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How To Keep Your Skin Safe From The Sun

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A recent study found that just 14% of American Men and 30% of American Women regularly use sunscreen before sun exposure, and with the coming Spring and Summer seasons (when the UV Index is at its highest[1]) we typically spend more time outdoors. It is always the time for protective measures from the sun, but it is especially important to consider how to increase your sun protection during the warmer months!


Spending more time in the sun means spending more time on sun protection!


Here are my recommendations on how to keep your skin safest this Spring & Summer and be proactive in reducing your sun exposure:

  1. Use a Physical (Mineral) sunscreen on all exposed areas of the body (remember your ears!). A physical sunscreen sits on the top of your skin and reflects harmful UVA and UVB rays. It uses mineral ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which are inert and safe for all age groups including children. Sometimes Physical sunscreens have a bad rep for being thicker and leaving a white cast, so I recommend three products that I love so much we carry them in office:




 – Elta MD UV Clear, which is a thinner formula great for more oily skin types

 – Elta MD Tinted Physical, a lightly tinted formula that is glowy and radiant for drier skin types

 – Elta MD Body Sunscreen for the body





  1. The suns UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.[2] Avoid being in the sun between the hours of 10am-4pm (if you can) when the sun is at its highest intensity.

  2. Wear protective clothing when possible. Tighter woven fabrics offer the best protection, and there is also UPF rated sun protection clothing available. UPF is a rating for how much UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric. For instance, a UPF rating of 50 means that 1/50th of the suns UV radiation with pass through the fabric. This means it can reduce the UV rays that reach your skin by 50 times or close to 98% UV protection. So, clothing with a UPF grading of 50 works even better then regular clothing. 
  3. Wear a hat! About 7% of head and neck melanomas are found on the ears.[3] 
  4. Wear a SPF protective lip balm to protect your lips and re-apply every 2 hours, and after you drink or eat. [4]
  5. Some natural oils such as Carrot or Coconut oil do provide some sun protection (about SPF 4), but they are not enough so be sure to not rely on them solely for your sun protection.
  6. Consider upping your protection from the inside out. I often recommend Heliocare, a daily dietary supplement that helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect itself against the aging effects of free radicals. It helps protect skin, increases your skins sunburn threshold, and reduces the risk of skin cancer. In fact, a diet high in antioxidants in general is a good way to increase your sun protection as well.



Dr. Papantoniou using the Q-Switch laser on a patients face

Dr. Papantoniou using the Q-Switch laser on a patient


If you find yourself with something on your body that you’re not sure of, be sure to get a skin check from your Dermatologist. I recommend yearly skin checks just to make sure your skin is free of concern. If you find yourself with sun damage, there are also some procedures I like to do in office to help the appearance. We can reverse age spots, broken collagen, fine lines and broken blood vessels which can all appear years after prolonged sun exposure. 

Check out our facial rejuvenation and laser services menus. If you would like to schedule a consultation with us, contact us or give us a call at 631-377-7222!

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The procedure of Microneedling has been around for many years and within the past 5 years became an internet sensation after “the vampire facial” became a social media craze. But, have your heard about Microneedling RF Pixel8? We are going to explain what the difference is with this exciting technology and show how this device is taking Microneedling to the next level by bridging the effect of mechanical microneedling with the science of radiofrequency energy to rejuvenate skin. To make it simple we are going to highlight the top 5 reasons to do Microneedling RF Pixel8. 

Pixelki8 RF Results Photo

Pixelki8 RF Results Photo

For video of Dr. Papantoniou performing Microneedling RF click this link.


To explain in simple terms, the Microneedling RF Pixel8 device utilizes specially insulated needles that deliver high-intensity radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of skin where collagen is produced. This gives a uniform warming effect to the collagen layers which stimulate new collagen fibers to grow, leading to improvement to skin quality and texture, and tightens the skin.  Microneedling RF rejuvenates the dermis, leading to younger, firmer and smoother skin. Typically, 3-6 treatments spaced one month apart are recommended for optimal results. Most patients can experience pinpoint bleeding during the treatment and mild redness and swelling immediately after. Depending on the area size most treatments take 15-30 minutes. This procedure is very comfortable, even for the most sensitive of patients, with topical numbing being applied for 30-45 minutes prior to starting the session making a big difference for the experience. The recovery is very short, most patients experience redness and mild swelling for 1-2 days, this is the kind of treatment that can be done on a Friday and you go to work on Monday without any issues.



  1. SKIN TIGHTENING. Microneedling RF helps firm and tighten crepey skin and reverses the early signs of skin laxity. This is ideal for the face, skin around the eyes, jowls, skin on neck, chest and arms. We also use Microneedling RF on the belly for stretch marks and skin laxity that may occur from weight fluctuation, we often see this after pregnancy.
  2. SMOOTH WRINKLES & CELLULITE. Rebuild collagen and rejuvenate your sun-damaged skin with the Microneedling RF to smooth out fine lines, deep wrinkles and creases. A series of Microneedling RF sessions can make significant improvement on skin quality.   
  3. PORE SIZE REDUCTION. Enlarged pores benefit from Microneedling RF, the collagen production that firms the skin also tightens and firms the skin surrounding pores, minimizing their size.
  4. ACNE SCARRING. Deep acne scarring also responds to Microneedling RF, the collagen production can lift and smooth the appearance of atrophic scarring, and the skin rejuvenation and turn over may also help with discoloration.
  5. STRETCH MARKS. Microneedling RF stimulates the deeper layers of collagen that can help restore the skin in areas of stretch marks. The shiny crepey quality of the surface is also improved, helping for the stretch marks to fade in appearance after several treatments.


Now we can see why this Microneedling RF Pixel8 treatment is in such demand and has become so popular. The truth is that is a very effective treatment for collagen production and rejuvenation, has a minimal downtime, is comfortable and affordable to do. This is one of those treatments that truly delivers and will address multiple skin issues with one device. 

Before and After photo of woman side profile neck


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Get The Scoop!

Décolletage, “the scoop” —

Looking to prevent or treat a leathery appearing chest? Read here…

So maybe you yourself have, or maybe you know somebody who has the telltale sign of aging on the chest…you know: age spots, sun spots, red blotchy patches, and a crinkled appearance to the skin on the chest extending down into the cleavage, the so-called “décolletage.” Well, if this has become an area your are beginning to notice more, especially when you are wearing more summery attire or dresses and lower cut shirts, you are not alone. I am treating this routinely for women who come in seeking rejuvenation to this area. I am able to accomplish this very simply with laser treatments and careful assessment of the topical regimens that are being used. I am using the Fraxel dual laser for resurfacing of the crepiness and discoloration and brown spots, I use the Ulthera to tighten lax skin and also firm crepiness, and I use Pulse Dye Lasers to assist in reversing damage to blood vessels and eliminate red blotchy patches if they are present. For some patients I am able to use a combination of these laser treatments when all 3 are necessary, and the results are phenomenal.

Tips: Key to prevention is Sunscreen and minimizing sun exposure to these areas. Using a topical retinoid can help with the appearance and help prevent signs of aging. Keeping the skin hydrated with a delicate moisturizer will also help plump up skin cells and create a smoother firmer look to the skin.



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Solutions for Smoker’s Lines and Wrinkles Around Lips

Now you can finally banish those fine lines and “smoker’s lines” around the mouth!

I am seeing more and more patients who want the lines around their mouths treated. Many of these patients have never been smokers, and are confused about why they are developing wrinkles. The answer is that there are many factors that contribute to the development of “smokers lines”: genetics, sun damage, repetitive drinking from water bottles and drinking from straws are all contributing factors.

To prevent the formation of lines daily sunscreen use is important with a minimum SPF of 30, and regular application of a topical retinoid can help stimulate collagen production in your skin, you also want to avoid drinking from straws and water bottles. In addition if we can help prevent the perioral muscles from contracting strongly with Botox we can help soften the lines and even prevent lines from becoming deeper.

Fillers such as Belotero, Restylane, and Juvederm Ultra are all helpful for treating lines around the lips. My personal product of choice out of the fillers for the fine lines around the mouth is Belotero. Belotero is a great product because it is specialized to treat very fine lines and is safe to use very superficially in the skin and really looks seamless, and lasts around 6 – 9 months depending on the patient.

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