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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.

Surgery

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.

Radiation

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

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.

Immunotherapy

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.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
October 29, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox   Fillers  

Which cosmetic treatment will give you the more youthful results you’re looking for?

There are so many options today to smooth wrinkles and fine lines without resorting to surgery. Both Botox and dermal fillers in Manalapan, NJ, have become popular cosmetic treatment options that our dermatologists, Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, offer. However, these injectables work differently on the face, and it’s important that our patients understand these treatments better so they can choose the right one to meet their needs.

How Botox Works

Our Manalapan, NJ, dermatologists use Botox to target dynamic wrinkles or the wrinkles that are accentuated when making facial expressions. Botox is injected into certain muscle groups of the face to temporarily pause nerve signals that tell the muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles of the face to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers work a bit differently from Botox. As we age we lose elastin and collagen, which causes us to lose volume in certain areas of the face such as the cheeks. One way in which we can restore volume and maintain the youthful contours of your face is with dermal fillers, which often use hyaluronic acid to plump up soft tissue.

Target Different Wrinkles

Depending on the type of wrinkles you’re looking to treat, our Manalapan, NJ, cosmetic dermatologists may recommend Botox or dermal fillers. You may want to consider Botox if you are looking to smooth away:

  • Forehead lines including the vertical lines between the brows
  • Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
  • Bunny lines (those laugh lines that develop on and around your nose)

Dermal fillers may be a better option for you if you are looking to treat:

  • Baggy eyes due to a loss of volume
  • Laugh lines around the nose and mouth
  • Flattened cheeks due to volume loss
  • Thinning lips

Results with Botox and Dermal Fillers

Both Botox and dermal fillers only provide temporary results. Once you’ve received Botox, you’ll see results in about 3-4 days with maximum effects occurring about seven days after treatment. Botox results usually last 3-4 months but can last up to 6 months. Dermal fillers last a bit longer. Some fillers last six months to a year, while others can last several years.

If you want to talk to our Manalapan, NJ, cosmetic dermatologists about Botox or the types of dermal fillers we offer, then call our office at (732) 303-1500 to schedule a consultation with our team.





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