10 Expectations When Having Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Straight from the desk of Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD

#1 Expect to look like yourself, only younger and refreshed.
The goal of facial cosmetic surgery in today’s world is NATURAL — you should ALWAYS look like yourself after whatever procedure you may undergo. A successful result for a lower facelift/neck lift is to look like a refreshed “younger-you” –- NEVER the tight, pulled look of the past. The Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, facial cosmetic surgeon and specialist in just the face and neck area who has performed more than 3,000 facelifts, lifts the lower face and sagging jowls to provide a refined jawline, smoother neck and younger appearance.

#2 Expect friends NOT to say anything to you.
Friends and family will know you look better, brighter, happier and more refreshed, which means they may wonder if you’ve “something done”. However, they may not ask you outright, because they feel it’s rude to do so or because you look so good yet natural, they’re really not sure.

#3 Expect the incision lines to be visible for the first few weeks post-procedure, gradually fading each day until they essentially disappear. The incision lines of today’s minimally invasive facelift (Timeless Lift™) are extremely thin and artfully tucked into the natural crease that all of us have in front of our ear, making them easy to hide during the healing period. Most women simply pull down a few pieces of hair to obscure the skinny lines which, again, fade away in short time.

#4 Expect to return to work and moderate activities within 10-14 days post-procedure.
“My patients come back into the office at eight days post-facelift to have their tiny sutures removed. Most then return to work and routine activities. I recommend waiting about two weeks post-facelift to resume heavy exercise or lifting.”

#5 Expect to be able to have future facelifts, if desired.
The Timeless Lift™ not only turns back the clock a good 10 years for most people, but it lasts anywhere from six to 10 years after which it can be repeated and once again provide outstanding results. “It’s common to have patients from a decade ago come back to have another lift performed,” says Dr. Smyth. “They loved the results the first time and want to turn back the clock again to look as young as they feel.”

#6 Expect to feel anxious ahead of time.
Experiencing at least a little anxiety before a facelift, even if you’ve had one in the past, is absolutely normal. Not to worry. “My patients take a mild relaxation medication an hour before surgery, along with some light sedation pre-procedure,” says Dr. Smyth. “Patients oftentimes sleep through the procedure.”

#7 Expect to feel no discomfort during the actual procedure.
The minimally-invasive Timeless You™ facelift is performed with the patient having strictly local anesthesia and the light sedation mentioned in #5. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.

#8 Expect to feel a sense of snugness in your cheeks and neck after your facelift.
Patients may have a bit of swelling and minimal bruising post-procedure, which can translate into their face feeling snug –– not tight and not painful. Patients are asked to apply ice packs for the first 48 hours post-op, followed by warm compresses until any bruising fades, which happens gradually and usually disappears altogether within 10-12 days.

#9 Expect to have a bandage and wrap around your face for the first 48 hours post-procedure.
To protect the face and help ensure optimal results, a soft and stretchy cotton wrap is placed over a bandage in the lower face area immediately following a facelift. Dr. Smyth removes this initial dressing at 24 hours post-procedure and replaces it with a smaller wrap for day two post—op. On day three post-op, patients can remove the smaller wrap and the healing will continue on its own. Wearing the wraps is another reason why most patients stay in for the first several days after their surgery and take this time to relax and let their face heal.

#10 Expect to feel better emotionally as well as look better.
“Lift your face. Lift your confidence. Lift your life.” That’s the beauty of a facelift. Beyond looking better, patients feel better about themselves in ways they never even expected. They often remark about how they feel re-energized, ready to get back into the work world and re-ignite their social life and friendships. We hear wonderful stories of how people renew old hobbies like dancing or traveling, or get involved in all new adventures.

For more information or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert J. Smyth Facial Cosmetic Center––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490. Visit us at timelessyoumd.com.

It’s About This Wrinkly Neck of Mine

A neck lift can provide the smoother, younger-looking neck you’ll love.

Neck LiftAs we age, the skin in our neck typically begins to show laxity, and the muscle bands (vertical lines in the front of the neck) become more visible. Add to this the excess and sagging skin in the lower face that creates jowls, and the result is our face and neck area looks older than our age. No one says it better than our patients…

“I hate how my neck looks. I look in the mirror and see vertical lines in the front part of my neck and horizontal folds at the sides. My neck looks 10 years older than my age.”

“In the last few years, my neck has become so lined and wrinkled, even more so than my face. My mom had the same problem as she got into her 60s.”

“I’m not a scarf person, but now that my neck has become so wrinkly I find myself trying to hide the lines with a scarf or turned-up collar. I’m very self-conscious about it.”

A wrinkled neck (like the skin on our face, arms and legs) can be caused by genetics but even more so by sun damage, gravity, stress, and poor nutrition. It’s common for people to be very diligent about applying sunscreen to their face but to overlook their neck. The result over time can mean not only loose skin in the neck but also skin that is crepe-like in texture and less smooth.

While some of today’s advanced, anti-aging serums and creams can help to improve the texture of the neck, only a surgical procedure will eliminate the excess loose skin and remedy the prominent vertical muscle bands.

A proven solution for an aging neck is the minimally-invasive lower facelift/neck lift –– called the Timeless Lift® –– performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD in Cincinnati, OH. This combined neck lift and lower facelift procedure lifts and smooths the entire lower face and neck area in one procedure. The procedure includes submental liposuction (if needed), a simple step that Dr. Smyth uses to remove fatty deposits under the chin and to further smooth the neck and jawline area.

The Timeless Lift® is performed under local anesthesia, with patients being entirely comfortable throughout the procedure but without the risks and longer recovery time associated with general anesthesia. Recovery can include some minor bruising and swelling but most patients return to work and full activities at 10-14 days post procedure.
Results of the Timeless Lift™ facelift/neck lift last six to 10 years depending on the patient and how well they take care of their health and protect their skin from sun damage.

All patients will see improvement from the neck lift procedure, especially those with mild to moderate neck wrinkles. Patients with severe lines and folds in their neck should discuss expectations with their surgeon in advance of the procedure, as they may have more bruising and a longer healing time. Also, for best results, patients who are more than 20 pounds over their ideal weight and plan to lose the weight should do so prior to their neck lift.

TIP: If considering a neck lift and/or lower facelift, be sure to choose a face and neck rejuvenation specialist who is board certified, has extensive experience, and who will be happy to answer all of your questions at a personal consultation. “Having performed more than 3,000 lower facelifts/neck lifts, there is a definite art to providing the natural results patients want and deserve,” says Dr. Smyth.

For more information about today’s remarkable minimally invasive facelift and neck lift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid lifts, brow lifts, laser skin rejuvenation and dermal fillers… or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert J. Smyth Facial Cosmetic Center––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

Get Past What’s Holding You Back from Looking Your Best

Don’t let these typical reasons stop you.

Facelift or FillersIt’s a fact. Most people tend to think, think and think some more about having “something done” to their aging face –– sometimes for two, three, five years or longer. While unhappy with how they are aging, they can’t allow themselves to see a facial cosmetic specialist, if only for a non-obligatory consultation. Many of these people will admire a friend for having had a facial cosmetic procedure or non-surgical treatments (Botox or dermal fillers), but still are unable to do the same for themselves.

Why is it that we deny ourselves the opportunity to feel better about how we look, even when deep down we truly desire a change?

If any of the following reasons sound familiar, you’re in good company. They represent some of the typical “reasons why not” that we’ve heard over the past 30+ years in consultations with thousands of patients.

Typical reasons why people put off having facial cosmetic surgery.

  • I have no business spending money like that on myself.
  • I’ll just make do with how I look –– my best days are over anyway.
  • My kids will have a fit if I do anything about how I look.
  • My friends will talk about me –- what will people think at work?
  • I have to take care of my kids and grandkids –– no time for me.
  • Who do I think I am –– I’m no movie star!
  • You do that and then you have to do something with your hair and your wardrobe.
  • What if I’m still not happy with my life after the surgery?

Make this year the time to do something just for you.

If there’s a common theme to the above list, it’s that people (women in particular) tend to put everybody else’s needs and concerns ahead of their own, or they feel they are undeserving of doing something just for themselves. We understand completely and never pressure patients to have any kind of procedure or treatment they are not ready to do. On the other hand, extremely exciting is the happiness and renewed confidence we see in people’s faces when they look younger and feel better about themselves. Let’s talk. We’d love to hear your story and tell you more about what might be a life-changing moment for you.

For more information about today’s remarkable minimally invasive facelift and neck lift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid lifts, brow lifts, laser skin rejuvenation and dermal fillers… or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert J. Smyth Facial Cosmetic Center––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.

What’s Right for You? Facelift? Fillers? Both?

A guide to what you might need and when.

Looking Your BestFacial aging is a gradual process that begins in our 20s as the hyaluronic acid which naturally occurs in our skin and gives it its natural fullness and elasticity begins to break down. As the firmness of our facial skin slowly decreases, the result can be facial wrinkles, lines around our lips and from our nose to our mouth, hollowed cheeks, and loose and sagging skin. Also affecting the aging of our face are our genetics, lifestyle, sun damage, smoking, and stress, and other factors –– some we can control; some we cannot.

What are our options for fighting facial aging, and when is the right time to do what? Here’s a quick guide.

There are basically three categories of anti-aging facial treatments:
(1) Injectables/Dermal Fillers
(2) Skin Resurfacing
(3) Facial Cosmetic Surgery/Facelift

These treatments can be performed individually or in combination depending on the specific problem(s) the patient faces. It’s not uncommon for patients to start with injectables/fillers and move on to surgical treatments as signs of aging worsen and injectables/fillers no longer deliver desired results.

PROBLEM:
Minor lines and wrinkles, hollowed areas under the eyes, flattening out of the cheeks, squint and frown lines.
ANTI-AGING SOLUTION:
Injectables (dermal fillers) such as Restylane®, Juvederm® and Voluma® can be used to fill wrinkles and even out facial contours for a smoother, more youthful look. Botox® is used to counteract the vertical frown lines that form between the eyebrows (called “11’s”), horizontal lines on the forehead, and squint lines at the corners of the eyes.

PROBLEM:
Deep lines and wrinkles and/or irregular pigmentation due to sun damage, smoking, or poor diet. Rough and uneven skin caused by acne.
ANTI-AGING SOLUTION:
Laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion or physician-grade skin treatments can be used to improve the quality of the skin and restore it to its more youthful texture and smoothness.

PROBLEM:
Loose, sagging and excess skin in the cheeks, jowls, and neck area.
ANTI-AGING SOLUTION:
Only a facelift can remove excess skin. No treatment other than today’s minimally-invasive surgical facelift can get rid of the extra skin that naturally occurs as we age, or that results from significant weight loss. One highly-proven facelift is the leading, minimally-invasive facelift procedure performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, face and neck cosmetic surgeon and specialist in Cincinnati OH. Dr. Smyth has performed more than 3,000 of these procedures, called the Timeless Lift™. This facelift rids the lower face and neck of droopy, sagging, excess skin to restore the smooth jawline and neck of our younger years. The result is a totally natural, “younger you” look –– NEVER pulled or windswept.

Results of the Timeless Lift™ facelift will typically last 8-10 years depending on the patient’s lifestyle, use of sunscreen, and not smoking. The Timeless Lift™ is performed under strictly local anesthesia, eliminating the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia. Most patients need only one to two weeks to recover before returning to normal activities. Some are out and about within 3-4 days post-procedure.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

Want A Younger-Looking Neck?

A neck lift can make a remarkable difference.

Face Fillers Cincinnati, OHLoose, saggy skin in the neck area is one of the most common signs of aging. That extra skin has nowhere to go except to make it unattractive for women to wear certain necklines and uncomfortable for men to wear a buttoned shirt and tie.

A neck lift can make a remarkable difference. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, Facial Cosmetic Surgeon and Specialist in Cincinnati OH, has performed more than 3,000 Timeless Lift™ procedures, the minimally-invasive lower face and neck lift that takes care of both a wrinkly neck and sagging jowls.

Timeless Lift™ Minimally-Invasive Lower Facelift and Neck Lift
What is it?
Hundreds of thousands of people across the USA have had this highly-effective and proven procedure that addresses loose, extra, sagging skin in both the neck area and lower face. The procedure lifts the lower face and cheeks, and smooths the neck area to restore a younger and natural looking, defined jawline and neck. Dr. Smyth performs this procedure strictly under local anesthesia, thereby shortening the recovery period and eliminating risks associated with general anesthesia.

How long does it last?
The Timeless Lift™ lasts from six to 11 years for most people, after which the procedure can be repeated if needed.

Recovery time?
Patients have a very thin incision tucked into the natural crease at the front of the ear and also behind the ear. Sutures are typically removed at eight days post-procedure. Mild bruising and swelling may occur and can last up to 10 days.

Approximate cost?
A good way to look at the cost of the Timeless Lift™ is that if your lift lasts 10 years, you will have invested less than $2.50/day to return to a natural, younger-looking you. Most patients feel that’s a small price to pay considering how much better they feel about themselves.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

Thinking About Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

5 Feelings You Can Expect to Have

1) Expect to feel vain at even the thought of having facial cosmetic surgery.
We put everything and everyone else first in life –– kids, spouse, work, neighborhood, school and social obligations. Then one day we get to the point where we say, “It’s my turn”. Go for it. It’s not vain to want to be at your best.

2) Expect to feel anxious.
Most every patient experiences some anxiety prior to facial cosmetic surgery. You can trust that you will be entirely relaxed and feel no discomfort during your procedure. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, Facial Cosmetic Surgeon and Specialist in Cincinnati OH who has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of eyelifts and other procedures, uses strictly local anesthesia thus relieving you from the risks and longer recovery associated with general anesthesia.

3) Expect to wonder how you will look afterward.
Not to worry. Before selecting a facial cosmetic surgeon to perform any type of procedure or treatment on you, make sure the two of you agree as to what constitutes “natural looking” results. Ask questions. Go with your gut. If things don’t feel right or you feel rushed or you’re just not comfortable with moving ahead, visit other cosmetic surgeons and reassess your options.

4) Expect to worry about what people will think if they learn you “had work done”.
Even as adults we often seek the approval of family and friends when making certain decisions. One patient got over her hesitation to have facial cosmetic surgery when she concluded, “It’s my life and I don’t need permission to do what makes me happy.”

5) Expect to feel happy to look in the mirror and like what you see.
To feel confident again in your looks and ready to go out and enjoy life like you once did are the best feelings of all. Here are a few examples of how patients feel after their cosmetic procedure:

“I can’t believe how much better I feel about myself since my procedure.”

“A guy can start to feel less competitive in the workplace as we get older. With the lift and my eyes done, I feel back in the game.”

“I am so glad I had the Timeless Lift done before our daughter’s wedding. I love how I look in the photos and they’ll be around for generations!”

“People keep asking me why I look so good. I just tell them I’m exercising, eating healthy, and taking better care of myself. I changed my hairstyle, too. My friends are so confused and I’m loving it!”

“I honestly feel like I started my life all over again.”

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

Losing Weight Before A Facelift

How close should be to your ideal weight for best results?

Face Cosmetic SurgeryPatients who are interested in having a facelift but first want to lose weight often ask… “How close should I be to my ideal weight so that I get the best results from my facelift?”

According to Dr. Robert J. Smyth, Facial Cosmetic Surgeon in Cincinnati OH who has specialized in just the face and neck areas for over 30 years and performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts, suggests patients get within 15-20 pounds of their ideal weight before having their facelift for the best and longest-lasting results.

“Fat cells are everywhere in our body, so if patients lose significant amounts of weight after having a facelift, they may see laxity in their face and neck due to the weight loss and wish they had waited,” says Dr. Smyth. “As such, we advise patients to schedule their facelift once they get within 15-20 pounds of their goal weight.”

That being said, being at one’s ideal weight is not a prerequisite for having a facelift. Some people have no plans to lose weight and are still pleased with their facelift results –– it depends greatly on the individual patient, their weight and their expectations.

The key takeaway is that both weight loss and weight gain can be seen in a person’s face and neck, so it’s important to keep this in mind when scheduling a facelift.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

How to Work A Facelift into Your Schedule

Give yourself a 10-day break for 10+ years of results.

Face Lift Procedures Cincinnati, OH“How long before I can go out after a facelift and no one will know?

We hear that question perhaps more than any other. Many people want to have a facelift to look younger and feel better about themselves, but fear they can’t take time away from work, family or other obligations.

Good news. Recovery is faster and easier than you may think. The healing time for today’s minimally invasive lower facelift, such as the remarkable Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon/specialist in Cincinnati OH, is a mere fraction of the time needed for recovery from the more aggressive facelifts of the past… and the results are as good or even better!

3 main reasons for the faster recovery of the Timeless Lift™:

  1. The Timeless Lift™ is performed under strictly local anesthesia, along with a slight amount of relaxation medication. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are relieved of the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.
  2. Minimally invasive facelift means Dr. Smyth can attain excellent results without interrupting as large an area of skin and without disturbing the deeper structures of the face which, in turn, shortens the healing process and has most patients back to work and routine (not strenuous) activities at 10 days post-procedure.
  3. Dr. Smyth artfully places the skinny incisions in the natural creases in front of and behind the ears, so they quickly become unnoticeable. Unless you have very short/cropped hair, you can pull down a few pieces of hair in front of the ear to help hide the incisions during healing.

Dr. Smyth’s 10-Day Facelift Recovery Calendar:

Day 1: Procedure Day
You will need to be at the Outpatient Surgery Center one hour ahead of your scheduled procedure. Because of the light sedation you will be given, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your procedure and stay with you for at least four hours after your procedure.

Day 2: 24-Hour Follow-Up Appointment
You will come to Dr. Smyth’s medical office the morning after your procedure where he will check your incisions and apply a fresh and smaller compression bandage. You can drive yourself to this appointment. The dressing change is painless and takes about 20 minutes. You will need to wear this smaller dressing day and night for the next 24 hours.

Days 3-7
Unwrap the smaller dressing and throw it away. Take it easy and let the healing process continue. You don’t have to sit all day, but don’t tackle any strenuous activities, exercise or sports, and don’t lift anything above 25 pounds during this time. You will be asked to wear a headband or something similar to bed to protect the ear area while you sleep. You will want to be careful during this time not to do any heavy chewing, not to do anything where you’re constantly bending over, and nothing that causes you to work up a sweat.

Day 8: Suture Removal
Dr. Smyth will remove the tiny sutures, an entirely painless process that takes only 20-30 minutes. You can drive yourself to this appointment. After suture removal, you’ll still have the very skinny pinkish-red incision line tucked within the crease in front of and behind your ear, but this line quickly fades each day until it all but disappears. DO NOT put any makeup over the incision lines until they are fully healed (at about 2-3 weeks post-procedure).

Days 9-10
Most patients return to normal activities at this point. IMPORTANT: You should not participate in any strenuous activities until about three weeks post-procedure. NOTE: Bruising from your facelift is typically minimal if at all. For any residual bruising at this point, simply cover it with a light application of base makeup to the bruised areas as long as you DO NOT get makeup in your incision lines.

We hope the 10-Day Facelift Recovery Calendar helps you realize how easy it can be to fit the Timeless Lift™ into your life and schedule. We welcome any questions you may have.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.

I Hate My Neck

Is it time to learn more about a neck lift?

“I hate my neck… I can’t remember if I first noticed it in the mirror or in photos but all of a sudden, my neck started looking wrinkly. The skin is crepe-like, loose and I have these vertical bands down the front that make me look old.”
– 65-year-old patient of Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, facial cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH

As we age, the skin in our neck typically begins to show laxity, and the muscle bands become more visible. Add to this the excess and sagging skin in the lower face that creates jowls, and the result is our face and neck area look droopy and older than our age (and certainly older than how we feel).

The aging of the neck and lower face can be caused by genetics, sun damage, gravity, stress, and poor nutrition. Only a surgical procedure will eliminate the excess loose skin and remedy the prominent muscle bands.

Here’s the good news. A lower facelift/neck lift will greatly improve the visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline.

The Timeless Lift™, performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth MD, is a proven and longstanding solution. This combined lower facelift/neck lift smooths the entire lower face and neck area in one procedure. Results last six to 10 years depending on the patient and how well they take care of their health and protect their skin from sun damage.

The Timeless Lift™ is performed under local anesthesia, with patients being entirely comfortable throughout the procedure but without the risks and longer recovery time associated with general anesthesia. Recovery can include some minor bruising and swelling but most patients return to work and full activities at 9-12 days post procedure.

IMPORTANT: If you’re considering a neck lift and/or lower facelift, be sure to choose a face and neck rejuvenation specialist who is board certified, has extensive experience, and who will be happy to answer all of your questions at a personal consultation. “Having performed more than 3,000 lower facelifts/neck lifts, there is a definite art to providing the natural results patients want and deserve,” says Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.351.0020.

How to Smooth or Soften Wrinkles

Today’s dermal fillers are a proven option.

If you find yourself increasingly unhappy with the wrinkles, lines and folds you see in your face, but you’re not yet ready for a facelift, 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, such as Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, facial cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, specializing in just the face and neck area for 30+ years, these office-administered treatments can do a remarkable job of smoothing and softening 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 be repeated as needed.

Get to know these 4 dermal fillers for smoothing and softening wrinkles:

(1) Restylane®
Dr. Smyth prefers this dermal filler for the delicate area under the eyes. Specially formulated for the thinner under eye skin, Restylane 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.

NOTE: New forms of Restylane are being introduced for use in other areas of the face, as well. Ask your surgeon for details.

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.

(2) Botox® (injectable)
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. Botox is the brand name of this toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. 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.

(3) Juvederm®
Juvederm is a tried and true dermal gel for natural-looking results. It contains a modified hyaluronic acid identical to a naturally occurring building block found in the human body. There are many versions of Juvederm, each intended for a specific area of the face or facial aging issue, such as lines and wrinkles in the nasolabial folds (along the sides of the nose and mouth), in the cheeks and chin areas. 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.

(4) Voluma®
Voluma 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. It is part of the Juvederm family of fillers.

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.

Important Watch-Outs…

    • Discuss your concerns and expectations with your surgeon. There is a definite art to treatment. Choose someone who is highly experienced. Start conservatively –– and add more later, if needed.
    • Tell your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist about any allergies or medical conditions you have, any muscle or nerve conditions for which you’ve been treated in the past, and all medications you currently take.
    • Enter carefully into savings “deals”, “packages”, “parties” and special 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.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.351.0020.