December 2017

Interested in Rhinoplasty? We Need to Talk about Your Chin!

Facial Implants Denver, CO Thousands of people each year spend time looking into – or getting – a nose job. Rhinoplasty is still one of the leading facial cosmetic surgery procedures, and it is also one of the most intricate. If you have begun your research into a nose job to correct a cosmetic or functional concern, you may already know this detail. Chances are, though, that your nose job, in your mind, revolves around your nose. Ultimately, though, to change the nose means to alter the entire balance of the face. This is the goal, but to achieve it may mean that we look South, to the chin.

According to research, as much as 20% of the rhinoplasty patient population could also benefit from chin augmentation. Modifying both structures can lead to a significantly more proportionate and attractive profile. Facial beauty is all about ratios and balance. On the observance of the profile, what the eye naturally wants to see is a chin that protrudes forward enough so that it lands at a vertical drop from the tip of the nose.

There are two ways in which the chin may be addressed alongside or after rhinoplasty. The best approach is determined by the current balance of the face and the reshaping that is planned for the nose. It is important to note that neither method of chin augmentation has much of an impact on front-view appearance. The impact is primarily seen when the profile is observed.

Options for Chin Augmentation Include . . .

Facial Implant

A chin implant may be a U-shaped, pre-formed piece of silicone that enhances the forward projection of this facial feature. In some instances of wrap-around implant forms, they can also enhance the fullness of the jaw line. As this can create stronger angles, the discreet widening may be advantageous. Chin implants are available in an array of sizes, so it is possible to create the exact look that you need for beautiful symmetry. In addition to maximum augmentation, chin implants are also beneficial because they last for many years.

Dermal Fillers

In recent years, some physicians have taken to the use of dermal fillers for chin augmentation. The clear benefit to this approach is the non-surgical nature of filler treatment. Patients also appreciate that they can see immediate results. The downside to fillers is that they can only augment the chin so much. Additionally, more than one treatment may be necessary over time.

Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver provides care focused on excellent results. To learn more about chin augmentation, call (303) 839-1616.

Treating the Double-Chin for (Greatly) Improved Confidence

Neck Lift Surgery Denver, CO There are certain aspects of aging that are inevitable. We expect to notice fine lines around the eyes and mouth. We may even nod in acceptance when the jawline starts to soften. But a double-chin? That’s just a slap in the face! The truth is, submental fullness doesn’t only occur in the aging adult. We meet some younger people in our cosmetic surgery practice who feel insecure about the prominence of fatty deposits beneath the chin.

The double-chin is an age-old problem. Fortunately, aesthetic medicine has caught up with it. We now have a few choices in the way we treat this notoriously difficult area.


Liposuction is the manual extraction of fat cells using a small incision and tiny cannula, or tube. Neck liposuction involves microinstruments and refined technique to add better contouring to the upper neck and jawline area.

Neck Lift

The full facelift was once one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed. Years of practice have led to innovations such as localized lifts. Blepharoplasty is one example. The neck lift is another. Neck lift surgery may coincide with neck liposuction for optimal results. Liposuction first removes the extra fat cells that have accumulated in this area; then a lift is performed to secure superficial tissues in a higher, tighter position. This approach may be most appropriate for older patients or those who have lost a substantial amount of weight.

Non-Surgical Double-Chin Treatments

When surgery is not a preferred treatment, it may be possible to consider alternative methods of melting unwanted fat. In our Denver office, we may suggest:

  • An injectable treatment, Kybella is a solution that contains deoxycholic acid. This chemical is naturally-occurring so not likely to cause an adverse reaction (aside from initial swelling and redness due to injections). The absorption of deoxycholic acid disrupts the structure of the walls of fat cells, which leads to targeted elimination. Up to 4 treatments may be needed.
  • Melt fat with freezing temperature? Yes! This non-surgical treatment is usually considered for body contouring but is also effective in the area beneath the chin. A few treatments are needed to completely dissolve a double-chin.

Drop your insecurities about your appearance before the New Year. Contact Fante Eye & Face Centre at (303) 839-1616.


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