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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.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
March 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a genetic skin condition associated with periodic flare-ups in which red patches and white, flaky scales appear on the skin. Although psoriasis cannot be completely cured, there are treatments available that can provide relief from its symptoms. Here at the Manalapan, NJ, office of cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, we offer a number of psoriasis treatment options to help patients' skin—read on to learn more.

Psoriasis Flare-Ups

Psoriasis can affect both children and adults of all ages, although it's symptoms usually first appear sometime between fifteen and thirty-five years of age. Once symptoms occur, chronic flare-ups are experienced throughout a person’s life. Flare-ups are associated with the appearance of red patches on the skin, as well as white, flaky scales. Some factors that can trigger a psoriasis flare-up include stress, the weather, skin injuries, allergic reactions to medications, and diet.

Psoriasis flare-ups often occur when the immune system is overactive and causes the growth cycle of skin cells to accelerate. The body is unable to shed old skin cells fast enough to keep up with the production of new skin cells. As skin cells build up, red patches and white, flaky scales develop. Psoriasis symptoms can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the trunk, elbows, and knees.

Types of Psoriasis

There are five different types of psoriasis. The treatment method that will deliver the best results can depend on the type of psoriasis. The experienced cosmetic dermatologists at our office in Manalapan, NJ, can determine what type of psoriasis you have and recommend an appropriate treatment option. The five types of psoriasis include:

  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Guttate Psoriasis
  • Inverse Psoriasis
  • Pustular Psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Treatments for Psoriasis

A variety of options are available for treating psoriasis. For mild-to-moderate psoriasis symptoms, several over-the-counter products are effective and include bath solutions, special moisturizers, and anti-itch lotions and creams. Also effective for treating mild-to-moderate psoriasis are various prescription topical treatments that either slow down or control skin cell growth. Topical steroids can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Another option for treating psoriasis is light therapy or phototherapy, which utilizes UVA or UVB rays to clear up affected skin. This type of treatment can be used for mild-to-moderate cases, as well as moderate-to-severe. Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis can also be treated with biologics and oral medications. Biologics are administered by injection and work by suppressing an overactive immune system, which should slow down the growth of new skin cells.
 

Contact Us

If you are struggling with psoriasis, the cosmetic dermatologists at our office in Manalapan, NJ, can recommend the right treatments for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silbret or Dr. Schechter, call our office at (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
December 23, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Getting a simple annual skin cancer screening could protect you from melanoma.

Melanoma is one of the most serious and deadly forms of skin cancer; fortunately, while this is certainly scary to hear, melanoma is also easily treatable if it is detected early. Here at the Manalapan, NJ, office of dermatologists Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, we offer simple, non-invasive skin cancer screenings to patients of all ages. Read on to learn how this simple screening could save your life!

Getting Screened for Skin Cancer

Unlike other forms of cancer that start inside the body and aren’t visible, skin cancer can easily be detected through a simple skin cancer screening, whether that be a self-exam at home, or during an appointment at our Manalapan office.

Once a year, everyone should receive a full-body skin exam. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer should talk to their doctor about how often they should come in for screenings. If you’ve never seen a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening, it’s high time you did.

During a screening, our dermatologist will examine all parts of your body, from your scalp to your bra line to the soles of your feet (even between your toes). This exam only takes a few minutes and is completely non-invasive. If our dermatologist does find something, you will likely require further testing.

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

You may be at an increased risk for developing skin cancer if,

  • You have fair skin
  • You have light hair and eyes
  • You have freckles
  • You have a family history of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma)
  • You’ve experienced sunburns in the past
  • You’ve used tanning beds
  • You’ve had excessive exposure to UV light (e.g. you work outside)

Skin Cancer Treatments

If our Manalapan skin doctor does detect skin cancer, there are many ways to treat this problem. The type of treatment will depend on the type of skin cancer and whether it has spread or not. Common skin cancer treatments include,

  • Surgery: one of the most common types of surgeries is Mohs surgery, which can be used to treat both melanoma and non-melanoma lesions. Mohs surgery is a more conservative surgical procedure that is performed on areas like the face that require maximum healthy tissue preservation.
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Targeted therapy

Your dermatologist will discuss your different skin cancer treatment options and create a treatment plan that will offer the highest success rate for curing your condition.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you’ve never received a professional skin cancer screening, it’s time that you did. Call our Manalapan, NJ, office today at (732) 303-1500 to schedule this important screening.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
July 25, 2019
Tags: botox  

Are you starting to look older than you want to? Are those tell-tale lines and wrinkles showing up around your eye and other areas of your face? If so, it’s time for you to discover what Botox can do for you. Here at Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter's Manalapan, NJ, dermatology office, we offer a wide range of skincare products and treatments, including Botox, to help you look your best—read on to learn more!

Botox benefits

Changes happen to your body as you age, including changes to your skin. This is because when you continually laugh, frown, or show other expressions over time, your skin will stop snapping back the way it did when you were younger. Instead, fine lines and wrinkles along the lines of expression will begin to show.

Fortunately, there is an effective weapon in the fight against wrinkles—it’s called Botox, and it can help you look your best by diminishing signs of aging, such as:

  • Crow’s feet, which are the fine lines appearing at the corners of your eyes
  • Furrows, which are the deeper lines appearing across your forehead
  • Glabella, which are the lines appearing between your eyebrows
  • Marionette lines, which are the lines appearing at the corners of your mouth
  • Nasolabial lines, which are the deep lines running from your nose to your mouth

Botox is an injectable medication which works by temporarily “freezing” the nerves and muscles at the injection site. Botox has been rigorously tested and approved for use by the FDA. In clinical trials, it has shown tremendous benefits in making skin appear more youthful and smooth.

Interested? Give us a call

With Botox, you can look as young as you feel! To learn more about the benefits of this treatment, talk with the experts—call Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, today at (732) 303-1500.





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