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By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
June 23, 2021
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Psoriasis  

Appearing as thick patches of red itchy skin, what may initially seem like a passing rash can be, in fact, psoriasis. It is a chronic condition that is unfortunately without a cure, but it can be managed by lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medication, and with the help of prescription medication and other treatments when necessary. To learn more about psoriasis and how you can live comfortably with the condition reach out to Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ.

Symptoms

There are different types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Named after the hardened patches, or plaques, of skin that manifest usually on the elbows, knees, and scalp. These are often itchy, inflamed, and red in appearance. Symptoms aren't always present, they can subside for long periods, giving the impression that the condition has subsided. Although without a cure, proper management can mean longer periods free of many of these symptoms.

Causes

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to attack skin cells as if they were foreign bacteria. As a result, skin cells counter by increasing production, creating the known symptoms. It is not a condition that can be transmitted from person to person, meaning it is not contagious. A genetic predisposition may be to blame, but not all who possess it suffer from psoriasis, hinting at other factors playing a role.

Triggers

Managing psoriasis means managing the triggers that cause the flare-ups. Heavy alcohol use has been known to trigger the condition, as well as stress and certain medications. You can speak with your doctor for resources to help with stress and alcohol abuse, as well as with medication that could be causing flare-ups to find out if alternatives are available. Injuries and infections can also bring about your psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis Treatment in Manalapan, NJ

If you suspect psoriasis may be to blame for your skin condition, coming into the office for an examination and a diagnosis is an important first step. Besides helping you to avoid triggers, your doctor can also help with prescription medication, topical treatments, and light therapy to further fight your psoriasis symptoms.

Book an appointment today with Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, by dialing (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
February 09, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, can help treat your acne. These are some prevention tips, and we encourage you to contact us if you are struggling with acne.

Acne can be unpleasant for patients of all ages. Several things contribute to acne and a few things you can do to help manage and prevent breakouts. Keep up your regular face-washing routine with the products recommended by your dermatologist, and read about some lifestyle changes your doctors in Manalapan, NJ, recommend to help prevent breakouts.

A healthy and balanced diet can make a big difference in managing acne. Reduce intake of any junk food, fried food, and food that is high on the glycemic index like refined carbs. A high dairy intake can be associated with acne breakouts so consume dairy moderately. Focus on sources of healthy fat like salmon and flaxseed.

Foods that are good for your skin include nuts that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like almonds and walnuts, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc help fight inflammation, and produce is a great source of these minerals. Other great sources of zinc are seafood, nuts, and eggs. Vitamin C in foods like citrus fruits also helps maintain the health of your skin.

Besides your diet, other healthy habits can help your skin. Don't overlook good cleaning habits, as these can also help prevent breakouts. Clean any makeup brushes or sponges you use regularly and don't share items like this. Wash and change your pillowcases frequently. Washing your hair regularly can also help control the amount of oil on your scalp and forehead.

Stress is also a factor when you're worried about breakouts. A balance of regular exercise and your favorite relaxation practices is the best way to combat the effects of stress on your body.

If you're struggling with acne, Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter want to help. Contact us in Manalapan, NJ, at (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
November 23, 2020
Category: Dermatologist

How your cosmetic dermatologists in Manalapan, New Jersey can help you look your best. 

If you have skin problems, your cosmetic dermatologist can help. Cosmetic dermatologists specialize in all types of skin conditions and dermatological treatments. Dr. Lisa M. Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, New Jersey can help you look your best.

Dermatologists can diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions associated with your skin, including:

  • Eczema
  • Skin cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Allergic rashes

You should see your cosmetic dermatologist if you notice:

  • Moles that have a diameter larger than 6 millimeters
  • Moles that have irregular borders or an asymmetrical shape
  • Moles that bleed, are painful or itch
  • Moles that reappear after they have been removed previously

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, it could be an indication of abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous tissue, so don’t delay seeing your cosmetic dermatologist.

You should also visit your cosmetic dermatologist if you have:

  • A rash that doesn’t go away or is spreading to other areas of your body
  • Rough, scaly patches that are spreading to other areas of your body
  • These could be a sign of eczema, psoriasis, or an allergic rash.

You should also see your cosmetic dermatologist if you notice the early signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. Your cosmetic dermatologist can help you look younger, with a variety of treatments including:

  • Botox injections, to relax fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing out your skin
  • Dermal filler injections, to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and plump up your skin
  • Laser resurfacing and chemical peels to reveal new, younger-looking skin

Your cosmetic dermatologist also treats common skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

To view a complete listing of services available, please visit the Services page on the website at http://www.drlisasilbretmd.com/services.html

Your cosmetic dermatologist can help you look great. Call Dr. Lisa M. Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ at (732) 303-1500 today.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
July 24, 2020
Category: Skin Treatment

Skin cancer has become so common millions of Americans are likely to develop it. Increasing in frequency with age and exposure to the UVB rays of the sun, skin cancer can be treated successfully. At the office of Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan NJ, skin cancer treatments are state of the art and effective. Learn more about Skin Cancer Treatments Manalapan here.

Common skin cancer types and their treatments

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) the most common kind of cancer in the US, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Affecting the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, basal cell carcinoma looks raised, red or pink and even pearl-like in tone. Bumps may be crusty and oozy, elaborate experts at the AAD.

To treat confirmed BCC, Dr. Schechter or Dr. Silbret may recommend topical medications, freezing (cryosurgery), desiccation, and curettage (a scraping and application of electrical current), radiation or simple surgical excision with a scalpel. The dermatologists also use innovative MOHS surgery to remove thin slices of the tumor, analyzing each until non-cancerous tissue is reached.

Basal cell carcinoma features a high cure rate, but early detection and intervention are critical. While BCC does not spread to major body organs, it can seriously impact the quality of life, tissue integrity, and overall longevity when lesions become large and locally invasive.

Squamous cell carcinoma also harms the epidermis and often begins as actinic keratoses, scaly lesions on the scalp, neck, and arms. Like BCC, squamous cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes, but it can destroy large areas of tissue where it resides. Treatment options are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma.

Finally, everyone should know about malignant melanoma as it is the most dangerous skin cancer. Although not as common as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanoma is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly in young adults who overindulge in sun exposure.

The lesions affect the pigment-producing cells in the bottom of the epidermis. Often, cancer begins in existing moles or resembles them. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly inspection of existing moles for changes in size, shape, color, and texture and in-office exams yearly with your skin doctor.

In Manalapan, NJ, and across the country, skin cancer treatment for melanoma depends on staging, or how advanced the cancer is. Surgical excision, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination to treat and cure this deadly malignancy.

Let us partner with you

Surviving skin cancer takes vigilance on the part of patients and your skincare team in Manalapan NJ. For the latest information on skin cancer--treatments, recognition, and prevention--contact Dr. Lisa Silbret or Dr. Alan Schechter for an informative consultation: (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
May 12, 2020
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Wrinkles  

Wrinkles and fine lines can make us look older, tired, and even angry in some cases. Fortunately, your Manalapan, NJ, dermatologists, Drs. Lisa Silbret and Alan Schechter, can help you minimize these visible signs of aging with Botox treatment.

Is Botox right for you?

Botox injections smooth wrinkles and lines that form when you make dynamic facial expressions, like frowning, smiling, squinting, or raising your eyebrows. When you're a child, vertical lines appear between your eyes when you squint or focus intently, but then disappear the moment you stop making the facial expression. As you grow older, however, the lines tend to become permanent.

If you've noticed lines between your eyes, forehead furrows, crow's feet, tiny wrinkles around your lips, chin creases, or horizontal lines in your neck, Botox may be a good option for you.

You may be a good candidate for Botox injections if you're healthy, 18 or older, and aren't pregnant or nursing.

How does Botox work?

Your Manalapan skin doctor injects a small amount of the purified botulinum toxin into your skin. The FDA-approved treatment improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by preventing the muscles under your skin from contracting. When the muscles stop contracting, the skin over them becomes smoother and lines/wrinkles become much less noticeable.

Precise placement of the injections is very important and ensures that you maintain a natural appearance. Your dermatologist knows exactly where to inject Botox for the best results.

Results usually last about three to six months. If you like the way your face looks after treatment, it's easy to maintain your results simply by scheduling follow up visits about every three months.

Are Botox injections painful?

Not at all! Botox injections are delivered using thin needles to minimize pain. Although you may notice a mild stinging sensation, you probably won't find the treatment painful. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately, although you may notice a little bruising at the injection sites. Just a few days after your treatment, you'll begin to see an improvement in your lines and wrinkles.

Renew your appearance with Botox! Call your dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, Drs. Silbret and Schechter, at (732) 303-1500 to schedule an appointment.





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