Everything You Need to Know About Facial Surgery Scars

As people age, their skin goes through a natural and inevitable change. Our skin decreases the production of elastin and collagen, causing sagging skin, lines and wrinkles. It’s why patients seek rejuvenation surgeries like the facelift. An invasive procedure like the facelift requires incisions, which could lead to scars. Scars from facelift surgeries can be well-hidden if it’s done by a board-certified surgeon. If you’re concerned about facial scarring from cosmetic surgery, it will be beneficial for you to find out how you can reduce the appearance of scars.

Facelift Scars

During a facelift procedure, incisions are made to access the tissues. How it’s done will depend on the surgeon’s technique. Typically, some of the incisions will go around the ears, which allows the surgeon to hide any scarring within the contour of the ears. Other incisions will be hidden by the temple’s hairline, thenrun behind the earlobe, and end about 2cm behind the ear. Experienced surgeons like Dr. Abadir strategically place these incisions so that they’re well-hidden; patients can even wear their hair short and still have the incisions concealed.

How to Take Care of Your Wound After the Surgery

How you take care of your incisions after the surgery will affect how the scars will heal. They should be kept clean early on in the recovery, Dr. Abadir may even prescribe you an antiseptic ointment for cleaning the incisions. It is also important that the wounds be handled gently, so don’t rub the incisions vigorously.

What You Can Do for the Scars

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice for taking care of your incisions. Your surgeon might give you a few instructions to avoid scarring:

  • Protect the scar from sun exposure
  • Avoid smoking or alcohol
  • Get a lot of rest
  • Take care of your incisions
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Refrain from applying stress on your incision

When Do Facelift Surgery Scars Heal?

Scars from facelift typically heal 8 weeks after the surgery. During this period, the scar may look reddish at first, then turn pink in the following weeks. When the scars fully heal, which is in about a year, they will turn into flat, white marks that will be barely noticeable.

When to See Your Doctor

If your incisions become infected, it’s important to get medical help.The patient must see a doctor if the incision starts to burn or starts to build pus. Infections can be treated if antibiotics are taken early enough. Treating infected wounds is essential to avoid severe scarring and to keep the patient healthy and safe.

Learn More About Face Surgery Scars

At Abadir Associates, you can be rest-assured that scarring will not be an issue after your facial surgery. We will be happy to inform you about everything you need to know about facial scarring, so contact Abadir Associates today.

Fighting Adult Acne: 4 Tips To Clear Up Your Skin For Good

Acne, like cliques, braces, and questionable hair color choices, is usually associated with adolescence. For many adults, however, this unsightly nuisance never quite goes away, instead hanging around longer than an embarrassing Facebook photo. If you’re a sufferer of adult acne, you know just how painful and embarrassing this condition can be… But did you know that there’s something you can do about it? In recent years, a number of effective adult acne treatments have been pioneered:

  1. Eat fewer refined carbs.

While the relationship between junk food and acne is not as direct as people once thought (e.g., eating chocolate will not “give” you acne), there’s a strong case for eating more whole foods if you’re battling zits. According to Diagnosis Diet, a diet with high glycemic carbs can cause acne by promoting inflammation, raising androgen levels and causing an overgrowth of skin cells. According to a 2007 study conducted by Australian researchers, eating a low-glycemic index (GI) diet that emphasizes complex carbohydrates and lean protein can lead to a 22% decrease in acne lesions.

 

  1. Try blue light therapy.

If dietary changes don’t work, you’ll need to head to your dermatologist and discuss more intensive treatments. One of the most promising of these is blue light therapy, which uses powerful rays to penetrate follicles and kill acne-causing bacteria.

  1. Ask your doctor about medication.

In recent years, the prescription medication Aldactone (spironolactone), long used to treat high blood pressure, has been reinvented as a surprisingly effective adult acne treatment. It works by blocking androgen hormone receptors and therefore reducing the testosterone surges that fuel acne outbreaks. Other possible treatments available at Abadir Associates are topical creams, microdermabrasion, Accutane, and special facials. Do ask your dermatologist at Abadir Associates which treatment would best suit your situation.

  1. Use tea tree oil.

If you’re worried about trying intensive light therapies or taking medication, you’ll be glad to know that safe, natural tea tree oil can help to combat acne. Multiple studies, including a review published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2013, attest to tea tree oil’s effectiveness in treating mild to moderate acne outbreaks.

Above all else, it’s important to remember that as an adult with acne, you’re not alone. Adult acne is actually a fairly common condition, particularly among women: A 2012 study published in the Journal of Women’s Health revealed that acne affects nearly half of all women aged 21 to 30 and fully one quarter of women aged 31 to 40. If you’re struggling with your condition or feel stigmatized by it, reach out to fellow sufferers—Not only will you find acceptance and support, you might pick up a few more key treatment tips as well. Good luck!

Don’t sweat the small stuff this summer – miraDry

 

The highly-awaited season has finally arrived! Summer is here and everybody’s excited for some fun in the sun. While most people have packed up their travel bags and busied themselves planning their vacation itineraries, there’s still one thing to be worried about: excessive sweating. Thankfully, it’s time to stop sweating the small stuff. Instead, you can look forward to sweet days under the sun worry-free, and most importantly, sweat-free with miraDry!

What Is MiraDry?

MiraDry is an astonishing device that eliminates sweat glands for good. It is the first and only treatment that permanently stops excessive underarm sweating and odor. MiraDry is a non-invasive procedure that takes only about an hour to complete.

During the miraDry procedure, the doctor will assess the area to be treated and determine the proper placement for the applicator. After the area is numbed, the miraDry hand piece will be placed directly on the skin and lined up with the temporary treatment template created prior to the device application. The hand piece will then be activated, and the patient should feel some slight suction. The suction is how the glands are brought closer to the surface of the skin. Then, miraWave energy is delivered onto the underarm and the sweat and odor glands are destroyed. During the procedure, a soothing cooling gel is applied to protect the treated skin.

Why Consider MiraDy This Summer?

This summer is the perfect time to undergo the miraDry procedure. No one wants the embarrassment of excessive underarm sweating or bad odor, since moist areas are susceptible to bacterial growth. With miraDry, you can move freely and confidently wherever and whenever. Here more reasons why miraDry is amazing:

  • MiraDry lets you wear any kind of dress or clothes with full confidence.
  • Your dark clothes will be free from ugly white chalk marks from deodorant.
  • No more feeling anxious in social situations or work situations.
  • You will feel carefree and confident that you won’t look tired or smell unpleasant, even during your toughest days.
  • You will feel clean all day long.

Learn More About MiraDry

The physicians at Abadir Associates will be happy to talk with you about the benefits miraDry. If you want to be sweat-free and fully confident this sweaty summer season, miraDry could be the procedure for you. Find out more about this treatment by reaching out to us, and you can finally enjoy the hot summer days without worry.

From Spring to Summer: Top 5 Tips To Transition Your Skincare

 

As the seasons shifts, so should your skincare routine. The products you use for spring may not be appropriate for the blazing hot summer. For you to get the best skin, here are some useful tips when transitioning your skin care routine from spring to summer.

1. Getting Ready for the Shifting Seasons

The chilly winter and spring air may have stripped away the suppleness of your skin. As you approach summer, it could be the best time to remove those dead skin cells. Exfoliation or chemical peel treatments may do the work. Such procedures will renew your skin at a great depth that will reveal your glow. After exfoliation, your natural radiance will shine and your skin will be ready for the sun.

2. Opt for Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays is necessary during the summer. If you spend more time outdoors, you should opt for a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Use protectants with labels saying “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum”, as these products can shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreens daily on your skin 30 minutes before you head out, and make sure to re-apply every two hours if you will spend your whole day outdoors.

3. Moisturizing Right

Chilly days may allow you to use thicker and richer emollients for skin hydration, but when summer arrives, you may need products that are less oily. Lighter, oil-free formulations will help your skin accommodate to the hotter temperatures and humid air. Use products that will give your skin sufficient moisture while also preventing breakouts or a greasy appearance.

4. Nourish Your Skin

Vitamin C boosts the effects of sunscreen. It can brighten your complexion and improve collagen production. It also prevents premature aging and protects the dermis from the harsh effects of the sun. Nourish your skin with serums that contain vitamins like Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other skin-benefiting ingredients.

5. Preparing for Events

The summer season is the season for social gatherings. You’re going to probably be baring more skin than usual, which makes that much more important to make sure your skin is in its best condition—and fast. To put your best foot forward, make sure you look your best by considering cosmetic procedures.

Let Us Help You Achieve Your Best Skin This Season

Look more youthful with non-surgical procedures like Botox or Juvederm, or get a renewed skin with the help of dermabrasion. Dr. Abadir can help you choose the best treatments for you. Reach out to Dr. Abadir, and achieve the best you this season!

Fillers for Fuller Lips: Tips for Achieving Natural Looking Lip Perfection

When it comes to lips, full and natural looking are in and “duck lips”, “sausage lips”, and overfilled pouts are out. Our expert injectors know how to use fillers to enhance and augment your natural shape, without going overboard. Our goal is to create full, sexy, beautiful lips, without anyone ever guessing that you use fillers.

If you’re thinking about lip augmentation using dermal fillers, choose your provider carefully. Many injectors overdo it or apply the product unevenly. Both Dr. Dale and Dr. Michelle Abadir have been using fillers for many years with excellent results. These tips will help you achieve lip perfection.

Lip Injections- What Are My Options?

We use a variety of dermal fillers, including Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse, to enhance the augment the lips. These fillers can be used on the face, hands, and lips. For lip augmentation, we carefully inject small quantities of filler into the lips, adding volume in areas that need a little more. Careful application is essential as a little filler goes a long way. Your provider should have a strong understanding of facial anatomy and extensive experience with lip enhancement. Each different filler has unique properties and consistency. We’ll choose the best options to create your ideal lip.

When Will I See My Results?

Results are instantaneous after lip injections. You’ll notice immediate change, but give it a few days for your final result. Many patients are a little swollen right after treatment. Once the swelling resolves, you’ll see the full, natural look you’ve always wanted.

Botox for Lip Enhancement- What You Need to Know

Dermal fillers aren’t the only non-surgical option for lip enhancement. We can also use botulinum toxin treatments like Botox and Dysport to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles on and around the lips. As the muscles relax, the skin smooths and the lip area looks refreshed. We can use Botox on its own, or pair it with dermal fillers.

Have You Thought About Lip Implants?

Dermal fillers and other injectable treatments are an excellent, non-surgical option for enhancing the lips. Results last for several months, or longer, depending on the products and treatments used. Many of our patients like the simplicity of a quick procedure without surgery or downtime. If you want results that last longer, ask us about lip implants. They can provide lifelong results and are the best option for some patients. We also offer a permanent lip filler.
In addition to implants, we offer several other surgical options for enhancing the lips. We can remove overhanging skin at the corners of the mouth and can shorten the distance between the nose and the upper lip. These treatments are an excellent rejuvenating option for older patients. Subtle, natural looking results are possible with lip injections, as long as you choose the right injector. Contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Abadir today.

Top Cosmetic Procedures to Prepare for Your Honeymoon

Planning for a wedding can be stressful, but luckily, you’ll have time to unwind on your honeymoon. Take a break from your wedding prep and focus on getting honeymoon ready instead. We want you to look your best as you soak up the sun with your new husband. These procedures will help you get honeymoon ready. Even better, with these treatments, you’ll also look refreshed as you walk down the aisle.

Hydrafacial- Go Makeup Free on Your Tropical Vacation

Makeup and beaches don’t mix. Let your skin go au naturale and gorgeous on your honeymoon. The Hydrafacial will give you your best skin, delivering instant results with no downtime. The Hydrafacial uses a proprietary five-step process to cleanse, peel, extract, hydrate, and protect your skin.
The Hydrafacial is non-invasive and requires no downtime, but you won’t want to come in right before your walk down the aisle. Come in a week or two before your big day to refresh your skin and get honeymoon ready.

miraDry- Because Sweaty Armpits Aren’t Sexy

Are you worried about sweat stains on your wedding dress? If you have excessive perspiration, ask us about miraDry. This unique treatment destroys the sweat glands under the arms, reducing sweating and embarrassment. You’ll feel drier and more confident on your wedding day and on your honeymoon too.
After miraDry, you can expect:
• Dramatic reduction of underarm sweat
• Long lasting results
• No scars or incisions
• Minimal to no downtime
If you want less sweat before your walk down the aisle, come in soon. Two treatments are needed to maximize results.

Injectables- Perfect Your Pucker

What does your dream honeymoon look like? We hope you’re dreaming of sunsets, frosty margaritas, and kisses, lots of kisses. Make sure your lips are ready for the perfect smooch with an injectable treatment. Dermal fillers, like Juvederm, can add volume and enhance the shape of the lips. Don’t worry about looking overdone. Our injectors are highly skilled and are known for their natural looking results.
Injectables are ideal for pre-wedding rejuvenation too. We can restore lost facial volume, fill in lines and wrinkles, and smooth the skin.
Pamper yourself before you say, “I do”. Call today and learn more about these top cosmetic treatments for honeymoon prep.

I’m Tired of Looking Tired

“You look tired today.” If well-meaning friends and family are constantly commenting on your tired appearance, you may need eyelid surgery. Bags under the eyes and puffy, sagging eyelids can cause your face to look tired and worn out, even after a good night’s rest. Wake up your look with an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty. Dr. Dale Abadir has been performing this procedure for over 30 years and can rejuvenate this delicate area with skill. Call today and learn more.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids. It can dramatically improve the appearance of the eyes and the surrounding areas by removing bags under the eyes and removing excess skin on the upper eyelids. Some patients opt for blepharoplasty to improve vision loss caused by blockages from eyelid sagging.

Will an Eyelid Lift Remove My Crow’s Feet?

An eyelid lift is a very effective procedure and can dramatically improve your appearance, but it only rejuvenates one specific area, the eyelids. If you want to rejuvenate other areas, we can recommend other treatment options like Thermage, Botox, or laser skin resurfacing. An eyelid lift will not improve:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Forehead creases
  • Other facial wrinkles

An eyelid lift can:

  • Smooth puffiness and bags under the eyes
  • Correct sagging upper eyelids
  • Remove excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids
  • Improve vision for some patients with sagging upper lids

What Other Treatments Complement Blepharoplasty Results?

An eyelid lift can be performed on its own, but is often paired with complementary cosmetic procedures including a facelift, a brow lift, or laser skin resurfacing. Come in and talk with us about your concerns and we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses each problem area.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

If you’re thinking about an eyelid lift, come see us to determine if you’re a good candidate. Typically, patients are:

  • Over 35 (or younger with a strong family history of eyelid sagging)
  • In good health
  • Tired of looking tired

Results are long lasting. Patients often enjoy upper blepharoplasty results for 5-7 years and lower blepharoplasty results for a lifetime. Your eyelids will continue to age after surgery.

Refresh your look with blepharoplasty. Call today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Dale Abadir.

Freshen Up with Botox: Spring’s Favorite Cosmetic Treatment

Spring back from wrinkles and aging skin with Botox. This popular cosmetic treatment can smooth lines and wrinkles around the eyes, between the brows, on the forehead, and around the mouth. The treatment is quick and easy with noticeable results. Refresh your look this spring with Botox. Contact us today to schedule your treatment.

Botox- The Most Popular Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Treatment in the U.S.

Botox is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatment in the U.S., year after year. Last year more than 7 million botulinum toxin treatments were performed, a record breaking number. Why is Botox so popular? There are many reasons to love Botox, but here are a few of our favorites.
• Quick and Easy- Treatment takes less than 30 minutes and is performed in office with no need for anesthesia.
• No Downtime- Come in for treatment and head right back to life.
• Results in a Few Days- Most patients start see results within a week, often in about three days.
• Long Lasting- Botox treatments last 3-4 months per treatment.
• Alternative to Surgery- If you want to delay or avoid plastic surgery, try Botox. It is an excellent, non-invasive option that provides stunning results.
• Natural Looking Results- Both Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir are experienced Botox injectors, known for their natural looking results.
• Versatile- Botox is versatile and can be used to smooth lines in the forehead, or around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Botox can also relax neck banding, treat some types of headaches, reduce excessive sweating, and alleviate eyelid spasms, among other things.

What Should I Expect from a Botox Treatment?

Are you a Botox newbie? Many are nervous before their first treatment; knowing what to expect can help to alleviate your fears.
• Performed in Our Offices- Botox is performed in our offices, no need for an operating room.
• No Anesthesia Needed- Botox injections use a small needle that is well tolerated by most patients. There is no need for anesthesia.
• Several Carefully Placed Injections- During treatment you’ll receive a series of carefully placed injections. We use a very small amount of Botox to ensure that you’ll natural, not frozen or overdone.
• In and Out- Botox treatments take just a few minutes and you can return to your regular activities immediately. Everyone has time for Botox.
Freshen up your look in minutes with Botox. Call us today to schedule your treatment.

Peels or Lasers: Which Is Best for Me?

Give your skin a spring clean! Chemical peels and laser treatments can remove dead, damaged skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy skin. Which option is best for you? Learn more about both rejuvenating options and then call our offices to schedule your treatment of choice. Peel or laser, you’re going to love your skin!

What Happens During a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel uses an acidic solution to remove the outermost layers of skin. The strength of the solution varies, depending on the desired depth of the peel. Lighter peels remove less skin and deeper peels remove more. We perform chemical peels in our offices. During the treatment the chemical peel solution is applied to the skin, allowed to work for a period of time, and then neutralized and removed.
Different strengths of chemical peels offer different benefits. Lighter peels typically require little to no downtime. After a deeper peel, you may need a few days out of the sun, but will see more dramatic results. Lighter peels are often performed in a series and regular treatments are needed to maintain results. With a deeper peel, you’ll see results after just one treatment.
Chemical peels offer many aesthetic benefits including:
• Improve skin pigmentation
• Minimize acne
• Fade fine lines and wrinkles
• Fade brown spots, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration
• Treat sun damage
• Improve skin tone and texture

What Happens During a Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment?

Lasers are another powerful option for smoothing and rejuvenating the skin. During a laser treatment, a specialized laser is used to apply intense light energy to the skin. This targets and removes damaged skin cells, stimulating the body’s healing response. We offer a variety of laser and light treatment options and will help you find the treatments best suited to your areas of concern.
Laser treatments are powerful and some downtime will be needed after your treatment. Most patients take about a week off from work. During this time your skin may be red, irritated, or peeling. After a week, you can begin applying makeup to cover any remaining redness.
Laser treatments offer many aesthetic benefits including:
• Increase collagen production
• Rejuvenate the skin
• Remove sun damage, brown spots, and hyperpigmentation
• Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
• Improve skin tone and texture

Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

Both chemical peels and laser treatments are excellent options for rejuvenating the skin. Typically, a chemical peel is best for acne-prone patients. Chemical peels tend to be more affordable, but a laser treatment offers longer lasting results. Laser treatments can also be customized to your skin’s unique needs, targeting precise areas that need treatment. We’ll help you choose the best option for your skin. Call and schedule your consultation today.

Filler FAQs: Where Exactly Can You Get Fillers Injected?

Rejuvenate without surgery! Dermal fillers are an excellent option for restoring youthful beauty without the downtime, scars, and incisions that surgery can bring. Treatment is quick, often 30 minutes or less and many patients can resume their regular activities immediately. Fillers are versatile and can rejuvenate most of the face, and a few unexpected areas too. Where exactly can you get fillers injected? Find out below and then call our offices to schedule your filler consultation with Dr. Dale or Dr. Michelle Abadir.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Today’s modern fillers are some of the best we’ve ever used. Years ago, collagen was the filler of choice, but results didn’t last long and many people were allergic. The fillers we now use are better than ever. Many are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in your body that provides lasting and natural looking filler results. Other fillers provide a framework to boost your own body’s collagen production. We also offer permanent fillers.
With so many options, there is truly a filler for most every patient. Our doctors are highly skilled injectors and have worked extensively with the many fillers we offer. We’ll help you find the right options to smooth and perfect your skin.

What Areas Can Receive Treatment with Fillers?

Fillers are versatile and aren’t just for the face. Do you have areas that could benefit from an increase in volume? Find out how fillers can shape and smooth your most troublesome areas:
• Facial Lines and Wrinkles- Lines, creases, and wrinkles are no match for dermal fillers. Many filler options can be used to smooth lines and wrinkles. Each filler has unique benefits and we’ll find the options that are most compatible with your trouble spots. Juvederm is an excellent hyaluronic filler consisting of tiny microscopic particles that instantly treats facial wrinkles. Restylane is also a hyaluronic filler with a larger particle size, more suitable for deeper lines and creases. Belotero is the one of the lightest fillers available and is used on fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Sculptra can be used to improve appearance of deep lines over time, helping to rebuild collagen levels.
• Chin- Some fillers can provide temporary enhancement, like results from a facial implant, without the need for surgery. We often use Radiesse to enhance the chin without an implant.
• Cheeks- The cheeks are one of the first areas to lose volume. Fillers like Juvederm Voluma XC can instantly restore volume to the cheeks, filling in hollows and restoring shape. Radiesse is another excellent option for restoring volume to facial hollows and sagging skin.
• Lips- Fillers are often used as a non-surgical lip augment option. Just one treatment can leave you with full, sensuous, and youthful lips for several months.
• Neck- Fillers can provide dramatic rejuvenation to the face, but many patients find their necks give their true age away. We’ve developed a unique combination treatment using the filler Sculptra and Thermage to fade wrinkles on the neck and to tighten skin. We can also add in a laser treatment if you a brown or red collar around the neck.
• Hands- If your hands have prominent veins or tendons, a filler treatment can help to restore volume. Radiesse is commonly used for hand rejuvenation and can be combined with other treatments like Thermage or IPL to improve the appearance and quality of the skin.
Smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, and neck with dermal fillers. Ask us which fillers are right for you. Call today!