May 2019

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Is a Thread Lift an Alternative to a Mini Facelift?

Thread lift treatment has existed for several years. In the 90s, when early lifts were first introduced, the technique used left something to be desired. Barbs on the permanent filaments held the potential for causing rippling or dimpling in the skin and the risk of infection was also higher than patients found acceptable. Today, thread lifts are making a comeback. Though the risks associated with early thread lifts have been all but eliminated, there is good reason to consider whether or not a thread lift is a viable alternative to a surgical facelift.

Dr. Fante has performed reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for many years. His facelift techniques include full facelift, facelift and neck lift, and an endoscopic mid-facelift. Mid-face lifts are often referred to as a mini-lift procedure. Here, we want to point out the similarities and differences between modern-day thread lifting and the endoscopic mid-facelift so you can determine which may be most suitable for your needs and expectations.

The Thread Lift Explained

Thread lifting is appreciated by adults who are interested in refreshing their face without the downtime of surgery. Treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. A few injections numb the tissue on the midface so biodegradable threads can be inserted. The filaments used today do not stay in place forever, which is actually advantageous compared to original threads. Over the course of several months, they dissolve. Their purpose is to initially “catch” sagging tissue and then to support that tissue by stimulating collagen production. There is little downtime after a thread lift, if any. Results of treatment can last approximately 2 years.

The Endoscopic Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is a technique that resolves issues age the central and lower part of the face. The endoscopic technique is one that was developed and refined by pioneering surgeons, including Dr. Fante, to make the process more efficient and less invasive. An endoscopic lift is conducted through tiny incisions and may be performed with local anesthesia, a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on the extensiveness of the entire treatment plan. During surgery, the fat pads that give the cheeks their height are repositioned to smooth the lower face, reduce nasolabial folds, and lift the corners of the mouth. This repositioning and securing with specific internal suture technique can also restore sharpness to the jawline. There may be up to a week of downtime to allow swelling to resolve after a mid-facelift. Results can last several years.

We are proud to offer treatments that achieve lasting improvement. To learn more about facelift techniques and which may be right for you, schedule a consultation in our Denver office.

Tips for Making the Most of Your CoolSculpting Treatment

CoolSculpting Denver, CO

CoolSculpting treatment has elevated the way we address the issue of unwanted fat. This body contouring treatment is not only nonsurgical but also completely noninvasive. No injections, no anesthesia, no downtime. This is what patients appreciate about freezing stubborn fat cells. As much as there is to appreciate about CoolSculpting, many patients have questions about how long their results may last. With a few strategies, what is achieved with CoolSculpting can be maintained for years.

Tip #1 – Ensure that CoolSculpting is Right for You.

We love what CoolSculpting can do and feel that this technique may be suitable for a wide range of patients. However, it isn’t for everyone. CoolSculpting is ideal for people whose weight is healthy for their body frame and is stable. Ideal candidates are those who are interested in correcting isolated areas of fatty tissue, such as a “pooch” along the lower abdomen or lingering fat on the inner or outer thighs. It is important to recognize that CoolSculpting will not reduce weight but that it can noticeably improve the appearance of the body. Still, for larger areas or more substantial fat reduction, liposuction may be a better option.

Tip #2 – Support Immediate Changes.

The results of CoolSculpting develop gradually as the body eliminates the fat cells that have been affected by cold temperature. This process occurs in the lymphatic system, which can work more efficiently with a little help. After CoolSculpting, we may gently massage the treatment area to begin the fat-elimination process. During the days that follow, patients may continue this massage technique every day or two to continually stimulate fat-reduction. Some people also wear a light compression garment after CoolSculpting. this can encourage healing and the transformation of shape. Finally, water consumption is vital to lymphatic function so we recommend drinking at least 8 glasses a day.

Tip #3 – Develop Habits that Support Long-Term Results.

Many people who undergo CoolSculpting are already committed to healthy eating and exercise habits. Maintaining these habits is key to ensuring that fat cells in the treatment area do not expand in the future. In addition to diet and exercise, some people also choose to undergo additional CoolSculpting treatments to enhance the results achieved from their initial treatment.

We enjoy seeing what CoolSculpting can do for patients of our Denver office. If you’d like to see what this body-contouring treatment can do for you, contact us for a personal consultation.

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Fante Eye & Face Centre and Rederm Medical Spa April 2019 Newsletter

Fante Eye & Face Center | ReDerm We’re Excited to Write You About New Developments in Our Practice Occurring in Early 2019

Dr. Fante was elected to the presidential track of ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).  He is currently Vice-President, and will be President in 2021.  He continues to teach around the world, and will be Visiting Professor at University of Michigan in July. Dr. Fante is entering his sixth year on the board and committees of OMIC (Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company), helping to protect physician and patient interests, and defend insured ophthalmologists and optometrists from medical malpractice claims.   Dr. Fante has served on the Claims, Finance, Underwriting, and Risk Management committees. Dr. Fante has been the Editor-in-Chief for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Knowledge Center since its inception in 2015, and is leading its current expansion.  You can freely access peer-reviewed articles on almost every topic in oculofacial plastic surgery at

In the December 2018 issue of Ophthalmology, Dr. Fante published a report on OMIC’s indemnity experience with oculofacial plastic surgery claims over an 11 year period, noting an interesting difference in the outcomes of cases involving alleged medical error versus those with cosmetic complaints.  This article is available at


ReDerm MD Medical Spa is one of Denver’s premier med spas specializing in state of the art face and body treatments.  ReDerm MD offers a broad array of laser treatments including the newest Sciton lasers that resurface the skin with very little downtime, SkinTyte, and BBL that addresses red or brown pigment. Our caring and compassionate para-medical aestheticians are master certified in CoolSculpting and have been awarded recognition for treating over 1,000 treatments. Other specialties include Pelleve radio frequency, Micro-needling, derma-planing, and microdermabrasion to improve skin texture and vibrancy. We also offer various facials and chemical peels to help maintain youthful appearance. Lastly, we have full body waxing, lash and brow tinting, and extensions.   Our close association with Fante Eye & Face Centre enables patients to obtain immediate help with consultations and pre and post care for surgeries.

ReDerm Team

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