July 2019

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Tackling a Big Sign of Aging

We often talk about the signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, creases around the nose and mouth, and a droopy brow line. Over the years, numerous techniques have been developed to correct these complaints. Though they can be effective, many of the common treatments patients seek only address the end-result of aging, not the source.

As we age, most of the skin on the body loosens. It becomes a little less resilient and radiant, too. The reason this happens is that the body slacks off on its collagen-producing activity quite early during adulthood. Without sufficient collagen, tissues all throughout the body have a harder time sustaining strength and structure. By age 40, many people see this in the form of sagging jowls, flat cheeks, and, yes, lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. In our Denver office, we offer several ways to reduce the signs of aging. Additionally, we conduct treatments that are intended to draw more collagen to the skin. SkinTyte™ is one such treatment.

What is SkinTyte?

SkinTyte is a laser device developed by Sciton®, a leading manufacturer of laser devices. This particular laser platform utilizes both broadband light (BBL) and infrared energy to affect change at a cellular level. Energy is delivered in a sequence of gentle, rapid pulses as a small handpiece passes over the skin. The infrared and broadband light penetrate the uppermost layers of tissue to reach the dermis, where fibroblast cells that produce collagen have largely gone dormant.

In the dermis, these forms of light transfer to heat. The thermal energy causes immediate constriction in collagen strands in the upper, middle, and deep dermis. Coagulation in soft tissue within these upper layers of the skin also occurs, enhancing the collagen remodeling that will occur over several months after treatment.

Benefits of SkinTyte

Aside from addressing the core problem of aging, collagen loss, SkinTyte treatment offers benefits that are unmatched by many other skin-tightening treatments. Some of the improvements that patients see after just one treatment include:

  • Softening of lines on the forehead, face, and neck.
  • Additional volume in the mid-face area.
  • Increased definition in the cheeks and jawline.
  • Reduction in cellulite after body treatment.
  • Reduction in stretch marks.

Historically, it has taken a combination of treatments to achieve this variety of improvements. SkinTyte is designed to achieve this in a single appointment.

Rejuvenate your appearance by targeting the source of aging. Contact our Denver office today to schedule your SkinTyte consultation.

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Graves Disease Affects the Whole Face

Graves disease is a condition that is known to affect the appearance of the eyes. What many people miss is the fact that this condition has a more widespread impact on facial anatomy than may be expected. Patients are not expected to know the extent to which Graves disease may change their face. In fact, many doctors miss this. Not Dr. Fante. In his years of treating this condition, he has become acutely aware of its nuances. Here, we discuss how the brows, cheeks, and the lower face all morph in response to Graves disease.

The Brows

Some patients with Graves disease develop an accumulation of fat beneath the brow area. This can make the brows appear very full, almost as if they protrude somewhat. It is quite a challenge to remove fat from this part of the face. However, a bulky brow can be sculpted using dermal filler. The precise use of a volumizing filler can disguise brow fullness and restore more symmetry to the face.

The Undereye Area

The area under the eyes is one of the most prominently affected by Graves disease. Here, fatty tissue seems to protrude forward. The problem stems from the body’s immune system attacking the muscles and tissue in the orbital socket. Initially, it may be possible to disguise the appearance of undereye bulging using dermal fillers. However, this problem may ultimately require orbital decompression surgery to create more space in front of the eye. Both injectable treatment and surgical treatment performed for Graves disease or thyroid eye disease should be conducted by a specialist with specific experience with and understanding of this condition.

The Lower Face

Research has yet to discover exactly why the lower face changes somewhat in patients with Graves disease. It has been speculated that the problem results from the same fat-attacking that occurs in other areas such as around the eyes. Primarily, it is the lower cheek area that seems to gain fullness and width. While some patients undergo buccal fat pad removal to address this issue, some degree of improvement may be achieved by refining the contours of the cheeks using dermal fillers.

Schedule Your Consultation

Many patients with Graves disease wonder why their face is changing. With this first step of recognition comes the next step of getting help. Ultimately, Dr. Fante’s objective is to help patients feel like themselves again. As much as possible, this includes nonsurgical techniques. If you have experienced the facial changes common to Graves disease, contact our Denver office to explore ways you can feel like yourself again.


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