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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.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
May 28, 2019
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red patches all over a person's body, especially on the elbows and knees. Luckily, Drs. Lisa Silbret and Alan Schechter have experience dealing with this condition and can help you at their Manalapan, NJ, office!

More About Psoriasis:

According to your Manalapan dermatologists, "psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States," and approximately 20,000 are children under the age of 10.

Psoriasis causes red patchy skin that have white, flaky scales. People experience their first flare-up between the ages of 15 and 35, and after that, they will continue to experience these flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of their lives.

People affected by psoriasis are at greater risk for several other health conditions, as well, including:

  • heart disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • cancer
  • depression
  • obesity
  • other immune-related conditions
  • stress
  • injury to the skin
  • medication allergies

 

Types of Psoriasis:

  • Plaque Psoriasis: Inflamed, scaly red lesions that appear on a person's elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.
  • Guttate Psoriasis: Small red dot-like spots that appear on a person's limbs. This condition most frequently impacts children and young adults.
  • Inverse Psoriasis: These smooth and shiny bright red lesions manifest on a person's armpits, groin, breasts, and buttocks.
  • Pustular Psoriasis: These pus-filled white blisters are surrounded by red skin and appear all over the body.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This variation is characterized by red skin that covers large areas of the body, before eventually shedding off in white sheets.
  • Treatment:

    Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Moisturizers that lubricate the skin and reduce redness/itchiness
  • Bath solutions that remove scales and relieve itchiness
  • Anti-itch treatment like calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams
  • Prescription Topical Treatments

  • Anthralin to reduce skin cell growth
  • Calcitriol is an active vitamin that reduces skin cell production
  • Tazarotene, a retinoid that also slows down cell growth
  • Steroids that reduce the inflammation, swelling, and redness of lesions
  • Calcipotriene or Betamethasone Dipropionate to flatten lesions and remove scales
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    Questions:

    If you would like more information about psoriasis, call your cosmetic dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, at (732) 303-1500 today!





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