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By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
December 01, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

How your dermatologist in Manalapan, NJ, can help you look and feel your best

When you want to look and feel your best, an important way to do that is to take care of the health and appearance of your skin. That’s where your dermatologist comes in. Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, provide a wide range of dermatology services, to help you look and feel your best.

A dermatologist is an expert at medical dermatology, which includes diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions like these:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Skin rashes

A dermatologist is also an expert at cosmetic dermatology, which includes aesthetic services to help with:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Body contouring

You should visit your dermatologist for many reasons, including if you want to:

  • Protect yourself against skin cancer
  • Eliminate acne and clear up your skin
  • Reduce the appearance of acne scarring
  • Remove unwanted hair or an unwanted tattoo
  • Minimize the early signs of aging

Your dermatologist provides a wide range of medical dermatology services including:

  • Routine checks for skin cancer
  • Mole and abnormal tissue removal
  • MOHS micrographic surgery
  • Anti-itch treatments to reduce skin rashes
  • Tretinoin, antibiotics, laser therapy, and other treatments for acne

Your dermatologist also provides all of the latest products, tools, and techniques to minimize the signs of aging, including:

  • Botox, and other wrinkle relaxing treatments
  • Juvederm, Restylane, and other dermal fillers
  • Microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other resurfacing treatments

Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments to:

  • Remove unwanted hair
  • Remove unwanted tattoos
  • Fade acne scars
  • Resurface skin

A dermatologist doesn’t just help with facial skin. There are many body treatments your dermatologist can provide to help recontour your body, eliminate excess fat, and give you the body you deserve.

You should see your dermatologist for all of your skincare needs. To find out more about when to see a dermatologist and how your dermatologist can help you, call Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ. You can reach them in the office by calling (732) 303-1500, so call today.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
September 02, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a common condition affecting nearly 8 million people in the United States alone. This skin condition can cause scaly, rough patches of red skin. Many people suffering from the condition also suffer from joint inflammation. Live in or near Manalapan, NJ, and looking for psoriasis relief? Contact Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter.

What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition, although it is also associated with joint inflammation. People who suffer from psoriasis will experience large patches of red and purple skin. Often, these patches are found on the scalp, elbow, and knees. However, patches can form anywhere on your body. In fact, some folks with severe psoriasis suffer it across their entire body.

Psoriasis occurs because the skin cells in certain spots start to grow more rapidly. As of yet, doctors aren’t sure what causes the cells to grow rapidly. As the cells grow, they start to pile up, causing thick, rough red patches. When skin is growing at a normal rate, enough cells will fall off to prevent a build-up.

Who Can Get Psoriasis?

Anyone can get psoriasis but the condition most commonly first appears in people between the ages of 15 and 35. Younger children can also suffer from this condition, as can older adults. Psoriasis is not contagious and will not spread to other people.

What Are Psoriasis Risk Factors?

First, psoriasis is a hereditary condition. If one of the parents has psoriasis, children will have a roughly 10 percent chance of suffering from the condition. If both parents suffer from psoriasis, the risk jumps to 50 percent.

People who regularly consume alcohol or tobacco seem to suffer from psoriasis more frequently. The same is true for obese individuals. Stress, infections (viral and bacterial), and skin injuries may also increase the risks of psoriasis.

Want to learn more about risk factors associated with psoriasis and live in  Manalapan, NJ, or nearby? Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter would be happy to assist.

Can Medications Aggravate This Skin Condition?

Some medications seem to make psoriasis worse. Some high blood pressure medications can aggravate psoriasis. Ditto for lithium and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. These medications may trigger psoriasis and also make existing patches worse.

How Can Psoriasis Be Treated?

Regular use of over-the-counter moisturizers can help relieve this condition. If OTC lotions and creams aren’t working, doctors can prescribe more powerful moisturizers.

Moderate amounts of sunlight and also ultraviolet light may also help. Remember, however, that overexposure to the sun and ultraviolet light can cause other problems. As such, it’s smart to talk with a doctor first.

Looking for psoriasis relief and live near Manalapan, NJ? Dial (732) 303-1500 to connect with Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
August 24, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox  

Have you ever wondered if Botox was right for you? Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ have been using Botox in their practice and serving the Tri-State area for over ten years and can answer all of your questions about Botox.

In recent years, celebrities and their use of Botox have given the treatment a somewhat meteoric rise to prominence in the world of dermatology. Botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While it is true that Botox comes from a bacterial toxin, Clostridium botulinum, it is actually a very safe and effective treatment option for a lot more than just cosmetic purposes.Botox can also be used to treat chronic migraines, overactive bladders, severe underarm sweating, blinking that can't be controlled, eyes that point in different directions, and a neurological condition that causes neck and shoulder spasms.

Botox works by blocking signals that go from a person's nerves to their muscles. When those nerves are blocked, it prevents the small muscles from contracting, which in turn relaxes and softens fine lines and wrinkles. Getting a Botox injection only takes a few minutes, and patients will see the full effect of the treatment within two weeks. a Botox treatment will last anywhere from three to six months, which makes it easy and fairly long lasting.  

In general, Botox is a safe and effective treatment option for most people. However, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and people who have a neurological disease should not take Botox. Drs. Silbret and Schecter can help you determine if Botox is the right treatment option for you.

Call Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ at (732) 303-1500 to learn more about our Botox treatments and how we can help you today.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
March 31, 2022
Tags: botox  

How Botox from your dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, can help you look younger

Did you know you can look younger and better, even if you have fine lines and wrinkles? Your dermatologist has a very powerful tool to help you fight the early signs of aging. It’s called Botox, and it can do a lot to help you look younger.

Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, provide comprehensive skincare services, including Botox treatment to help you look younger.

Botox is a popular anti-aging treatment, and it’s popular for very good reasons. Consider that Botox treatment can minimize the appearance of:

  • Crow’s feet, which are the fine lines radiating out from the corners of your eyes
  • Glabella, which are the deep creases between your eyebrows
  • Furrows, which are the lines running across your forehead
  • Marionette lines, which radiate downward from your mouth to your chin

Botox treatment offers many important advantages, including:

  • Ease of use, because Botox is tolerated well by most people, and a numbing spray can be used beforehand too
  • Quick results, because a Botox session takes only a few minutes, so you can resume your day
  • Cost savings, because Botox is much less expensive than many other cosmetic services
  • Safety, because Botox is rigorously tested and approved by the FDA

When you visit your dermatologist for Botox treatment, small amounts of Botox are injected in facial areas using a tiny needle. Your muscles and nerves are temporarily “frozen” in the area of the injection site, giving your skin a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance.

You will experience maximum benefits within 2 to 4 days of treatment. You may require maintenance treatments every 4 to 6 months, to retain the best results.

You don’t have to age gracefully. You can fight lines and wrinkles with Botox. To find out more about the benefits of Botox and how Botox treatment can help you look younger, call Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, at (732) 303-1500. Call today.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
January 18, 2022
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: skin cancer  

If you need skin cancer treatments in Manalapan, NJ, you can trust Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter and their team. They are available to guide and treat you when dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis.

Types of Skin Cancer

Before we break down the different options for skin cancer, it is important to note that there are three types of skin cancer.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma

The treatment approach will vary from person to person and diagnosis to diagnosis. Treatment is not always one-size-fits-all and needs to be tailored.

Treatment Types

There are eight main skin cancer treatment types available to Manalapan, NJ residents when dealing with skin cancer, and not every option is suitable for every kind of skin cancer.


There are several surgical options, but it comes down to removing the tumor, whether by simple excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, or even laser surgery. The style of surgery depends on your cancer, your health history, and your surgeon’s informed opinion of the most effective option for treating the type of skin cancer you have.


The use of high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells or prevent them from growing and spreading. A specialized radiation machine is used for this treatment.


Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses prescription medication to kill cancer cells or prevent them from replicating. Occasionally, these drugs may be a topical cream applied directly to the skin.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy uses light and a light-activated drug to treat cancer. The drug collects predominantly in the cancer cells, and because it is light sensitive, these cells are targeted and killed. The main benefit of this therapy is that it affects healthy cells very little.


This therapy boosts or redirects the body’s immune system using its natural defenses with substances from living organisms produced in the lab or by the body. It is biological therapy, and the treatment is given as a topical cream or by injection.

Targeted Therapy

The use of drugs in a directed attack against cancer cells, a therapy like this usually causes less harm to normal cells.

Chemical Peel

The main aim of this type of therapy for skin cancer is to treat the way the skin looks. It removes layers of the skin by dissolving them with a solution, allowing new skin to grow.

Drug Therapy

Using predominantly retinoids to treat skin cancer, which is normally topical creams.

Contact Us

If you are a Manalapan, NJ resident with questions about skin cancer treatments, then contact Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter and their team on (732) 303-1500 today to make an appointment.

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