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By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
May 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   Botox Treatment  

Here at Affiliated Dermatologists in Bridgewater, Morristown, and Mt. Arlington, NJ, our dermatologists regularly administer Botox injections to treat fine lines and creases. However, its other uses extend far beyond aesthetics alone—read on to learn more.

How Does Botox Treatment Work?

Botox is a neurotoxin produced from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Neurotoxins are substances that target our nervous system, affecting and halting the nerve signaling process that promotes muscle contractions, thus, loosening up muscles that are stiff or contracted. For facial wrinkles and lines, this translates to smoother and tighter skin.

What Benefits Can Botox Provide?

One of the most popular advantages of getting a Botox injection is to smooth out the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, at our locations in Bridgewater, Morristown, and Mt. Arlington, NJ, we also use Botox to treat various medical issues such as the following:

  • Excessive sweating: Botox can hamper the sweat glands, therefore reducing the production of sweat.
  • Cervical dystonia: This is a condition where the muscles in your neck contract painfully and abruptly. Having Botox injected to the muscles in the neck that spasm impede the signals that lead to painful muscle tightening.
     
  • Eye conditions: The procedure is also used to effectively treat various eye conditions like strabismus and blepharospasm.
     
  • Cold hands: Poor blood circulation is what causes the hands to feel cold. Injecting Botox can relax or loosen up the muscles that surround the constrained blood vessels. This then allows the blood to flow properly, consequently bringing warmth to the hands.
     
  • Chronic migraine: Getting a Botox injection is proven to lessen the frequency of headaches.
     
  • Bell’s Palsy: This is a condition wherein the facial nerves are damaged, causing the nearby muscles to weaken and half of the face to sag downwards. Fortunately, the symmetry of your face can be restored by administering Botox to the unaffected half of your face.
     
  • Overactive bladder: Many people have used Botox as a way to treat an overactive bladder, as it aids in the relaxation of the bladder’s muscles.

Need More Information on Botox Injections? Reach Out to Us

Dial 973-267-0300 to reach our Bridgewater, Morristown, or Mt. Arlington, NJ, practices to set up a consultation here at Affiliated Dermatologists

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
March 24, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

A dermatologist from Affiliated Dermatologists in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, and Bridgewater, NJ, can help you effectively reduce psoriasis flare-ups.

An autoimmune disorder, psoriasis causes dry, scaly, and inflamed patches of skin to develop on the body. Sometimes these patches may become so dry that they crack and bleed. If you’re dealing with psoriasis, here are some ways to reduce flare-ups,

  • Manage stress
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoid fragrances

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, it is imperative to treat the underlying cause itself; however, our dermatologists in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, and Bridgewater, NJ, can also provide you with advice, medication, and therapies that could ease your symptoms. For example, some patients find relief by taking certain supplements such as fish oil and aloe vera. Our skin specialists can go through your medical history and determine whether supplementation could help you.

Some patients also notice positive results from light therapy, in which the skin is exposed to UV light. It is important that this type of therapy is performed by a qualified dermatologist. Going to a tanning bed or lying out in the sun could actually make psoriasis worse and is not recommended. If you’re dealing with severe and persistent psoriasis, talk to your dermatologist about the benefits of regular light therapy.

Finding the Solution for You

There is no one single way to improve a person’s psoriasis symptoms, but we will work with you to create a treatment plan that reduces your symptoms. Most treatment plans involve a mix of home care, medication, and doctor-supervised therapy. Reduce your stress, eat a nutritious diet, and ditch those bad habits, and you may just find that your psoriasis improves significantly.

With offices in Morristown, Mt. Arlington and Bridgewater, NJ, Affiliated Dermatologists is your premiere clinic offering compassionate, knowledge dermatologists and comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. Call us at (973) 267-0300 to schedule a consultation.

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
March 24, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Could an itchy, recurring rash be a sign of eczema?

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that can lead to red, irritated skin. Sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema can cause an itchy rash to develop anywhere on the body. If you are dealing with any changes in your skin that have you concerned, our dermatologists in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, and Morristown, NJ, can perform a simple physical examination to see if eczema could be to blame.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Itchy skin is by far the most common symptom associated with eczema. Most people with eczema battle really intensely itchy skin. In fact, the itching can become so bad that people can make themselves bleeds. Eczema can also cause skin to be:

  • Dry
  • Sensitive
  • Inflamed
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Rough and “leathery” in appearance

You may also notice dark patches or crusting on the skin. Sometimes people experience all of these symptoms while others may only experience a couple. Of course, if you notice any changes in your skin, particularly inflamed and itchy skin, our dermatologists here in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, and Morristown, NJ, can help.

What causes eczema?

Unfortunately, no one really knows what causes eczema. However, it is thought to be the result of an overactive immune system in the presence of an irritant. This is why eczema is more commonly found among families as well as those with asthma and allergies.

What triggers eczema?

While the cause of your eczema may not be determined we can and should figure out what is triggering your eczema symptoms. Common triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Perfumes
  • Certain fabrics (e.g. wool)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Sweating
  • Hot, dry weather
  • Hormones

How is eczema treated?

While there is no cure for eczema, our dermatologists can offer a variety of treatment options to help reduce flare-ups and avoid triggers. While avoidance of allergens and triggers is crucial, your doctor may also provide a prescription-strength steroid cream to apply directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and redness. Medication such as oral antihistamines may also improve itching. Severe cases could benefit from phototherapy, or light therapy.

Call Affiliated Dermatologists Today

If you are looking for a dermatologist in Bridgewater, Mt. Arlington, or Morristown, NJ, that can help you manage your eczema symptoms for the long term, then call Affiliated Dermatologists today at (973) 267-0300.

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
March 11, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: IPL Treatment  

From sun damage to fine lines, IPL laser treatment can often reverse these common skin problems.

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, has become a popular laser treatment that our skin doctorsipl laser in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, NJ, use to target and treat a wide range of conditions. IPL offers amazing skin resurfacing and rejuvenation results without the downtime. Here’s what you should know about IPL treatment and what it can do for your appearance:

IPL Treatment Addresses Many Skin Problems

IPL therapy is most often used as an anti-aging treatment, meaning that it targets and reduces those common signs of aging such as sun damage, sun spots, fines lines, and wrinkles. Of course, IPL treatment can also be used to treat:

  • Superficial scars (e.g. acne scars)
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Redness and flushing due to rosacea
  • Visible blood vessels and capillaries
  • Enlarged pores
  • Birthmarks, freckles and age spots
  • Melasma

If you are living in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, or Bridgewater, NJ, and dealing with any of these skin imperfections, our skin doctors can easily treat these issues for you, whether through IPL treatment or a separate cosmetic treatment.

IPL Treatment Stimulates Collagen

Another benefit to IPL treatment, apart from the many skin problems it can treat, is that it also stimulates collagen production. Collagen helps promote skin’s elasticity and firmness. Of course, as we grow older, our bodies don’t produce as much collagen, so by turning to our dermatologists for IPL therapy, you can boost this production and improve your skin’s tightness.

Treatment is Non-Invasive

We know that many patients want to get amazing results but are looking for simple, non-invasive ways in which to do it. IPL treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete and most patients will require anywhere from 2-5 sessions to achieve the full results. Those with more severe skin problems may require more sessions.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a team of doctors right here in Mt. Arlington, Morristown or Bridgewater, NJ, that can provide you with the comprehensive skin care that you need, then call Affiliated Dermatologists today at (973) 267-0300.

By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
January 23, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Are you looking for a simple nonsurgical way to improve skin’s tone and texture?

If you want to give your skin a new glow for the New Year while smoothing away signs of aging and sun damage, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Morristown, NJ, dermatologists can help you get the skin rejuvenation treatment you’ve been looking for. If you’re looking for simple, non-invasive skin cosmetic procedures that can help improve your skin’s overall appearance without ever needing surgery then microdermabrasion may be right for you.

What is microdermabrasion?

This popular cosmetic treatment uses a crystal or diamond-tipped handheld device that is guided over the surface of the skin to remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells. As the outer layer of damaged skin is removed this stimulates the body’s natural healing response, which helps to repair the lost and damaged skin cells with healthy new ones.

Furthermore, this treatment can also stimulate the body’s production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping skin firm and supple. One session takes about 30 minutes to treat the entire face.

What does microdermabrasion treat?

While microdermabrasion can be a great option for many adults looking to refresh their appearance, this treatment option is most often used once someone starts to see those early signs of aging. Microdermabrasion is great for treating:

  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clogged or enlarged pores
  • Dull skin
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Poor or uneven skin texture
  • Acne or superficial scars

Is microdermabrasion safe?

Yes, this treatment is completely safe. Of course, this isn’t something that you can do on your own, and to err on the side of caution it’s best to turn to a skincare professional in Morristown, NJ, to give you the results you want. Microdermabrasion is a popular choice for many of our patients, sometimes winning out over other options such as laser skin treatment and chemical peels. Microdermabrasion offers similar results but can be cost-effective for our patients on a budget.

Since this treatment is non-invasive, anesthesia or numbing isn’t necessary with this treatment. There is also little to no downtime associated with microdermabrasion, which also makes it a great option for someone always on the go.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dermatologist in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, or Bridgewater, NJ, who can provide you with the cosmetic skin procedures you need for a youthful appearance, then call Affiliated Dermatologists today at (973) 267-0300 to schedule a consultation at any of our three locations.