Laura Phan, MD
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Laura Phan, M.D. is an oculofacial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid, orbit and face. Dr. Phan has completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Recognizing that the eyes are the jewels of the body, Dr. Phan appreciates their central role in youth and beauty.

Over time, the eyes undergo changes and show signs of aging. The skin of the eyelid thins, stretches, and becomes redundant, and the eyelid appears puffy from protruding fat. The eyelids are also prime areas of volume loss, deflation, and wrinkling. Understanding these aging transformations and their effects on the overall facial appearance, Dr. Phan helps turn back time, starting with eyelid rejuvenation with noninvasive treatment and/or minimal invasive surgery.

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read more › Dr. Phan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended medical school and trained in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Her love for surgery and appreciation of facial aesthetics led her to seek advance training in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery with the world-renowned oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Spoor. She further refined her skills by undergoing another two-year American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship.

read more › Lisa is our administrative/billing specialist and has completed her billing and medical coding certification since 2012. Lisa loves working here, especially using her expertise to help patients navigate through the nuances of insurance plans. Lisa considers every claim denial she overturns is a victory for our patients. When not battling with insurance plans, Lisa likes to cook and comb the beach with her two daughters. As a mother, Lisa hopes to instill in her daughters the respect for others and placing the needs of others beyond oneself.

read more › At the same time as upper and lower blepharoplasty, other procedures may be performed. Of the upper eyelids, ptosis repair may be necessary to increase eye opening (the distance between upper and lower eyelash line), as blepharoplasty alone does not change eyelid function and thus how widely an eye can open. Ptosis repair tightens the eyelid muscles that are responsible for opening the eye and thus provides more tension in the muscles to pull the eyelid up. Ptosis repair may be performed without blepharoplasty if there is no excess skin present.

read more › Use of exfoliant and retinoid can cause dry, flaky skin. A good moisturizing regimen includes topical hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 serum. Hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic or water-liking. It absorbs water 1000 times it own weight and, therefore, holds onto moisture on the skin. Vitamin B5 also helps hold water onto the skin. Aside from lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation is a challenging skin problem to treat effectively and permanently. Over the years, hydroquinone has been the gold standard.

read more › Chalazion is a painless nodule of the eyelid near the eyelashes. It is caused by inflammation of specialized oil glands of the eyelid that reside behind the eyelashes. This inflammation is thought to be due to thick oil clogging up the oil glands. Chalazion is commonly associated with blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and acne rosacea, but it can also occur without these associated conditions. The treatment for chalazion is conservative initially with warm compresses four times daily for 15 minutes each time.

read more › Dry eye is when there is insufficient tear production or unstable tear film that can lead to irritation, burning, foreign body sensation, eye pain, blurry vision or even reflex tearing. Not uncommon, patients with dry eye also experience straining, soreness or tiredness of the eye, especially after prolonged reading or computer work. Dry eye is very common. There are many factors that may contribute to the development of dry eye. Often time though, we do not know why a patient has dry eye. Regardless of the cause, the modifying factors or treatments are the same.

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