Skin Care Procedures


Your skin takes on the world every day. And the world can be tough on it. Age, sun exposure, acne and genetics all can damage your skin, dulling its strength and vitality. Isn’t it about time to fight back, and give yourself a little pampering with minimally invasive treatments and facial skin care in Westport, CT?

Of course, there is no shortage of beauty gimmicks, gadgets and “miracle” products out there. None of them, however, can come close to matching what board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony can provide.

Ellen uses her considerable expertise and skill to set the standard for high quality skin care. She understands that beautiful skin is the result of three P’s — preventing damage, protecting skin, and preserving with customized ongoing maintenance.

In your personal, one-on-one consultation, Ellen begins the discussion not by talking, but by listening, exceptionally and intently, to your unique situation, and to what you wish to achieve — physically, emotionally, psychologically and intellectually — by your procedure. And based on that conversation, imparting expertise that only a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon can offer her Connecticut skin care patients, she’ll recommend a treatment plan from among a range of non-surgical, minimally invasive solutions, including:

Give Ellen a call at (203) 221-0102, and discover how she can improve the appearance of wrinkles, lines, sunspots, acne and discolored skin — giving you a healthier glow and a smoother, clearer complexion.


What factors contribute to an aging face?

The most important factors include loss or displacement of fat/soft tissue, thin lax skin, and loss of bone density and volume. When there becomes a relative disproportion of the excess skin envelope to the underlying diminished bone scaffolding, the tissue drapes over the bone.

How do injectable fillers work?

Fillers fulfill many roles. They can restore facial proportion to enhance both feminine and masculine features. They can blend together transition areas of the face creating a more unified appearance; examples include where the cheek meets the lip and where the orbit meets the cheek. Fillers can restore volume, enhance contour regions (cheek bones) and in some cases, soften deeper lines caused by the droopiness of loose skin.

Which one is best for me?

It depends on the goal of the treatment. In some cases a firmer, more structural filler may be most valuable because of its ability to contour a region and be placed in deeper tissue. In other cases, a softer, more liquid filler may be best because of the need to place it superficially such as when enhancing the lips.

Can fillers be used with a neurotoxin treatment such as BOTOX?

Yes. In fact the combination of treatments can be extremely effective in that the reduced movement in muscles treated by neurotoxins may slow the reabsorption of the fillers. Plus, the “immediate” gratification from a non-surgical procedure is very rewarding.

Who is a candidate for filler treatments?

The best results are in men and women who are physically and psychologically healthy and have realistic expectations. Because of the ability of fillers to “reshape” the face (in addition to minimizing the look of aging), an increasing number of younger people, starting in their 20s and 30s, are opting for these procedures.

How long do fillers really last?

Good question! Although some are advertised to last over 2 years, the visual reality may be a little different and a little disappointing. Many of the fillers undergo a variable amount of absorption over time so although some of the product may stick to the tissue, the rest may dissolve, necessitating more frequent injections. In other cases, the filler may create so much density and fibrous/scar tissue, that there may be visual movement of your face around the dense filler. Pick your products carefully and think long term as well as short term. Tip: aging is an active process, choose products that will age well with you. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Are permanent or “long acting” fillers a good choice?

It depends. Fillers are not a substitute for surgery and the aging process is relentless – it never ends. It would be wise to consider early on whether surgery is an option in your future. If so, then ask Dr. Mahony to explain the types of aging changes that will not be effectively treated with non-surgical procedures so you can realistically plan ahead and not waste money.