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Six Preventable Causes of Premature Aging

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Facial aging is a top concern among both women and men. But it’s not just the years that add lines and wrinkles and folds to your look. A range of other factors can do damage to your complexion. But there’s good news. Most of these factors are choices we make daily, which means their aging effects are preventable.

Six of the top preventable facial aging factors are:

  1. Sun exposure: Upward of 70 percent of the skin aging process depends on the amount of sunlight our skin is exposed to throughout our life. Solar radiation accelerates destruction of collagen, the connective tissue that helps keep skin taught and smooth.
  2. Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can sap your blood’s levels of vitamin C, which is a key component in the body’s production of collagen fibers.
  3. A poor diet: Adopt a nutritional diet that’s low in sugar and high in protein and antioxidants. Sugar can cause your skin’s connective tissues to lose elasticity, while protein helps to boost production of protein structures such as hyaluronic acid and collagen and elastin fibers. Fruits and vegetables are the top source of antioxidants.
  4. Stress: Prolonged periods of emotional stress can boost your body’s secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones accelerate multiple aging processes including connective tissue damage and osteoporotic processes that damage bone density and cause changes in bone structure.
  5. Sleep deprivation: During deep sleep stage, the pituitary gland in your brain secretes growth hormone which aids in the constant renewal of various body and skin tissues.
  6. Alcohol: Having a few too many cocktails can sap the body of hydration, making it much more prone to wrinkling. Alcohol also robs your body of Vitamin A which is essential for cell renewal and turnover.

To help keep your skin looking young and vibrant, adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle and treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location to schedule a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or IPL Photofacial.

Melanoma Rates Double in the US Over Past 30 Years

skin cancer melanoma

There’s news from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – and it’s not good for sun lovers and active outdoor enthusiasts. Research shows that the rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have doubled nationwide over the past three decades and likely will continue to climb if Americans fail to adopt safer sun practices.

A recent report shows that more than 90 percent of melanomas are caused by skin cell damage from ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun and tanning beds. By far the most prevalent form of skin cancer, melanoma claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year – a figure that reflects one death every hour. Without increased prevention, medical experts predict melanoma rates will escalate over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030.

We here at Metropolitan Dermatology urge you to adopt these sun-safe practices to protect not only your skin but your life:

  1. Minimize your time in the sun, particularly between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  2. Skip the tanning beds. Contrary to popular belief, they’re no safer than natural sun exposure.
  3. Wear a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block every time you venture outside.
  4. Cover up with long sleeves and pants and a broad-brimmed hat.
  5. Don sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  6. Seek a shady spot if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.
  7. Perform a regular skin check, noting any new moles or skin lesions or changes in the color, shape or size of existing marks.
  8. Schedule and keep regular skin cancer screenings at least once a year, more if you spend lot of time outside.

If you suspect you may have melanoma, don’t dare wait. As with any disease, early detection and treatment is critical. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, NJ or Staten Island, NY to schedule a consultation.

Varicose Veins by the Numbers

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Varicose veins are unsightly at best and can prove dangerous if gone untreated. But do you know just how prevalent the risk is? Consider these statistics:

  • More than 40 million people in the US suffer from varicose veins.
  • Nearly 50 percent of varicose vein patients have a family history of varicose veins.
  • If both of your parents have varicose veins, your chances of developing the disease are extremely high – close to 90 percent.
  • If you’re a male with one parent affected by varicose veins, you’ve got a 25-percent chance of developing them, too. If you’re a woman with one affected parent, your risk is significantly higher – some 60 percent.
  • The prevalence of varicose veins is greater in women (55 percent) than in men (45 percent).
  • An estimated 41 percent of women over the age of 50 have varicose veins.
  • An estimated 50 percent of the US population over 50 years old has them.
  • Women who are moderately overweight (with a BMI of 25-29.9) have a 50-percent greater risk of developing varicose veins than do women who are not overweight.
  • Women with a BMI greater than 30 are three times as likely to develop varicose veins as those who are not overweight.

If you’re struggling with unsightly, uncomfortable or painful varicose veins, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. We have locations in Clark, Teaneck and Kearny, New Jersey, plus Staten Island, New York. Request your appointment and download patient forms online at

Tick Season is Here – Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Lyme Disease

Deer Tick

As spring gives way to summer and the weather heats up, New Jersey residents are enjoying more time in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the warm season makes way for tick season. That’s troubling for many locals because ticks in the Garden State are second only to mosquitoes in spreading pathogens, agents that cause infection or disease.

Among the most troubling health conditions known to be spread via tick bites is Lyme disease, an inflammatory condition characterized at first by a rash, headache, fever and chills. If left untreated, it can progress into more serious and chronic health issues including arthritis, cardiac problems and neurological disorders. Lyme disease is spread by the deer tick and the western black-legged tick.

To protect yourself and your family from the risk of Lyme disease, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Avoid commonly tick-infested areas such as tall grass and dense vegetation.
  • Keep your yard’s grass cut and underbrush thinned.
  • Carefully follow directions for using tick-controlling lawn chemicals.
  • Ensure that areas beneath bird feeders are clean to avoid attracting deer and other hungry mammals that may carry ticks.
  • Keep picnic tables, swing sets and other recreation equipment away from woods.
  • When spending time outside, especially in or near wooded areas, wear light-colored clothing to easily spot ticks, and tuck pants into socks to help keep ticks from making their way to your skin.
  • Use insect repellant for both people and pets.
  • After spending an extended period of time outdoors, do a full-body exam to assure that ticks haven’t hitched a ride into your home.

If you or a family member shows signs of a tick bite, get medical treatment quickly. Call Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; Teaneck at 201-837-3939; or Staten Island at 718-448-4488 to schedule an appointment.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a sun on her back.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to spread awareness of the dangers of sun exposure – and with good reason. In2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, nearly 65,647 people nationwide were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. Of them, 9,128 died from the disease, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Essentially, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

Here in New Jersey alone, melanoma claims the lives of nearly 245 people each year. Melanoma is responsible for a full 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, and the rate of incidence in the Garden State has grown by five percent each year since the early 1990s.

To help protect your skin, Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tips:

  • Resist the temptation for that golden tan: It may look great now, but it assures that you’ll age prematurely. And no – tanning beds are not a safer way to tan. Harvard University research shows that the average tanning bed produces approximately the same amount of UBV light as the sun and upwards of three times the amount of UVA light.
  • Seek shade: Know that the sun’s damaging rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm.
  • Cover up: Long-sleeved shirts and pants or long skirts offer the most protection. But of course, the heat sometimes makes this impractical. So, don a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with that cute sundress or swimsuit.
  • Slather on the sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Be sure to apply sunscreens 15 minutes before venturing outside and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re physically active or otherwise prone to perspiring.
  • Use extra caution near water, sand or snow: Know that these surfaces reflect the sun’s rays and can significantly boost your chances of developing a sun burn.
  • Get your daily vitamin D: Adopt a healthy diet and take high-quality vitamin supplements.
  • Get checked: Early detection can dramatically reduce your risk of death from skin cancer, which makes regular skin cancer screenings a must. Most people should get screened at least once a year – more if your job or lifestyle means lots of time outside.

New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers thorough skin cancer screenings and treatments, including the highly specialized Mohs micrographic surgery procedures. Schedule your next screening today by contacting us in Clark at 732-574-1399; in Kearny at 201-997-8008; in Teaneck at 201-837-3939 or in Staten Island, NY at 718-448-4488.

Summer is Near – Get Lovely Legs for Swimsuit Season

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It’s springtime in New Jersey. Temperatures are beginning to rise and summer will be here before you know it. Make sure your gorgeous gams are ready for days spent poolside or at the shore with laser hair removal by Metropolitan Dermatology. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Choose doctor who is board certified in a specialty such as dermatology or cosmetic surgery and has experience with laser hair removal. If a physician’s assistant or licensed nurse will perform the procedure, make sure a doctor supervises and is available on-site throughout the treatment.

Before scheduling your procedure, schedule a consultation with your doctor or aesthetician to go over all pertinent details, including your medical history and all risks, benefits, costs and expectations.

In the six weeks to two months prior to your procedure, stay out of the sun. This helps to reduce the risk of side effects including inadvertent skin lightening. If you have a tan already, wait until it fades before making your appointment. During this time, also avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis – all of which can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with laser hair removal.

The day before your procedure, shave with a new, clean razor. This will help allow the laser to better target the hair follicles and ensure that there is no lingering bacteria that could cause contact dermatitis (a delayed allergic reaction) after your laser treatment. Also, avoid caffeine for 24 hours to help you feel more relaxed and to minimize pain.

Get your legs bikini- and sundress-ready with a call to Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark at 732-574-1399, in Kearny at 201-997-8008 or in Teaneck at 201-837-3939.

How Stress Affects Your Skin

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

Regular skincare services like chemical peels can help protect your complexion from the effects of stress.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the health effects of stress and teach successful coping strategies. It’s a great time to learn just how everyday stress can take its toll on your skin, say skincare specialists with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Stress can be a primary trigger for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, fever blisters and cold sores in part because it saps your body’s immune system. Plus stress-induced habits can affect your skin’s look and health. For instance, frowning and furrowing your brow can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. And rubbing, scratching or biting your fingers or lip can cause skin damage and make you all the more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Of utmost concern, studies have shown that chronic stress can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and can cause cancer cells to spread at a faster rate.

To help prevent stress from leaving its mark on your complexion, adopt and maintain a daily skincare regimen using high-quality products, including a high-SPF sunscreen. Get plenty of exercise and adequate rest each day. Learn to prioritize and delegate tasks and be adamant about taking time for yourself regularly.

Also, invest in taking care of your skin beyond your daily routine with customized services like chemical peels or microdermabrasion. And if stress already has marred your look, corrective services like IPL photofacials or Botox injections can help restore a youthful, rejuvenated look. Visit the Metropolitan Dermatology website to schedule a consultation.

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.

Six Signs of Sun Damage

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Do you know the signs of sun damage to your skin?

Springtime is here and summertime is right around the corner. While you’re no doubt anticipating some fun in the sun as the temperatures rise, know that over-exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can lead to a myriad of health and beauty issues. Cellular damage, premature wrinkling, age spots and skin cancer all are results of failing to adequately protect your skin.

Unfortunately, many people either are unaware of the signs of sun over-exposure or simply fail to take them as seriously as they should. Do you know the signs of sun damage? New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology offers these tell-tale tips:

  • Sun tan: That gorgeous golden glow actually is the result of injury to the skin’s upper layer that can accelerate aging and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. Don’t be fooled by the popular argument that a mild “base” tan can be healthy or protect your skin from sunburn on your next outing. Truth is, UV damage to your skin can happen in minutes and have a cumulative effect.
  • Sunburn: Sunburns actually are first- or second-degree burns to your skin. First-degree sunburns are characterized by redness of the skin, heat to the touch and mild pain that goes away within a few days. But if you experience a deeper redness and blistered skin, you’ve got a second-degree burn that may require medical treatment.
  • Wrinkles: Over time, the Sun’s UV rays can cause a cumulative breakdown of elastin, the fibers that hold your skin’s layers taught and smooth. As a matter of fact, more than 80 percent of the signs of aging in adult skin is are direct results of suntans or sunburns experienced before age 18.
  • Skin tone changes: Those varied patches of light and dark skin signify changes in the skin’s pigmentation. Persistent redness may be a sign of sun damage to your small blood vessels and, unfortunately, that damage typically is permanent.
  • Freckles: They may be cute and they’re generally harmless, even if they increase in number with continued sun exposure. But if one of them changes in size, shape or color or becomes painful, it may not be a freckle at all. Instead, it could be an early cancer. You’re particularly at risk if that cancer turns out to be melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin disease.
  • Farmer’s lip: That persistent dryness and cracking of the lips calls for much more than a little ChapStick. Known informally as “farmer’s lip,” it’s actually a precancerous condition called actinic cheilitis. Other signs include swelling, loss of the sharp border between the lip and skin, and prominent lip lines.

Protect your skin by minimizing your time in the sun, wearing protective clothing and applying a high-SPF sunscreen every time you venture out into the sunshine. If you already see signs of sun-induced aging in your skin, consider an IPL photofacial or microdermabrasion. And if you any suspicion of cancer, get a melanoma screening immediately. Call New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939 to schedule a consultation today.

Top Five Allergy Triggers

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Your pets are your family. But they also may be allergy triggers.

Statistics show that one in five Americans will develop an allergy at some point during their lifetimes. And for those whose parents both have allergies, the chance jumps to seven in 10. An allergic reaction essentially is an overreaction of the immune system against an otherwise harmless antigen. Resulting symptoms can run the gamut from mild sneezing to breaking out in hives to potentially fatal anaphylaxis, a severe, whole-body allergic reaction.

Potential allergens are everywhere. But a few of the most common are:

  • Dust Mites: These microscopic bugs actually are relatives of the spider. They burrow into mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains and feed on pollen, fungi, bacteria and dead skin cells shed by humans and animals daily.
  • Insect bites and stings: Venom left behind by honeybees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps and fire ants can cause a range of mild to severe allergic reactions including itching, hives, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and swelling of the face, mouth, tongue and throat.
  • Molds: Persistently damp or wet areas like bathrooms, basements that lack adequate ventilation and heating and air conditioning ducts with trapped moisture are breeding grounds for multiple types of mold, all of which can trigger allergies.
  • Pet dander: Your four-legged family members no doubt are an important part of your life. But they also can be tough on your allergies, thanks to pet dander, a protein mix secreted in an animal’s skin and saliva that can provoke allergic reactions.
  • Pollen: Trees, grasses, weeds and flowers of all varieties produce pollen that can trigger seasonal allergies or hay fever, particularly during the coming spring and summer seasons. Most result in irritating, but non-life-threatening reactions like sneezing, runny nose and watery or itchy eyes.

Other common culprits are latex, fragrances and certain foods and medications. You can help keep allergies at bay by keeping your home clean and free of dust, installing a home air filtration system, switching out your air conditioning filters at least one a month and making sure Fluffy and Fido get regular baths or grooming.

If you suspect you’ve developed an allergy, Metropolitan Dermatology can help with testing to determine just what your allergen may be and tailored treatment. Contact us in Clark at 732-574-1399; Kearny at 201-997-8008; or Teaneck at 201-837-3939 to schedule a consultation today.

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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

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

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

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

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

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
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
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris Ave. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.

622 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Kenilworth, NJ location servicing Springfield Township, Union, and Mountainside.