What’s Best For You: Surgical or Non-Surgical Procedures?

Non-Surgical Procedures

Every day people come to Smith Cosmetic Surgery wondering how to fix problem areas on their neck, face and brow.  With the abundance of information in media and print many first-time patients come to us seriously misinformed about the achievable results related to popular non-surgical procedures and surgical options such as a mini facelift.

By surveying confused and frustrated patients, long-time facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith and staff members in Denver have learned a lot about half-truths floating around—and where they’re coming from. We hope we can set the record straight about common questions regarding the health of the body’s most beautiful and prominent feature: the face.

 

Landmines of mixed messages. 

We know there’s a matrix of misinformation on the Internet, which is one of the first places most people privately research information on a variety of lifestyle choices, including plastic surgery. Undocumented articles and advice are prevalent on the Web, and sadly far too many people take this written information at face value—as fact. This is a great disservice to qualified facial cosmetic surgeons and patients alike.

Additionally, Smith Cosmetic Surgery regularly consults with new patients who come in asking for the same procedure that a friend or family member raved about. With such enthusiasm come very high expectations that a similar procedure, whether a surgical facelift or non-surgical injectable or filler, will produce the same effects on a completely different and individual face. This mindset creates a conundrum, as we must quickly dispel the myth that cosmetic surgery techniques are universal. In fact, the opposite is true. Dr. Smith customizes each surgery to ensure that patients simply look like a refreshed and younger version of themselves—rather than refining a face to mimic another.

 

Dispelling more myths—from the neck up

So how does the average person wade through all of this information from so many different sources? They don’t. That’s what we’re here for. When you come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith he will evaluate your concerns and long-term goals to help you make the most informed decision possible based on your individual face and future.

Even with over 25 years of experience operating exclusively on the face, Dr. Smith cannot give advice about whether a surgical or non-surgical procedure is optimal for an individual without an in-person meeting. These important decisions are always case-by-case, and there’s never a universal surgical or non-surgical solution that works perfectly for every person. Part of our job as professionals in the plastic surgery and skincare industry is to educate our clients, and we take that charge very seriously at Smith Cosmetic Surgery.

By far the No. 1 issue patients inquire about is an unattractive neck. This could be a natural loosening of skin under the chin caused by waning elasticity, creating a “turkey neck”; other times it’s a genetic double chin that’s become more prominent over the years. The neck is a common area of concern, and we certainly understand why.

Many who are unhappy with the look of their aging jowls and neck ask Smith Cosmetic Surgery about non-surgical neck-sculpting procedures they’ve heard or read about that are claiming dramatic results.   Smith Cosmetic Surgery certainly doesn’t de-value non-surgical procedures, such as the popular Botox and Juvederm products, and other laser-based skin resurfacing procedures.  We offer many of these advanced non-invasive offerings for good reason.  Our goal as cosmetic experts is to set reasonable expectations around all non-surgical methodologies.

It all starts with educating patients about the real aging process. It may be surprising, but most prospective patients trying to make a decision about surgical and non-surgical options are not clear about how the body—and specifically the skin on and around the face—actually ages. Once they are informed about how all skin loses elasticity and collagen over time, resulting in hallowed cheeks, sunken eyes and/or a sagging forehead, it’s much easier to discuss the most appropriate procedure or combination of techniques.

 

Surgical and non-surgical work together

Generally, Smith Cosmetic Surgery considers its non-surgical offerings—fillers, injectables, laser-based resurfacing, skincare lines—preventative or maintenance procedures. That means when started early enough, regular resurfacing or effective fillers, for example, can make a big difference in how you look as you age. We consider these smart preventative measures leading up to a mini facelift or full facelift in the future.

Likewise, non-surgical aids work very well to help maintain a previous surgical procedure, in effect extending the fresh, youthful look created by a well-crafted, natural-looking mini facelift. These simple, outpatient procedures can work wonders to fill in those emerging wrinkles, reverse the surface appearance of sun-damaged skin and create the illusion of a tighter, more radiant face.

However, what non-surgical approaches cannot do is change the muscle structure in any part of the face. The reality is no professional-grade skin cream, injectable or laser-sculpting device can elevate the brow or reduce sagging skin around the neck. Once the deep musculature of the face has relaxed and shifted due to the inevitable aging processes, some form of surgery will be required to achieve a younger-looking face.

When it comes to sorting through the non-surgical “miracle” cures on the market, our advice is simple: If it seems too good to be true, think twice. There is no magic solution. Before you spend your money on a procedure, get informed with a free consultation with Dr. Smith.

We’re here to help answer all of your pressing questions—and truly make the face you’ve always wanted (or didn’t even know was possible) a reality. We listen and support you through your entire cosmetic surgery journey.​ Dr. Smith’s national reputation and 25 years of experience operating exclusively on the face should assure you that you’re in capable hands. Let’s start the conversation today.

 

 

 

‘Rapid Recovery’ is Paramount to Cosmetic Surgery Results

Rapid Recovery Recovery concerns and timing are some of the top reasons people put off a facelift—even when they’re ready for the exciting and dramatic lifestyle change that facial plastic surgery can create. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we want to remind men and women who are considering a facelift that when the procedure is performed by a trusted facial plastic surgeon, recovery should not be a deterrent. Advanced mini facelift sculpting tools and recovery methods have now significantly reduced post-operative downtime.

 

Despite these facts, prospective patients often wonder about many things related to recovery, such as:

How long does facelift recovery take?

What can I expect after facelift surgery?

How will healing time affect my work and family?

When will I start to look like the “new” me?

What steps should I take to ensure the best results?

You may have similar questions, and that’s why we’d like to put your mind at ease and explain what you can expect in terms of the recovery process at our practice.  For example, at Smith Cosmetic Surgery our specially trained facial plastic surgeon, highly qualified staff and sophisticated medical center are all available and designed to support patients through every step of a facelift and introduce our valued guests to an entirely new way to heal faster, healthier and happier. In the past, a lengthy period of downtime was expected with any plastic surgery procedure, but today’s modern mini facelift techniques allow for less invasive incisions and subsequently shorter healing time. Additionally, Smith Cosmetic Surgery has created Rapid Recovery, one of the most state-of-the-art, multifaceted recovery methods in the field of facial plastic surgery.

At top-caliber facial plastic surgery centers, your care and comfort should be top priority. From years in the business, we know that no one has time for an extensive recovery period, and post-operative downtime shouldn’t prevent anyone from enjoying the benefits of a refreshed, younger-looking appearance. We have jobs, families and plenty of other priorities that just can’t wait while we heal.

Reasons a recovery plan matters

As you begin to compare mini facelift experiences at various medical facilities and with different doctors around the Denver Metro area, make sure you ask about the planned patient care and recovery process. If there isn’t one besides sending you home on your own, sans ongoing support and resources, look elsewhere.

Patients need to know that they will be cared for and listened to not just in the beginning of the facelift process—when the anticipation of a new look is heightened—but also when the procedure is complete.  The best facelift doctors specialize in plastic surgery of the facial region only, and have a comprehensive recovery process, customizable for each and every patient.

To put you at ease, here’s a little more about how recovery works at Smith Cosmetic Surgery:

It’s all about setting expectations

We never sugarcoat the reality of recovering from a facelift. The truth is every patient will experience some form of post-operative discomfort. Of course this varies by patient, depending on factors such as age, skin type and pain tolerance, but for the most part, facelift patients should expect some degree of bruising and/or swelling following a procedure performed on such a delicate part of the body.

Our goal at Smith Cosmetic Surgery is never to ignore, minimize or explain away what’s considered normal after even minimally invasive plastic surgery. Rather, to build in these expectations to the conversation we have with each prospective patient by addressing how our caring doctor and staff are more than prepared—and our facility is more than equipped—to make facelift recovery as smooth as possible.

Recovery is built right in

We never “hard sell” our plastic surgery services, only to leave recovery primarily in the hands of the patient. Dr. Brent J. Smith is extensively educated and trained in plastic surgery, which he has exclusively performed on faces for more than 25 years. Dr. Smith’s special focus on this complex area of the body, coupled with our Rapid Recovery process is an important part of every facelift procedure performed at Smith Cosmetic Surgery.

In fact, you won’t leave our office until you know the critical first week’s plan for recovery, and we invite you to return each day following your procedure to speed your restoration with dedicated healing treatments designed just for your face.

Procedures with precision

Dr. Smith has been performing facial plastic surgery for more than two decades and has earned international recognition for his fine-tuned techniques. The preciseness with which he creates incisions to enhance—never stretch—the natural contours of the face are well known in Denver and around the country.

But while smaller, more accurate incisions during a facelift make for a more beautiful result, they are also designed to facilitate faster healing. How a mini facelift is performed can make a significant difference in recovery time and pace. During each complimentary consultation, Dr. Smith will walk patients through exactly how both facelift surgery and our exclusive Rapid Recovery program work together.

Rapid Recovery 101

Dr. Smith’s custom recovery process starts the day after your surgery and includes five “super-oxygenation” sessions in our in-house hyperbaric unit—the only one of its kind in a plastic surgery practice in Colorado. Recharging healing skin with extra oxygen has been shown to decrease the amount of bruising and swelling by up to 35%. Coming in every day for hyperbaric treatments also allows a Smith Cosmetic Surgery staff member to check your progress and eliminates the chance of any patient being at home alone worrying about what may or may not be “normal.”

The full Rapid Recovery system includes hyperbaric healing, as well as a routine of precise laser applications at incision sites to reduce redness and decrease inflammation; LED light treatments that help regenerate new skin tissue faster; and a 30-day supply of professional-grade skincare supplements to continue a healing routine at home.

Now that you know recovery isn’t a barrier to making one of the most inspiring decisions of your life, what’s stopping you? In fact, there’s no better time than winter, when we’re already indoors, to schedule this confidence-boosting procedure. Need some more inspiration? Explore some of our recent before and after photos at Smith Cosmetic Surgery.

Refresh Your Facial Appearance for a New You in 2016

December is the perfect time to schedule a facial rejuvenation procedure. There’s nothing more invigorating than greeting the New Year head on with a more youthful appearance. Sometimes just knowing we’re presenting a bright and refreshed look can actually make us feel and act more refreshed! Let your face take center stage as you look forward to the promise of all that’s to come in 2016.

As we’ve detailed over the year, Smith Cosmetic Surgery offers a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures, from surgical options like mini-facelifts to non-surgical techniques such as laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion. To help inspire you, here’s a recap on some of our most popular facial rejuvenation procedures. You can book one of these right now to make sure you head into 2016 with the healthy look you desire—and the self-confidence you deserve.

Cheek/neck lift

Part of the ever-popular mini facelift, a customized cheek and neck lift can address sagging or loose skin while elevating the muscles of the lower face and neck. Say goodbye to that age-related double chin and those hallowed cheekbones staring back at you in the mirror. Dr. Brent J. Smith, who has worked exclusively on faces for more than 25 years, has perfected the art of rejuvenating facial contours in the most natural-looking way. Dr. Smith’s mini-facelift surgical technique focuses specifically on tightening skin-supporting muscles around the cheeks and neck, resulting in less swelling and shorter healing time, with effects that last for years. In fact, when you make the decision to have a cheek/neck lift now, you will reap the youthful results for years to come.

Eyelift

Often the most beautiful expressions we make with our eyes lead to some of the most distinct and frustrating age-related wrinkle marks, namely those pesky crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes. In addition to aging, other eye-related issues, including under-eye bags, dark circles and sunken-looking eye cavities, may be more related to stress, sleeplessness or genetics. Dr. Smith handles many of these common complaints with blepharoplasty, a form of facial cosmetic surgery designed to treat upper, lower or both parts of the eye. This specialized eyelift technique works by tightening both the skin and tiny musculature around the eyes, even counteracting drooping skin above the eye.

Brow lift

A brow lift is commonly performed to further compliment an eyelift or blepharoplasty. A brow lift can help with sagging skin on the upper portion of the face; deep forehead lines that add age to the eyes; and “hooding” of the upper eyelids, which can interfere with vision. A smoother, youthful-looking brow has a beautiful way of framing the eyes and face, and Dr. Brent J. Smith uses years of experience sculpting this area to complement your natural features. His careful, precise style of facial plastic surgery—never over-lifting to the point of paralysis—allows for full expression. We want you to look like you—only better!

Laser resurfacing

Fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, rough patches and acne scars… “Be gone!”  Fast, flawless laser resurfacing is a highly effective in-office procedure that requires minimal downtime. This breakthrough skin-enhancement method is quickly becoming one of the most popular procedures at Smith Cosmetic Surgery. Why? Well, in as little as an hour, a directed laser beam gently strips away old layers of skin to reveal new skin and repair years of damage from sun, stress, acne and more. Dr. Smith employs some of the most advanced lasers on the market to regenerate new skin, smooth fine lines and quickly create a softer, younger-looking face.

Microdermabrasion

While not a cure-all for all aging skin, microdermabrasion is an increasingly popular and effective treatment for maintaining a youthful appearance, as well as preparing for other procedures such as chemical peels. Because microdermabrasion rids the face’s outer layer of dead skin cells and provides more circulation to the skin, it creates a fresh “glow” while also helping chemical peels penetrate deeper.

Liposculpture

Everyone gets wrinkles as they age, but as skin-supporting collagen breaks down over time people also lose that resilient, full look, especially in the lower portion of the face. Liposculpture, sometimes referred to as fat grafting, is Dr. Brent J. Smith’s process of harvesting a patient’s own natural body fat from the abdomen or hips and transferring it to the face to sculpt areas where skin has lost elasticity and fullness. Research has shown that during this process stem cells convert into collagen elastin fiber, helping with key production of new collagen. In effect, transferring natural fats through liposculpture can provide a fresh foundation for a more youthful look.

These are just a few of the procedures that can help patients look and feel more rejuvenated in 2016. Call Smith Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a complimentary skin consultation to review your options for the New Year—and the new you!

Happy Holidays from Smith Cosmetic Surgery

Happy Holidays

The month of December always holds a special place in my heart as it is a time when I get to reflect on the past year. And, 2015 has definitely been one for the books!   Not only have I been able to perform a myriad of procedures, but I have also had the opportunity to meet hundreds of “new faces” along the way!   I am blessed with patients who feel comfortable enough to sit across from me and let me into their lives.  Receiving their “Thank-You’s” and hearing how plastic surgery has enhanced their lives is my greatest reward.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my patients. I get to do what I do because of you. I come to work each morning feeling honored that you have chosen me and my wonderful staff to guide you in this journey. As 2015 comes to a close, I celebrate my family, my practice, my staff and my patients and am excited to see all that the New Year will offer!

Have a wonderful holiday season and cherish all you’ve been blessed with!

Sincerely,

Brent J. Smith, MD

The Wonders of Winter Skin Care

While skin deserves preserving treatments year-round, there’s no better time to give your face total TLC than during the winter months. The approaching cold season brings so many elements—frigid temperatures, brutal winds and extreme dryness—that can strip skin of its natural protectants. And in places like Colorado, where living at high altitude exposes skin to intense sun and unrelenting dry climate, caring for the sensitive face becomes an essential part of an everyday routine.

During winter, we’re also typically indoors more often and therefore exposed to plenty of dehydrating heat sources, from wood-burning fireplaces to electric forced air. Heat does our precious skin no additional favors. Faces can quickly become dry, tight, flakey, itchy, cracked, raw and red. In some cases skin is so inflamed by harsh winter elements (indoor and out) that it develops eczema, a tender condition that’s trickier to get rid of than dry skin.

Luckily, individuals have many options for consulting skincare professionals such as Denver’s Smith Cosmetic Surgery staff. Our skin technicians guide people of all ages with all different skin types through smart and effective skin-preserving routines. Typically our recommendations combine advanced, medical-grade skincare products; lifestyle skin-protection practices (i.e., wearing the right sunscreen and learning how to carefully clean and moisturize the face); and regular non-surgical rejuvenation procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. As you consider how best to safeguard yourself from the elements this winter, here are a few helpful ideas from Dr. Brent J. Smith, Denver’s foremost facial plastic surgeon.

Drink more water. Hydrating our bodies (including our faces!) from the inside out is crucial for maintaining healthy skin, head to toe. When we drink plenty of fluids, our bodies naturally flush toxins and replenish parched skin cells through natural biological systems. So rather than slathering on more moisturizer to make up for extra-dry winter skin, start by trying to drink an adequate amount of water (and eating as healthy as possible). One thing that’s tricky about water consumption in winter is it often doesn’t sound very inviting to drink cold filtered or tap water when we’re chilled. Instead, consider some creative ways to drink more water in the chilly season: heat up a mug of water and add a purifying lemon slice; add a splash of fruit juice like pomegranate, which is also a wonderful antioxidant; order an herbal tea instead of coffee at the drive-thru; or purchase an encouraging new hot-and-cold water container—and fill it before every car ride.

Encourage cell turnover. In the summer we sweat more, which helps initiate regular skin cell turnover. In the winter, we don’t sweat as much. When cells don’t turn over as often, skin becomes duller quicker and needs assistance to encourage cell renewal. This rejuvenation process in the epidermis layer of the skin also slows down as we age, which means older people get hit doubly hard in the winter. Fighting this process requires stimulating facial skin cells and manually removing “dead” layers, especially in the winter. In-office, non-surgical procedures such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be an ideal way to regularly retain that fresh, youthful look.

Up your antioxidants. There have been a lot of studies recently proving the effectiveness of antioxidants in preserving healthy skin over a lifetime. Much like vitamins, antioxidants are amazing supplements, many occurring naturally in “super foods” such as green tea and blueberries. When it comes to our skin, antioxidants work to combat free radicals that are known to damage our bodies and speed up the signs of aging. Antioxidants also help sunscreen to more effectively prevent damage from exposure during the day, and can promote cellular repair and healing when applied topically over night. One analogy for this process is the natural degradation of stainless steel. If you leave stainless steel out in the elements with no protection it will rust. But if you add a protective layer it doesn’t oxidize. That’s the magic of anti-oxidant!

Remember your retinol. If there is one external skincare product routinely recommended by facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists and skincare professionals, it’s the special antioxidant-rich, anti-aging retinol. This ingredient comes in different concentrations in over-the-counter products and prescription-strength applications, and is especially effective when used around the eyes to slow the advance of wrinkles. Smith Cosmetic Surgery has tested a wide range of cosmetic skincare lines and has selected specific medical-grade brands that deliver retinol in proper strengths to plump collagen-depleted skin and reduce the appearance of pore size. Retinol can be applied during and after non-surgical procedures such as microdermabrasion, which works to remove dead skin, exfoliate the face and motivate healthy new cells.

Are you prepared to face winter head on? Reach out to Smith Cosmetic Surgery with any questions related to skincare products and procedures that can help you look and feel healthier this season.

Facial Rejuvenation: The Holiday Gift that Keeps on Giving

rejuvenated older coupleThe holiday season is upon us, and this year it’s time to give someone you love (including you!) the ultimate gift: a rejuvenating facial procedure from Dr. Brent Smith and Smith Cosmetic Surgery! When you think about the long term benefits of facial plastic surgery —a refreshed and rejuvenated look, not to mention new confidence—there’s no better time than the present to give this truly meaningful, life-changing gift.

Whether you put this on your Christmas list, decide to treat yourself or your spouse, or you and a friend take the plunge together, the winter months are an ideal time to explore your options and make your “wish list” for a naturally enhanced appearance!

One of the most popular times to commit to a revitalizing cosmetic procedure is from Thanksgiving to New Years, and here’s why:

You’ve already got time off. With the holidays come large chunks of time off work for busy professionals. Take advantage of these scheduled breaks to book your facial procedure, and spend a relaxing couple of weeks healing surrounded by supportive family and friends. With nowhere to be, you’ll have plenty of time to recuperate properly, especially with the assistance of Dr. Smith’s exclusive Rapid Recovery program, and head back to work as the new, younger-looking you.

Spread out your payments. The holiday season is a time when cash goes quick and credit cards get maxed. Luckily, with Smith Cosmetic Surgery’s CareCredit program, financing a facial procedure can be stress-free and affordable. There’s our popular 0% repayment term with no hidden fees. If you require longer repayment terms, CareCredit can also offer traditional repayment methods of up to 60 months.

Tis’ the indoor season. Winter means more time indoors, which can be a relief when rebounding from any cosmetic procedure. While our Rapid Recovery Program uses a mix of speed-healing procedures to get you up and going faster, there’s always some compulsory downtime. You can use indoor time to adjust to your refreshed look, try our recommended skincare products and experiment with makeup (or lack of it!) to complement your new natural appearance.

Interested in booking the best present ever—the kind that keeps on giving? Call Smith Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Eyelift Surgery: Pros and Cons

There is no doubt that an eyelift can work wonders on the eyes, creating a refreshed and rejuvenated look, whether the cosmetic procedure is performed above or below the eyes—or in combination. As patients begin to consider and plan for an eyelift, it’s important to weigh the benefits and potential risks. Here are a couple of pros and cons to consider:

Pro: You’ll look natural—like you, only younger.

Today top facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Smith can achieve natural-looking results because of technology, artistry and craftsmanship. In the past, some surgeons often removed too much fat in an effort to “tighten” around the eyes, but the effect left patients looking too hallowed and unnatural. Dr. Smith’s talent and expert surgical skills will provide you with the refreshed and younger appearance you are seeking.

Con: You may require supplementary surgery.

While long-lasting blepharoplasty is known for truly turning back the hands of time, cosmetic surgery can only reverse how far you’ve already aged. Because the eyes are a human organ that will continue to change with future aging, you may need to address new wrinkles and skin issues around the eyes with a supplementary surgery down the line. However, an eyelift is widely considered a more permanent solution when compared to an injectable filler, for example, which you would need to repeat every few months to consistently achieve your desired look.

Pro: Recovery is relatively easy.

Due to how small Dr. Smith can make surgical incisions around the eyes, the recovery time for an eye lift has been greatly reduced. And, Smith Cosmetic Surgery’s specialized Rapid Recovery program helps speed healing immediately following blepharoplasty. Having spent over 25 years specifically focusing on faces, Dr. Smith has created a multi-faceted recovery system using hyperbaric oxygen, lasers, LED light and skin supplements to speed and smooth the healing process.

Con: Seeing final results takes patience.

Often clinics or doctors mislead eyelift patients about the how quickly they will see final results. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we want to set expectations appropriately so our patients have an exceptional experience that they can count on. Any facial plastic surgery like blepharoplasty requires incisions, which by the nature of the process will cause some initial swelling and/or bruising immediately following surgery. In fact, the dramatic effects of your eyelift may not come for a few weeks. However, you can count on the fact that our staff will do everything in its power to fast-track recovery with our special combination of proven healing approaches.

For more information about an eyelift’s pros and cons or schedule a free consultation, call us at (303) 741-2211.

 

CareCredit: The Solution to Cosmetic Surgery Financing

Older women with cosmetic facial sugeryPeople used to think that cosmetic facial surgery was only for the rich and famous.  Not only have advancements in plastic surgery made facial cosmetic procedures more affordable for a wider variety of patients worldwide, there are also easier options for financing your new look over time. Today, financial roadblocks to achieving the kind of self-confidence you’ve dreamed of are truly a thing of the past. That means no more waiting. You can now afford a natural, more youthful look for that upcoming wedding—or show off a whole new you this holiday season!

To make facial plastic surgery a reality sooner for more people than ever, Smith Cosmetic Surgery employs a helpful and customizable patient payment plan called CareCredit. Dr. Smith selected this reputable medical financing partner because of its flexible, industry-specific repayment programs. Plans are structured around each patient’s individual financial requirements.

Our most popular CareCredit option is the six-month, 0% repayment term, and in some individual cases CareCredit can offer up to 24 months with no interest. Plus, we’ve ensured that with CareCredit there are no hidden fees, because we don’t like surprises either. If you do require longer repayment terms, CareCredit is also equipped to set up traditional repayment methods of up to 60 months.

Affording the facial procedure you’ve imagined all these years may be easier than you think. In fact, you can do it today with one quick call to set up your complimentary consultation. Please call Smith Cosmetic Surgery today at 303.741.2211.

Common Myths About Facelifts

The facelift, or mini-facelift as we refer to it, is among the top three most desired facial plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. today. With the facelift’s popularity comes a great deal of information—and misinformation. As you consider having a facelift, it’s important that you know the facts. Smith Cosmetic Surgery would like to help you understand the truth before, during and after a facelift—from choosing a certified surgeon to the reality of recovery.

 

Myth #1 Cosmetic surgery is for famous people

Nothing could be further from the truth. However, media likes to portray the most extreme facial makeovers on the cover of magazines, so the American public is under the impression that facelifts and other cosmetic procedures are exclusive to the upper echelons of society. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we find that the opposite is true in Denver and beyond. Last year alone over 128,000 people around the country chose to have a facelift to enhance their natural features, achieve a more youthful look and improve their confidence. Additionally, there are more options than ever for financing a facelift, so the monetary commitment to staying young and healthy looking is no longer a driving factor for deciding against facial plastic surgery.

 

Myth #2 All plastic surgeons are the same

Not only is it possible for plastic surgeons to have different schooling and certifications, these cosmetic doctors can also have different specialties and interests. Nowhere is this discrepancy more important than when dealing with procedures on the face, a highly exposed body feature that can’t be hidden by clothing or other means.

It’s critical that individuals considering a facelift look for and interview a medical professional who specializes in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Brent J. Smith is certified by both the American board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. Likewise, because Dr. Smith has specialized in facial plastic surgery exclusively for over 25 years, he has plenty of before-and-after examples of proven, natural-looking results.

 

Myth #3 Age is a requirement

It is common for women and men in their 50s to 70s, to consider cosmetic surgery for addressing more aggressive signs of aging. Younger people are increasingly looking at treatments like Botox and facial surgery to keep a youthful appearance before it begins to fade. In fact, starting earlier often means results are more optimal since there’s potentially less work involved to “turn back time.”

Additionally, everyone’s skin is different and ages uniquely, which means there’s no ideal age for a mini facelift. Smith Cosmetic Surgery works with patients of all ages to find an ideal procedure to adequately address acne scars, sagging skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other common facial issues.

 

Myth #4 Results look fake following a facelift

Again, Hollywood has done the plastic surgery community no favors in this area and, unfortunately, the wildly taut, pulled and artificial-looking faces often make the tabloids. At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, we would never allow a patient to leave our office with an unnatural outcome. Dr. Smith has built a career and a loyal following around his youthful and balanced-looking results. That’s because his skillful surgical technique accounts for all dermal layers of the complex facial region and can be specifically customized for each individual’s skin type and problem areas.

 

Myth #5 Recovery is too hard

Healing time is one area where technology and fine-tuned cosmetic surgery practices have changed what’s possible following a facelift. Anywhere there has been even a tiny incision there is some recovery required before you can feel comfortable in your new look. However, this means a couple of week’s tops—rather than months—of downtime.

To make recuperation even faster for our cosmetic surgery clients, Dr. Smith has developed the proprietary Rapid Recovery program ™. This multi-day healing program starts the day after surgery and combines the powerful restorative properties of hyperbaric oxygen, lasers, and LED light to quickly reduce redness and swelling. Plus, when you consider the long-lasting effects of a facelift a few weeks of rest and recovery doesn’t sound too bad.

 

Myth #6 Facelifts are only for women

Although traditionally women have turned to plastic surgery, men are increasingly interested in the exceptional benefits cosmetic procedures have to offer. Every year plastic surgery becomes more accepted among the male contingent, and that includes facelifts. It ranks among the top five plastic surgery procedures in America, and men can profit from this life-changing procedure as much as women.

In fact men’s skin typically retains elasticity longer, with firmer fat and more vascularity, which may be a boon for the effects achieved during a facelift. Men are also considering complementary procedures such as eyelid surgery, chin augmentation and cheek and neck contouring to create and maintain a more masculine appearance, not to mention a distinct look to keep a competitive edge in business—and life.

While these are common facelift myths, the truth is we will all experience loose skin around the face and neck—a double chin, sagging jowls, crow’s feet or forehead lines. When that time comes—or before it arrives—please give Smith Cosmetic Surgery a call to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Join Renowned Plastic Surgeon for ‘An Evening of Beauty’

Evening-of-Beauty

Thursday, October 8
6:30-9 p.m.
Palazzo Verdi Event Center
Greenwood Village, Colorado

You are cordially invited to join Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith, Colorado’s most trusted facial plastic surgeon, for “An Evening of Beauty”, where he will inspire you to uncover a more beautiful and confident future.  If you’ve ever considered facial plastic surgery, or simply wondered what options exist to enhance those noticeable signs of aging, please don’t miss this incredible event.

At Smith Cosmetic Surgery, our hope is to offer a special evening filled with educational insight to help you make an informed decision about choosing the right facial plastic surgery procedure.

Dr. Smith will cover both surgical procedures and non-surgical “anti-aging” treatments. All guests will have the opportunity not only to hear Dr. Smith’s insight and appreciate his facial plastic surgery expertise after 25 years of practice, but also to meet him in person and schedule a complimentary consultation when the time is right for you.

In addition to Dr. Smith’s keynote, a panel of Smith Cosmetic Surgery patients will share their experience of working with Dr. Smith to achieve desired and youthful results. This is a great time to witness the natural results Dr. Smith has become known for among satisfied patients around the country.

Join others in an entertaining, interactive and welcoming environment as Dr. Smith reveals the secrets to a natural-looking “ageless” appearance.  Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and VIP specials on Smith Cosmetic Surgery services will be featured at our Evening of Beauty.

This exceptional event is designed just for you.  Make this remarkable evening the kickoff event to celebrating a whole new you.

Please RSVP to 303.741.2211 by Monday, October 5.

We look forward to seeing you!