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Elevate Your Natural Look

Rejuvenate with Minimally Invasive Treatments at The VEI Aesthetic Center

Article by Joanna Tannenbaum

Photography by Amanda Rae Linas

Originally published in Midlothian Lifestyle

As we age, our skin changes, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and discoloration. But don't worry! The Aesthetic Center at Virginia Eye Institute in Richmond offers minimally invasive treatments to help restore your confidence. Their team of experts, which includes Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons Dr. William Bearden and Dr. Nicole Langelier and Registered Nurse Leisha Puryear, is committed to helping you accomplish your desired look while maintaining your natural beauty.

Dr.  Bearden and Dr. Langelier are Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons with extensive training in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery around the eyes and face. They are members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, a select group of approximately 500 such surgeons worldwide. Leisha Puryear is an Aesthetic Nurse who works closely with the surgeons on a daily basis and specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments including lasers and injectables. These specialists at The VEI Aesthetic Center prioritize your eye health and comfort while helping you look your best.

Did you know that the appearance of your face can greatly impact your self-esteem and communication abilities? The VEI Aesthetic Center provides a range of cosmetic procedures, including upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, and brow lift, that can help you achieve a livelier, friendlier, and more revitalized look. Whether you're looking to enhance your facial expression or restore a more youthful appearance to your eyelids, these cosmetic treatments can help you achieve your desired results.

Apart from these surgical procedures, The VEI Aesthetic Center offers Sciton laser treatments.  Sciton HALO, is a resurfacing laser treatment that effectively improves wrinkles, skin texture, acne scars, and discoloration while stimulating collagen production. Sciton Broad Band Light (BBL) can also be performed in the same session to further reduce sunspots, redness, and broken blood vessels. Sciton also offers customizable deeper erbium laser resurfacing to soften deep lines, wrinkles, and scarring.

Injectable treatments to enhance the skin's appearance are also available at The VEI Aesthetic Center. Sculptra restores lost volume, while Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport, and Daaxify smooth out wrinkles. Fillers such as Restylane, RHA, Juvaderm, and Versa contour the face, plump lips, and reduce dark circles, while Kybella eliminates fat cells under the chin. Dr. Langelier recalls a male patient who was told he seemed unapproachable at work.  “He was thrilled to share that our Botox treatments lightened his ‘resting angry face’ and improved his reviews in the workplace.”  Dr. Bearden agrees, “Hearing stories from our patients on how their treatments have helped their self-confidence is tremendously fulfilling to us."

To learn more about the cosmetic services available at The Aesthetic Center at Virginia Eye Institute, visit and take their self-test to see if you’re a candidate.

Here are some tips from The Aesthetic Center to help you look and feel your best!

  • Take care of your body and mind by eating healthy, exercising regularly, spending time with your loved ones, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Don't forget to apply sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, and use sunglasses to protect your eyelids from the sun's harmful rays.
  • Invest in a good skincare routine and exfoliate your skin on a regular basis.
  • Avoid using too much facial filler or Botox for a natural look.
  • Avoid sleeping with your face in your pillow to prevent wrinkles and saggy eyelids in the long run.