Hear, Hear! It’s Time For “Brotox”

botoxBotox…our women clients love it! Why? Because they love the way it makes them feel and look, and they love the compliments they get from friends and admirers. It’s not surprising, then, that the number of men – taking the cue from their women friends and partners – are opting for Botox injections as the perfect way to maintain a younger look. Botox remains the safe, easy and perfect way to get rid of wrinkles, especially those between the brows and around the eyes and mouth.

It has taken a bit longer for men to sing the praises of Botox, but over the last few years more and more men have become more open and proactive about their appearance. There also appears to be less of a stigma associated with cosmetic procedures for men. This injectable trend for men has been given the name “Brotox.”

So, why the man-shift to Botox? Men may feel pressured to maintain a more youthful look in the highly competitive job market. Youthful appearance has always been an asset, for both women and men. For those who are job hunting, looking less stressed and more youthful can give an applicant a definite edge. Botox provides men that edge and helps them feel better about themselves.

So, guys, if you decide to try a Botox treatment, discuss the results you want to achieve with Dr. LoBuono. He is experienced injecting male patients – who have unique muscle mass, fiber patterns and distribution of hair follicles. Exact Botox dosing requirements for men do not currently exist, but there is consensus that men require higher doses than their female counterparts. Most men are conservative about their injections and privacy is definitely a concern.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today, to learn more about “Brotox” treatments: (732) 449-0167.

Dr. LoBuono Specializes In Treating All Types of Skin Cancers

skin cancer screeningDid you know that Dr. LoBuono is a specialist in both general and surgical dermatology with respect to the treatment of all types of skin cancers, including melanomas, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, and Mycosis Fungoides (the most common form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma which commonly affects the skin, but may progress internally)? Dr. LoBuono is board certified, with over 30 years of experience in private practice.

We talked about skin cancer in last month’s blog, but as a refresher, here are the three types of skin cancers, from least serious to most deadly:

  • Basal cell carcinomas are slow growing and are unlikely to spread or cause death.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to spread. They, therefore, are more serious.
  • Melanomas are the most aggressive and the most serious.

Most skin cancers are manageable and easily treatable if caught early. The treatments can vary from “freezing” to surgical removal. If you have a growth that is surgically removed, Dr. LoBuono will send the removed tissue to a lab for testing and will then proceed with an appropriate treatment protocol.

One of the reasons it is so important to get yearly exams of your entire body, including your scalp, is to check for any changes to existing moles or growth and to scan for new growths. Melanoma is nothing to sneeze at and is not to be ignored. It can be deadly.

Summer is here and the sun is at its hottest. It goes without saying that using sunscreen is recommended as a preventative measure, as is wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and wearing a hat, especially if you are balding. Remember also that the use of tanning beds has been linked to skin cancers.

The take-away is that we are here to help you with any concerns you may have, especially regarding skin cancer. Please don’t wait if you have a suspicious growth or a mole that has changed. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today: (732) 449-0167.

A Few Things You Should Know About Skin Cancer

skin cancer treatmentSummer is here and that means fun times spent outside…with your skin bombarded by the sun’s damaging UV rays. It’s a given that these rays can cause your skin to prematurely age – and wrinkles, “age spots,” and even skin cancer can be the result.

Skin cancer is due to the development of abnormal cells that may invade or spread to other parts of the body. The three types of skin cancer are:

  1. Basal cell, a slow growing cancer which is unlikely to spread to distant areas of the body or cause death. It appears as a painless, sometimes shiny raised area of the skin.
  2. Squamous cell, which is more likely to spread. It appears as a hard lump with a scaly top.
  3. Melanoma, the most aggressive type. Moles that have changed in size, color or shape or are itchy or bleed are some of the signs of melanoma.

What do you know about skin cancer prevention?

  • Damage from the sun’s rays is cumulative.
  • To be effective, sunscreen must be worn. Sunscreen helps block the rays than lead to skin cancer but it does not prevent it.
  • Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays because both are damaging to your skin.
  • People with many moles have a higher risk of developing melanoma.
  • Other risk factors include advanced age, heredity, light skin color and exposure to tanning beds.
  • Over one million people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with skin cancer. Unfortunately, many more go undiagnosed.
  • Skin cancer is serious, but most skin cancers, if found early, are treatable.

As you age, it is especially important to have your skin checked at least once a year for any changes or abnormalities, to have any pre-cancerous lesions treated and to examine any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths. If you have questions or concerns about a mole or suspicious growth, call to schedule an appointment, today: (732) 449-0167.

You May Not Be Feeling “Rosy” About Your Rosacea

rosaceaIf you suffer from the common, chronic skin condition known as rosacea, you are not alone. Rosacea is becoming increasingly widespread among baby-boomers, and is especially common in fair-skinned, blue-eyed women between the ages of 30 and 50. More than 14 million Americans are living with rosacea – and are suffering its self-esteem deflating, debilitating effects.

Rosacea is a skin condition which is often misunderstood. Continue reading to learn 5 things you may not know about rosacea and its treatment:

  1. Evidence suggests that susceptibility to rosacea may be inherited. Many people who suffer from it have family members who also have rosacea.
  2. Sadly, because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, rosacea can cause significant social, psychological and occupational problems if left untreated.
  3. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but the range of possible causes includes defects in the immune system, nervous system or facial blood vessels, and the presence of microbes or Demodex Mites.
  4. Scientists have found that most people with acne-like rosacea react to a bacterium called bacillus oleronius. This causes their immune system to over react.
  5. There is no cure for rosacea, but medical help is available – such as topical and oral medications – which can control its signs and symptoms.

Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono for a complete examination of your skin, a diagnosis, and appropriate treatment modalities – before these rosacea signs and symptoms become severe:

  • Small blood vessels which are visible on the face (telangiectasia)
  • Pimples or bumps on the face
  • Redness or flushing on the nose, cheeks, forehead or chin
  • Watery, irritated eyes

If you have concerns about dealing with rosacea and would like to know more about the treatments available, call for a consultation appointment, today: (732) 449-0167.

Spring Is No Time For Spots!

It’s true. “Active aging” is trending as more of us are spending time outside, in the sun, all year long…hiking, skiing, gardening, playing golf or tennis. Spring is almost here and with it increasingly sunny days and exposure to damaging UV and UVB rays.

skin rejuvenationAge spots, sometimes called sunspots or liver spots, typically appear on skin that has had the most exposure over the years to Ultraviolet light from the sun. They are commonly found on the face, the backs of the hands, the shoulders and neck. The use of tanning beds or tanning lamps can also contribute to their development. Age spots are small and flat but they can group together making them appear even larger. They commonly develop in people with fair complexions but they are also seen in people with darker complexions. Although they are usually harmless, they can be a sign of aging – especially on the face and hands.

Dr. LoBuono offers a non-invasive treatment solution, a breakthrough technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or PhotoRejuvenation, which employs the combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies of ELOS technology. ELOS safely and precisely targets pigmented lesions such as freckles, spider veins, rosacea and age spots.

How does IPL work?

The treatment area is prepared with a cool gel. Then the ELOS hand-piece is used to gently pulse an intense light over the area. The combined radio frequency and light penetrate the affected area, destroying the melanin-producing cells. The generated heat impairs the vessels or lesions without damaging the surface of the skin. After treatment, the skin is cleaned and sun block applied. Healing begins immediately, but the lesions may darken before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.

Each treatment takes about 20 minutes and can be repeated as often as every 3 to 4 weeks. Discomfort is minimal and there is little or no downtime. You can resume normal activities immediately. Following treatment, your skin will appear smoother and tighter, with a more even texture.

Call to request an appointment, today, and let Dr. LuBuono tell you about the benefits of this remarkable treatment: (732) 449-0167.

Renew, Refresh, Revive – It’s Spring!

Each season presents its own skin care challenges…and each season calls for a different skincare routine. Your skin, especially your fragile facial skin, is constantly exposed to the elements…from winter’s chill to summer’s heat. You should give your skin the tender, loving care it needs to thrive throughout the year – but especially now that spring is just around the corner.

To that end, here are a few tips to jump-start your spring and summer skincare routines:

skin careExfoliate: Because the cold, dry winter air is hard on your skin, sloughing off winter’s dead cells can renew and refresh your skin. If you haven’t exfoliated the dead skin cells from your face all winter, it’s time to start. You can exfoliate gently at home by using a soft washcloth or, if you want an easy DIY scrub recipe, you can mix granulated sugar or oatmeal with honey or olive oil for an extra dose of hydration. Remember to be gentle! Don’t pull or tug at your skin or rub too vigorously. The idea is to work up to exfoliating two to three times a week.

If you want maximum rejuvenation, make an appointment with us for a microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel. These treatments are designed to improve the appearance of dull skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, and even sun damage. They are non-invasive, quick and easy…and can be done on your lunch hour.

Moisturize: Invest in a good facial moisturizer – one with a built-in sunscreen, if possible. Hopefully you have been keeping your skin moist during the winter months…but now that the sun is about to be a daily visitor, moisture plus sunscreen are absolute musts for soft, summer-ready skin.

Spring is also a great time to make an appointment for one of our Injectable Treatments, like Botox. There is absolutely no downtime with a Botox treatment. You’ll be smiling and ready just in time for summer. And you’ll look your best, even without make-up, as you trade your boots for sandals and head to the beach or pool.

Spring Forward! Call to schedule an appointment for a microdermabrasion, peel or Botox treatment, today: (732) 449-0167.

Have You Considered A Microdermabrasion Treatment?

As 2016 begins and you are seriously into your resolutions, why not consider treating yourself to a Microdermabrasion treatment – one of the most popular aesthetic cosmetic treatments offered by Dr. LoBuono. Microdermabrasion non-invasively removes the dead, dry, dull, outer layer of your skin, leaving it refreshed and radiant. The treatment is completely customized based on your individual skin conditions.

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  • Microdermabrasion treats your skin using tiny, air-driven crystals to gently cleanse and remove unwanted blemishes from your skin’s surface.
  • Our office uses the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System, which gently exfoliates your skin using natural diamond chips.
  • The DiamondTome™ wand is passed over your skin, blowing tiny crystals which abrade the top layer of skin. The used crystals and dead cells from your skin are simultaneously vacuumed away to a sealed container.
  • By removing the top layer of skin, microdermabrasion may stimulate your body to increase cell turnover and produce collagen.
  • The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Our patients experience no discomfort or downtime. You can return to normal activities immediately, looking refreshed and glowing.
  • Since your skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion should be repeated monthly for optimal improvement
  • Your skin will be especially sensitive to the sun, so the use of a good sunscreen is required.

Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin, light scaring, fine wrinkles, acne-prone skin, freckles and age spots. And here’s the best part: microdermabrasion is affordable and can be performed over your lunch hour!

If you are unhappy with fine wrinkles, age spots, sun-damage and acne scars, but aren’t ready to try a laser treatment or chemical peel, microdermabrasion may be the perfect solution for you. Look younger and feel better this year and every year! Call, today, to learn how your skin can benefit from microdermabrasion treatments: (732) 449-0167.

Common Triggers For Adult Acne

These days, the face of acne is changing, as more and more women in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s are experiencing a resurgence of the acne of their teens…and are battling breakouts as they battle the inevitability of aging. If this sounds familiar, read on to learn FOUR common adult acne triggers:

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  1. Stress. Experts say stress can lead to acne by signaling the release of cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.
  2. Diet. Greasy foods don’t cause greasy skin, but other foods can contribute to acne, such as carbs, sugar and dairy. Any food that leads to a spike in your blood sugar, such as pasta, bread, and sweets, can trigger skin’s inflammatory response and provoke a breakout. Several studies have shown a link between dairy products and pimples, perhaps because of the hormones that are present in these foods. Buying organic may help.
  3. Hormones. When your body experiences a spike in “male” hormones such as testosterone, oil production increases, and that can cause clogged pores where acne bacteria grows. This leads to inflammation and pimples. This male hormone spike may occur more frequently during peri-menopause, but it also happens just before your period. Women over the age of 33 are more likely to get pre-menstrual pimples than younger women are.
  4. High Testosterone or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Conditions with a hormonal component, such as high testosterone levels or polycystic ovarian syndrome, are often-overlooked causes of acne. PCOS affects 5% to 10% of women, and many suffer for years without realizing they have it. If your acne is accompanied by excessive hair growth or irregular periods, talk to your doctor. If you have PCOS, and other types of hormone imbalances can often be treated with a medication such as an oral contraceptive or anti-androgen.

If you are deep in the throes of an adult acne battle, call to book a consultation appointment. We offer services, such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion that can definitely help you conquer breakouts: (732) 449-0167.

Eight Facts About Botox® Cosmetic

Of course you have heard of or may even have used Botox®, but you may not know much about it and how it works.
So…here are EIGHT facts about the most popular aesthetic cosmetic procedure in the world:

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  1. The FDA approved Botox® for eye spasms in 1989, and approved it for wrinkles, creases and frown lines in 2002.
  2. Botox® is made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria…the same bacteria that causes the disease botulis.
  3. Decades ago, scientists found that injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A into a muscle temporarily paralyzed that muscle. Why is this important for your face? Because muscles are the cause of wrinkles around the forehead and eyes.
    • Wrinkles form because you make repeated muscle contractions when you laugh, frown and squint. When injected into the muscle, Botox® blocks nerve signals to that muscle, stopping its contraction. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above the muscle either disappears or dramatically lessens.
  4. Botox® results are not immediate. Unlike fillers, Botox® takes about a week to fully relax the muscle. The full results last from four to six months, but many people have found that results last longer.
  5. The frown area between the eyes is the most common area to be treated and usually requires five small pokes with a fine needle. It is surprisingly easy.
  6. The degree of improvement depends on how deep the creases are when you begin treatment, but everyone will see improvement.
  7. Botox® does wear off. Most of our patients love it, however, and return for repeat injections. If you do happen to experience a very rare side effect, Botox® will wear off and everything will go back to normal.
  8. Why get Botox®?
    • PREVENTION: Botox® slows down the creation of lines and creases.
    • FACIAL RELAXATION:Botox® eases that “angry” look.
    • LIFT: Depending on which way certain muscles pull, Botox® can give a lift to your eyes and mouth corners helping you look more rested.

The Holidays are upon us! Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lobuono to discuss the benefits of Botox®: 732.449.0167.

The 411 on Wrinkles And Lines

Your amazing skin is made to be resilient, and it is. But you have to take care of it…every day.
For everyone, aging and aging skin is impossible to deny. Time marches on.
facial rejuvenationThe good news is you don’t have to give in to time’s effects on your skin…especially fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Aging thins your skin so it becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to wrinkles. The sun’s harmful rays break down your skin’s connective tissue and those rays are the main cause of wrinkly skin. Repeated, unprotected sun exposure can also cause skin cancer. Keep in mind that the effects of the sun’s damaging rays are cumulative over your lifetime.
  • Smiling is good; worrying is not. Your frown lines don’t need extra help to become deeper.
  • Wrinkles appear first around your mouth, eyes and eyebrows because of repeated facial expressions.

Although wrinkles are a natural result of aging, there are some things you can do to keep them at bay:

  • If possible, stay indoors when the sun’s rays are at their most damaging, between noon and five p.m. And don’t tan in tanning beds…those rays are even more damaging to your skin.
  • Using a good sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to prevent sun damage, but it doesn’t do any good in your beach bag. Choose a product that is at least 30 SPF and re-apply often to your face, hands and neck.
  • Use a moisturizer and eye cream every day. A retinol cream may also help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Don’t scrub or pull at your skin. Use a soft touch when washing your face and applying makeup, especially around your eye area.
  • Smoking accelerates your body’s aging process and causes wrinkles to appear prematurely. So stop or cut back if you can.

If your wrinkles are deep and pronounced, you may want to consider one of our injectable dermal fillers.

Want to know more? Call for an appointment with Dr. Lobuono and let our team of specialists help you achieve your best, most youthful looking skin: 732.449.0167.