October 13, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures

eye filler

Fillers, fat or surgery: Which one should you choose? Each option has its place when correcting the eyes. Base your decision on what bothers you, your budget and the result you are looking to achieve.

Choose  fillers to fix hollowing in the tear troughs if there is no loose skin. Ideal patients are those who have a depression like a tear trough in the lower lids, had too much fat removed during surgery or are hollow under the eyes.  Some physicians prefer fillers (such as Restylane or Belotero Balance) because they are reversible and to not require overcorrection.

Choose fat for longer-lasting results. Your physician will gently remove a very small amount of fat from elsewhere on your body (often the love handles), clean it and then inject it under the eyes for a volumizing effect.  Fat can also be used to blend the area between the lower lid and the cheeks.

Choose surgery to correct loose skin or excessive muscle and/or fat in the lids.


September 9, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures

fractional laser treatment eyes

If you have deep lines on and around the eyes, fairly good skin elasticity, are over the age of 40, laser resurfacing is the best option to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the upper eyelids.

What it can’t do: Get rid of loose skin, or lift like surgery would.

What it can do: Stimulate collagen production to give a tightening effect; improve tone & texture

CO2 fractional lasers, such as our CO2RE laser, work to stimulate collagen from within to decrease fine lines and also address crepey (not excess) skin around the eyes. Unlike injectables, which can’t be used on the eyelid but just on the outer corners of the eyes, fractional COlasers—they combine the resurfacing power of more traditional CO2 lasers with the healing and anti-demarcation benefits of a fractional laser—can be used on both areas to rejuvenate skin that’s laden with both lines and wrinkles.

When used properly and on the right patient, lasers can smooth out some of the lines around the eyes, but not correct significant laxity, hollows or bulging fat pads.

Fractional CO2 lasers will also help even out any discoloration around the eyes, like age spots, which may accompany the type of skin that is suitable for this treatment. Lasers work best on surface irregularities from sun damage.

edited from New Beauty

Five Skin-Care No-Nos While Flying

February 22, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

skin care flyingThere is no doubt about it—traveling on an airplane takes a toll on our skin. We know this because when the plane touches back down on the tarmac, or even the day after, our skin rebels against us. So why is this such a tortured time for our face? Our skin dries out from airplane flights because the air is very dry. The outer skin layers may fail to shed away, clogging the skin pores and trapping bacteria in the skin, which can lead to breakouts. If your skin is oily, dry air may cause the skin to produce even more oil as a response, also plugging skin pores, trapping bacteria and causing skin outbreaks.

While it then seems obvious to keep our skin well moisturized during and after the flight, there are a few other things we must be mindful of when traveling.

Don’t Drink Alcohol on the Plane
Unless you want a very “un-happy hour” after your flight, your skin will thank you for not throwing one back. Alcohol is very dehydrating. While it may help to relax you if you’re nervous about flying, the affect of alcohol will be dry skin, says So stick to water and watch a movie or read a book/ magazine to relax.

Don’t Use A Hydrating Mist
A lot of women think a facial mist is their best skin accessory on a flight, but actually the opposite is true. Avoid misters as the water from them tends to dry out skin even further. Instead keep your face hydrated with your favorite moisturizer. Avoid sitting in a window seat to reduce ultraviolet exposure, and don’t forget to wear a mineral based sunscreen.

Skip the Salty Snacks
Airport food in general is not very skin-friendly. While peanuts and pretzels may look delicious, salt can cause swelling. Instead, plan ahead and pack some snacks like fruits and vegetables. Carrots and apples are both filled with water and will help keep your skin and body hydrated.

Take Off Your Makeup
We know you want to land in style, but you will be doing your skin a grand favor if you keep it clean while in the air. Airplane air is dry and can exacerbate your makeup’s drying-out effects on your skin, which can lead to breakouts and your pores becoming clogged on the flight.

Don’t Neglect Your Eyes
Jet lag always shows through your skin, but mostly in the eyes. To keep them from getting puffy, pack an eye cream that contains caffeine. Another interesting idea is to carry green tea bags with you on the plane. Then a half hour before landing, ask the flight attendant for hot water and soak a few minutes. Add ice to cool down the bags, and apply cool green tea bags to your eyelids before landing. The green tea has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to decrease puffiness so you’ll look your best when you land.


March 30, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures
In the quest for younger-looking eyes, nonsurgical rejuvenation options take you from fatigued to fabulous

The eyes. There is nothing more powerful on your face: They cry, they laugh; they show disappointment, dreaminess or deceit; they reveal surprise and shock, happiness and honesty. Beyond expressing how you feel, they can even define who you are. With all the importance we place on the eyes, it seems like a cruel twist of fate that they exhibit signs of aging so soon.
“People form opinions of other people based on their eyes, more than any other area on the face,” notes Dr. Susan Stevens Tanne, Medical Director of Cosmetic Laser MD. “People assume that if your eyes look young, it implies that you have more energy, more spunk, and are more of a go-getter.”
You may feel perky, but if your eyes look droopy, tired and sad, your whole demeanor can appear fatigued, depressed and old—all characteristics that appear on the daily “don’t” list. Unlike other facial imperfections, which can be camouflaged with artful makeup, problem areas around eyes are tougher to hide. Makeup and facial creams can’t cover up wrinkles and creases caused by volume loss under the eyes and in the temples.
No need to fret. At Cosmetic Laser MD we have your non-surgical solutions. A youthful, bright-eyed look can be restored—without going under the knife—with a variety of products and nonsurgical procedures.
About 90% of COSMETIC LASER MD’s anti-aging patients have some concern about the aging skin around their eyes. Thankfully, this is one area that we can easily rejuvenate with our arsenal of treatments and products. Minor cosmetic tweaks can go a long way toward improving this critical area. We have identified three major eye-aging culprits, and offer solutions for each concern. For total rejuvenation, a combination of treatments and products usually works best. Good morning bright eyes!
Lighten Up!
Dark circles definitely aren’t a “do” in the quest to maintain youthful-looking eyes. First, you need to determine the cause. As the skin thins with age, underlying blood vessels may show through, appearing as dark circles. Sometimes the pigment of the skin actually changes color as red blood cells break down. In other cases, those circles are actually dark shadows. As facial skin sags and loses volume, the area above the cheeks (the tear trough) hollows out, causing a shadowed effect. And sometimes dark circles have nothing to do with age—you just have them and probably always did, just like your parents and siblings.
Easy fix: An excellent concealer can do the trick for some.
Medical fix: If the dark circles are caused by shadows, injectable fillers in the under-eye hollows can make them disappear. “I get beautiful results with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane, as well as with Selphyl enhanced fat from one’s own body,” says Dr. Tanne. “These fillers can fill the hollow areas beneath the eye, restoring that smooth youthful volume.”
Also consider: Products that contain Vitamin K and/or caffeine can improve the appearance of dark circles, says Dr. Tanne, who recommends Circles from her Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare line.
Tighten Up!
Your facial skin and muscles weaken with age—and that includes the skin above and below your eyes. The eyelids stretch, causing the upper lids to droop, while fluid and/or fat begins to fill in the loose space below the eyes, creating bags and puffiness.
Easy fix: Home remedies can be surprisingly effective for under-eye bags. “Sleeping with your head elevated via pillows, icing the areas with cold compresses in the morning, and using a topical cream that contains an ingredient to constrict the underlying blood vessels, such as caffeine – try The Firm from Tanne MD Medical Grade Skincare – decreases the amount of excess fluid in the under-eye tissue,” says Dr.Tanne.
Medical fix: The E-Matrix Laser offers remarkable results to this delicate area. It absolutely turns back the hands of time, and with little or no downtime, and little or no discomfort.
Also consider: Botox and Dysport can erase crow’s feet and raise the eyebrows, offering a mini-brow lift for patients with minor eyelid drooping.
Smooth It Out!
Thinning skin, sun damage and facial expressions all conspire to create lines and wrinkles on our aging faces, which show up first and most prominently, around the eyes. This thin, fragile skin is in constant motion, and produces wrinkling long before it appears on other areas of the face.
Easy fix: Our featured eye product, EYE DEFENSE, has been specially formulated to contain a comprehensive system of all-trans retinol, peptides, chelators, antioxidants and moisturizers targeting puffiness, dark circles, lines and wrinkles, firmness and tightness, enhanced skin texture and smoothness. We recently came across a statistic that 90% of cosmetic dermatologists use some form of retinol around their eye area.
Medical fix: “A series of chemical peels – such as Apeele – does an excellent job in tightening lower eyelid crinkles,” Dr. Tanne says. And Botox or Dysport is the go-to remedy for crows-feet and other superficial lines caused by facial expressions (squinting, raising eyebrows, frowning). “I like to smooth out these irritating lines while allowing you to maintain a normal, expressive appearance—without that paralyzed look.”
Also consider: Need an immediate line eraser for an important date or event? Try Instantly Ageless “Facelift in a Bottle” for an 8 – 10 hour quick fix!
Love your Lashes
If your eyelashes are a little sparse, we’ve got the remedy.
Sadly, even our eyelashes age. as hair follicles age, lashes can appear thinner and less dense. The cure is Latisse which “jumpstarts” hair follicles to stimulate growth, increases melanin pigment (resulting in darker lashes) and causes lashes to grow longer than they normally would. Use it once per day before bed. Just place a thin layer of solution along your upper eyelash line with a small brush. With the first tw0 months you will start to see darker, thicker, longer lashes.


February 9, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Special Offers

Cosmetic Laser MD offers our patients a full line of eye-specific products, addressing every skincare concern. There are three distinct product-types for each specific undereye concern: Fine lines and wrinkles, laxity, and dark circles. Our products are Medical Grade, meaning that they are much higher in active ingredient concentration than over-the-counter products, including expensive department store brands. Our products can be dispensed only under a doctor’s guidance. We invite you to come in and learn about our extensive Tanne MD Skincare product line. We put together a comprehensive skincare “protocol” for each patient based on your individual needs, goals, and preferences.
During the month of February, we’re offering $5.00 OFF any of our four eye products.

This retinol-based eye cream has been specially formulated to contain a comprehensive system of all-trans retinol, peptides, chelators, antioxidants and moisturizers for the reduction in the appearance of under-eye fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. You will immediately notice an increase in the firmness and tightness of the delicate skin around the eyes, and enhanced skin texture and smoothness.

All-trans retinol based product for fine lines and wrinkles, antioxidants that can stimulate proper lymphatic drainage and tissue fluid balance, and PAL-GQPR a peptide that can enhance skin firmness and elasticity. Also contains Green Tea and Emblica, antioxidants that can inhibit collagen breakdown and stimulate GAG production. Contains Vitamin K which is a key vitamin that can reduce bruising and promote healing in closed wounds.
PRICE: $75

This peptide-based emollient restorative complex is a potent combination of peptides and Vitamin C ester to encourage skin-firming collagen production. Natural botanicals help to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. Barrier repair technology treats moisture loss that causes dry and crepey skin. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the only Vitamin C compound clinically demonstrated to increase collage production, provide anti-oxidant protective activity and provide skin clarifying action.

The peptide at works is acetyl-hexapeptide-8, which inhibits muscle contraction, thereby promoting a firm, smooth texture.
PRICE: $55

Targets the two main causes of dark circles with a combination of brighteners, peptides and flavonoids. Helps brighten pigmented skin with a gentle Kojic acid ester, and the antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Green Tea. Helps reduce the appearance of hemoglobin accumulation (dark circles) using Vitamin K. Highly moisturizing super emollient formula.

A potent combination of skin brighteners also combat the discoloration of the eye area. Under-eye skin will appear lighter, smoother and brighter. Continued use is recommended for best result.
PRICE: $58

Formulated for the delicate area around the eyes, this nourishing serum delivers the super hydration benefits of hyaluronic acid to soothe, smooth and plump the eye area while restoring a natural desired appearance. Hyaluronic acid together with Vitamins A, C, E, Co-Enzyme Q and Green Tea Extract plump and soothe the delicate skin around the lips and eyes. This is a perfect treatment for post-Botox patients. Hyaluronic acid is a potent moisturizer, and is found in every cell of the human body. This treatment contains no retinol or glycolic ingredients, making it a highly moisturizing veil to be layered on top of active treatment products.
PRICE: $45

Retinol: The number one product that conquers aging.

March 23, 2010 / Category: Anti-Aging

So what is RETINOL?

According to WebMd, Retinol, (pronounced ret’i-nol) is:

A half-carotene; an intermediate in the vision cycle, it also plays a role in growth and differentiation. Syn: vitamin A1 alcohol, vitamin A1.

Vitamin A is a vitamin required by the retina of the eye in the form of the light-absorbing molecule retinal. This molecule is crucial for both scotopic and color vision. However, Vitamin A(Retinol) also serves a completely different function as the oxidized form Retinoic Acid, an important hormone-like growth factor for epithelial (skin) and other cells.†

According to New Beauty Magazine, Retinol is the secret to perfect skin. Vitamin A helps skin produce collagen, a natural component of the skin that gives the dermis a youthful, full appearance. Retinol reduces the look wrinkles by renewing skin cells in the dermis and epidermis and increasing the skin’s elasticity. Physicians and aestheticians agree that this miracle ingredient has to power to make skin look younger, smoother and simply better.

Retinol is also often used to fight acne and reduce the signs of sun damage by speeding up the turnover of skin cells. Don’t confuse medical-grade retinol with the over-the-counter products found in drugstores. Retinols founds in a physician’s office offer an excellent opportunity to improve your skin without the dryness and irritation that occurs with retin-A. Retinols are available in several formulations and also are often blended with other beneficial skincare ingredients to increase the results obtained from these products. Depending on the formulation of the products and the strength used, these products are safe and effective for most skin types including sensitive skin.

Our Dr. Tanne Skincare line offers several Retinol products to our patients.

Retinol Serum is available in 4 strengths which can treat sensitive, normal and tolerant skin. Ingredients include:
Retinol- which is pure and active vitamin A – it works to increase cell turnover and exfoliation by stimulating cell production underneath the skin. Skin appears softer and smoother, and will help even out skin tone.
Green tea- which have potent anti-oxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory and calming effect on the skin, and helps prevent skin irritation.
Caffeine- which enhances the antioxidant properties of the skin and acts as a topical vasoconstrictor.
Hyaluronic Acid- which aids in skin hydration

Clear It Up Retinol Toner Pads– An excellent product for oilier and acne prone skin that is in need of smoothing, clearing, and renewing. Clear It Up is also available in four strengths allowing treatment to be formulated for each patients needs. The pads not only resurface the skin, but also fortify and protect it with antioxidants. This product contains the same retinol as in our serum along with green tea, and caffeine, but does not contain the hydrating hyaluronic acid. This product is used nightly or every other night on clean skin as directed by our skincare professionals.

RejuvaEye Retinol Eye Gel – This is the first product that Dr. Tanne has personally used in the eye area that has the excellent benefits of retinol without the dryness and irritation that this delicate skin is prone to with other products. This unique moisturizing retinol product in an emollient gel, which allows for a sustained release of retinol, thereby reducing skin irritation.

We recommend the use of retinol nightly or every other night, depending on your skin and the condition being treated. As always, we are happy to formulate a skincare regimen for you and your specific skincare needs.

For further inquiries, please contact Ginnie, our Skincare Specialist, at 973-716-9000 or visit Cosmetic Laser MD on the web to book a consultation.


Seeing Eye to Eye

March 1, 2010 / Category: Anti-Aging

At Cosmetic Laser MD we offer a complete menu of Eye Rejuvenation Services and Products

Our eyes are our most noted and viewed facial feature. Your eyes are the first thing others see when they look at your face. Your eyes give an immediate impression about your age, energy, and fatigue. Often you feel well rested and full of energy, but to others you look tired. This can create a significant negative impression both socially and professionally. And when it comes to rejuvenation of the eyes this concern is the most common reason patients come to Dr. Tanne for help.

Let Dr. Tanne, with her experience and artistry introduce you to the next step in rejuvenation! Dark circles, crow’s feet and baggy eyelids are all aging, so it is hardly surprising that Botox, facial fillers treatments, fractional laser and skincare are fast becoming the popular request by patients!

There may also be other causes for dark circles under the eyes. After a cosmetic consultation, Dr. Tanne and her staff will prescribe a personalized treatment and skin care regimen to address your individual skin care needs.

Call 973.716.900 or click here to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Advanced Facial Sculpting: Beyond Filling Lines

November 29, 2009 / Category: Anti-Aging, Cosmetic Procedures

Advances in filler technology have enabled aesthetic physicians to greatly change the way they treat patients. At Cosmetic Laser MD in Livingston, New Jersey, Susan Stevens Tanne, M.D. uses volumizing fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm Ultra Plus to move facial structures such as cheeks and jaws. “Juvederm Ultra can augment the hollow under the eyes and the lips,’” says Dr. Tanne.
The nasolabial fold (the crease the extends from the corner of the nose to the mouth) forms not from the lack of soft tissue in this area, but rather from MID FACE DESCENT – that slow march south of the mid face that begins in one’s 20’s when bone loss and drooping of the fat pads combine with skin laxity to allow the face to drift downwards. The result of this is a line that deepens into the nasolabial crease.
While some filling of the crease will help improve this, much of the nasolabial crease can be corrected by injecting filler into the upper cheek. By using structural and volumizing fillers, a true “face lift” can be attained.
“Injections to lift the face are among the best uses of fillers that I can offer to my patients. Don’t allow yourself to be treated by someone still trapped in the “line filling” approach,” says Dr. Tanne.
Filler injections into some other areas also help reverse the signs of aging, and only need a small amount of product for great results. For instance, filler injected into the earlobes will correct the creases that form in the ear lobe and the sagging that occurs. Filler will easily reverse this. The replaced volume frequently provides dramatic result. The nose is an area that droops with aging. Small amounts of injected filer will give a “lift to this area”. The back of the hands are another area that shows signs of aging. Volume correction gets rid of the “bony and veiny” appearance of this area. The use of laser photorejuvenation to eliminate brown spots, and fractional resurfacing to improve the texture of the skin, completes the rejuvenation of this area.
As new techniques and products become available, the art of using injectable fillers is being elevated beyond what some may regard as mere “spackling”.
For a complimentary consultation to determine whether treatment with injectable fillers can benefit you, please contact Cosmetic laser MD of Livingston, New Jersey at 973.716.9000 or info@cosmeticlasermd.com.

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