“I can’t stand my wrinkly neck!”

A neck lift may be “just the lift you need”™.

Neck Lift Cincinnati, OHAn excerpt from I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron…
“According to my dermatologist, the neck starts to go at 43, and that’s that. You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye your hair, you can shoot collagen, Botox and Restylane into your wrinkles and creases, but short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about your neck. The neck is a dead giveaway. Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a Redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.”

The late journalist, essayist and humorist, Nora Ephron, got it right in her 2006 bestseller, I Feel Bad About My Neck, when she said that the neck is one of the first places to show our age and also one of the toughest places to hide it. Unless you live where you can wear turtlenecks and high collars year-round, your neck is going to get out in public. Ephron also spoke the truth when she said that surgery is the only way to get rid of a crepey-skin, wrinkly neck that quite honestly is very much a part of the natural aging process.

Not to worry. There’s a solution that’s easier than you may think. Today’s minimally invasive lower facelift and neck lift not only gets rid of loose skin in the jowls but also lifts and smoothes the neck. Both areas –– lower face and neck –– are addressed in this one procedure, called the Timeless Lift™, as performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon specialist in Cincinnati OH. “The procedure delivers the results that our patients want –– the ability to wear necklines they like, not feel self-conscious about their neck, and like what they see when they see themselves in photos,” says Dr. Smyth.

Like all procedures performed by Dr. Smyth, the lower facelift/neck lift is done under local anesthesia. Results are excellent, and the patient has a shorter recovery time without the risks associated with general anesthesia. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the hour-long procedure and are monitored by registered nurses in the outpatient treatment center of a renowned area hospital. Most patients are back to work and activities at 10 days post-procedure. Patients call the difference “remarkable” after their neck lift. Above all else, they love showing off their soft, smooth neck!

For more information about today’s finest, minimally invasive face and neck rejuvenation procedures, eyelid lifts and other treatments, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

What does an Eyelid Lift cost?

With results lasting 10-12 years or longer, getting your upper lids lifted costs you about 50¢ a day!

Eye Lift CostEyelid lifts are constantly growing in popularity among both women and men ages 40 to 80, and for good reason. Eyelid lifts are one of the most affordable ways to look younger. We’re talking a BIG, beautiful change for small change… literally!

Prices for facial cosmetic procedures vary by surgeon and city. However, as an example, the upper eyelid lift procedure in Cincinnati OH, performed by highly experienced Dr. Robert J. Smyth, typically costs a total of $2000. Results last a good 10-12 years or longer, which means having your upper lids done will cost you about 50¢ a day.

What a difference an eyelid lift can make! Your eyes will look younger, brighter and refreshed. No more heavy, sagging upper lids that make you look tired, angry or older than you are. No more bags and loose skin in your lower lids if that is your area of concern. All of this for an investment of literally pocket change per day!

Like all facial cosmetic procedures, the goal of an eyelid lift (upper lids or lower lids or both), is to look younger and refreshed but entirely natural. “There’s an art to removing just the right amount of skin for natural results, and to ensuring a masculine look for men’s eyes versus a feminine look for women. Same for the discreet placement of the tiny sutures that lead to a fast recovery and quick return to activities,” notes Dr. Smyth.

For more information about today’s finest, minimally invasive face and neck rejuvenation procedures, eyelid lifts and other treatments, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

Face Rejuvenation

5 Makeup Tips For Women Over 50

We believe that women of every age deserve to look and feel their best. So, in addition to offering beautiful, natural results from today’s finest and clinically proven face and neck rejuvenation procedures –– both surgical and non-surgical –- we like to pass along what we feel to be some of the best tips for the younger, fresher look you love.

cindy-joseph-face-rejuvenationMakeup Tips from Super Model Cindy Joseph (age 64)

1. “Use cream-based, not powder-based cosmetics on your face. Powder adds texture to skin that already has developed texture.”
2. For a natural look, “choose a lipstick tone that matches your inner lip or gums”.
3. Cindy says, “If your brows are thinning, just go with that. Don’t recreate the brows you had in your 20s.” NOTE: In addition to BOOM products from Cindy Joseph, we also recommend Clinique or Lancome Brow Pencils. Choose a color a bit lighter than your natural brows and sparingly make tiny strokes to fill in where your brows need definition. No harsh lines. Less is more. And, keep the pencil sharpened. Then, use an eyebrow brush (or a clean, dry toothbrush) to blend. Try today’s eyebrow gels, too. They add a bit of color and tame any wild hairs.
4. If your upper lids are heavy and the skin aged or sun damaged, “it can be best not to wear any eye shadow at all”, says Cindy, “especially no contour eye shadow in the crease because it gives the appearance of deepening the crease. Mascara is okay.” NOTE: If you’re more comfortable wearing eye makeup, use an eyelid primer under your eye shadow to help prevent against creases of color. Select shadows in subtle, natural tones. Leave the bright colors for the teens. Choose eyeliner in a formula that you can slightly smudge for a soft, natural look.
5. “If you’re going to use a foundation to even out skin tone, find one that gives coverage but doesn’t add texture. Be willing to spend money on a foundation and take your time to experiment and find the exact right shade,” says Cindy. “Matching your skin tone is critical.” NOTE: Among the favorite foundations of our age 50+ patients, friends, and industry experts are Estee Lauder Double Wear, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Flawless Coverage, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Neutrogena Skin Foam, and BOOM products. These are just a start; there are many others also ideal for women over 50. Whatever you choose, make sure it has SPF 15.

While face and neck rejuvenation procedures and treatments may be the important first step to regaining your natural, “younger-you” look, proper skin care and makeup are the finishing touches that will have you looking and feeling your absolute best. This is a wonderful time of your life. Enjoy it every way you can.

For more information about today’s finest, minimally invasive face and neck rejuvenation procedures, eyelid lifts and other treatments, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

Eyelift Surgery

The 1-2-3 of brighter, younger-looking eyes

People as young as in their late 30s or 40s can have droopy upper lids or sags and bags under their eyes. Whether caused by genetics, sun damage, smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, or stress, the result is that you look tired, unhappy and older than you really are. The good news is that regaining your younger, natural, bright-eyed look is easier than you may think. Here are three steps to waking up your eyes and putting your best face forward.

1. Consult with a facial cosmetic surgeon specialist.

There’s a definite art to removing just enough skin from the upper lids and/or lower lids, and to plumping up hollowed areas under the eyes to gain the natural look you want. Get the opinion of highly experienced face and eye specialists and ask to see photos of or talk to their actual patients. Think conservative measures. As Dr. Robert J. Smyth notes, “If needed, I can always do a touch-up to take away a bit more skin or to add more filler (Restylane) under the eyes versus the patient being unhappy because of a too-aggressive approach.” Your surgeon may also suggest Botox injections to soften and smooth vertical frown lines between your eyebrows, eliminate squint lines at the corners of the eye, or to soften and smooth horizontal furrows in your forehead. These simple steps can be the perfect complement to an eyelid lift.

2. Protect your eyes post-procedure.

While your surgeon can provide you with great results, it’s up to you to maintain your younger-looking eyes. That means wearing sunglasses to minimize squinting, getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night, following a healthy diet, not smoking, and trying to minimize stress. Unfortunately, our lifestyle and habits show on our face… and eyes.

3. Emphasize your brighter, younger-looking eyes.

Once your eyes have fully healed post-procedure, go visit one or more of your favorite makeup counters and ask the specialists there to show you current looks for both day and evening. Be honest with the specialist about your recent procedure so they will be extra gentle when applying makeup to your eye area and also so they can recommend products they feel are best for the more fragile skin around the eyes. There are any number of new and breakthrough eye makeup products that not only make the eyes their most attractive, but also nourish the eye area to keep it soft, healthy and protected from the sun. Many are intended for both women and men.

For more information about today’s finest minimally invasive eyelid lift and other procedures, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com .

Eyelid Lift in Cincinnati

Regain your natural, refreshed, younger-looking eyes

Eyelid-Lift-Cincinnati-OHOur eyes “say it all”. They tell the world when we’re happy, sad, tired or stressed. They also are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Lines, bags and sagging skin around the eyes can start as young as our early 40’s. Not to worry… if your eyes are looking older than your age, there are both surgical and non-surgical ways to regain your natural, refreshed, younger-looking eyes. Take a look.

What to do about Upper Eyelids

Loose, extra skin in the upper lids can leave your eyes looking tired, heavy and lifeless. An upper eyelid lift is the longstanding and proven method for removing the saggy skin and returning your eyes to a natural, bright-eyed look. The key word here is “natural”. “There’s an art to removing just enough skin to give the eyes a younger, open-eyed, well-rested look that is entirely natural –– NEVER pulled and NEVER startled looking,” says Dr. Robert J. Smyth, leading facial cosmetic specialist in Cincinnati. “I also believe in taking a slightly different approach to an eyelid lift for women versus men, the goal being a natural looking feminine eye versus a masculine eye.”

Dr. Smyth performs all upper eyelid lifts using local anesthesia only. Patients are entirely comfortable during the surgery and avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia. Sutures dissolve on their own. Full healing takes about 10 days, but most patients put on sunglasses and are out and about 3-4 days post-procedure.

How to smooth Lower Eyelids

The two most common problems in the under eye area are puffy bags and/or hollowed-out areas. Depending on the patient, the answer may be a lower eyelid lift to remove some of the extra fat and skin and smooth the area and/or injections of Restylane to fill in sunken areas. “The art to achieving natural, younger-looking lower eyelids is to be careful not to remove too much skin or fat,” says Dr. Smyth. “Adding volume under the eye, rather than removing it, can in fact provide a smoother, firmer and more youthful under eye.”

As with an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Smyth performs all lower eyelid lifts using local anesthesia only, with patient comfort and safety first and foremost. Sutures dissolve on their own. If Restylane injections are recommended, you will feel the initial prick of the needle but the numbing medication (Lidocaine) within the Restylane immediately numbs the area for patient comfort.

Soften and say goodbye to Frown Lines and Squint Lines

Botox injections are the go-to solution for softening and even eliminating squint lines and frown lines at the corner of the eye and between the brows. “The amount of Botox needed depends on the patient; the goal is to be conservative to attain a natural look.” advises Dr. Smyth.

For more information about today’s finest minimally invasive eyelid lift and other procedures, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Robert Smyth MD, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

Facelift Techniques

How to Get the Natural-Looking Results You Want

Facelift Technique Cincinnati, OHFace and neck rejuvenation today is all about minimally invasive procedures that deliver natural-looking results. As a patient, what should you ask to get the natural-looking results you want?

6 Questions To Ask Your Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

(1) Do you specialize in face and neck rejuvenation or do both face and body work?
It’s not to say that a surgeon cannot perform both face/neck and body procedures, but it makes sense that wherever his or her focus is where they also have the most experience. The more a surgeon works on a particular area of the body, the more they see and know how to handle the unique needs of various types of patients. That principle applies to the many ways the face and neck age, and to working with each person’s specific aging issues and underlying facial structure.

(2) Do you use local or general anesthesia?
Current thinking and Dr. Robert J. Smyth included, is to use strictly local anesthesia along with some relaxation medication, whether for a facelift, eyelid lift, brow lift, or chin implant. Doing so allows the patient to be entirely comfortable throughout the procedure, enjoy a faster recovery, and avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia.

(3) What is your facelift technique for removing excess skin and smoothing the face and neck area? Why do you prefer this facelift technique? “After strategically making very thin incisions at the crease in front of the ear and directly behind the ear (where hidden once healed), I use the muscle covering under the skin to lift and reposition the skin and muscle of the neck and face,” says Dr. Smyth. “Excess skin is removed to produce a natural, smooth, firmer and younger appearance to the lower face, jawline and neck.” “I prefer this facelift technique because it is the minimally invasive, faster healing way for patients to look naturally refreshed and to rid them of the drawn, pulled down, older look that comes with sagging, loose skin in the lower face and neck.”

(4) How long should a facelift last?
Average is six to 10 years depending on genetics and on how well you take care of your face, neck and general health. Also essential are not smoking and faithfully using sunscreen.

(5) How many facelift procedures have you performed?
Experience matters, especially when it’s your face. The coveted, natural-looking face tailored to each patient comes with years of experience and performing thousands of cases. It’s OK to ask.

(6) Will I need dermal fillers and/or Botox in addition to the facelift to get the desired natural results? A skilled surgeon knows the art of removing just enough but not too much skin during the facelift, and then following up as needed to refine any remaining areas, such as smoothing fine lines with Juvederm®, adding volume to cheeks with Voluma®, or softening/eliminating frown or squint lines with Botox injections.

For more information about today’s finest minimally invasive procedures, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery ––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com

Let’s Talk Face Lift Procedures

Today, it’s all about minimally invasive.

Face Lift Procedures Cincinnati, OHGone are the days of facelifts or other face lift procedures that leave the face looking pulled, tight or windswept. Today, it’s all about minimally invasive face lift procedures that reverse the effects of aging in subtle and natural ways. Think tweaks or “tweakments”, as they are called.

What do we mean by minimally invasive?
We’re talking dermal fillers around the mouth and/or at the sides of the nose, Botox injections around the eyes and in the forehead area, laser skin treatments, upper and/or lower eyelid lifts, under eye fillers, or a mini lift for the lower face/jawline and neck. All of these are now performed as minimally invasive face lift procedures. Better yet, some surgeons such as Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, perform these procedures under local anesthesia which means a shorter recovery time and none of the risks associated with general anesthesia.

“As a cosmetic surgeon specializing in just the face and neck, I see today’s preference for subtle and natural tweaks as an exciting and healthy change,” says Dr. Robert Smyth. “Patients are starting earlier, even in their later 30s and early 40s, to have the treatments done on a more frequent basis (especially injectables) that can help the face look younger at each decade.”

And for patients, ages 50 to 80, there are exciting minimally invasive face lift procedure options, as well. For example, if you have enough loose skin in the lower face and neck area that only removing the excess skin via a facelift can provide both immediate and lasting results, then today’s mini facelift –– the Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Smyth –– is the answer for the natural, younger-you look desired. “It’s just the lift people need to get rid of the heaviness in their jowls and saggy neck so their face and neck look younger and smoother,” says Dr. Smyth.

Performed under local anesthesia, the Timeless Lift™ takes only 1-1/2 hours, with patients entirely comfortable throughout. Most patients return to work and full activities at 10 days to two weeks post-procedure. Results last six to 10 years depending on one’s lifestyle, general health, sun protection, not smoking, etc.

Word of caution
“While people want both natural results and a quick recovery, they need to do their homework and choose the proven talents of an experienced facial cosmetic specialist versus chasing a trend or having a procedure just because their friends are doing it,” cautions Dr. Smyth.

“Experience matters… especially when it’s your face. The goal is always to make friends and family wonder why you look so good, not to have them talk about ‘work’ you had done.”

For more information on all minimally invasive face lift procedures, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery ––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490.

Eyelift Procedures

The joy of looking bright-eyed and younger again

Eye Lift Procedures Cincinnati, OH“You look tired”. “What’s wrong, you look stressed.” If you’re hearing comments like these or you look in the mirror and the eyes looking back at you look older than you are, it may be time for an upper or lower eyelid lift.

For many people in their 40s and older, the first visible signs of facial aging are droopy upper eyelids and/or sags and bags under the eyes. The reasons can be sun exposure, smoking, poor diet, stress, or simply genetics. The good news is that having eyelift procedures is one of the easiest, surest and longest-lasting ways to regain your younger-looking eyes.

The measure of a beautiful eyelift procedure is an entirely natural, brighter-eyed look –– not a pulled or strange, wide-eyed stare. Dr. Smyth shares here the current thinking on how to attain the natural, younger-you, bright-eyed results you want –- results that will have friends and family wondering why you look so good, so rested, and so much happier.

What Makes For Great Surgical Results?
“Less is more when it comes to eyelift procedures. Removing too much fat or skin from the upper or lower eyelids can create a hollowed-out effect that is actually more aging than it is youthful. Also, it’s important to look at the upper and lower eyelids and the brows as a unit; all have an impact on one another and on how old or young the eye area looks. You may think you need an upper eyelid lift when in fact the heaviness you’re seeing might be better remedied by a brow lift. Or, you may think you need a lower eyelid lift when using fillers to restore volume is the better solution. These are the kinds of things we discuss at the patient’s complimentary consultation.”

What Are Non-Surgical Options for Younger-Looking Eyes?
“Botox injections are an excellent way to soften and gradually eliminate the vertical lines (aka the “11s”) that can form between the brows, horizontal expression lines on the forehead, and squint lines at the corner of the eye. Restylane is the go-to filler specially formulated to plump up and smooth the valleys that can form in the delicate area beneath the eye.”

What Else Helps Maintain More Youthful-Looking Eyes
“Invest in and wear sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s rays. Also, I tell my patients to enjoy and emphasize their eyes. A trusted makeup artist I know advises, ‘As you age, don’t stop using makeup altogether; instead, use it differently.’ I encourage my patients to visit a makeup counter or two and explore what’s new in products targeted to their age group. Experiment and show off your beautiful new eyes. Or, with your renewed confidence after an eyelid lift, you may not feel the need to wear any eye makeup at all.”

For more information about eyelift procedures or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery ––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490. And, please visit www.timelessyoumd.com for more details about eyelid lifts, fillers, other surgical and non-surgical procedures, before and after photos of actual patients of Dr. Smyth, and our weekly Blog.

Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

How do you know what you need? (or don’t need?)

Facial Rejuvenation ProceduresMost of us know what’s bothering us about our face or neck, but we’re not sure what we need done to remedy it and return to our younger-looking self. With today’s endless options for facial rejuvenation, it can be overwhelming to figure out what steps to take. It doesn’t need to be that difficult. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help you determine what’s best for you.

1. Don’t rely on the advice of friends and family. They may mean well, but their non-medical opinion as to what you should or should not do in terms of facial rejuvenation is just that, an opinion. Out of love and not wanting to hurt your feelings, or out of jealousy and not wanting you to look better than they do, they may say you look great just the way you are. On the other hand, they may push you into having a procedure or treatment performed that could be potentially harmful to you or, at a minimum, a waste of your money.

2. Don’t fall victim to every new product, cream, treatment or procedure. “New”. “Revolutionary”. “Miraculous”. Every new introduction to the marketplace can sound like the best ever, but don’t trust that it will be. Do your research. And don’t trust online reviews alone; you don’t know the person or the reason behind the review.

3. Don’t succumb to trends. Everyone else might be doing “it”, but it doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We’ve seen this with the “thread” procedure and other trends that have failed to deliver satisfactory results or stand the test of time. A current trend among teens and 20-somethings is to have “Preventive Botox” performed––injections intended to deter and prohibit frowns and wrinkles before they can have a chance to form. Is this treatment a good idea? Too soon to tell. The best advice is to wait until ideas go from being trends to being trusted, proven procedures.

1. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon/specialist. Only a surgeon can look at your face and know what he or she can and cannot do to remove the signs of aging and to give you the refreshed, natural look you deserve. It’s also okay to have 2-3 evaluations until you are satisfied you’ve found the right surgeon.

2. Ask others who have had great results the name of the surgeon who performed their procedure. Most people are happy to share names if you just ask. Whether you need a surgical procedure (facelift, eyelid lift, brow lift, chin implant) or a non-surgical treatment (laser skin resurfacing, Botox, dermal fillers), there’s a true art to achieving beautifully natural results. Find out who’s doing the work you admire.

3. Allow yourself to take the next step to looking younger and feeling better about yourself. Once you find a surgeon you trust, who has answered all of your questions and fully outlined what he or she recommends and what you should expect, move forward. Do something for you.

For more information or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert Smyth M.D. Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery – Do it For You

Patients share what made them finally take the next step to looking and feeling their best.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery Cincinnati, OH“I finally put myself first.” “I bet I’d been thinking about having a facelift for 10 years before I finally called for a consultation. I put everyone else first––my kids, my parents, work, even some friends who I helped out financially for awhile. Then, I decided it’s my turn. I think women especially feel guilty about doing something like this for themselves, but I’m so glad I did.” HB, Northern KY

“All I could see in the mirror were my sagging jowls and neck.” “I didn’t even know that person who was looking back at me. It’s like you wake up one day and you don’t look at all like you once did and you’re just ready to get back to looking like your younger self.” SC, Indianapolis IN

“I saw a photo of myself and that was it!” “All those years in the sun had caught up with me and I knew it. Not just the loose skin in my face and neck but the texture of my skin was lined and splotchy. I wanted the softer, smoother skin I had when I was younger. I had the lift and laser resurfacing done. Wow, what a difference! Natural. Pretty. I finally feel good about myself again.” BC, Cincinnati OH

“My daughter was getting married and I absolutely wanted to look my best.” “Besides wanting my family to be proud of me, I knew those wedding photos would be around for a long time. The wedding was the perfect motivation to get my face and eyes done. I felt great at all of the events, and I still look great almost eight years later.” DJ, Columbus OH

“I’m back in the workforce after many years and need to be at the top of my game.”
“I’m not trying to look like I’m 30 again, but I do need to look my best and to me that means looking refreshed and current, not tired and older than I really am. I not only look a lot better but I feel more confident and competitive in my industry. The Timeless Lift™ and upper eyelid procedure were a great decision for me.” (Mr.) MB, Lexington KY

For more information or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490.