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September is Healthy Aging Month – How Do You Age Beautifully?

Attractive, active mature couple

You can’t help getting older – it’s a fact of life. But you certainly can take control of how you age. And today, Baby Boomers in or eyeing retirement and Generation Xers hitting their mid-40s are choosing to age beautifully.

To that end, Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine created an annual campaign that recognizes September as Healthy Aging Month and celebrates all the ways that people today are debunking the woe-is-me perceptions of what getting older means and instead embracing their years. Here’s how you can do it, too:

  1. Stop acting your age: Many publications, and perhaps well-meaning friends, love to load you down with lists of what’s supposedly appropriate – or not – for people over 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. They’ll tell you what and what not to wear, how and how not to style your hair, how to now hot to behave. Forget it! Wear the short skirt, dye your hair that shocking shade of pink, laugh out loud and be the first on the dance floor. Live life the way you want.
  2. Stop sweating the small stuff: By now, you’ve learned that the small stuff tends to work itself out. And anyway, all that stress only serves to age your skin long before it’s time. Focus on your biggest, newest, most exiting goals and surround yourself with positive people who enjoy life as much as you do.
  3. Get moving: Though the earlier you begin a regular exercise routine, the better, it’s never too late. Consult your doctor if necessary, but commit to some amount of heart-revving, fun, physical activity daily. A walk outside is a great way to start and you may even meet a few new friends while you’re out and about.
  4. Fall in love again: Alone and longing for a new companion? Don’t let your own negative perceptions of or fears about age keep you from putting yourself out there. Seek opportunities to connect with other singles your age and take a chance. Still with a longtime spouse or significant other? Find ways to rekindle the fire that first attracted you.
  5. Try something new: Volunteer for a cause that piques your interest; go back to school; take a dance, art or music class; visit a new city, state or country; adopt a pet – the ways to experience something or someone new are endless and help to keep you feeling, acting and looking young.

Speaking of looking young, Metropolitan Dermatology can help assure that your outside beautifully reflects how you feel on the inside. Visit your nearest location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island to learn about all the youth-restoring cosmetic dermatology services we offer and find out which are best for you.

 

Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

Attractive man undergoing cosmetic treatment

Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of common preventable health problems that America’s men and boys face. And a few of those issues begin with your skin. Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips for protecting your skin’s health and putting your best face forward.

  • Be sun-smart: Each year, some 47,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma. Upward of 6,750 of them will die. Minimize your exposure to the sun and, when you do venture out, don protective clothing, caps and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunscreen daily. Also, schedule regular skin cancer screenings and keep an eye out for skin spots with irregular borders, asymmetrical shapes or changing shapes and colors – all potential indicators of melanoma.
  • Take a proactive approach to anti-aging: Men increasingly are opting for cosmetic procedures once nearly exclusively the domain of women. These include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Botox injections and dermal fillers. In fact, according to the latest statistics, more than 385,000 Botox procedures are administered to male patients each year.
  • Adopt a routine: Ditch the ultimately drying bar of soap, opting instead for top-shelf skincare products tailored specifically for the unique needs of men’s skin. Choose a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer.

Find out exactly what your skin needs with a visit to your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

 

Keep Your Lips Kissably Healthy During the Wintertime

girl in winter clothes

The frigid wintertime temperatures can do a number on your lips. The cold can sap the air of moisture, leaving your skin dry and cracked. Your lips can take the brunt of it all because the lip skin is among the thinnest on the body and the lips have few oil glands to keep them naturally moisturized and lubricated.

To help protect yours throughout the winter season, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these top tips:

  • Hydrate: That steaming cup of coffee is tempting, but make sure you also drink plenty of water each day to keep your body and skin hydrated. Also consider placing humidifiers in the rooms where you’ll spend the most time throughout the day.
  • Moisturize: Use a high-quality lip balm to help seal in moisture and form a protective barrier against the harsh conditions. Keep in mind that some are made for overnight use, while others are formulated for protecting your lips outside.
  • Nix the temptation to lick your lips: Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t help keep them moist. On the contrary, it actually can contribute to the dryness and cracking. That’s because digestive enzymes and bacteria in saliva can damage your lips. Plus, when saliva evaporates from the surface of your lips, it can leave them even dryer.

Do your lips need a volume boost? Consider Botox injections or dermal fillers to help keep them shapely and young looking. Schedule an appointment at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck and Staten Island.

Give Yourself the Gift of Beauty this Holiday Season

Beautiful woman with Santa hat holding gift

‘Tis the season for giving. And undoubtedly, you’re already busily shopping for and wrapping gifts carefully chosen for the ones you love. But the holidays can prove stressful. And study after study after study shows that giving yourself a little love goes a long way in ensuring a healthy body and radiant complexion. To that end, Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few top ways to pamper yourself during the festive season.

  • Botox: By far the most popular and trusted way to soften forehead lines and minimize crow’s feet.
  • Dermal fillers: A top option for plumper lips, fuller cheeks, a stronger chin line and an overall younger, more relaxed look.
  • Chemical peel: A modernized version of a centuries-old treatment for smoothing wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and spots, and improving the skin’s overall texture.
  • IPL Photofacial: A unique procedure that harnesses the power of highly -focused, broad-spectrum light pulses to even out skin tone, minimize pores, smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production for a firmer, more youthful look.
  • Laser hair removal: After all, sweater and boot season soon will give way to bikini and sandal season. You’ll want to be ready with smooth, hair-free legs and underarms.

Give yourself the gift of beauty this holiday season by scheduling a skincare consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

Why More Men are Choosing Cosmetic Procedures

Men increasingly are opting for the same cosmetic procedures that women have loved for years.

Men increasingly are opting for the same cosmetic procedures that women have loved for years.

Cosmetic procedures have long been considered a woman’s thing. Not anymore. Today, men increasingly are opting for many of the same aesthetic and youth-preserving procedures that women undergo every day. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, statistics show that men account for eight percent of the non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2013.

Here are the top aesthetic procedures that men are choosing more and more frequently:

  1. Botox – 385,358 procedures
  2. Laser hair removal – 190,546 procedures
  3. Microdermabrasion – 178,410 procedures
  4. Dermal fillers – 95,361 procedures
  5. Chemical peel – 94,625 procedures

So what’s pushing this male-centric trend? A top factor is recent economic troubles that have made competition for good jobs tougher. Mature men often feel they’re at a disadvantage when competing for positions and promotions against much younger candidates, particularly as older workers increasingly are delaying retirement. Cosmetic procedures that effectively shave years off a man’s looks their looks can help level the playing field.

Plus, today’s Americans are far more health conscious and physically active than in generations before. Not only are we living longer, but many men and women feel far younger than their actual ages. Cosmetic procedures like those listed above can help close the gap between the age a man is and the age he feels. Finally, changing attitudes have made undergoing cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures far more socially acceptable for men today than in the past.

If you’re a guy who wants to look as young and energetic as you feel, contact Metropolitan Dermatology for a consultation. Call the Clark location at 732-574-1399; the Kearny location at 201-997-8008; or the Teaneck location at 201-837-3939.

Selfie Trend Boosts Demand for Cosmetic Procedures

The selfie trend has many women and men looking for ways to improve their photogenic qualities. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

The selfie trend has many women and men looking for ways to improve their photogenic qualities. Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

You see them all day long via sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Chances are you’ve posted a few, yourself. In fact, the ever growing “selfie” trend has so saturated the social media sites that it’s actually boosting demand in cosmetic procedures, particularly among the under-30 set, researchers say.

Results of a newly released study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery show that a third of the 2,700 plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures by patients who admitted to being self-conscious of their looks in social media photos. Throughout 2013, the selfie trend led to a 10-percent increase in rhinoplasty, a 7-percent boost in hair transplants and 6-percent rise in eyelid surgery procedures.

“Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with a more self-critical eye than ever before,” said AAFPRS President Edward Farrior, MD. “These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers and our patients want to put their best face forward.”

Undergoing an invasive and costly surgical procedure simply to get a better profile picture is a bit much for most. And, it’s unnecessary. There are multiple non-invasive or minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures that can help you put your best face forward whether online or out on the town. Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials all help to correct and improve your skin, lending a smoother, brighter, healthier and more youthful look.

Metropolitan Dermatology can conduct a thorough skin analysis and help you determine which of these cosmetic procedures is right for your particular skincare needs and desired results. Visit our website to schedule an appointment at one of our three New Jersey locations in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck today.

Four Ways to Glam Up Your Look for the Holiday Season

Is your skin ready for the holiday party season? Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

Is your skin ready for the holiday party season? Metropolitan Dermatology can help.

 

There’s a chill in the air and the trees are donning their autumn red and gold tones, signaling the coming of the holiday season. Are you ready? Now is a great time to glam up your look in preparation for all those Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas celebrations and New Year’s bashes. Metropolitan Dermatology offers a few surefire tips for a beautiful new holiday look

  • Chemical peel: All those summer days in the sunshine may have left your skin looking dull, dry and damaged. A chemical peel using a tailor-mixed formula can help remove the damaged outer layers of skin to reveal a tighter, brighter, smoother look. This non-invasive skincare solution also can be used to remove or minimize acne, age spots, wrinkles and scars. Depending upon the strength of the chemical peel formula you choose, downtime for each treatment may be minimal, though your aesthetician may suggest multiple treatments to achieve the look you want.
  • Botox: A celebrity favorite, Botox is among the top choices when you want quick results with no downtime. This injectable helps to relax overactive facial muscles, giving you a smoother and more youthful look. It’s highly effective for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines
  • Juvederm: Often used in conjunction with Botox, Juvederm is a works by filling in spaces created by wrinkles, creases and hollows that belie your age. It’s used to help smooth wrinkles; plump lips, cheeks and hollows around the eyes; add shape to an undersized chin and diminish scars. Downtime is minimal and results can last up to a year, depending upon the area treated.
  • IPL Photofacial: An IPL Photofacial actually harnesses the power of light to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Highly focused beams of broad-spectrum light target the lower layers of your skin, removing damaged skin and kicking up your body’s production of collagen, the naturally occurring protein that gives young skin its firmness and resiliency.

Get your skin holiday-ready with a visit to one of Metropolitan Dermatology’s three New Jersey offices in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck.


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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris. Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.