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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.

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.