February 2019

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Double Chin Treatment: Kybella or CoolSculpting?

Excess fat under the chin can be as frustrating as that lingering belly fat that sticks around long after the holidays. Historically, liposuction has been the primary method of dealing with fat tissue that doesn’t seem to get metabolized no matter how much you watch your diet and how often you visit the gym. Today, more people are restoring shape to their jawline without surgery. In our Denver office, we offer both Kybella and CoolSculpting for submental fullness. Why? Because a singular treatment can’t meet every person’s needs.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable treatment the FDA approved specifically for submental fullness, or the double-chin. The solution is formulated with a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a substance that the body naturally produces to dismantle dietary fat during the digestive process. Kybella works on the spot, injecting deoxycholic acid directly into an area where fat cells have accumulated. When fatty tissue is infused with the acid, the walls of local fat cells deteriorate and the body naturally clears these destroyed cells. Deoxycholic acid targets only fat cells so all surrounding tissue remains unaffected by this treatment.

CoolSculpting for the Chin

You may have heard of CoolSculpting as an effective new body-contouring treatment. Initially, this device was primarily used to reduce abdominal fat. Now, thanks to the development of smaller panels, CoolSculpting is routinely performed on the chin. This method may be referred to as CoolMini. It works on the same premise as standard CoolSculpting, by targeting localized fat cells with cryotherapy, or freezing temperature. The affected fat cells crystallize, causing the same basic response as Kybella in which fat cells are metabolized and eliminated forever.

Similarities and Differences

Both Kybella and CoolSculpting are proven treatments to eliminate a double-chin. They are similar in that they provoke the same natural response in the body by disrupting the integrity of targeted fat cells. Neither treatment requires anesthesia and both may cause similar short-lived side effects such as redness, bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort. Also, it is possible that multiple sessions of either technique will be necessary to achieve optimal results.

One of the most significant differences between Kybella and CoolSculpting is that Kybella is an injectable treatment. This detail in itself has advantages and disadvantages. While some patients shy away from Kybella and its multiple injections, this treatment is slightly more refined and can hone in on small, isolated areas of fat cells. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, treats a larger area beneath the chin.

Double-chin fat needn’t change the frame of your face. Call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options.

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Are You Considering a Brow Lift?

The appearance of your eyes has a significant impact on your face as a whole. Naturally, the eyebrows are meant to rest over the bony ridge above the eye, called the upper orbital rim. With age and the ongoing decline in collagen, the position of the brow gradually changes. A dropped brow heaps weight onto the tissue of the upper eyelids. It somewhat closes off the eyes and can even give an appearance of weight to the face. If your eyes look angry, sad, or generally tired, you may be ready to take control of your beauty by consulting with a qualified professional. Here, we discuss a few particulars about brow lift surgery that patients of our Denver office should know.

Brow lift surgery seeks to restore natural beauty.

We understand that a surgical lift of any type is a major decision. Most people will take pause at the idea of a brow lift, and they should. This procedure can dramatically alter the face. When handled with the utmost care, a brow lift can beautifully refresh the entire upper region of the eyes and forehead so you look like you, only younger. A board-certified plastic surgeon will observe the orbital rim, the structure and tissue quality on the forehead, and the natural curvature of the brow. A plastic surgeon will notice nuances like one eyebrow drooping lower than the other and the area of that droop, such as the inner or outer edge of the brow. Observing the various details of the face, Dr. Fante creates a personalized surgical plan to rejuvenate the eyes to appear friendlier and naturally vibrant.

Brow lift vs. Botox

The development of injectable solutions has made beauty much more accessible and convenient. However, innovation can also create confusion. Many people obtain Botox injections to restore a bit of height to a sagging brow. However, there may come a point at which injections cannot achieve the desired degree of lift. For more significant problems in the uppermost part of the face, surgery makes sense in terms of both quality and longevity. For more dramatic and longer lasting results, patients tend to opt for a surgical brow lift.

Discover how lifting your brow can refresh your face and your outlook. Call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to schedule your consultation.


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