Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Kally Papantoniou’

DO YOUR EAR(RING)S HANG LOW?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Large EarringsThough our ears are 90% formed by age of 6, they continue to change shape as we age.  As soft tissues relax and the structural support changes, causing them to droop. “Bone recedes with time, so there’s less foundation to hold the skin and cartilage up,” explains board certified NYC Dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou.  Aging, sun damage, and the loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin also contribute to sagging.  “The support is also not there so the ear looks shriveled,” she adds.   When the ear lobes become wrinkled and thinned out typically near the site of a piercing, they “weaken the piercing itself so that earrings are not held firmly in the ear,” causing them to turn downward, rather than stay in place. Dr. Papantoniou often uses dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm or Belotero to aid the structure of the lobe.  “The look is completely natural, and the earrings are held up perfectly afterwards, with hardly any down time.”  Here are some of Dr. Papantoniou’s tips to help protect your lobes from hanging (too) low:

  1. Never sleep with earrings. Even if this does not feel uncomfortable, it could mean 8 hours of an ear being tugged by the earring against a pillow.
  2. Don’t wear heavy earrings every day routinely. Save this for an important event, or limit the amount of time you wear them to few hours.
  3. Don’t forget your sunscreen!  Photodamage is the # 1 aging factor for the ear.
  4. Consider applying some of your retinol cream to the lower part of the ear when you apply to your face.
  5. If you have an over grown scar on the ear, this may be a keloid and it can be treated with either injections or surgical removal, see your dermatologist.

 

10 WAYS TO AVOID BEING A SKIN-SABOTEUR!

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

JeLoWe all do our best to maintain, healthy, youthful-looking skin. Yet, in spite of our diligent applications of sunscreen and anti-aging products, we are not immune (unknowingly) from being skin-saboteurs.  Board-certified New York Dermatologist, Dr. Kally Papantoniou, shares shares the ten skin sins we may not even know we are comitting.

  1. Not wearing sunglasses  While it is important to protect your eyes against harmful ultra violet rays sunglasses do more than just protect your eyes. They also play a role in protecting the thinner skin of the eye area against aging. Dr. Papantoniou says, “Repetitive squinting in bright light can lead to crow’s feet, which often require dermal fillers to smooth again. Keep sunglasses in your car so you’re less likely to find yourself out and about without them.”
  2. Substituting sunscreen for a moisturizer  While it’s great that you have made using sunscreen part of your daily routine, it doesn’t provide the same benefits as your moisturizer. Dr. Papantoniou stresses that, “Not all sunscreens hydrate, and some may even add oil or dry out your skin. Apply both moisturizer and sunscreen for days out in the sun, or use a moisturizer with SPF for daily use.”
  3. Skipping the body  Many people skip moisturizing their body after showering. As we age elbows and knees become dryer and skin begins to sag. A body moisturizer applied daily will lock in moisture keeping skin soft, supple and radiant.
  4. Bathing in hot water  A steamy shower or soak in the hot tub may be great for sore muscles, but studies show it’s bad for your skin. That’s because hot water breaks down skin elasticity and causes premature wrinkling and sagging. When bathing, keep the water warm rather than piping hot and save the hot tub soaks for special occasions.  (more…)

TIPS FOR A SAFER SPA EXPERIENCE!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Spa Experience

Who doesn’t enjoy indulging in a relaxing spa visit?  While we try our best to unwind, fears of contracting a transferable skin disease or infection often disrupt our bliss.  That’s why we asked Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City, to share her five favorite tips for a safer spa experience.  According to the good doctor, “Sometimes the more you know, the worse off you are.”  Well, we believe that knowledge is power!

1. Seek out a salon or spa that uses a heat autoclave to sterilize their instruments.  You can ask directly if the instruments are autoclaved and they should be able to answer this question. Establishments that use autoclaves will often have their instruments in sealed bags. Other spas or salons will use an alcohol-based solution to clean their instruments, this can be helpful, but is inferior to heat autoclaving. Autoclaving entails placing instruments inside a machine utilizing intense pressure and high heat to destroy all organisms on tools. It is the gold standard for sterilizing even medical and surgical instruments.

2. Don’t soak your feet in the foot-bath in the nail salon. Unless a disposable liner is being used for each customer, I cannot think of a dirtier place to soak your feet. As appealing as a nice warm soak might sound, I have seen some terrible infections that were picked up at nail salons. One such customer had suffered an amputation of one of her toes due to a salon-acquired infection. The issue is that you never know who is going to pick up an infection. The vast majority of people who have these services have no such serious complication, but very commonly will develop a wart or athletes foot.

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