February 2017

Looking to Refresh your Face?

facial rejuvenation denver co | Fante Eye and Face Centre

Many men and women, at some point, start to wonder about facial rejuvenation. A lot of changes take place over the years, and these can affect how we feel about our overall appearance. It used to be that consumers perceived facelift surgery as a way to reduce the appearance of age by tightening the skin over the bony structure as much as possible. The result of the few high-profile individuals who followed through with such an unnatural idea was a loss of authenticity. Unfortunately, the facelift developed a bad reputation.

Facial aging is a huge concern for a large majority of patients we speak to. As much as we can accomplish with non-surgical methods, there are some very good reasons not to rule out a surgical facelift. Namely, the ability to correct some concerns in one fell swoop – without losing your natural beauty and the integrity of your face. Let’s take one area at a time . . .

The Jowls

Jowls. We love to hate them. When we’re young, we don’t even know what they are. Once we do, we think they will happen to “someone else,” at least until they show up in the mirror. Sagging jowls are the product of accumulated fat and sagging muscles, that’s it. Such a simple change, and for such as simple reason. The jowls sag due to relentless pull of time and gravity that loosen the supporting ligaments, muscles, and connective tissue. This volume settles in the lower region of the face because the higher-up structures, muscles, and skin, no longer support their weight. It is perhaps the reduction of jowls and the improvement of the jawline that are among the greatest advantage to the surgical facelift.


The problem of volume loss has taken center stage in recent years, as the use of dermal fillers has become more widespread. Across the mid-face, volume is needed to maintain proportions that reflect youthfulness. But the biochemical changes that weaken muscles, connective tissue, and the skin allow substantial loss of volume to occur on an accelerating basis as we age – some of this is a shift downward from gravity, and some is true loss of fullness. A properly performed surgical facelift can adjust the positioning of underlying structures in the cheeks so the volume that remains can be better supported in a more youthful position. Not everyone needs restoration of lost volume, but for those who do,  our facelift procedures by Dr. Fante also usually involve transfer of your own fat into the mid-face area to restore contours to the cheeks.


Since everyone ages differently, there are those who are very concerned with laxity in the neck as well as the changes discussed above in cheeks and jowls.  Rejuvenation of the neck is often accomplished at the same time, and is then called a face and neck lift.  A face and neck lift can tighten the loose skin and muscles in the neck to restore cleaner lines and make the neck beautiful again.  Sometimes, some fat is removed and sometimes the main problem is sagging neck muscles that need repair.    We can improve both with face and neck lift, and we would be delighted to show you how in a personal and private consultation.

Don’t be too quick to rule out the value of a surgical facelift or face and neck lift. Call our Denver cosmetic surgery office at (303) 839-1616 to learn more.

Twitching Eyelid? This could be Why!

eyelid twitch denver co | Fante Eye and Face Centre An occasional eyelid twitch can be somewhat of a nuisance. However, if you have an eyelid that seems to twitch with amazing regularity, you are more than distracted on a routine basis. Eyelid twitching can occur for a number of reasons. When you can rule out what may or may not be behind your trembling lid, you can move closer to resolution.

Fatigue. One of the most common causes of eyelid twitching, or blepharospasm, is fatigue. If you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your eyes will suffer. To determine if this is the true cause of your shivering eyelid, set a timer to go to bed a little earlier each night.

Stress. We all carry a certain amount of stress around on a daily basis. Sometimes, the load becomes too much and the body responds in all sorts of strange ways. A twitchy eyelid is one of them. There are ways to decrease stress, such as going for a walk each day or spending a few minutes in silence; no phone, no music, just silence (this can do a lot more than you may imagine).

Tired eyes. Eye strain is a common side effect of living in the technological age. Most of us stare at a screen several hours a day. Even if those hours are not in succession, the strain on the eye having to focus on a small screen can be great. Another way that eye strain may occur is by wearing an outdated eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Stay up to date on eye exams, and cut down on screen time to see if your eyelid calms down. Also, wear sunglasses every day.

Caffeine. Here is an interesting phenomenon. We don’t get enough sleep, so we reach for coffee or other caffeinated beverages to give us the energy we need to handle all of our daily stressors. The consequence of getting all hopped up on caffeine is that the body actually feels more stressed, and will ultimately crash from fatigue. Plus, caffeine is a twitch-trigger. Cut back and see what happens.

Lifestyle changes do not always do the trick and ending a frustrating twitch. If you are at your wits end with a twitching eyelid, call Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver. A quick Botox treatment may be just what you need.


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