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  • Q. I have wrinkles around my mouth, is there anything I can do about them?

    A. The recommendation should be based upon your skin type, desired result and the severity of the wrinkles. Dr, Schmid would be able to provide you with his recommendation in your initial consultation. However, to give you an idea of the options I'll begin with very mild, fine lines that could be treated with a medium depth chemical peel. Moderate lines and wrinkles could be treated with a deeper peel (depending upon your skin type), fractional resurfacing, or very deep wrinkles can be treated with CO2 laser resurfacing. Again, there is no way to provide you with a definite answer without seeing you in consultation.

  • Q. What is chin augmentation used for?

    A. Chin augmentation involves a surgical implant or filler that enhances the shape and projection of the chin. Chin augmentation can greatly improve the harmony of the profile and frontal views. Chin augmentation is often recommended in addition to a rhinoplasty (nose job) to create a more dynamic and harmonized look.

  • Q. What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

    A. CO2 laser resurfacing is a carbon dioxide laser that has been used for more than 25 years in the aesthetic industry for treatment of skin conditions such as photodamaged and loose skin, fine wrinkles to leathery skin, skin lesions and uneven pigmentation, and scarring. When the traditional CO2 laser is applied to the skin, it heats and vaporizes the uppermost layers of the skin, instantly treating damaged skin and wrinkles while smoothing out the surface of the skin. The skin remodeling occurs with new skin and collagen growth.

  • Q. What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?

    A. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective. Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. Plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature.

  • Q. How old should you be for a face lift?

    A. Age itself isn't as important as "how" you've aged. Younger individuals (around 35-45 years of age) can maintain a youthful appearance with a face lift. These patients often have minimal work done, but because the skin and tissue still maintain elasticity the results appear to be more lasting due to these favorable characteristics of younger skin. Older patients with more noted skin sagging and laxity generally wish to achieve more dramatic results, and the face lift can reverse the appearance by 10-15 years. No matter what age, if you choose a face lift, Dr. Schmid tailors the face lift to your individual goals and needs.

  • Q. What areas are improved with a face lift?

    A. The face lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to alter unfavorable changes due age, environment, lifestyle and habits. The face lift is usually used to address the cheeks, jawline, neck and temple areas in order to restore balance and harmony of the features and a more youthful appearance. A brow lift and/or eye lift are often added to the face lift procedure for maximum results.

  • Q. Will a face lift get rid of the wrinkles on my face?

    A. The short answer is no, but let me explain. A face lift may soften deeper folds in the skin, but a face lift is not a skin surface procedure. Therefore, wrinkles and skin blemishes, red and brown spots are not addressed with the face lift. Procedures such as chemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL), Matrix fractional laser rejuvenation, CO2 laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and/or facial implants and fillers address these concerns.

  • Q. How much does a face lift cost?

    A. The cost of a face lift varies based upon the surgeon, geographic region of the country, whether your procedure is performed in a private surgery center or hospital, and the extent of surgery you request. Many people only require a modified, or mini-face lift, while others need more extensive work. Your face lift should be tailored to your needs and goals.

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