Posts for: June, 2017
What your dermatologists in Holmdel want you to know
If you want to keep from getting wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, one of the best things you can do is protect your skin during the summer. You aren’t just protecting your skin to stay looking young; you are also guarding against skin cancer which can be fatal. Your dermatologists at Monarch Dermatology in Holmdel, NJ Dr. Priya Thakker and Dr. Divya Bhatnagar, want to share the facts about how to stay protected from the sun’s scorching rays.
When you enjoy fun in the sun, it’s important to remember to:
- Apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every few hours
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming or water exposure
- Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you stay outside for more than a few hours
- Try to remain in the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
- Wear hats, sunglasses and other protective clothing
You should also examine your skin every month to look for signs of sun damage which can include:
- Skin that is dry, flaky, itching or beginning to wrinkle
- Deep red sunburn, which can indicate skin damage
- Discolorations, moles, or dark brown spots
Sometimes a discoloration, mole, or dark brown spot can be an early warning sign of skin cancer. You should see your dermatologist if you have a mole with:
- Irregular borders or an asymmetrical shape
- Changing, non-uniform color
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
Skin cancer is very common and can be very destructive. In fact, 1 in 5 people in the US will get skin cancer in their lifetime according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. There are more cases of skin cancer than colon, lung, prostate or breast cancer combined.
You don’t want to be a skin cancer statistic! You also don’t want to look prematurely old with wrinkles and damaged skin. You do want to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, and you don’t have to do it alone. Call your dermatologists Dr. Thakker and Dr. Bhatnagar at Monarch Dermatology in Holmdel, NJ for help. Get started protecting your skin by calling today!
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!
Scars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally.
Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your dermatologist may be in order.
Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.
Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:
- Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
- Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.
- Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
- Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
- Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.
In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. We can assess the scar, review treatment options, and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.