Month: November 2015

Are You a Candidate for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

In the past, cosmetic surgery was something reserved for the very wealthy and Hollywood stars, but in recent years, more and more “everyday” women and men have been seeking out cosmetic surgery procedures to correct minor and major flaws they find with their bodies. Also, cosmetic surgery is not always sought out for aesthetic reasons; often times, there are medical reasons that will prompt people to seek out a cosmetic surgeon.

Any surgery, whether elective or necessary, is a big deal, so a number of factors must be taken into consideration before undergoing any type of plastic surgery. If you are considering upper eyelid surgery (medically known as “blepharoplasty”), you have to first find out if you’re a good candidate for the surgery. If you meet the criteria for upper eyelid surgery, you want the best cosmetic surgeon in your area to perform the surgery, and in Denver and surrounding areas, Dr. Robert G. Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre is a top choice and one of the most highly respected surgeons in the highly specialized field of cosmetic surgery. Let’s take a look at what makes someone a good candidate for upper eyelid surgery.

If you have too much fullness, or loose skin, or a feeling of heaviness above your eyes, you are probably a good candidate. If your eyebrow or eyelid position is asymmetric, you are probably a good candidate as well. If you’ve had LASIK or other refractive surgery and no longer need glasses but can now see the aging around your eyes, you are probably a good candidate. If you have realistic expectations of the surgery and understand how the surgery will change your appearance, you may be a good candidate. If your reasons for having the surgery are not valid and realistic, or if the surgery will not improve the problems you’re experiencing, you may not be a good candidate. For instance, blepharoplasty will not correct dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet or the fine lines around the eyes that are a natural part of the aging process. However, if you have drooping eyelids or an excessive amount of skin around the eyes, upper eyelid surgery may be the ideal solution for these issues.

If you’re unable or unwilling to commit the time necessary to fully recover from the surgery, you will not make a good candidate for the surgery. If upper eyelid surgery will improve or correct vision problems you’re experiencing, you may be deemed a good candidate for blepharoplasty covered by health insurance.

The first step to finding out if you’re a good candidate for upper eyelid surgery is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre. We will take a complete medical history and perform a thorough medical examination; after that is done, Dr. Fante will be able to tell you if blepharoplasty is right for you.

To learn more about upper eyelid surgery or to schedule your consultation, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today. We will get you scheduled as soon as possible, and we’ll be happy to answer questions you have before coming into our medical office.

Cosmetic vs. Functional Eyelid Surgery

When we hear the term, “cosmetic surgery,” we often think of elective surgeries like breast augmentation, face lifts and tummy tucks. While these types of surgeries are almost always elective (meaning that the patient “elects” to have them and they’re not medically necessary), there are a number of cosmetic surgeries that are medically necessary when they are done for medical reasons. When a cosmetic surgery is performed for medical reasons, it is referred to as “functional surgery” as it improves the medical functioning of a particular organ—such as the eyes—in eyelid surgery (medically known as blepharoplasty).

Cosmetic vs. Functional

If you’re having eyelid surgery in Denver, you may be having it performed for cosmetic reasons such as to make droopy eyelids less droopy or to have loose skin or puffiness around the eyelids removed. Or, you may be having eyelid surgery in Denver for a functional reason to improve your peripheral vision or your ability to read or drive. In most cases, functional blepharoplasty is performed to remove heavy overhanging skin and fat from the upper eyelid if it droops low enough to impair your vision for driving and other everyday tasks.

Private insurance companies including United, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Humana have specific rules about how bad your eyes must be, and each of them will preauthorize upper eyelid surgery in advance when appropriate. In contrast, Medicare will not look at your case until after surgery, and so our office works hard to make sure that all the details are covered to document your problem. We will do our best to tell you in advance if you qualify under Medicare’s criteria for upper eyelid surgery. Neither Medicare nor the private insurers cover cosmetic surgery.

At the Fante Eye & Face Centre, Dr. Robert G. Fante performs eyelid surgeries on many patients each year for cosmetic reasons. Whether you’re hoping to fight the natural signs of aging, or “fix” something about the appearance of your eyes that you’ve never liked, you can have it done by the best in the business at the Fante Eye & Face Centre. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Fante is a specialist in laser eyelid surgery, complex reconstruction around the eye, and facial cosmetic surgery, so you can rest assured that you’re in highly capable hands when you schedule eyelid surgery with Dr. Fante.

If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery in Denver, or if you’d like to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Robert Fante, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today. Whether you’re having eyelid surgery performed for aesthetic or medical reasons, the cosmetic surgery team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre will be sure to get you the results you’re looking for.

Concerned About Neck Lift Surgery Scars?

Are you considering having a neck lift but are concerned about scarring from this surgery? If so, we can help you here by providing you some information about the types of incisions that are made during a neck lift and what the scars look like after the surgery. As with any surgery, whether it’s elective or necessary, the more knowledgeable and experienced your surgeon is, the better your chances are for an easy recovery and minimal scarring.

When you have a neck lift in Denver performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert G. Fante, you know you’re in good hands. Dr. Fante has been performing face and neck surgeries for many years now and is one of the most highly respected cosmetic surgeons in the entire state. Let’s take a look at what you can expect with scarring from neck lift surgery when performed by a surgeon of Dr. Fante’s caliber.

One of the interesting features of the neck is that it’s one of the first parts of the body to show the natural signs of aging. Damage from the sun and extreme weight loss may cause neck skin to become loose, sag and look more aged than other parts of the face and body. Neck lift surgery fixes neck problems and has a fairly short recovery time; the results of a neck lift become apparent several months after the surgery.

Advanced medical technology and innovative techniques allow cosmetic surgeons to perform neck lifts using extremely small incisions, usually placed discreetly behind the ears and under the chin. Excess fat is removed via these incisions, by way of liposuction or through surgical excision. During the surgery, slack muscles may be tightened, and with some neck lift surgeries, a small section of the platysma muscle may be removed. After work on the underlying tissues has been completed, the skin of the neck will be pulled smooth and taut, and the incisions will be closed with excess skin being removed during the closing process.  The incisions heal quickly but will often stay pink for the first month or so.

With a neck lift, post-surgical scarring is typically minimal, especially when performed by Dr. Robert Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre. The resulting tighter neck skin and more defined jaw line typically last between five and ten years. Neck lift results improve over time, and optimal results are usually seen within six months of the neck lift surgery.

Please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule a neck lift in Denver or a surrounding community.

Neck Lift Recovery: What to Expect

If you’re going to have neck lift surgery in the coming days, weeks or months, you have probably done your research and have learned everything there is to know about what’s involved with a neck lift and what the recovery process will be like. If you haven’t done your homework, we can help. Here, we will discuss what you can expect following a neck lift surgery, so you’ll be completely prepared for the recovery process.

Dr. Robert G. Fante is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who is trained in both facial surgery and oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Fante is also a specialist in laser eyelid surgery, complex reconstruction around the eye, and facial cosmetic surgery. Neck lift surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by Dr. Fante (after eyelid surgery) at the Fante Eye & Face Centre, serving Denver and surrounding communities. If you want a neck lift in Denver, Dr. Fante is highly recommended for this procedure that will produce a lovely transformation in your appearance.

Neck Lift Recovery Process 

After completion of your neck lift, a bandage will be placed around your face and neck to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be placed to drain any excess blood or fluid that collects under your skin. You will be asked to keep your head elevated above your heart to minimize swelling and to keep your head straight.

Dr. Fante will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection, and pain medication may be prescribed, also. Each patient’s needs vary, so you cannot count on what others have experienced during their recovery to know what you will experience. The most important thing to do following any surgery is to our post-operative instructions to the letter to avoid pain, infection and a longer-than-necessary recovery time.

During the first week of recovery, you will wear a spandex neck garment, and you should sleep with your head elevated (use pillows to keep your head elevated and to help prevent you from turning your head while you sleep). You must avoid vigorous physical activity for at least two weeks following neck lift surgery.   You will be taking antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed For three weeks after neck lift surgery, you must avoid tobacco, aspirin, NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and Vitamin E.

Dr. Fante will provide you with very specific post-op instructions, and you can always contact the office should you have any questions during the recovery process.

To schedule a consultation for a neck lift in Denver with board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today.

Are You a Good Candidate for Lower Eyelid Surgery?

More and more people are seeking out cosmetic surgery to correct minor (or major) flaws they find with their bodies. In the past, it seems as though cosmetic surgery was reserved for the rich and famous, but in recent years, people have realized that some cosmetic surgeries (often referred to as plastic surgeries) are quite affordable, and the results make the costs involved well worth it. Not only does cosmetic surgery change the way people look, it often changes the way people feel about themselves. Self-esteem and self-image feelings often skyrocket after cosmetic surgery simply because women and men feel more attractive, look younger and are generally happier with what they see when they look in a mirror.

Dr. Robert G. Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre, serving Denver and surrounding areas of Colorado, has been performing cosmetic surgery on people for many years now and is highly respected in the medical community for his skill and artistry in the extremely specialized field of cosmetic surgery. One of the most popular procedures that Dr. Fante performs is eyelid surgery, medically known as “blepharoplasty.” Eyelid surgery can be performed on the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, or on both the upper and lower eyelids.

Some people elect to have lower eyelid surgery for aesthetic reasons only, while others may need other types of surgery to help with medical problems. Whether you’re choosing to have lower eyelid surgery performed for looks or for medical reasons, Dr. Robert Fante is the surgeon to do it. However, in order to have lower eyelid surgery performed, you must be a good candidate for the procedure. What makes a person a good candidate for eyelid surgery? Let’s take at some factors that will affect whether or not you will be considered for lower eyelid surgery at the Fante Eye & Face Centre.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Men and women with droopy eyelids, bags under the eyes and excessive skin or wrinkles around the eyes are typically good candidates for eyelid surgery. If you have loose skin or a puffy appearance on the lower lids, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. If you have creases or folds in the lower eyelids, this surgery may be a great solution for that problem; however, lower eyelid surgery alone will only partially correct dark circles under your eyes, fine lines around your eyes or crow’s feet.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Candidacy

After an initial consultation, a complete medical history and thorough physical exam by Dr. Fante, lower eyelid surgery and non-surgical options will be discussed. Dr. Fante will let you know if blepharoplasty is right for you; if so, the surgery will be explained, information will be provided to you and possible dates for the surgery and recovery time will be discussed.

If you have realistic expectations of the surgery, are willing and able to follow post-operative directions and have the time needed to recover fully from the surgery, you may be a great candidate for lower eyelid surgery.

To learn more about lower eyelid surgery, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today; we’ll get you scheduled for the initial consultation as soon as possible, so you can find out if you’re a good candidate for this amazing cosmetic surgery procedure.

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

When considering whether or not to have elective surgery performed, you must think about what the recovery process will be like. Is the recovery part of the entire process of having surgery something you are able and willing to devote the time to; keep in mind that NOT following post-operative instructions can slow down the healing process and even make worse the initial problem corrected by the surgery. If you’re thinking about having eyelid surgery in Denver, you need to have it done by the best in the field.

At the Fante Eye & Face Centre, Dr. Robert G. Fante has been performing eyelid surgery on men and women for several years now, and he is one of the most highly respected, trust and knowledgeable surgeons in this highly specialized field. Blepharoplasty (the medical term for eyelid surgery) is a surgery that can correct a number of problems including droopy eyelids and excess skin in the eyelid area. It is often cosmetic, but in older people can sometimes be covered by insurance.

Blepharoplasty is usually performed either on the upper or lower eyelids (sometimes both) to correct problems such as dropping skin, excess skin, bags under the eyes and wrinkles. One major reason some people seek out eyelid surgery in Denver is that it may improve peripheral vision.

Eyelid Surgery and Vision

Eyelid surgery that removes that excess skin and makes the eyes less droopy often results in better peripheral vision. 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 failing which can lead to drooping upper eyelids. This is called ptosis and can also be repaired with surgery.

After an initial consultation, complete medical history and thorough physical examination, Dr. Fante and our team of medical professionals will assess whether or not you’d be a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver or one of our affiliated hospitals and surgery centers in Colorado and Kansas. If and how your vision is likely to be affected will also be determined.

If you have struggled with eye problems and feel that your vision is affected by the ways your eyes are shaped or by the skin around the eyes, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule an initial consultation with board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante.

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