Face Procedures

The Benefits of Facial Gender Affirmation Surgery

facial gender affirmation surgery Facial gender affirmation surgery includes both facial feminization (FFS) and facial masculinization (FMS) procedures. Generally speaking, FFS surgery is performed on transwomen who want to have a more traditionally feminine look, whereas FMS surgery is done on transmen who want to have more traditionally masculine characteristics. Anyone, including a nonbinary person as well as a ciswoman or cisman, may opt for this procedure if they want to make their face appear more typically feminine or masculine.

Explore what facial gender affirmation surgery includes below, as well as the benefits that can be expected.

Procedures in Facial Gender Affirmation Surgery

Some of the most common procedures in facial gender affirmation include:

  • Rhinoplasty (nose job)
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Brow bone reduction surgery
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Fat grafting from the hips or belly to the face
  • Lip lift
  • Chin or jawline augmentation or reduction
  • Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery)
  • Hairline surgery
  • Chondrolaryngoplasty (tracheal shave)

Benefits of Gender Affirmation Surgery

Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that gender affirmation surgery had several positive outcomes. Better mental health, fewer suicidal thoughts, and lower smoking rates are just a few. The data for this research came from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, which was completed by over 27,000 transgender and gender-variant people, and was published online by JAMA Surgery on April 28, 2021.

The purpose of the study was to determine whether individuals who received gender-affirming surgery fared better psychologically than those who did not. Since there is a lack of data on the outcomes of gender-affirming surgery in the United States, researchers were motivated to examine this phenomenon.

The study compared individuals who had received at least one kind of gender-affirming surgery over the preceding two years with those who expressed interest in but had not yet committed to surgery. Patients who had surgery showed statistically significant reductions in psychological distress (42%), cigarette smoking (35%) in the prior year, and suicidal ideation (44%). According to the study’s authors, the results lend weight to arguments in favor of gender-affirming surgery.

Schedule a Consultation for Facial Gender Affirmation Surgery in Denver, CO

Fante Eye & Face Centre specializes in cosmetic surgery and other forms of specialized medical and surgical care for patients with specific requirements, including but not limited to those in need of facial gender affirmation surgery in Denver, CO. To learn more about facial gender affirmation surgery and to find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation today by calling (303) 839-1616.

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Is a Thread Lift an Alternative to a Mini Facelift?

Thread lift treatment has existed for several years. In the 90s, when early lifts were first introduced, the technique used left something to be desired. Barbs on the permanent filaments held the potential for causing rippling or dimpling in the skin and the risk of infection was also higher than patients found acceptable. Today, thread lifts are making a comeback. Though the risks associated with early thread lifts have been all but eliminated, there is good reason to consider whether or not a thread lift is a viable alternative to a surgical facelift.

Dr. Fante has performed reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for many years. His facelift techniques include full facelift, facelift and neck lift, and an endoscopic mid-facelift. Mid-face lifts are often referred to as a mini-lift procedure. Here, we want to point out the similarities and differences between modern-day thread lifting and the endoscopic mid-facelift so you can determine which may be most suitable for your needs and expectations.

The Thread Lift Explained

Thread lifting is appreciated by adults who are interested in refreshing their face without the downtime of surgery. Treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. A few injections numb the tissue on the midface so biodegradable threads can be inserted. The filaments used today do not stay in place forever, which is actually advantageous compared to original threads. Over the course of several months, they dissolve. Their purpose is to initially “catch” sagging tissue and then to support that tissue by stimulating collagen production. There is little downtime after a thread lift, if any. Results of treatment can last approximately 2 years.

The Endoscopic Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is a technique that resolves issues age the central and lower part of the face. The endoscopic technique is one that was developed and refined by pioneering surgeons, including Dr. Fante, to make the process more efficient and less invasive. An endoscopic lift is conducted through tiny incisions and may be performed with local anesthesia, a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on the extensiveness of the entire treatment plan. During surgery, the fat pads that give the cheeks their height are repositioned to smooth the lower face, reduce nasolabial folds, and lift the corners of the mouth. This repositioning and securing with specific internal suture technique can also restore sharpness to the jawline. There may be up to a week of downtime to allow swelling to resolve after a mid-facelift. Results can last several years.

We are proud to offer treatments that achieve lasting improvement. To learn more about facelift techniques and which may be right for you, schedule a consultation in our Denver office.

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It’s Shaping Up to be a Beautiful Year

Beauty is on the minds of millions of people at the moment. Every new year that we reach brings us into close contact with our intentions. We ask ourselves who we are, who we want to be, how we want to look and, ultimately, how we want to feel as we go through our day to day life. Beauty is very often a central point from which our sense of self emerges. If you’d like this year to shape up the way you envision, get the help you need in our Denver eye and face center. While we specialize in facial rejuvenation, our team also has training and experience in body contouring treatments.

Your Most Beautiful Face

The appearance of the face has a profound effect on overall confidence and satisfaction. Don’t let another week or month, let alone another year, go by without addressing your cosmetic concerns. As an esteemed oculoplastic and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Fante has performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. So whether your concerns relate to facial aging, a traumatic injury, or genetics, science, surgical skill, and artistry can combine to improve your appearance.

Bringing out the beauty of the face doesn’t have to mean surgery. Our staff is highly competent in the use of injectables to reduce the signs of wrinkles and facial deflation. Lasers are also a popular modality for resurfacing the epidermis for a radiant glow and affecting cellular behavior so the skin ages more slowly. Our experience with devices such as Halo, BBL, and SkinTyte is beneficial for patients who are ready for renewal from the inside out.

Your Most Beautiful Body

We may be an eye and face center, but we know how to harness the power of modern technology to help our patients also achieve their best body. Clinical research and our own experience with CoolSculpting have demonstrated the immense power of cold temperature to reduce fatty deposits in areas like the abdomen, thighs, arms, and chin. CoolSculpting needs no downtime and achieves outstanding contouring over a series of treatments. For those whose concern is related to tissue laxity rather than fat, SkinTyte may be ideal. In addition to rejuvenating the face, SkinTyte infrared light treatment improves tissue firmness on the tummy, the arms, and other areas. Minimal swelling may occur but most patients do not need downtime to recover.

The team at Fante Eye & Face Center can help you feel like your best self this year. Contact (303) 839-1616 to schedule your visit.

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Ready to Freshen Up your Face? Take a Look at These Options!

Facial rejuvenation is not a new thing. Techniques and strategies to keep the eyes, the mouth and the cheeks have existed for centuries. It’s not that the desire to maintain youthfulness has become stronger as time has passed; we just happen to hear about this desire more thanks to the vast reach of modern-day media. Furthermore, there is more talk about the desire to stay young today because we have options that can help us do that. Here, we want to point out a few ways we help patients of our Denver office refresh in the way best suited to them.

Facelift Surgery

We’re going to hop right into the idea of facelift surgery because it is an excellent option. There used to be an interesting perception about the surgical facelift, one that was also inaccurate. Facelift surgery isn’t nearly as dramatic as some belief. This procedure is not for men and women with severe signs of aging. In fact, the most common age group for full or mid-face lift procedures is the 40-65 category. A surgical facelift is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic as well as either IV sedation or general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Fante pays close attention to the 3-dimensional nature of the face to restore youthfulness that looks natural and symmetric.

Eyelid Rejuvenation

Many people turn to blepharoplasty to restore a younger look, and they find that the results of this minor procedure refresh the whole face. This is because the heaviness of the eyelids is directly related to the appearance of fatigue, anger, sadness, and age. By removing skin and superficial fat from the upper or lower eyelids, the face brightens to appear younger and friendlier.

About the Brows

The appearance of the eyes is also related to the position of the brows along the upper bony ridge above the eyes. Recently, Botox has taken over as a popular method of lifting the brow line. However, if long-term results are desired, or forehead laxity is more severe, a surgical brow lift may be more appropriate.

We have numerous ways to help you freshen up this Spring. To learn more about your options for surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation, call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.

Do you know what to do after a Facelift?

Facelift Denver, CO If you are planning to undergo a facelift at Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver, you are in great hands. We discuss the particulars well in advance of procedures and do our best to make sure you have no unanswered questions. Patients receive detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to set them on their path to a rejuvenated face. But what happens after all that? What can you do to maintain your rejuvenated appearance? Let’s take a look at what you can do after your facelift to promote beautiful skin for life.

  1. Get sun savvy. Denver is an area of the country that invites us outdoors. There are numerous activities to enjoy all through the year. When youtake advantage of the great outdoors, do so beneath the right blanket of protection. Sunscreen with SPF 30 is recommended, and it needs to offer broad-spectrum coverage to be efficient. Sunscreen should be applied half an hour before heading outside, and must be reapplied every two to three hours to prevent sun damage.
  2. Get skin savvy. After your facelift, your skin will continue to age. Give it the nourishment that it needs by consulting with an esthetician about products appropriate for your skin type and age.
  3. Get Zen. Research continues to show us just how devastating stress can be to health and wellness. It is now known that telomeres in DNA shorten when exposed to ongoing stress. The result of this shortening translates to the cells in the body, including the skin. The shorter their lifespan, the quicker tissue deteriorates.
  4. Get help. No one’s skin stays gorgeous forever – at least not with a little behind-the-scenes magic. It might just be possible to have one facelift and not need another if you follow up your initial procedure with skin-boosting treatments. The more regular you are with touch-up treatments, such as chemical peels, microneedling, laser treatments, and even injectables like Botox, the longer your results from facelift surgery will last.

Facelift surgery is popular among men and women aged 40 on up. Refinement in technique has improved patient outcomes from facelift surgery. No overly-tight skin or sky-high eyebrows, just a fresher, more vibrant you.  Is now your time for a facelift? Find out! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule your consultation.

Looking to Refresh your Face?

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Many men and women, at some point, start to wonder about facial rejuvenation. A lot of changes take place over the years, and these can affect how we feel about our overall appearance. It used to be that consumers perceived facelift surgery as a way to reduce the appearance of age by tightening the skin over the bony structure as much as possible. The result of the few high-profile individuals who followed through with such an unnatural idea was a loss of authenticity. Unfortunately, the facelift developed a bad reputation.

Facial aging is a huge concern for a large majority of patients we speak to. As much as we can accomplish with non-surgical methods, there are some very good reasons not to rule out a surgical facelift. Namely, the ability to correct some concerns in one fell swoop – without losing your natural beauty and the integrity of your face. Let’s take one area at a time . . .

The Jowls

Jowls. We love to hate them. When we’re young, we don’t even know what they are. Once we do, we think they will happen to “someone else,” at least until they show up in the mirror. Sagging jowls are the product of accumulated fat and sagging muscles, that’s it. Such a simple change, and for such as simple reason. The jowls sag due to relentless pull of time and gravity that loosen the supporting ligaments, muscles, and connective tissue. This volume settles in the lower region of the face because the higher-up structures, muscles, and skin, no longer support their weight. It is perhaps the reduction of jowls and the improvement of the jawline that are among the greatest advantage to the surgical facelift.


The problem of volume loss has taken center stage in recent years, as the use of dermal fillers has become more widespread. Across the mid-face, volume is needed to maintain proportions that reflect youthfulness. But the biochemical changes that weaken muscles, connective tissue, and the skin allow substantial loss of volume to occur on an accelerating basis as we age – some of this is a shift downward from gravity, and some is true loss of fullness. A properly performed surgical facelift can adjust the positioning of underlying structures in the cheeks so the volume that remains can be better supported in a more youthful position. Not everyone needs restoration of lost volume, but for those who do,  our facelift procedures by Dr. Fante also usually involve transfer of your own fat into the mid-face area to restore contours to the cheeks.


Since everyone ages differently, there are those who are very concerned with laxity in the neck as well as the changes discussed above in cheeks and jowls.  Rejuvenation of the neck is often accomplished at the same time, and is then called a face and neck lift.  A face and neck lift can tighten the loose skin and muscles in the neck to restore cleaner lines and make the neck beautiful again.  Sometimes, some fat is removed and sometimes the main problem is sagging neck muscles that need repair.    We can improve both with face and neck lift, and we would be delighted to show you how in a personal and private consultation.

Don’t be too quick to rule out the value of a surgical facelift or face and neck lift. Call our Denver cosmetic surgery office at (303) 839-1616 to learn more.

For Holiday Cheer, Let your Inner Beauty Shine Through

microneedling denver co | Fante Eye and Face Centre We all like to feel attractive. Feeling so is integral to a healthy sense of self, and we see this demonstrated in the way that most people feel when they notice the signs of aging taking over their face. As we head full-steam ahead into the merriest season of the year, it becomes even more important to address aesthetic concerns. Fortunately, there’s still time! At the ReDerm medical spa at Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver, patients can obtain the very treatment they need to feel their best throughout the holiday season.

A Little Boost
Sometimes, all it takes to feel better about the way you look is to reveal your naturally glowing skin. The skin’s vibrancy often gets hidden beneath dead and damaged skin cells that hang around the surface. These cells not only cause dullness, but they also stand between the skin and your expensive skin care products. A few options for uncovering your inner glow include:

  • Micropen treatment. Microneedling has become one of the processes through which younger patients are getting a head start on pampering their skin. Immediately after redness dissipates (within 24 hours), patients notice a brighter, healthier complexion. Because tiny injuries are made on the surface, treatment also brings a flood of collagen into the area. Over time, the rebuilt collagen strands better support the skin, and scars gradually disappear.
  • Botox. There aren’t many people who don’t know what Botox can do. If you are concerned about looking tired or angry in your holiday pictures because of those sagging brows or frown lines, you still have ample time to resolve these issues with a comfortable office treatment.
  • Fillers. It is common knowledge that fillers can plump the lips and smooth lines and wrinkles. However, some people still don’t know that a short office visit with an experienced injector can erase their under eye bags and get them ready for any holiday party. We also use fillers like Juvéderm® to round out the cheeks, which often has an advantageous effect on the sagging jowls.

Fante Eye & Face Center wishes all of our patients a beautiful holiday season. To schedule your holiday treatment with us, call (303) 839-1616.

Chin up, Dear! Get Help for Sagging Neck Skin

neck lift denver co | Fante Eye and Face Centre Aging is something that, historically, could not be stopped. Today, this statement is questionable. Of course, the body is going to age without ceasing. However, the appearance of aging – signs like drooping brows and laugh lines – are something we can pick and choose. If you’re not sure about this, just flip on an episode of any Real Housewives franchise and you’ll see what we mean.
As much as we focus on smoothing lines and creases on the face, we may easily overlook an area that has long been a dead giveaway of age: the neck.

The Low Down on Lax Neck Skin
At some point, most people catch a glimpse of their neck in the mirror. They may be surprised by what they see. When did that turkey gobble start to wobble? How did the skin become so thin and crepey? These are all common questions that many women (and men, too) ask themselves as they notice signs of aging. Because the neck holds on so nicely for so long, these concerns can seem as though they develop overnight. Here’s why . . .

Neck skin is not as resilient as we may assume. It’s actually about as thin as the skin on your upper and lower eyelids. You know, the skin that you have been encouraged not to tug and pull by rubbing your eyes? What’s below your face is that fragile, too. That means that, when collagen and elastin start to degrade, this skin very quickly loses its support network. Another form of support, the platysma muscle, also frays over time, causing it to droop from its usual horizontal position. All this loss of support from muscle and connective tissues leads to one of the most noticeable signs of aging: a double chin.

Lift your Head High with Treatment for Aging Neck Skin
Not all aging necks require neck lift surgery, though we do offer that service in appropriate cases. Many patients get a head start with anti-aging treatments for their neck. Some popular options include Botox, to smooth the platysmal band, fillers to restore fullness where needed, and laser resurfacing to induce collagen remodeling.

Get the information you need to restore a youthful neck and face in our Denver office. Call (303) 839-1616.

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Forget your Foot, put your Best Face Forward!

facial plastic surgery in denver co | Fante Eye and Face Centre You may have been taught that judging a book by its cover is a bad thing; that we cannot possibly learn anything of value about a person without “digging deeper” and getting to know them. On some level, this is true. However, it kind of goes against our human nature; the hardwired skill that we all have and use on a daily basis: face-reading.

Humans have been reading faces for thousands of years, and they have done it well. It’s like your gut instinct; you just so happen to trust it. Well, face-reading is similar. Long ago, assessing one’s character needed to happen without haste. Wait too long to get to know a person’s intent, and he just may be having you for dinner. Clearly, modern society is not nearly as barbaric. However, the shape of a person’s face, and features such as their eyes, nose, lips, and chin, all give us subconscious clues about who they may be.

  • The round, full “baby face” portrays innocence; a caring nature.
  • A square shape gives the perception of ambition, and also the trait of dominance.
  • A long face is associated with deliberate, methodical living, and also of a tendency toward working too much.
  • Triangular faces indicate energy and an active personality.
    Does this have any Merit Whatsoever?

Ok, so our ancient ancestors judged each other by looking at face, teeth, hair, and other physical attributes. What relevance does that have today?

  • Brandies University research found that a round face might just get you out of a sticky situation. In small claims cases, defendants with a “baby face” were not often thought guilty of an intentional crime. They were, however, found guilty more often of accidental harm, such as running over the neighbors mailbox because their foot hit the gas rather than the break. Why? Because a round face portrays innocence!
  • Another study on aesthetic beauty discovered that employers are more apt to extend an invitation for employment to a good-looking applicant, even if a less attractive prospect was more qualified.

What this Means for You

One thing is perfectly clear. The way that you feel about your own facial aesthetic will affect your level of confidence. Research also suggests that face shape and facial features will be associated with certain character traits by those who interact with. The good news is you can perfect everything from the plumpness of your lips to the shape of your nose and more, often without surgery.

Learn more about the services offered at Fante Eye & Face Centre in Denver. Call (303) 839-1616.


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