Is Lower Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

3 patients. 3 different types of lower eyelid problems.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Cincinnati, OHThe lower eyelid area is one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. For some people, lower eyelid problems can be hereditary and appear as early as in their 40s. Puffiness, bags, and thin, crepey-looking skin are among the most common problems for both women and men. An experienced facial cosmetic surgeon will carefully assess each patient’s situation and address their lower eyelid problems accordingly. In other words, there’s no single solution that’s right for everyone.

Here is a brief story of three patients and the lower eyelid area problem and potential solution for each. The goal of all lower eyelid procedures is an entirely natural-looking result that leaves the eyes and face appearing refreshed, brighter and younger. Learn more and take next steps to look your very best.

Patient #1: “Like the rest of my family, I have bags under my eyes”
(Age 45)  Patients who have “bags” (protruding skin under the eyes) can benefit from lower eyelid surgery. The surgeon gently makes a very thin incision under the lower eyelash to remove the excess fatty tissue and leave the undereye area looking smoother and younger. Dr. Smyth performs all lower eyelid surgeries using local anesthesia, ensuring patients a quicker recovery and eliminating the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Patient #2: “What can I do about all of the extra skin under my eyes?”
(Age 63)  Loose, excess skin under the eyes can be quite common as we reach our 50s and beyond. The condition is made worse by sun exposure and smoking. The lower eyelid lift/surgery used to remove bags under the eyes (described above) is also the procedure of choice for removing drooping, under eye skin whose draping effect can be aging.

Patient #3: “The skin under my eyes is sunken in.”
(Age 72)  As we get into our 60s and 70s, we tend to lose fat in our face, which can leave some of us with depressions or indentations in the undereye area. Dr. Smyth as well as other leading facial cosmetic specialists may suggest filling these “tear trough” areas with Restylane, a dermal filler specifically formulated for the fine and thinner skin under the eyes. Restylane results typically last one to 1-1/2 years, after which injections can be repeated.

TIP:  Whatever concerns you have about your lower eyelid area, be sure your cosmetic surgeon specializes in the face and neck and is highly experienced in performing both surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments (fillers).

Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including lower and upper eyelid surgeries and treatments. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490

How to Get the Most Out of Facial Surgery

4 ways to refresh your look, complement your refreshed face

Facial Surgery Cincinnati, OHI have a friend who always knows how to live each day to its fullest. Whatever she decides to do, she does with her full energy. Mediocrity isn’t even part of her vocabulary. So, when she had facial surgery a few years ago, she took the opportunity to not only lift her face, but also to lift her look and, in turn, her confidence and happiness. Here are her favorite tips for maximizing her investment in facial surgery.

Top 4 Tips for getting the most out of facial surgery.

#1 Think of makeup as one of your best friends.
Your facial surgery has provided you a new canvas; now you get to paint the picture. With your lines and wrinkles eliminated or smoothed, make way to your favorite makeup counter. Get the advice of a pro on how to use today’s excellent array of age-appropriate creams, serums, easy-to-apply skin enhancers, foundations, and eye makeups that not only highlight your best features but also treat your face to healthy anti-oxidants, vitamins and sun protection. As my friend says, “I love makeup again. I get to play with a new look every day.” And as makeup artists will tell you, “Getting older doesn’t mean you stop using makeup; it means using it differently.” Go explore. FRIEND TIP: Favorite book: “Makeup Wakeup – Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age”, by Lois Joy Johnson.

#2 Update your hair.
If you haven’t changed your hairstyle for years, now’s the time to do so. Try a new stylist. Add some highlights or try a new hair color altogether. Look into today’s healthy shampoos, conditioners and styling products that restore a healthy sheen and fullness to your hair. Your new hair “look” is not only the perfect complement to your refreshed face but also a great way to redirect the attention of curious friends who know you look better but don’t quite know why. Tell them it’s your “new cut”. FRIEND TIP: Favorite product line: “Living Proof ‘Timeless’ line – shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, plumping mousse.”

#3 Refresh your wardrobe.

Refresh your wardrobe just as you have your face. Go through your closet and toss everything you haven’t worn in the past two years. Next, take out every remaining item and try it on before you decide to put it back. This is the crucial part, because this is when you see that while the shirt still looks good on the hanger, it no longer looks good on you. Hold onto only what feels good and looks good; give away everything else. Next, look for new ways to put together the clothes you still love, and fill in other items as needed. Go to Pinterest, in-store and online at your favorite shops, and to the pages of magazines and books to find age-appropriate brands, styles and outfits that make you look years younger. FRIEND TIP: Favorite book: “Wardrobe Wakeup – Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age”, by Lois Joy Johnson.

#4 Enjoy your “younger you” look.
Don’t feel guilty or apologize for having facial surgery. Never let others take away the joy you feel in feeling better about yourself. At this stage of life, doing something for yourself shouldn’t require the approval of the rest of the world. And remember, a smile and a positive attitude are always the best way to maximize the results of facial surgery. Enjoy your wonderful, younger-you look.

Face and neck rejuvenation surgeon and specialist, Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, has 30+ years of experience and has performed more than 3,000 facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures. Patients come from a 100-mile radius for the natural looking results he provides. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

Facelift Surgery

Top 4 Truths About Recovery

Facelift Surgery Cincinnati, OHSometimes our imagination can get the best of us. A perfect example is wondering how long or how difficult the recovery is following facelift surgery. Instead of relying on hearsay from friends, or believing the latest article or online post, take time to get information directly from a facial cosmetic surgeon. Talk to several facial cosmetic surgeon/specialists, and let your own good judgment guide your decision.

Here are some “truths” regarding recovery from facelift surgery –- straight from the desk of Dr. Robert J. Smyth, cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, with 30+ years specializing in just the face and neck area.

Truth #1 No, you do not have to be put to sleep.

It’s true. If having today’s minimally-invasive facelift, such as the Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, your facelift will be performed under strictly local anesthesia, along with a small amount of relaxation medication. Local anesthesia is today’s proven choice among leading facial cosmetic surgeons. Without being put to sleep, the patient is kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and is spared the risks associated with general anesthesia. Patients have a faster recovery without compromising results.

Truth #2 Yes, most people are back to work and activities at 10 days to 2 weeks post-procedure.

It’s true. Almost all of our Timeless Lift™ patients are back to work and normal activities within 10 days to two weeks from their procedure date. Some are back even sooner. When we say “back to work and normal activities”, we do not mean lifting heavy objects, performing intense outdoor labor, or participating in highly active sports. For those, Dr. Smyth prefers you wait a minimum of three weeks. A faster recovery means a faster return to what matters most to you.

Truth #3 People may not openly acknowledge your facelift (but they know you look better).

It’s true. The greatest compliment is when friends are unsure as to why you look better, refreshed, younger, brighter, happier, etc. The goal of facelift surgery is not to look so drastically different, or to look strangely pulled or windswept but, instead, to look like a natural, younger version of you. As part of the recovery process, some patients will tell us, “Nobody said anything.” That’s exactly what you want to hear. Let your before and after photos be proof of the improvement in your appearance.

Truth #4 Yes, you can have more than one facelift in your lifetime and have great results each time.

It’s true. If considering the minimally-invasive Timeless Lift™ (lower facelift/neck lift that removes the excess, loose, sagging skin in the cheeks, lower face and neck), your results are immediate and typically last six to 10 years, after which the procedure can be repeated if desired. The ease of recovery and long-lasting results make the Timeless Lift one of the best investments in facelift surgery.

Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

Cosmetic Procedures to Refresh Your Face

What works for what’s bothering you

If you’re over 50, it’s likely your face is starting to show signs of aging, and some signs in particular are bothering you. It could be you have droopy upper eyelids, bags under your eyes, loose skin in the lower face/neck and a sagging jawline, wrinkles in your facial skin, or folds at the nose and mouth –– all common as we get older.

You want to do something to refresh your face, but what? It’s hard to know which cosmetic procedures do what and which truly work, especially when we’re bombarded with ads on TV, in print and on social media touting the virtue of a small army of treatments and procedures.

Here is some honest information as to “what works for what’s bothering you” from Dr. Robert J. Smyth, cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, with 30+ years specializing in just the face and neck area.

• Problem Area: Droopy upper eyelids and/or bags at the lower eyelid
An upper eyelid lift (upper blepharoplasty) removes the excess, sagging skin of the upper eyelid that can cause you to look tired, unhappy or older than your years. A lower eyelid lift (lower blepharoplasty) removes bags under the eye for a smoother, more youthful look. A dermal filler called Restylane® also may be used to fill hollowed-out areas under the eyes. Results are immediate, last 10 years or longer, and the procedure can be repeated, as desired.

• Problem Area: Loose Skin in the Lower Face/Neck and a Sagging Jawline
A lower facelift/neck lift, such as the renowned and minimally-invasive Timeless Lift™, removes the excess, loose, sagging skin in the cheeks, lower face and neck to give you a natural, refreshed, “younger-you” look. Results are immediate, last six to 10 years for most patients, and the procedure can be repeated, as desired. Dr. Smyth has performed more than 3,000 of the remarkable Timeless Lift procedure.

• Problem Area: Wrinkles in Your Facial Skin, Uneven Skin Texture and/or Dark Spots
Laser skin resurfacing improves the “quality” of the skin. It cannot remove excess skin but, instead, the heat of the laser generates new skin cell growth for a smoother, softer, more even-toned complexion. Think of it as a physician-controlled sunburn. Expect some peeling and redness as part of the healing process which can take several weeks. Results can be quite remarkable and last for 10 years or longer provided patients take care of their skin, especially protecting it from the sun and also by not smoking.

• Problem Area: Folds at the Nose and Mouth Area
This problem area can be remedied or greatly improved with dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Voluma®, whether used alone or in combination with the Timeless lift (lower facelift/neck lift). Your facial cosmetic surgeon will be able to guide you to your best solution once he or she sees you at your in-person consultation.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

  • Despite what may be promised, no cream or lotion can remove excess skin. Only cosmetic procedures can eliminate loose, sagging, excess skin.
  • Treatments such as Kybella and Cool Sculpting cannot permanently remove loose, excess skin. They can show some tightening of the skin after a number of treatments are performed. Also, results typically last for only a short period of time compared to a minimally-invasive surgical procedure, such as the Timeless Lift™ lower facelift/neck lift.
  • Dr. Smyth performs all facial cosmetic procedures with his patients having strictly local anesthesia along with a slight amount of relaxation medication. Patients are kept entirely comfortable during the procedure and are spared the longer recovery time and risks associated with general anesthesia.

Call 513.201.8490 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert J. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest surgical and non-surgical solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve.

Your non-surgical fight against facial lines and wrinkles

4 face fillers you need to know about

Face Fillers Cincinnati, OHNot yet ready for a facelift? Not sure cosmetic surgery is something you want to do? But, you’re not at all happy with the lines, wrinkles and folds you see in your face. You may be an ideal candidate for today’s safe and effective, non-surgical dermal fillers, also known as injectables.

In the hands of an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist, these office-administered treatments can do a remarkable job of temporarily softening or removing moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles and folds. They deliver superb and immediate results whether used alone or in combination with a facelift. They can last for months to more than a year, and can be repeated as needed.

Here are 4 dermal fillers you need to know about (as well as their typical results and pricing).

(1) Botox® (injectable)
Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox has become the gold standard among cosmetic surgeons for temporarily smoothing facial wrinkles, especially the vertical lines between the eyebrows (the “11’s”), creases at the corners of the eyes (squint lines), and horizontal wrinkles in the forehead. FDA approved.
Results: Typically 3 to 6 months
Cost: Usually priced by the “unit”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per unit. Example: The area between the brows may require 10 units of Botox at your initial treatment.

(2) Juvederm®
Juvederm is a dermal gel containing a modified hyaluronic acid identical to a naturally occurring building block found in the human body. Dr. Robert J. Smyth and other cosmetic surgeons use this face filler to smooth away lines in the nasolabial folds (along the sides of the nose and mouth), in the cheeks and chin areas, delivering natural results. FDA approved.
Results: Typically up to one year or longer
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The nasolabial area may require two syringes at initial treatment.

(3) Voluma®
This member of the Juvederm family of fillers is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler designed specifically to correct volume loss in the cheek area. This injectable gel subtly returns the cheeks to the fuller, natural look of your younger years.
Results: Can last up to two years
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The cheeks may require two syringes at initial treatment.

(4) Restylane®
Dr. Robert J. Smyth prefers this dermal filler for the delicate area under the eyes, as it allows him to fill sunken areas and add volume subtly and gently for natural results that leave the face and eyes looking refreshed and more youthful. FDA approved.
Results: Can last up to 18 months
Cost: Usually priced by the “syringe”. Ask your surgeon his or her cost per syringe. Example: The area under your eyes may require two syringes at initial treatment.

Watch-outs:

  • Tell your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist about any allergies or medical conditions you have, any muscle or nerve conditions you have or have been treated for in the past, and all medications you currently take.
  • Discuss your expectations with the surgeon or facial cosmetic specialist. There is a definite art to treatment. Choose someone who is highly experienced. Also, it is always a good idea to start conservatively –- and add more later, if needed.
  • Be cautious about savings programs. While everyone likes to get a “deal”, beware of “packages”, “parties” and pricing offers that require you to have more dermal fillers than you actually need in order to get a savings. An overdone face is not worth the money saved.

For more information, details and links to the websites of Botox, Juvederm and Restylane, click here.

Call 513.351.0020 to schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment with Dr. Robert J. Smyth to discuss dermal fillers and all of today’s non-surgical and surgical solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and younger “you” look you desire.

How to Get the Most Out of Talking with a Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

7 questions every woman should ask

Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Cincinnati, OHYou’re ready to talk to a facial cosmetic surgeon about how getting older is changing how you look. Whether it’s to address those first signs of lines and wrinkles, or to discuss more severe loose and sagging skin in your face and neck, heavy/droopy eyelids, or sun-damaged skin, you’re ready to learn more about your options to look better and feel better about yourself.

Before you go for your consultation (which, by the way, we feel should be complimentary), take time to organize your thoughts and have your questions ready.

We suggest you talk to several different cosmetic surgeons and ask each of them these seven questions.

(1) How do you determine what is best for me?
An experienced facial cosmetic surgeon will look at you as the unique individual you are. Every person’s face, skin condition, facial symmetry, overall health and lifestyle are different; there’s no one solution that suits everyone. Whatever procedure the surgeon might recommend should be highly personalized to you.

(2) What is your philosophy for improving a woman’s face as she ages?
If you are the type of woman who’s looking for a refreshed, improved “younger-you” appearance, and the surgeon is talking about glamour and Hollywood-style makeovers, you may be in the wrong place. Discuss in detail your idea of beauty and what you find attractive. Go with your gut to find the doctor who’s on the same page with you. You’ll know it when you’re talking to the right surgeon.

(3) How long will I need to take off from work and physical activities after facial cosmetic surgery?
Get specific here. Tell the surgeon exactly what your work, family and other demands are in life so that your procedure can be scheduled to prevent any surprises or disappointment. Demand the surgeon and his or her staff be honest about healing times. Set realistic expectations for yourself. In other words, don’t wait until the last minute –– before a wedding, college reunion, start of a new job, etc. –– to have a surgical procedure. Even though today’s minimally invasive procedures are much faster to heal than in the past, you still need to allow adequate time for recovery and best results.

(4) Will people know I had surgery?
The goal of most women who have had a facial cosmetic procedure is for friends and family to wonder why they look so good, but without knowing for sure they’ve had any “work done”. At Dr. Robert J. Smyth’s office, we tell women who schedule the minimally invasive Timeless Lift™ (lifts and removes excess, sagging skin in the lower face and neck) to give themselves a good week to 10 days to recover. Sutures are removed at eight days post-procedure after which you can pull down a few pieces of hair to hide the very thin incision line in front of the ear. Once the sutures have healed over (at about two weeks post-procedure), you can dot the skinny incision line with makeup to hide the pinkish color which gradually fades away.

(5) How long will the results last?
As the patient, you have a definite role in how long your results last. For the minimally invasive Timeless Lift, results will typically last six to 10 years if you protect your skin from sun abuse, stop smoking, eat a nutritious diet, maintain a fairly consistent weight, and live a healthy lifestyle. Results for laser resurfacing, which is performed to improve the quality of sun-damaged and finely-lined skin, will usually last six to 10 years. Results from an upper or lower eyelid lift can last 10 years or longer.

(6) What kind of anesthesia do you use?
Choice of anesthesia will vary by the surgeon. Dr. Smyth performs all facial cosmetic surgical procedures –– the Timeless Lift, upper and lower eyelid lifts, laser facial resurfacing, brow lifts, and chin implants –– with the patient having only local anesthesia during the procedure combined with some relaxation medicine pre-procedure. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are spared the longer recovery, costs and risks associated with general anesthesia. Other surgeons may still use general anesthesia. Ask the surgeon his or her preference and “why” they choose that method.

(7) Can I see photos of “your” work and/or talk to prior patients?
You have every right to want to see the surgeon’s own artistry – not just photos of models. However, remember that the choice to have cosmetic surgery is typically a very personal and private decision. Understandably, the majority of patients do not want their before and after photos shared, especially via the surgeon’s website or social media. That being said, some patients are very happy to share their experience with you by a phone call or email.

Male Facial Plastic Surgery

6 questions every man should ask his surgeon

Male Plastic Surgery CincinnatiMale or female, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look our best. And in today’s world, where many of us are continuing to work, participate in athletics, and live physically active and demanding lives well into our 70s and beyond, our “looks” matter more than ever before. Hence, the increasing numbers of both men and women having surgical facial cosmetic procedures and non-surgical treatments.

The reasons why men versus women pursue facial plastic surgery vary only slightly. Both genders want to look better and younger. Men however often express other reasons, such as “I work with a lot of younger guys and want to stay competitive in my field,” or “I need to be at the top of my game and I’m not feeling it right now,” or “I’m not vain, but I feel like my aging face means I’m not a player anymore, socially or in business; I want to be at the top of my game again.”

Our message to men… don’t let anyone stop you from looking your best or regaining the confidence you’ve lost because of getting older. And don’t worry about vanity –– it’s as masculine to take care of your face as it is to exercise and take care of your body. So, if you’re thinking about male facial plastic surgery, take the initiative and learn what’s available. But, be sure to do your due diligence before making any decision.

Talk to several plastic surgeons and ask each of them these six questions. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, specializing in just the face and neck, shares his answers here.

(1) How do you determine what is best for me?
“An in-person consultation is essential to determine what’s bothering the patient about his face and neck, and to discuss the various options of what can be done to reverse the signs of aging. Every person’s face, skin condition, overall health and lifestyle are different; there’s no one solution that suits everyone.”

(2) What is your approach to performing facial plastic surgery on men versus women?
“There is a distinct difference in surgical technique to ensure the masculine look men wish to retain. When performing an upper eyelid lift on a man, my goal is NOT to provide a platform for eye makeup as is the focus for women’s upper eyelid surgery but, instead, to remove enough sagging skin to make the eyes look younger without feminizing them. If performing a facelift on a man, I carefully place the very skinny incision line such that it does NOT interfere with the natural hair growth of the beard and sideburns. These and other surgical refinements provide the masculine results that men want.”

(3) How long will I need to take off from work or sports after facial cosmetic surgery?
“You can continue with mild, day-to-day activities within 48 hours post-procedure, but most patients prefer to wait until I remove their small line of sutures at eight days post-procedure before going out in public. I encourage patients to wait at least two weeks post-procedure before engaging in heavy lifting, running, or playing sports.”

(4) Will people know I had surgery?
“You will have a very thin incision line in front of the ear and tucked into the crease directly behind the ear. Even after sutures are removed at eight days post-op, the incision line will be a pinkish color that gradually fades each day until it becomes so faint that no one notices it. Full healing can take several weeks. However, once the sutures have healed over (at about 10-12 days post-procedure), patients can dot the incision line with a skin-colored makeup pencil to hide the incision line. These are easy enough to find, even for male patients, at your local pharmacy.”

(5) How long will the results last?
“An upper eyelid lift can last for decades. Results for the minimally invasive Timeless Lift (removes excess, saggy skin at the lower face, jawline and neck) will typically last six to 10 years depending on the patient protecting his skin from sun abuse, not smoking, eating a nutritious diet, maintaining a fairly consistent weight, and living a healthy lifestyle. Results for laser resurfacing, which is performed to improve the quality of sun-damaged and finely-lined skin, will usually last six to 10 years, again depending on how well the patient takes good care of his skin.”

(6) Is facial cosmetic surgery painful?
“I perform all facial cosmetic surgical procedures –– the Timeless Lift, upper and lower eyelid lifts, laser facial resurfacing, brow lifts, and chin implants –– with the patient having only local anesthesia during the procedure combined with some relaxation medicine pre-procedure. My patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. All surgical procedures are performed at the Outpatient Treatment Center at the convenient and easy-to-access TriHealth Evendale Hospital in suburban Cincinnati, where patients have the care and attention of the facility’s outstanding staff.

To learn more about today’s exciting, minimally invasive male facial plastic surgery options performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, or to schedule your private, one-on-one complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth, call 513.201.8490.

The Beauty of An Upper Eyelid Lift

Are you a good candidate?

Upper Eyelid Surgery Cincinnati, OHUpper eyelid surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty) is one of the top five facial cosmetic procedures performed each year. Why? Because it works.

Once we have loose, saggy skin in our upper lids, there’s no magic cream, lotion or potion that will make our eyes look young again. The only real solution to getting rid of the excess skin that can leave our eyes looking tired, heavy and lifeless is an upper eyelid lift.

How do you know if you are a good candidate for upper eyelid surgery?

  1. Your Age. Unlike facial aging where loose, excess skin in the jowls and neck typically doesn’t become a problem until after age 50, saggy upper eyelids can be an issue for people as young as their late 30s and 40s, most often due to heredity factors. As such, age isn’t always a factor in determining if you can benefit from an eyelid lift.
  2. Feedback from Others. Do people keep asking you what’s wrong, or say you look tired or worse yet, ask if you are angry about something when in reality all is well? It could be that your heavy lids are not only causing you to look as if you’re sleep deprived but perhaps even unhappy, depressed or out of sorts. Droopy upper eyelids can convey a mood and facial countenance other than what you desire.
  3. Your Eyelid Skin Has Lost Its Resilience. Can you pull out gently on your upper eyelid skin and it stays somewhat pulled out until you press it back down again? This is the excess skin that face and neck cosmetic surgeon/specialist, Dr. Robert J. Smyth, conservatively and artfully removes to leave your eyes looking natural and like you, only younger and more bright-eyed.
  4. Applying Eye Makeup is Becoming a Challenge. Lined and wrinkled upper eyelids make it difficult to get the smooth, even coverage you want when using eyeliner and eyeshadows. Applying an eye makeup primer can help, but only to a certain extent.
  5. You Can Take 4-5 Days Off Work. “The very thin incision made for upper eyelid surgery is carefully placed in the natural crease of the upper lid so as to be invisible once healed,” says Dr. Smyth. “Patients typically will have a little redness for up to a week after their procedure, but most put on sunglasses and are out and about within 48 hours post-procedure and go back to work and all but the most strenuous of activities at about 4-5 days after their eyelid lift.”

Important to note is that eyelid sutures dissolve on their own, so there is no need for suture removal. Also, Dr. Smyth performs all upper eyelid surgery with the patient having only local anesthesia and a small amount of relaxation medication. Patients are entirely comfortable during the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.

To learn more about the beautiful results you can expect from today’s minimally invasive upper eyelid lift, or to schedule your private, one-on-one complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert J. Smyth, call 513.201.8490. It would be our pleasure to meet you and discuss how we can help you look your very best.

Cosmetic Surgery. Botox. Dermal Fillers.

What do you need for the results you want?

Cosmetic Surgery Cincinnati, OHAfter a certain age, most of us have stood in front of the mirror at one time or another, looking at our face and wondering, “Can they just tighten things a little here or there?” … or “What if I had some Botox between my eyes?”… or “Maybe some fillers around my mouth is all I need.”… and “Look at what happens when I pull up the skin just a bit along my jawline and neck!”

You know how you’d like to look. What you don’t know is how to get the results you want safely, cost effectively, and without the dreaded fear of overdoing it when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

Stop waiting and wondering. Instead, get busy on finding out what you need to do for the results you desire.

Get informed. Do your research and read up on today’s leading, minimally-invasive facial cosmetic surgery procedures (such as the Timeless Lift), as well as Botox, dermal fillers (injectables), and other newer-to-the-market treatments such as CoolSculpting and Kybella. Review not just women’s magazines but also reputable health and beauty websites as well as those of the pharmaceutical companies that make Botox and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Voluma. Prepare a list of questions and visit several cosmetic surgeons to gather and compare their answers. Look at the expertise of the surgeon, how many facial cosmetic procedures he or she has performed, length of recovery of the suggested procedure, cost of treatment, how long results typically last, and detailed expectations for the healing period.

Be a tough consumer. Don’t agree to having any kind of surgical or non-surgical facial cosmetic procedure just because it’s new, everyone is talking about it, or it’s advertised all over TV. Same goes for a pushy surgeon or staff. If you’re feeling pressured, step away and rethink things before you decide to proceed.

Understand what does what. Cosmetic surgery, Botox and Dermal Fillers can deliver outstanding results whether performed individually or in combination. Each has their own purpose and specific area(s) of the face and neck they address in helping to turn back the clock on aging.

  • Cosmetic surgery is the only solution for removing excess, loose, sagging skin at the lower face, jawline and in the neck area. For example, the minimally-invasive Timeless Lift is today’s most proven facelift/neck lift for lifting and removing extra, drooping skin in the jowls and neck area to provide the natural, fresher, more youthful appearance most people desire. The procedure performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati is done under strictly local anesthesia, along with some mild relaxation medication. Patients are entirely comfortable throughout the 1-1/2 hour procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. Results typically last 6-10 years, after which the Timeless Lift can be repeated, if desired. What’s the cost? If the lift lasts you 10 years, you will have invested less than $2/per day in having the natural, “younger-you” appearance you want.
  • Botox is used to soften fine lines starting to form around the eyes, and to erase frown lines between the brows (“11s”). Botox injections typically last three to six months.
  • Dermal Fillers (aka injectables) are a highly-effective way to fill creases, fine lines and wrinkles that occur as we age and our skin’s collagen production slows. Among today’s most popular fillers are Juvederm (often used in the nasolabial folds and around the mouth), Restylane (specially formulated for the more fragile skin in the under eye area), and Voluma (designed to restore volume in the cheek area). Fillers cannot remove excess skin. Results of most dermal fillers will last up to nine months. The time varies by the individual, sun exposure, smoking, healthy diet, stress, and lifestyle.

To learn more about today’s minimally-invasive facial cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments, or to schedule your complimentary, no pressure, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Robert J. Smyth, please call 513.201.8490. We’d love to meet you and help you look as young as you feel.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting

3 factors you’ll want to consider

Liposuction vs Coolsculpting Cincinnati, OHSubmental Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting. Which is the preferred treatment for eliminating the extra fat (double chin) that many of us see when we look in the mirror?

Submental Liposuction is a quick, minimally invasive surgical procedure in which cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert J. Smyth uses strictly local anesthesia to numb the area under the chin, then make a small incision, and use a tiny canula to actually remove the excess fat from that area. CoolSculpting is non-surgical, fat-freezing technology that uses a machine to suction and reduce fat from under the chin.

Which is the better treatment? “It depends on the patient’s age and resilience of their skin, as well as if they have other aging factors of the face and neck such as loose and sagging skin, their budget, and how quickly they want to see results, “ says Dr. Smyth.

What is your age?

Patients in their 30s and 40s whose face and neck skin is still firm and more resilient are typically good candidates for CoolSculpting. This is because their skin is better able to rebound to the smooth look they desire after the fat-freezing treatment.

For patients who are older and have natural signs of aging, such as loose and sagging in their lower face, neck and chin area will typically see best results with submental liposuction, perhaps done in combination with a minimally invasive lower facelift. This combined procedure will allow for removal and smoothing of the loose skin. CoolSculpting cannot remove extra skin.

Which treatment fits your budget?

Submental liposuction typically lasts 10 to 20 years or longer and can even last a lifetime. CoolSculpting on the other hand often requires more than one treatment in order to attain desired results, and future touch-up treatments may be required. Be sure to factor in the cost of additional treatments when deciding on CoolSculpting vs. liposuction.

How quickly do you want to see results?

Liposuction delivers immediate results that can last decades, provided the patient maintains a fairly steady weight over that period of time. CoolSculpting results can take weeks to months to appear.

To learn more about today’s exciting, minimally invasive options for turning back the clock, or to schedule your private, one-on-one complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert J. Smyth, call 513.201.8490. We’d love to meet you.