Dermalinfusion Sends Dark Spots Packing

You may apply sunscreen as often as you can remember and also use sun-smart strategies on long days outdoors and still notice the effects of UV exposure. One of the telltale signs that the sun has kissed your skin one too many times is mottled tone. This is also commonly known as sunspots. Once dark spots begin to appear on the epidermis, they can be quite a challenge. In our Westport practice, we may turn to Dermalinfusion treatments to address this stubborn problem.

Dermalinfusion is a perfectly-timed treatment that combined gentle microdermabrasion with an infusion of nourishing product. To begin dislodging discolored cells from the epidermis, this treatment uses a diamond-tipped wand that carefully ablates the uppermost layer of the skin. The process is so gentle that it is comfortable without the need for numbing cream. On its own, microdermabrasion can lighten surface dark spots. During Dermalinfusion treatment, it is just the first of two powerful steps.

One of the details of Dermalinfusion that differentiates this procedure from others is the timely delivery of proprietary serums. A pre-selected serum is applied to the skin at the precise moment that it is most ready to absorb after microdermabrasion. Some serums are made to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, some are made to inhibit acne, and one is formulated with patented peptides that inhibit a melanin-producing enzyme in the skin. Without the activity of this enzyme (tyrosinase), the skin looks brighter and evener.

Managing Sunspots

Pigment production can become problematic due to hormones, sun exposure, and other triggers. In addition to lightening existing spots, it is advantageous to also develop skincare habits that decrease the development of new ones. Studies suggest that using products with retinol and glycolic acid can achieve this.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A. When applied to the skin, it helps to eliminate skin spots by supporting the body’s natural exfoliation processes. By speeding up exfoliation, retinol can manage several problems simultaneously, including dark spots and fine lines. Glycolic acid is a form of alpha-hydroxy acid that also accelerates natural exfoliation. The two may be incorporated into your skincare regimen but should be used carefully. For best results, experts suggest a formal skin evaluation and the use of medical-grade products.

We can help you manage the effects of summer. To schedule a consultation for dermalinfusion or a professional chemical peel, call (203) 557-6464.

Are Eyelash Extensions Safe? | Westport CT

Are Eyelash Extensions Safe?

Do you want fuller longer lashes? Here are a few things to consider about eyelash extensions safety:⠀

1. What are eyelash extensions?

They are individual fibers that are glued onto your own lashes to enhance the appearance of length and fullness. Most eyelash extensions are made from synthetic fibers, such as nylon, and are bonded using glue. Silk is another fiber used. There are even mink lashes, made of natural fur. ⠀

2. Are lash extensions and glue safe for eyes?

The main ocular risks include trauma or infection of the eyelid or cornea, allergic reactions to the glue, and permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes. ⠀

  • Ingredients in the glue can cause allergic reactions. This can cause pain, itching, redness and swelling. It may temporary interfere with vision. Eyelash extensions and glue are not currently regulated by the FDA. ⠀
  • Rubbing, tugging or pulling can fracture your natural lashes and even cause damage to the hair follicle. ⠀
  • Some ophthalmologists believe that eyelash extensions may increase your risk of dry eyes. Longer, fuller lashes create a fan-like effect with each blink, increasing air flow on the surface of the eye that can cause dry eye symptoms.

3. How to do eyelash extensions the right way?

Carefully look at the salon, the aesthetician and the ingredients of the products. You don’t need a degree to apply eyelash extensions but the procedure requires a lot of skill, often compared to microsurgery. ⠀

  • Does the salon have a good reputation? How long have they been in business and do they practice good hygiene? Read reviews and look at before-and-after photos of their customers. ⠀
  • What training, certification and experience does the aesthetician have in lash extensions?⠀
  • Ask about the glue’s ingredients list and check for allergens. Confirm that the expiration date has not passed. Request a spot test on the inside of your wrist before the glue is applied to your eyes.

4. If you have an allergic reaction, do not try to remove them yourself, as this could damage your eyes. See an ophthalmologist. ⠀

5. Go natural – as with other cosmetic procedures, nobody else should know that you have had something done.

Questions? Call Dr. Flora Levin today for more information on eyelash extensions.