Restylane® Westport, CT

Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Why You Have them and What to Do about Them

Restylane® Westport, CTDark circles under the eyes can make a person appear tired and generally unhealthy. Because of this, many adults seek treatment for this cosmetic concern. Here, we discuss why dark circles develop and how this problem can be addressed in under an hour.

Why You Have Dark Circles

In most areas of the body, the skin is approximately 2 millimeters thick. Around the eyes, the average thickness of the skin is a mere .5 millimeters. The thin nature of skin around the eyes is the primary reason why dark circles and other concerns happen more readily than on other parts of the face and body. When skin is thinner, tiny blood vessels beneath the skin can be seen more easily. However, they don’t appear as noticeable veins like spider veins, they appear as diffuse discoloration.

We often assume that we have dark circle because we aren’t getting enough sleep or because we may be deficient in certain nutrients. Not so. According to studies, genetic makeup is a significant factor in dark circles beneath the eyes. Nasal congestion is another. Finally, we tend to see more darkness beneath the eyes as we age because fatty tissue in this area decreases or shifts, causing a shadow effect.

Regardless of the cause, dark circles are not a problem you have to live with.

What to Do about Dark Undereye Circles

In our Westport, CT office, we specialize in helping men and women address conditions that affect the appearance of their eyes. For dark circles, the solution may be as simple as a few injections of Restylane.

Restylane® is a well-known dermal filler line that is made using hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an organic sugar compound that the body uses to lubricate joints, eyes, and to moisturize skin. This sugar works by absorbing water molecules to create a cushion effect. When injected beneath the skin, hyaluronic acid becomes a type of sponge that expands by attracting and holding water.

The use of dermal fillers to fill in sunken areas beneath the eyes has become a common non-surgical approach to correct dark circles. The amount of product needed is ultimately determined by each person’s facial anatomy. Mild to moderate dark circles may improve with approximately 1 ml, or one syringe, of Restylane for each eye.

Look more like the Real You by banishing dark circles. Call our Westport office at (203) 557-6464 to schedule your undereye treatment.

Eye Lift Westport, CT

Blepharoplasty Questions Worth Asking

Eye Lift Westport, CTAs interest in eyelid rejuvenation has increased, it has become easier for patients seeking cosmetic improvement to obtain the procedure they believe will turn back the clock. As beneficial as blepharoplasty can be, the procedure itself is only one aspect of achieving desirable results. We wholeheartedly believe that an informed patient is the best patient. The more you know about blepharoplasty and who will be conducting your procedure, the better your chances are of loving the outcome of your surgery.

Here, we discuss four questions worth asking your plastic surgeon.

  1. Do I need an upper blepharoplasty only or a combination of upper and lower? There are a few ways that one might approach their journey to a rejuvenated face. One is to correct only the most concerning problems. For some people, the upper eyelids show the signs of aging first. Sagging, heavy skin can be corrected with the upper blepharoplasty procedure. However, there is merit to also having your surgeon evaluate the tissue on the lower lids and discuss how the results of upper eyelid rejuvenation may harmonize with the lower eyelids. Dr. Levin is a conservative oculoplastic surgeon who performs blepharoplasty only as needed to achieve the improvements a patient requests.
  2. Does an upper blepharoplasty need to be combined with a forehead lift? The eyelids and the eyebrows play off of one another. With age, it is natural for the eyebrows to descend and droop. As a result, the skin on the upper eyelids looks heavier, sometimes redundant. Almost all patients who seek upper blepharoplasty have some degree of brow drop. However, this does not mean that every upper blepharoplasty should coincide with a brow lift or forehead lift. In many cases, outstanding results can be achieved with a combination of eyelid surgery and injectable treatment to minimize the downward pull on the brow.
  3. Does ethnicity play into the surgical approach to eyelid rejuvenation? This is an important question to ask a surgeon because it can alert you to their overall experience performing blepharoplasty. Overall, blepharoplasty is a fully customized procedure in which an appropriate technique must be applied in order to improve eyelid contouring without disrupting the natural characteristics of the eye.

Learn more about upper blepharoplasty. Call our Westport, CT office at 203-557-6077 to schedule a consultation with board-certified oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Flora Levin.

Eyelid Lift Westport CT

What is it Like to Have Upper Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid Lift Westport CTMillions of men and women have undergone eyelid rejuvenation to obtain long lasting results from their treatment. Even in light of the benefits of Botox for lifting a drooping brow, upper blepharoplasty is a popular choice for refreshing the appearance of the eyes. Dr. Levin is an oculofacial plastic surgeon with extensive training in eyelid surgery and rejuvenation. Employing proven surgical techniques, she helps patients transform their appearance from tired to energized without much downtime at all.

Why is Upper Blepharoplasty Done?

It’s easy to say that people have upper blepharoplasty because they want their eyes to look younger and more open. However, we want to take a look at the aging process that affects the appearance of the eyes in the first place.

When we blink, the elastic fibers in the tissue of the upper eyelids (and lower, as well) stretch ever-so-slightly. Additionally, the levator muscle that holds the eyelid in normal position also pulls with blinking. Before the aging process begins, the skin has sufficient volume and firmness that is provided by collagen and fatty tissue. Over time, biological changes deplete the body of these and other vital substances, leading to more pronounced sagging in the upper and lower eyelids.

How Upper Blepharoplasty Rejuvenates the Eyes

Upper blepharoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that is typically completed in less than an hour. Before the procedure, which is conducted in the office, a local anesthetic is administered to the cleansed eye area. A mild sedative can also be provided to ease nervousness. Dr. Levin carefully observes the eyelids in open and closed positions and then marks the surgical area to guide tissue positioning.

Upper eyelid rejuvenation is not solely about removing excess skin. To achieve the best possible result, fat may be redistributed or removed, and the levator muscle may be repositioned to hold the eyelid in an optimal resting place. Each eye is observed, marked, and refined to achieve the symmetrical results we desire. Discreet incisions are closed with sutures that will be removed after 5 to 7 days.

Learn More about Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is a common procedure in cosmetic surgery today. Using advanced eyelid lift techniques, Dr. Levin reduces surgical risks and improves patient outcomes. We are proud to serve patients from Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield CT and surrounding areas. To learn more about upper blepharoplasty and what it can do for you, call 203-557-6464.

Why You May Need to See a Doctor About Those Watery Eyes

EXCESSIVE TEARING & LACRIMAL SURGERY Westport, CTWe naturally expect to get somewhat teary when watching intense movies or when slicing onions. However, watery eyes are not something that we ever expect to be the norm. The eyes usually have a sufficient tear film to keep the ocular surface moistened and comfortable, but not so much that tears spill over the eyelids. If excessive watering is something that you struggle with frequently, even daily, you have an excellent reason to see a qualified eye doctor. Solutions exist, and we can help you find the right one.

Correcting excessive tearing is not a simple matter. There are several reasons why the eyes may water. Therefore, there must be solutions for each one. To begin the exploration of watery eyes, we may first look at the tear film itself.

Tears are not only produced when we cry; the lacrimal glands in the upper, outer corner of the upper eyelids are always at work. Here, three components come together to make tears: oil, aqueous fluid, and mucus. For tears to be useful, each element must exist in balance to the others. Upon exiting the lacrimal gland, tears cover the ocular surface when we blink. Blinking directs the tear film across the eye to the inner, lower corner, where natural drainage tubes call puncta are located. This journey sounds simple, but there are enough steps for misadventure to happen.

What Causes Excessive Tearing?

We can’t presume that excessively watery eyes stem from an overproduction of tears. There are a few other reasons this problem may occur. For example, eyelid inflammation called blepharitis can cause over-watering. Eyelid malposition is another common reason for unreasonable tearing. Eyelid malposition may involve:

  • An inward turn of the eyelid. We refer to this as entropion. When the eyelid turns inward, the eyelashes come into contact with the ocular surface, causing inflammation.
  • An outward turn of the eyelid. This is referred to as ectropion. When the eyelid turns outward, irritation stems from overexposure to the environment and the natural drying that results. Additionally, an outwardly-turned eyelid changes the position of the punctal drains that usher tears out of the eye.

Chronic watery eyes create numerous problems. Get help for excessive tearing in our Westport, CT office. Call (203) 557-6464 to schedule a consultation.

Tips for Sensitive Eyes

Do you have sensitive eyes that get easily irritated or tear and make your makeup run? Here are some tips that may help.

1. Pick hypoallergenic eye makeup without fragrances or irritating chemicals (ethylene brassylate, denatured or SD alcohol and parabens).

I like eyeliner, waterproof mascara and eyeshadows from these brands:

  • Origins
  • Beauty Counter
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Dr. Hauschka

2. Creamy eyeshadows may work better than powder ones as they don’t flake

3. Avoid lining the eyelids inside the lash line with eyeliner

4. Fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions may be further irritating to the eyes

5. Wash makeup brushes once a month

6. Throw away mascaras and eyeliners 4-6 months after opening

7. Use anti-allergy drops or an oral anti-histamine if wearing heavy eye makeup for a special occasion

8. Consult your ophthalmologist or eye care provider if your eyes are constantly red and irritated for diagnosis & treatment

Questions? Contact our Westport office today to learn more about sensitive eyes.

EYELID REJUVENATION Westport, CT

Should You Have Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?

EYELID REJUVENATION Westport, CTEyelid surgery is commonly performed to improve the overall appearance of the face. The way that eyelid rejuvenation surgery, or blepharoplasty, achieves this is by removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper or lower eyelids. The outpatient procedure can usually be performed with light sedation and a local anesthetic to numb the nerves in the eye area, even if both upper and lower lids are being treated.

If your eyes are making you look tired or angry, or if sagging tissue is affecting your vision, you may be wondering if blepharoplasty is right for you. Here, we point out a few of the common frustrations that can be improved with cosmetic eyelid surgery. You may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty if you have:

  • Dark circles or puffiness under your eyes
  • Creases or folds on the lower eyelids
  • No crease left on the upper lid due to sagging tissue
  • Good general health
  • Realistic expectations of what blepharoplasty can achieve

Blepharoplasty is a safe and efficient procedure that is performed routinely. However, it is not right for everyone. Good health is necessary to facilitate adequate healing. Smokers are not good candidates for surgical procedures because the chemicals that transfer from cigarettes into the body inhibit healing processes. People with existing eye disease, such as glaucoma, or eye infection, may also not be good candidates for blepharoplasty. A thorough consultation and examination are conducted to determine the extent of improvement that may be attained based on individual needs and expectations.

Who Will Perform Your Blepharoplasty? It matters!

Because so many people are seeking eyelid rejuvenation, doctors and device manufacturers are working hard to meet demands. This means that cosmetic surgeons, plastic surgeons, and even some general physicians and dermatologists are learning how to perform blepharoplasty. Device manufacturers are continually developing laser and light platforms that seek to tighten skin without surgery. Having more options doesn’t make it easier for you to decide that you should have your eyes treated. We want to help.

Dr. Levin is a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic eyelid surgery. Her in-depth training enables her to adjust the eyelids without altering the natural appearance of the eyes. Whether the focus is the upper or lower lids, or both, the objective is to create a noticeable, yet discreet transformation.

We are proud to serve patients from the Westport, CT area with professional, friendly care. Learn more about eyelid rejuvenation surgery at (203) 557-6464.

Botox Westport, CT

Are Botox and Fillers Appropriate Summertime Treatments?

Botox Westport, CTNon-surgical cosmetic treatments are the current go-to for men and women wishing to slow down the progression of the aging process. Treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers  work in different ways when introduced into the facial tissues, but the goal is similar: a younger looking face with better contours and fewer lines. If you’ve been considering Botox, you may stop short of making your appointment if you believe that sun exposure will have an adverse effect on your treatment. Here, we discuss how Botox and dermal fillers may interact with sunlight.

Botox vs. Sunlight

Many people are under the impression that Botox and sunlight do not mix. This idea, which is false, by the way, may have originated with doctors’ orders to refrain from direct sun exposure after injectable treatment. The ultimate reason for this recommendation is to minimize the side effects that may occur after minor injections. In some instances, the slight swelling and redness that stem from injectable treatment may worsen if the skin is exposed to direct UVA and UVB light. However, being in the sun shortly after a Botox treatment will not degrade the results of injections.

What about dermal fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are frequently used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Filler products are also introduced into areas that have lost volume, such as the lips, cheeks, and hands. The way that fillers work is by adding particular biocompatible products to superficial tissue. One of the most common products found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. This is important to know because, unlike Botox, which is a chemical that binds to neuro-receptors, the hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers can degrade due to UV exposure.

It isn’t necessary to avoid sun exposure altogether if you undergo dermal filler treatment. It can help to consider a few suggestions, though:

  • Avoid sun exposure for one week to two weeks after dermal filler treatment, especially if you have mild bruising.
  • When you do spend time outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high SPF. If possible, wear a hat, as well.
  • Add a reputable antioxidant cream or serum into your daily skincare routine to continually fight free radicals that age the skin.
  • Get your glow on using a spray tan – just give yourself at least one day of space in between your filler treatment and tanning session.

Dr. Levin is a board certified oculofacial plastic surgeon who routinely performs surgical and non-surgical procedures to rejuvenate the face. To learn more about our services, call our Westport, CT office at (203) 557-6077.

Dark Circles: Why You Have Them and How to Get Rid of Them

Dermal Fillers Westport, CTWhen discussing cosmetic concerns, we tend to place a lot of focus on the eyes. Age-related changes around the eyes are nearly impossible to hide, so it makes sense that there is a strong demand for solutions to problems like drooping brows, frown lines, and undereye bags. But there is also a concern shared by patients of all ages: dark circles. Here, we want to discuss why dark circles develop and what can be done to correct them.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles are problematic for as many men and women in their twenties as they are for individuals well past middle-age. Though age can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles, it is not usually the cause of initial darkening in the delicate skin under the eyes. It is possible that some people have a bit of extra pigment in this area of the face. However, one of the primary reasons that this skin may appear dark is because there is insufficient volume in the fat tissue under the eyes. Subsequent to this hollowing, we see shadowing that may be intensified by superficial blood vessels and the shadows of our eyes and eyebrows.

Correcting Dark Circles in an Instant

Dermal fillers represent a significant advancement in aesthetic medicine. Products that fill lines and plump lips have become the new norm for facial enhancement. Appropriate filler products have also demonstrated safety and efficacy in the correction of dark circles. Using expert injection techniques, Dr. Levin applies dermal fillers to smooth the transition between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek. Volume is added to areas of hollowness to eradicate shadowing. Additionally, the cheeks may also be treated in order to support three-dimensional contouring across the mid-face.

It is common to use dermal fillers to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns. However, the undereye area may be challenging and needs to be handled thoughtfully. To obtain the best results from dark circle treatment, receive care from a board-certified physician with clinical experience that complements education and training. Dr. Levin is very familiar with the use of dermal fillers for dark circles and can help you love the way you look by administering conservative treatment tailored to your needs.

Learn more about dermal filler treatment for dark circles by scheduling your consultation in our Westport office.

Are Your Brows in Need of a Lift?

brow lift Westport, CTThrough our interaction with patients, we have come to know that, while many people realize they need treatment to refresh their facial appearance, they are unsure of the most suitable way to reach their desired result. They know they want to look younger, and they know their eyes are a primary part of the problem. The question we often hear is whether or not a person needs a brow lift or an eyelid lift. We’ll try to answer that question here by offering details of the brow lift procedure.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift may be referred to as an upper facelift. This is because the procedure can raise the eyebrows and also reposition the superficial tissue on the forehead to reduce the appearance of horizontal lines on the upper face. Brow lift procedures involve one or more incisions that are placed discreetly behind the hairline. Dr. Levin performs brow lifts using an endoscopic technique that minimizes the size of each incision and makes the scars much less visible. An endoscope camera is inserted for observation, and small surgical instruments are used to manipulate superficial tissue and skin. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under mild sedation or general anesthesia.

Is a brow lift the answer to aging eyes?

Because the brows and the upper eyelids are closely connected, the appearance of hooded eyelids may stem from a drooping brow. This may be the result of being born with low-set eyebrows, or the result of aging and gravity.

Today, conservative approaches to the standard brow lift are the norm. Botox is a prime example of a non-surgical brow lift. While this approach is not right for every patient, injectable treatment is advantageous for the temporary correction of mild eyebrow drooping.

For long-lasting rejuvenation and the correction of more apparent brow descent, the endoscopic surgical brow lift is ideal. The lift technique that is used by experienced surgeons like Dr. Levin doesn’t merely raise the brow; it enhances the arch of the brow line to align with the bony ridge of the upper eye. Not every patient needs a full brow lift. In some patients, only the tail of the brow needs to be raised to re-establish the youthful contour and give the outer eyelid a lift to improve the hooded appearance. Recognizing differences between male and female ideals, as well as each patient’s desires are critical to a natural and long-lasting result.

Do you think you may need a brow lift? Schedule a consultation in our Westport office to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical options.

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