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By Choice Dermatology
July 25, 2018
Category: Skin Care

MoleIt is normal for an adult to have a few moles in various places on the body. Moles are generally harmless, but it is important to keep an eye on them. Changes in the size, shape, or color of a mole can be an indication of possible skin cancer. Regularly checking your skin, as well as periodic exams with a dermatologist, are helpful for detecting early signs of skin cancer. At Choice Dermatology, Dr. Marc Meulener is your dermatologist for skin cancer screening, treatment of skin conditions, and various cosmetic procedures such as botox in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ.

Possible Signs of Skin Cancer

There are many different types of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most deadly type and it tends to develop near moles. As with any type of cancer, early detection of Melanoma is helpful for beating it, which is why it is so important to keep an eye on your moles. Check your moles regularly for changes in their appearance, which can be an indication of melanoma or another type of skin cancer. Look for the following potential warning signs when checking your moles:

  • The growth of new moles
  • Changes in the color of existing moles
  • Changes in the size or shape of existing moles
  • Multiple colors within a mole, such as varying shades of brown, black or tan
  • Asymmetrical appearance (one side of the mole does not match the other)
  • Moles that are large in diameter (normal moles are about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil)
  • Itchy or scaly skin on or around the mole
  • Moles that are painful or tender
  • Oozing or bleeding from a mole

If you observe any of these warning signs in your moles, see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can examine your skin and perform biopsies of any suspicious areas to determine if skin cancer is present. Early detection of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, can significantly improve the prognosis for beating it. If cancer cells are present, the dermatologist can make a treatment recommendation. Not only do dermatologists offer botox and othBotoxsmetic treatments, they also perform skin cancer screenings and treat some types of skin cancer.

Keep an eye on your moles and see a dermatologist if you observe the growth of new moles or changes in the size, shape, or color of existing ones, both of which can be signs of skin cancer. For skin cancer screenings, treatment of skin conditions, or cosmetic treatments such as botox in the Elizabeth area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Meulener by calling the Elizabeth office at (908) 355-0112 or our Basking Ridge office at (908) 766-7546.

By Choice Dermatology
July 16, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Acne Treatment  

Acne is one of the most common and yet one of the most challenging skin problems people face. We know how frustrating it can be to try one over-the-counter acne product after another, thinking you are giving your skin everything it needs to combat acne and then suddenly the acne returns. What’s going on? If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect formula and treatment options for getting clearer skin a dermatologist will be able to help.

From children to teens to adults, anyone can develop acne. Of course, when we think about acne we do often think about those adolescent years; however, dermatologists also see a lot of adults that are still dealing with different forms of acne. When you come in for a skincare consultation a skin doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. From there we may ask you a series of questions regarding your skin care regime, lifestyle and habits, as this will provide some insight into what could be triggering your acne symptoms.

After your consultation is complete we will create a customized treatment plan that will cater to addressing the source of your acne symptoms; fortunately, today there are so many different treatment options out there. A dermatologist will most often recommend different strategies for handling your acne. These options may include,

Treatments that you place directly on your skin

Many of your acne treatments can be applied right on your skin to reduce both acne-causing bacteria and oil. Popular topical acne medications often contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Your dermatologist will determine the topical treatment that will work best for your skin.

Treatment that is systemic and works throughout the body

Sometimes it’s necessary to systemically treat acne, particularly if it’s causing serious redness or swelling. By taking pills such as antibiotics, birth control pills or isotretinoin (the best course of action for severe acne), we can reduce both of these symptoms while also preventing acne breakouts.

Different dermatological treatments that can reduce or even get rid of acne

There are also some in-office treatment options available from your skin doctor that can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria and even get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. These common procedures include:

  • Laser or light therapy

  • Chemical peels

  • Extractions

  • Dermabrasion (to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars)

Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to treating acne and a dermatologist can help you get your skin clearer. It’s important to be patient when it comes to acne treatment, as it can take several weeks to see results. Talk to a dermatologist today about how they can help you.