As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, one of the most common questions I hear is, “how much younger can you make me look?” The answer is not as straightforward as you might expect. In fact, my philosophy is not “the more dramatic the results, the better.” Instead, I focus on giving patients a natural, rested, rejuvenated look. I specifically work to avoid making patients look “overdone” or making them feel like they don’t recognize the face in the mirror.
So, with the goal of helping my patients look like a younger version of themselves, I often recommend a less invasive and extensive alternative to the traditional facelift. The Band Aid Mini Facelift is a surgery I developed nearly twenty years ago, using specialized techniques which allow for exceptional results with half the recovery time and half the cost of a typical face lift, all performed in-office with gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia. If you think you are a candidate for a Band Aid Facelift, check out my video below for the answer to your question, “how much younger can I look after a Band Aid Mini Facelift?”
One of the keys to a successful plastic surgery experience is finding the right balance between the procedure and the results. In other words, how simple of a procedure can you have while still achieving results that meet your goals? To discuss your surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery answers, the latest news from our office, and our monthly special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Cosmetic surgery is more customized than most patients initially realize. For instance, one patient’s facelift (or, in some cases, the less invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed twenty years ago) may focus on smoothing and rejuvenating the cheekbone area while another’s may primarily impact sagging skin around the jawline. A surgeon who uses the exact same steps and incisions for every face lift will only be able to offer ideal results for a small number of people with a specific facial structure.
It’s always a good idea to do some research and to learn about the surgery you’re considering, and in the course of doing this, many facial rejuvenation patients come across advertising for “franchised” procedures—a method developed by one physician or a group which is then given a “brand name” so that surgeons throughout the country can purchase the rights to perform it. Unfortunately, this can leave little room for the customization that is so crucial to achieving successful results for every patient. After all, you expect your hair stylist to tailor your haircut to make you look your best, so why wouldn’t you expect the same from plastic surgery?
To learn more about how your facelift or Band Aid Mini Facelift is customized to fit you, check out my video below:
We all have our own “rules” about when we’re willing to pay for quality and when we choose the least expensive option available, but it’s safe to say that if there is anything you should choose based on quality, it’s your medical care. Preparing for cosmetic surgery can be exciting, but maintain enough self-awareness to avoid getting swept up in the marketing “hype” for franchised procedures. To discuss your aesthetic options and how I can help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, to learn more about cosmetic surgery and to keep up with my latest special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery, the most common procedure I perform is the face lift (or, in many cases, my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift). But I also help patients with a number of other aesthetic concerns regarding not the age but the structure of the face. One such procedure is otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery.
Clearly, the goal of ear surgery is to improve the appearance of the ears, but this can take many forms. One of the most common concerns otoplasty patients have is that their ears are forward-facing or they appear to stick out too far from the sides of their head. Other frequent issues patients ask about include ears that are disproportionately large or small, asymmetrical, or positioned undesirably.
How does ear surgery work?
Your otoplasty procedure will be customized to meet your specific needs. However, for most patients, the surgery begins with an incision in the back of the ear, allowing me to access the cartilage—the firm but flexible tissue that gives your ear its shape. From this incision, I can reshape the cartilage and, in some cases, use internal sutures to give the ear a more aesthetic yet natural-looking form.
How long does it take to recover from otoplasty?
In general, most patients can return to work, school, and most of their other daily activities about one week after their cosmetic ear surgery. Within two weeks after the procedure, your results should be rather visible, although small changes can continue to appear for up to twelve months. Keep in mind that, especially during the first days and weeks after surgery, you will have very specific instructions to follow regarding activity restrictions, caring for your dressings and incisions, how to position your head, and more, so it’s important to have support at home from friends and/or family members who can help.
Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?
Because the ears reach near their full adult size at an early age, this procedure is one of the few which can be successfully and safely performed on children as well as adults. Most children’s ears have reached the necessary growth by around ages 4 to 6. However, remember that anatomy is only one aspect of determining whether a patient is ready for plastic surgery—they must also be able to understand the surgery and be willing to follow their post-surgical instructions, and in the case of a child, the parents need to be on this same page as well.
Will I have scars after otoplasty?
Any surgery will leave a scar—it’s simply part of the body’s natural healing process. But fortunately, most ear surgeries can be performed using a rather small incision which can be placed in the back of the ear, in an area where it will be primarily concealed within the natural folds of the ear.
Will ear surgery affect my hearing?
No—otoplasty is designed to be purely cosmetic, not to impact your hearing (other than the early days of your recovery when your bandages may interfere). If your goal is to improve your hearing ability, you should speak with an audiologist or other physician who specializes in this area.
Whether otoplasty is being performed for a child or an adult, it’s important to be sure you’re pursuing surgery for the right reasons: a genuine desire to address an aesthetic problem which is holding you back, not an expectation that if you look better, everything else in life will fall into place. To discuss whether ear surgery is the right choice for you or your child, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L LeRoy. Or, for more information and helpful plastic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
For people who aren’t very familiar with the plastic surgery industry, there’s a common stereotype that cosmetic surgery patients are all wealthy, middle-aged socialite women. But in over twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s become abundantly clear that people of all ages, genders, career paths, and walks of life choose to restore their self-confidence with plastic surgery (or, in some cases, attain a confidence they’ve never had before). In particular, men are becoming more and more frequent patrons at plastic surgery offices, especially when it comes to my specialty: the facelift and the Band Aid Mini Facelift.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (which collects data from surgeons nationwide each year), over 13,700 men in the US received face lifts last year, while in 2010 it was 10,300 men. And while women do still make up the majority of facial rejuvenation patients, men are gaining ground: they accounted for just over 8% of facelifts in 2010, but nearly 11% in 2015. This same trend occurs for plastic surgery in general, too: men received just over 142,000 cosmetic surgeries in 2010, and more than 196,000 in 2015.
Why the recent increase? Every patient’s motivations are their own, but there are a number of factors which may be making men more interested in plastic surgery. First, while men do often choose surgery simply to feel more confident in their appearance, more and more are also citing the need to look refreshed and youthful in order to compete in the job market. Especially for men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are competing with young professionals in their 20s and 30s, the natural aging of sagging skin and wrinkles can make them look more tired than they truly are, and a facelift as well as similar procedures like eyelid surgery or even non-surgical skin firming, laser treatments, or facial injectables can make a powerful difference in how they’re perceived and in the first impression they make.
Another potential reason behind the popularity of plastic surgery for men is that the surgical options themselves are improving. Surgeons are becoming more skilled at producing impressive results while keeping a masculine, discreet look. Newer, less invasive procedures also tend to open a lot of options for men, especially those in the corporate world, because they require minimal time off work. For instance, my Band Aid Mini Facelift focuses on natural-looking results, but it’s performed in-office using gentle numbing (as opposed to general anesthesia) and minimally invasive techniques, which results in a shorter recovery time in addition to less bruising and swelling as well as smaller scars.
Regardless of what reason you have for seeking plastic surgery, the fact is that as we continue to make new advances and develop new technologies, the procedures become accessible and relevant for more and more patients—including men. If you want to discuss what I can do to help you look and feel your best, schedule a consultation. Or, for more helpful tips, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.