December 2018

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Cheek Augmentation: Which Approach is Right for You?

As we age, most of us experience some degree of deflation in the mid face area. Because strong, high, and rounded cheekbones are the hallmark of a youthful face, we frequently consult with people about how to correct volume loss. The easy answer is that dermal filler product can be injected into the cheeks to bring more contour into the area. The more in-depth answer is not quite so simple.

There is no denying that cheek augmentation can have a profoundly rejuvenating effect on the face. The question is, how should you go about it? In our Denver office, patients may consider the pros and cons of cheek implants, fat injections, and dermal fillers.

What are Cheek Implants?

Cheek implants are small prosthetics that are made out of biocompatible materials such as solid silicone, expanded polytetrafluoroethy (Gore-Tex), or high-density polyethylene (Medpor). The most commonly used implants are the solid silicone type. These prosthetics differ from breast implants in density. While breast implants are more fluid (even the form-stable types), facial implants are firmer and more robust, which means they will not leak.

There are two types of cheek implant, malar, and submalar.

  • Malar implants are inserted over the cheekbone to increase volume and projection toward the side of the face.
  • Submalar cheek implants are inserted in a proper position in the mid-face to increase the roundness of the cheek.
  • The combination cheek implant augments both the higher, outer cheekbone and the mid-face.

The number of cheek implant procedures performed has decreased over the years as injectable solutions have become available. Perhaps the strongest contender as an alternative to the silicone implant is fat grafting.

Injections for Contoured Cheeks

Dermal fillers and fat transfer injections work similarly to augment the cheek area. Each introduces a biological agent to increase the roundness and projection of the cheeks. However, dermal fillers are a temporary solution whereas fat transfer can last indefinitely. The detail to remember about fat transfer is that the effects of treatment eventually succumb to the natural aging process. Repeat treatment or rejuvenation with dermal fillers can be safely performed after initial fat transfer.

Fat transfer harvests a small amount of fat from an area such as the thighs or abdomen. Fat cells are then injected into the cheeks in just the right position to enhance contours without altering the natural appearance of the face. Some fat will get absorbed after injections, but the majority of injected cells integrates into existing tissue for long-lasting results.

Fante Eye & Face Center has solutions to help you look and feel your best. Contact our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to schedule your consultation.

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Hyaluronic Acid is an Ingredient You Need. Here’s Why!

We may not recognize hyaluronic acid, or HA, by name. Instead, we know the familiar brands of dermal filler solutions that are used today. These are so popular that awareness of them may even overshadow the fact that the primary provider of hyaluronic acid is the body itself. This organic carbohydrate molecule is essential to functional joints, the eyes, and youthful, glowing skin.

The reason why hyaluronic acid is used to support various parts of the body is that one molecule of HA holds 1,000 times its weight in water. In the joints, this provides cushioning. In the eyes and on the skin, HA is essential to moisture. This is why, when a hyaluronic acid dermal filler is injected into the tissue beneath a line or crease, the skin becomes smooth and plump. As valuable as HA is for anti-aging using dermal fillers, there are also several benefits to having this ingredient in your skincare products.

Hyaluronic Acid Holds Moisture

If hyaluronic acid can be introduced beneath the surface to hold moisture, and it does so within the joints of the body, we can also expect for the tiny molecules to work magic when applied topically. Here’s the thing about HA molecules, they are too large to be absorbed into the skin. However, this isn’t a bad thing, because when the acid is applied to the epidermis after the skin has been hydrated with serum or with water when you wash your face, it holds that moisture in.

Hyaluronic Acid Preserves the Skin’s Protective Barrier

The skin has a natural protective barrier that contains a strong layer of lipids, or oils, to keep pollutants and free radicals out. Hyaluronic acid applied topically integrates with the lipids in the skin’s barrier to prevent dehydration and subsequent skin dryness. Keeping the protective barrier intact is particularly essential for individuals with chronic skin conditions like eczema.

Hyaluronic Acid Fights Acne

The fight against acne becomes that much easier when hyaluronic acid is an ingredient you demand for your skin. Acne flare-ups may be triggers by two things: dry skin and excessive oil production. The hydrating effect of hyaluronic acid improves natural moisture, which inhibits the overproduction of oil in the glands beneath the skin. Additionally, HA combats the dryness that may result from acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

The winter season is an excellent time to visit our Denver med-spa for help maintaining the moisture and overall health of your skin. Contact us to schedule your consultation and treatment at (303) 839-1616.


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