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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
June 23, 2021
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Psoriasis  

Appearing as thick patches of red itchy skin, what may initially seem like a passing rash can be, in fact, psoriasis. It is a chronic condition that is unfortunately without a cure, but it can be managed by lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medication, and with the help of prescription medication and other treatments when necessary. To learn more about psoriasis and how you can live comfortably with the condition reach out to Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan, NJ.

Symptoms

There are different types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Named after the hardened patches, or plaques, of skin that manifest usually on the elbows, knees, and scalp. These are often itchy, inflamed, and red in appearance. Symptoms aren't always present, they can subside for long periods, giving the impression that the condition has subsided. Although without a cure, proper management can mean longer periods free of many of these symptoms.

Causes

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to attack skin cells as if they were foreign bacteria. As a result, skin cells counter by increasing production, creating the known symptoms. It is not a condition that can be transmitted from person to person, meaning it is not contagious. A genetic predisposition may be to blame, but not all who possess it suffer from psoriasis, hinting at other factors playing a role.

Triggers

Managing psoriasis means managing the triggers that cause the flare-ups. Heavy alcohol use has been known to trigger the condition, as well as stress and certain medications. You can speak with your doctor for resources to help with stress and alcohol abuse, as well as with medication that could be causing flare-ups to find out if alternatives are available. Injuries and infections can also bring about your psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis Treatment in Manalapan, NJ

If you suspect psoriasis may be to blame for your skin condition, coming into the office for an examination and a diagnosis is an important first step. Besides helping you to avoid triggers, your doctor can also help with prescription medication, topical treatments, and light therapy to further fight your psoriasis symptoms.

Book an appointment today with Dr. Silbret and Dr. Schechter in Manalapan, NJ, by dialing (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
July 24, 2020
Category: Skin Treatment

Skin cancer has become so common millions of Americans are likely to develop it. Increasing in frequency with age and exposure to the UVB rays of the sun, skin cancer can be treated successfully. At the office of Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan NJ, skin cancer treatments are state of the art and effective. Learn more about Skin Cancer Treatments Manalapan here.

Common skin cancer types and their treatments

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) the most common kind of cancer in the US, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Affecting the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, basal cell carcinoma looks raised, red or pink and even pearl-like in tone. Bumps may be crusty and oozy, elaborate experts at the AAD.

To treat confirmed BCC, Dr. Schechter or Dr. Silbret may recommend topical medications, freezing (cryosurgery), desiccation, and curettage (a scraping and application of electrical current), radiation or simple surgical excision with a scalpel. The dermatologists also use innovative MOHS surgery to remove thin slices of the tumor, analyzing each until non-cancerous tissue is reached.

Basal cell carcinoma features a high cure rate, but early detection and intervention are critical. While BCC does not spread to major body organs, it can seriously impact the quality of life, tissue integrity, and overall longevity when lesions become large and locally invasive.

Squamous cell carcinoma also harms the epidermis and often begins as actinic keratoses, scaly lesions on the scalp, neck, and arms. Like BCC, squamous cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes, but it can destroy large areas of tissue where it resides. Treatment options are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma.

Finally, everyone should know about malignant melanoma as it is the most dangerous skin cancer. Although not as common as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanoma is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly in young adults who overindulge in sun exposure.

The lesions affect the pigment-producing cells in the bottom of the epidermis. Often, cancer begins in existing moles or resembles them. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly inspection of existing moles for changes in size, shape, color, and texture and in-office exams yearly with your skin doctor.

In Manalapan, NJ, and across the country, skin cancer treatment for melanoma depends on staging, or how advanced the cancer is. Surgical excision, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination to treat and cure this deadly malignancy.

Let us partner with you

Surviving skin cancer takes vigilance on the part of patients and your skincare team in Manalapan NJ. For the latest information on skin cancer--treatments, recognition, and prevention--contact Dr. Lisa Silbret or Dr. Alan Schechter for an informative consultation: (732) 303-1500.

By Dr. Lisa Silbret, MD and Dr. Alan Schechter, MD
May 12, 2020
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Wrinkles  

Wrinkles and fine lines can make us look older, tired, and even angry in some cases. Fortunately, your Manalapan, NJ, dermatologists, Drs. Lisa Silbret and Alan Schechter, can help you minimize these visible signs of aging with Botox treatment.

Is Botox right for you?

Botox injections smooth wrinkles and lines that form when you make dynamic facial expressions, like frowning, smiling, squinting, or raising your eyebrows. When you're a child, vertical lines appear between your eyes when you squint or focus intently, but then disappear the moment you stop making the facial expression. As you grow older, however, the lines tend to become permanent.

If you've noticed lines between your eyes, forehead furrows, crow's feet, tiny wrinkles around your lips, chin creases, or horizontal lines in your neck, Botox may be a good option for you.

You may be a good candidate for Botox injections if you're healthy, 18 or older, and aren't pregnant or nursing.

How does Botox work?

Your Manalapan skin doctor injects a small amount of the purified botulinum toxin into your skin. The FDA-approved treatment improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by preventing the muscles under your skin from contracting. When the muscles stop contracting, the skin over them becomes smoother and lines/wrinkles become much less noticeable.

Precise placement of the injections is very important and ensures that you maintain a natural appearance. Your dermatologist knows exactly where to inject Botox for the best results.

Results usually last about three to six months. If you like the way your face looks after treatment, it's easy to maintain your results simply by scheduling follow up visits about every three months.

Are Botox injections painful?

Not at all! Botox injections are delivered using thin needles to minimize pain. Although you may notice a mild stinging sensation, you probably won't find the treatment painful. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately, although you may notice a little bruising at the injection sites. Just a few days after your treatment, you'll begin to see an improvement in your lines and wrinkles.

Renew your appearance with Botox! Call your dermatologists in Manalapan, NJ, Drs. Silbret and Schechter, at (732) 303-1500 to schedule an appointment.