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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.

 

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!

 

Sunscreen 101: FAQ’s about Sunscreen

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

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

The following are common FAQs regarding sunscreen protection:

Q:  Who should wear sunscreen?

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

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

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

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

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

Q: How often should I put on sunscreen?

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

Q: Is sunscreen safe to use?

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

Q: Can I treat a sunburn?

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

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

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

 

 

 

Leg Vein Treatment: Understanding Your Options

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

How Does Leg Vein Treatment Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Non-Surgical Facelift

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

Botox

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

No Downtime

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

Combination Procedures

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

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

Best Summer Salads for Your Skin

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

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

Fresh Cucumber and Celery Salad with Mint And Fennel Dressing

Key properties:

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

Ingredients:

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

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

1 cup loosely packed spinach

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

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup avocado oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

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

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

Key properties:

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

Ingredients:

1 avocado, pitted and cubed

1/4 cup toasted walnuts

1/4 cup flaked toasted coconut

1″ piece of ginger, grated

1 lime (plus zest)

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

Large pinch salt

1 cup mixed greens

Directions:

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

Shaved Asparagus and Roasted Grapefruit Salad

Key properties:

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

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus

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

1 medium grapefruit (plus zest)

2 teaspoons honey

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

1/4 cup hemp oil

Large pinch salt

Large pinch pepper

Directions:

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

Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin

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