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By Choice Dermatology
May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and mostEczema often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.

Types of Eczema           

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.

Neurodermatitis

This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.

Nummular Dermatitis

This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.

Stasis Dermatitis

This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.

Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!

By Choice Dermatology
April 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Sun Damage   Dark Spots   Freckles  

Even if you are someone who lathers on the SPF regularly, chances are good that if you’ve spent any time in the sun during your lifetime that you have some sun damage. Everything from dark spots to freckles can form as a result of exposure to the sun. Of course, if you find those dark spots becoming more visible or more widespread then you may want to consider how a dermatologist can help refresh your appear and hide those signs of sun damage.

If you are noticing more and more dark spots then it’s a good idea to seek a skincare professional who can determine the cause of these spots. There are many reasons discolorations occur and it’s important that we are able to detect early signs of skin cancer and melanoma before we decide the best course of action.

Once your dermatologist has performed a thorough screening and has determined that the dark spots aren’t cancerous, then it’s time to get down to business discussing what cosmetic option or options will work best for diminishing those dark spots, whether you are looking for at-home solutions or in-office treatments.

The number one treatment for getting rid of discolorations and dark spots is laser therapy. There are a variety of lasers available that can provide you with the results you want depending on your specific needs, goals, and skin problems. One of the most common lasers used to treat dark spots is the intense pulsed light (IPL). The goal of IPL is to reduce and even eliminate uneven pigmentation to provide a more even appearance. Another benefit to IPL is that is can also brighten the skin.

There are different wavelengths that are able to penetrate through different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of your dark spots, your dermatologist will determine the wavelength that will provide you with the best results. As the laser is directed over the skin it will heat up and destroy the darker pigmentations of the skin. While it’s common for most people to treat their face, you can get IPL treatment just about anywhere, from your face and neck to your chest and legs.

Laser treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be performed without the need for anesthesia. The process is non-invasive and also boasts no downtime. Even though you may notice some redness afterwards, you can go right back to your daily routine. You’ll start to notice the dark spots flaking and going away over the course of a couple of weeks. You will most likely require a couple of sessions in order to get the optimal results.

Don’t let sun damage ruin the appearance of your skin. Turn to a dermatologist who can help meet your needs and provide you with the proper treatment option to give you the fantastic results you want. Laser treatment can be an amazing way to restore and revive sun-damaged skin.

By Choice Dermatology
April 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Hands  

Young HandsWhile the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.     

The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.   

Basic tips for improved hand care include:

  • Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
  • Protect your hands from the sun.  The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
  • Avoid frequent hand washing.  When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.

In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.

Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.

By Choice Dermatology
March 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: anti-aging  

Fine lines and wrinkles are typically the first signs of aging. For some people, it may begin with wrinkles around the eyes (also known as anti-agingcrow's feet) or creases around the lips or on the forehead. Although aging and wrinkles tend to go hand in hand, there are a number of treatments available to help you look and feel your best at every age. Dr. Marc Meulener, a dermatologist practicing in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ, offers a number of skincare and anti-aging treatments designed to minimize wrinkles and rejuvenate every skin type.

Healthier, Younger Looking Skin in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ

If wrinkles are an unavoidable part of life and a natural result of the aging process, what can be done about them? The answer lies in modern dermatology treatments designed to disrupt the signs of aging. From Botox to laser treatments, there have never been more options for preserving clear, youthful looking skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

Some of the most common wrinkle and aging treatments include:

  • Botox
  • Fillers
  • Laser skin resurfacing treatments
  • Chemical peels

Because your skin is unique and completely different from everyone else's (even if they have a similar skin type or problem areas), a personalized skincare routine and anti-aging treatments designed exclusively for you by your dermatologist is always ideal. When it comes to preventing and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, lifestyle factors like a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, avoiding harsh products and treatments, and protecting your skin from sun damage play a vital role in how good your skin will look and feel.

Find a Dermatologist in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ

Fine lines and wrinkles may be a normal part of the aging process, but you can have beautiful, younger looking skin at any age. For more information about our skincare and anti-aging treatments, contact Choice Dermatology to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meulener by calling (908) 766-7546 in Basking Ridge or (908) 355-0112 in Elizabeth, NJ.

By Choice Dermatology
March 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Scars  

ScarsScars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally. 

Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your dermatologist may be in order.

Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.  

Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:

  • Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
  • Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.  
  • Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
  • Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
  • Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.  

In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. We can assess the scar, review treatment options, and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.  





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