Posts for: November, 2019
We all would like to find that magical solution that would keep us looking young forever. Of course, while we certainly haven’t found the Fountain of Youth just yet, advancements in cosmetic dermatology are coming impressively close. If you are looking for a fast, simple, and non-invasive way to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, talk with our dermatologist about whether Botox could give you the results you want.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified, medical-grade neurotoxin that is injected directly into muscle groups of the face. When Botox is injected into the muscles, it reduces the brain-sent signals that cause the muscles to contract. As a result, this cosmetic treatment prevents muscle contractions, thus temporarily reducing the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles.
Botox can be used to smooth away wrinkles between the brows, on the foreheads, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and the mouth (“laugh lines”). In fact, any lines or wrinkles that are accentuated when you frown or smile can often be treated with Botox.
What is it like to get Botox treatment?
Botox is non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery or other aggressive techniques. It only takes our skin doctor a couple of minutes to administer Botox, and these thin needles are well-tolerated by our patients.
Additionally, there is absolutely no downtime associated with receiving Botox, allowing many patients to come in for treatment and return right back to work and their daily routine immediately after. It only takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox and side effects are minimal.
What kind of results should I expect with Botox?
You won’t see results immediately, as it will take the body time to respond to treatment. Most people will see results within 3-4 days and results can last anywhere from 4-6 months. If you’re happy with your results and wish they would last longer, then you can talk with your cosmetic dermatologist about how often you should come in for maintenance treatments.
Whether you have questions about receiving Botox treatment or if you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for treatment, don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist’s office today to schedule a consultation.
Acne isn’t just for teenagers. In fact, adults can have acne too! If you are suffering from painful, unsightly acne, you can get relief. Here at Choice Dermatology, your dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener, offers a wide range of skincare services including treatment for acne. With two convenient office locations in Basking Ridge and Elizabeth, NJ, read on to learn how Choice Dermatology can help you!
More about Acne
There are several forms of acne including blackheads, whiteheads, and painful cysts. While you may be tempted to pick or pop these acne blemishes, doing so can spread the bacteria to other areas of your face. You may then be tempted to just leave acne alone, hoping it may go away on its own. However, this can just cause the issue to remain, and perhaps even grow worse.
The best course of action is to seek out professional acne treatment from your dermatologist. At Choice Dermatology, your Dr. Meulener may recommend:
- Benzoyl peroxide products to treat mild cases of acne; benzoyl peroxide unblocks pores and helps clear up small blemishes like blackheads or whiteheads.
- Antibiotics in oral or topical formulations; antibiotics clear up the underlying bacteria causing your acne.
- Isotretinoin products to eliminate cystic acne; isotretinoin is a great solution to clear up severe acne.
- Laser light therapy to create clear skin; this treatment reduces acne bacteria to help clear your skin.
- Chemical peels to eliminate blackheads; chemical peels are also useful in resurfacing skin to minimize acne scarring.
For more information about types of acne and acne treatments, please visit the Acne section on the Choice Dermatology website at https://www.choicedermatology.com/acne.html
Need Skin Treatment? Give Us a Call
Don’t let acne ruin your self-esteem and self-confidence! Call the dermatologists here at Choice Dermatology in Elizabeth and Basking Ridge, NJ, today by dialing (908) 355-0112 for the Elizabeth location, or (908) 766-7546 for the Basking Ridge office.
Psoriasis doesn’t just impact someone’s appearance but it can also affect someone’s quality of life. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that leads to itching, burning patches of skin known as plaques. These plaques can be embarrassing for the sufferer and have a serious impact on their life. If you have psoriasis that is causing you to avoid social situations or you are noticing symptoms of psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to. A dermatologist can both diagnose and treat your skin condition.
Since symptoms of psoriasis can also resemble other skin problems it’s always a good idea to see a skin doctor to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Red, inflamed, and sometimes-scaly patches of skin
- Dry skin that may crack or bleed
- Tenderness, itching, or burning around the plaques
Plaques may be raised, dry, or contain white scaly skin. While plaques can develop anywhere on the body they are more prevalent on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp.
Certain things can trigger flare-ups including:
- Injury to the skin
- Cold weather
- Certain medications (e.g. beta-blockers; lithium)
Avoiding these triggers can be an effective way to reduce the amount of flare-ups a patient experiences.
Treatment for psoriasis includes a variety of home remedies, lifestyle modifications and medications. At-home care is focused on alleviating the itchy and burning associated with the formation of plaques. Mild to moderate itching may be relieved through:
- Moisturizing the skin daily
- Taking cold showers
- Apply ice packs to the skin
- Using skincare products containing lactic acid or urea, which can remove scaly skin
Finding the right medication and treatment plan takes time and having a dermatologist that you trust is crucial. Common medications and therapies for treating psoriasis include:
- Topical anesthetics
- Certain antidepressants
Despite the fact that there isn’t yet a cure for psoriasis, a dermatologist can certainly provide you with the treatment plan you need to get flare-ups under control.
If you are dealing with psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for care, treatment and support. Together you and your dermatologist can create a treatment plan to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.