It’s important to know what to look out for when it comes to the early signs of melanoma.
Over the last decade, the number of melanoma cases has increased by 54 percent. As with any form of skin cancer, early detection is key to a good prognosis. Of course, knowing what to look for is paramount to making sure that you know when you should visit one of our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists right away.
While most people are looking for those suspiciously dark moles and growths, our dermatologists also want you to be on high alert for pink lesions, as well. While they may seem harmless they could actually turn into melanoma. These lesions are better known as amelanotic melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer that often gets overlooked until it has become more visible (and also more advanced).
Our goal is to ensure that we detect these lesions early on before they spread. Our Bridgewater, NJ, skin specialists know that not all cancerous lesions look the same and we know exactly what to look for to detect these problems right away so that we can provide treatment immediately.
Other symptoms of melanoma include,
- Sores or lesions that don’t heal
- Moles or growths that crust, itch or bleed
- Moles that change in texture, shape or size
- Growths that contain multiple colors
- Lesions or sores that are painful or tender to the touch
- Growths and moles with asymmetrical borders
If you notice any changes in moles or any new moles that suddenly appear it’s important that you see your dermatologist right away. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms it’s a good idea to visit us once a year for a comprehensive skin cancer screening. Remember, anyone can develop skin cancer; however, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing melanoma. These risk factors include,
- Excessive sun exposure
- History of indoor tanning
- Family history of melanoma
- Fair skin and light hair
- Weakened immune system
To protect against melanoma and other forms of skin cancer it’s important that you wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days! Apply a water-resistant, full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 about 20-30 minutes before going outside, and remember to reapply after sweating or swimming. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and protective clothing to block out some of the UVA/UVB exposure. If you can wear a wide-brimmed hat, that’s even better!
Is it time to schedule your next skin cancer screening? This simple exam is completely non-invasive and only takes a few minutes. We will thoroughly examine you top to bottom to make sure that your skin looks healthy. Affiliated Dermatologists provides comprehensive skin cancer screenings to patients living in the Bridgewater, Morristown and Mt. Arlington, NJ, areas. Call us today to schedule yours.
Enjoy a more radiant you with this nonsurgical skin resurfacing treatment.
Just because we are all getting older doesn’t mean we have to look our age. There are ways to improve the radiance and texture of aging skin that may be affected by common issues such as acne scars or sun damage. If you want to get a younger appearance but you don’t want to turn to cosmetic surgery in order to get results, then you’ll want to talk to our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists about whether Fraxel laser treatment is right for you.
What is Fraxel?
Fraxel is a fractional skin resurfacing treatment that improves the overall texture and tone of your skin while targeting a variety of common imperfections including,
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull skin
- Superficial scars
- Sun damage
- Hyperpigmentation (e.g. age spots; sun spots; melasma)
- Actinic keratosis (Scaly growths that are the result of sun exposure)
How does Fraxel work?
When the Fraxel laser is directed over your skin it will penetrate into the deeper layers of tissue in order to stimulate the production of collagen, which helps keep skin supple and firm. The fractional laser is extremely precise, only targeting the damaged skin while leaving healthy tissue untouched, which also means a faster recovery period.
Will it hurt?
Some patients report a warming sensation during treatment; however, our skin doctor will apply a topical numbing gel over the area prior to treatment. Cold air will also be directed over the treated areas during your treatment. After treatment, your skin may feel like it’s been sunburned, but this should only last a couple of hours.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on the type and severity of skin problems you want to treat with Fraxel; however, it’s often recommended that you get anywhere from 1 to 5 treatment sessions performed about 2-4 weeks apart. In some cases, you may need to wait longer between treatment sessions. The treatment sessions can between 15-45 minutes.
When will I see my results?
Another benefit of Fraxel is that you will see results immediately and results will continue to improve within 2-3 months. It will take a couple of months for the body to produce enough collagen to improve the tone and texture of your skin.
Affiliated Dermatologists is proud to provide comprehensive dermatological care to patients living in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, NJ. If you are interested in learning more about Fraxel and how it could improve your appearance, call us today.
Find out the best solution for treating and getting rid of warts.
Warts are benign growths that often don’t cause issues. Many people will develop a wart at some point during their lifetime, particularly children. A wart is the result of an infection caused by a virus, and it can develop just about anywhere on the body. Of course, if you deal with warts regularly or if the wart is unsightly then you may want to turn to our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists to find out the best way to treat it.
Leave it Alone
You may be surprised to hear that the wart will go away all by itself even without treatment. Once the body sheds the virus the wart will also disappear; however, this can take a couple of years. Therefore, if the wart is in a very visible place, is affecting your appearance or is causing discomfort then it’s time to consult with one of our skin doctors to find out the best approach for getting rid of the wart faster.
Prevent it from Spreading
It is possible for a wart to spread, so it’s important that you practice good habits to prevent the virus from spreading. For example:
- Do not pick at the wart
- Wash your hands immediately after touching your wart
- Wear protective footwear in public areas like a gym shower or locker room
Remember that while some people may find Over-the-Counter wart treatments successful not everyone will. If you’ve tried OTC treatments without success or if you are dealing with diabetes or other health issues then you’ll want to turn to a professional right away for treatment.
Professional Wart Removal
There are several methods a dermatologist can use to remove the wart. The method we use will depend on certain factors including the location of the wart. Common wart removal options include freezing it with liquid nitrogen, one of the most common methods. If this treatment doesn't work, there are other options available.
If you are dealing with warts in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, NJ, then call Affiliated Dermatologists to find out the best approach for treating your warts and preventing them in the future.
Is Juvederm Right for You?
Many people are discovering the benefits of Juvederm treatments. This simple procedure can give you a more youthful look. Juvederm is a family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that are injected into the skin. Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, offers a variety of powerful dermal fillers to meet our patients' individual needs. Here are several signs that Juvederm may be right for you.
1. You want to get rid of acne scars.
While acne scars may fade over time, they often do not go away completely without treatment. Acne scars can be treated with Juvederm. The best dermal fillers for treating acne scars are fillers made of hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm. Juvederm fades acne scars by adding volume to them.
2. You want to erase facial wrinkles.
Juvederm eliminates wrinkles by adding structure and plumpness to the skin. Juvederm will smooth wrinkles by replacing the collagen lost due to aging or skin damage. The treatment will fill fine lines, hollows, and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 9 months to a year.
3. You want to smooth away smile lines.
Don't be afraid to smile! Nasolabial folds, also called smile lines, are nothing to smile about. These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth and are the result of the loss of facial volume as we age. Juvederm fillers smooth fine lines by filling in deep creases.
4. You want to make your lips look bigger.
Some people have noticed their lips thinning over time. Other people have thin lips and want to make them bigger. Your dermatologist can use Juvederm to increase volume in your lips. Juvederm can enhance the appearance of your lips by adding volume, shape, and structure. The effects typically last up to one year.
5. You want to enhance your cheekbones.
Wrinkles and fine lines aren't the only signs of aging. Over time, the skin may begin to sag and the cheeks flatten. This happens because volume is lost in the cheeks. Using Juvederm, your dermatologist can enhance your cheeks without surgery. Juvederm adds volume to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks to help create a youthful appearance.
Turn back the clock on aging today. Say yes to Juvederm! Call Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons at 973-267-0300 today to schedule a consultation in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey. With Juvederm treatments, you will look as wonderful as you feel. We want you to live your best possible life!
Give your skin the firmness and lift it needs without turning to surgery.
As we get older our skin stops producing as much collagen, the element for keeping skin supple and firm. As a result, we begin to notice sagging, lines and wrinkles. If you are looking for a way to rid yourself of these early signs of aging without resorting to more invasive cosmetic treatments then it’s time to talk to our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists about INFINIskin.
What is INFINIskin?
Instead of turning to surgery to improve the appearance of your skin, INFINIskin is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that uses Fractional Radiofrequency micro-needling to stimulate collagen within the dermis layer of the skin.
Microneedling uses a set of very tiny needles that are rolled across the skin with a handheld device. It is the combination of the microneedles and the radiofrequency that makes this treatment more effective at targeting the dermis and stimulating collagen production.
Who can benefit from INFINIskin?
Many adults dealing with some degree of fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity due to age could benefit from this cosmetic treatment. This is a great option for anyone looking for a quick, nonsurgical way to tighten the skin and treat early signs of aging. Superficial scars (e.g. acne scars) can also be improved with the help of this treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of the treatment depends on the size of the treatment area, which can range from 15-60 minutes; however, before we begin one of our skin doctors will apply a numbing ointment to the treatment area to minimize discomfort.
What is the recovery process like?
It’s common to experience redness and swelling after treatment, but this should begin to go away within the next 2-3 days and up to one week. In most cases, you’ll be able to get right back to your daily activities within 2 days.
When will I see results?
You may notice a slight change in your appearance after your treatment; however, it will take several weeks for your body to begin producing collagen, so you could continue to see results for up to six months. You may also require more than one treatment session.
Are you interested in refreshing your appearance with the help of INFINIskin? If so, call Affiliated Dermatologists today to schedule a consultation with us. We have offices in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, to serve you better.
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