Posts for: April, 2018
Even if you are someone who lathers on the SPF regularly, chances are good that if you’ve spent any time in the sun during your lifetime that you have some sun damage. Everything from dark spots to freckles can form as a result of exposure to the sun. Of course, if you find those dark spots becoming more visible or more widespread then you may want to consider how a dermatologist can help refresh your appear and hide those signs of sun damage.
If you are noticing more and more dark spots then it’s a good idea to seek a skincare professional who can determine the cause of these spots. There are many reasons discolorations occur and it’s important that we are able to detect early signs of skin cancer and melanoma before we decide the best course of action.
Once your dermatologist has performed a thorough screening and has determined that the dark spots aren’t cancerous, then it’s time to get down to business discussing what cosmetic option or options will work best for diminishing those dark spots, whether you are looking for at-home solutions or in-office treatments.
The number one treatment for getting rid of discolorations and dark spots is laser therapy. There are a variety of lasers available that can provide you with the results you want depending on your specific needs, goals, and skin problems. One of the most common lasers used to treat dark spots is the intense pulsed light (IPL). The goal of IPL is to reduce and even eliminate uneven pigmentation to provide a more even appearance. Another benefit to IPL is that is can also brighten the skin.
There are different wavelengths that are able to penetrate through different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of your dark spots, your dermatologist will determine the wavelength that will provide you with the best results. As the laser is directed over the skin it will heat up and destroy the darker pigmentations of the skin. While it’s common for most people to treat their face, you can get IPL treatment just about anywhere, from your face and neck to your chest and legs.
Laser treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be performed without the need for anesthesia. The process is non-invasive and also boasts no downtime. Even though you may notice some redness afterwards, you can go right back to your daily routine. You’ll start to notice the dark spots flaking and going away over the course of a couple of weeks. You will most likely require a couple of sessions in order to get the optimal results.
Don’t let sun damage ruin the appearance of your skin. Turn to a dermatologist who can help meet your needs and provide you with the proper treatment option to give you the fantastic results you want. Laser treatment can be an amazing way to restore and revive sun-damaged skin.
Forehead wrinkles. Crows feet. Frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles often develop from repetitive facial expression, causing these fine lines to appear visible even when the face is totally relaxed.
Wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. The most common contributors to premature aging of the skin include genetics, spending too much time in the sun, smoking and poor diet. Avoiding or limiting these activities can help prevent and lessen the effects of wrinkles.
Not all wrinkles can be avoided, and when quick, dramatic results are desired, Botox® may be a viable solution for removing wrinkles on the face caused by daily muscle contraction of your natural facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those particular muscles. With less movement, the skin surface is gradually smoothed, the lines begin to fade, and your natural vibrant skin strengthens and returns.
During treatment, very low doses of Botox® are administered by way of small injections. FDA-approved, Botox® is a safe and minimally invasive treatment. It takes just a few minutes and can last about 3-4 months. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated as directed by your dermatologist.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox ® cosmetic treatments, contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions. Younger looking skin is easily attainable with the help of your dermatologist!
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.