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Are Dark Circles Under your Eyes Making you Look Older?
Relaxed Expressions


I’m only 40, and my eyes look like my grandmother’s! What can I do?

Non-surgical treatments can be amazing for many areas, but the eyes are one area of the face where results without surgery like blepharoplasty are minimal in more advanced cases for baggy eyelid skin, or dark circles.

Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes can be their own special joy. While many products say they work to correct dark circles, this is only true in limited situations. The causes for dark circles under the eyes are actually quite varied. These include diet, heredity, dehydration, a loss firmness in soft tissue structures, and a decrease in bone mass of the bone under the eye.

Eye Creams

The staff and I are often asked for recommendations on a great eye cream. While a high quality eye cream such as iS Clinical’s Eye Complex, our Firming Eye Cream, or Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream can be great for correcting puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, and in some cases, even minimizing dark circles depending on the cause, most are not. I have yet to come across a store bought formula that works well for dark circles under the eyes.

A Treatment that Works

While a blepharoplasty is one of the single best treatments for saggy eyelids, a blepharoplasty alone may not be enough to correct dark circles under the eyes. A total eyelid rejuvenation may be the best way to completely revitalize the areas around your eyes.

This three-step approach blends laser blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Arcus Marginalis Release, fat grafting, or Tear Trough Implants (depending on the exact cause of the dark circles), and a TotalFX treatment to totally revitalize the areas around your eyes. I’ll sometimes start patients with Obagi’s Elastiderm Eye cream to help lighten the pigment that accents the dark circle prior to surgery for superior results.

Great Specials for Mom in May!
Monthly Specials

15% Off Eye Care for Mom

All eyes are on mom this Mother’s Day! We want her eyes to be looking great. Check out these great eye care products to make Mom’s eyes look years younger.

15% Off Iredale Eye Makeup & Eye Brushes

Jane Iredale eye makeup (in stock colors only) and brushes are on sale for May too!

15% Off Adams Center Gift Cards

Looking for the perfect gift for mom? Give her something she’ll really used this Mother’s Day. Our gift cards can be used on any of our fine surgical or non- surgical services.


15% Off Clarisonic Opal Eye System

Our brand new Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System is specifically designed to renew and refresh the delicate skin around your eyes. As a special introduction, purchase an Opal in May for 15% off it’s regular price. Call for pricing.

$50 off Botox during “Botox Days”

Our special Botox Days continue. If you’ve always wanted to try Botox, this is the perfect time!

  • Boston on Wednesday – May 19th
  • Peabody on Friday – May 21st

If you’ve always wanted to try Botox, this is the perfect time!

Slim Down for Summer with 25% Off Zerona & SmoothShapes

Take 25% off of a series of 6 or more treatments of either Zerona non-surgical body contouring, or SmoothShapes Cellulite reduction. Call for details.

Melanoma on the Rise, but Preventable

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on the rising instances of Melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer. Since we’re heading into the summer months, I wanted to share some of the pertinent parts of the article.

While cancer rates for many forms of the disease are falling, melanoma rates are actually rising. In fact it’s now the most common form of cancer for adults 25 to 29 years of age.

Although only 3% of all skin cancers are Melanoma, this type of cancer causes over 75% of deaths from the disease. However, there is good news. If a tumor is caught before it actually penetrates the outer layer of the skin, the survival rate is about 99%. As you can see, early diagnosis and treatment are critical.

Dr. Darrell Rigel, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center has identified 6 factors (using data from 300 patients with the disease and 300 control patients) that can help predict melanoma risk. These include:

  • Blistering sunburns as a teenager
  • Outdoor jobs for 3+ years as a teen
  • Red or blond hair
  • Marked freckling on the upper back
  • A family history of melanoma
  • A history of “actinic keratoses” – are dry, scaly, lesions that are an early stage of skin cancer

Two or more of these risk factors increases your risk of melanoma 5 – 10 times over the general population’s.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends checking moles using a tool dubbed the ABCDEs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry – one half is unlike the other half
  • Border – irregular, scalloped or poorly defined
  • Color – varies from one area to another
  • Diameter – size of a pencil eraser or larger
  • Evolving – changes in size, shape or color over time

If you think you have any of these signs, contact your primary care physician, or your dermatologist. They’ll be able to accurately diagnose and treat any skin cancer related issues. And, remember, sunblock is a necessity during the summer months.

Save Up to $100 on Botox or Juvederm

Save up to $100 on Botox and Juvederm now through July 15th, 2010 when you receive a prescription for Allergan’s Latisse eyelash growth formula.

Latisse is the only prescription treatment approved by the FDA for inadequate or not having enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker. Patients in a clinical trial noticed results in as few as 8 weeks, and full results within 12 to 16 weeks.

Juvéderm is a long-lasting hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in your skin) gel filler that’s great for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and skin depressions around the nose and mouth.

Botox® cosmetic is a safe, effective, way to diminish the wrinkles on the forehead, around eyes, lips and neck. The results of Botox typically last 4-8 months. We use only safe, effective, FDA approved Botox® Cosmetic by Allergan.

Call our office for details on this great Allergan offer.