Beyond Aesthetics: Cosmetic Surgery, Your Health and Self-Esteem

Last year a fascinating report showed that many smokers who stopped puffing pre-cosmetic surgery smoked less in the future—or quit altogether. It’s just one of plastic surgery’s potentially positive impacts on health, wellness and self-esteem.

In this particular case, surgeons asked smokers to cease their habit two weeks prior to having a scheduled plastic surgery procedure. It’s a general protocol that ensures the safest operation possible. Researchers then tracked smoker patients in a long-term follow-up study to see if a mental and physical boost from plastic surgery might impact their ability to quit a harmful addiction.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reported the study’s results. Lead author Aaron C. Van Slyke, MD, MSc, of University of British Columbia, Vancouver, confirmed that indeed data indicated an association between cosmetic surgery and smoking cessation.

In fact, the conclusion was that patients who are told to temporarily stop smoking by a plastic surgeon will quit, or at least smoke less, in the years after cosmetic surgery.

A facelift lifts more than cheeks

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“When you look better, you feel better,” says Dr. Smith, “and that can lead to meaningful lifestyle changes.”

It’s not surprising, says Dr. Brent J. Smith, who has noted such occurrences over nearly 30 years in facial plastic surgery practice. Patients often report things like a renewed spirit. It’s especially common after facial plastic surgery, in which a prominent part of the body is permanently enhanced. And it’s usually related to a boost in confidence and energy from the aesthetic upgrade that leads to patients adopting healthier lifestyles.

“It makes sense. When you look better, you feel better, and that can lead to meaningful lifestyle changes,” Dr. Smith says. “Often new patients think, wow, it’s fun to feel this way, so they do things like put themselves out there physically and socially.”

One recent email from a Smith Cosmetic Surgery client sums this thinking up perfectly:

“I was just getting ready this morning, but wanted to stop and send this! I look awesome! I am not happy … thrilled is more the word I would use! I feel like I was in a time machine. I probably was … that Michael Jackson thing you all put me in and came out in the 80s minus the big hair! My face gets better every day, even though it was spectacular in a month! … Off to horse show … hat and sunscreen in tow!”

The tone of this communication is undeniable. This patient is confident in her new look; she’s seeing positives; she’s embracing an active lifestyle; and she’s taking precautions to protect her new look—and new life.

By the way, the “time machine” she refers to is a hyperbaric chamber patients use to speed healing after surgery. It’s all part of Dr. Smith’s Rapid Recovery program, which is designed to get facial plastic surgery patients back to their lives as soon as possible.

Plastic surgery and long-term lifestyle changes

At our Denver practice, we see and hear stories of healthy lifestyle shifts following facelifts all the time. “When how you look finally matches the energy you knew you had inside, it can give folks a renewed sense of self,” Dr. Smith says. “When they have this new energy, they tend to put it to good, whether that’s by taking better care of themselves or other people in their lives.”

The Smith Cosmetic Surgery staff regularly hears words like “unburdened” to describe the feeling patients have after committing to a cosmetic surgery procedure. It’s often because they’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and finally had the courage to go through with it. Often they say a weight is being lifted from their shoulders. And it’s that kind of freedom—to be whoever you want to be and do whatever you can—that leads to great things.

With a new focus on well-being, many patients become proactive in how they take care of their skin and new look. Sometimes we call it getting the skin “in shape,” just like you would your body. When people pay more attention to skincare it can also lead to a new awareness about what’s underneath.

In fact, sometimes before or after a treatment, Dr. Smith will notice a potentially pre-cancerous concern. That’s something that many times he can treat right in the office with an advanced laser procedure, which gently removes basal cells or other issues that could lead to more serious issues in the future.

Applying a healthy mindset to all parts of life

In that way, the whole Smith Cosmetic Surgery team becomes an advocate for the patient’s well-being. Embracing a renewed sense of appreciation for the face, skin and general health, the patient and the plastic surgery team work together to support good health for a lifetime.

Likewise, since a majority of facelift patients are middle-age and above (although the trend is certainly skewing younger each year), often we see women and men who benefit from facial plastic surgery on a whole other level.

For example, patients in their 50s or 60s can find themselves single due to divorce, death or other circumstances. The shock can take a toll. It can feel like starting all over again in the dating scene, which can be a scary for people who were previously in long-term relationships.

Plastic surgery has a unique way of giving people confidence they didn’t even realize was inside. We can’t even count the positive patient stories following a beautifully natural facelift with Dr. Smith. Often our patients go on to uncover exciting and powerful new relationships with others.

But it all comes back to a renewed sense of self-esteem and fresh focus on healthy living. And if facial plastic surgery is the choice that puts people on a new trajectory to healthier, happier, longer lives, we couldn’t be in a better, more rewarding business.

Maybe it’s time to take the next step toward finding the right procedure for where you are in life. Give Smith Cosmetic Surgery a call today at 303-741-2211 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Popular Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

Facial plastic surgery is no longer perceived as women’s topic. As enhancements and elective procedures designed to elevate the human face—and condition—have become more common worldwide, men are coming along for the ride.

Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. SmithBOTOX® and facelifts are now a routine part of American culture, the subject of everyday conversation. Increasingly that means men are also considering plastic surgery and nonsurgical procedures, whether a significant other or friends who have already undergone life-changing facial procedures encourage them.

“Plastic surgery used to be something for the rich. Twenty-five years ago it would have been taboo to talk about among men and it would have been done behind closed doors,” says Dr. Brent J. Smith, who founded Smith Cosmetic Surgery over 30 years ago. “Now men realize other guys have the same concerns. They’re asking what was it like and admitting they’ve been thinking about it too. Now that plastic surgery is more accepted in society, they’re more curious.”

While facelifts have always been available to people of varied ages, backgrounds and sexes, more men than ever are finally exploring what the fuss is all about. That couldn’t make Dr. Smith more excited about his bustling Denver facial plastic surgery practice. After all, having a male performing surgery is always a helpful way to make male patients feel more comfortable, particularly with their first procedure.

Maintaining a fresh, more youthful appearance is especially important to middle-aged men, who may be competing against younger applicants during a mid-career job shift or possible promotion. This is quite common in the modern workplace because professionals tend to move to different companies and opportunities much more readily than in the past.

Appearance and related self-confidence also become important aspects as men re-enter the dating scene after a divorce later in life. Additionally, where even just a few years ago a more rugged, “Marlboro man” look was considered attractive, a smoother look, featuring more youthful skin, is now more popular and sought after.

What plastic surgery procedures are men choosing?

man asks what facial plastic surgery procedures other men considerSo what plastic surgery procedures are men having done these days? Eyelids are the most common area of concern for male patients coming in for consultations at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Smith explains why this area of the face is so important: “When we look at someone, the first thing we do is make eye contact, and when we see hooding around the eyes it automatically makes people look older.”

That’s not an expression most men or women want to showcase. But while women tend to see and be more concerned with subtleties in the face, Dr. Smith says most male patients tend to look at the big picture. They typically want to know what procedure will enhance their overall look to appear less aged.

Noses are also very important to men’s appearances. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual survey, rhinoplasty remains the top procedure overall for men, followed by nonsurgical BOTOX®.

The reason many men choose to have their noses done in conjunction with a facelift has to do with the way the human nose expands as it ages. Nose cartilage, the wiggly part that makes up the bottom half of the nose, actually grows as we age. Additionally, tissues designed to hold noses up and in place, get more lax over time, which can make the nose droop. An existing hump may become more prominent as well.

This is acutely concerning among men who may have started life with a larger nose. Maybe they’ve been bothered by the size of their nose since they were a child or teen, and that concern only grows as the nose does with age.

In addition to mini facelifts and procedures that minimize the eyelids and nose, men are also choosing popular nonsurgical options like BOTOX® for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as laser-guided procedures and peels to smooth the skin. These outpatient procedures are especially attractive to working professionals who don’t think they can schedule the required downtime following a facial cosmetic procedure.

Tips for first-time male facial cosmetic surgery patients

Men who do commit to realizing the long-term results of a more permanent facelift or rhinoplasty often struggle with what it means to be a patient. While societal norms are slowly changing, American cultural has traditionally favored the “macho man.”

tips for first-time male facial cosmetic surgery patientsThat means males in the U.S. are often under pressure, whether conscious or subconscious, to live up to a model that places value on independence, efficiency and toughness. And those traits don’t always make for the best facial plastic surgery patients.

If you want something done fast without missing much work and you expect to take recovery into your own hands, those are unrealistic expectations for any surgery. So how can men learn to be better patients and give their investment the respect it deserves and the time it needs to pay off?

One key is scheduling real downtime. Just like vacation, you can take it if you really want it. Don’t try to wing a facelift or other surgical procedure and expect to walk back in the office a whole new you the same week. Give yourself permission to rest and recover properly. If you let Smith Cosmetic Surgery help, we promise you will be amazed by our advanced healing techniques like hyperbaric oxygen. “For guys it never feels like a good time to take down time with work,” Dr. Smith says. “So identify a specific date for surgery and really start to work your schedule around that.”

Another very important piece of advice for male patients is to follow directions. Yep, just like your spouse or significant other wants you to do in the car. If you do what Dr. Smith and his expert team asks during pre-op and post-op you will be much happier with your experience and outcome in the long run. Dr. Smith reminds, “When we give pre-operative instructions, for example, it’s not being done willy-nilly. If you prepare, you will get better results and a better recovery.”

Need more advice on making the facelift you’ve been considering a reality? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Smith. His 30-year medical knowledge of the face, combined with the highly professional process at Smith Cosmetic Surgery, may give you answers to medical and emotional questions you didn’t even know you had.  We welcome the opportunity to help you through the process.

To request your personal consultation, call us at 888-219-1161 or contact us online.

Mini Facelift, Big Results: Facial Plastic Surgery That Works for All

We will be the first to point out that word “mini” can be misconstrued when paired with “facelift.” There’s plenty of confusion in the marketplace about modern facial plastic surgery procedures like the mini facelift.

  • Does it mean the procedure itself is “mini,” or less invasive than full facelifts of the past?
  • Does the term imply that only a “mini” part of the face will undergo surgery?
  • Can I request a mini lift for minimal results and downtime or a maxi lift for more serious signs of aging?

Dr. Brent J. Smith, a nationally renowned, board-certified, fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, and his exceptional team at Smith Cosmetic Surgery are here to clear up these misconceptions—and put prospective patients at ease. There’s no doubt that the phrase “mini facelift” means different things to different people and is used in a variety of ways by surgical practices and patients.

What’s most important for those considering a facelift of any kind is to understand how your chosen surgeon defines and executes the mini lift. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we use the term more generally to describe how Dr. Smith’s artistic eye and microscopic incisions lead to more youthful-looking results with less downtime than a traditional full facelift.

The problems with full facelifts of the past

The problem with earlier, full facelift procedures is they were more rudimentary and less customizable to each face. This less-refined procedure often came with more swelling and a longer healing process.

It also meant that patients could end up with more pulled- and taught-looking results, because the surgery addressed signs of aging through tissues ranging from the neck to the forehead. Because the whole facial tissue structure was lifted upward rather than sculpted and contoured around muscles for your individual features, you could end up with a “look” similar to your neighbor’s.

But times have changed. Technology has advanced. And reputable plastic surgeons like Dr. Smith are using top-of-the-line skills that allow for professional sculpting and address only what a patient needs to look like his or her most natural self.

Mini facelifts address only what you need

mini facelift patient closeup at Smith Cosmetic Surgery in DenverA mini facelift at Smith Cosmetic Surgery means fewer and tinier incisions yet more natural, long-term results. The easiest way to think about a mini lift is as a “minimally invasive” facelift, because to achieve outstanding results Dr. Smith typically only needs to address the cheek and neck areas.

Because the muscles in these areas are so crucial to facial structure, manipulating complementary cheeks and neck can have a profound impact on the entire appearance of the face. Rather than elevating only the skin, as many people think a facelift does, a modern mini facelift works through the underlying support of the face: the muscles.

“Skin doesn’t like to be under tension, and if we only addressed the skin you wouldn’t be happy with your results 6 or 12 months down the line,” explains Dr. Smith. “Instead we need to elevate the muscles in the cheeks, which are continuous with the neck area, to achieve the kind of long-lasting results that people tell their friends about.”

Why just the lower half of the face?

Gravity plays a big part. As we age, our muscles, tissues and overlying skin begin to sag downward with gravitational pull—and time. We also lose volume, which leaves the face looking sunken or hollow. The mini facelift is ideal because everyone can improve the lower features of the face. No one is immune to gravity, and surgery is the only way to address its aging effects.

That said, just like the full facelifts of the past didn’t provide a universal fix, neither will a mini facelift if we don’t consult about each patient’s special needs and concerns. That’s why Dr. Smith speaks with every prospective patient before booking a mini facelift or other facial plastic surgery. “We have to listen to their concerns and counsel them on what’s going to give them the best result,” he says.

During a consultation, people often ask if they are the right age for a mini facelift. Our answer to that common question is always the same: There is no “right” age for plastic surgery, because people age differently based on their heredity, backgrounds, lifestyles and environmental exposure.

“There’s nothing magical about waiting until you are, say, 65,” Dr. Smith says. “We have performed mini facelifts on people ranging in age from 28 to 88 at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. The right time for a facelift is when you start to focus on something specific, like the squaring off of your face or the bands in your neck, every time you look in the mirror in the morning.”

However, even when a patient has made the decision to move forward with a facelift consultation, there’s one concern that stands out the most: Will I still look like myself?

mini facelift patient of Smith Cosmetic Surgery in DenverDr. Smith puts that fear to rest daily. “A lot of these fears stem from TV and Hollywood, where people have been ‘overdone’ with plastic surgery,” Dr. Smith says. “Our philosophy is we’d rather err on being conservative. I want to complement the nice features you already have.”

If you are curious about how you’d look after a mini facelift, please call us to request a complimentary consultation at 888-218-4479 or contact us online.

During your consultation, Smith Cosmetic Surgery’s individual computer imaging will give you a preview of your personal surgical results.

What You Need to Know about Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery

Just like other industries, plastic surgery has its own innovations and cultural shifts. Some are good; some are not so good.

But identifying these trends is critical. Knowing what’s happening in the marketplace will only make consumers more knowledgeable and better able to make the smartest decisions for health and well-being.

So what are this year’s biggest facial plastic surgery trends?

Social media drives discussions, decisions

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Nonsurgical procedures, including injectables, continue to increase in popularity.

We’ve already talked a lot about the selfie. These glamour shots are certainly here to stay and seem to be driving a lot of new plastic surgery inquiries—and even decision-making, for better or worse.

In last year’s annual survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic surgeons, more than half of doctors saw patients who admitted to wanting to look better in selfies.

But beyond just showing off a new facelift, it seems people are taking to the selfie on Instagram, Facebook and other social media forums to find a sense of solidarity. Prospective patients might surf for a flattering facelift that they’d like to replicate or to find other people who have undergone a procedure they’re considering.

So while it shows up in a variety of ways, the selfie trend is an important one to keep an eye on.

Injectables are on the rise

Nonsurgical procedures continue to explode across the nation. In fact, the average number of procedures that AAFPRS members now perform increased 25 percent in the last five years, and over four-fifths of treatments last year were categorized as cosmetic nonsurgical procedures.

Patients interested in noninvasive treatments are also skewing younger. Last year, 56 percent of AAFPRS members saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables with patients under age 30.

This trend may point in part to the fact that plastic surgery is no longer a taboo topic. People talk about BOTOX over lunch. Millennials with disposable income are increasingly tempted by temporary beauty boosts through injectables, fillers, laser resurfacing and peels.

While nonsurgical procedures are certainly more popular than ever before, this trend doesn’t mean that the technology behind these “lunchtime” procedures has advanced to the point of replacing facial plastic surgery. A medical surgery like the popular mini facelift, which can be customized to each individual face, remains the only reliable way to achieve effective long-term results.

The new face of a promotion

Today’s competitive work environment also seems to be an important driver for those considering plastic surgery. Professionals seeking that big promotion may feel they need a leg (or face) up on others applying for the position. In fact, nearly 60 percent of facial plastic surgeons recently reported that their patients’ need to stay relevant in professional life was a major reason for seeking cosmetic treatments.

And for good reason: Newer noninvasive treatments let both men and women uncover a refreshed face with little to no downtime, meaning they can return to a demanding office environment the next day—without missing a beat. Not surprisingly, eyelid procedures are a particularly hot procedure right now. This quick fix can create an instantly less tired look.

Nose jobs are still the standard

While BOTOX remains the most popular minimally invasive procedure for women, followed by fillers and skin treatments, rhinoplasty continues to be the No. 1 ranked procedure in the surgical category. In fact, nose-correction surgery is the top cosmetic procedure overall among men, followed by BOTOX injections.

Some 97 percent of surgeons make major nose corrections each year for patients who feel that a change in this prominent feature could make a significant enhancement to their appearance—and self-esteem.

Just behind rhinoplasty is blepharoplasty, the reconstruction or lifting of the eyelids, which is no surprise given the rising popularity of nonsurgical eyelid treatments among Americans.

The third most popular facial plastic surgery procedure is the facelift. In fact, the mini facelift—a quicker healing, more advanced technique than traditional surgery—is such a common sight and discussion topic on social media that facial plastic surgeries like these are no longer something to hide, but rather something to showcase.

Choose your surgeon wisely

While plastic surgery trends can be empowering for those considering cosmetic facial procedures, it’s important that you don’t allow these cultural shifts to cloud good judgment. With the proliferation of unlicensed injectable centers, it’s more important than ever to choose a reputable surgeon for your facial plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

“Trendy is not a good thing when it comes to choosing the right person or procedure,” says Dr. Brent J. Smith, who has worked exclusively on over 30,000 faces for 30 years at his Denver practice. “With so many things advertised to ‘tighten’ and ‘melt,’ we have to remind people that it’s always buyer beware.”

Smith Cosmetic Surgery sees a lot of new patients after they’ve spent far too much money on alternatives that just don’t work. It’s important that prospective facial plastic surgery patients get educated and investigate a practice’s licensure, background and actual patient surgical results, when trying to find the best fit.

For example, there are medical spas popping up all over, especially in states like Colorado where laws are looser around who can perform these procedures. Many don’t even require a medical director and may employ practitioners that are not properly or fully trained or licensed. Remember, just because treatments are more readily available doesn’t mean they are safe or effective.

In fact, a quarter of all AAFPRS members are concerned about an increase in nonmedical staff doing procedures resulting in poor results. Dr. Smith is equally concerned for the future well-being of patients.

A quality, board-certified facial plastic surgeon is your safest bet for achieving the best results in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Start by researching the most trained and respected surgeons in your area, schedule a free consultation to ask more questions and don’t forget to check out each practice’s before-and-after patient pictures.

Wondering more about trends and treatments in facial plastic surgery? Smith Cosmetic Surgery has three decades of experience working with people just like you. Contact us to schedule your consultation, and we’ll address every question you have and guide you in your decision-making about facelifts, injectables and other facial cosmetic surgery options.

Facial Plastic Surgery and Your Self(ie)-Worth

Let’s face it: Selfie photos are just a part of modern-day life. They’re not going away anytime soon, and people of every age—from tweens to grandparents—are taking these headshots every day. The question is how does this cultural phenomenon apply to facial plastic surgery—and self-worth?

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An increasing number of facial plastic surgery patients say they want to look better in selfies and other photos.

There’s certainly an uptick in people who reference the ubiquitous selfie when booking plastic surgery consultations. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery, recognized and called out this tendency several years ago.

Statistics have only trended upward since then. In fact, in 2017, some 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who wanted to look better in selfies. That finding was up a significant 13 percent from the year prior.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Brent J. Smith handles similar desires at his Denver practice. Some requests are directly related to a patient’s appearance in selfie portraits, especially those who use social media or image-driven apps regularly for dating or even marketing an independent business.

However, it’s important to note that smartphone cameras have a way of distorting reality. Flipping the camera on your face brings all the focus to the center of the screen, making anything in the middle look larger and distorting reality in the process. Selfies are not a productive way to judge yourself.

Ironically, using technology for increased amounts of time and posing for selfies has added another layer of concern for people considering plastic surgery on their face. Social media mavens are starting to see the effects of “tech neck”—a premature wrinkling and loosening of the skin around the neck area. For example, Smith Cosmetic Surgery recently worked with a patient who first noticed her tech neck as an unsightly daily reflection in her iPhone and iPad.

Making statements and showing off

That said, social media, selfies and the sharing economy have also created a new sense of solidarity, for better or worse. In many cases, A-list celebrities and everyday Joes are using face photos in two different ways. The first is posting images without makeup on—those “just woke up” images—to make a statement about natural beauty and sometimes the empowerment of women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.

Alternately, people from all over the world are posting freely about surgical work that they have had and are proud to show off. From lip injections to cheek implants to mini facelifts, nothing is off limits anymore, and there may be value in that honest approach as well.

Happy or unhappy with your appearance?

Either way, “selfie”-awareness is only becoming more prominent and raises some interesting questions about why people choose to have plastic surgery in the first place.

Several past studies have shown that plastic surgery can work effectively to boost self-confidence for patients of all ages. One of the most comprehensive followed 98 women and two men for a couple of years after plastic surgery.

Nearly 90 percent of participants reported being either “somewhat satisfied” or “extremely satisfied” with their procedure each time they filled out the researchers’ questionnaires. Even after two years, 93 percent said that they would have the surgery again.

That may have measured post-surgical feelings about overall appearance, but what about overall happiness related to having plastic surgery?

A large 2012 study found that at least among younger patients surgery did not improve overall self-worth.

Of 1,500 young women in the study, which followed prospective patients over 13 years, 78 of the girls who followed through with plastic surgery procedures tended to have a history of poorer mental health to begin with, and having cosmetic surgery did not make them happier.

How to draw the line

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Growing ‘selfie’-awareness raises important questions to ask yourself if you’re considering facial plastic surgery.

These contrasting findings seem to show that patients need to draw an important line when making the life-changing decision to have facial plastic surgery.

For those with solid self-esteem and healthy lifestyle habits, facial plastic surgery could be that choice that takes life to the next level. For those concerned only with boosting their online status or who already suffer from signs of waning self-esteem, it may not be the smartest choice, at least at a younger age.

It’s important to ask yourself questions like these:

  • Is improving your online profile or social media status playing a significant part in your choice to enhance your facial features?
  • Were you considering a facelift before you became more involved in image-driven social media such as Instagram or Facebook?
  • Do you have deeper concerns about your self-worth that could be related to personal issues such as history, relationships and destructive behavior?

Only you can make that decision, but a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Smith can become a helpful ally in making the most informed choice possible.

With 30 years in the business of restoring natural beauty to the face, Dr. Smith has had every conversation imaginable with prospective patients. He and his staff are well versed in guiding people of all ages and backgrounds into both surgical and non-surgical enhancements that are the right fit for each individual.

Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Schedule a complimentary consultation with the exceptional and trusted team at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. We are here to support you in making the decision that is best for you.

Facial Treatments and Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

“Old Man Winter” is here again, affording the perfect time to pamper your skin. It happens every year: cuticles crack and peel, hands turn to leather, and our cheeks take on the consistency of sandpaper. These are some of the telltale signs that it’s time to give your skin the attention it deserves during the long, cold season ahead.

To tackle that, Colorado’s Smith Cosmetic Surgery encourages patients to approach winter skin care with the most effective triad we know: prevention, exfoliation and hydration through physician-directed products. So let’s take a look at some of the ways you can start to use these tools during your daily routine and plan ahead to care for your skin this winter.

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Maintaining healthy skin in the winter hinges on three keys: prevention, exfoliation and hydration.

Prevention

If we can do more to protect our skin in the first place, it may never escalate to epically dry and cracked conditions. Prevention methods work from inside and outside the body, and it’s important to consider both. What can you be doing to protect your skin from winter’s amplified elements? How can you fuel your body to nourish it from the inside out?

First, the elements: It’s cold, it’s windy and, in Colorado at least, it’s also still sunny. While many people spend more time indoors, away from harsh elements, that’s not always the case for active people. If you participate in winter recreation such as skiing, your skin is getting walloped with extreme and prolonged exposure to sun reflecting off snow, coupled with chilly temperatures and whipping wind.

Sunscreen is an absolute must, even on those cloudy days. Applying protection to the face, neck and hands (don’t forget those!) is critical even in the winter. People who commute by car, for example, tend to get sunburned on one side of their face, as the rising sun blasts through the window. Constant reflection will also scorch hands resting on the steering wheel. An easy way to counteract this problem is to keep a quality sunscreen in the console and slather on all your exposed parts. Yes, even your hands. Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Smith sees many patients whose hands have aged well beyond their faces.

The second sneaky feature of winter is the damage skin sustains even while we’re indoors. As the heaters kick on, they further dry out the air and add dust and other particles to our homes. Meanwhile the sun may still be baking and reflecting through windows, while a skin-sabotaging fire roars in the background. It may feel cozy, but your skin is screaming for a little TLC.

Especially in the winter, skin needs a sustainable way to replace the water it’s losing through environmental exposure. The most effective way to hydrate your skin is through the fluids and foods you take in each day. That means drinking more water, which can be a struggle for many people.

Consider this your winter challenge. Think of new ways to add variety to your water intake. Heat it up and add lemon. Keep a replenishing bottle of water with cut-up cucumbers in the fridge. Add a dash of a vitamin C packet once a day if you need to.

The foods you eat in winter also affect the health of your skin. While most people are drawn to warming comfort foods during cold snaps, don’t neglect those fruits and vegetables. Plant-based foods are packed with the natural nutrients and fluids your body and skin are craving in the winter.

Exfoliation

This may sound like the ultimate contradiction, but there’s nothing more important than stripping away old skin during the dryer months. It’s counterintuitive because most people think adding more moisturizer to the face will hydrate it best. But the opposite is actually true.

When you pile on lotion to try to smooth the papery look of your cheeks, it does very little good because you’re adding salve to dead skin that can’t absorb all its goodies. Exfoliating is really the only way to remove the layers of skin that you don’t need so you can expose the ones that help you glow. When you get to the newest, freshest layer of skin anything you apply will be more effective, reaching further into the epidermis.

So what are your exfoliation options? There are lots of manual over-the-counter products, such as an electric exfoliation facial brush or scrubs with micro-beads that help remove old skin. These may be moderately effective with regular—but not over—use.

However, the optimal solutions are doctor-directed treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser procedures. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, the secret is out. Winter is absolutely our busiest time, as patients want that summer glow for holiday parties or a mood-booster to get them through the winter doldrums. A youthful appearance in the middle of winter has a magical way of lifting the spirits.

A popular wintertime treatment with virtually no downtime is microdermabrasion, a speedy in-office procedure that uses a custom copper wand with a gently suctioning tip to smooth and remove layers of skin. Counter to popular belief, microdermabrasion is not a laser-based treatment. The tool used during this minimally invasive technique is a highly efficient technology all its own.

A chemical peel can also be a smart complement to microdermabrasion. The naturally occurring acids in today’s modern chemical peels penetrate deep into newly exposed skin to bring a superior level of healing and replenishment to deeper layers of the skin. Combining these two treatments can give you that glowy look for a longer period of time.

Of course, for those patients who want something a little stronger to reverse the signs of aging, winter can be a great time to schedule a full facial CO2 laser treatment. In fact, Dr. Smith jokes that “the laser is never off” in Colorado’s driest months. With a little more flexibility to recover during winter’s downtime, patients regularly book our CO2 laser. An advanced laser’s ability to penetrate far into the dermis provides that added boost of anti-aging and collagen regeneration that patients love.

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Winter is a great time to consider physician-directed exfoliation services and skin-care products.

Physician-Directed Products

Last but certainly not least are the products you apply to winter-weary skin. Remember, nothing will work on top of dead skin and anything will work better on exfoliated skin. But what you use to enhance and prolong the look of more youthful skin is of the utmost importance.

We hate to be the first to break it to you, but even the most expensive over-the-counter skin-care products might be a waste of your money. The most effective applications for skin care are those products trialed, tested and directed by doctors.

Smith Cosmetic Surgery has found one of the most successful lines on the market—a treat that we share with all of our patients. Our physician-facilitated SkinMedica line leverages a hyaluronic acid called HA5. The maker describes it best: “Hyaluronic acid is a natural, ‘water-loving’ substance found in the skin—acting as your body’s natural hydrator.” HA works by retaining that vital moisture, which can make the skin look healthier and more supple. By age 50, most humans have lost half of their naturally hydrating HA, so a product that can replenish what time has taken away is an ever-popular product in our office.

Interested in showing winter whose boss with a healthier, HA-boosted new you? Ask us about our SkinMedica products, microdermabrasion procedures and prevention tips. We’re ready for the season. Are you?

Contact us online or call us at 888-219-1161 to learn more about our hydrating products and procedures that can help you—and your skin—flourish this winter season.

Surgical Facial Procedures for Men

Let’s address something right away: Facial plastic surgery is not a gendered practice. There’s no exclusively male or female right to feeling good about yourself and your outward appearance. We all want and deserve to find self-confidence, age with grace, and showcase on the outside how we feel on the inside.

While cosmetic surgery is open to all sexes, the reality is that historically women have been a larger audience for plastic surgery. That’s a function of modern American culture. However, men are increasingly coming around to the idea of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures and facelifts.

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More men are choosing facial plastic surgery after seeing their significant others’ results.

Through working exclusively in facial plastic surgery for more than 25 years, Dr. Brent J. Smith knows that “significant others” tend to introduce men to facial cosmetic surgery. That makes sense, given the number of women today who have had a cosmetic facial procedure.

Often men experience their girlfriends, wives or partners starting to look—and feel—younger after a facelift. All of a sudden the females in their lives have a newfound zest—they’re more social and energetic. While men may still be a little hesitant to admit it, they want that too! And at Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we think they should have it.

Dr. Smith is a great asset in showing men what they can achieve through facial cosmetic surgery. He has carefully chosen his own natural-looking enhancements over the years and truly defines the way men can have a more dignified, healthy-looking appearance without sacrificing masculinity.

The topic of traditional notions of masculinity is a great place to start a deeper discussion about other issues men confront when considering plastic surgery. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the top concerns, misconceptions and realities in men’s facelifts, plastic surgeries and nonsurgical procedures.

Winning isn’t everything.

Without creating new stereotypes, in general there tends to be a big difference in how men and women deal with any type of surgery—namely emotions. In our experience, we’ve noticed that in most cases male patients tend to focus on outcomes and are naturally more competitive. When it comes to having a facelift, this translates to things like wanting to see results quicker than what might be realistic. Men are also inclined to define “winning” as healing faster and getting back to work quicker. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we help patients establish realistic expectations regarding results and recovery time.

The discomfort dilemma.

Facial plastic surgery is accompanied by some discomfort and unfamiliar sensations, especially during the healing process. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we have plenty of professional tools and methods, such as anesthesia and a high-tech recovery system, for managing the uncomfortable times. But everyone has a different threshold for pain. Knowing that there will always be nuanced mental and physical aspects to how each individual processes pain, we walk all of our patients through these parameters and guide men and women in how to plan for the surgical and post-op experiences.

What’s the right choice?

Once men decide they’re ready to move forward on crafting a younger look, they sometimes struggle with understanding which procedure will be right for them. Dr. Smith is a great resource for streamlining this decision-making process. He has spent nearly three decades learning the distinct differences in male and female facial structures. While mini facelifts work in a similar fashion on both sexes, there are subtleties in enhancement and complementary procedures that are singular to men. For example, male brow and eye areas, as well as the chin and jowls, are distinctly different and can therefore shift outcomes when included in the surgical process. Some of our most common men’s procedures include:

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There are many surgical and nonsurgical options available to both women and men.
  • Rhinoplasty: A well-defined nose can create a strong masculine look to the face.
  • Brow lifts: Often a pronounced and deep-set area on male faces, a naturally furrowed brow can create a stern look or be misinterpreted as a “mean” expression. A brow lift can help men express what they’re really feeling.
  • Eye lift: Typically a key part of a mini lift, cosmetic surgery work around the eyes can relieve the look of hooding and bagging that are typical complaints among senior males.
  • Neck lift: Just like women, aging men struggle with the effects of a softening around the jowl and neck area. Correcting the look of “turkey neck” can help men take back their masculinity.

A partner in the aging process.

As we’ve already addressed, it’s a common occurrence for men to follow the women in their lives in making the choice to have plastic surgery. We see this as an entirely positive trend and believe that couples that frame this in a healthy way may actually improve their relationships. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we refer to it as aging gracefully together—and facial plastic surgery provides a platform to move forward. Rather than watching a significant other flourishing after a facelift and feeling envious, whether outwardly or unconsciously, making the pro-plastic surgery decision together can help couples feel like they’re on the same path—and planet—for the future.

“Brotox” is a reality.

Finally, men are catching on that surgical as well as nonsurgical maintenance procedures like BOTOX®—often referred to as Brotox for guys—are perfectly acceptable for any sex. In fact, we’d argue that fillers and laser enhancements might be even more important for men, because unlike women they don’t typically have the advantage of makeup to cover imperfections. As those deeper-set lines are etched in men’s faces from years of repetitive expressions and sun exposure, wrinkles only appear more prominent. While facial hair may cover some signs of aging, men’s facial lines are exposed. Starting to schedule regular, nonsurgical procedures like BOTOX can begin to halt wrinkles from going any deeper.

Function followed by form.

One of the ways we like to introduce men to facial plastic surgery is by treating functional issues on the face first. For example, Dr. Smith regularly sees men who elect for a preventative treatment on a precancerous lesion. But perhaps too many hours on the golf course without proper sunscreen have led to some serious sun damage and premature wrinkling too. If that’s the case, Smith Cosmetic Surgery can design a plan that will address existing skin issues (function) while also generating a computer model showing how further work could make a man look like a more youthful version of himself (form).

However men come to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical procedures that can help turn back time, we welcome them. Smith Cosmetic Surgery wants people to know that looking good is not defined by gender.

For more information about facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical services, or to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Smith, please contact us today.

Am I a Good Candidate for Facial Surgery?

At some point in life, most of us are candidates for facial plastic surgery. But knowing when the time is right is a big part of making your experience the best it can be.

The goal of facial cosmetic surgery is to provide a physical lift that also boosts self-confidence. We like to remind people that the decision to have plastic surgery, no matter when it occurs in life, shouldn’t be predicated on physical appearance alone.

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The question we’re asked most at Smith Cosmetic Surgery is, “Am I too young/too old for facial plastic surgery?”

Cosmetic surgery, like many optional enhancements we make in life, won’t live up to its potential if you do it to look like someone else, chase a younger version of yourself, design a face for social media, or “keep up” with the Joneses.

Likewise, it’s important not to make a rash decision about a facelift based on emotions alone. For example, we encourage our youngest prospective patients to make sure they’ve gained enough real-world experience; we ask those who find themselves single following a long-term relationship to pause before pushing the reset button; and we urge people of all ages to find a healthy state of mind when they finally commit to cosmetic surgery.

Guiding patients through this decision-making process is an extra step we take at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. Board-certified Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith has been performing mini facelifts for more than 25 years and is able to recognize when someone is not in the right place to move forward with facial plastic surgery. It doesn’t mean that person will never be a candidate (as the modern mini facelift can be customized for nearly everybody); it just means the timing isn’t right.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the most common physical and emotional motivations we address with prospective patients at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. By far, the question we field the most is: Am I too young or too old to consider plastic surgery on my face?

Am I too young?

These days there is a trend toward considering plastic surgery at a younger age, as well as nonsurgical procedures like BOTOX to achieve a certain look. Plastic surgery in general is discussed more openly than ever before.

We would never suggest that someone in their 20s, for example, is not a candidate for rhinoplasty or a mini lift.  Dr. Smith performs many nose jobs among the younger set to help make one of the body’s most prominent features complement the rest of the face. He’s also performed his mini lift technique on women in their 20s and 30s who have benefited greatly from the procedure.

However, we always guide our younger patients through a series of inquiries about their motivations for choosing surgery. Making a smart decision always comes down to this: If there’s something that’s always bothered you, such as a nose that’s never quite fit your face, then it’s the right time to make that adjustment.

These kinds of physical concerns tend to escalate during puberty, when the body is going through so many other changes. Self-consciousness about inherited facial traits may also become heightened as young people enter the professional workplace or a specific job where they are regularly on display or in face-to-face communications a majority of the day.

There are, however, some impulses that don’t always align with plastic surgery being a good option. It could be trying to fit in with those we perceive as “cool,” or trying to resolve an unhealthy emotional state through a physical change. In these instances, we work with younger people to develop patience while they work on deeper issues or to consider nonsurgical options that could refresh their appearance and help prevent some early signs of facial aging.

For example, regular BOTOX treatments can go a long way in preventing fine lines and wrinkles from setting in prematurely. Then, at the right moment later in life, a mini lift really may do wonders.

Am I too old?

On the flip side, we encounter many prospective patients who wonder if they are too old to have a facelift. We like to say that you’re never too old to stop aging in its tracks.

If a person is in good general health, there is no reason men and women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s can’t have the appearance they dream of. Dr. Smith specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face to give people of all ages a new lease on life. There’s no expiration date on wanting to look our best.

To date, the oldest person to have facial plastic surgery at Smith Cosmetic Surgery is an 89-year-old female. She’s a shining example of what our senior patients can achieve later in life.

After running some baseline tests to assess an older patient’s ability to undergo the surgical procedure, anesthesia and healing process, we set realistic expectations for mature clients. A mini facelift on a 70-year-old will never look like one on a 30-year-old.

Like all areas of the body, the skin on the face becomes less elastic and the underlying muscles weaken over time. So where a younger patient may see results that seem to last longer, older patients will notice a slight softening of results sooner.

That said, facelift recipients will always look more youthful than they did pre-surgery.

Knowing when the time is right

Even with these guidelines it can be hard to discern when to have a facial plastic surgery procedure. Every person is different. People come to Smith Cosmetic Surgery in different physical and mental states of health. And the decision to have plastic surgery is very personal.

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Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith knows the best outcomes occur when a person is patient, prudent and prepared for surgery.

To help, Dr. Smith and his staff have developed a line of questioning that gets to the heart of why patients begin to consider plastic surgery in the first place. If you are unsure about whether or not to move ahead with a mini lift, start by asking yourself these important questions:

  • Putting physical appearance aside, are you otherwise pleased with the person you are?
  • Does feeling like you look older than others—friends, parents, coworkers, family members—frustrate you?
  • Looking deeper, are you actually trying to fix something else (failures or frustrations in relationships, work, parenting, etc.) by “fixing” your face?
  • Are you captivated by the ways others perceive or judge you? Or do you think you have a healthy self-image that emanates from within?
  • Have you ever been through any surgery before? Do you feel prepared both physically and mentally for the procedure?

These are just some of the questions it’s important to ask yourself before scheduling a facial plastic surgery procedure at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Smith has been performing facelifts for well over two decades. He knows that the best outcomes occur when an individual is patient, prudent and prepared.

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery or nonsurgical options to rejuvenate your appearance, please call Smith Cosmetic Surgery at 303-741-2211 or contact us online to learn more about our services or schedule your personal consultation.

Not Ready for Surgery? These Nonsurgical Procedures Combat Aging

There are a variety of reasons you might not be ready for facial plastic surgery. While it remains the only long-term fix for an aging face, it just may not be the right option for you now.nonsurgical procedures to fight facial aging

  • Maybe you feel like you’re too young and want to focus on prevention so you postpone surgery for a few years.
  • Maybe you’re wondering if improving the surface quality of your skin could provide the temporary “lift” you’re looking for.
  • Maybe you currently have an extremely busy schedule that won’t allow for proper recovery from facial plastic surgery.
  • Maybe you’re looking for a way to test the waters in facial skin enhancements for your specific problem areas before stepping up to a mini facelift.
  • Maybe you’ve listened to the professionals at Smith Cosmetic Surgery and know that nonsurgical procedures are a great way to maintain your new look after a facelift.

However you come to consider nonsurgical procedures, know that there are many to choose from and you may need a little guidance on what will work best for your unique genetic history, skin type, age and lifestyle to achieve the results you desire.

Dr. Brent J. Smith and his exceptional staff are available to walk all patients considering both surgical and nonsurgical procedures through the suite of different options available today.

Dr. Smith, who has focused exclusively on facial plastic surgery for more than 25 years, uses only the best and most proven techniques, laser technology and skincare lines.

Which nonsurgical procedure is right for me?

So you can make the most informed choice possible, it’s important you understand how Smith Cosmetic Surgery thinks about its nonsurgical procedures. Because there are so many different fillers, resurfacing lasers and skincare products on the market, we think it’s easiest to first focus on which area of the face each is designed to treat.

Upper third of the face

The popular and highly effective BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable is made to treat the upper third of the face—forehead wrinkles, lines between the brows and crow’s feet—by relaxing muscles overtaxed by constant expression.

BOTOX is injected under the skin at the site of specific problem areas and delivers a lasting, age-defying lift that patients love. It works by gently calming the tiny muscles around the forehead, eyebrows and corners of the eyes so they can’t wrinkle as easily from the repetitive expressions we make all day and night.

When we’re busy with work or life’s tasks, often we have no idea how much we are squinting, frowning or focusing. BOTOX helps reduce these movements, in effect preventing new wrinkles from forming, while still maintaining a very natural look.

Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith offers many nonsurgical services to address common signs of facial aging, including dermal fillers and laser skin care.

People in their 20s are now coming in for BOTOX treatment as a preventative measure, so they can head off and slow the face’s inevitable signs of aging. It’s no wonder it’s one of the top-requested nonsurgical procedures in the world.

Lower two-thirds of the face

The lower two-thirds of the face may require a different type of dermal filler, known as a volumizer, to redefine gaunt cheeks, fill out smoker’s lines or tastefully plump disappearing lips.

Leveraging well-respected brands, such as gel-filler Juvederm® and the fast-acting Radiesse® volumizer, we take a conservative approach to the lower portion of the face. Because the cheeks, for example, are so prominent, our talented RN takes time to fill facial features so they look entirely natural—never over-injected.

The beauty of fillers for the lower section of the face is they not only start working the day they are applied under the skin, but they keep on working after you leave our office by stimulating the skin to do its own work. The filler procedure actually stimulates the skin to grown new collagen—the critical stuff that supports the structure of our faces.

Wherever the injectable is applied, it will send a signal to the body to start making more of its own collagen. How’s that for an added benefit?

All-over resurfacing and refreshing

Of course, outside of specific nonsurgical fillers and volumizers, there are a wide variety of skin enhancements that can deliver a temporary glow of youth or fix pigment issues such as uneven skin tone or sunspots.

One of the most effective is Smith Cosmetic Surgery’s fractional CO2 laser, which can be applied to treat almost any issue on the face, neck and even the upper chest or décolleté. These can include softening stubborn wrinkles, reducing the appearance of large pores and equalizing uneven pigmentation.

Laser technology has allowed Dr. Smith to offer a completely custom nonsurgical procedure that works on specific problem areas and can go as deep as necessary to produce results.

If you’ve already had a mini facelift or laser skin resurfacing and are looking for a way to refresh after or in between surgical procedures, regular skin treatments are a great way to enhance that youthful look and feel.

The skin treatments at Smith Cosmetic Surgery range in type, from a laser facial meant to go a little deeper to a gentle exfoliating peel. Our skincare professionals have been doing this for decades and know exactly what will work best for each patient.

Facial treatments can target specific issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, melasma, rosacea, or simply slough away old skin and create that glow we’re all looking to achieve. Options include:

Microdermabrasion: Considered today’s skin-maintenance must, our “crystal-free” microdermabrasion offers mild resurfacing with low irritation, cleansing the pores for a healthier, more refined look.

Laser facial: This facial leverages our custom laser to treat fine lines and wrinkles while stimulating collagen production for maximum effect with minimal down time.

Glow skin treatment: Patients report feeling like they “glow” after this 90-minute treatment, which includes microdermabrasion, a light chemical peel, concentrated hydroxy acid masque and LED-light session.

DermaPeel: Exfoliate to the extreme with this hour-long combination of microdermabrasion, a light chemical peel and extractions, ending with a soothing, hydrating masque.

Acne facial: Target those troublesome oil-trapping pores and promote cell turnover with a safe acne peel, which uses alpha and beta hydroxyl acid to reduce excess oil and diminish the appearance of large pores.

Skincare for sustaining your look

We also recommend physician-directed skincare products and healthy daily routines to make sure the results of any of our nonsurgical procedures are amplified daily on your fresh face. 

Now that you have a clean slate, the key is keeping skin clean, well hydrated and protected from the elements. You don’t need to buy—or apply—layers of over-the-counter products if you focus on a high-quality moisturizer and a high-potency anti-aging serum with retinol, the only ingredient proven truly effective on maturing skin. These choices will actually save you money in the long run.

Smith Cosmetic Surgery is happy to walk all new patients through smart skincare routines following any nonsurgical procedure at our office in Denver. Have more questions about which nonsurgical procedure is right for you? Please contact us to schedule an appointment to learn what will work for you, your individual skin and your lifestyle.

Common Questions About Facelifts

Even people who are convinced that they’re ready for a rejuvenating facelift have a lot of questions about the procedure, and there are some good reasons for that:

  1. Many misconceptions and plenty of misinformation exist in the marketplace about facelifts and the procedure that is now referred to as a mini lift.
  2. A friend’s facelift will always be different from your personal facelift procedure.
  3. It’s hard to understand how even a masterful facial plastic surgeon can turn back time to reveal a new, younger-looking you while maintaining your natural appearance.
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We consider it an honor and our top priority to customize each facelift procedure for your needs.

At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, a big part of what we do during each complimentary consultation is provide answers to these questions and more. Since Dr. Brent J. Smith and his team at Smith Cosmetic Surgery address these types of concerns every day, we’re very aware and in tune to what you might be wondering about right now.

So let’s look at some of the most commonly asked questions about our most popular procedure: the facelift.

What’s the difference between a facelift and a mini lift?

Just words, really. Facelift is now considered a rather dated term for describing modern facial plastic surgery, especially for medical professionals who specialize in the head and neck region. In the past, facelifts were performed with larger, more invasive incisions, often with less customization and fewer technologies available for speeding the healing process.

Today, most surgeons, including Dr. Smith, refer to a facelift as a mini facelift or “mini lift.” Why? Because while this widespread procedure is still a surgery involving incisions, the industry has become smarter and more efficient and effective at performing it.

The tricky thing about the phrase “mini facelift” is that it can mean slightly different things to different plastic surgery practices. For example, some offices have gone so far as to call the contemporary facelift a “lunch-time lift.” At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we are careful not to use such terminology, because although the procedure moves relatively quickly and healing times have shortened, all facelifts still require surgically manipulating muscles, tissues and skin to address the ways the lower face ages.

When Dr. Smith performs surgery he is very clear with patients that while this may feel like a “mini” surgery, particularly in the careful hands of someone medically trained to work specifically on the face, it is still an operation that demands healing time.

How long will my facelift last?

The quick—and promising—answer is “forever.” By that we mean, we all continue to age, but you will continue to look more youthful than before a mini facelift procedure with Dr. Smith. In effect, a facelift is a surgical procedure that “starts you over.” Think of it as beginning to age from that point forward.

There will always be genetics and lifestyle choices that play into how long a particular patient can “hold” the look of a fresh facelift, but there’s one consistent theme at Smith Cosmetic Surgery: You will look naturally younger than you are right now.

Will my mini facelift look natural?

When building a customized mini facelift map for your specific needs, it’s as though Dr. Smith is referencing a youthful picture of you that symbolizes how you’d look if you remained “forever young.” Somehow he already knows what you’ll look like. It’s kind of like magic, but not quite: It’s practice.

After perfecting his art on as many as 200 patients a year over nearly three decades, Dr. Smith has become an authority on natural-looking facial plastic surgery. Because he’s become known as the Denver surgeon who produces some of the most natural-looking results, people come to Smith Cosmetic Surgery from around the city, state and across the country to look like a younger version of themselves.

In fact, many of our patients have told us about the questions they are asked after getting a rejuvenated face from Smith Cosmetic Surgery. Interestingly, they are never about the name of the plastic surgeon or how “taut” their skin looks, but rather about how they got such a rested and vibrant look. Comments often involve what the patient might have changed about their eyes or hair. We know that this is a sign that the results of the facelift are exactly how Dr. Smith planned them to be—completely natural.

Will I see scars after my facelift?

First, let’s address the word “scars.” With the finely tuned instruments Dr. Smith uses to make incisions during a mini facelift there’s really no visible marking that resembles a scar following a facial plastic surgery procedure.

The tiny incisions where Dr. Smith gently manipulates muscle tissue to enhance the look of the face are virtually invisible. What’s better? Even if you were looking for them, these incision points are well hidden at the hairline and inside the ear. While you might be able to detect them with a magnified glass, one would be hard pressed to see these minuscule healing points with the naked eye.

While these hidden incisions may take between six and eight weeks to disappear completely, you don’t have to wait to get on with your life following a mini facelift. Women, for example, can wear their hair up in a professional setting or while working out without anyone knowing they had surgery.

How much downtime should I plan for?

The answer to this question varies by person. If you are coming to Smith Cosmetic Surgery later in life with weakening skin collagen—or after many years of smoking, drastic weight changes or heavy sun exposure—clearly your skin and its supporting structures will require an additional level of surgery than a younger individual with healthy skin and lifestyle.

We don’t judge our patients. We consider it an honor and our top priority to customize each facelift procedure for your needs and then set expectations for a realistic recovery time for your specific mini facelift. With that in mind, we are confident in reporting that, with a little concealer, most Smith Cosmetic Surgery patients are ready to go out to dinner in as few as two weeks.

One of the most interesting things about recovering from facial plastic surgery is that it’s not really downtime, but rather healing time. Like any surgery, the first few weeks require your body to work extra hard at recovering and regenerating skin cells. After that initial window, your face continues to rejuvenate in small increments each day and reveal your new look over several months. In fact, it’s a beautiful process as a younger more naturally looking appearance comes to light each morning.

Smith Cosmetic Surgery is happy to answer any questions you might have about our mini facelift procedure. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our trained professionals or schedule a complimentary in-person consultation with Dr. Smith himself. We are here to put your concerns to rest.