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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
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.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
September 14, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox  

Botox from your dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, can help you look your best.

Are you tired of looking at your wrinkles in the mirror? If this sounds like you, it’s time to do something about it. Botox can help you look your best.

Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, offer a wide range of dermatology services, including Botox treatment, to help you look your best.

Aging causes many changes in your body, including changing the appearance of your skin. Your skin loses elasticity and moisture. When you smile, frown, squint, or show other expressions, fine lines and wrinkles begin to form instead of your skin snapping back the way it did when you were younger.

These fine lines and wrinkles get deeper and deeper over time. Fortunately, Botox can help by smoothing out your skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consider that Botox can help minimize:

  • Lines at the corners of your eyes, known as crow’s feet
  • Lines from your nose to your mouth, from laughing and smiling
  • Lines across your forehead, known as furrows
  • Lines between your eyebrows, known as labella

Botox works by weakening or “freezing” the nerves and muscles around the injection site. After treatment, your skin will look smooth and more radiant, giving you younger-looking skin.

Botox is a safe procedure, approved by the FDA to treat the early signs of aging. It’s also a quick treatment, and you can request a numbing spray beforehand if you wish. You will notice results within 2 to 5 days after treatment. Additional maintenance treatments are recommended every few months to keep looking your best.

Looking younger can help boost your self-confidence. To discover more about the benefits of Botox in Manalapan, NJ, and how it can help you look your best, call Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter at (732) 303-1500 now!

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.