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!

Benefits of a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

rejuvenated older woman

A thorough consultation is the best way to ensure that elective facial plastic surgery is right for you. Not all plastic surgeons are willing to spend time talking to patients about procedures, recovery, emotional support and payment options.

However, after 25 years of guiding patients, Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Brent J. Smith knows there’s a special relationship that starts with a face-to-face consultation. “It’s so important for a doctor to meet the patient first,” he says. “They are interviewing me to see if they are comfortable with my skills and results, and it’s my job to see if their goals are realistic and help them determine if they are in my office for the right reasons.”

Unlike commission-paid consultants at some plastic surgery offices, Dr. Smith is not motivated by a speed-and-greed approach to building clientele. In fact, he always advises patients about what’s most safe, healthy and effective when it comes to sustainable enhancements on the face. “A patient may not always know what’s best for them, but during a consultation we can talk about the route that will benefit them the most—even if it may be different from what they envisioned,” he says.

Each complimentary Smith Cosmetic Surgery consultation includes:

  • Discussion: in-depth, in-person evaluation with Dr. Smith
  • Imaging: advanced computer imaging simulates a preview of your personal surgical results (with free printout to take home)
  • Results: review of testimonials and “before and after” photos of Smith Cosmetic Surgery patients

“I like patients to bring in old pictures of themselves and if possible come with a significant other who will support them through the process,” Dr. Smith says. “I can look at their features and talk about procedures and costs, but even more exciting is taking photos and putting them on our imaging computer to give them a window into the future.”

Making you more comfortable

An in-depth consultation also helps Dr. Smith and his professional staff learn more about you and what will make you most comfortable before, during and after your procedure. The medical environment at Smith Cosmetic Surgery is designed with special features to make our patients feel calm, supported and informed.
We voluntarily certify our surgical suite with safety and sterility measures comparable to hospital-grade facilities, and our clinical staff is trained in helpful, hands-on pre- and post-operative care procedures to ensure maximum comfort and emotional support throughout your journey. Learn the importance of being an accredited facility and what it means for your care here: http://www.aaahc.org/en/my-care/

When you’re ready, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith at a time that’s convenient for you. We welcome the opportunity to meet you and explore all of the options to help you achieve a natural and refreshed result!

Helpful Tips for Summer in the Sun

With the summer comes added fun in the sun. However, that mood may change when you start to notice the creeping consequences of too much time exposed to intense UV rays: wrinkles, discoloration, sun spots, and dry, cracked skin, among other side effects. The good news is it’s never too late to start protecting your skin from the sun. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy for the long haul. Continue reading “Helpful Tips for Summer in the Sun”