Posts for: March, 2019
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.
Brown spots and skin discoloration are frequent complaints for many people. The most common form of irregular pigmentation is hyperpigmentation, a condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Some people have abnormal skin pigmentation from a young age, and for others it is brought on later in life by sun damage or injury to the skin. Individuals of all ages, ethnicities and skin types can be affected, although those with darker skin tones are more prone to develop it.
Hyperpigmentation usually appears as brown spots and dark patches on the face, chest, arms and hands. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Sun exposure, acne, genetics and hormonal changes can trigger or worsen irregular pigmentation.
Not all pigmentation problems can be avoided, but you can follow preventive measures to control and reduce dark spots from forming. It is especially important to use adequate sunscreen, manage your acne and discontinue the use of any oral medications that may be contributing to the problem.
How Can I Combat Hyperpigmentation?
The good news is that skin hyperpigmentation isn’t dangerous, and proper treatment can help rejuvenate troubling patches on the skin. There are many treatments at your dermatologist’s disposal, ranging from topical creams and dermabrasion to chemical peels and laser procedures. Your dermatologist will work with you to determine the most suitable treatment for your particular skin type and problem.
Although a frustrating condition, your skin complexion can be improved and corrected. Talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment options for you.
What is Psoriasis?
Have you been experiencing bumpy, white-scale-topped patches of red skin erupting over certain parts of your body? These itchy, sometimes painful plaques could be the result of an undiagnosed case of psoriasis. Although this skin disorder does not have a cure, there are several treatment options that can lead to symptom relief. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and how your local dermatologist can help!
The Background on Psoriasis
While there is no medical consensus on what exactly causes psoriasis, experts generally point towards an abnormality in how T cells operate in a patient’s immune system. T cells are normally used by the body in order to defend against foreign threats, such as viruses or bacteria. However, for those with psoriasis, these cells become overactive and start to treat healthy skin cells as if they were harmful. In turn, this leads the body to behave as if it had a wound to heal, or an infection to fight. As a result, sporadic patches of irritated skin begin to erupt on certain parts of the body.
Both the appearance of these symptoms and the level of their severity can be triggered through a number of factors, including:
- Skin infections
- Skin injuries
- Heavy stress
- Regular tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Use of specific medications, such as lithium, beta blockers, antimalarial drugs, and iodides
Although there is no cure for the disorder, your local dermatologist has a number of treatment methods that can slow down the growth of skin cells responsible for psoriasis’ uncomfortable rashes. An appointment with your skin doctor can determine which of these options is right for you:
- Steroid cream
- Coal tar (available in lotions, creams, foams, soaps, and shampoos)
- Ultraviolet therapy
- Retinoid (not recommended for women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant)
- Methotrexate (only for serious cases)
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
You don’t need to live with the full discomfort of psoriasis; give our office a call today and discover how we can help!