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What’s So Smart About the SmartLift™?

SmartLift™ in Denver, CO

SmartLift™ Denver. COHave you noticed the signs of aging in your face are becoming more apparent? If so, you’re not alone. Various factors, including sun exposure, stress, and gravity, adversely affect the condition of your skin as you get older. As we age, fine lines and wrinkles worsen to form deep creases, and our skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag, which often causes many to lose their self-confidence.

Traditionally, many choose to undergo a facelift or mini-facelift to eliminate these signs of aging and restore a more youthful facial appearance. However, these procedures are invasive and usually require general anesthesia and a longer recovery time.

Advancements in both technology and techniques have given us the ability to perform these traditionally invasive procedures in a less invasive way, including the SmartLift™.

The SmartLift™ is one of the most effective treatments to reverse the signs of aging, and Dr. Khoury is one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States performing this technique.

Benefits of the SmartLift™

The SmartLift™ procedure can address and improve many of problems associated with facial aging. Some of the benefits of the SmartLift™ include:

  • Removes excess fat underneath the chin
  • Reduces wrinkles and folds in the neck
  • Eliminates jowls
  • Improves marionette lines
  • Stimulates the production of collagen
  • Tightens the skin
  • Same benefits as any traditional facelift

Advantages of the SmartLift™

Besides providing long-lasting results, the SmartLift™ offers the following advantages over traditional facelift surgery:

  • Less invasive
  • Shorter operation time
  • Increased safety with local anesthesia, but it can be performed under general anesthesia as well
  • Less discomfort during and after treatment
  • Less bruising and swelling
  • Faster healing and recovery
  • Fewer complications

How the SmartLift™ Is Performed

The SmartLift™ procedure is performed by inserting the Smartlipo™ laser beneath the skin to function as a very precise heated scissor. The heat from the laser also tightens the skin to stimulate the production of collagen, revealing a smoother, more defined, and younger-looking facial appearance.

If you want to achieve a more youthful appearance facial appearance without the consequences that invasive surgical procedures leave behind, we encourage you to contact our Denver practice today. Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Edmon Khoury has years of experience performing facial plastic surgery procedures, including the SmartLift™ procedure. Please call (720) 475-8400 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your personalized consultation with international facial plastic surgeon Dr. Khoury.

Facelift and Neck Lift FAQs

Common Questions About Facelifts and Neck Lifts

shutterstock_138449282As we age, the skin on the face and neck tends to lose collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles and sagging skin to develop. While various factors like sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process greatly affect the severity of these conditions, most individuals begin to notice them in their 30s and 40s.

Aging in the face can produce the following:

  • Sagging skin in the midface
  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth)
  • Loss of definition along the jawline (jowls)

Aging in the neck can produce the following:

  • Double chin (excess fat deposits beneath the chin)
  • Vertical bands in the neck
  • Sagging skin in the neck

By eliminating the signs of aging in the face and neck, Dr. Edmon Khoury is able to restore a youthful appearance. Although he regularly performs traditional facelift and neck lift procedures that have proven effective for many years, Dr. Khoury also offers the innovative Smartlift™. As one of only five surgeons in the country who performs this method of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Khoury has refined this technique to give patients satisfying results without the added time needed for recovery from regular facelift and neck lift treatments.

If you’re considering a facial cosmetic procedure like a Smartlift™, facelift, or neck lift to restore a youthful appearance to your face, continue reading our FAQs for more information.

What is the estimated healing time for a Smartlift™?

Typical recovery time for a facelift is two to three weeks, but Dr. Khoury utilizes a laser in a unique way that allows him to perform a facelift almost bloodless. This accelerates healing and recovery time. Most of his patients can integrate back into public between five and seven days. Many have done it as soon as three days post-operatively.

How is this different from other facelifts?

Depending on what bothers the person and the physical signs, most patients need their lower face and/or neck addressed. Dr. Khoury performs the gold standard facelift that provides the best natural results and longevity. Utilizing the laser allows for an expedited recovery that is typically 10 to 14 days shorter than if  the same facelift were performed without the laser.

How is this laser different?

This is not one of the typical lasers that dermatologists or plastic surgeons use to resurface the skin, which are comparable to a chemical peel. The laser Dr. Khoury operates is used in an entirely different way. It allows him to perform the procedure without any bleeding, which translates to less downtime and a quicker recovery.

How long has Dr. Khoury been in practice?

Dr. Khoury has been in private practice since 2006. More importantly is the amount of experience he has in what he does. He exclusively performs facelift/neck lifts and cosmetic eyelid procedures. As a result, the number of cases he has done during his years in practice is more than most plastic surgeons perform in a lifetime. He has performed almost 3,000 facelifts and approximately 2,500 eyelid surgeries.

How will I feel under local anesthesia?

Most of Dr. Khoury’s facelifts are performed under a local anesthetic. Although this is done using the same anesthetic patients receive at a dental office, Dr. Khoury does also sedate patients mildly with an oral medication similar to Valium. This takes the edge off, and patients are very comfortable throughout the procedure. The worst part of the procedure is the numbing process, and most patients report that this is easier than what they experience at the dentist. Once numb, the patient will not feel any pain. Due to the sedative, most patients do not even remember the experience. Depending on medical history and the patient’s preference, Dr. Khoury can also perform surgery under IV sedation and general anesthetic.

What kind of discomfort can I expect?

This can vary but is not typically a painful ordeal. The worst of the discomfort is centered around neck tightness. The sensation of neck tightness remains for a while, but the most pain is the first night. For most patients, typical pain medication with an occasional muscle relaxer makes this a very tolerable experience. The majority of patients are off pain medications between 36 and 48 hours after the procedure. They may still require muscle relaxers (non-sedating ones) for a few more days from that point forward. If the neck is not addressed, the amount of discomfort is minimal.

When can I wear makeup?

You can start wearing makeup the day after your surgery, avoiding any suture lines. Be very gentle when applying makeup for the first two to three weeks post surgery.

When can I exercise or go back to physical activities?

You may return to exercise and physical activities two weeks after your procedure. Make sure you slowly get back into your routine, as you might feel more run-down the more active you get. Before skiing, golf, and swimming, we usually require three to four weeks of healing time. Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia and due to the quick recovery facilitated by the laser, patients do rebound quickly. We do want people to be active as soon as possible, and it is usually okay to walk and do some restricted physical activity within the first week. Dr. Khoury will review this at your pre-op appointment.

To determine which cosmetic facial procedures you are best suited for, we encourage you to schedule a personalized consultation by calling (720) 475-8400 or by filling out our online contact form today. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edmon Khoury and his experienced staff look forward to seeing you soon!

Choosing an Expert Eyelid Lift Surgeon: Things to Consider

Woman considering eyelid surgeryHow to Have Safe and Effective Eyelid Surgery

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery around your eyes is a very important decision. The eyes are “the windows to the soul,” the first place others look when they speak to you, and one of the main areas where we express emotion. Even with minor adjustments, the eyelid lift can completely change the way you look, and it can affect the way you see the world around you. With this in mind, it is important to choose an expert eyelid lift surgeon for your procedure.

1. Credentials

Did you know that any person with a medical degree and a state license can legally perform plastic surgery? This is why we hear so many horror stories in the media about botched procedures. Many men and women choose less experienced “surgeons” in hopes of saving money, but they end up paying much more than they bargained for with their botched results.

When choosing a surgeon to perform your eyelid lift, it is important to choose a surgeon that is board certified. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) indicates that a surgeon has broad knowledge of how to perform all cosmetic surgeries. It ensures that the surgeon’s skills have been evaluated and reviewed extensively and that several years of training have been completed. This should be a minimum requirement when considering a surgeon. Dr. Khoury has surpassed this level of training with specialized double board certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. These credentials guarantee that Dr. Khoury has focused the majority of his training on surgeries of the face, head, and neck and that he has met all the training and testing requirements set by these prestigious boards.

2. Experience

When it comes to choosing a qualified plastic surgeon, experience is important. You should evaluate the surgeon’s years in practice as well as the number of eyelid lift surgeries he or she has performed. During a consultation, you can ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photos to help validate their experience and skill and to get an idea of the results you can expect. Dr. Khoury has performed thousands of eyelid lift procedures over his many years in practice in Colorado and Dubai. He is dedicated to continued education in the field of facial plastic surgery and remains current with the latest technology and techniques for every procedure he performs.

3. Reputation

A good indicator of an expert plastic surgeon is their reputation among their peers and patients. A surgeon who gives frequent lectures to other surgeons, teaches at a university, or is published in peer-reviewed journals is more than likely an expert in his or her field. Dr. Khoury was selected as a surgical trainer for the Lifestyle Lift, a medical group that performs the largest number of facial rejuvenation procedures in the country. Dr. Khoury regularly attends conferences and delivers lectures and training to his peers. He is also highly esteemed by many of his satisfied patients, which is evident on various online reviews like HealthGrades and RateMDs.

Questions to Ask During a Consultation

In summary, here are a few questions you should ask when looking for an expert eyelid lift surgeon:

  1. Are you board certified by the ABPS?
  2. Do you specialize in the eyelid lift procedure?
  3. How many eyelid lift surgeries have you performed?
  4. Do you have recent before and after photos I can see?
  5. Do you teach other surgeons or give lectures on certain techniques?
  6. How do you stay current with the latest technology and techniques?

If you are interested in the eyelid lift procedure in either Colorado or Dubai, please schedule a consultation with expert eyelid surgeon Dr. Edmon P. Khoury. Please call (720) 475-8400 or fill out our online contact form today.

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