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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+.
In more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve found that many people don’t realize the broad range of services a plastic surgeon actually provides. In particular, many patients assume that I strictly perform surgical procedures, when the fact is that I provide a comprehensive spectrum of aesthetic options, especially for facial rejuvenation. Some patients simply aren’t yet ready for cosmetic surgery, like a facelift or even my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift, while others prefer to take advantage of my non-surgical treatments to enhance and maintain the results of plastic surgery. Whatever your intentions may be, the rundown below offers a look at your options for non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, Band Aid Skin Tightening, and injections of Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and more.
Every patient’s treatment plan will look different depending on their specific concerns, priorities, and desired results. Offering a wide array of both cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures allows me to give each patient the ideal treatments for their needs. To discuss how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
About John L. LeRoy, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Dr. John LeRoy is an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon devoted to providing exceptional aesthetic care for over 20 years. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. LeRoy is best known for his Band Aid procedures: the innovative line of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures he has developed and perfected since 1997, including his Band Aid Mini Facelift, which he has performed for over 5,000 patients. But don’t let the name fool you—Band Aid procedures are not a franchised brand, but a set of surgeries exclusively developed and used by Dr. LeRoy to offer more natural-looking results with a simpler surgery. 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.
When people think of liposuction, their first thought is typically of the abdomen. But the procedure is a surprisingly versatile way to remove localized pockets of fat from nearly any area of the body. In fact, removing excess fat under the chin and throughout the jowls can be a successful addition to a facelift or my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Face Lift. After all, for facial rejuvenation patients, fine-tuning the “double chin” area can enhance their results while also giving them a more slender appearance. If you’re considering fat removal under your chin, here’s an overview to give you a better understanding of the procedure:
Liposuction under the chin is performed through very tiny incisions. In order to minimize bleeding and post-surgical discomfort, I typically use an advanced technique known as tumescent liposuction. In this method, I first inject a specialized solution (which includes lidocaine as well as other medications intended to constrict the local blood vessels). A narrow metal tube called a microcannula is then used to break up the targeted fat, and suction removes these fat cells through the same cannula. After I’ve carefully created a precise new contour, the liposuction incisions are closed cleanly (sometimes even without the need for sutures) for minimal scarring.
The recovery for facial liposuction is rather simple—most patients are back to work within a few days to a week. Keep in mind that it can take weeks for swelling and bruising to fully fade so that you can see your newly sculpted silhouette, but the long-term results for “double chin” liposuction can be exceptional for patients who take measures to maintain their pre-surgical weight.
Many neck liposuction patients are actually candidates for a specialized procedure I developed called Band Aid Liposuction. Designed for very small and precise areas of excess fat, Band Aid Liposuction employs minimally invasive techniques so that it can be performed in my comfortable office setting using gentle numbing, rather than general anesthesia. The result is surgery with less recovery time, less swelling and bruising, and a lower cost.
It’s crucial to recognize that liposuction is essentially a “spot treatment” for specific areas of fat. It is not a weight loss method, but it can actually be a perfect way to enjoy the results of your weight loss program by resolving stubborn bulges which remain after you reach your goal. Whether you’re considering liposuction to finish off your journey toward better health or you’ve simply always been bothered by disproportionate fat distribution, the first step is a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Call my office to schedule your consultation today. Or, for more helpful plastic surgery information and health tips, follow John L. LeRoy, MD on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
It seems as if you can’t open a magazine or turn on a TV without seeing another “revolutionary way to look younger.” Although many people are more than willing to give them a try, most of these “discoveries” have little or no scientific basis, so they simply won’t produce the results you expect. But one technique which has been debated for a long time is “facial yoga” or the “workout facial”—exercising the facial muscles as a way to look younger. So does it really work? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve taken a closer look at the claims behind facial exercises and the science surrounding them.
As we age, we lose volume throughout the face. Youthful fat diminishes with other tissue succumbs to the aging process, and the result is a more gaunt and “hollowed” facial shape. The primary claim behind facial exercises is that by toning the facial muscles, we can lift and enlarge these muscles in order to replace some of the age-related volume loss. Another added bonus is the enhanced blood flow that comes from the exercise, making your skin appear more radiant and youthful.
Proponents of facial exercises are correct that we lose muscle tone with age, and that exercise helps to give the skin a brighter look. But all in all, facial exercises will not make you look younger (and will certainly not replace a facelift) for a number of reasons.
First, there are several different factors in facial aging. Volume loss is one of them, but much of the volume lost is fat, rather than muscle. The other major contributor to looking “older” is the weakening and sagging of the skin. For many patients, this is actually the issue they are most bothered by, and facial exercises are not able to firm or smooth the skin. The only way to do this is through non-surgical skin treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, or for a more precise and comprehensive result, a surgical facelift or Band Aid Mini Face Lift.
Second, in some cases, facial exercises might actually accelerate wrinkle formation. Facial wrinkles are generally caused by a combination of weakening skin and repeated facial expressions, so if you’re making repetitive and dramatic facial movements, you could be forming new wrinkles in these areas.
Third, while the claim that facial exercises enhance blood flow for a brighter complexion does hold some merit, this has been found to be the case with any exercise, from jogging to lifting weights. A consistent workout routine can give you that energized complexion while also offering the many health benefits of an active lifestyle and avoiding the wrinkle-causing risks of facial exercises.
It’s understandable that everyone wants to look younger with as little effort as possible, but in this case, sticking with tried and true facial rejuvenation options such as Botox®, laser treatments, and face lifts can actually save you a lot of time you would have spent on ineffective (or even counter-productive) facial exercises. To discuss how I can help you achieve the more youthful and well-rested yet natural appearance you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in facial cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, I’ve found that post-surgical scarring is among the first questions nearly every patient asks during their consultation. After all, the purpose of plastic surgery is to allow you to regain confidence in your appearance, and if you’re just as self-conscious about your scarring as you were about the original problem, you won’t be able to enjoy the full potential of your results. Cosmetic nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a procedure which, to many patients’ pleasant surprise, leaves very little scarring—or even no visible scarring in some cases. But why is this the case?
Nose surgery is not exactly “minimally invasive.” After all, it often involves making changes to the actual bone structure of the nose. But because of the nose’s shape, its structure can be accessed with relatively small incisions, which is why most patients are left with little if any scarring. It all depends on what your aesthetic goals are, and with rhinoplasty, this can be reshaping a crooked or bumpy nose, changing the angle of the nose’s slope, reforming the tip of the nose (or even adding a nasal implant), resizing the nostrils, or any number of other changes. Most nose surgery patients will have one of two types of procedures:
- Open Rhinoplasty – The nasal structure is accessed through an incision in the narrow area of tissue separating the two nostrils. This results in a very subtle scar which is only visible to someone looking at your nose from below.
- Closed Rhinoplasty – Incisions are limited to areas within the nostrils, which means you will have no visible scarring.
How do you know what type of nose surgery you’ll need? Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast ways to know what to expect without a plastic surgery consultation. Your procedure will be designed based on your unique anatomy and the aesthetic vision you’re working toward. Every patient hopes to be a candidate for a closed rhinoplasty with no external scarring, but rest assured that if you do need external incisions, I will make them with your cosmetic goals in mind and conceal them within your natural contours as discreetly as possible.
Whether your aesthetic concerns include a crooked nose, facial aging, fat under your chin, or any number of other issues, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons (including potential scars) as a whole to decide whether a particular surgery is right for you. To get started, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, to learn more about plastic surgery and stay up-to-date on our latest special offers, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
I am a firm believer in making sure a patient and a surgeon are on the same page before any cosmetic surgery in order to attain the best possible results. That’s why the consultation I hold with each patient is more than just an informational meeting – it’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to make sure we’re working with the same vision in mind. Building this connection with my patients is one of the reasons so many have been thrilled enough with their results to offer plastic surgery testimonials for other patients as well.
Throughout the cosmetic surgery consultation process, many patients ask why I chose to be a plastic surgeon. At first, this question threw me for a loop. After all, how often do we truly understand why we have the passions we do? So I did some soul-searching, examining what I found to be the most rewarding about the process. Check out my video below to learn more about why I chose plastic surgery and why I’m so dedicated to attaining the best possible results for each patient.
There is no shortage of things to love about cosmetic surgery. It’s a fascinating and constantly evolving field which is highly rewarding, thanks in part to the interactions I have with my patients. To learn more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer, including my specialized, minimally invasive Band Aid surgeries, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for all our latest news and special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and subscribe to my newsletter.
At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John LeRoy, we place strong value on being part of our community. After all, it’s because of our patients in the Atlanta area that we are able to spend every day pursuing our passion of helping men and women be their most confident selves. To give back to our neighbors in Atlanta and beyond, we host a social media charity contest each quarter, allowing Georgia-based non-profit organizations to compete for a $1,000 donation. We’re excited to announce that our summer 2016 contest is now in full swing, and you have the opportunity to help your favorite charity win!
Our charity giveaways have two stages: nominations and voting. During the nomination stage (July 21st – August 5th, 2016), anyone is welcome to nominate the Georgia-based non-profit organization who they believe would make good use of our donation. After the nominations close, we’ll select up to four finalists. Then, from August 8th through August 19th, 2016, we’ll have a poll on our Facebook page where you can vote for one of the four finalists. The winning charity will be announced on Monday, August 22nd and will receive a $1,000 donation to use toward their cause.
Here’s how you can participate and help your favorite charity win:
- Visit the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page before August 5th and comment on the “Summer 2016 Charity Giveaway” post with the name of the organization you want to nominate. Feel free to add up to 50 words explaining why they’ve earned your nomination. Each nomination must meet the following criteria:
- The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
- The charity must be in Georgia.
- The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
- Each nominator may only nominate one charity.
- The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
- The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
- Last Step: Return to our Facebook page between August 8th and August 19th to place your vote for a final winner! We’ll announce the voting in a post at the top of the page, so you’ll be able to simply click on the link in that post and place your vote. While there’s no need to be a plastic surgery patient or have an affiliation with our office in order to vote, each person may only vote once, so be sure to spread the word so your friends can vote for your favorite charity, too!
At Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office, seeing how thrilled our patients are to look in the mirror is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job. But we also enjoy helping the members of our community who have needs in other areas of their lives, like housing, healthcare, or simply emotional support. If you have questions about our current or future social media charity contests, contact Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office. Or, to keep up with our future charity contests, special offers, and other news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and subscribe to our newsletter.
Depending on your personal tastes, “planning” can either be an exciting word or an awful one. Some people enjoy making lists, getting organized, and thinking ahead, while others enjoy being more spontaneous. Whichever type of person you normally are, the fact is that planning ahead is one of the keys to a successful plastic surgery – including my most popular procedures, face lifts and Band Aid Mini Facelifts. But don’t worry – as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m happy to offer some tips and tricks to help you prepare.
- Do your homework. Specifically, this applies to choosing a surgeon and a procedure. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon (if you only see the words “plastic surgeon” or “cosmetic surgeon,” they may not have all the rigorous education, testing, and years of experience requirements needed for board certification) and feel free to consult with several surgeons before you find one who makes you feel comfortable.
- Plan your resting space. After surgery, you’ll need to keep your head elevated at around a 30-45 degree angle while lying down during the early stages of your recovery. Either plan to use a comfortable recliner or prepare your bed using a wedge pillow or several comfortable pillows you can use to elevate your head.
- Evaluate your medicine cabinet. In addition to filling any prescriptions you may need (such as pain medication and antibiotics), you may also want to stock up on over-the-counter medications, because the medicine you normally take (like aspirin, certain other pain relievers, and specific herbal and nutritional supplements) may interfere with your body’s healing process and affect your plastic surgery results.
- Have your support system ready to go. It’s important to have family and friends available, not only for emotional support but for all the little things you may not be able to do for the first few days, such as transportation, shopping, child care, cooking, and cleaning.
- Stop smoking. Many patients underestimate the impact smoking has on recovery. By impairing your circulation, it limits your body’s ability to heal, which increases your risk for complications while also slowing your recovery and potentially limiting the quality of your results.
- Have soft food ready to go. To give your face an opportunity to rest, we generally recommend soft foods that require little or no chewing for the first 24 hours after a face lift. However, some patients need or choose to stay on a soft diet for longer, so it’s a good idea to stock up on soft foods before your procedure, especially those that require little preparation.
- Have everything you need at an easy-to-access level. You shouldn’t bend down, lift, or strain yourself after surgery, so do an inventory of everything you should need to access during your healing period and place all of it around the height of your waist or chest.
- Get a nightlight or flashlight. In case you need to make your way to the bathroom or elsewhere in your dark home at night, make sure you have a way to see where you’re going so you don’t fall or otherwise injure yourself.
- Follow all other pre-surgical instructions. Every plastic surgery patient is unique, so be sure to follow the detailed instructions I provide to you for preparing for your procedure, because these can vary based on your specific medical needs and the surgery you’re receiving. You should also review the post-surgical instructions so you can ask me any questions you may have and ensure that your spouse, friend, or anyone else who is helping with your recovery understands what they’ll need to do.
- Keep in communication with your plastic surgeon. Ask any and all questions you may have before your surgery so you have the knowledge, information, and peace of mind to help your procedure and your recovery be successful.
Even if planning and preparation isn’t exactly your idea of a good time, taking the right steps before plastic surgery can go a long way towards helping you have the safest and most successful possible results. To start discussing whether a facelift may be the best choice for you and how you can get the results you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.