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.)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!

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.