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August 27, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

If you feel stressed over unsightly moles, scars, boils, acne, or excessive body hair, now is the time to visit Dr. Joseph Eastern of Belleville Dermatology Center, your dermatologist in Belleville, NJ, for a variety of treatments.

What is a Dermatologist?

A doctor who specializes in the treatment of the skin, hair, or nails is a dermatologist. After 12 years of study, dermatologists can diagnose and treat thousands of conditions such as skin cancers, acne, or alopecia.

Your dermatologist in our Belleville, NJ office provides microdermabrasion to reduce your acne spots, applies Botox to smooth wrinkles, and conducts laser hair removal treatments.

How Often Should I Visit?

The skin is the largest organ in the body and can suffer from a range of problems due to heredity reasons, lifestyle, or age. We should see you at our office at least once a year for a skin cancer screening.

Chronic conditions such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis may require more frequent visits depending on the severity of your condition. Your licensed physician recommends that you come in for a skin cancer screening more than once a year if you:

  • Have several moles on your body
  • Have a suspicious-looking mole that should be monitored
  • Have a family history of skin cancer
  • Are very fair-skinned
  • Have a job that requires long periods of time outdoors
  • Have a compromised immune system

Any procedure that involves laser treatment such as stretch mark removal or hair removal will require several visits. Most patients will need at least three to five laser treatments for the successful reduction of stretch marks. 

Dermatology visits should be a normal part of your health maintenance. Practice preventative care and don't wait until your skin has an issue to visit a professional.

Whether you prefer to visit once a year or once a month, call (973) 751-1200 to book your appointment. Dr. Eastern of The Belleville Dermatology Center, your experienced dermatologist in Belleville, NJ, can help keep your skin healthy.

February 18, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mole   Dermatologist  
When To See a Dermatologist for a Mole
Worried that all those years of sunbathing have caught up with you? Do you have a family history of skin cancer? If so, these might be reasons to turn to a dermatologist every year for skin cancer screenings. These dermatology screenings can help us catch cancerous lesions early on when they are highly treatable. Of course, you should also be performing your own monthly examinations, checking your skin from head to scalp, to look for skin cancer. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for,

Remember Your ABCDEs

This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
  • A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
  • B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
  • C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
  • E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Lookout for These Moles, Too

Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
  • New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
  • Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
If you have a growth that has you concerned, a skin doctor can easily examine and biopsy the growth to determine if it’s cancerous. If it is, we offer a variety of treatment options that can remove the cancerous growth and help you get back to living your life.