March 2021

How to Manage the Risks of Surgery

Many people would like to have plastic surgery to enhance something about their appearance. However, concerns about surgical risks can stop them in their tracks. We don’t want that to happen to you. Our team prioritizes patient safety, understanding that cosmetic procedures are still surgery and therefore carry risks. We have devoted many hours to developing precise surgical techniques and protocols that can help decrease surgical risks. The work of managing the risks of surgery begins well before anyone steps foot in the operating room. Some of that work is done by you as the patient.

Managing the Risk of Bleeding

Regardless of how exciting it is to imagine the outcome of a successful plastic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or brow lift, no one likes being on the operating table. Our surgical team knows that surgery of any kind can be physically and emotionally stressful regardless of the outcome. That’s why we do everything we can to create a smooth process from consultation to recovery. Being one of the prominent surgical risks, bleeding is something a surgeon begins to manage before making any incisions. Before surgery, patients may be advised to avoid certain supplements and medications. Examples include:

  • Aspirin and NSAIDs like Advil & Tylenol
  • Vitamins E, C, K & B
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Ginseng
  • Herbal supplements
  • Fish oils

Certain foods can affect surgical risks as well as optimal healing. Patients may also be advised to avoid caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.

Safety First

Some prescription medications may contribute to increased surgical risks or poor surgical outcomes. It is important to discuss all medications and supplements with your surgeon during your consultation so there is ample time to stop or switch medications if necessary. The goal of pre-surgical recommendations is to achieve an optimally-healthy state for surgery and the weeks that follow. Our doctors have been in practice for several years and have realized that what happens before surgery can significantly impact recovery. Following the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by your doctor, you know what to expect and what choices will help you reduce the risks of your plastic surgery procedure.

For more information about our surgical and non-surgical facial procedures, call (303) 839-1616 and schedule a consultation at our Denver office.

Dr. Fante on Recurrent Eyelid Retraction

Lower eyelid retraction can occur due to a variety of causes including thyroid eye disease, facial nerve palsy, and secondary to surgery, trauma, or other cicatrizing conditions. Surgical repair of lower eyelid retraction can be challenging, particularly in recurrent cases. Dr. Fante co-authored an article supporting the use of spacers in these instances, minimizing the risk of the edges scarring back together. Read more here.

Procedures We Expect to Be Popular in 2021

Plastic surgery and nonsurgical procedures have been popular for many years. The novel coronavirus didn’t change that, as much as we thought it might. Instead of seeing a decline in interest, those offering aesthetic services experienced a marked increase in scheduled appointments once offices reopened after their brief hiatus. While facial plastic surgery is expected to thrive again throughout this year, the trends may look a little different than in years past. Here, we discuss why, and which procedures are on our radar.

There may be a couple of reasons for a change in cosmetic trends in 2021. A pivotal change that occurred in 2020 was the shift to online meetings. Working from home brought millions of people face-to-face with themselves, often for many hours a day. This experienced allowed people to observe what they would like to improve about their facial appearance. Another driving force in the increased interest in aesthetic treatments was the fact that it became easier to “take time off” for recovery from various procedures thanks to more flexible work hours.

If you’ve been thinking about enhancing an aspect of your appearance, you may be interested to know which facial treatments we expect to trend throughout 2021.

BOTOX® Cosmetic/Xeomin/Dysport/Jeuveau

Wrinkle reducers continue to draw patients to doctors’ offices and med spas. These neuromodulators don’t just smooth the dynamic wrinkles that are caused by facial movements, they can also reduce the downward pull on the corners of the mouth and lift the eyebrows. If you’ve noticed concerns like worry lines, crow’s feet or a heavy brow, one of our popular neuromodulators may be ideal for you. Results of Botox and other wrinkle-reducers last three to six months.

Lip Augmentation

Men and women of all ages have expressed an interest in the shape of their lips. We’ve come a long way since the days of the Kylie duck-lip era. Today, lip augmentation is customized to each individual to bring out the ideal amount of fullness that compliments their unique facial structure.

Eyelid Rejuvenation

Blepharoplasty was already a popular procedure, but it’s gotten a boost of interest with the face time adults have been getting for the past year. In addition to being in front of a screen more often, adults are also focusing more on the eyes because that is the area that is most visible these days. Until we are no longer wearing masks when we go out, the eyes are our main representation of mood and personality. Blepharoplasty brings more life back into the eyes so your appearance can accurately depict who you are.

Trending surgical and nonsurgical treatments can be a launch point from which you achieve your beauty goals. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.


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