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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!

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
May 22, 2019
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: botox  

Are You Looking for a Non-Surgical Treatment That Can Take Years off Your Appearance?

We know that everyone wants to maintain a young, vibrant appearance for as long as possible, but not everyone wants to go through cosmetic surgery in order to achieve the look. Luckily, our Manalapan, NJ, dermatologists, Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter, offer Botox, a simple, fast, and nonsurgical option for treating those fine lines and wrinkles in your face.

What is Botox?

Botox is a medical-grade injectable that is designed to reduce the appearance of dynamic facial lines (ie the wrinkles that appear across Botoxthe face when smiling or frowning).

These thin injections are filled with a highly purified form of botulinum toxin that temporarily slows muscle contractions, the direct cause of the unwanted wrinkles and lines in the first place.

What Is the Treatment Like?

Getting Botox is extremely swift, simple, and relatively painless. The procedure simply consists of a few needle administrations into the skin, only taking a couple of minutes while containing absolutely no downtime. It's so quick some patients even choose to come in during their lunch break!

There may be a slight burning sensation when first administering the needles, but this is well tolerated and goes away quickly. Of course, if you have a low pain tolerance, we can apply ice or a topical numbing gel to the skin prior to the procedure.

When Will I See Results?

It will take a couple of days to see the full results. You will begin to see facial lines and wrinkle fading over 3-4 days with the full results appearing within one week. Most patients worry that Botox may make them feel frozen, but rest assured that because this treatment does not affect the nerves, you will not feel numb nor will you lose sensation.

How Long Will Results Last?

How long your results last will vary from person to person, but effects usually last anywhere from 3-4 months. Of course, you can choose to get maintenance treatments throughout the year at our Manalapan office to refresh your results.

Contact Us Today!

If you are interested in getting Botox in Manalapan, NJ, then give us a call today at (732) 303-1500 to learn more about the procedure and whether it is the right choice for you. We are more than happy to sit down with you to discuss your cosmetic needs and see if you’re an ideal candidate.

By Lisa Silbret M.D.
July 24, 2018
Category: Dermatologist

Cosmetic ProceduresIs your skin changing? Would you like to look refreshed and younger? Then, visit the offices of Dr. Lisa Silbert and Dr. Alan Schechter, your cosmetic dermatologists in Manalpan, NJ. They serve many people just like you who wish to have healthier, more vibrant facial aesthetics. Learn here about some of the cosmetic dermatology procedures they offer.

The goal of cosmetic dermatology

It's to help you look and feel your best. Dr. Silbert and Dr. Schechter approach each individual with a kind, listening attitude so they understand why he or she wants to make some aesthetic changes.

Most often, people do not want or need reconstruction. Rather, they wish to renew their facial appearance, limiting:

  • Signs of aging
  • Scarring, particularly from acne
  • Remove skin tags and sun spots
  • Reduce changes in skin pigment from aging and sun exposure
  • Tighten sagging skin
  • Smooth lines and wrinkles

While diet, weight fluctuations, aging, and smoking impact the texture, color, and appearance of the face, some changes are beyond the patient's control. Self-image and confidence decline. But, with help from a Manalapan cosmetic dermatologist, patients achieve the boost they need with little to no discomfort or downtime.

Offered cosmetic procedures

After a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Silbert or Dr. Schechter, you will receive a personalized plan which addresses the concerns you have about your skin. It may include specialized skin care products and at-home routines to boost your skin's vitality.

The physicians also may advise one or more of the following procedures. They are among the most common and effective used by board-certified dermatologists across the country. They include BOTOX Cosmetic, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, laser skin treatments and chemical peels. Together, you and your doctor will decide which ones are best for you.

Details on the procedures

What is BOTOX Cosmetic?
 BOTOX is an FDA-approved, injectable form of the botulism toxin. Placed with a fine needle under the skin, BOTOX minimizes movement of muscles which create dynamic wrinkling. These creases form from frowning, laughing, and smiling. Injections are comfortable, take immediate effect and last four to six months.

What are dermal fillers? Restylane and Juvederm are FDA-approved forms of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-derived substance which stimulates the body's own collagen. The doctor puts these fillers into areas which have deeper wrinkles and folds from aging and sun exposure (around the eyes, nose, and mouth). Effects last for months.

What are IRIDERM laser treatments? Your dermatologist uses focused beams of light to break up spots of hyperpigmentation, clusters of capillaries caused by rosacea, to smooth scarring from accident, surgery, acne, and more.

What are chemical peels? These in-office treatments apply glycolic acid to mottled pigmentation, scars, wrinkles, or lines. The preparation sets up for several minutes and then is neutralized by a special chemical to reveal pinker, younger-looking skin.

What's your best treatment?

Find out by consulting with Dr. Silbert or Dr. Schechter. You'll love the personalized attention and the results from these amazing procedures. Call the office in Manalapan, NJ, for an appointment: (732) 303-1500.

By Lisa Silbret M.D.
May 03, 2018
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: skin cancer  

Skin cancer affects one in five adults and is the most common type of cancer among adults in the United States. Early detection of skin skin cancercancer increases the odds of successfully treating the cancer. Having your skin regularly checked by a dermatologist to examine for the development of new suspicious moles or unusual changes in the shape and color of existing ones is an effective method for early detection of skin cancer. Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter are your dermatologists for early detection of skin cancer, as well as skin cancer treatments in Manalapan, NJ.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are several types of skin cancer, but basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common. Years of chronic sun exposure can damage the skin and lead to the development of either type of carcinoma. A third type of skin cancer known as melanoma is the least common, but most deadly. Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer related deaths among adults in the United States. It is responsible for more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. 

Skin Cancer Treatments in Manalapan

There are several methods for treating skin cancer. The treatment method used depends on the type of skin cancer, as well as its stage of development. After diagnosing your specific type of skin cancer, your dermatologist will recommend the appropriate treatment.

Early detection of any type of skin cancer offers the best chances for successfully treating the cancer, as well as stopping it from spreading. Several skin cancer treatments are available in Manalapan, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silbret or Dr. Schechter, your dermatologists for the treatment of skin cancer, call the office at (732) 303-1500.

By Lisa Silbret M.D.
January 15, 2018
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: botox  

Botox treatments can smooth work to smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. But is Botox right for you? Working botoxwith your doctor to understand the Botox procedure and how it can benefit you is easy with help from Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ.

What is Botox? 
Botox is a dermatological treatment which freezes the muscles underneath fine lines or wrinkles. By eliminating movement in these areas, the skin does not wrinkle, preventing fine lines and wrinkles from becoming more noticeable. Botox also helps smooth the skin since the muscles are relaxed. Botox does not provide long-term results, with most patients scheduling touch-up appointments every three to six months.

Is Botox safe? 
Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002, gaining its FDA-approved title and being officially deemed safe to use. Though Botox often does not come with any major side effects, you may notice some insignificant annoyances like redness, bruising, or swelling at the injection sites. These side effects often correct themselves within a few days.

Botox Treatments in Manalapan, NJ
The Botox treatment itself takes about 15 minutes and occurs right in your doctor’s office. Your doctor will inject the Botox solution into your facial muscles using a tiny needle. Most patients describe this process as feeling like a small pinch at the injection sites.

For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ. Call (732) 303-1500 to schedule your appointment with your dermatologist today!