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The Eyes Have It: Eyelid Surgery Tops the List

Botox patient in Edina
The iconic injectable BOTOX® Cosmetic has a large following of satisfied patients. Millions of people count on it to visibly smooth their unwanted lines and wrinkles. But despite its popularity, people often get the wrong idea about this treatment. Here’s the truth behind some of the most common BOTOX® Cosmetic misconceptions. (more…)

Woman after anti-aging treatments at Smith Plastic Surgery

Getting older is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you have to look your age. If you desire a more youthful, refreshed look, there is no better time than the New Year to give yourself the appearance you’ve always desired.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Smith is here to help you feel confident, comfortable, and beautiful in your own skin. Below are five safe and effective options to look younger and more refreshed.

Facelift

When you think of cosmetic surgery, the time-tested facelift procedure may come to mind. While some services address a single aesthetic issue, a facelift can improve an impressive array of concerns including:

  • Sagging skin
  • Deep facial folds
  • Fat loss
  • Fat that has moved down the face
  • Jowls

A facelift is a comprehensive way to turn back the hands of time and achieve a long-lasting youthful boost. This procedure corrects the visible signs of aging in a way that only surgical intervention can.

Neck Lift

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your jawline and neck, then a neck lift could be a great choice. In many cases, the lower face shows signs of aging before the upper face. You may have already noticed wrinkles, a “double chin,” jowl lines, or the loose hanging skin commonly referred to as a “turkey neck.”

A neck lift is often a good solution for patients who feel that their neck area looks much older than their face. It can also be performed in conjunction with a facelift, providing a complete transformation.

Juvéderm®

You can also improve signs of aging with hyaluronic-acid based fillers. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally throughout the body, including in the skin. Its function is to attract water and increase hydration.

When Dr. Smith administers a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvéderm, it immediately improves aesthetic issues by adding volume. It reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles while improving the structure of your face.

Lip Enhancement

Lips become thin and deflate with age due to a natural decline in collagen. Non-surgical lip enhancement is an excellent way to restore lost fullness to your lips. When your lips have more volume, your entire face can look younger.

Dr. Smith will create a customized treatment plan for you. Typically, he relies on Juvéderm to give his patients a plump pout. You don’t need to increase the size of your lips dramatically; a subtle increase will likely offer beautiful, natural-looking results.

Why Winter is an Ideal Time for Cosmetic Enhancement

Procedures such as facelifts and neck lifts require downtime after your surgery as your incisions heal, your bruises go away, and your swelling dissipates.

During the winter, it's much easier to stay indoors, lay in bed, and rest until you're able to resume normal activities. By the time spring and summer roll around, you'll be recovered and ready to show off your new look.

Contact Our Edina Plastic Surgeon Today

Looking younger begins with a private consultation with Dr. Smith. He will take the time to listen to your goals and examine your facial features. Then, he will create a comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.

Call 952-922-0895 or fill out the form on the side of this page to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Smith. At Smith Plastic Surgery, we welcome patients from the surrounding areas of Minnesota at our inviting Edina office.

plastic surgeon assessing woman's face for facelift surgeryA facelift can take years off of your appearance. However, although the results of facelift surgery are long-lasting, the aging process still continues after your procedure. Self-care is key to maintaining your rejuvenated appearance. (more…)

Do you feel like those last few pounds aren’t stuck on your belly, they’re lingering underneath your chin instead? No matter how dialed in your diet and exercise habits are, you can’t seem to shed the dreaded double chin. It may not be your fault, however. For many of Dr. Smith’s patients, submental fullness is genetic and it may be there regardless of what you do.

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That’s right—when it comes to facial cosmetic surgery, it’s all in the eyes. Believe it or not, eyelid surgery continues to be the most popular facial procedure among women according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual statistics report. In 2016 alone, more than 178,000 women improved their appearance by getting their eyes done. However, it’s not just the ladies who are benefiting from eyelid enhancement. Eyelid surgery was also the guys’ second most favored facial surgery last year, only behind rhinoplasty. All of this adds up to over one million people having their eyes rejuvenated with an eyelid surgery in just the last five years!

First contact.

You probably don’t think about it very much but your eyelids do a lot of work. Throughout the day, they can blink over 20,000 times! That’s about 900 blinks an hour and 15 every minute. And as the years add up, all that moving can really take its toll on your lids. It doesn’t help that skin gradually loses its elasticity over time either. That can lead to a buildup of excess skin on your upper and lower eyelids. Muscles may weaken around the eyes during the aging process, and pockets of fat can begin to bulge out. All that extra skin and puffiness can have a negative impact on your appearance, making you look tired and robbing that youthful look from your face.

Ripple effect.

Other issues may arise too. Sagging eyelids can just feel uncomfortable. Putting on makeup might be more of a challenge. Even wearing glasses can become a bothersome chore. Some people could also start to develop permanent wrinkles and creases in their forehead from trying to keep their brow muscles tensed upward all the time. And if that weren’t enough, drooping eyelids can have an adverse effect on your sight. Loose, extra skin could cut down on your field of vision, making it harder to see. It might be a condition that runs in your family.

Now you see me.

So, what is it about this procedure that’s making it so attractive to hundreds of thousands of men and women each year? Technically called blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is one of the easiest ways to look and feel younger. It’s also much less expensive than a facelift and can have just as great of an impact. And you’ll be back to your regular routine in just a couple weeks. You can have just the upper or lower lids corrected—or both! Removing unnecessary skin and fat from the upper eyelids can take years off, as well as improve your vision. A surgery around the lower eyelids can get rid of excess skin and bring out the contour by adding or removing fat. And you can easily pair an endoscopic brow lift for a more rejuvenated look. Don’t overlook a more youthful appearance. If you’re ready to refresh your eyes, please don’t hesitate to schedule your initial consultation for an eyelid surgery with Dr. Smith today.

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The plastic surgeon that nurses and doctors choose for their own procedures.
"It's so gratifying when colleagues in the medical profession have confidence in me and are comfortable coming in for their own plastic surgery. I realize they know every plastic surgeon in the area either personally or by reputation, so when I am their choice, I consider it the ultimate compliment."

- David O. Smith MD, FACS