How to Undo the Effects of Summer Sun Damage

As summer winds down and your skin is not looking its best, it may be time to initiate some process to reverse the effects of summer damage. Excessive sun, wind, sand, chlorine, and salt water exposure can trigger a discolored, splotchy, and dull skin presence. Your skin will increase the number of dead cells to protect itself from the elements resulting in a weathered and dry skin appearance.

Additionally, an increase in sun spots, freckles and the increased risk of skin cancer are other factors to consider for those who spent their summer in the sun. To get your skincare back on track, here are some tips we suggest to implement immediately:

Schedule a Peel

Removing dead skin cells, lightening discoloration and enhancing skin radiance are great benefits of a chemical peel. This procedure is a strategic treatment to rejuvenate your skin after your summer fun. Your individual skin care needs and the level of summer damage will determine if a chemical peel is a right choice for you. It is an optimal beauty enhancement treatment for patients with summer damage and acne as well.

With multiple options available including Micropeels, Dermaplaning, facial treatments, and acne facials, improvements to sun spots, skin tone, wrinkles, lines and moderate acne breakouts can be a welcome benefit to start your fall season.

The Magic of Laser Resurfacing

Lasers have been successful in treating skin issues for over two decades. Our StarLux 1440 laser system removes external skin layers without affecting adjacent skin tissue. This skin care laser treatment is relatively painless with no downtime after treatment. It is effective in the treatment of wrinkles and lines, scars, stretch marks, dull skin, brown spots, and sun damage.

Treatments are quick events done in our state-of-the-art dermatology center and are suitable for different parts of your body.

Dermaplaning

This procedure is a great alternative to a chemical peel or laser resurfacing. It simply removes excess skin cells by gentle exfoliation. You will enjoy skin rejuvenation and a smooth, soft skin surface free of skin debris and unwanted peach fuzz. Dermaplaning will also speed up skin cell regeneration and improve product absorption.

Update Your Skincare Products

Once your summer is over, upgrading your skincare regimen may be a smart move. The use of topical serums and lotions including retinol or glycolic acid at night will help restore skin radiance and reduce some of the setbacks caused by the sun.

Exfoliation, sunscreens, moisturizers, collagen stimulation and other anti-aging remedies will help you enjoy a revitalized skin beauty and resolve skin problems resulting from the effects of your summer.

We offer the best products from the best product lines to help restore and maintain your skin health. With our professional consultation, these products are good for aftercare treatments from dermatologic and cosmetic procedures as well as your daily skin care regimen.

Other Considerations

At Abadir Associates, we offer other treatments designed to improve skin health and appearance. These include microdermabrasion, wrinkle treatments, Photofacial and scar camouflage. With multiple treatments at our disposal, we can customize your skincare to fit your unique needs and goals.

Take a Hard Look at Your Skin

If you have never seen a dermatologist or it’s been a while, the fall season is a great time to do it. Sun exposure may cause slight immune suppression within your skin which can allow severe skin issues like skin cancer. With a fall skin assessment, you can avoid skin complications and bring proactive help to your skin beauty.

We offer you the best dermatology care you can find from the village of Rye Brook and Westchester. Contact us today to ensure your skin will attain and maintain the health and radiance you deserve.

Contact us today or call 914-937-7593.

In Loving Memory of Dulcie Earle

It is with heavy, deeply saddened hearts that we inform our patients about the passing of our beloved friend and co-worker, Dulcie Earle.

She worked at Abadir Associates, M.D., P.C., from 1977 until her in retirement in 2004 from the office. She even worked from Florida answering our phones!

She touched and gladdened many hearts and lives in our practice. Her family will have a Memorial Service in her honor at a near future date, which we will post for anyone whom may wish to attend.

We ask that you keep her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Let Freedom Ring! Free Yourself from Wrinkles

You deserve to look and feel your absolute best! At Abadir Associates, that’s our main goal: to help enhance the beauty that you already have.

Unfortunately, no one is “safe” from the aging process. Sure, getting older beats the alternative, but there’s no rule or law that states our faces have to reveal the year in which we were born. Right now, life is all about making choices . . . so why not make the choice to free yourself from wrinkles?

If you’ve landed on this page, then you’re well aware of what wrinkles are – those pesky creases and folds in the skin that seem to randomly appear when we’re least expecting them. From sun exposure and smoking, to animated facial expressions and unfair genetics, wrinkles form from a variety of reasons.

But now it’s time to take back your skin!

When it comes to fighting wrinkles, a range of treatment options are available, depending on your specific wants and needs. If you make the decision to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abadir, the two of you will work closely together to build a treatment plan for your unique skin. After all, no two people are the exact same, meaning no two treatments plans will be identical, either.

While many believe the only way to effectively treat wrinkles is with the use of fillers or Botox (which do work), topical creams are still an option for those who want something a little less invasive. It’s necessary to pick a cream that contains antioxidants, retinol, and/or coenzyme Q10. Even with these ingredients, though, note that results from these products are not permanent solutions.

For those who are searching for something a little more long-lasting, injection treatments may be a more appropriate option. Botox and Dysport treatments commonly last for 3 to 4 months, in which the muscles below the wrinkled skin are prevented from contracting.

Further, fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are available to “refill” the skin, while chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and even face lifts have proven to be successful for hundreds of different patients.

Beauty is subjective. What makes you feel beautiful? Contact Abadir Associates today to schedule a consultation. Wrinkles may be inevitable, but fighting them is always a possibility!

 

Sunscreen 101: FAQ’s about Sunscreen

Although it’s important to be cautious of the sun all year long, it’s officially summer now. That means you need to be even more mindful of how damaging sun rays can be to your skin. Simply put, you can’t afford to not wear sunscreen.

At Abadir Associates, we believe in looking good and feeling good, which is next to impossible to do when you’re sunburnt. Therefore, we’ve put together this helpful guide to assist you in picking the best protection for your skin and how to apply it. Take care of your body, because you only have one!

The following are common FAQs regarding sunscreen protection:

Q:  Who should wear sunscreen?

A: In short, anyone who plans to expose themselves to the sun should wear sunscreen. Despite age or race, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Although sunscreen is not 100% guaranteed to protect you from developing skin cancer, it has been proven to lower your chances.

Q: When purchasing sunscreen, what should I look for?

A: The American Academy of Dermatology states that it is necessary to purchase a sunscreen that offers all of the following:

  • Protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water-resistance

Of course, any type of sunscreen is better than none. However, when you use products with the features above, it’s more likely that you’ll avoid sunburn, aging skin, and skin cancer.

Q: How often should I put on sunscreen?

A: The American Cancer Society states that it’s best to put sunscreen on as early in the day as you possibly can. It is imperative to apply sunscreen to your body regularly, especially if you get wet or sweat it off. Don’t be afraid to use a fair amount. Try to put on sunscreen thirty minutes before stepping into the sun and every two hours following for as long as you’re exposed.

Q: Is sunscreen safe to use?

A: Yes, sunscreen is safe to use. In fact, scientists have found evidence that supports using sunscreen to help minimize damage to the skin from the sun. Sunscreen is also proven to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Q: Can I treat a sunburn?

A: It’s best to avoid a sunburn altogether by regularly applying sunscreen. However, if you do happen to get burned, try soothing your skin with a cool bath, moisturizer, hydrocortisone cream, and ibuprofen. Also, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

During the summertime, everyone wants to experience “fun in the sun”, but how much fun can you have if you’re suffering from a painful burn? This season, don’t risk your skin, your health, or your fun – lather up with sunscreen!

Abadir Associates proudly offer a wide variety of skin care products and sunscreens, allowing you to look your absolute best! Contact us today by calling 914-937-7593.

 

 

 

Leg Vein Treatment: Understanding Your Options

If you’ve recently discovered unsightly blue and purple squiggles on your legs, you’re not alone: Spider veins and varicose veins are one of the most common aesthetic complaints in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that over half of all adults in the United States have one (or both) of these conditions. Fortunately, spider and varicose veins are also one of the most treatable cosmetic conditions. Depending on the severity of your vein issues, either sclerotherapy or laser vein therapy should be able to return your legs to a smooth, clear state.

How Does Leg Vein Treatment Work?

Both types of leg vein treatment work by agitating problem veins so that the blood vessels close off. This seals each vein shut, halting the flow of blood, and eventually the remnants of the treated veins are simply reabsorbed by the body. Meanwhile, blood flow is safely routed through other veins below the skin. As a result, the surface of the skin returns to a clear, unblemished state.

Sclerotherapy, which is suitable for small spider veins, relies on the use of a chemical agent (called a sclerosant) that’s injected directly into problematic veins. Laser therapy, on the other hand, makes use of light energy, which penetrates deeply into veins in order to close them. This therapy is best suited to larger, more bulging varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy is the preferred treatment in many cases because it’s faster, less expensive, and less painful than laser treatment (though it should be noted that neither procedure is especially painful). It’s also the most effective for tiny veins that are very close to the skin’s surface and more suitable for people with darker skin. Lasers can, in rare cases, cause discoloration when applied to tanned or dark skin. With all of that being said, however, some people prefer laser therapy. If you’re sensitive to chemicals or have a fear of needles, for instance, laser therapy might be the better choice for you. Laser therapy is also more versatile, being able to target everything from pronounced varicose veins to telangiectatic matting (clusters of tiny blood vessels visible on the skin).

Whichever procedure you choose to deal with your unsightly veins, you can rest assured that the price will be reasonable and the recovery time will be minimal. Most people who have vein treatment performed can return to their normal activities within a day. With such a minimal investment needed and such powerful confidence-boosting benefits, leg vein treatment is a “no brainer” for most people who suffer from visible vein issues. To have your leg vein treatment done by experienced professionals, contact Abadir Associates now, for a consultation.

Non-Surgical Facelift Using Injectables: What You Need to Know

In recent years, injectable treatments have been taking the world of cosmetic surgery by storm—and for good reason. Unlike invasive surgeries, injectable treatments require little to no recovery time and involve very minimal pain and discomfort. They’re also highly affordable and can be completed within one or more short, convenient appointments.

The Non-Surgical Facelift

Non-surgical facelifts are often comprised of a few different injectable treatments that work together in harmony to create a lifted, wrinkle-free appearance. The most famous of these is undoubtedly Botox: Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world thanks to its ability to visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines… All without the pain or risks of conventional facelift surgery. (Cosmetic surgeons will usually numb the skin with lidocaine before administering any injectable substance, resulting in a very low-pain experience for the patient.)

Botox

However, while Botox is excellent at smoothing and preventing wrinkles, it cannot replace skin volume (which is typically lost with age). To achieve fuller, more youthful-looking skin and tackle very deep wrinkles, cosmetic surgeons must turn to injectable dermal fillers (e.g., Juvederm). In addition to plumping up the skin to smooth out wrinkles, injectable fillers can be used to shape the chin, brow, nose, cheeks, and lips, effectively giving them a “lift.” In some cases, other injectables (like Kybella) may be used to eradicate fat deposits under the chin and tighten the skin.

No Downtime

Patients often ask why people still get cosmetic surgery at all, if injectable treatments are so simple and effective. There are a few reasons, all of which you should be aware of prior to treatment: One, injectables don’t produce the dramatic results surgical procedures do; they’re effective against mild-moderate signs of aging, but they cannot correct severe sagging, wrinkling, etc. Two, injectables tend to produce more temporary results and some patients prefer a more permanent solution. Finally, personal choice plays a role as well; some people are more comfortable with the idea of surgery than injectables.

Combination Procedures

With all of that being said, however, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to make a choice between injectables or surgery—in many cases, combining these therapies actually produces the best results of all. A surgical facelift can, for example, tighten the skin a great deal, but it doesn’t replace lost volume. Adding dermal fillers once the face has healed sufficiently can therefore complete the patient’s youthful look.

To determine what type (or types) of treatment will produce the exact results you want, talk to your surgeon. They will be able to help you decide whether you need injectables, a surgical facelift, or both. The surgeons at Abadir Associates have the experience and compassion to help you find the right treatment, all you have to do is contact them for a consultation.

Best Summer Salads for Your Skin

Nowhere is the old saying “are what you eat” truer than when it comes to the appearance of your skin. While some foods in particular are associated with breakouts (such as dairy products), others—like leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables—are celebrated for their skin-healing properties. Spinach, kale, and arugula, for example, all contain skin-nourishing compounds like vitamin A, C, and K. When topped with some almonds or walnuts for a kick of Omega 3 fatty acids (healthy fats which are reputed to protect the skin) they can form the basis for a powerful skin-healing meal. As Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, explains: “[Omega 3] fatty acids are responsible for the health of the [skin] cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell.”

So, what typically combines leafy greens, fruits, and nuts, all in one convenient dish? You guessed it: Salad. This once-underappreciated meal has undergone something of a renaissance in the last decade, and today a number of specifically skin-healthy blends are available for you to try. Some of our favorites include:

Fresh Cucumber and Celery Salad with Mint And Fennel Dressing

Key properties:

  • Diuretic that helps remove toxins from the body
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cucumber, chopped into 1/2″ cubes (leave the peel on)

1/2 cup celery, chopped into 1/2″ cubes

1 cup loosely packed spinach

1 bulb fresh fennel (cut the fronds into thin strips and dice the bulb)

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup avocado oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

Combine the mint leaves, fennel fronds, apple cider vinegar, and mustard in a blender and blend on high. Add avocado oil and keep blending until a runny dressing is formed. Mix the fennel, celery, spinach, and cucumber in a bowl. Add dressing and toss.

Avocado, Walnut, and Toasted Coconut Salad with Tropical Ginger Lime Dressing

Key properties:

  • Loaded with skin-protecting Omega 3s and nourishing Vitamin E
  • Hydrating and anti-inflammatory
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1 avocado, pitted and cubed

1/4 cup toasted walnuts

1/4 cup flaked toasted coconut

1″ piece of ginger, grated

1 lime (plus zest)

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

Large pinch salt

1 cup mixed greens

Directions:

Combine lime juice and zest in a bowl before adding grated ginger, coconut milk, honey, and salt. Mix vigorously to make the dressing. Toast the coconut and walnut, then add them to a bowl along with the avocado and greens. Toss together with dressing.

Shaved Asparagus and Roasted Grapefruit Salad

Key properties:

  • This salad works to reduce acne breakouts because the grapefruit encourages pores to tighten
  • The high level of Vitamin C in this salad improves collagen strength and helps the skin to cleanse itself
  • Makes two servings

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus

6 green onions, (remove the tips and ends and cut each in half)

1 medium grapefruit (plus zest)

2 teaspoons honey

5—6 springs thyme, roughly chopped (stems removed)

1/4 cup hemp oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

Zest the grapefruit, chop it in half, and place it on a baking sheet (cut side up). Broil for 2—3 minutes, then let cool. Once cooled, squeeze the grapefruit juice into a small bowl and add salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil; mix vigorously to form the dressing. Using a vegetable peeler, shave ribbons off the asparagus, then toss them together with the green onions and dressing. Let sit for ten minutes before serving.

Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin

In addition to incorporating skin-nourishing salads into your diet, try to avoid heavily processed foods; the more whole foods you consume, the better your skin will look. As biochemist Elaine Linker, PhD, co-founder of DDF skin care, advises: “It’s definitely true that diet can play an important role in all skin conditions—not just helping combat wrinkles and lines, but other skin problems as well, including acne, eczema, psoriasis—even dry flaking or very oily skin.” The fastest route to achieving a natural glow is therefore to eat healthily, regularly (The rest of your body will thank you for it, too!). Want to get your skin even more radiant? Contact Abadir Associates, a premier dermatology and cosmetic practice now, for a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

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!