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.
John LeRoy says, “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, the true difference among “mini” facial rejuvenation procedures performed at his Atlanta plastic surgery practice lies in experience and results.”
Dr. LeRoy has been in practice in Atlanta since 1997, and has used his surgical experience along with patient feedbackk 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.
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.”
While some people opt for the quick-fix procedures using dermal injections, these are only temporary lasting from 4 months to a year. The face continues to age. Yes, aging is not going to stop even with a facelift, however, the results of a surgical procedure are much longer lasting.
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.”
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 (CLICK HERE) or the Dr. John L. LeRoy MD Facebook page (CLICK HERE). Be sure to read his blog on the website page. You will find loads of information about what’s going on in the field of plastic surgery.
Before you spend good money for a “Mall Brand” facelift such as Lifestyle Lift, do your homework. Seek the services of a plastic surgeon certified and experienced by either The American Board of Plastic Surgery or for facila plastic surgeons, The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Remember that low price is not a criteria for choosing a surgeon. Experience, certifications, hospital affiliations, consultation are all important aspects of choosing the right surgeon for your procedure.