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When should you visit a dermatologist for care? The answer might surprise you.
While you may visit your primary doctor once a year for your annual checkup, you may not think about the benefits of turning to our Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, dermatologists for checkups. Wondering how often you should visit our dermatologists? Well, that really depends on your skincare goals. Here is a breakdown to help you decide how often you should come into our practice,
Skin Cancer Screenings
Everyone should visit our Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, dermatologists at least once a year for a skin cancer screening. Those with a higher risk for skin cancer may want to turn to us every six months for screenings. Talk with our team to learn about risk factors to determine how often you should be coming in for a skin cancer evaluation. In between checkups, you should still be examining your skin on your own. We can show you what to look for when you come in for your next screening so you can also do it yourself.
Comprehensive Dermatology Checkups
Most healthy individuals who are dealing with acne or other preexisting skin problems can typically get away with visiting our Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, dermatologists once a year for a thorough checkup. Of course, if you are dealing with certain skin problems like psoriasis or hair loss, you may want to turn to us for treatment.
Acne is one of the most common chronic skin disorders that our Arlington, Bridgewater, Morristown, NJ, dermatologists treat and we see it in everyone from young children and teens to adults and even seniors. Acne can happen to anyone. So if you are being treated by our team for acne you may need to come into our office every couple of months to make sure your treatment is working and that you’re happy with the result. If you are dealing with acne symptoms that aren’t responding to home care, then you’ll also benefit from coming into our office for an evaluation.
Are you looking for a dermatologist in Mt. Arlington, Bridgewater, or Morristown, NJ, that can provide your skin with the care it needs to look and feel its best? Whether you are dealing with acne or you simply want to go through a comprehensive skin evaluation, call Affiliated Dermatologists at (973) 267-0300 to schedule an appointment.
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
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.
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:
- 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:
- Certain fabrics (e.g. wool)
- Cigarette smoke
- Soaps and detergents
- Hot, dry weather
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.
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 doctors 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)
- Redness and flushing due to rosacea
- Visible blood vessels and capillaries
- Enlarged pores
- Birthmarks, freckles and age spots
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.