What SmartLaser Lift technology means for you & your face:

  • Less trauma to delicate skin and muscle tissue, resulting in less swelling, bruising, and overall downtime
  • Added smoothing and firming effects over time, thanks to the procedure’s stimulation of collagen growth
  • Long-lasting, natural-looking results you’ll enjoy

SmartLaser Lift FAQs

Save time and prepare yourself for your consultation by looking over the following list of frequently asked questions about facial rejuvenation and SmartLaser Lift.

Don't see the your question below? Don't worry. We answer all of them over the phone or during consultations at our facial plastic surgery center in Springfield, MO.

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Kienstra has been named one of the best doctors in America. Dr. Kienstra's extensive training in all aspects of facial enhancement, as well as his more than 20 years of experience and ongoing continuing medical education, contributes to his skill and success.

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kienstra has earned a national reputation beyond Southwest Missouri for enhancing appearance while maintaining the patient's unique look. Our facial rejuvenation patients often report receiving comments like: "You look great, did you do something to your hair?"...."Have you lost weight?".... or "Have you been on vacation?"

You can take a glimpse into the future to see how you may look! During your consultation, Dr. LaFerriere will use a digital imaging system to show you the type of results you can reasonably expect from SmartLaser Lift laser facelift or any other facial plastic surgery procedure he recommends, such as a traditional facelift, lower facelift, necklift, or eyelid surgery.
Since only a few small incisions are involved, you can expect only a few small scars, but you and Dr. Kienstra may be the only ones who know where they are. Dr. Kienstra is careful to make incisions in a way that makes it possible for you to wear your hair in any style after a SmartLaser Lift without exposing the scars to view.
This is one of the first questions our patients usually ask during consultations. All surgery have certain risks involved; however, facial plastic surgery risks and problems are fairly uncommon. In comparison to a traditional facelift procedure, SmartLaser Lift offers:
  • Less trauma to delicate skin and muscle tissue
  • Less swelling, bruising, and downtime as a result
We will be happy to provide information about possible risks associated with any facial plastic surgery procedure you may be considering, including SmartLaser Lift. Please do not hesitate to ask questions during your consultation.

During your facial plastic surgery consultation:

  • We will take photos of your face from several angles.
  • Dr. Kienstra will use those photos and a digital imaging system to show you the type of results you can reasonably expect from SmartLaser Lift or any other facial plastic surgery procedure he recommends.
  • He will also take time to answer all of your questions.
  • You will meet with the surgical consultant, who will discuss fees for recommended facial procedures. No one will pressure you to schedule a procedure. This is your decision.

Restrictions from work are generally one to two weeks for minor surgery and two to three weeks for multiple procedures or more extensive facial plastic surgery. Less swelling and bruising associated with the SmartLaser Lift procedure allows many patients to resume most of their normal activity sooner.

However, during the post-operative period, it is important to avoid:
  • aerobic activity
  • bending
  • lifting
  • straining
Aerobic activity can slow your recovery after facial plastic surgery by increasing the time it takes for swelling to subside, so we advise patients to avoid strenuous activity for approximately four weeks after surgery.
There are a variety of non-surgical facial rejuvenation options available to enhance your appearance. If you feel you are not ready for the SmartLaser Lift procedure or if you have a preexisting medical condition that would prevent you from having surgery, our aesthetic team can help you explore non-surgical options. One of the many benefits of our aesthetic skin care treatments is that most of the procedures, including dermal fillers, are temporary. You can "test the waters" until you are ready for a more permanent change. Many of our patients even receive skin treatments on their lunch hour and return to work immediately.
Facial plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation used to be considered a luxury reserved only for the wealthy, but these days surgical and non-surgical procedures are most often sought by middle-income patients. If you have questions about the cost of facial plastic surgery and other facial rejuvenation options, the best time to evaluate fees is during your initial consultation. One of the reasons it is difficult to give financial quotes ahead of time is that a prospective patient may be misled. Quoting a fee to you for SmartLaser Lift or any other procedure implies that it is the correct procedure for you. The reality is that many of our patients go into their consultation with questions about the cost of one procedure only to discover that they may be a better candidate for a completely different facial rejuvenation procedure. To avoid misunderstandings about the costs of facial plastic surgery, it is always best to discuss costs at the same time you discuss your treatment with Dr. Kienstra. Most importantly, we want to answer your questions and we want to know about any special needs you have. If you have a question or concern, others probably have the same concern, so your questions about facial plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation will help other patients as well. Ask away; we look forward to hearing from you!
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kienstra is uniquely qualified to advise you on how best to address the effects of aging. During your consultation, he will recommend a facial rejuvenation treatment plan that suits your aesthetic goals and current state of health. No single procedure is right for every patient, so it is important to determine the best fit for your needs.
No, not at all. Although those commercials may make it sound otherwise, the only thing that Lifestyle Lift® and SmartLaser Lift have in common is that they are both outpatient procedures that involve a laser. It pays to do your homework before making this important decision.

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If you would like to meet with Dr. Kienstra, contact our facial plastic surgery center today. We will be happy to help you schedule a consultation.