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By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
December 01, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Juvederm  

Find out how Juvederm can make you look younger.

Ready to give your skin the more radiant, youthful boast it needs before the holiday season? You may think you don’t have time left butJuvedermyour Morristown, NJ dermatologists have the quick cosmetic option you’ve been looking for.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm contains a special gel made from hyaluronic acid that when injected into the mid to deep layers of the skin creates volume and fullness to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds to create a more youthful appearance.

What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?

This acid is naturally occurring in your skin. As you get older you start to lose this substance, which in turn starts to breakdown the original volume and shape of your skin to cause wrinkles and folds. The purpose of Juvederm is to reapply this substance back into the skin to help create a younger-looking appearance.

What cosmetic issues can Juvederm address?

Juvederm is a great option for those patients in Morristown, NJ who are looking to treat static wrinkles, which develop as a result of a loss of hyaluronic acid and collagen. Juvederm is FDA-approved to treat nasolabial folds, or “marionette lines” but can also treat the lips, cheeks, forehead, nose and jawline.

What makes Juvederm different from other injectables like Botox?

Unlike other dermal fillers Juvederm uses a naturally occurring substance that is already found in the skin. While Botox blocks the nerve signals that causes muscles to contract and create wrinkles Juvederm fills these deep set wrinkles to restore volume and shape.

What should I expect when I come into your Morristown, NJ office for treatment?

This procedure is simple and can take up to a half hour to complete. Once we discuss your goals for treatment we will pinpoint the areas that we will need to inject. Then we will inject a series of thin dermal needles into the skin. How deep we need to inject the needles will depend on the severity of the wrinkles and folds we are correcting. These areas will be numbed prior to treatment to reduce any discomfort.

How long will my results last?

What makes Juvederm a great cosmetic treatment is that results are instantaneous and long lasting. Results usually last about eight to ten months before requiring another session to maintain these results.

Am I a good candidate for Juvederm?

Many patients looking to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds are ideal candidates for Juvederm. Those who have severe allergies or have had allergic reactions in the past may not be right for this treatment.

Turn to the Morristown skin experts at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons for all of your cosmetic needs. If you are interested in Juvederm give us a call today.

By Affiliated Dermatologists
August 28, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

You have probably heard of botox. But do you know the science behind this incredible treatment?

What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for commercialized, therapeutic botulinum toxin, hence the name. Botulinum toxin is a protein that can be found in naturally occurring bacteria. However, the Botox your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologist in Morristown, NJ, use is made in a Botoxlaboratory.

Toxin makes it sound dangerous. Is Botox harmful?
No! Botox, as used in dermatology (and many other medical contexts), is FDA-approved and very safe. If you are concerned, ask your dermatologists about Botox safety.

How does Botox treat wrinkles?
As you may know, one cause of wrinkles is repeated facial expressions. Over a lifetime, as you contract the same facial muscles over and over again in a pattern, those muscles can develop grooves or lines in that pattern. They start pulling at the skin covering them. At the same time, also because of age, that skin becomes less elastic, making it unable to spring back from the pulling muscles. The combined effect results in facial lines and grooves.

When your New Jersey dermatologists administer Botox, they inject it specifically into the grooved areas. The Botox will relax those facial muscles, which smooths out the skin, thus reducing the lines and wrinkles.

How does Botox relax muscles?
Your muscles have nerves going through them to control their actions. Botox prevents those nerves from telling the muscles to contract.

How does Botox affect nerves?
Your nerves send movement signals to muscles using chemical molecules called neurotransmitters. A neurotransmitter activates its receptor, like a key turning its lock. In particular, there is a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which has corresponding receptors on your muscles. When things are working normally, a nerve releases a dose of acetylcholine directly to a muscle, sending a chemical message telling that muscle to contract, and it does.

Botulinum toxin prevents acetylcholine from being released in the first place. Without acetylcholine to signal muscles to activate, the muscles never get the message that they should be contracting. Without nerves telling your muscles to contract, they'll remain relaxed. And with the muscles relaxed, they no longer form lines and grooves on your face.

Botox is a natural chemical, however, and will eventually be metabolized--broken down--by your body. That's why repeated treatments are needed to maintain results in the long term.

Ready to wipe the wrinkles from your face? Ask the NJ dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A about Botox. Call 973-267-0300 today ... and get ready to put your best face forward!

By Affiliated Dermatologists
July 07, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

If you’ve been diagnosed with this itchy skin condition find out what you can do.

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that is reported to affect around 35 million Americans. If you are part of this statistic, find out more about this condition from  Affiliated Dermatologist in Morristown, and how you can effectively manage your symptoms.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a generalized term for any kind of inflammation of the skin, also referred to as dermatitis. Dermatitis causes an itchy red rash to appear just about anywhere on the body, but it most commonly appears on the elbows or backs of the knees. Eczema is usually diagnosed during childhood, but adults can also develop this condition.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Everyone experiences different symptoms of eczema. The appearance and location of the rash can change. You may experience only minor symptoms, while others may have a more severe case. Those with eczema generally have sensitive and dry skin. You are also likely to experience itching. The itching may become so intense that a patient may even scratch their skin until it bleeds, which causes even more itching and inflammation. Here are some other common symptoms:

  • Scaly patches of skin
  • Inflamed, red skin
  • Leathery regions of skin
  • Oozing or crusting rash
  • Swollen areas
  • Dark patches of skin

How do you properly treat eczema?

While there is no cure for this skin condition, many symptoms of eczema are manageable with the right treatment. Proper skin care is critical to managing your symptoms. Here are some lifestyle changes you can make to treat your eczema:

Mild cleansers: Since mild skin care products won’t dry out your skin it’s always best to look for gentle washes, soaps and moisturizers. You can easily find these kinds of products at your local drugstore. Talk to your Dr. Lauren Cooper about what products would be ideal for your skin.

Take short baths/showers: Again, the last thing you want to do when you have eczema is dry out your skin, so avoid hot water and long showers or baths, which can strip your skin of necessary oils.

If you are looking for medications to help ease symptoms you can turn to over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or antihistamines like Benadryl, which can help relieve itching and inflamed skin. Be aware that some of these medications can cause drowsiness.

If you find that these remedies aren’t helping your symptoms then it’s time to talk to  Dr. Lauren Cooper about prescription-strength cleansers and medications, as well as other treatments that could help alleviate your eczema symptoms. Call Affiliated Dermatologist in Morristown today to schedule an appointment with us.

By Affiliated Dermatologists
May 07, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Untagged

Spider VeinsLearn how minimally-invasive sclerotherapy clears your skin of spider veins.

If you've noticed a network of tiny yet conspicuous purple veins beginning to crop up on your legs, you are likely dealing with spider veins. This common circulatory condition tends to make those who have it a little hesitant to wear shorts or a swimsuit in the summer. Fortunately, Affiliated Dermatologists of Morristown, NJ offers a cosmetic procedure called sclerotherapy - to clear away the cobwebs, so to speak.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are stretched blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They are so named because of their resemblance to the tangle of a spider's web. They can be red, purple, blue or a combination of colors, and typically form on the thighs and lower legs. Anyone can get spider veins, but it is known to be a hereditary condition. They are also much more common in people who have careers that require them to stand for long periods of time. Spider veins are not typically painful or harmful, but they can be a source of embarrassment when warm weather arrives and the legs are bare.

How does sclerotherapy work?

Sclerotherapy was first developed in the 1920's, and although the technology is being advanced all the time, the technique remains a time-tested standard. Your Morristown dermatologist injects a solution that collapses the affected veins. Once the vein has broken down, it will fade and become much less noticeable. The treated area may be wrapped with compression material afterwards. It may take a few weeks and several treatment sessions before the veins fade completely. This procedure requires no anesthesia or downtime.

Don't let spider veins keep you from enjoying summer fashions and activities. Call to make an appointment with one of the qualified physicians at Affiliated Dermatologists today!

By Affiliated Dermatologists
February 27, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

BotoxYour face is active all day as you show emotions and facial expressions. It's hard to keep a straight face when you consider all the wrinkles this causes over time!

Are you tired of those lines etched into your face? At Affiliated Dermatologists, you can experience a youthful renewal of your skin with Botox®, the FDA-approved solution for all unwanted creases and lines.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox blocks acetylcholine (the chemical responsible for the muscle contractions that bring wrinkles) from being released under your skin. But while Botox has been found to be effective for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles in faces across America, many people are concerned about Botox because they think it can:

  • permanently paralyze facial muscles, leaving you with a "stone-face"
  • become less effective over time (meaning you'll have to spend more money on higher dosages to achieve the same results)
  • potentially lead to other unwanted and unforeseen side effects

However, because each Botox treatment can last for as long as six months before losing its effectiveness, using Botox often enough to permanently paralyze your facial muscles would require taking significantly more Botox than is safely prescribed. Plus, because only one Botox treatment is necessary for six months of a youthful look, the thought that this might be enough to make your facial muscles desensitized to its effects is highly unlikely and even more unfounded.

Instead, each injection trains facial muscles to relax (rather than forget how to work altogether), providing the most effective way for maintaining your youth and keeping you proud of every smile you give from now on!

For more information on Botox therapy and why it's one of the safest and most effective options for a more youthful face, give the offices of Affiliated Dermatologists a call today. Call us at 973-267-0300 for lasting dermatology solutions right here in New Jersey!

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