Month: July 2018

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Are You Wondering about CoolSculpting?

Body contouring is one of the most active areas of aesthetic medicine. Even before the development of non-surgical modalities like CoolSculpting, it was popular to refine body shape with liposuction and abdominoplasty. In our Denver office, body contouring is frequently performed to help patients naturally reduce body fat in areas of concern.

CoolSculpting may be recognizable to some degree. Many people identify this treatment as the one that freezes fat. However, that is just the beginning of getting to know what is possible with CoolSculpting and what to expect from treatment. Patients inevitably have questions about their procedure. We appreciate questions because it allows us to help each patient obtain the best outcome. Here, we discuss particulars that may help you determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

What can CoolSculpting Treat?

This may seem obvious. CoolSculpting treats unwanted fat; but what fat? Initially, CoolSculpting was used to reduce belly fat. Now, through the development of innovative applicators, doctors can address a variety of areas. In addition to minimizing waist circumference and eliminating muffin top, CoolSculpting can be used on bra and back fat and also on the chin.

CoolSculpting represents a significant step forward in non-surgical body contouring, regardless of whether we are treating the midsection or the chin. Each applicator is designed to gently suction an area of fat and hold tissue between two cooling panels. The device platform alerts us to the precise temperature of tissue as it cools. Reaching target temperature induces cell death known as cryolipolysis.

About Pain

One of the primary questions regarding CoolSculpting is how much pain occurs during treatment. No anesthesia is involved in treatment and no topical anesthetic. Patients understandably wonder what it must feel like to have fat “frozen” away. The idea that CoolSculpting is painful is a bit overdramatic. What patients report feeling as tissue is pulled between the cooling panels is a slight tug. This may feel slightly strange, like suction from a vacuum. As tissue cools, it is common for a mild ache or cramping sensation to occur. However, this lasts only a few minutes until nerve endings go numb.

Have you been thinking about what CoolSculpting can do for you? Schedule a consultation online at our Denver office or call (303) 839-1616.

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Cellulitis and Your Eyes

Cellulitis is a type of infection that usually affects the skin. This infection can occur anywhere on the body, including around the eyes. When cellulitis develops in the eye area, it is vital that an accurate diagnosis is obtained. Two types of cellulitis may appear to affect the eyelid: preseptal cellulitis and orbital cellulitis. To treat infection appropriately and avoid serious health implications, it is necessary to know which type of cellulitis has developed.

Preseptal cellulitis is localized in the skin of the eyelid. Usually, we see this type of infection in young children.

Orbital cellulitis affects the eye socket. This potentially serious condition can prevent eye movement and present a risk of death. Therefore, orbital cellulitis is typically treated with more aggressive means than preseptal infection.

What can cause cellulitis around the eyes?

Cellulitis often results from bacteria or fungus. Infection may originate with:

  • A sinus infection
  • An insect bite
  • A scratch or other wound on the face (including incisions)
  • Facial, head, or neck surgery (including dental work)
  • Asthma

Signs of Cellulitis

It is critical that the symptoms of cellulitis be addressed right away. This type of infection tends to spread quickly. A medical examination should be scheduled if symptoms such as the following occur:

  • Redness of the eyelid
  • Fever
  • Eyelid swelling, including tissue around the eye
  • Double vision or blurry vision
  • Difficulty moving the eye
  • Bulging of the eye
  • Lethargy or general lack of energy

Diagnosis and Treatment

When you see a doctor for any of the above symptoms, a thorough physical examination will be conducted. The eyes will be an integral part of the evaluation. To determine the type of infection that has developed, imaging, tissue sampling, and labs may also be ordered.

Preseptal cellulitis that involves only tissue around and on the eyelid is usually treated with oral antibiotics and may begin to improve within a day or two (it is essential that the entire course of antibiotics is taken).

Due to the severe nature of orbital cellulitis, inpatient care is usually necessary. In the hospital, patients can receive adequate antibiotic dosing via IV. If necessary, fluid may be drained from the infected area.

Dr. Fante performs cosmetic and reconstructive eye procedures, including treatment for orbital cellulitis. To learn more, contact us online or call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.

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