Month: May 2021

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FaceTite and AccuTite: Here’s What You Need to Know

As technology has advanced, we have been treated to a number of more effective, versatile procedures for the correction of various signs of aging. FaceTite and AccuTite are prime examples. This treatment platform is quickly gaining popularity, which can lead to confusion. Are Facetite and AccuTite the same procedure? If so, why the two names? Here we discuss what you should know about this powerfully rejuvenating technology. 

Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis

FaceTite and AccuTite both work using Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis, RFAL for short. This sophisticated use of radiofrequency energy tightens the skin and can reduce and contour fat at the same time. Treatment is considered nonsurgical because it does not require general anesthesia or incisions. The provider does not physically reposition fat and muscle. Treatment simply delivers energy in a way that sculpts and restores a more youthful appearance. It works by heating the dermis, where collagen and elastin are made. With an influx of these chemicals, tissue repairs and remodels itself. 

So They are the Same?

Sort of. FaceTite and AccuTite are named differently because they do harbor unique properties. FaceTite is generally used on larger areas, like the jawline and neck areas, where skin gets loose and saggy. AccuTite, on the other hand, is often performed on more finite problems such as a double chin or nasolabial folds. This technique can also lift a sagging brow line. 

How to Choose

An experienced provider can help you determine which procedure is most appropriate for you. Sometimes, a patient will have both because they want to achieve more significant rejuvenation or would like to treat an area of the body as well as the face. A comprehensive consultation helps us understand what you wish to achieve and how we can help you do it. 

FaceTite and AccuTite procedures take one to two hours, depending on the size and number of treatment areas. Patients receive appropriate anesthesia and/or sedation before we begin. Topical anesthetic can take about half an hour to set in. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be injected into the skin. Post-treatment discomfort is minimal. Patients may feel tender and warm due to the heating of subcutaneous tissue. This is typically tolerable for the short time it lasts. 

Are you interested in nonsurgical skin tightening that can provide years of rejuvenation? Call our Denver office at  (303) 839-1616  to schedule your consultation.

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What You Can Realistically Expect from a Facelift

Some signs of aging are more easily accepted than others. When structural changes in the face start to get more of your attention than the beauty that is there, too, it may be time to consider the benefits of a facelift. This common plastic surgery procedure restores a more youthful appearance. Not just a little, but in a profound way. Not excessively, but conservatively to reveal the beauty that has always been there. At our Denver practice, facial plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Fante prioritize patient’s desired outcomes. At the same time, they encourage realistic expectations. Here, we discuss what this procedure can and cannot do.

What a Facelift Can’t Do

We’ve all seen the celebrities who look thirty or more years younger than their known age. However, when we look closely at the nuances of their facial structure, these celebs simply look like they’ve had good plastic surgery. It is unrealistic to expect a facelift to make you look half your age. Even if you have your procedure in your forties, we wouldn’t anticipate you looking like your twenty-year-old self again. The purpose of the facelift procedure is to refresh the face in a way that looks natural. Lines and creases are softened. Some may be eliminated altogether. Still, expect to look about 10 years younger, not 20 or 30. 

Facelift surgery focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face. This procedure, then, does not make the eyes look younger. If your eyelids have become heavy, hooded, puffy, or droopy with age, they will not look better after a facelift. If you’ve got a furrowed or descended brow or forehead wrinkles, a facelift will not make them look better. These concerns are addressed with specific eyelid or forehead surgery; procedures that can be combined with a facelift for more dramatic results. 

What a Facelift Can Do

Dr. Fante tailor facelift surgery to each patient. Generally, this procedure is designed to rejuvenate the face by:

  • Tightening facial muscles. During a facelift, the surgeon focuses on the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This deep layer of tissue weakens and sags with age. Rearranging it reduces tension on the skin and supports long-lasting rejuvenation. 
  • Addressing loose skin. Once the SMAS layer of tissue is repositioned higher and tighter on the facial skeletal structure, the skin can be gently lifted, tightened, and trimmed. Great care is taken in this step to avoid an overly-tight, windblown appearance. 
  • Improving facial contours. Part of the problem with facial aging is that the mid-face flattens out. As this happens, the lower face seems to widen and sag with jowls. The facelift restores fullness to the mid-face, removing it from the jawline. In cases of excessive fleshiness, liposuction may be performed on the upper neck and chin. 

Facelift surgery is still popular today even with the various nonsurgical modalities that have been developed. To learn more about why, schedule a consultation at our Denver office. 

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