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By Choice Dermatology
March 30, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.


By Choice Dermatology
March 11, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Dermatitis  

If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.

The most common types of dermatitis include:

  • Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)

The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.

With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).

Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.

Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.

Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.


By Choice Dermatology
March 05, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Fine lines and wrinkles don't have to affect your appearance. Botox treatment offered by your Basking Ridge and Elizabeth, NJ, dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener of Choice Dermatology, offers a simple, effective way to minimize these visible signs of aging.

Botox renews your appearance

Have you ever noticed that certain lines and wrinkles become more prominent when you laugh, smile, squint or make other facial expressions? Although the lines quickly disappear as soon as you stop making the expression when you're young, they tend to become permanent as you grow older.

Thanks to Botox injections, it's possible to smooth these fine lines and wrinkles without surgery. Using an FDA approved form of the botulinum toxin, this treatment prevents your muscles from contracting when you make facial expressions. As a result, the skin on top of the muscles relaxes, causing wrinkles and lines to become much less noticeable. Botox results usually last three to six months. Fortunately, it's easy to maintain your results by scheduling regular follow-up treatments.

Your Elizabeth and Basking Ridge skin doctor may recommend Botox if:

  • The Lines Between Your Eyes Make You Look Tired, Sad, or Angry: Do have one or more vertical lines between your eyebrows? Botox is often used to smooth these "11" lines and help you look more rested.
  • You Have Furrows in Your Forehead: Botox also offers an excellent way to treat horizontal lines that tend to form on the forehead.
  • You Wish You Could Get Rid of Your Crow's Feet: Crow's feet, the network of fine lines that radiate from the outside edges of your eyes, can also be minimized with Botox.
  • Lip Lines Make Wearing Lipstick Difficult: Bleeding lipstick may be a problem if your lips are surrounded by fine lines. Botox injections smooth these lines, eliminating the issue.
  • You Have Creases in Your Chin: Chin creases form after years of flexing your chin muscles and are another annoying sign of aging. Injecting a small amount of Botox in the creases offers a simple solution.

Interested? Give us a call

Smooth your fine lines and wrinkles with Botox. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Meulener of Choice Dermatology by calling (908) 355-0112 for the Elizabeth, NJ, office, or (908) 766-7546 for the Basking Ridge, NJ, office.