It’s important that you are performing self-exams on your skin regularly.
The average person has at least 10 moles anywhere on their body. There are many factors such as genetics and sun exposure that can contribute to how many moles a person may have. By and large, moles should stay the same in appearance but it’s important that you are examining your skin regularly to check for any changes to your moles that could indicate skin cancer. Our Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, dermatologists are here to tell you the ABCDEs of self skin-cancer screenings so you know what to look out for.
It’s important that you are examining your skin at least once a month for any visible changes in your moles. After all, if you don’t check them regularly how will you know that something is wrong? Of course, if you’ve never performed a self-exam before you may be a bit confused about what to look for. Don’t worry; just remember your ABCDEs:
If you drew an imaginary line down the center of a mole would both sides look the same or would they look different? A healthy mole is symmetrical while melanoma often asymmetry and uneven.
A healthy mole usually has a very clearly defined and smooth border. Cancerous moles, on the other hand, have poorly defined, often jagged and rough edges.
Your moles should only be a single color, often a shade of brown. In some instances, if a mole has several different colors (e.g. black, brown, tan, pink, blue, etc.) this could be a warning sign of melanoma.
Healthy moles are usually rather small, while cancerous lesions are often larger than 6mm in diameter (this is roughly about the size of a pencil eraser).
This is one of the most important factors when it comes to early detection and treatment of melanoma. If you notice that there are changes to a mole, no matter whether it’s the size, color or shape, it’s important that you contact our skin doctor as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation.
If you have a suspicious mole it’s good to play it safe and schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists here at Affiliated Dermatologists. We have offices in Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ. Call us today to schedule your skin cancer screening.
Smooth away those early signs of aging with this popular skin peel.
No matter whether you spent years worshipping the sun or you are just getting older, it’s a fact of life that our skin will change too. As a result, we will notice more lines and wrinkles forming, which can make us feel self-conscious about the way we look. If you want to reduce and even eliminate some of these signs of aging our Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, dermatologists offer a popular chemical peel that can help you achieve more youthful results.
What is a Vitalize Peel?
This procedure uses a special solution that, when applied to the skin, deeply exfoliates and removes the outermost surface of the skin, which is often the most damaged layer. By removing this outer layer we can reveal healthier, younger and more radiant skin underneath.
A chemical peel is great for treating lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin tone and poor texture. Our skin doctors offer different treatment strengths, depending on the type and severity of the issues you wish to treat.
What should I expect during my chemical peel?
The peel itself only takes about 20 minutes. Some patients report feeling a slight burning or tingling sensation when the solution is applied. This is completely normal and the sensation should only last a few minutes. This peel can be repeated every 3-4 weeks, as necessary, and the majority of patients will see results anywhere between 3-6 treatments.
Who is a good candidate for a Vitalize Peel?
Anyone dealing with mild-to-moderate skin problems as a result of aging or sun damage can often benefit from this chemical peel. This includes anyone who wants to smooth away or reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while also evening out skin tone and improving texture. In some cases, it can even reduce the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. This treatment is effective and safe on all skin types.
Are you interested in learning more about the Vitalize Peel and whether you are an appropriate candidate for treatment? If so, it’s the perfect time to call Affiliated Dermatologists. With offices in Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, we are happy to help you get the radiant skin you deserve.
Fine lines and wrinkles are an unavoidable fact of life. No matter how carefully you care for your skin, some degree of wrinkling is inevitable as you grow older. Fortunately, it's easy to reduce your lines and wrinkles with Botox injections. Botox is among the many skin care treatments offered by the Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, dermatologists of Affiliated Dermatologists.
How does Botox work?
Botox injections contain the botulinum toxin. The FDA-approved treatment targets dynamic facial expressions that produce lines and wrinkles, such as frowning and squinting. The injections temporarily block nerve impulses from reaching the muscles that produce dynamic facial expressions. As a result, the lines and wrinkles in your skin relax and become smoother.
Small needles are used to provide the injections. Although the injections aren't very painful, your Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington or Liberty Corner dermatologist may numb your skin with a local anesthetic or ice to ensure your comfort. After you receive your injections, you can immediately return to your usual activities. Botox injections can keep your skin line-free for three to six months. Scheduling regular follow-up appointments will help you maintain your results.
When is Botox recommended?
Have you developed a few vertical lines between your eyes? The lines are common after many years of focusing intently or squinting in bright sunlight. Botox injections smooth the area, decreasing the lines that can make you look perpetually tired or angry.
Botox is also a good choice if your crow's feet have become much more prominent lately. Injecting the little lines at the corners of your eyes with Botox offers a subtle way to minimize obvious signs of aging. Botox is just as effective in smoothing horizontal forehead furrows, fine lines around the lips or neck bands.
Botox injections can help you look more youthful! Call the skin doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists in Morristown, Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, at (973) 267-0300 to schedule your appointment.
Would you like to smooth facial wrinkles and folds but don't want to undergo plastic surgery? Juvederm offers a minimally invasive way to improve your appearance. The dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists in Bridgewater, Morristown, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, offer Juvederm and other cosmetic treatments that will help you look more youthful.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an injectable filler that counteracts the natural effects of aging and loss of facial volume by plumping problem areas with hyaluronic acid. Once volume is restored, wrinkles and folds are much less prominent. The acid is found naturally in your body and hydrates and cushions the skin. Results typically last nine months to one year.
Is Juvederm a good choice for me?
Juvederm is an excellent option if you want firmer, more youthful skin. Injections can help you:
- Combat Saggy Cheeks: Loss of volume in your face can cause your cheeks to sag, increasing wrinkles that make you look older. Juvederm injections increase volume, which lifts your cheeks and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Make Nasolabial Fold Lines Less Prominent: Nasolabial fold lines, the creases that bracket your face from the nose to the mouth, becoming increasingly noticeable as you age. Juvederm treatment offers a simple way to fill in the lines and turn back time.
- Erase Creases: Have you developed creases between your eyes or around your nose? A few injections will help smooth those troublesome lines.
- Fill Lips: Decreased lip volume is very common as you get older. Adding a little hyaluronic acid to your lips adds volume and can help you look a little younger. Are you concerned that your lips will look unnatural if you opt for Juvederm injections? Although some celebrities favor the over-filled look, your Bridgewater, Morristown, Mt. Arlington or Liberty Corner dermatologist can help you achieve a much more subtle look.
- Improve Undereye Hollows: Juvederm is an excellent solution if you have noticeable depressions under your eyes.
- Make Scars Less Noticeable: Acne and other types of scars soften and become less noticeable after just one Juvederm treatment.
Are you ready to enhance your appearance with Juvederm? Call the dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists in Bridgewater, Morristown, Mt. Arlington and Liberty Corner, NJ, at (973) 267-0300 to schedule an appointment.
Find out how a simple laser treatment could reduce rosacea-induced redness.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes visible redness and even swelling of the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks. In some cases, you may even see small blood vessels scattered across the face or the appearance of little red bumps that look like acne. While anyone can develop rosacea, women with fair skin that are over the age of 30 are at an increased risk. Our Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown, NJ, dermatologists are here to tell you more about rosacea and how this condition can be controlled through different treatment options.
Since the symptoms of rosacea mimic that of other problems like acne, dermatitis, or allergic reactions, it can be difficult for people to realize that they are dealing with rosacea. If you start to notice redness, swelling, and red bumps on your face then it might be time to turn to our Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown skin doctor for a proper diagnosis.
How is rosacea treated?
We offer a revolutionary approach for treating everything from mild to more serious cases of rosacea. Cutera Excel V laser is a non-invasive laser treatment that is effective in reducing symptoms of rosacea and even eliminating visible blood vessels. During your treatment, the handheld laser is directed over the face to reduce redness, swelling, and other symptoms without affecting the healthy skin around it.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms you may notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance after just one laser treatment. It’s common for most patients to undergo anywhere from two to four treatment sessions in order to achieve the optimal results.
Affiliated Dermatologists in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown, NJ, is here to help you manage your rosacea symptoms. We provide comprehensive dermatological services to meet everyone’s specific skincare needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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