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Skin Deep : The Esana Beauty Blog

Celebrating 15 Years of Transforming Lives with Dr. Pan & Dr. Davila

Anniversaries are always special milestones. After 2020, we feel especially thankful to celebrate 15 years of Esana Plastic Surgery Center & Medspa this year with our valued clients, partners, and community.

Today, our excitement and passion for plastic surgery are as steadfast as day one. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we want to share some insight into our practice and the future of Esana!

“Our unique field merges art and science through the use of intricate surgical skills to create remarkable transformations. And blending cutting edge technology keeps our specialty filled with excitement for the future..”
– Dr. Deborah Pan

The Foundation: Pillars of Our Business Longevity
At Esana, we are always striving for improvement. Our foundation is built on a few principles that build our practice to what it is today. These core values are the reason why 15 years later, we’re at the forefront of aesthetic medicine.

Any successful career, in plastic surgery or otherwise, is built on listening and learning. From the formative medical school years, through six years of residency training at Yale, to interacting with patients daily, we are life-long learners who use these opportunities to be our best.

“I feel that as much as my patients learn from me, the converse is true.
There are many different things that drive patients to a plastic surgeon’s office and understanding their goals and motivations is essential to a positive, long-term doctor-patient relationship.”
– Dr. Javier Davila

We spent years undergoing rigorous training to refine our skills as plastic surgeons. We use that knowledge and expertise to advise and educate our patients about the best options to reach their desired results. We disclose potential risks and benefits, provide solutions for their concerns, and share what we can offer to transform their lives. Teaching is one of the most important factors in a healthy patient-surgeon relationship. Education is power, and we aim to empower our patients daily!

It’s our goal to use our expertise, education, and years of hands-on experience to advise our clients on the best options to improve their lives. A great deal of what we do is elective; they don’t have to choose us, but since we place value on building trusting relationships with full transparency and the patient’s well-being at the forefront, we can sustain long-term relationships that are highly rewarding for all parties.

Beauty inspires confidence, heightened self-esteem, and happiness. Our goal is to make every patient feel beautiful, merging their external appearance to coincide with how they feel on the inside. Seeing the joy of a satisfied patient reminds us why we do what we do every single day.

The Memories: A Rewarding Adventure

Fifteen years ago, we realized the need for higher-end aesthetic care was not being met in the New Haven area. And what better way to start a practice than by joining forces with an old friend and colleague? Dr. Pan originated the business concept and Dr. Davila said yes. Fifteen years later it still feels like it was the right decision for everyone!

By owning our practice, we can build exactly what we want to meet the needs of the community with shared values of excellent care, safe surgery, and natural results. Our practice has been able to maintain an atmosphere that is highly focused on our patients from day one—and for that, we are eternally grateful. We also cannot do it without our incredible team of dedicated staff who contribute to every client’s experience.

The Future: Where We Are Going, Together.

With technology transforming the world, especially in the medical space, there will be more options than ever before for cosmetic procedures. As we strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our community, we look forward to introducing new, well-researched options for non-invasive age management and body contouring. Surgery will always be a mainstay, but those who are hesitant about surgery or want natural results with less downtime will have more options than ever—and we can’t wait to bring those technologies to our practice!

Thank you for 15 wonderful years. Here’s to the future and exciting new options!

– Dr. Pan, Dr. Davila, and the entire Esana team

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How a Tummy Tuck Can Elevate Your Confidence

As much as we hate to admit, our external appearance is directly tied to our inner self-confidence. Whether you are navigating post-pregnancy weight loss or simply losing extra pounds, it often feels like you cannot achieve desired results. That is when the realization comes that you cannot diet or exercise away excess skin.

“People find they lose subcutaneous fat more easily in the upper body, while belly fat and skin remains,” says Dr. Davila, “a problem that only worsens through your 30’s, 40’s and beyond despite maintaining the same level of physical activity and dietary habits.”

If you are struggling with a similar issue, the silver lining is that ESANA has assisted numerous people in this situation. We understand you want to feel fantastic in whatever clothing you wish to wear, from normal every day outfits, athletic gear to swimwear.

Feeling good in your body again is possible! For many ESANA patients, a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty is a solution that has helped them regain that confidence and achieve their personal goals.



Abdominoplasty: The Details

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and can repair any muscle weakness. It works by contouring your mid-section to re-shape your abdominal wall. It is a procedure that requires general anesthesia and takes anywhere from one to three hours. Our surgeons will carefully remove excess skin and fat and repair any separated muscles, leaving you with a flatter stomach. Post-surgery, you will need to heed your surgeon’s instructions to ensure that the area heals appropriately. While it is a procedure that requires some downtime, the transformational results will make it worthwhile.

Many question whether they need a tummy tuck or if other treatment options like CoolSculpting or Evolve can help them reach their physique goals.

Every person is different and depending on a physical exam, our physicians can determine which treatments would be best. CoolSculpting or Evolve are skin toning and fat reduction treatments that require little to no downtime. While they are effective and incredible treatment options for some looking to improve targeted areas, those looking to shed excess skin may experience superior results from surgical removal performed during a tummy tuck.

Let’s get you on the road to loving your body again!

tummy tuck

We Want You to Be Confident in Your Body Again! Schedule Your FREE Consultation at ESANA Today.

Our Ivy League trained, board-certified plastic surgeons understand just how important it is for you to get your body back. We can help you sculpt your abdomen to look more toned and to fit into your clothes better than you have in years. Together, we’ll restore your confidence and get you ready to feel great at the beach or pool this summer, and throughout the year!

Contact our office to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Posted in: Tummy Tuck

VI Peels: March into Spring with Your Best Skin

Did you know that many Americans are self-conscious when it comes to their skin? If your confidence is being shaken by undesirable changes in your skin complexion, you’re not alone.

By now, you are probably familiar with chemical peel renewal treatments that work to exfoliate the skin and produce a healthier, rejuvenated, younger-appearing complexion. However, some chemical peels can be harsh and result in a lot of downtime. Luckily, not all peels are the same! We’re pleased to share VI Peels with our Esana patients!

This non-invasive treatment is virtually painless, requires no skin preconditioning and minimal downtime. They also have vitamins and minerals which nurture the skin while the skin is exfoliating. These peels are practical, affordable, and are one of the safest and most effective chemical peels for a range of skin types.

Whether you suffer from acne, melasma, wrinkles from sun damage or aging, rosacea, skin pigmentation issues, or other common skin concerns, VI Peels could be the secret weapon that will have you finally showing off your skin, rather than hiding it.


  • Restores a more even skin tone
  • Smooths away rough skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


  • Safe for all skin types
  • Medium-depth peel
  • Results within 7 days

The Magic of VI Peels for Facial Rejuvenation
If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, or if you’re a chemical peel aficionado looking to try a new, cutting-edge treatment option, VI Peels are one of the leading chemical peel treatment options for all ages.

The scientifically-engineered solution used for the VI Peel is made up of a distinctive blend of rich vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and salicylic acid, that is unlike any other chemical peel formula. Our skilled aestheticians will apply the solution directly to the skin to treat skin safely while removing layers of skin virtually pain-free. The ultimate goal of the treatment is to restore youthful tone and texture on your face, neck, and chest without the need for an invasive procedure.

Typically, treatments last only 30-minutes and there’s minimal to no downtime after the procedure. You will experience the common post-chemical peel side effects like skin peeling, but it’s similar to experiencing the aftermath of a sunburn. You’ll feel refreshed in just a few days with profound results that will restore not only your skin health but your confidence as well.

Ready to Let Yourself Shine? Schedule Your Skin Consultation at Esana Today!
Our VI Peel treatments are the ultimate secret weapon to restore visibly healthy, clear skin that will allow your confidence (and skin) to shine bright! Contact our office to schedule your skin consultation today, so we can work together to craft the best VI Peel treatment regimen for your specific skin goals.

Posted in: Skin Care

Hindsight is 2020! How will you face 2021?

Let’s be honest, 2020 is a year we’d all like to see in the rearview mirror! Good riddance!

With everything that has come from the pandemic—wearing masks and sacrificing our traditional beauty and self-care regimens—we’re all feeling and looking a little tired.

Fortunately, Esana is open for business and operating safely in cooperation with all CDC guidelines to keep our team and clients safe. We have all the solutions to reawaken your skin and body to start 2021 off in the right direction.

Some of our clients have shared their biggest skincare concerns that are holding them back from feeling like their best selves in the new year. Here are our team’s top tips to address the main skincare concerns we’re seeing, so you can put your best face forward as we kick off a new year…

If you’re struggling with maskne…

Our faces aren’t used to being under wraps for hours and days at a time! The unwanted maskne has been increasing during the pandemic with breakouts induced by responsible mask wearing.

Let’s set your skin free for clearer, happier skin with treatments including:

If you’re experiencing dry skin…

With the chill of the winter months comes lots of cozy fireside evenings and snowy scenes that bring us so much joy… but it also brings pesky dry skin problems. Sound familiar?

Let’s hydrate and lessen the flaky, itchy, dull skin with treatments including:

If you’re noticing the effects of aging…

With all the virtual sessions and lack of time for important self-care at home, have you been feeling like you’ve aged 20 years in 9 months? You’re not alone!

Let’s soften and blur those fine lines and wrinkles that result from squinting at screens, and firm up trouble spots with treatments like:

  • Evoke to remodel and tighten contours on the face and neck
  • Botox & Dermal Fillers to soften unwanted expression lines or replace lost volume
  • Fractora Skin Rejuvenation to even out complexion on a deeper level
    & More!

Ready to Leave 2020 Behind & Put on a New Face?

Are you ready to embrace the new year and put on a bright new face—literally and figuratively? With revitalized skin shining through and a sense of restored self-confidence, there will be nothing you can’t take on with enthusiasm and confidence in 2021.

Our Esana team is ready and waiting to listen to your skincare concerns and desires! After a consultation, our team will craft a personalized long-term skin treatment plan that combines the invigorating benefits from a regimen of treatments for renewed skin longevity. You’ll feel refreshed, revitalized, and ready to leave 2020 behind and start 2021 with a radiant new glow and a recharged attitude! Schedule your skin consultation today.

Posted in: Skin Care

Worried About the “Quarantine 15” weight gain? Ready to Tone Up for 2021?

It’s no secret 2020 has been tough for us all. If you’re like most, you may have indulged in one too many loaves of banana bread or adult beverages during the last few months.

Forget the Freshman 15… the dreaded pandemic weight gain phenomena is real, and it’s being referred to sympathetically as the “Quarantine 15” weight gain from sheltering in place.

If you’re worried about the Quarantine 15 and want to start feeling more confident in your skin, consider Coolsculpting.

CoolSculpting for Ultimate Body Toning
Whether it’s the extra weight or just a pesky area that you can’t seem to tone up with your workouts, CoolSculpting can help. Utilizing safe, effective FDA-approved technology, CoolSculpting targets stubborn fat with a contouring treatment that freezes fat cells. Within a few weeks or months, those fat cells are then shed for up to 25% fat reduction in the treated area. Commonly treated areas include outer and inner thighs, arms, and abs, among others. The CoolMini applicator can also help target those areas of fat under the chin.

Unlike liposuction or other treatment options, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical body contouring treatment. No needles, no special diet, no supplements, no surgery, and most importantly, no downtime. This means you can be on the go again right after your appointment which will usually span 35-minutes to two hours. The best part? It’s a treatment meant for long-term results, as long as you maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle! Although not a treatment for actual weight loss, CoolSculpting can help smooth and flatten some of the new curves and bulges that came with the Quarantine 15.

Ready to Tone Up for 2021? Get One Free CoolSculpting Area!
Through December 31, 2020, Esana is running a promotion to help everyone get out of the 2020 funk – purchase three CoolSculpting areas and receive one additional area free! Contact our office to schedule your consultation today and go into 2021 with a much-needed boost of self-confidence that will have you ready to take on the world.

Posted in: CoolSculpting


ESANA is excited to announce the release of two new cutting-edge treatments that will transform your body and face: Evoke & Evolve by InMode technologies. Dr. Pan shared, “We are introducing these technologies to support our younger patient population seeking more aggressive preventative measures to fight the signs of aging and menopause with little or no discomfort.”

As one of the few plastic surgery groups in the area offering this innovative new technology, clients gain exclusive access to these simple non-invasive procedures that will have you feeling more confident in your body than ever before, pain free.

The Evoke platform concentrates on streamlining the appearance of your cheeks and upper neck. If you’re experiencing the early signs of jowls or have loose skin or small pockets of fat on your neck, Evoke is an ideal solution. This easy facial remodeling procedure will not only enhance your natural features, but also create beautiful definition along your neck, jawline, and face.

The Evolve platform allows you to tone and tighten those exercise resistant spots on abs, legs, buttocks, back, flanks, and arms – some procedures can even target multiple areas at one time. Evolve offers three unique treatment options that reduce the signs of aging in all problem areas, no surgery required:

  • EvolveTITE revitalizes and tightens loose skin
  • EvolveTRIM reduces cellulite appearance
  • EvolveTONE enhances muscle strength and definition for a younger looking you

It’s the trifecta!

All the procedures are customized and performed with state-of-the-art medical devices that emit safe, clinically tested radio frequencies deep into your skin to rejuvenate and sculpt. The warm sensation you feel during treatment is relaxing and incredibly efficient. So efficient in fact, that you can pop in during your lunch break for each treatment!

Give us a call today at (203) 562-7662 and we will work together to craft your custom treatment plan for a new you!

Posted in: Evoke, Evolve

Summer Dilemma 2020

Face or Body

As our lives have been turned upside down, increasing the emphasis on communication via screens it’s hard not to notice what our faces look like, sometimes multiple times a day.  Now that our state has begun to reopen and we pop out of the ground like little groundhogs, we realize that all of a sudden it’s nearly summer (Memorial Day is behind us).  Spring passed us by while we were grumbling about Zoom meetings or having to rely on FaceTime to talk to family and friends.  Our grooming and “maintenance” took a back seat while many of us watched the scale go up as we socially distanced.

Now we get to decide, what do we tend to first, the face or the body?  On-screen communication isn’t going anywhere and we still have to look at our faces in the mirror.  On the other hand, as the temperatures go up and we shed layers we become more motivated to reverse the effect of hibernation on our waistlines.  We are happy to offer specials for the face, body, and that most basic of ingredients for any skin care routine: sunscreen.

Learn more here about the Covid-19 precautions in place at Esana designed to protect our patients and staff.  On an unrelated note, the pandemic may have pushed the summer Olympics to next year, but before you know it we’ll be “enjoying” the distinctive sound of cicadas as this is their season to emerge from the ground in a 17-year life cycle and no virus will make them postpone!  Chirp.


Wonderful news from Esana!

We are honored once again to win best cosmetic surgeons, best medspa and best facials in three Connecticut polls!  With the help of our wonderful aestheticians, Vickie and Lisa, we are excited to highlight some of our great services in a Fall skincare event (more below).

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What to Look for When Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon for Procedures

Your health is your most important asset in this life and when you’re considering any sort of medical treatment, it’s important to do your research and select practitioners you trust. Most individuals don’t realize that within plastic surgery, dermatology, facial plastics (ENT) industry, treatments can be just as significant as general health surgeries. Some of the most popular aesthetic surgery procedures including breast augmentations and tummy tucks are still major surgeries that should only be performed by experienced board-certified surgeons. It’s always important, when looking for the right surgeon, to invest your time in researching any surgeon and procedure you undergo, cosmetic, plastic, or otherwise!

The Unfortunate Reality of Trusting Non-Board-Certified Surgeons
There have been more and more stories of patients trusting surgeons who aren’t qualified to operate. Many of these patients travel to countries for medical services in search of low-cost options on cosmetic surgery at cosmetic surgery centers that seem legitimate. Patients who don’t want to pay for the full cost of a plastic surgeon, knowingly go to someone with fewer qualifications. Doctors caution that bargain shopping for plastic surgeries can be very risky. Many of these cases end in dire consequences with life-altering complications.

The Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Surgeon You Can Trust
The right surgeon will have the skills and experience to do safe, aesthetically pleasing work.
With careful research and an understanding of your wants and needs, these steps can help prepare you to find the right plastic surgeon:

Access to Credentials
When putting your health in someone’s hands, you want to ensure those hands can be trusted. Ensure you have transparent access to education, residency information, work history—everything that makes that surgeon qualified to be a trusted provider of medical and plastic surgery treatments.

Certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Confirm your plastic surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to qualify doctors’ expertise and ability to perform plastic and reconstructive treatments and procedures. The certification is grueling, including residency and education requirements, as well as extensive testing.

You can search the ABPS website to confirm certifications.

Beware of claims to be Board Certified as a “Cosmetic Surgeon”
This term is very confusing for most of the public since it sounds credible, but it is not a medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are no barriers to anyone making a claim to be a “cosmetic surgeon,” so be sure you investigate exactly what board they are referencing. For full plastic surgery skills, the surgeon should have the American Board of Plastic Surgery certification. Other qualifying surgical specialties include Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)/Otolaryngology/Facial Plastics. For minimally invasive aesthetic procedures, Dermatology would be another qualifying specialty.

Positive Reviews
Search online for positive experiences and reviews, before and after shots, and even videos of procedures to ensure your surgeon is the real deal and produces positive, safe results for their patients.

Feel Comfortable with Your Surgeon
You need to feel fully comfortable with your plastic surgeon and their support team. Ask any questions or voice any concerns regarding your procedure without hesitation. Your medical history is important even if you’re seeking an aesthetic procedure. At Esana Plastic Surgery Center and Medspa, our founders and surgeons, Dr. Pan and Dr. Davila, always put patients’ health first. Transparency and experience are the forefront of their practice as they have both excelled through top medical schools and rigorous residency training programs, and continue to use their experience to educate others.

Remember that your health is your most important investment, and you need to choose a practitioner you can trust. Want to chat with our board-certified surgeons to ensure it’s the right fit? Make an appointment for your plastic surgery consultation today!

Posted in: Plastic Surgery

Eyelid Rejuvenation, Want Versus Need: Lisa’s Story

Lisa had been thinking about getting an upper blepharoplasty for several years but didn’t go through with it until this past year. Like many fifty-somethings, she is in a career she loves, finding it very rewarding and educational, but is working with a group of talented people that are younger than her. Although she eats right, exercises regularly and has always been told she looks younger than she actually is, she felt she looked “tired” at work and needed that fixed.
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