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When you look in the mirror, does your appearance belie your feelings and your age? Sagging facial skin can make a person appear tired, upset or even angry, and can certainly make someone seem older than they are. This is a natural process that occurs with age, but some people may find that it happens more rapidly or noticeably for them. That's why at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ, we're pleased to offer Volume XC, a revolutionary way to treat signs of aging in the cheek area. Here's how it works:
What happens as we age?
Over time, important anti-aging elements in our skin - collagen, vitamins and various acids - begin to break down. The skin loses its elasticity and ability to hold moisture; sagging and wrinkles are the result. While this is an inevitable occurrence, it can be combated with proper skin care. This includes moisturizing, sun protection and restoration of the important substances that our bodies naturally produce.
What is Voluma XC?
Voluma XC is a non-surgical treatment offered by your dermatology professionals at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA. Voluma XC contains hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body which restores plumpness by retaining moisture. When injected into the mid-face area by a dermatologist, the result is subtle, yet effective changes in the contour of the cheeks. The best part about Voluma XC? Many patients report looking at least five years younger than their actual age after treatment, and the results often last as long as 2 years.
Voluma XC is a relatively new product, so it's very important to choose licensed dermatology professionals, like the doctors at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA, to administer it. This will ensure you're receiving the highest-quality and safest treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact us in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve your best look!
Pinpoint what might be triggering your acne outbreaks and stop acne in its tracks!
It’s amazing how many of us, from children to seniors, experience acne outbreaks. In fact, acne is one of the most common skin disorders. If you are dealing with acne, chances are good you are trying to find the acne treatment that is right for you. Find out what is causing your outbreaks and how our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ dermatologists can help.
What causes acne?
Acne is usually due to hormones, which is why teens are more likely to experience frequent or severe outbreaks. These hormones, along with bacteria found on the skin and in oil glands, result in acne.
Acne can take on many different forms from nodules and cysts to whiteheads and blackheads. While hormones and bacteria are the main causes there are certain factors that can also make acne worse:
- Changes in hormone levels (as is typical for women during menstruation)
- Picking or trying to pop acne
- Wearing certain articles of clothing (e.g. hats)
- Certain hair products (which can cause acne around the hairline)
What are my treatment options when it comes to acne?
There are several ways one of our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater practitioners might recommend treating your acne. There are three main medications that are most effective for reducing acne outbreaks: benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics. Some people may be able to control their acne with just one of these treatments while others may need to use multiple treatments.
Benzoyl peroxide is usually in cleansers and acne-fighting topical medications. You can often find this solution in over-the-counter acne remedies, but we may recommend using prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide to target more severe outbreaks.
Retinoids are prescription topical gels or creams that are most often used to treat whiteheads and blackheads.
Antibiotics may either be prescribed orally or topically to reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin and to also reduce inflammation. Antibiotics are often more efficacious when used with other treatment options.
Women whose acne is due to fluctuating hormones may also benefit from using one of the specific birth control pills that are designed to also treat hormonal acne.
Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA is dedicated to giving you radiant and more beautiful skin. We offer a full range of services so that all of your skincare needs are met. If you want to find out what acne treatment is ideal for you then it’s time you scheduled a visit at our Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ dermatology offices.
Lips that are naturally thin or which thin out with time distract from other pleasing contours of the face. So do wrinkles and lines around the mouth and loss of fullness in the cheeks. You can overcome changes in facial shape and heavy lines and wrinkles that make you look older than you feel and act.
The answer? It could be Juvederm XC, Juvederm Ultra XC or Juvederm Voluma XC, a line of FDA-approved injectable gels which smooth wrinkles and add volume to sagging skin. The physicians at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater and Morristown, NJ offer this FDA-approved pharmaceutical grade volumizer to qualified patients over the age of 21.
What is Juvederm?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that the key ingredient in Juvederm, hyaluronic acid, is a highly biocompatible substance naturally found around your eyes and in the connective tissues of your body. Besides providing skin elasticity lost over time and a cushioning effect to sagging skin, hyaluronic acid is used by arthritis and orthopedic specialists to relieve joint pain.
Prepared as Juvederm, hyaluronic augments thin lips, smooths "parentheses" lines around the mouth and adds youthful volume to the cheeks. It actually cushions these areas, say plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Effects are not permanent, but they are long lasting--up to 2 years for Juvederm Voluma XC applied to the cheeks.
While every medical procedure carries a risk of side effects, Juvederm's are minimal, with injection site swelling, tenderness and bruising lasting 2 to 4 weeks after treatment. Many individuals qualify for treatment. However, pregnant and lactating women must postpone Juvederm treatment. Additionally, people allergic to lidocaine may not receive these injections as lidocaine is the anaesthetic contained in the gel to ease discomfort during injection.
Treatment in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater and Morristown?
The award-winning medical staff at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, Bridgewater and Morristown, NJ offer a wide range of treatments for medical and aesthetic conditions of the skin. Quality, convenience and a caring attitude are hallmarks of this outstanding medical practice.
If you would like to meet some skin care goals, including smoothing age-related wrinkles, call the friendly staff today!
Is your face as clean as you think it is? Dr. Cooper has been featured in a New Jersey monthly online article. Click the link below to read facial care advice by Dr. Cooper.
For many people, especially women who wear nail polish, the health of their finger or toenails is an often overlooked concern. However, nail health is an important part of your overall health. But what is normal and what is not? Find out more with help from your Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ doctor at Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A.
What can my nails tell me?
Your nails can give you an insight into your body’s health. Dry or cracked nails could mean a thyroid problem. Clubbed nails could be the sign of kidney or liver disease. Nail-biting might point to cases of OCD. Pitted nails could mean psoriasis. However, some nail conditions are not the sign of an underlying condition and are easily treatable with help from your dermatologist.
What are some common nail problems?
- Fungal Infection: A fungal infection usually develops slowly over time. Symptoms include white flaking areas of the nail, yellow spots, white or yellow streaks on the nail’s surface or crumbling areas.
- Bacterial Infection: Bacterial infections cause the area where the nail meets the skin to swell, becoming red and irritated. Normally, only one nail is affected by a bacterial infection.
- Nail Lifting: This condition involves the separation of the nail from the nail bed and is painless and is often caused by wearing false fingernails.
- Ingrown Toenail: Ingrown toenails often occur due to the improper cutting of the nails. The corner of the nail grows into the skin, causing infection, pain and swelling.
How are nail problems treated?
Your Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater dermatologist uses medical and family history coupled with a physical examination to diagnose your nail problem. Over-the-counter medications may be enough to treat some issues. However, your doctor can prescribe a stronger medicated cream, gel or polish to treat infections. Additionally, a prescription for antibiotics helps your body beat bacterial infections. Your doctor can help you determine which course of treatment is best for your situation.
For more information on fingernail and toenail health, please contact your doctor at Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons, P.A. With New Jersey locations in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, keeping your nails healthy is easy. Call (973)267-0300 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!