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!

 

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!