Month: September 2019

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Eyelid Rejuvenation Is a Multi-Pronged Process

Eyelid rejuvenation has been a bit of a buzz in recent years. People are realizing that subtle changes around their eyes, such as puffiness, sagging tissue, and drooping eyebrows, make them appear older than they are and, in many cases, much older than they feel. Who wouldn’t want to control issues such as these as well as possible? In search of younger-looking eyes, many people consider blepharoplasty. Just as many turn to dermal fillers to achieve quick and convenient improvement. Here, we want to discuss why we think the two are actually not competitors but cohorts in refreshing the face.

What Blepharoplasty Does

Eyelid surgery, referred to as blepharoplasty, has become very popular in the last several years. The procedure is relatively quick and is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients can expect to be back to work in a week to 10 days. The result of blepharoplasty is younger-looking eyes, true, but we need to get more detailed than that.

Through blepharoplasty, the tissue of the upper or lower eyelids, sometimes both, is smoothed out. This is done through small incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid or just at the lash line of the lower. During the procedure, fatty tissue may be repositioned to spread it more evenly across the contour of the eye. Superficial tissue is also tightened and excised to correct looseness and smooth the eyelid. These are impressive effects, but they may not achieve exactly what every person needs.

Where Dermal Fillers Come In

Interestingly, we often see eyelid puffiness as a major problem of aging. Beneath the surface of the skin and muscle, though, bone tissue is resorbing. This means that the bony sockets around the eyes get wider as we get older. This is a progressive change that can affect the appearance of the eyes in significant ways. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be corrected with dermal fillers. The entire role of dermal fillers is to introduce substances like hyaluronic acid into the dermis to increase volume. Volume means better contours and smoother skin. To address the eyes, dermal fillers can be inserted at the temples as well as along the crease between the lower eyelid and the cheek. In each area, the increase of volume further accentuates the contours and youthfulness of the eyes.

Bring Your Eyes Back to Life

If your eyes look tired, it’s time for a revival. Call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation in which you can explore the value of blepharoplasty and dermal fillers.

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Aging Gracefully Without Surgery

According to Mark Twain, wrinkles were merely beautiful remnants of joyous smiles. As lovely as this sounds, most of us don’t look at our lines and creases so fondly. Over the past several years, there has been a turn toward natural aging. This means aging without surgical lifts, it doesn’t mean doing nothing to support the skin through multiple transitions. In our Denver medspa, a friendly and experienced staff understands the many contributing factors to facial aging. They also know how to combat them with gentle, effective techniques. Here, we discuss some of the elemental factors needed for graceful aging.

Daily Practice

Daily practice in anything makes perfect in most cases. What is made perfect by a daily skincare regimen is consistency. Of course, we cannot say that if you wash and moisturize and protect every day that you will not age. What we can say, though, is that these acts do go a long way in combating the effects of stress and sunlight. In particular, it is UV exposure that needs to be managed daily. It doesn’t matter how many expensive creams you have, if you’re not putting a buffer between you and the sun, your collagen is getting depleted with every outdoor endeavor. Start with broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and build from there. An experienced esthetician can help you build a skincare routine around your unique needs.

Smooth and Contour

Two of the common concerns that we hear from patients are the formation of permanent lines on the face and the droop of tissue in the lower face. Both of these issues relate to volume loss, an inevitable change that can be easily addressed with injectables. To smooth wrinkles, we commonly use Botox or other neuromodulators or dermal fillers. The product selected relates to the type of wrinkle being treated. Neuromodulators temporarily disable the muscle movements that cause frown lines and other dynamic wrinkles. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, increase volume in the dermis to plump skin depressed into lines or scars. Contouring across the mid-face softens over time, as well, allowing the tissue to droop lower on the face. By restoring contours across the cheeks using dermal fillers, it is often possible to also lift mild jowls and drooping corners of the mouth.

Skincare and injectables are not the only way to support aging skin. There are multiple other nonsurgical techniques that can offset sun damage and other degrading factors, including microneedling and laser skin tightening or resurfacing. Explore how our team can help you address facial aging by scheduling your visit to our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.

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