If cell retention is greater, then plastic and reconstructive surgeons can use fat grafting with more precision and yield more effective results.
The study also found that cell-enriched grafts were healthier and more functional – with an increased number of healthy fat cells, a lower number of dead cells, and less of a chance of cyst formation. Other observations included healthier and improved blood vessel density with enriched cells.
While cell-enriched fat grafting is still in the early stages of study, scientists are hopeful that this technology can be useful for reconstruction and cosmetic surgery patients in the future.