Posts for category: Dermatology
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.
This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure could give you firmer, more youthful skin.
As we age our bodies stop producing as much collagen, which leads to a loss of volume and elasticity in our skin, as the purpose of collagen is to help keep skin supple, smooth and firm. Luckily our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, dermatologists offer ways in which to combat the early signs of aging without having to turn to surgery. One such treatment is known as Silhouette Instalift.
What is Silhouette Instalift?
This FDA-cleared, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure offers a way to both increase volume within the cheeks and face while also tightening and smoothing the skin. These special polymer sutures are used to lift and reposition skin tissue while also stimulating the production of collagen, which will help improve skin laxity and volume. This is a great alternative for those who aren’t ready for or aren’t candidates for a face-lift.
What should I expect from this cosmetic procedure?
The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and can be performed right here in our Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater office by one of our trained skin doctors. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. Before administering the anesthesia we will mark the areas to be treated, before directing a needle under the skin to place the sutures.
Is there any downtime?
Since the procedure does not require any invasive techniques there is very little downtime associated with getting the Silhouette Instalift. You may notice some mild tenderness or redness where the sutures have been placed but that should go away in a few days. Most patients can return to work and their normal routine after a couple of days. We will provide you with aftercare instructions so you know how to care for your skin as it heals.
When will I see results? How long will my results last?
You will notice results immediately; however, as the treatment stimulates the production of collagen you will also notice even more of an improvement in skin’s firmness and elasticity over the next couple of months. The sutures are made from a special polymer that can be reabsorbed by the body over time. This means that results last about 18 to 24 months.
Are you interested in getting Silhouette Instalift to help you look younger? If so, call Affiliated Dermatologists in Mt. Arlington, Morristown, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, and let us know that you want to schedule a consultation to find out if this treatment is right for you.
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.
May is officially Melanoma (Skin Cancer) Awareness Month, a time when patients who may be at risk of this skin disease are encouraged to see their dermatologist. Before you hit the beach this summer, set an appointment at Affiliated Dermatologists in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ, for a skin exam.
What Is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer, but it can also be the most dangerous. It is caused by the growth of abnormal melanocyte cells. The cells look dark or black in color, which is why doctors suggest that patients watch moles closely. If not detected and treated quickly, the disease can spread to other parts of the body. Regular skin exams and early detection are very important. Certain people may have a higher risk of developing this disease including:
- Patients with a family history of melanoma.
- Patients who have very pale skin.
- Young adults who use tanning beds often.
- People who spend long amounts of time in direct sunlight without UV protection (sunscreen, glasses, protective clothing).
Melanoma Awareness Month
Because melanoma is best treated in the early stages, patients are reminded of the importance of seeing a dermatologist for a checkup during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. May is often the first month when patients begin to plan vacations in hot sunny locales. It is also the month when temperatures begin to rise in seasonal areas, like Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater.
Take Care of Your Skin
Learn how to take preventive measures to avoid skin conditions like melanoma during Melanoma Awareness Month. Actions you can take include:
- Wearing the correct sunscreen for your skin type.
- Waiting until late in the day, after 4 p.m. to go outside, or enjoy the outdoors (such as hiking) early in the morning before 10 a.m.
- Wearing a lightweight robe when relaxing by the pool to protect your skin when not swimming.
- Seeing your dermatologist promptly to examine any moles that change in appearance or other unusual skin growths.
Schedule Your Skin Checkup
It only takes a few minutes make an appointment for a skin checkup at Affiliated Dermatologists in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, NJ. Call 973-267-0300 today.
Looking younger doesn't have to involve complicated procedures with long recovery periods. Injectable Juvederm offers a simple way to smooth the lines and wrinkles that make you look older or tired. The dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown, NJ, share a few things you should know about Juvederm.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm treatment increases facial volume and plumps sagging skin, decreasing lines and wrinkles. The filler is composed of hyaluronic acid, a fluid that's naturally found in your body.
Who can benefit from Juvederm in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown?
Juvederm can improve your appearance if you have moderate to severe lines, wrinkles, and folds. It's an excellent choice if you're concerned about:
- Loss of Volume in Your Cheeks: Loss of volume is an unfortunate consequence of aging that can cause your cheeks to sag. Adding a little Juvederm lifts your cheeks, enhancing your appearance.
- Nasolabial Fold and Marionette Lines: Nasolabial fold lines reach from your nose to the corners of your mouth, while marionette lines extend downward from the corners of your lines. Both types of lines can be softened with Juvederm.
- Thin Lips: Collagen improves the elasticity of your skin and keeps your lips full. As you age, collagen production begins to decline, which can thin your lips. Juvederm plumps the lips, restoring the lost volume.
- Vertical Lip Lines: Vertical lip lines due to smoking or aging disappear after Juvederm treatment.
- Creases: Juvederm is also a good solution if you have creases around your nose or between your eyes.
- Under Eye Issues: Loss of volume due to aging is particularly noticeable under your eyes. Juvederm restores volume and offers natural-looking results.
- Scars: Do you have a few noticeable scars after a teenage battle with acne? Juvederm injections can fill those depressions that have plagued you for years.
How long will Juvederm results last?
Juvederm is gradually absorbed by your body and generally lasts nine to 12 months. Fortunately, it's easy to maintain your improved appearance by scheduling regular follow up appointments. Call the dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater, and Morristown, NJ, at (973) 267-0300.