Craft the Perfect Cold Weather Skincare Routine with these Tips

With winter right around the corner, do you have your cold weather skin care routine ready? While it may not seem like it, winter weather and behavior can impact your skin’s health and elasticity more than the summer heat. Between freezing temperatures outside and heaters turned all the way up inside, it’s no surprise that skin tends to dry out and crack during the winter months. Not only does this diminish your natural, supple appearance, cracked skin can also be especially painful.

If you haven’t already, spend some time reevaluating and updating your daily skin routine to ensure it best meets your needs and keeps your skin looking fresh all winter long.

Watch the Heat

With the nights dipping into near-freezing temperatures, ultra-hot showers and roaring fires can seem like the perfect way to end any winter day. However, these ways of staying warm can negatively impact your skin. Raising the temperature on your shower and thermostat can quickly dry out the air at home, leaving your skin susceptible to becoming dry and flaky. Rather than cranking up the temperature (and utility bill!), keep the thermostat a comfortable cool and invest in a good humidifier to add much-needed moisture to your home. Lower indoor temperatures also have the added benefit of leaving you more alert during the day and more likely to sleep well at night.

Just as high indoor temps can dry out your skin, so can super-hot showers. We recommend taking shorter, warm (not hot) showers. Not only will you still get just as clean, you reduce the risk of stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture thereby increasing the likelihood of your skin becoming drier and losing its natural glow.

Maximize Moisture

A diligent moisturizing routine and product can make or break a winter skincare regimen. In addition to creating a skin-friendly environment, it’s incredibly important you physically care for your skin. This includes investing in a high-quality moisturizer for your face and body as well as regularly applying the cream daily. Looking to keep your feet soft and supple? Try applying moisturizer to dry feet and covering them with socks as you sleep to prevent moisture loss.

For all outdoor excursions, we recommend choosing a moisturizer with some form of sunblock. Even though you’ll be covered with clothes, the bulk of the winter, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin.

Stay Hydrated & Healthy

While winter months certainly call for rounds of hot cocoa and mulled wine, your skin needs good old-fashioned H2O to stay supple and beautiful looking. Be sure to continue drinking at least eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated – your skin will thank you!

Between nearly monthly feasts and get-togethers, it can be difficult to stay dedicated to a skin-healthy diet – after all, who doesn’t want to indulge in the extra piece of pumpkin pie or cheesecake? When it comes to your skincare, it’s critical to remember that moderation is key. Between gatherings with family and friends, be sure to enjoy antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, monitor sugar and fat intake and take time to exercise. These simple steps can help mitigate unwanted flare-ups and keep skin looking clear throughout the winter.

Be Picky About Products

A high-quality moisturizer isn’t the only product investment we recommend making. During the winter months, your skin is already at a higher likelihood of drying out. To help protect it, try limiting exfoliation frequency to just once a week and invest in alcohol-free skincare products as well as mild soaps. These solutions are gentle enough to avoid damaging vulnerable skin cells while still thoroughly cleaning your skin.

Find Your Solution at Abadir Associates

Not sure where to start your skincare routine evaluation? We can help. At Abadir Associates, our dedicated team is available to help patients fill the gaps in their winter skincare routines with treatments that preserve and protect skin health. To get started, call (914) 937-7593 today and schedule your consultation.

 

What You Need to Know About Submental Liposuction

Also known as a double chin, excess submental fat is a common condition that affects countless men and women. While the condition was once considered a side effect of aging, the truth is that any patient can develop excess tissue, regardless of age.

Rather than going the traditional route for double chin removal, more patients facing this problem are choosing submental liposuction – a fast, minimally-invasive application of the liposuction technique to this confidence crusher.

What is Submental Liposuction

To better understand how submental liposuction works, it’s important to understand how fat works. Fat cells (sometimes referred to collectively as adipose tissue) expand and shrink over time. For some, this tissue develops around the midsection, thighs or arms. For others, extra fat appears beneath the chin. While fat cells may shrink with diet and exercise, new studies have shown that new fat cells are created quickly and are nearly impossible to remove once they’ve developed. Even a vigorous diet and exercise routine can’t fully remove excess adipose tissue once it has formed unless the cells are physically removed or destroyed.

That’s where liposuction comes in. Unlike completely non-invasive options, liposuction physically removes extra cells and adds definition to the target area. Submental liposuction, or microliposculpture, uses mini cannulas to gently remove excess fat cells from the lower chin and along the jawbone. This results in a beautifully contoured face and restored self-confidence.

Interested? Here’s what you need to know about this procedure:

Submental Liposuction is Less-Invasive, but not Non-Invasive

Traditionally, facelifts have been the primary solution for patients looking to lose stubborn double chins. There’s no doubt that facelifts are effective. The procedure is tried and true and for patients who also face skin laxity and other consequences of aging, is often the most effective option. However, surgical facelifts require lengthy treatment time and recovery. Not all patients have the time nor are as enthused by the idea of undergoing major cosmetic surgery in pursuit of a more youthful visage.

In contrast, submental liposuction offers a less invasive alternative. As the treatment uses strategically inserted cannulas to remove extra tissue rather than scalpels, patients face fewer surgical sites, stiches, and bruising. While there is some recovery time involved with this form of double chin removal, it is much less than that associated with traditional surgery.

Fat Removal Means Long Lasting Results

As mentioned before, fat shrinkage is not the same as complete fat removal. If you’ve been working out regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and are still looking at a double chin in the mirror, submental liposuction may be the best way to alleviate your source of concern. As the procedure removes excess cellular tissue, you only need to worry about maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen in order to retain your ideal definition.

Treatment has been successfully used for many patients

Looking for another reason to consider submental liposuction? Much like traditional facelifts, frequent use and positive testimonials from patients over the years has helped generate high praise for the procedure. At Abadir Associates, we’ve successfully helped countless male and female patients overcome insecurities stemming from the appearance of double chins with this long-lasting treatment.

Ready, Set, Call

Is your double chin undermining your self-confidence? It’s time to take charge of your appearance and tackle submental tissue head on. With submental liposuction, all patients start by coming in for a comprehensive examination, during which our team will identify the best course of action and create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and needs.

Ready to get started? Call (914) 937-7593 today to schedule your visit at Abadir Associates.

 

Get an Extra 15 Minutes of Sleep with Permanent Makeup

For working professionals and stay-at-home moms, spending an extra 15 minutes in bed can be the ultimate game changer. Whatever your profession, chances are a good 15 minutes, or more are spent on applying and reapplying makeup. While those precious 15 minutes may not seem like a lot, they can quickly add up. At that rate, the average woman spending 15 minutes per workday on her makeup clocks in nearly 65 hours in a year just doing this task.

Rather than spend that time standing in front of the mirror, put that time back into your sleep with permanent makeup.

Permanent Makeup in 2018

Permanent makeup today is not the same permanent makeup of your grandmother’s time. Today, new techniques in application have made micropigmentation results more natural looking and longer lasting. The wide array of ink options, delicate application, and types of treatment mean that permanent makeup can address diverse concerns in the personalized treatment manner patients are accustomed to.

While options like permanent eyeliner and lip liner remain popular among many of our younger patients, new trends on social media have also led to a popularity boost among younger patients. The desire for full, clean looking eyebrows and luscious lashes has steadily grown in popularity at the same rate that they’re trending on Instagram.

Seal in Your Looks with Permanent Makeup

When our patients come in with questions about the benefits of permanent makeup, many of their queries can be boiled down into one question: How will permanent makeup improve my day-to-day routine?

When it comes down to ranking the benefits of permanent makeup, convenience and flexibility are deciding factors for many patients. In the name of convenience, having professional makeup ready as soon as they’re up in the morning and throughout the day, frees up time spent applying and reapplying makeup.

For others, having a fresh-looking layer of makeup even in the midst of a particularly strenuous day can be game-changing. For athletes and individuals who are in high sweat, physically demanding roles, the piece of mind knowing that their makeup will always stay in place adds an extra boost of confidence and allows women to focus on what is most important.

The benefits of permanent makeup are not exclusive to convenience. For many women, the power of makeup can be life changing. It can not only be a source of creative expression, it can also be a powerful source of self-confidence. For women with health or mobility issues, permanent makeup makes it possible to keep their appearance as beautiful as ever, without feeling limited in any way. For others, permanent makeup helps cover scars and discoloration. At Abadir Associates, permanent makeup has even been used as the final step in reconstructive procedures.

Update Your Morning Routine – Schedule a Consultation Today!

Abadir Associates is proud to help patients achieve their highest potential. When it comes to permanent makeup options, our Westchester team offers a wide array of options, including

  • Permanent eyeliner
  • Permanent eyebrows (microblading)
  • Permanent lip liner and full lip color
  • Eyelash extensions and enhancement

In addition to permanent makeup solutions, our Rye Brook dermatologists are proud to offer a wealth of personalized dermatological and plastic surgery solutions. Call our office at 914-937-7593 today and renew your self- confidence!

 

 

What is Dysport and How does it Compare to Botox?

Botox is among the most popular cosmetic treatments available. Highly regarded for its abilities to freeze fine lines and wrinkles in their tracks, this injectable has developed incredible name recognition in just a few short decades. However, this treatment isn’t the only one available for patients looking to look younger. Since its FDA approval in 2009, Dysport has quickly become a popular alternative to Botox for patients, giving the name brand a run for its money.

Dysport vs. Botox – Is there a Difference?

Fundamentally, Dysport and Botox are more similar than different. Both injectables are derived from botulinum toxin type A, a bacteria by-product that has been successfully used as a medical solution to temporomandibular joint disorder and overactive sweat glands. When used for cosmetic purposes, the toxin helps put the aging process on pause by temporarily paralyzing underlying muscles of the face and preventing them from contracting and from creating additional lines or creases.

When it comes to results, Dysport tends to offer noticeable results within a day of treatment, making it slightly faster than its counterpart. Similarly, the effects of Dysport can remain noticeable up to six months following treatment, a jump from the three to four months Botox patients usually have between visits.

The most significant differences between the two are the formula concentration and their structural make up, factors which lead to different patient experiences in achieving the same results. Botox molecules are structurally larger than Dysport, making them ideal for precise application in specific parts of the face. In contrast, Dysport molecules are smaller, allowing the injectables to disperse over a greater area after it has been administered. For patients looking to correct wrinkles affecting larger areas such as the forehead or crow’s feet, this dispersion makes it possible to achieve ideal results with less injections.

The Ideal Dysport Candidate

Given the vast similarities between the two options, any patient who is a candidate for Dysport injections is eligible for Botox. Whether you’re looking to take a preventive approach to aging or are trying to slow the development of wrinkles, Dysport is an excellent, non-surgical solution to removing creases and wrinkles. Likewise, the fast treatment sessions and minimal recovery time have made Dysport a popular option for patients who do not have the time to wait for surgical enhancements.

How Do I Choose? Schedule Your Consultation

Ultimately, choosing the right cosmetic solution for your needs starts with identifying your goals and visiting an experienced doctor. At Abadir Associates, Drs. Michelle and Dale Abadir are experienced in both Dysport and Botox injections. Their in-depth knowledge of how the two solutions compare and their best applications ensures that when you visit for your pre-treatment consultation, our Westchester County doctors can help you better understand which solution best suits your needs.

Ready to get started? Call 914-937-7593 to schedule your consultation with our team! We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal appearance through care tailored to your needs.

 

Picking an Injectable by Area of Concern

Cosmetic injectables are a popular option for patients who want to achieve facial rejuvenation without surgery or downtime. There are many dermal fillers on the market, including Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane, and more. Read our infographic below to find out which injectables help treat which areas of concern.

If you’re interested in cosmetic injectables, contact us today.

The Benefits of Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine

Over the course of the day, your skin is exposed to a lot. Makeup, UV rays, and pollution can all clog pores, damage skin and accelerate the aging process. However, new studies in skin care have shown that while exposure may be inevitable, there are preventive measures you can take. Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine through topical skincare and a healthy diet can help improve the way your skin looks, functions and ages. Here’s how:

Reduces Inflammation

Diet, sunburn, acne and even scratching your face can all contribute to skin inflammation. Not only is inflammation uncomfortable, but it can also be disheartening to see in the mirror. Instead of trying the latest trend in skin care, turn to antioxidants as a way of reducing redness and swelling. Antioxidants like vitamin C have been found to help reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin’s repair process.

Fights Aging at the Cellular Level

The topical use of antioxidants is perhaps best known for its role in slowing the aging process. Naturally produced vitamins like vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene all help diminish the impact of oxidative stressors by targeting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules created by pollution, the sun, and smog. Daily exposure to them leads to skin damage, which can appear as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. When combined with the natural aging process, these factors can accelerate skin damage and premature aging.

Antioxidants help slow the aging process by disabling these free radicals. Furthermore, they help to increase collagen and elastin production, important compounds that keep the skin looking full and elastic. Often, many injectable solutions use hyaluronic acid, a naturally produced compound with antioxidant benefits, to add volume to areas where collagen production has slowed or stopped altogether. For an at-home skincare regimen, many high quality and professional grade anti-aging products leverage antioxidants to ensure they are regularly applied to the skin that needs it most. Ultimately, the use of these helps patients keep their skin looking beautiful and youthful.

Improves Skin Tone

In addition to accelerating the aging process, oxidative stressors are notorious for compromising skin quality on a near-daily basis. Dark spots, uneven skin tone, and excess oil production are all common side effects most patients are likely familiar with. When antioxidants like vitamin C are introduced into a comprehensive skin care routine, they can help inhibit the production of enzymes the promote melanin production, lessening the impact of dark spots or uneven skin tone.

More than Skin Deep

Great skin starts with a solid skincare regimen tailored to your skin type, environment and needs and is most effective when complemented with a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet. Together, this combination can help patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin from the inside and out. To learn more about introducing antioxidants to your life via skin care routine, we recommend calling our Westchester County doctors for a consultation. During your visit, our team will help determine the condition of your skin and can recommend both professional and at-home solutions to help improve the quality and appearance of your skin. Call today to get started!

 

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!