62 March 2015 NJMONTHLY.COM
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AND REJUVENATION CENTER
Dr. Joseph Fretta, president
Q: How do you
help women who suffer from chronic leg
A: Leg vein
problems are among
from burning, heaviness and pain in the
legs and feet, to sleep-disrupting restless leg
treated more than
29,000 vein patients since 1989, I have developed great
proficiency using injections and laser catheters to cauterize,
close down and eliminate problematic and unsightly varicose veins, underlying blue reticular veins and small spider
veins. This process both eliminates leg pain and banishes
cellulite. I have also applied my technical expertise to contouring bodies and refreshing faces for head-to-toe beauty.
Q: You use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to
benefit patients experiencing everything from thinning
hair and skin, to knee pain and torn ligaments. How
does this treatment work?
A: PRP injections involve spinning the patient’s
own blood to isolate beneficial growth factors. Injecting
these elements into problem areas speeds healing and
strengthens weak or damaged tissue. One of my favorite
facial treatments combines PRP injections with Smartlipo™
laser liposuction, Botox® and fillers to tighten skin and
stimulate collagen growth. Skin becomes thicker and
firmer, turning back the clock 15 years without general
anesthesia or downtime.
ATLANTIC HEALTH SYSTEM
Dr. Christine Masterson, attending obstetrician/
gynecologist, Overlook Medical Center
Q: What are the current guidelines for Pap tests to
screen for cervical cancer?
A: In 2012,
new guidelines were
established that no
yearly Pap tests for all
women. Pap testing
should begin at age
21, with co-testing for
human papillomavi-rus (HPV) performed
at age 30. If those
results and a woman’s
screening history are
normal, testing can
then be spaced out to
once every three to five years. If subsequent screenings are
normal, testing can stop altogether after age 65 or 70. In
addition, we no longer test women who have had hysterectomies for benign disease. These changes significantly
reduce the number of
performed due to false
positive test results.
More than 99 percent of cervical cancers
are due to HPV, which
is prevalent in both
men and women. So
why are we able to safely lengthen the intervals between
Pap tests? Because abnormal changes that lead to cervical
cancer take a very long time to appear. However, I strongly
recommend that women continue to have a complete
pelvic exam, at least every two years, to check for other
types of gynecological problems and conditions. Overlook
Medical Center offers comprehensive women’s health care,
with highly trained physicians and subspecialists in the full
range of ob-gyn fields.
Q: Can women reduce their risk for developing cervical cancer?
A: Exercise, adequate sleep and a healthy diet are
all important factors in maintaining overall wellness. In
terms of cervical health, smoking can make HPV act more
aggressively and is linked with cervical cancer, so quitting
is important for prevention. For people who have been
exposed to HPV, taking folic acid supplements has been
proven to help the immune system fight the viral infection.
“The Pap smear is
one of the most successful cancer screening tests available.”
—Dr. Christine Masterson
Joseph Fretta, MD.
Christine Masterson, MD.