April 2019

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A Facelift to Meet Your Unique Needs

Facelift surgery has been a common method of restoring a more youthful appearance to the face for many years. Fortunately, techniques that prevent a windblown, overly-tightened appearance have been developed over time and those who undergo facelift surgery today have multiple options for how they refresh their appearance. Here, we want to discuss the differences between a mid-face lift and a full facelift.

Facelift Terms to Know

If you’re doing research on facelift procedures, you may come across three specific terms, “upper facelift,” “midface lift,” and “full facelift.” The term full facelift can be deceiving. It portrays a procedure as one that treats the entire face. This is not accurate. A full facelift actually focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, from the cheeks down. An upper facelift corrects the signs of aging above the eyes, and a midface lift focuses on the cheek area. None of the facelift techniques correct aging on the neck or around the eyes. These areas can be addressed with additional procedures like a neck lift or eyelid rejuvenation surgery, conducted at the same time as the facelift.

The Midface Lift

A midface lift, or cheek lift, is a minimally invasive procedure that may be ideal for the middle-aged adult who has begun to notice hollowing beneath the eyes and flattening of the cheek area. The usual midface lift patient does not have significant sagging at the jaw line and beneath the chin. Because a very localized area is treated in a midface lift, the surgery can be conducted through tiny incisions. These are often made right in front of the ears. Using small instruments, Dr. Fante manipulates the muscle and fatty tissue in the midface to sit across bony structure as it did years before.

The Full Facelift

Full facelift procedures are excellent for those who want a natural result but one that is more pronounced than a midface lift can achieve. Full facelift surgery addresses problems in the underlying structure of the face, the area known as the SMAS. This layer of tissue, the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, is a deeper plane of the face and one that weakens with age. As a result of sagging, overlying tissue droops along the jawline and around the nose and mouth, causing deep creases. By tightening the SMAS, a full facelift also lifts the layer of muscle and fat that sits above this deep plane of tissue, resulting in younger looking but not overly tightened contours.

Discover your best approach to beat the signs of aging. Schedule a facelift consultation in our Denver office to discuss your goals.

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What to Expect From Microneedling Treatment

With so many innovative treatments available these days, it can be difficult to decide which modality would be best for your cosmetic concerns. One of the concepts that our clients are interested in is how to promote youthful skin as they age. Injectables can correct many of the signs of aging, but they don’t alter the way the skin ages. To do this, you might think you have to go under the knife. Perhaps not. In our Denver medical spa, microneedling treatments are administered as a way to positively affect the aging process. Here, we discuss what you can expect if you choose to add microneedling to your beauty regimen.

  1. Expect us to make you comfortable.

The first question that many people have about microneedling is if treatment hurts. Without numbing cream, that is a real possibility. Because we want our patients to get great results and enjoy their treatment while it’s happening, we begin a microneedling session with 30-minutes of numbing. During treatment, some areas of the face may feel more sensation and others may feel very little at all. When we are done passing the Skin Pen over the treatment area, a soothing and hydrating serum may be applied to promote post-treatment comfort.

  1. Your skin may be red for a few hours.

One of the significant benefits of microneedling is that treatment is convenient and does not call for any substantial downtime. Because there is a possibility that the skin will look as red as a bad sunburn, you may want to postpone work or social engagements for a few hours after your treatment. For the most part, you can expect to be back to normal within 3 to 4 hours. The day after microneedling, redness should be completely replaced by a gorgeous glow and you can resume normal activities.

  1. Expect to feel your skincare working.

It may come as a surprise to actually feel your skincare doing its job. The reason this may happen is that the creation of microchannels in the skin enhances the penetration of products applied to treated skin. The sensations that occur from cleansers, moisturizers, and serums is encouraging because it means your skin is gaining full benefits from your skin care practice. Because microneedling cleans the slate, so to speak, it is advantageous to use medical grade skin care products in conjunction with this treatment to achieve compounded results.

Learn more about microneedling or schedule your treatment at (303) 839-1616.


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