June 2018

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Marionette Lines have Met Their Match

Lines anywhere on the face can be a frustrating problem. We often discuss how to treat frown lines with Botox or how a brow lift can reduce worry lines on the forehead, but we shouldn’t forget that the lower face is especially prone to deep creases over time. What we call laugh lines really aren’t anything to laugh about.

The lines that may form between the corners of the mouth and the chin, called Marionette lines, also create a challenge for self-confidence. Here, we want to point out how marionette lines can be managed with early and consistent care. Also, we offer a few suggestions on how to eliminate lines once they have formed.

Don’t have lines? That’s great! Do this:

  • Make sunscreen a daily habit. On days when the sun is shining and you plan to walk in the hills, wear sunscreen. On rainy days when you’ll be running errands or having lunch with friends, wear sunscreen. Hitting the slopes? Wear sunscreen. Lot’s of it. Sunscreen inhibits premature aging by protecting collagen.
  • Use good skincare. Good skincare isn’t just a fancy face wash. Good skincare serves your face up healthy doses of nourishing ingredients like peptides and gently exfoliating acids that fight free radicals and reduce sun damage.
  • Your skin needs hydration to sustain resilience that prevents premature wrinkling.
  • Don’t smoke. Studies have indicated that the chemicals in cigarettes deplete collagen and also stand in the way of future collagen production.
  • Treat your skin to professional help. Professional skin-smoothing treatments are beneficial for prevention. For example, occasional microneedling treatments boost collagen production so the signs of aging can be postponed.

Are lines a frustration right now? Do this:

We offer a few proven treatments for marionette lines. Some work immediately, and some provide dramatic results.

  • Dermal fillers are the go-to for men and women with mild to moderate facial aging concerns. Marionette lines can be filled with an appropriate hyaluronic acid product, which will draw water molecules into the tissue beneath the crease to bring skin up to the surface. Results are immediate and can last several months.
  • High-tech treatments like SkinTyte achieve impressive improvement in the appearance of facial and neck skin by deeply heating collagen with safe infrared energy. Many patients see improvement after just one treatment.
  • Facelift surgery has evolved into a fully customizable technique performed to manually lift tissues that have become lax. The repositioning of tissue can significantly improve lines around the nose, mouth, and chin. This procedure can also restore a beautiful curve to the jawline.

Watch: Dr. Fante Discusses Marionette Line Treatment with Dermal Fillers

Patient Testimonials:

  • “Dr. Fante is an extremely qualified doctor. He takes care of details and is a great communicator. He’s a top of the line surgeon and excellent at giving the face a natural youthful look with fillers and Botox. I’ve continued to see him over the years with no regrets. Getting older can be a challenge but Dr. Fante helps makes the aging process so much
    nicer.” – P.M.
  • “Dr. Fante is the best in his profession. He goes above and beyond to help make you comfortable. I have gone to him for 15 years for botox and filler. Most of my friends think I am 35 and I am 53!” – L.K.
  • “Dr. Fante and his entire staff are professional and friendly. I regularly see him for fillers and Botox. I have nothing but great things to say! – J.B.

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Learn more about your options for treating marionette lines and other cosmetic concerns. Contact us online or at our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.

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How Men Differ When it Comes to Facelift Surgery

Even in light of the recent advances in aesthetic medicine, facelift surgery continues to be one of the Top 10 procedures performed each year. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual report has revealed that more than 125,000 patients underwent facelift surgery last year. Of those, 15% of patients were men.

We are proud to serve men and women from the Denver area with aesthetic treatments that can provide them with their intended outcome. Every treatment is personalized to help us achieve this. Furthermore, our understanding of the differences between men and women enable us to plan appropriately. Here, we break down a few of the particulars that are considered for men interested in facelift surgery.

Facial Anatomy

Most people can recognize that the facial structure of men and women differs. Just how much it does may be a mystery to the general public, but not to us:

  • Women’s faces typically have weaker ligament and skeletal structure than men’s faces. Knowing this, we carefully plan the extent of repositioning for each patient. Too much lift on a man’s skeletal structure may lead to an overly-tight appearance. Our objective is to refresh the face, not make it look “done.”
  • The skin and fatty tissue on a man’s body also differ slightly from a woman’s. Here we see more significant thickness and density. This is something we take into account if liposuction will be performed on the neck as a part of the facial rejuvenation process.

Facial Hair

When performing facelift surgery on a man, we must take into account the current or future existence of facial hair and also the prevalence of short haircuts. Here, the critical detail is how we make incisions in an area and manner that will be most easily hidden. It is important to work carefully around hair follicles to prevent scarring that disrupts hair growth.


Although we conduct a thorough consultation for every patient, there is an understanding that most men who seek facelift surgery have a preference for maintaining the sharp angles of their lower face. Women, on the other hand, seek tightening that is noticeable but does not alter the softness of their jawline.

Facelift surgery is a leading cosmetic procedure because the techniques used today reverse the signs of aging in a way that looks natural. To learn more, contact us online or at our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.


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