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The Next Big Thing In Skin Care is Micro-needling.

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Want radiant skin? Looking to prevent signs of aging? Interested in reducing wrinkles & fine lines? Need to improve scars or stretch marks? You’ll have it all with Vistapen.

Micro-needling also known as collagen Induction therapy is the newest rejuvenation technique that delivers smooth and radiant skin by stimulating your skin’s ability to repair itself naturally.

Immediate improvement can be seen after a single treatment, however 3-4 treatments are recommended for optimum results.

To see if you are a candidate for micro-needling and/or take advantage of our limited time introductory package pricing call us at 877-458-9070

For additional information on micro-needling click here.

Fall Into Beauty With Our Injectable Specials.

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The holiday season is right around the corner and now is a great time to save big by taking advantage of our injectables specials. Are you looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, replace lost fullness in cheeks, forehead, temples, or have the lips you’ve always dreamed of?

Schedule a consultation with one of our master injectors and see what treatment is best for you.

Juvederm

Buy 1 syringe & receive $100 off the 2nd.
Buy 3 syringes & receive 25 units of Botox free.

Voluma

Buy 1 syringe & save $100.
Buy 2 syringes & save $300.

30 Units of Dysport FREE with purchase of 2 or more syringes of Restalyne, Lyft, or Silk.

Additional 10% discount off fillers when booking with Dr. Beckford by Oct.15th, 2017.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment call us at 908-512-7900.

Some restrictions apply. Offer valid in our Staten Island location only.

Visit our Aesthetics/Cosmetic page for additional information.

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

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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.

 

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

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Hair loss affects more than 50 million men and 30 million women in the US alone and for many, the emotional and social effects can be devastating. That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month, working to boost access to information on the common causes for hair loss and available treatments.

Do you know the top hair loss types for women and men?

For men, the most common culprits are involutional alopecia, androgenetic alopecia and alopecia ariata. Involutional alopecia is the gradual thinning of the hair that comes with age and progresses as hair follicles go into the telogen phase. More commonly known as the resting phase, this results in fewer and shorter hairs growing.

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness and can hit as early as the teens or early 20s. It’s marked by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the top of the scalp.

Alopecia areata is markedly different, as it’s actually an autoimmune skin disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. This can result in hair loss not only on the scalp, but elsewhere on the body as well. Fortunately, though a definitive cause has yet to be identified, this condition generally is not permanent.

Women also experience alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia. The latter is the most common form, in this case known as female pattern balding. It’s marked by more widespread thinning all across the scalp and often first noticed via a widened part or thinner ponytail.

Telogen effluvium is perhaps one of the most troubling forms of hair loss for women, as it comes suddenly and can involve handfuls of hair falling out at once. It typically is triggered by a stressful event, but nearly always is reversible.

Lastly, traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles that can cause pulling damage to the hair follicles. Common culprits are braids, cornrows, tight ponytails, extensions and weaves. Fortunately, if it’s detected early, it’s generally reversible.

If you’re suffering unexplained hair loss, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island today.

Eight Types of Psoriasis

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August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, an annual, nationwide campaign designed to spread the word about the skin condition that hits Americans with upward of 150,000 new cases each year. Affecting both men and women, psoriasis typically emerges during a person’s 20s or 50s and manifests in eight types.

  1. Plaque psoriasis: The most common type of psoriasis, accounting for up to 80 percent of cases according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It causes itchy, painful red skin lesions and silver scales that can occur anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth and on the genitals.
  2. Scalp psoriasis: Symptoms include dry, itchy, often flaky scalp that can cause flakes. While it’s tempting to scratch affected areas, this can cause bleeding.
  3. Nail psoriasis: Psoriasis of the fingernails and toenails can cause your nails to weaken, crumble and appear pitted and discolored. In severe cases, nails may even separate from your nail bed – a condition called onycholysis.
  4. Psoriatic arthritis: This advanced type of psoriasis is marked by joint stiffness and swelling and effects up to 50 percent of those with the condition.
  5. Guttate psoriasis: Often triggered by a bacterial infection, this type of psoriasis generally affects children and young adults and is marked by fine-scaled skin sores appearing on the scalp, torso, arms and legs.
  6. Inverse psoriasis: Brought on by fungal infections and exacerbated by perspiration, this type of psoriasis causes patches of red, irritated skin in in the armpits, under breasts, or around the genitals and groin. It’s most common in obese patients.
  7. Pustular psoriasis: This rare type of psoriasis comes on quickly, initially manifesting with red, tender, inflamed skin that gives way to puss-filled blisters within hours and can cause fever, chills, diarrhea and even kidney and liver problems. Flare-ups can be triggered by infection, irritation and certain medications, and treatment may require hospitalization.
  8. Erythrodermic psoriasis: Uncommon but severe, this type of psoriasis can affect the entire body. Symptoms include red, peeling, itchy and burning skin. Triggers include certain medications (particularly corticosteroids), phototherapy treatment, sunburn and psoriasis that has spread out of control.

If you suspect a case of psoriasis, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island.

Five Common Acne Myths

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Statistics show that upward of 60 million Americans of all ages have some degree of acne. And the enduring myths concerning the condition, which essentially is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin, are seemingly almost as numerous. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions:

  1. Acne is only a teenage thing: Not so. According to results of a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, half of women in the US between 20 and 29 years old, 35 percent of women between 30 and 39 years old, and 26 percent of women between 40 and 49 reported having acne.
  2. Sun exposure improves acne: This myth has roots in the fact that exposure to sunlight may, indeed, reduce inflammation in the body and, after all, acne is an inflammatory process. But while a bit of a tan can help initially clear a complexion, over time, it breaks down the skin’s collagen. This means your pores have less structural support and are, quite literally, open to blemish-causing elements.
  3. Sunscreen and moisturizer cause acne: This may be true of one of the two categories of sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV light, can irritate the skin, causing inflammation and acne breakouts. On the other hand, physical sunscreens, which reflect UV rays, may help to block or even kill acne-causing bacteria, particularly if they contain zinc oxide. As for moisturizer, dehydrated skin produces more pore-clogging oil than hydrated skin.
  4. The toothpaste trick zaps zits: This trick became popular because most toothpastes contain some amount of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils and triclosan, an additive that helps prevent bacterial contamination. Unfortunately, all of these ingredients also can irritate the skin or even cause a rash. So, you’re potentially trading one skin malady for another.
  5. Acne breakouts mean it’s time to ramp up cleansing: Yes, this can be true, particularly if you regularly head to bed without first removing makeup and cleansing your skin. But over-washing also can be a factor. Washing your face too often or too aggressively can strip your skin of its natural oils. Resulting dehydration triggers your body to overcompensate, producing more pore-clogging oils than it normally would and exacerbating acne problems.

If you’re dealing with persistent acne, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Visit our Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island location today.

10 Facts & Stats About Hair Loss

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A multitude of factors can influence whether you’ll have a thick mop of hair throughout your life or if you’ll experience hair thinning right on time, or much earlier than expected. Here are 10 top facts and statistics about hair loss – a few of which may surprise you.

  1. On average, the human scalp has anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles, which fall out at a rate of roughly 100 hairs each day. As we age, hair begins to grow at a slower rate. So, even if you’re losing hair at the average rate, it takes longer for new hairs to appear, which can contribute to the appearance of thinning or bald spots.
  1. According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men will begin to see their locks lose some of their luster by age 35. By 50, upward of 85 percent of men will have experienced a significant amount of thinning.
  1. Some men, however, experience male pattern baldness much earlier than expected. Some 25 percent of men see the first signs of hair thinning before age 21.
  1. Hair thinning also affects the fairer sex. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of hair loss patients are female. By age 50, roughly half of all women will deal with some degree of pattern hair loss.
  1. Surprisingly to some, children also can be affected. Approximately three percent of all pediatric doctor visits made each year are connected to hair loss-related issues in children, including thinning and bald spots. Causes can be as simple as wearing hair in a ponytail too tightly or more serious, such as fungal infections of the scalp or alopecia.
  1. We know you love your mother, but she may be to blame for your risk of baldness. While both Mom’s and Dad’s genes play a part in the fate of your hairline, it’s maternal DNA that has the strongest influence. Overall, it’s estimated that approximately 30 million women and as many as 50 million men experience hair loss as a direct result of their genetic make-up.
  1. Stress and anxiety also can play a role. In the most severe cases, this involves a psychiatric disorder called trichotillomania. Sufferers feel a compulsive urge to pull hair out from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body – often a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to four percent of the population is affected by trichotillomania, with women developing it at nearly double the rate of men.
  1. Hair loss can actually be a red flag, signaling any of a myriad of underlying health issues. Research has linked hair loss to prostate conditions in men. And in one study, baldness was linked to a 70 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.
  1. Ethnicity can influence your rate of hair growth. On average, human hair grows about six inches per year. But a University of Michigan study found that among women, those of Asian descent saw their hair grow the fastest while women with African heritage experienced the slowest growth.
  1. A great head of hair trumps even money to many. In one survey, 43.2 percent of respondents said that they’d take thicker, fuller hair over cash any day. Another 73 percent said they’d trade a treasured personal possession to have more hair.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Visit our Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island location today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day

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On June 5, scores of Americans once facing uncertain futures instead will gather with their families, friends and communities to celebrate. That’s because June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day, designed to honor those who didn’t fall victim to a dire diagnosis.

The number of people living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States increased from 7 million in 1992 to 15.5 million in 2016, and is expected to rise to more than 20 million by 2026. Those figures ultimately will reflect a growth of cancer survivors accounting for about 2.5 percent of the US population in 1992 to more than five percent a decade from now.

“When we speak with leading cancer researchers in the United States and around the world, we hear unprecedented optimism that we are on the verge of pivotal advances in oncology,” officials with the National Cancer Institute recently wrote in a media statement. “So today, as we honor the courage of all cancer survivors, we do so with a renewed hope and determination. We remain committed to changing the meaning of a diagnosis of cancer for all people.”

In the meantime, a top cancer concern is melanoma, the most common and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects every ethnicity, hitting an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.

The top tactic for preventing melanoma and other skin cancers is to minimize your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. But natural sunshine isn’t the only culprit. Tanning beds also are highly damaging to skin and potentially cancer-causing, so avoid them altogether. And when you do venture out into the sunshine, don protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunblock. Avoid going outside between 10 am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Learn the warning signs of melanoma, including sunspots with asymmetrical shapes, irregular borders or changes in color or shape.

Most importantly, schedule regular skin cancer screenings. And if you do suspect the presence of melanoma, see a doctor immediately for a confirmed diagnosis and, if needed, MOHS micrographic treatment. To learn more and to discuss any skin cancer-related concerns, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

Focus on Skincare this Men’s Health Month

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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.

 

Ignoring Atopic Dermatitis Can Lead to More Serious Health Woes

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Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and chronic form of eczema, affecting more than 15 million people in the United States each year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Of those 15 million patients, 65 percent develop symptoms of the skin-irritating condition in the first year of life, and 90 percent by age five.

While there is no known cure, atopic dermatitis can be treated and managed. Early treatment is crucial because if the condition goes untreated, it can lead to a myriad of more serious health woes. These include:

  • Asthma and hay fever: Without treatment, 75 percent of children with atopic dermatitis will develop hay fever or asthma.
  • Neurodermatitis: This condition begins with a small patch of itchy skin. Scratching doesn’t help and, in fact, only serves to make the area itchier and larger until you’re scratching your skin simply out of habit. As a result, affected skin can become discolored, thick and leathery.
  • Skin infections: Repeated and harsh scratching of the skin can dry out and break it, causing cracks and open sores. Those open spaces, even the tiniest of them, can make you more vulnerable to infection from bacteria and viruses that make their way into your skin’s deeper layers. An example is the herpes simplex virus.
  • Irritant hand dermatitis: This condition primarily affects the web spaces and fingers. If your work or daily routine requires that your hands often are wet and exposed to harsh soaps, detergents or disinfectants, you’re at higher risk. Hairdressers, healthcare workers, caterers, home and office cleaners and mechanics are examples of groups at highest risk.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: Sometimes, initial treatments can exacerbate atopic dermatitis issues. That’s because certain substances such as corticosteroids can cause allergic skin reactions.
  • Eye problems: Watch for severe itching around the eyelids, excessive or persistent eye watering, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid that affects the eyelashes or tear production) and conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye).
  • Sleep issues: The constant itch-scratch cycle can cause you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night, significantly diminishing your quality and amount of sleep. This can lead to chronic drowsiness during the day, adversely affecting your ability to focus or concentrate on tasks, including driving, studying and working, and making for potentially dangerous situations.
  • Behavioral problems: Results of multiple studies show a definitive link between atopic dermatitis and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, particularly in children who regularly lose sleep.

If you suspect you have atopic dermatitis, don’t ignore it. Get treatment quickly and regularly by calling your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-998-4699; Teaneck at 201-837-3939; Jersey City at 201-792-4500 or Staten Island at 718-448-4488.


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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
908-941-2227
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. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
908-512-7900
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.