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.

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.

10 Common Myths About BOTOX®

myths about botoxThere are many common myths out there concerning BOTOX® and its uses. Here are some of the most common myths that Dr. Flora Levin hears from patients, and the truth behind them.
 

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#1: Botox is toxic and nobody knows long term effects

FACT: Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it’s largely inactive. It has been used since the 1980’s so we do know a lot about it.
 

#2: Botox will give me a “frozen” or expressionless look

FACT: A “frozen” look usually is a result of overdosage. An experienced injector would know how many units to inject to get the desired effect but also look natural.
 

#3: Botox can erase all my wrinkles

FACT: There are 2 types of wrinkles: dynamic & static. Dynamic wrinkles are present with facial movements, static wrinkles are there at rest. While Botox can help improve both kinds of wrinkles, static wrinkles may need additional treatments, such as fillers or laser.
 

#4: If you stop doing Botox, the wrinkles will get worse

FACT: If you decide to stop using Botox, the wrinkles will gradually return with repeat movements. Botox will not worsen them.
 

#5: Botox injections are painful

FACT: This is not a painful procedure
 

#6: Once you start, you can’t stop

FACT: There are no addictive properties to Botox. People keep doing it because it makes them look younger and fresher (and therefore feel good)
 

#7: Botox will affect my body

FACT: Botox only works on the muscles where it’s injected. It cannot spread to distant areas
 

#8: Botox is permanent

FACT: It lasts 3-4 months
 

#9: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles

FACT: Botox is used for many medical purposes, such as muscle spasms and migraines
 

#10: Botox and Fillers are the same thing

FACT: Botox and dermal fillers are totally different substances but can be used together (or separately) to treat age-related problems.
 

Did you think any of these myths were true?


To find out if BOTOX® is right for you, contact us or call us today at 203-557-6464!
 
 

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.

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.

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.

How to Safely Remove Eye Makeup

How often do you go at your skin with the force of a tornado to remove make-up, when all you want is to crash after a late night out? Unfortunately, not properly removing eye makeup, can devastate the delicate eyelid area from either the harsh chemicals left behind or rubbing too harshly. Here are a few tips to get the job done without collateral damage:⠀

1. Don’t rub too hard. The eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body. Rubbing can cause stretching and worsen fine lines & wrinkles. Never go back and forth. Use a soaked cotton pad (clean one for each side) to gently wipe the skin and eyelashes starting from the inner corner and moving outward. Then gently wipe the edge of the eyelid and the lashes moving from the inner corner out, top to bottom. ⠀
2. Don’t use a regular facial cleaner or an eye cream/lotion to clean the eyelids. Many facial cleansers have harsh ingredients that can irritate and dry out the eyelid skin. Oil based products and those harsh chemicals can also clog the tiny oil glands in our eyelids and cause irritation and dry eyes.⠀
3. Remove eye makeup first, then wash the face. This will remove any residual residue left behind on the cheeks. ⠀
4. Don’t forget the eyebrows.
5. So what products do I recommend? For very sensitive eyes, baby shampoo may be the gentlest product to clean the eyelids and remove makeup. Otherwise, oil-free, hypo-allergenic, ophthalmologist tested, and minimal chemicals. ⠀

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.

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