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Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Breast Reduction Sep 1st, 2021

Rick J. Smith, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon here in East Lansing, Michigan, helps women reach their aesthetic goals through a variety of surgical procedures that are almost always considered cosmetic, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast fat injections. One procedure is performed for both aesthetic  and medical...

3 Reasons Why We Love Juvederm® Aug 3rd, 2021

The clock and calendar aren’t always kind to the delicate skin tissue on your face, and it’s one of the first places signs of aging appear. Wrinkles, creases, sun spots, and loose skin thwart your efforts to look younger. And though you’d like to do something about it, you may...

Complications of Heavy Breasts Jul 11th, 2021

The old adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” certainly holds true when it comes to large breasts. While onlookers may find them attractive, large breasts can be a painful burden for the women who sport them.  If you have heavy breasts and are tired of carrying the...

Bothered by Scars? Consider Laser Therapy Jun 15th, 2021

Whether they develop due to acne, surgery, an accident, or a burn, scars are common. However, thanks to technology, some scars don’t have to be permanent (or as prominent) thanks to laser resurfacing treatments. At Rick J. Smith, MD, our plastic surgeon Dr. Rick Smith and our team of aesthetic...

6 Benefits of a Brow Lift May 3rd, 2021

A brow lift is one of the many cosmetic surgery procedures available to manage the signs of aging and to give your face a more symmetrical and tighter, younger look. Easing fine lines and wrinkles is just one of the benefits of getting a brow lift.  From saving money on...

When to Consider Facial Fillers Apr 1st, 2021

The fountain of youth might be a myth, but there are more cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures available than ever to help you look and feel as youthful as possible at every age.  Facial fillers give a non surgical treatment for making improvements to your skin. At Rick J....

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation? Mar 2nd, 2021

Breast augmentation is the most popular and common form of cosmetic plastic surgery.  If you’re considering altering your breast size or shape, rest assured that you’re not alone. Whether you’re interested in a bigger cup size or a breast lift (or both), here’s what you need to consider when deciding...

What to Expect With a Face-lift? Feb 1st, 2021

It might seem hard to believe, but the first face-lift procedures were performed over 100 years ago. Thanks to modern technology and developments in cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, face-lifts are now less invasive and more effective than ever. People of all backgrounds and ages choose to get surgical and...

Understanding How Botox® Works for Cosmetic Treatments Jan 1st, 2021

Botox® has become extremely popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it was the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure in 2018. At Rick J. Smith, MD, our plastic surgeon Dr. Rick Smith and our team of licensed estheticians and nurses offer aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures at our...

How to Know if Laser Treatments Are Right for You Dec 1st, 2020

Many cosmetic procedures that were once invasive or required surgery are now available without surgery, incisions, or long recovery periods thanks to laser technology. Depending on your goals, you can now improve the quality of aging or damaged skin or eliminate scarring with comfortable, non-invasive outpatient laser procedures.  At Rick...

Can a Tummy Tuck Really Make My Stomach Look Flat? Nov 5th, 2020

Diet and exercise are the most important factors in losing unwanted pounds and maintaining a healthy weight, but unfortunately, they’re not always enough to get rid of that last bit of excess fat. If you’ve tried everything to get a flatter stomach but still need a little extra help, you...

Why Experience Counts When It Comes to Botox® Oct 18th, 2020

Over the last few decades, Botox® has become a household name. It’s widely available for both cosmetic and some clinical applications like migraines and incontinence. Like any aesthetic procedure, the training and experience of the practitioner are important factors to consider before getting a Botox® injection for both your safety...

Myths and Facts About Breast Augmentation Sep 15th, 2020

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. There are many myths and misconceptions about the procedure, and this article is designed to dispel some of those myths. At Rick J. Smith, MD, our plastic surgeon...

Why Skin Care is More Than Cosmetic Aug 20th, 2020

There have never been more skin care products and treatments available (both surgical and non-surgical) to manage the signs of aging and improve damaged or less than perfect skin. However, skin care involves more than just what you see and feel on the surface. From protecting yourself from sun damage...

Brow Lift Versus Face Lift: Which is Right for You? Jul 1st, 2020

There’s never been a better time to invest in your appearance. Whether you want to manage the signs of aging or make aesthetic improvements to your features, there are more cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments to choose from than ever before. Thanks to technology, surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are...

When It's Time for a Facelift: Here's What You Should Know Jun 12th, 2020

Like many cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, the tools and techniques now available for a facelift have come a long way over the last few decades, making them less invasive and with more natural-looking results than ever. At Rick J. Smith, MD, we offer a range of plastic surgery and...

Bring Back a More Youthful Silhouette With a Breast Lift May 14th, 2020

Women of all ages and backgrounds choose to undergo breast lifts for many personal reasons. More women are choosing to contour rather than alter their natural shape. While implants are still popular and very common, breast lift procedures are gaining popularity. If you’d like to change or improve the shape...

Tummy Tuck Your Way to a Flatter Stomach Before Summer Apr 17th, 2020

Millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds struggle to control and get rid of belly fat. While a balanced diet and regular exercise are the best tools against weight gain, especially in the abdominal area, they’re often not enough to guarantee a flat, toned stomach and stronger core. From...

Botox and Fillers — A Powerful Anti-Aging Combination Mar 1st, 2020

There have never been more opportunities to look and feel your best, whether you’re in your twenties or reaching your golden years. From topical treatments and products to minimally invasive, non-surgical cosmetic services, beautiful and healthy skin is within reach. If you have started to notice common signs of aging...

Wave Goodbye to Flabby Arms With an Arm Lift Feb 1st, 2020

The upper arms can be very difficult to sculpt and tone. Even with a dedicated workout routine and healthy diet, loose and flabby skin can’t be eliminated or tightened by lifting weights, doing push-ups, or cutting back on your daily amount of calories. (In fact, weight loss can actually lead...

Why Both Men and Women Are Choosing Dermaplaning to Exfoliate Skin Jan 1st, 2020

Countless environmental and physiological factors conspire to rob your skin of its suppleness and vibrancy. Harsh weather, UV rays, pollution, and stress are just of few of these thieves. East Lansing’s premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Rick J. Smith, offers a range of diverse restorative treatments, depending on your skin’s needs....

Why You Should Incorporate Chemical Peels Into Your Anti-Aging Regimen Dec 1st, 2019

Your skin’s rejuvenation process slows down naturally as you age. As a result, sun damage becomes more apparent, as do fine lines and wrinkles. Consider modifying your skin care routine to include professional chemical peels. Adding this treatment option to your regular anti-aging routine can help your skin look and...

Will I Experience Any Discomfort During Microneedling? Nov 1st, 2019

Just the name of the skin procedure, “microneedling,” sounds painful. The effective skin-transforming procedure offered here at Rick J. Smith, MD uses a pen equipped with dozens of tiny needles to poke holes in your skin that trigger your natural wound-healing process. While the word microneedling might sound daunting, most...

How Does Tattoo Removal Actually Work? Oct 1st, 2019

Getting a tattoo can be a meaningful and fun experience. Many who sport ink and intricate designs are proud of their body art, but you might feel that you had a lapse in judgment when you got your tattoo. If you regret a tattoo or are unhappy with the way...

Turn Back the Clock on Wrinkled Skin With Laser Resurfacing Sep 1st, 2019

Few people want to look older than they are, but the effects of time catch up with everyone. On your face that can mean wrinkles and fine lines as your skin loses elasticity, discoloration from exposure to the sun and other elements, or scars due to acne and other conditions....

Unhappy With Your Body After Baby? Consider a Tummy Tuck Aug 8th, 2019

Having a baby is an exciting moment. What’s not exciting, however, is the loose, extra skin that remains after childbirth. Luckily, there’s an effective solution for removing it — a tummy tuck.  Rick J. Smith, MD, and his expert team specialize in tummy tucks, and they welcome all patients in...

Spots, Scars, And Stretchmarks: Lasers Can Treat Them All Jul 9th, 2019

Each year, at least 100 million people acquire a new scar. For some, this is a chance to tell an awesome story, but for others, it’s an embarrassing and unsightly reminder. Scars used to be one of those things you had to learn how to live with. But not anymore!...

Don't Let Your Wrinkles Keep You from Smiling: Juvéderm Can Help Jun 13th, 2019

How often do you look in the mirror and see little lines around your mouth and at the edge of your eyes? Do you hold back your smile in photos so the wrinkles don’t make an appearance on social media? Seeing wrinkles and fine lines on your face and other...

7 Preventive Measures Against Skin Cancer You Should Know May 15th, 2019

It’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the summer months are rapidly approaching, so it’s worth knowing the preventive measures you can take to lessen the risk of sun damage giving you skin cancer. Nearly 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, and 1 in 5 is expected to...

You Want Fuller, Rounder Breasts, But Which Option is Best for You? Apr 12th, 2019

If you’re in the market for a breast augmentation procedure, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there. From implant type to size and shape, there’s a lot to consider before committing to a procedure. One thing you’ll want for sure is a board-certified plastic...

5 Reasons Why Tummy Tucks Are Still a Popular Choice for that Unwanted Belly Fat Mar 19th, 2019

With so many tools and techniques for trimming your midsection, including liposuction and nonsurgical body sculpting, you may be surprised to learn that the tummy tuck is still one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures in the United States. That’s because it can fix more than just your belly...

Everything You Need To Know About Dermal Fillers Feb 25th, 2019

Injectables are a low risk, affordable, non-invasive option that can take years off your appearance. Juvederm products are the number one selling filler that helps soften wrinkles and add volume and fullness to the face. Each type of filler adds volume to a different area of the face to help enhance...

The Truth Behind 6 Common Face Lift Myths Feb 25th, 2019

Myth #1: There Are Many Different Types Of Face Lifts. While many people seem to believe this, there are actually only two types of face lifts. The first reestablishes the planes of the mid, lower face and neck. The second, and more typical for younger patients, tightens the neck and jawline. In no...