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Why Do I Have Excessive Sweating?
Do you commonly find that your armpits or feet are drenched with sweat, despite being in mild weather and not being active? If so, you may be one of the 1-3% of the population that has hyperhidrosis, a disorder that entails having hyperactive sweat glands. Read on to learn the signs of this condition and to find out how your local dermatologist can help you cope with the often-uncomfortable symptoms that define it!
The Two Types of Hyperhidrosis
Before going further into the discussion of hyperhidrosis symptoms, it is important to establish that there are two types of the condition:
Primary Hyperhidrosis: People afflicted this disorder type possess a certain type of gland, termed, “eccrine sweat glands.” These sweat glands will cover the entire body, although they will be especially prevalent on the feet, armpits, face, and palms.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis: While also causing excessive perspiration on the body, this kind of hyperhidrosis is in fact a side effect of another medical condition or medication (hence the “secondary” designation). Conditions that generally cause secondary hyperhidrosis include, fever, anxiety disorder, menopause, and obesity among others.
Possible Treatment Options For Hyperhidrosis
We know how uncomfortable excessive sweating can be, and luckily, there are a number of different treatment options available to those who struggle with hyperhidrosis. Of course, given that each case differs largely from the next, you will need to meet with your local dermatologist to find out which treatment course is best for you!
Some possible treatment options include:
- Aluminum chloride containing prescription antiperspirant
- Glycopyrrolate containing prescription creams.
- Nerve-blocking medications
- Botulinum injections
- Antidepressants or anxiety relieving medication (in the case of secondary hyperhidrosis)
- A number of surgical options (reserved for very serious cases)
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We know how uncomfortable it can be to live with hyperhidrosis. If you are looking to relieve your symptoms, give contact your local pediatrician today!
No two faces are alike. Despite our uniqueness, we all age – and it shows on our faces. Would you like to rejuvenate your looks without the pain, expense, and downtime of a surgical facelift?
At The Belleville Dermatology Center, Dr. Eastern uses BOTOX Cosmetic®, DYSPORT®, and dermal fillers (such as Restylane® and Juvederm®) to smooth wrinkles, lessen scarring, and more. Why not learn more about these safe, effective, and affordable cosmetic dermatology treatments?
WHAT ARE BOTOX® AND DYSPORT®?
The Belleville Dermatology Center offers BOTOX® and DYSPORT® to healthy patients who wish to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Injected just under the skin into selected facial muscles, BOTOX® and DYSPORT® proteins are highly purified, with a 40-plus year safety record, and deliver excellent therapeutic effects.
Dr. Eastern uses BOTOX® and DYSPORT® to target specific areas of the face where dynamic wrinkles form:
- The corners of the mouth
- Around the eyes (crow's feet)
- Between the eyebrows
- Across the forehead
- Isolated wrinkles and furrows in other facial areas
A skin examination, plus a review of your medical history and cosmetic goals, will allow Dr. Eastern to determine if you are a candidate for BOTOX® or DYSPORT®. If you are, treatments are fast and affordable, and downtime is minimal.
Dr. Eastern uses a very fine needle to inject these FDA-approved medications. You may notice some stinging, redness, and mild bruising for a short period of time. While some of the smoothing effects may be seen immediately, the full effect takes a few days – and lasts for months.
Like all medical treatments at the Belleville Dermatology Center, BOTOX® and DYSPORT® are administered exclusively by Dr. Eastern, a board-certified dermatologist – never by a nurse, physician assistant, or esthetician.
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal fillers, such as Restylane® and Juvederm®, may be used by themselves or in combination with BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, or other treatments as part of a total cosmetic treatment plan. Dermal fillers are purified preparations of hyaluronic acid, a protein that occurs naturally in our skin, keeping it smooth, plump, and supple. As we age, hyaluronic acid and collagen (another skin protein) diminish, leaving skin less voluminous and more prone to wrinkling.
Dermal fillers restore youthful skin fullness in healthy patients and address problems such as brow furrows, deep acne scars, ear troughs, and “marionette lines” at the sides of the nose and mouth. Improvements typically last 6 months to 1½ years. As with BOTOX® and DYSPORT®, treatments are fast and affordable, and downtime is minimal.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery reports that one million individuals – both women and men – use dermal fillers each year; but because each type of filler has different characteristics of density and texture, and each person has unique skin characteristics, your dermatologist is the best and most cost-effective resource for information and treatment. (As a general rule, spas are a great option for some cosmetic procedures, such as facials, waxing, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow micro-blading – but not for injections of any kind.)
Remember, in our office dermal fillers, BOTOX®, and DYSPORT® are all administered exclusively by Dr. Eastern, a board-certified dermatologist – never by a nurse, physician assistant, or esthetician.
TURN BACK THE CLOCK!
You can look like yourself again with affordable dermal fillers, BOTOX®, and DYSPORT® from The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ.
Call today to make an appointment for your personalized skin consultation with our professional team, or if you have any questions about dermal fillers, BOTOX®, DYSPORT®, or any other treatments we offer.
We provide expert care for your skin, hair, nails, and all of your dermatology needs.
Phone us today, at (973) 751-1200.
You have options when it comes to getting a more youthful appearance.
We all want clear, smooth and radiant skin. Of course, over the years everything from the chemicals and toxins in our environment to severe sunburns can affect the appearance of our skin. In fact, just the natural effects of aging can take quite a toll. That’s why our Belleville, NJ, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Eastern is here to tell you about some great cosmetic dermatology options that could give you healthier and happier-looking skin.
The lines and wrinkles that appear whenever you smile or frown can be smoothed away with Botox treatment. This series of very thin needles are injected into certain muscles of the face to temporarily prevent them from contracting. As a result, the lines and wrinkles will be reduced or disappear completely.
Botox is a great option for patients dealing with laugh lines, crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles. It only takes a couple of minutes to administer these injections, and the needles are so thin that you won’t notice more than a slight pinch when they are administered.
Results will appear after a few days with full results appearing within a week. Results will last up to 4-6 months, but those who love their new look can continue to get subsequent injections to maintain their smoother results for longer.
Laser Hair Removal
Are you dealing with unwanted facial or body hair? If you have thick black hair then you could just be the perfect candidate for laser hair removal. This laser treatment will heat up and destroy the hair follicles, preventing the hair from growing back. The number of laser treatments you will need to get the full results will depend on the thickness of the hair. The average amount of treatment sessions is usually five.
No matter whether sun damage, aging or severe acne has left you with hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, lines and wrinkles, or even superficial scars, laser skin resurfacing might just be the perfect way to even skin tone while reducing the appearance of scars, lines and wrinkles, and even enlarged pores.
The laser will remove the damaged outermost layer of the skin. This will stimulate the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping the skin smooth and firm. The number of treatments you will require will depend on the severity of the issues you want to treat.
A small device is placed over the skin to gently remove the outer layer of skin to reveal healthier and more radiant skin underneath. Like laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion can be a great way to get rid of sun damage, discolorations and uneven skin tone, and superficial scars.
Do you want to chat with a cosmetic dermatology expert about what treatment option is right for you? If so, call The Belleville Dermatology Center in Belleville, NJ, today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation.
What are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?
Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.
What are the symptoms of cold sores?
Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flulike symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.
When should I see a doctor about cold sores?
While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.
If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.
What treatments are available for cold sores?
While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also overthe-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.
Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.
While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!
Annual skin cancer screenings are important for early detection of skin cancer. Cancer screenings are especially important if skin cancer runs in your family or if you have spent extended time in the sun over the years. Even if your risk of developing skin cancer is low, regular screenings are still beneficial as skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. At the Belleville Dermatology Center, Dr. Joseph Eastern is your dermatologist for skin cancer screening in Belleville, NJ.
Skin Cancer Screenings
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Since skin cancer is also the most common type of cancer in the U.S., the fact that one out of every five people will develop it underscores the importance of undergoing annual skin cancer screenings.
In Belleville, skin cancer screenings are quick and painless. The dermatologist inspects the skin on the entire body, including the face, arms, legs, and torso. The skin on the scalp is checked, as well. While examining the skin, the dermatologist looks for suspicious moles or growths, as well as changes to existing moles since your last screening. The growth of new moles and changes in the shape, color, and texture of existing moles can all be indications of possible skin cancer. Risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
- Family history of skin cancer
- Several moles all over the body
- Extensive sun exposure at any time
- Extensive use of tanning beds
- Not applying sunscreen regularly
- History of sunburns
- Having fair skin
- A weakened immune system
- Exposure to radiation
Whether you have any of the risk factors associated with developing skin or not, annual skin cancer screenings are important for everyone since skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Annual skin cancer screenings are especially critical if you do have some of the risk factors, though. To schedule your next cancer screening with Dr. Eastern, your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings in Belleville, call The Belleville Dermatology Center at (973) 751-1200.