Month: February 2021

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Get a Sculpted Jawline with ALLURA Facial Contouring

Worsening lines and wrinkles are not the only consequence of facial aging. For many people, it is the softening and sagging of the jawline and neck that pose the greatest concern. Historically, the only way to correct these changes was to have surgery. While Dr. Fante is trained to perform surgical facial contouring such as chin liposuction and neck lift surgery, they know that many patients prefer more conservative techniques. We are pleased to now offer ALLURA as one of those modalities.

What is ALLURA Facial Contouring?

The doctor begins the ALLURA procedure by infiltrating the area along the jawline and beneath the chin with a mile lidocaine solution. They then make one or more tiny incisions through which a laser applicator tip can be inserted. As the tip is moved through the fatty tissue, the laser heats the dermis to the desired temperature at which fat cells turn to liquid. A tiny cannula, or hollow tube, gently suctions the melted fat away, resulting in smooth, consistent results. A compression garment may be applied after the procedure to minimize swelling.

Is the ALLURA™ Facial Procedure Painful?

ALLURA is a form of laser-assisted liposuction performed through small incisions. Patients can expect a comfortable process. The local anesthetic that is administered before the procedure numbs the area for the duration of treatment. Patients may sense slight pressure from the movement of the cannula but should remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

Recovering from ALLURA Facial Contouring

Chin contouring with laser-assisted liposuction is minimally-invasive and requires minimal downtime. Patients may notice slight drainage from their incisions throughout the first day of recovery. This side effect should resolve within 24 hours. Bruising may also occur but should be hidden beneath the compression garment. For a week or two, patients may feel slightly sore or numb as the tissue continues to heal. The minor side effects that occur after ALLURA should not inhibit normal activities. As soon as the day after treatment, still wearing compression, patients may resume light activities. On Day 2 or 3, the compression garment can be worn at night only. If comfortable, patients may return to work at that time.   

The lower face affects the whole. If jowls and submental fullness are degrading your confidence, contact our Denver office for your ALLURE consultation. Call (303) 839-1616 today. 

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Are You Curious about Kybella?

The face, like the rest of the body, changes over time. From childhood to adulthood and throughout our adult years, we witness aesthetic transformation triggered by structural remodeling. At first, it is the maturing of bones and connective tissues. Then, it is the gradual breakdown of these aspects of the body. We know these changes will happen and still may not be ready for them. Some cosmetic concerns that are typically associated with age can surprise a person by appearing far earlier than expected. A double chin is one of them.

A double chin is technically called submental fullness. This problem may relate to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which causes the skin to loosen. It may relate to weight in some instances. Regardless of the cause of submental fullness, this problem can be resolved easily. Kybella is a popular option for doing so. Here, we discuss why.

  • Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment for submental fullness.

Regardless of how badly a person wants to correct a cosmetic concern, they want to know treatment is safe and effective. When it comes to injectables, it is FDA-approval that indicates a standard of success based on thorough clinical testing. Kybella was approved by the FDA in 2015. Before that time, its ingredient deoxycholic acid was a popular treatment in several other countries.

  • Kybella is derived from natural ingredients.

Deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella, is a naturally-occurring chemical. It is an essential aspect of digestion as it is involved in breaking down dietary fat. Understanding the characteristics of deoxycholic acid, researchers sought to find out what the chemical could do if injected into an isolated pocket of fat, such as the double chin. Having performed successfully, deoxycholic acid became a common cosmetic treatment for this concern.

  • Kybella destroys fat cells.

There are two ways to sculpt the body. One is to lose weight with diet and exercise. The other is to undergo treatment like liposuction or Kybella. Natural weight loss works by shrinking fat cells across the entire body, including the face. The thing is, natural weight loss doesn’t always target specific problem areas. Fat cells are also still there, only smaller. After Kybella injections, the body systematically eliminates the damaged fat cells forever.

Sculpt your chin with Kybella. Contact our Denver office at (303) 839-1616 to see how.

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