Month: May 2015

How Eyelid Surgery Affects Eyesight

Have you been thinking about having blepharoplasty done? Blepharoplasty is the medical name for eyelid surgery and is usually performed either on the upper or lower eyelids to correct problems such as dropping skin, excess skin, bags under the eyes and wrinkles. There are certain circumstances in which eyelid surgery can improve eyesight, and that is one major reason many people seek out eyelid surgery in Denver.

At the Fante Eye & Face Centre, you can have blepharoplasty performed by a highly trained plastic surgeon at a reasonable price. If you are considering eyelid surgery, you may be wondering how it will affect your eyesight, and if you have trouble seeing, you may be hoping eyelid surgery in Denver can improve your eyesight. Let’s take a look at how this surgery does affect eyesight.

Vision and Eyelid Surgery

Droopy and excess skin around the eyes can impair vision, so eyelid surgery that removes that excess skin and makes the eyes less droopy should result in better vision, but not everyone is a candidate for eyelid surgery because of various problems, like your vision is not bad due to eyelid problems. It is possible for loose skin in the upper eyelid to block your vision, but this doesn’t occur with the lower eyelid.  It is also possible that your upper eyelid muscle is not functioning properly leading to drooping of your upper eyelid, which would also adversely affect your vision. There are just so many variables to consider when it comes to how and why vision is impaired.

As with any cosmetic surgery, each patient’s reaction and results vary, so it’s best to discuss your questions about how your vision will be affected with Dr. Robert Fante, your cosmetic surgeon at the Fante Eye & Face Centre.

What to Expect

After an initial consultation, complete medical history and thorough physical exam, Dr. Fante and his highly trained team of medical professionals at the Eye & Face Centre will be able to assess whether or not you’d be a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver and whether or not the surgery would improve your vision.

If you have struggled with eye problems and feel that your vision is affected by the ways your eyes are shaped or how excessive the skin is around your eyes, you may want to consider a consultation with Dr. Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre. If you contact us, we will schedule your initial consultation, and in no time at all, Dr. Fante and his team will be able to give you answers to all of your questions.

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

There are many factors to consider when thinking about having any elective surgery, and while you may be 100% sure you want a particular type of surgery, you may not be a good candidate for it, for any number of reasons.

Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is surgery to improve the look of your eyelids. If you suffer from drooping eyelids, bags under your eyes, or excess skin or wrinkles, eyelid surgery may be the ideal solution for you—that is, if your cosmetic surgeon thinks you’re a good candidate. To know if you’re a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver, you should consult with Dr. Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre, serving Denver and surrounding communities.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

For all types of elective surgeries, some people make better candidate than others. Here are some characteristics that make good eyelid surgery candidates:

  • People in overall good health
  • Non-smokers
  • People with realistic expectations of what the surgery will do for them, their appearance, their eyesight, etc.
  • People with serious eye problems that can be corrected with blepharoplasty

As stated earlier, people with droopy eyelids, bags under the eyes and excess skin or wrinkles around the eyes are typically good candidates for eyelid surgery in Denver. If you have loose skin hanging over the edge of your eyelids that impairs your vision, or a puffy appearance of the upper eyelids, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. If you have creases or folds in the lower eyelids, this surgery may be perfect for you. However, eyelid surgery is not the right procedure to correct dark circles under the eyes, fine lines around the eyes or crow’s feet.

Determining Candidacy for Eyelid Surgery in Denver

After an initial consultation including a thorough medical history and physical examination, Denver cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre will be able to determine if eyelid surgery can correct the problem(s) you have.

If you have realistic expectations of the surgery, are willing to follow post-op instructions to the letter and are willing to put in the time necessary to fully recover from eyelid surgery, you may get the green light from Dr. Fante to schedule this amazing, life-changing surgery.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today and schedule your consultation.

Common Skin Defects

Your skin is actually the largest organ in your body, and it protects us from bacteria, regulates our body’s temperature, and provides us with the ability to touch and feel. The skin has many layers and is a truly amazing part of our biology, but it can also be the host to many different conditions (or defects). While dermatologists disagree on the prevalence of certain skin conditions, there are a few that are quite common. Read on to learn more, and if you’re concerned about skin care in Denver, Dr. Fante and the Fante Eye & Face Centre can help.

Acne

While it’s most often associated with teenagers, it is possible for people to suffer with acne well into their twenties and thirties. If you suffer from white heads, black heads, pimples, or excessively greasy skin, you have acne. There are numerous treatments available for acne today, but it is important you find the right treatment that works for you.

Skin Cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer annually. There are many different types of skin cancer, however there are certain steps you can take to protect your skin against all of them. One is to always wear sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy outside, your skin will still be exposed to the sun’s damaging rays. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it’s not affecting your skin. As tempting as it can be to have a nice dark tan, avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds or booths expose your skin to damaging UV rays that can cause cancer.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the development of red, scaly, and itchy patches on your skin. These patches most often occur on the elbows and scalp, but it can appear anywhere on your skin. There are many different kinds of psoriasis, and your dermatologist may need to examine a piece of your affected skin under a microscope to determine what type you have. There are treatments available, however, and once the type of psoriasis is determined, you can discuss with your doctor what treatments will work best for you.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common skin condition that affects the skin of the face. However, many people don’t even realize they have the disorder. Because rosacea affects the skin on the face, it is quite life altering. Many people suffer from depression because of the facial redness and skin thickening it causes. If you think you might suffer from rosacea, here are some signs and symptoms to look for:

  • Facial redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Enlarging of the nose
  • Swollen red bumps

If you’d like to learn more about these or other skin conditions and how they are treated, please contact the experienced cosmetic surgery team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre today to schedule a consultation. We specialize in skin care in Denver and surrounding areas and can help you if you’re suffering from any number of common skin conditions.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is surgery to improve the look of your eyelids. If you suffer from drooping eyelids, bags under your eyes, or excess skin or wrinkles, eyelid surgery may be just the cure you’re looking for. At the Fante Eye & Face Centre, you can have blepharoplasty in Denver performed by a highly trained plastic surgeon at a reasonable price. If you are considering eyelid surgery, you may be wondering how long it will take you to recover, what you will experience during your recovery and how long you’ll need to be out of work.

What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery Recovery

When you first wake up from surgery, you may be a bit concerned as the amount of swelling and bruising looks a bit alarming at first; however, in time, the swelling and bruising will both disappear. The time it takes to recover from eyelid surgery, like any plastic surgery, depends on the patient. However, most patients can return to work in just two weeks. Your incisions will most likely still be visible and you might still have some bruising, but most patients feel ready to return to work and their normal routine at the two-week mark.

There are some steps you can take to speed up your healing process, however. First and foremost, you want to follow Dr. Fante’s post-op instructions very carefully. You can treat your incisions with ointment, put cold compresses over your eyes, get plenty of rest and elevate your head throughout your recovery will help you heal faster. Also, for the first couple of weeks, try to avoid activities that will dry out your eyes, such as watching TV, reading, or using the computer.

While you may think you’re making good progress healing from your blepharoplasty, you may wake up in the mornings and think you’ve taken two steps back. Don’t panic because looking the worst in the morning is totally normal because you have spent the past eight hours lying on your back. However, you will improve as the day goes on and gravity does its job.

The pain associated with blepharoplasty is minimal. Dr. Fante will prescribe what medications he feels will work best for you, but you must avoid painkillers that contain ibuprofen or naproxen as these painkillers may thin your blood and cause more bleeding.

The best thing you can do for your recovery is to follow our instructions to the letter. Once you’ve fully healed from your blepharoplasty in Denver, your incisions will no longer be visible, any puffiness on your eyelids will be gone and you’ll look younger. In some cases, vision may be improved following eyelid surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about blepharoplasty in Denver, please contact the experienced cosmetic surgery team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre today for your free consultation.

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