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From Winter to Spring- Top 5 Tips to Transition Your Skincare

Spring is upon us! Just as your wardrobe needs change with each season, so do your skincare needs. These tips will help you transition your skin from to winter to spring for gorgeous skin all year round. If you need personalized advice or if you have any questions, get in touch.

Give Your Skin a Spring Cleaning

If your skin is looking dull and tired after winter, come on in and give your skin a spring cleaning. By removing the dead and damaged outer skin cells we can uncover fresh, new skin for spring. Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and dermaplaning all remove outer layers of skin. We can help you find the right option for your situation.

It’s Never Too Early for Sunscreen

Don’t wait until summer to start using sunscreen. Ideally, sun protection should be a year round habit. Many common signs of aging are actually caused by the sun. Protect your skin and you’ll age slower and look younger, plus you’ll lower your risk for skin cancer. If you haven’t been using sunscreen regularly, get in the habit this spring. We carry a wide range of sun protection products and can recommend a product for your skin type and lifestyle.

Plan Ahead for Summer

Use this spring to get your skin summer ready. As the weather heats up many of us wear less makeup which means that gorgeous, natural skin is a must. Use this spring to treat brown spots, to smooth lines and wrinkles, and to perfect your skin for summer. If you struggle with acne, stop covering it up and clear it up instead. Our acne treatments can help you discover clear skin again. Spring is also a prime
time to start on those laser hair removal treatments for silky smooth legs without shaving this summer.

Moisturize Often

One of the biggest winter skin complaints is dry skin. Now that weather’s heating up, you may be a little less worried about moisturizing, but don’t slack now. Using a moisturizer, even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, helps to protect your skin and keep it from drying out and becoming irritated. For the spring you’ll want a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that works with your skin type.

Analyze Your Products- Keep What Works and Replace the Rest

How are your skincare products working?Are you happy with your results or do you have a few concerns? Spring is an excellent opportunity to take stock of your skincare and to figure out areas where you need to change. We know that it can be difficult to find products that work well and carry a full range of top quality skincare products. We’ve taken the work out of finding quality skincare products. Let us recommend products and treatments for your areas of concern.
Love your skin this spring with these essential skincare tips. Call today!

 

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Maintaining a Professional Skincare Routine

Beautiful skin starts at home. The weekly, monthly, or quarterly treatments you receive here in our offices are essential for perfecting and enhancing your skin, but you only see us a few times a year. The care your skin gets at home, on the days you aren’t coming in for a treatment, is just as important, if not more so, than the treatments you receive here since it happens much more frequently.

So you want to improve your at-home skincare, but don’t know where to start. Don’t worry; we are here to help. This guide will walk you through the basics, but you are also welcome to come in or contact us for personalized advice and product recommendations. We want to help you achieve your best skin.

Consistency Is Key

Want better skin? The first key to a professional skincare routine is commitment. The best results come from daily, repeated use of professional grade skincare products. Start by figuring out a routine and then commit to doing it daily. The good news is, great skincare doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Just 5-10 minutes a day can dramatically improve the quality and appearance of your skin.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

If you’re short on time, stick to the basics with your skincare. Daily cleansing is essential. It removes dirt, oil, makeup, and buildup from the skin. At a minimum you should cleanse your skin every evening to remove anything from the skin before you go to bed.

Everyone also needs a good moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. A moisturizer helps to balance and soothe the skin. It also keeps cells plump and hydrated, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Without a moisturizer your skin may go into overproduction mode, producing more oil than is needed and leaving your skin feeling shiny, oily, and irritated. Moisturize after every cleanse.

The finally skincare must-do is sun protection. Many patients don’t realize that the sun is one of the primary factors driving skin aging. Use sun protection daily, even if you don’t plan on spending time in the sun. Repeated, daily exposure to UV rays take their toll on your skin, even if it is just for 5 minutes at a time. If you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, use a high quality sunscreen and reapply often.

We can recommend products and treatments to treat your specific skin concerns.

Use the Right Products

A professional skincare routine requires professional grade products. These products are specifically formulated to your skin, targeting problem areas and providing your skin with the building blocks for healthy, beautiful skin. We carry a wide range of professional grade products, formulated with clinically proven and cutting-edge delivery technologies to visibly repair and renew the skin. Our advanced formulations incorporate only non-comedogenic and non-sensitizing ingredients. Come see what a difference quality skincare can make.

Great skin starts at home. Change up your skincare and start seeing better skin in just a few weeks.

Botox Before Wrinkles? The Benefits of Getting Botox Before Wrinkles Become a Problem

It’s common knowledge that Botox treatments are popular for individuals over 40. What most people don’t know is that the anti-aging injectables aren’t exclusive to men and women in their 40s, 50s, or 60s.

Individuals in their middle 20s or early 30s who notice fine lines, crows’ feet, laugh lines, or wrinkles on their faces can benefit from Botox.  If this is you, and this treatment has crossed your mind, here are a few benefits you can enjoy from this injectable before wrinkles become a problem.

  1. Delays the permanent development of wrinkles

While there is no way to stop the natural aging process, you can delay the appearance of aging from your face. Botox injection can help as it can inhibit facial muscle contractions. When muscles cannot contract, wrinkles cannot form and become permanent fixtures in the face. With the treatment, not only will you be able to curb fine lines from further development, you’ll also be able to prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

  1. Treats the signs of aging easily than 10 years later

If doctors find it easy to treat an illness in its early stage, cosmetic doctors also find it easy to treat the signs of aging when they are still in the development stage. If you want your face to have fewer wrinkles by the time you hit late 40s or 50s, you might want to take preventative steps as early as now. Wrinkles and other fine lines are easier to treat when they are still in their initial development than when they are at an advanced stage.

External elements, such as free radicals and sun exposure, can speed up the aging process. Before you know it, the signs of aging are already visible in your face and can be difficult to treat. Therefore, you can use Botox as a preventative treatment if constant exposure to such elements is a threat to your skin.

  1. Saves on treatment cost

Excessively developed wrinkles can cost $2,000 or more per year. If you decide to treat facial lines and creases before they become a problem, you can save $1,000 or more per year. If you want to save on anti-aging treatments, the decision to have Botox injections early on can help you save in the end.             

Botox is safe for use even for young adults, and only when administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn more about Botox treatments, consult a licensed practitioner. Call Abadir Associates today.

The Abadir Approach to Thermage

Anti-aging treatments come in many different forms. One form of remedy that provided successful results consistently is Thermage.

What is Thermage?

This is an FDA-approved non-surgical solution to fight the signs of aging, eliminate sagging skin in the jowls and neck, remove excess skin after excessive weight loss, and diminish cellulite. It uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. Additionally, the heat released from the energy aids the collagen production in the skin, which, in turn, makes the target areas appear younger.

Thermage is a popularly requested procedure at Abadir Associates because it requires no downtime, does not leave scars, and does not need multiple treatments to see results. However, that is not the only reason people come to our New-York-based practice for the treatment. Unlike the other dermatology clinics in the area, Abadir Associates uses a different approach for Thermage treatment.

The Abadir Approach

It’s always been our practice to provide beautiful, stunning results for all our patients, so we offer an integrative treatment to fight the signs of aging in the neck. Instead of just one form of Thermage treatment, we combine three methods into one session to ensure our patients are fully satisfied with the output.

When you book an appointment with us, we will use Thermage to tighten loose, sagging skin and to correct its tone. We will then use the Palomar Lux 1540 to reduce the visibility of brown and red collars around your neck. Lastly, we will use Sculptra injectable filler to treat wrinkles and folds around the neck, and to replace lost collagen due to the natural aging process. As each person is unique, Dr. Abadir injects a diluted form of Sculptra to give you a natural outcome.

The result of this unique fusion of methods is a fully rejuvenated neck. The youthful appearance can last for a few years or longer, depending on how well you take care of your skin.

The Procedure

The process of one Thermage treatment may vary from one patient to another. As each individual has unique needs, it’s best to consult with Dr. Abadir to know which approach is best for you. There may be cases wherein your doctor may divide the treatments into several weeks to allow the filler and the laser therapy to work their magic.

Regardless of the recommended program, one treatment session typically takes about an hour and you can see immediate results after.

If you’re unhappy with fine lines and wrinkles in your face, Thermage may be right for you. Find out if you’re a good candidate by consulting with Dr. Abadir. Contact Abadir Associates to book an appointment.

Are Liposuction Results Permanent?

“If I get liposuction, will I remain slim for the rest of my life?”

Many of our liposuction patients ask this question on their initial consultation, and it is completely understandable. Many individuals would like to have some kind of assurance that they will enjoy permanent results if they go through the process. In most cases, we give them a direct answer.

When our patients ask us, “Will my liposuction results remain permanent?” Our answer will always be ‘Yes,’ but with conditions.

Liposuction offers a permanent solution to remove unwanted fat in the body to give individuals a slimmer, smoother figure. However, the contours will remain smooth only if the patient continues to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

How Liposuction Works

This body-contouring procedure sculpts the body through the removal of localized excess fat. Your doctor will insert a cannula attached to a vacuum device, and suction away pockets of fat from target areas. The result is a decrease in fat cells and a more contoured figure.

Residual fat cells do not increase in number, which can be beneficial to your weight loss efforts. However, these fat cells can grow in size as they store additional fat if you consume more calories than you can burn.

This explains why Drs. Abadir will always recommend their patients to lose weight or reach at least close to their ideal weight before they have this minimally invasive procedure.

To become a good candidate for liposuction, you should start with your weight loss goals before you schedule an appointment. The decision to start a healthy diet and a fitness routine early on will put you on a straight course to a slimmer, trimmer, sexier body before you get the procedure.

How to Maintain the Results

As explained, liposuction doesn’t guarantee that you’ll remain slim for the rest of your life after the procedure. Age, genetics, lifestyle, and gender are factors that can affect your weight. Fortunately, there are things you can do to extend the results of your liposuction. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Follow Doctor’s Orders

When you meet with our doctors at Abadir Associates, you will receive specific instructions that will help you recover successfully from surgery and maintain your results. You will enjoy the best experience if you follow the instructions.

  • Maintain a Well-Balanced Diet

Eat food that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Be sure to control your portions too. Don’t eat excessively if you know you can’t burn the calories off.

  • Exercise Regularly

Couple a healthy diet with an active lifestyle, and you can stay slim as you age.

Liposuction can sculpt your body, but the rest is up to you to maintain your results. For an in-depth consultation, which includes ways to extend the results long-term, schedule an appointment today at Abadir Associates.

New Year, New You! Why 2017 Is Your Year for Body Contouring


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Many people strive to live by this mantra. After all, life becomes more beautiful when you live each day trying to be better than you were yesterday. If you want to take over your health and fitness this 2017 – it’s not too late to start! You can definitely benefit from body contouring procedures, in addition to your diet and exercise routines.

Although it’s already February, you can still include body-contouring procedures in your 2017 goals. Here are some of the reasons you should:

  • Boosts your self-esteem

Beauty can undoubtedly increase your self-confidence. When you look good, you’ll also feel good. This can lead to increased confidence, which can translate to success in your personal and professional life.

Additionally, changes in your physical appearance can improve your perspectives in life. You may become more hopeful and optimistic. You may also become more sociable, especially when you meet new people. Body contouring procedures can also help you be more competitive and fearless, especially when you face difficult obstacles. With such positive effects, success in your endeavors won’t be just a dream but a reality as well.

  • Helps reach your goals faster

Body contouring procedures, such as a liposuction, can complement your health and fitness goals. This is particularly true in cases wherein you see little to no improvements in your weight loss efforts. Excess skin or stubborn fat could be the reason you don’t see any improvements in your contours, and a procedure may be just what you need in such instances.

  • Lets you enjoy the results longer

If you schedule body-contouring procedures early in the year, there’s a higher chance that you can enjoy the results longer. Plus, there are procedures that are best performed while the weather is cold, as the low temperatures can make your recovery comfortable.

Procedures to Try

With the benefits explained, perhaps you might want to include these procedures in your 2017 goals. Many of our patients have found that these body-contouring procedures complemented their goals:

  • Liposuction – Removes stubborn fat in your neck and body.
  • Thermage – A non-surgical option that tightens excess skin, eliminates loose skin in the neck, and reduces the signs of aging.
  • Cellulite Treatments – Reduces the appearance of cellulite in the body, so you can have a smooth contour.
  • Hand Rejuvenation – Rejuvenates the hands and makes them appear younger.

If many individuals found success with the help of these procedures, so can you. To learn more about how these treatments can help you achieve your goals, consult with our board-certified doctors at Abadir Associates. Call today to book an appointment.

Get the Perfect Cupid’s Bow with Lip Injections

Kissable, full lips are a must for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not naturally blessed with the perfect Cupid’s bow, come on into Abadir Associates. We offer a variety of treatments to enhance, augment, and shape the lips. Pucker up!

What Is a Cupid’s Bow? Do I Want One?

Cupid is famous for shooting arrows with his bow and causing his victims to fall in love. A Cupid’s bow on the face refers to the upper lip. The double curves of the philtral columns give the lip a bow-like appearance. Ideally a Cupid’s bow will have natural looking volume, good symmetry, and definition. We’ll help you achieve your ideal lip by using our deep knowledge of facial anatomy and the latest aesthetic techniques to enhance your natural beauty.

What Are My Options for Perfecting My Lips?

If your lips fall a bit short of perfection, we can help. We offer a variety of options for perfecting your lips. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options and to receive personalized treatment advice. Injections are one of our most popular lip treatments. Unlike a synthetic implant, injections require no surgery and no downtime. Results are very natural looking.

  • Botox and Dysport- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth with Botox or Dysport. These injectable solutions work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. This allows the skin to smooth out from underneath and the wrinkles to fade away. You’ll need just one treatment to start enjoying the results which last about four months per treatment. When injected by a skilled injector like Dr. Abadir, results are very natural looking. Botox and Dysport are non-invasive, affordable, and require no downtime.
  • Lip Fillers– Add volume to the lips without the need for a synthetic implant. Injectable fillers offer fast and natural looking results. Best of all, they require no downtime and have very few side effects. Fillers are also less painful and invasive than surgery. We carry a wide range of fillers allowing us to customize your treatment including Juvederm  and Restylane.

How Long After Treatment Will I See Results?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but you still have time to perfect your lips before the big day. Many women notice immediate change after a filler treatment. Botox and Dysport show results in just 1-2 days. You may have a bit of swelling or redness right after treatment, but this typically resolves quickly. Since these injectable treatment require no downtime, you can come in on your lunch and head right back to work after treatment.

We can’t guarantee that Cupid’s arrow will strike you this Valentine’s Day, but we do know that with the right injectables you will fall in love with your lips. Call and book your treatments today!

How to Achieve the Perfect Valentine’s Day Look with Injectables

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you want to look your best for your true love. Of course, you can revamp your wardrobe, redo your hair, or even change your makeup routine; but wouldn’t it be better if you can change your look down to the smallest details? This romantic holiday calls for a complete transformation—one that’s as natural and long-lasting as possible. Abadir Associates is here to tell you how to achieve the perfect Valentine’s Day look.

GIVE YOURSELF A LIFT (NON SURGICAL)!

The latest trend in injections are two products which, when injected into the upper area of the cheeks, usually along the cheekbones, not only replace some of the volume we all loose with age, but actually significantly LIFT!

These products are Restylane’s “LYFT” and Juvederm’s “VOLUMA”.   Very different from the original Restylane and Juvederm, they are more “robust” and able when injected in the appropriate sites, to actually give an immediate and noticeable lifting of the cheeks, thus improving laugh lines and the lower cheeks. Placement varies according to the particular patient. The amount of “filling” is not excessive (each syringe only contains 1cc—a fifth of a teaspoon—most patients use 1 or 2!).  However the effect is instant, pleasing, giving you a more youthful appearance. Give yourself the gift of Voluma or Lyft!

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin

These neuromodulators are all similar and contain botulin toxin Type A. When injected into a muscle, they weaken, or completely prevent, that muscle’s contraction. Where the muscle in causing the development of undesirable lines or expression, such as frowning, the result is aesthetically pleasing.

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are the only three FDA-approved neuromodulators, although more could soon be approved. Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir have been injecting Botox for over 20 years and have vast experience.

Lesser known Dysport and Xeomin have similar actions. Dysport takes effect a little faster, and Xeomin has no protein. While this is usually insignificant, on rare occasions patients have developed antibodies to the proteins in Botox and Dysport. These antibodies destroy the product when injected, making it ineffective (the same way antibodies to disease-causing viruses and bacteria will kill them).

Drs. Dale and Michelle Abadir will discuss with you the various types of neuromodulators, benefits and likely duration (which varies depending on which muscles they are used in), and recommend the best for you!

Skip a Year of Aging: Top 3 Benefits of Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Like the rest of us, beautiful, flawless skin that glows no matter the age is something you want to achieve. Yet, no matter how hard you try to take care of your skin, there will always be external factors that contribute to the speed of the aging process.

Sun exposure, free radicals, and other pollutants impede your efforts to achieve clear, youthful skin. Thankfully, a non-surgical solution can aid you in your efforts, and that is by getting a non-ablative laser skin resurfacing procedure.

Skip a Year of Aging

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective option for the treatment of facial wrinkles. The hallmark of non-ablative laser skin resurfacing is it improves the appearance of the skin without injuring the outer layer of the skin. It works by removing the skin’s superficial external layers only, leaving the deep layers intact. When the light heats the water found in the skin, it helps to tighten and clean it.  This leads to a natural shedding process, wherein dead skin peels off on its own. Minimal redness can occur post-treatment and can be covered with make-up.

Why Consider Laser Skin Resurfacing?

There are many options for laser skin resurfacing. At Abadir Associates, though, we use a StarLux 1540 non-ablative laser system to make your skin rejuvenation treatment a successful and comfortable one. Unlike the conventional full-face laser skin rejuvenation technique, the following factors are what make non-ablative laser skin resurfacing more appealing.

  • Stimulates collagen production

The heat that the laser generates aids in the promotion of collagen and elastin production, which leads to skin tightening. As collagen and elastin are building blocks that help the skin return to its smooth, soft, and glowing state, the result is a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition to that, the increase of collagen production will keep your skin supple and strong. It’ll maintain the elasticity of your skin and protect the skin cells. It will also improve the health of your hair and nails, which are appendages of the skin.

  • Minimal recovery time

Although a non-ablative laser skin resurfacing procedure requires more treatment sessions than the harsh ablative laser therapies, it doesn’t require downtime. Also, the entire process is very comfortable.

  • Long-Term Effects

Due to the stimulation of collagen production, the natural aging process is curbed temporarily. For the first round of treatments, you will need at least three treatments to see beautiful results. After the initial treatment, you can maintain your results with at least one or two treatments annually.

With non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, it’s possible to skip one year of aging. If you’re ready to transform your look for 2017, consult with our top surgeons at Abadir Associates. Schedule a consultation today.

5 Areas of the Body You Didn’t Know You Could Get Liposuction

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Admit it. Whenever you hear the word liposuction, what usually comes to mind is removal of excess fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. While these are the most common sites for the procedure, liposuction is not limited to these alone.

Liposuction is FDA-approved as a safe and effective method to remove fat from almost all areas of the body. What’s more interesting is that you don’t have to lose significant weight to qualify the areas for liposuction, which is unlikely if you want to treat the abdomen. Subtle or mild liposuction procedures in these areas can make a big difference to your overall appearance.

As you know, liposuction is designed to smoothen the contours of the body and to give it a slimmer appearance. To achieve a svelte figure, this minimally invasive procedure can remove unwanted or excess fat in the following unique areas using tiny incisions:

  1. The Arms

Toned arms can be hard to achieve if you have excess or hanging fat on the upper arms. If exercise and diet have failed to give definition to your arms, then a light procedure can definitely help. After the treatment, you’ll find it easy to build arm muscles and make them look more pronounced.

  1. The Knees

If, after dropping tremendous weight, you still have isolated fatty deposits in your knee area, then liposuction can help. This procedure can remove the folds and bulges around your knees to improve the contours of your legs.

  1. The Back Torso

Your abdomen and hip areas are not the only ones that can benefit from this procedure. With proper cannula placement, liposuction can banish the infamous love handles and their accompanying creases and folds.

  1. The Neck

If you can’t seem to get rid of your double chin despite following a strict diet and exercise, then liposuction could be what you need. Not only will a small procedure get rid of your “turkey neck”, it can also help define your jawline. This will give you a slimmer-looking, well-defined upper neck.

  1. The Bra Area

It’s bad enough to not be able to wear a swimsuit or a bikini with confidence if the fat bulges still show even when you’re wearing a shirt. Thankfully, liposuction can eliminate excess fat along the bra area, wherein fat often bulges out. Interestingly, liposuction can also be a method for breast reduction.

As you can see, liposuction is an effective procedure in removing fat in atypical areas of the body. If you want to remove fat in an unusual place in your body, consult with our doctors at Abadir Associates. Schedule an appointment today.