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Skin Cancer Cure can be done Outpatient with Mohs Surgery

A cancer diagnosis, in any form, can be a scary moment. Fortunately, for many with the most common forms of skin cancer, treatment can often be done outpatient and without significant side effects via Mohs micrographic surgery. The Mohs procedure (named for the doctor who developed the procedure in the 1930s) offers the highest cure rate for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers, even if a cancer has come back after previous treatment. In fact, Mohs surgery cures 99 percent of new cancers and 95 percent of recurrent cancers.

Because the roots of a skin cancer may extend beyond the visible portion of the tumor, the roots need to be removed to prevent recurrence.

Mohs Surgery is effective because it removes the diseased area in stages, layer by layer, and the tissue is examined by a Mohs-trained surgeon along the way. This type of treatment helps the physician determine if the tumor is completely removed after the surgery has been performed.

  • The surgeon removes the visible portion of the tumor using careful surgical techniques.
  • The surgeon next removes a deeper layer of skin and divides it into sections. With the help of technicians, the surgeon then color-codes each of these sections with dyes and makes reference marks on the skin to show the source of the sections. A map of the surgical site is then drawn to track exactly where each small portion of tissue originated.
  • In a laboratory, the surgeon uses a microscope to examine the undersurface and edges of each section of tissue in search of evidence of remaining cancer.
  • If the surgeon finds cancer cells under the microscope, he or she marks their location on the “map” and returns to the patient to remove another deeper layer of skin — but only from precisely where the cancer cells originated. This method ensures that the Mohs surgery results in the smallest scar possible.
  • Once the cancer has been removed, the surgeon repairs the wound using reconstructive procedures

Local anesthesia permits faster patient recovery and a lower risk of complications, especially for older patients.

Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.

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5 Ways to Settle your Eczema Flare-Up

If you have been diagnosed with eczema, you’re in good company. Nearly a third of Americans experience the condition at some point in their lives. While there is no cure for eczema, there are a number of things you can do to help calm the itchy, dry and/or scaly patches during a flare-up.

  1. Wear clothing made of cotton and other soft fabrics. They should be loose-fitting to avoid rubbing and scratching the irritated areas.
  2. Apply prescribed creams and/or moisturizers daily. Always apply a moisturizer within three minutes of washing your hands or taking a bath to help lock in the moisture. (By the way, that bath or shower should be in lukewarm water, avoiding hot water whenever possible. Adding baking soda or bathtub-safe oatmeal to the water also helps.)
  3. Use a humidifier. Dry air leads to dry skin. Adding moisture to your home or work areas with a portable humidifier can make a significant difference in treating your eczema and helping prevent flare-ups.
  4. Apply cool, wet compresses. Cover the infected area with bandages to help sooth itching. And covering it with bandages will keep you from scratching.
  5. Talk to a dermatologist. Expert advice based on your specific needs will help you have the right medications and plan of action at hand when flare-ups occur. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation.
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Regular Body Checks go a Long Way to Catching Skin Cancer Early

If you or a family member has a history of skin cancer, you are well acquainted with a regular body check done by a professional – a head-to-toe examination in search of suspicious moles or other spots that could indicateother areas of concern. The healthcare provider will examine all areas of your body, including your scalp, face,neck, chest, abdomen, back, buttocks, and extremities. He or she will also check between your fingers andtoes, behind your ears, and possibly inside your lips. This is a painless exam without needles or lab tests. And while it may be a little embarrassing to expose so much of your body, it truly can save your life.

It’s a good idea, though, for everyone to do regular self checks so you can note if anything changes over time.What are you looking for?

  • New spots not seen during your last exam
  • Raised spots, especially if abnormal in color
  • Dry scaly areas
  • Spots that are asymmetrical and with an irregular edge
  • Moles that itch or tingle
  • Moles that weep or bleed

And, if you fall into one of these categories, even without a history of skin cancer, it’s probably best to let a professional take a look.

  • Fair skin or other skin that burns easily
  • Blue or Green eyes
  • Blond or Red hair
  • Many moles

Windsor Dermatology is available for body checks. Call today to schedule your consultation

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What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is quickly becoming the most popular in-office facial treatments. It has become the go-to facial for everyone from Hollywood celebrities to your Facebook friends because it can address the most common skincare concerns like dryness, acne and signs of aging with little to no side effects.

The HydraFacial is a medical-grade resurfacing treatment that clears out your pores and hydrates your skin. The three-step treatment includes cleanse and peel, extract and hydrate, and fuse and protect.

The HydraFacial treatment starts with cleansing by removing the dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, a mix of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to the skin to break up any dirt that’s clogging pores. Then, the HydraPeel Tip is used to vacuum out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.

A HyraFacial treatment can improve your skin in a myriad of ways. Its many benefits include a more hydrated, bright, plump, and clear complexion. One of the many reasons why the HydraFacial is so popular is because there are minimal side effects, and essentially no downtime post-treatment.

One of the HydraFacial’s biggest draws is that the treatment is suitable for virtually any age and skin type — save for a few exceptions. So it’s always best to talk to your dermatologist. Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.

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Can Hair Loss be reversed with my own plasma?

While bald looks good on Dwayne Johnson and Michael Jordan, it’s not the look every man wants. Most male-pattern baldness historically has been viewed as a symptom of getting older without much opportunity to reverse it. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), however, is a relatively new approach, and there is scientific evidence to suggest that it can promote hair growth.

For hair loss, PRP is injected into the patient’s scalp, helping to stimulate the hair follicle to aid in hair regrowth with minimal discomfort. The treatment course consists of multiple treatments over a 6 month period with the potential for a booster treatment yearly. Typically improvement can be seen after the first treatment and can continue to improve throughout the course of therapy. The overall effects can last for more than a year. Talk to the doctors at Windsor Dermatology about how platelet-rich plasma therapy might be right for you.

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Son of Holocaust Survivors Releases New Book About His Parents’ Account Living Through the Gruesome Genocide


Dr. Jerry Bagel learned how to count by the numbers on his parents’ arms. He grew up listening to the traumatic stories that his father, Sam, and mother, Helen, endured during the Holocaust. “The Numbers on My Parents’ Arms” reveals the resilience that his parents embodied and how they never stopped pursuing their dreams regardless of what they went through.

Bagel vividly captures his parents’ story of survival, focusing on the historical and educational aspects of the Holocaust that will captivate readers. Even though his parents went through hell and back, they resurrected themselves to a new life filled with family, happiness and thankfulness. The book provides research that the author conducted with testimonies and memoirs from other survivors who were in the same place at the same time as his parents.

“I wrote the book to illustrate the personal account about my parents’ experience during the Holocaust,” said Bagel. “I wanted to show readers my parents’ day-to-day experiences and the raw truth of what they endured.”

From his father’s mantra “I will survive another day” to his mother’s attempted suicide by refusing to work for six weeks in Auschwitz, Bagel educates individuals on the personal journeys that Holocaust survivors experienced and captures the lives of those who were perished

“The Numbers on My Parents’ Arms” is a brutally honest depiction that encompasses the historical, personal and geographical elements of a time that will never be forgotten.

“The Numbers on My Parents’ Arms”
By Jerry Bagel

ISBN: 9781532079689 (softcover); 9781532079696 (hardcover); 9781532079672 (eBook)
Available at the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse Online Bookstore

About the author
Author Jerry Bagel, the son of Sam and Helen Bagel grew up on a chicken farm in East Windsor, New Jersey. Recognizant that his holocaust survivor parents were different than his Jewish and non-Jewish friends’ parents. He attended the Hightstown school system from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Upon completion of his Dermatology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City in 1985, he returned home to East Windsor to open his dermatology practice. He is deeply appreciative of his parent’s strength and support. “The Numbers on My Parents’ Arms” is Bagel’s introduction into the world of writing.


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The Power of Botox Isn’t Just Skin Deep

When you hear the term “Botox,” you probably envision middle-aged men and women being injected with needles to minimize their wrinkles. While it does offer incredible cosmetic results, its power goes much deeper than your skin. Here are some of the top non-cosmetic ways this treatment can improve your life.

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Show Your Skin a Little Love

It’s not uncommon for skin to become irritated, inflamed and susceptible to breakouts. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that more than 50 million Americans suffer from acne annually.  Whether you deal with breakouts regularly or you have eczema or other common conditions, it’s important to combat the problem by avoiding irritants. Here are a few suggestions for how to repair your skin with love.

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Romantic young couple in love, hugging on the street on valentine day

Keep Your Skin Kissable on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means many people are planning romantic getaways and dietary indulgences they wouldn’t normally participate in. As fun as it can be to spritz on perfume and enjoy a night out on the town – exposing your body to new environments and substances, can be hard on your skin. In fact, you may even suffer from hives and other allergic reactions as a result of your Valentine’s Day escapades. Here’s what you should know about common skin allergies and how you can avoid them to keep your skin kissably soft on Valentine’s Day.

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