What You Need to Do to Prevent Sun Damage in the Spring


After a seemingly endless series of winter storms and cold weathers, spring has finally sprung! Say goodbye to frigid daytime temps and hello to the gentle warmth that comes with the season of rebirth. As you’re getting ready to spend more time outside, it’s important to keep in mind that while it may not be blazing hot outside, harmful UV rays can still cause damage to your skin.

The Consequences of Sun Damage

Sun damage is an inevitable part of life and spending time outdoors. Some of us often look forward to developing an enviable golden tan only achievable after long hours outside. While sunburns may seem harmless or merely inconvenient, they are in fact real-time signs of the damage sun exposure it doing to your skin.

Years of sun damage can also accelerate the pace of aging by breaking down key components of your skin cells such as the collagen and elastin. These important proteins are what give your skin its youthful volume and smooth, firm texture. When over-exposed to the sun, they and the factors that help produce them break down and are slow to repair. Combined with already slowing production that comes from getting older, spending tons of time in the sun without proper protection can leave skin looking weathered and patients looking older than they really are.

More importantly, extended time in the sun without protecting your skin leaves patients much more susceptible to skin cancer. According to one estimate from the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., with more patients being diagnosed annually than all other cancers combined. However, this cancer is also among the easiest to prevent, simply by adding a few extra steps to your routine before heading outside to enjoy beautiful weather.

How Do I Keep My Skin Healthy and Beautiful?

The secret to youthful looks isn’t a mythical fountain.  Great looking skin occurs when you develop and maintain a good skin care routine year-round. Here are our tips for preventing sun damage and protecting your skin as you head outdoors:

Be Smart About Sun Exposure

With beautifully mild weather right around the corner, we’re certainly not saying avoid the sun at all costs. Instead, spend your time outside when the UV is not their strongest (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you’re planning on attending an all day outdoor event, stick to the shade and pack a hat, sunglasses, and clothing to protect yourself.

Butter up

You’ve heard it before and you’ll probably hear it again – one layer of sunscreen isn’t enough for a full day outside. If you’re planning on heading to the park or on a nature hike, pack a sunscreen that has both broad-spectrum protection and sun protection factor (SPF) that’s 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply at least every couple hours or every hour if you’re sweating heavily or in the water.

Visit your dermatologist regularly

Moles and sunburns can increase your risk of developing malignant skin cells. Checking yourself at home for unevenly shaped moles and visiting your dermatologist at least once a year can help identify potentially cancerous cells early on.

Spring Forward with Sun Protection!

Spring weather is a beautiful time of year – don’t let sun damage compromise your skin and looks. In New York, our dermatologists specialize in creating custom treatment plans that help patients enjoy beautiful looking skin year-round. Learn more about available treatments by scheduling your consultation at Abadir Associates today!

 

 

How Can Body Shaping Treatments Complement Your Weight Loss?

Losing a lot of weight is a significant accomplishment. The months spent in the gym, watching diets and slowing seeing the pounds drop off requires substantial patience from patients. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, many feel more confident in the way clothes fit now that they’ve slimmed down. With body shaping procedures, you can further enhance your hard work and improve your confidence.

Why Body Shaping and Weight-Loss go Hand in Hand weight loss and body shaping

Losing significant weight isn’t always accompanied by a tighter, more toned figure. Whether your skin will bounce back to a slimmer physique depends on the condition of your collagen and elastin cells. When weight is gained, the skin stretches out to accommodate excess fat cells. This stretches collagen and elastin fibers beyond their usual bandwidth.  Depending on how long a patient spent at the higher weight, collagen and elastin fibers may become damaged and cause the skin to remain stretched out. As a result, patients who’ve spent substantial time significantly overweight and then lose weight are often left with some excess skin that stubbornly refuses to go back.

For these individuals, body shaping procedures are the natural last step in completing a long weight loss journey. Surgical and non-surgical solutions can help tighten loose skin, allowing close to fit better. Depending on where treatments are used, some patients may even find themselves looking (and feeling) younger and more vibrant.

In other cases, excess skin isn’t so much the problem as stubborn pockets of fat. For patients who work out regularly but never seem to make any progress on a particularly resistant midsection, body shaping can be a more effective and noticeable alternative. Some treatments, such as liposuction, offers patients the chance to permanently remove these pockets. So long as the patient maintains the same weight, they shouldn’t see any fat return to the treatment area.

What Are My Options?

Like any other cosmetic treatment, body shaping procedures are uniquely tailored to the person receiving care. While there are plenty of available treatments out there, talking to your cosmetic specialist and communicating your goals is the best way of achieving your ideal figure. At Abadir Associates, our approach to care starts with a one on one conversation to get to know you, your goals and your concerns. From there, we’ll help you find the right solution for your body. Among the most popular solutions available for body shaping at our practice include:

  • Thermage
  • Liposuction of the face and neck

Schedule your Consultation Today!

Body shaping treatments are one way a patient can enhance their appearance and feel as confident as possible in their own skin. Explore your available treatment options and find the best body shaping procedure for your body by contacting Abadir Associates today! Our experts will help you achieve your dream figure and enjoy the fruits of your labor in getting there.

How to Take Proper Care of Skin Post Microneedling

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, microneedling leads the pack in minimally invasive, yet highly effective treatment. Popularized in the mid-1990s, this non-invasive cosmetic dermatology treatment has helped countless men and women restore a healthy glow and improve their skin texture.

While much of the treatment’s benefits are administered during the actual microneedling session, successful treatment doesn’t end once your appointment is over. Proper post-treatment care can make an important difference in your recovery and results. With the right post-microneedling skincare strategy, patients can maximize their investment and enjoy their improved appearance well into the future.

A Quick Recap of Microneedling

Before diving into the best recovery solutions, it’s important to know what exactly microneedling is and how the treatment helps improve skin quality.

Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses very small needles to create extremely small holes in the top layers of skin. This microtrauma triggers the body’s natural healing process, causing it to generate new collagen and elastin to heal these tiny holes. As a result, new skin cells develop evenly across the treatment area, improving the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation as well as the texture of the skin.

While microneedling remains a much less invasive treatment option than other facial rejuvenation solutions, it is still considered among the more advanced options available. As such, ensuring proper post-treatment care is an important step in the overall treatment process.

Recovering from Microneedling.

As microneedling is minimally invasive and requires little downtime, many patients are choosing this option before considering other rejuvenation solutions like chemical peels or laser rejuvenation. However, the minimal recovery associated with microneedling doesn’t mean that patients are free to return to their normal skincare routines following treatment. Rather, in order to preserve the results of their treatments, it is highly recommended that individuals adopt some, if not all of these recommendations for the weeks following their procedure:

Prioritize Cleansing

The new channels created by microneedling create the perfect entry for important cleansers and nutrients to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. However, they also provide entry for bacteria and toxins to enter your skin and wreak havoc on your complexion. For the first few days following your procedure, be sure to avoid touching your face and keep it clean by using a gentle cleanser.

Hydrate, Hydrate Hydrate

While the microneedling procedure may not involve the use of chemicals, it can dry out skin, leaving it feeling rough to the touch. For the week after treatment, our team recommends using a hyaluronic acid-based topical treatment to help add moisture to your skin. Antioxidant serum can also help soothe irritated skin and accelerate the healing process.

Avoid Sun Exposure

After microneedling procedures, your skin is especially delicate due to the creation of new holes in the skin. As a result, your skin is especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you must spend time outdoors, be sure to use a chemical-free sunscreen and apply it regularly for at least a week following treatment.

Ditch the Makeup and Skincare Products.

Microneedling creates new channels for important serums to reach deep into the skin, nourishing your skin from within. However, applying makeup, active skincare products or powder to your skin too soon after treatment can have a negative effect on your treatment results.

We recommend all patients avoid applying makeup for at least 72 hours following their microneedling session and all skin care products, cleansing brushes and other chemicals for at least a week. Patients should also stay out of tanning beds, avoid working out or sweating and swimming for at least 72 hours following their appointment.

Schedule Your Microneedling Session with Abadir Associates

With microneedling treatments, achieving beautiful, younger looking skin has never been easier. To learn more about undergoing and recovering from this facial rejuvenation procedure, call our team today and schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a refreshed appearance.

 

Can Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

Since the procedure first hit the market, liposuction has become among the most popular body contouring treatments available. From its minimal invasive nature to diverse application, it’s no wonder why women and men are turning to this solution as the ultimate fat removal treatment.

However, questions continue to swirl around life after liposuction. One common misconception that constantly comes up for our patients comes from the longevity of treatment in the face of aging bodies and changing body composition. To put it bluntly: can fat come back after liposuction?

Looking at Liposuction? Understand How Fat Works First

While it may seem like an easy yes or no question, the answer is more complicated than it may appear. To better understand the nuances of whether fat can come back after liposuction, it’s critical that patients understand how fat cells work and how adipose tissue develops.

To start, most of your body’s cells grow and die over the course of your lifetime and shed through the body’s metabolic processes. Fat cells are very different. Instead of developing and dying after a certain number of days or weeks, fat cells shrink and expand as a patient’s weight fluctuates. As a result, when an individual puts on pounds, fat cells grow and multiply.

When a person does lose weight, these fat cells don’t simply go away. Instead, they shrink in size but stay in place until the patient puts on more weight, where they expand and multiply again. This shrinkage without fat cell loss is the culprit behind especially stubborn fat pockets that can seem especially resistant to exercise.

In order to remove fat cells for good, patients physically must get rid of the cells. New cosmetic surgery techniques have made this possible in several different ways, either through topical treatments like CoolSculpting or more permanent and invasive options like liposuction. However, while these solutions can remove unwanted fat bulges, there’s a reason they aren’t a substitute for weight-loss.

Liposuction isn’t a Weight Loss Treatment

During liposuction, a cannula is used to remove excess fat cells from the thighs, abdomen, back, arms, hips, and buttocks. By physically removing these cells, if patients do gain a couple pounds, the extra weight is not likely to return to these targeted areas as there are no longer fat cells to grow or shrink.

However, significant weight gain can accumulate anywhere on the body, regardless of whether it has been liposuctioned before.  While fat cells may have been removed from certain areas, they can accumulate in these treated areas if enough weight is gained and there is nowhere else in the body to put it. Substantial weight gain after liposuction cannot only negate your surgery results, but it can also have a negative impact on your health. As fat cells have been removed from treated areas, excess fat cells may first develop visceral fat around critical organs, increasing the risk of chronic health problems.

Finally, liposuction represents a highly precise form of cosmetic surgery designed to sculpt and reshape bodies. True weight-loss procedures like bariatric surgery are engineered and tailored to tackle the cause of weight-gain and retention. Using liposuction as a substitute yields less-than-satisfactory results and frustrated patients.

What to Consider Before Liposuction

At Abadir Associates, we strive to provide our patients with all the information needed to make an intelligent and educated decision about their cosmetic treatment. If you’re thinking about undergoing liposuction, be sure to consider the following before committing:

Liposuction is a Contouring Procedure, Not a Weight-Loss Substitute.

While the results may seem one and the same, it’s important to note that liposuction is not going to lead to weight-loss. However, this procedure is an excellent option for patients who are trying to contour their bodies after substantial weight-loss or giving birth.

Best Results Come When Patients Achieve their Goal Weight Before their Treatment.

Achieving your goal weight not only helps improve your overall lifestyle, but it can ensure your liposuction procedure is as successful as possible.

A healthy diet and exercise are fundamental to maintaining liposuction results.

To avoid reversing the results of your liposuction procedure, it’s critical that patients maintain roughly the same weight and body composition after treatment. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, most patients find this easy to attain.

Achieve your best self at Abadir Associates

From consultation through final check-up, the specialists at Abadir Associates are committed to providing all patients with the information and support they need to feel confident about their cosmetic treatment decisions. To learn more about the advantages of liposuction can have on your appearance, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Together, we’ll help you create the right treatment strategy for your body.

Skincare Habits to Adopt in the New Year

Did your New Year’s resolution include taking better care of yourself? If it did, did you include taking better care of your skin? As the largest system in your body, skin is exposed to harsh environmental elements, trauma, and the aging process – factors that can all take a toll on its health and ability to protect your internal organs. While you’re pulling together your new habits and paying closer attention to how you care for the rest of your body, consider adding the following habits and practices into your regimen this year.

Moisturize

You’ve heard it before, and we’re saying it again. Moisturization is the key to healthy, younger looking skin. Whether you’re just starting to pay close attention to your skin, or you’ve been searching to the fountain of youth, making moisturization a key element of your skincare regimen should be a top priority. When properly hydrated and cared for, skin produces the right amount of sebum, reducing the risk of acne outbreak. Moisturized skin also helps reduce the visible signs of aging by adding much-needed hydration to cells that gradually lose their ability to hold in moisture.

To find the right moisturization strategy for your skin, start determining your skin type then work with a professional to find the right daily ointment.

Sunscreen is your friend

Another critical element to healthy skin is sunscreen. Whether it’s overcast and rainy or hot and bright outside, harmful rays from the sun are always present. Without proper protection, these rays can irreversibly damage skin. At Abadir Associates, we recommend that all patients invest in a high-quality sunblock or moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Not only can sunscreen help slow the development of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, but it also is critical in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.

Step up your cleansing routine

Clear, radiant skin doesn’t happen overnight – it takes close care and a solid, effective routine. Start by making sure you take off your makeup every night before bed. While a cleansing wipe can work just fine, an oil cleanser will not only take care of the makeup but will also remove any leftover oils and lotions that accumulated in your pores during the day. Finish up your routine by using a water-based soap to wash away sweat and dirt.

Invest in a professional exfoliation treatment

Dull skin, acne, and other blemishes can be blamed on accumulated dead skin cells. While an at-home exfoliation can help provide some relief, only a professional treatment can thoroughly remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing, healthy skin cells. Thanks to innovations in dermatological treatments, patients have a wealth of treatment options ranging from traditional chemical peels to laser resurfacing.

In addition to helping reduce potential breakouts, these facial rejuvenation procedures can help diminish the appearance of aging. Depending on the procedure you choose, you can expect results to las last up to several months. Often, our patients only visit a few times a year for touch-up treatments to keep their skin looking radiant.

Start your skincare journey with Abadir Associates

You only get one skin – care for it well! At Abadir Associates, our state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in professional skincare treatments to help you press reset on your skin’s health. From facial rejuvenation to cosmetic treatments, our practice is committed to providing all patients with comprehensive, personalized care. Together with our experienced dermatologists, you’ll enjoy the best care possible, tailored to your specific needs. Start your journey to clear, beautiful skin by calling 914-937-7593 today to schedule your appointment with our team.

 

Are Hormones the Culprit Behind Your Acne?

Not everyone leaves acne behind in middle school. For men and women of all ages, adult acne can be an unpleasant reminder of breakouts from years past. While many may associate outbreaks with poor hygiene, there’s actually another culprit responsible for your most recent outbreak – hormones.

What Causes Acne?

The skin is a well-oiled machine – quite literally. Right below the skin and across the entirety of your body are oil glands. These glands are responsible for the production of sebum, an oil which helps keep skin moisturized and healthy via pores and hair follicles. When your skin is properly hydrated and well-cared for, the pores produce just enough sebum to help protect your skin. However, when this balance is disrupted, the oil glands produce too much sebum.  Excess oil can then attract dead skin cells or bacteria, clogging the hair follicles and preventing these impurities from being washed away during daily washing and exfoliation. Furthermore, while the follicle may be plugged, sebum production continues. This ultimately leads to the development of unsightly pimples.

While there are plenty of myths blaming diet and poor hygiene for acne, the truth is that hormones and genetics are true culprits behind unwanted acne breakouts. Specifically, changes in the body’s testosterone levels can cause enough hormone fluctuation and trigger acne development. Other causes of hormone fluctuation can include:

  • Growth: Starting in adolescence, hormone influx can cause the skin’s oil glands to start overproducing sebum, leading to clogged pores and acne. Increases in the body’s sex hormones are also common during adulthood. For women, monthly menstruation cycles can also lead to poorly timed monthly breakouts.
  • Exercise: Like other hormones, testosterone is stored in body fat. When fat is burned, as is the case during exercise, these hormones are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the skin’s oil glands. Combined with excess sweating, this can create the perfect recipe for acne.
  • Stress: Have you ever noticed that pimples seem to pop up whenever you have a big presentation at work or are facing a stressful situation? Stress can also cause hormone levels to fluctuate, leading to inopportune breakouts.

How can I tell is hormones are the problem?

While hormones are often the responsible party for your latest breakout, they may not be the only culprit at work. Knowing the cause of your acne can help you identify the best course of treatment and prevention. Some key indicators to look for include:

  • Location: Hormonal acne usually appears in the same spots during each outbreak, with the most common areas being the chin and cheeks.
  • Acne type: Not all acne is the same. While blackheads and whiteheads are usually small and hard, hormonal acne usually comes in the form of painfully inflamed cysts.
  • Timing: Hormonal acne breakouts are timed to changes in the body’s hormone levels and recur in response to those changes, i.e., menstruation or have developed around the time of increased stress i.e., a big presentation at work.

Treatment Options for Hormonal Acne

Now that we’ve established the cause of acne, what is the best treatment for it? For starters, stop picking – whether it’s a tiny blackhead or an abnormally large cyst, picking and popping increases the likelihood of inflammation and can worsen your pimple. Without proper sterilization or equipment, you can even risk infection.

To help clear away stubborn acne and keep it at bay, our dermatologists recommend adopting the following tips into your skincare routine:

Practice acne-friendly hygiene: While some products may make your skin feel squeaky clean, these can worsen already oily skin and lead to excess sebum production. Instead, cleanse with mild soap to keep skin clean and allow the glands to acclimate to a more appropriate production level.

Be gentle with treatments: Put down the industrial grade pimple cream and opt for an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial gel. These are usually gentle enough to avoid drying out your skin yet include the ingredients that will break down trapped bacteria.

Moisturize: Skin hydration is critical to preventing breakouts. Choose an oil-free moisturizer to prevent your body from producing excess sebum.

Consider professional care: Professional-grade treatments like chemical peels can be especially helpful in removing stubborn dead skin cells and rebalancing your skin’s health.

Clear your Skin with Abadir Associates

Adult acne can be frustrating – we’re here to help. At Abadir Associates, our experienced dermatologists are committed to creating customized treatment strategies that work for every skin type. Find the right treatment for your hormonal acne by calling our team and scheduling your consultation.

 

Can Lip Fillers Heal Dry Winter Lips?

Facing chapped or cracked lips? You’re not alone. Dry winter weather can be harsh on skin and especially harsh on delicate lips. But before you reach for another tube of lip balm, consider a more permanent solution – lip fillers.

Dry Winter Weather and Your Lips

Lack of moisture in the air and steady heater use are often the guilty culprits behind why lips and skin are so prone to drying out during the cold months. In contrast to balmy, humid summer days, cold winter weather has little to no moisture in the air. Combined with the drying effect of having a building heater on around the clock, skin can quickly lose moisture unless otherwise supplemented. While some remember to update their skincare regimen to account for this drying effect, lip care is somewhat overlooked.

Beyond these environmental factors, behavior and diet can also factor into lip health and appearance. During the winter months, salty, delicious comfort foods, as well as numerous social engagements, can easily derail a healthy diet. In addition, not drinking enough water can impact your skin’s health and may exacerbate the weather’s drying effects.

Dermal fillers – the newest treatment for chapped lips

Often used to add volume to fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers have long been considered among the best treatments for stalling the effects of aging. In the case of treating dried out lips, hyaluronic-based fillers include a key ingredient that not only adds volume but helps cells retain moisture for longer periods of time.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found primarily in skin cells throughout the body. This important substance is responsible for helping cells retain moisture, keeping skin looking smooth and radiant. As we age, however, the aging process combined with exposure to environmental stressors can damage cells at a rate that outpaces hyaluronic production. This further contributes to the aging process and accelerates the development of fine lines and wrinkles across the face. As a result, hyaluronic acid fillers are applied to help restore volume as well as help cells retain water around the injection site.

Using these dermal fillers to heal dry winter lips follows a similar concept. By injecting the injectables into the lips, patients are directly applying much needed hyaluronic acid to an, especially vulnerable area. This gives skin cells a much-needed boost in the ability to retain moisture despite the cold, winter weather outdoors and drying heat inside.

Another important advantage that comes with using dermal fillers for chapped lips is treatment longevity. Most dermal fillers provide results that last anywhere from three to six months, seeing patients through the harshest winter months without needed a touch-up. As the filler material gradually dissolves, patients don’t need to about a drastic change in their appearance once winter is over. In fact, some individuals find the winter months to be an excellent time to try out dermal fillers and continue to receive touch-ups year-round.

Finally, dermal fillers have the added bonus of quick treatment time and no recovery. For busy individuals who don’t have the time to remember to reapply intensive lip balm or invest in a multi-step treatment, dermal fillers are the perfect treatment option. Usually, patients are able to come in for a 30-minute treatment and can get back to their schedule without having to think about retreatment until the spring.

Get Started at Abadir Associates

Don’t spend this winter dealing with unpleasantly chapped or cracked skin. At Abadir Associates, our cosmetic dermatologists can help you find the perfect dermal filler that fits your needs. Call 914-937-7593 today to schedule your consultation!

 

 

The Luminous Skin You Were Always Meant to Have

Everyone knows at least one person with flawless skin. The most beautiful people in the world follow simple key steps to achieve their glowing skin. Yes, achieving flawless complexion can really be this easy! Follow our cosmetic skin care tips and you will achieve radiant skin in no-time.

Contact Dr. Abadir for more information on how you can achieve and maintain healthy skin.

Can You Gift Someone Skincare for the Holidays?

It’s the time of year where many of us are going through our holiday lists to make sure we’ve gotten something for those who we care about most. Rather than getting your loved ones something that will go unused, consider getting them the gift of self-care with professional skincare?

The True Value of Gifting Skincare

Gifting skincare is a great way of giving friends and family the chance to focus on their own health and wellness for a change. While we may make resolutions at the beginning of the year to take better care of ourselves, consistent self-care is often the first to fall to the wayside. Work stress, hectic home schedules, and other aspects of life can quickly swallow up time, energy and resources that could otherwise be spent of self-care.

While the choice to undergo professional treatment is certainly personal, gifting procedures can be thoughtful and done in a way that is sensitive to the personal nature of care.

How to Purchase Skincare for as a Gift

There are several different ways to go about gifting skincare. At Abadir Associates, we’ve pulled together our tips for giving professional treatments to friends and family members.

Confirm the desire for professional care:

Most close friends and family members may have been able to pick up from passing conversation that the recipient is looking for more ways to care for themselves. Given the personal nature of this gift, having confirmation that they would be receptive to treatment can help you avoid any awkwardness that may arise from purchasing such a personal gift.

Give as a gift card

When giving skincare and other professional medical treatments, knowing what you’ll be gifting is an important factor. Some find it easiest to give gift cards to a preferred dermatologist. This way, the loved one can go through the consultation process and work with a skin specialist to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy that best suits their needs. Others choose to gift specific treatments that they know their loved one has long considered. Some of the most popular procedures purchased as gifts at our practice include:

Dermal Fillers

Options like Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane are excellent options at almost every age. Designed to add volume to different parts of the face, dermal fillers have been successfully used to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles as well as add natural-looking volume to the lips.

Botox and Dysport

Another popular form of injectable cosmetic dermatology, Botox and Dysport are among our most frequently gifted treatment options at Abadir Associates. In addition to being used to stall existing wrinkles and lines, these botulinum-based treatments are gaining popularity as a proactive treatment against aging.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure perfect for smoothing away fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. During the procedure, a mechanized device is used to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process and increase collagen and elastin production.

Chemical Peels

Perhaps among the most comprehensive skin care treatments, chemical peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate skin and restore a patient’s “glow”. Gifting several sessions can be a great way of helping a loved one start their new year with smooth, clear skin.

Give the Gift of Skincare at Abadir Associates

Give a gift that you know will be appreciated and put to good use. At Abadir Associates, our specialists can help you give the gift of skincare and self-love to your loved ones. To learn more, call our team at 914-937-7593 and schedule your consultation. Together, we’ll help you find the perfect solution for your friend or family member.

 

 

Signs of Aging Hands and How to Treat Them

Do you ever examine your hands and wonder whose they are? While often overlooked, hands bear the brunt of aging and often show the passage of time much faster than the face and neck. From age spots to wrinkles, changes to our hands happen quickly and almost without warning.

What causes hands to age?

Our hands play a critical role in our daily lives. Beyond facilitating our actions and expressing our emotions, hands are also exposed to the elements on a daily basis. Decreased elastin and collagen production combined with sun damage change the texture of skin. Some of the most common signs of aging include:

Age Spots

Brown spots develop as a result of time spent outside in the sun and gradually increase in size over the years. While age spots are often mistaken for freckles or confused with melanoma, these hyperpigmentations are completely benign. Aesthetic treatment options that patients commonly choose to address their age spots include cryotherapy, laser therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and lightening creams/lotions.

Thinning Skin

Your face isn’t the only place to show signs of lost collagen and elastin. When skin on the hands begins to lose its elasticity, the skin also loses its fullness. Soon, veins become more noticeable, and the skin gains a thin paper-like texture. Options for treatment include fillers like Juvederm and fat transfer. For individuals with very large veins, these non-surgical solutions may not sufficiently hide newly visible veins. In this instances, our team may recommend sclerotherapy.

Wrinkles

Who knew your hands could also become wrinkled? As mentioned, when elastin and collagen production slow, skin becomes thinner and begins to sag, creating distinctive wrinkles across the area. When it comes to tackling this texture change on hands, options like light chemical peels and laser treatment can help tighten and rejuvenate skin. Between appointments, our doctors may recommend using a retinol or glycolic acid lotion.

Actinic keratoses

These rough, dry patches develop when hands are exposed to UV lights in the form of tanning beds or natural sunlight. Often appearing as a cluster, actinic keratoses is considered a precancer to squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer. As a result, removal of AKs when they are still small can help protect your health. After a biopsy has been completed, our Westchester County dermatologists can recommend the appropriate treatment for your condition.

General Tips for Preserving Your Skin

In addition to individually treating these common signs of aging, patients can incorporate certain steps to keep their hands from betraying their true age. For starters, we strongly recommend daily moisturizing with a good, high-quality hand lotion. Not only does intensive moisture help skin maintain its ability to retain moisture, it can help prolong the results of your hand rejuvenation.

Hand protection is another overlooked but important step in keeping your hands looking younger longer. Our hands are exposed to a lot on a regular basis. Protecting them with gloves when cleaning or handling harsh chemicals can help minimize potential damage and preserve your results.

Beyond at home care, rejuvenation is an ongoing process that requires professional support. In addition to a robust home care routine, regularly visiting a dermatologist for rejuvenation treatments and recommendations can help ensure you and your hands retain their youthful appearance. In Westchester County, Abadir Associates offers a wealth of rejuvenation treatments for patients looking to look and feel their absolute best. To learn more about available solutions, call (914) 937-7593 to schedule your consultation today!