Consultant dermatologists understand that having something wrong with the skin can cause a huge amount of psychological distress, as well as symptoms such as pain, itching, bleeding and disfigurement.
Whilst there are many skin conditions for which there is no cure, it is still possible to dramatically improve the condition of ones skin with expert treatment under the care of a dermatology consultant. And with improvement in skin condition, comes improvement in quality of life.
Please see examples of how we can help you improve your skin condition with before and after images.
Below is a list of the conditions we commonly treat, and procedures we perform at the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic; click on each of the links to find out more about each condition and its treatment.
Botox can be administered with excellent results for excess sweating (hyperhidrosis). We also provide a cosmetic Botox service to combat the effects of aging and sun-damage.
The chance to meet with an expert dermatologist with a view to answering some important questions:
What is my diagnosis?
What can be done about the condition?
Is there a cure or not?
What happens in the consultation?
The first consultation comprises 3-4 components: the interview, examination, investigation and treatment
The interview is more like a friendly discussion during which time you will have the chance to explain all your symptoms to the doctor. The next step is an examination.
The examination may simply be a case of the doctor looking at one small part of you (e.g. in the case of a wart) or a complete skin check (e.g. in case of a mole check). In some cases, usually for more complex conditions, this may include examining other areas such as the hair, nails, mouth, genitals, organs and lymph nodes. A light, magnifying glass and dermatoscope (mini-microscope) might be used.
Investigation is not always necessary, but may include blood tests, patch tests, skin or hair scrapings, swabs or occasionally, for complex cases, a skin biopsy. Please note there is an additional cost incurred for each of these services.
Treatment often involves education in the form of an information leaflet about your condition and how to manage it. For medical skin conditions (e.g. acne, psoriasis etc.) there is often a prescription issued. Other treatments include cryotherapy, hyfrecation, cautery or skin surgery. Please note, there is sometimes an additional charge for these services. Occasionally, pre-treatment photographs will be taken.
If you are uninsured or self-funding, you can book an appointment directly by phone or email. If you have medical health insurance, you will need a referral from a General Practitioner and to obtain an authorization code from your insurance company before you can be seen or treated.
As all consultations are for individuals with different conditions, they may vary in time from only a few minutes for simple condition like viral warts, to forty minutes for more complex cases.
Our doctors are able to prescribe most medications on private prescriptions. Although we do not charge for this, as it is part of the consultation, please note that pharmacies will charge a fee for private prescriptions and charge for each medication listed. Some insurance companies do not cover these costs. We are happy to provide repeat prescriptions for some drugs without further consultation, but usually not for more than a six month period.
This involves using a very fine jet of super-cold liquid nitrogen to destroy certain lesions such as warts, skin tags or sun damage. It is not appropriate for some lesions e.g. moles. Cryotherapy is a very effective treatment, but occasionally lesions may recur or require a further freeze in the future.
Please note, cryotherapy may be subject to additional charges.
For further information on cryotherapy, please see patient information
Skin surgery falls into three main categories:
Skin biopsy – to help establish a diagnosis in more complex cases
Excision – removal of cancers or benign growths
Cosmetic – removal of benign growths or moles for relief of symptoms (i.e. itching) or cosmetic improvement.
For information on what to expect during skin surgery,
please see patient information
Please note that in addition to charges for undertaking these services, every specimen removed is sent for expert histological evaluation (i.e. examination under high powered microscope).
Using any of the treatments listed above, we can improve the cosmetic appearance of moles, freckles, sun-spots, warts, skin tags and many more lesions.
The purpose of seeing an expert in moles and skin cancer is to identify which moles are benign, which are ‘atypical’ and which might have already become cancerous.
Our doctors will assess all of your moles, with the help of a dermatoscope to identify any atypical lesions. We will offer to excise any mole about which we have concerns. For people at risk of skin cancer i.e. with a personal or family history of previous skin cancer, atypical moles or excess sun exposure, we recommend regular checks-ups. These can be undertaken at intervals of between 3 and 12 months depending on how great their risk.
Please note, that although we can be highly confident of our diagnosis at the time of consultation, there is still the chance for a benign mole to become malignant over time. If you notice any mole changing size shape or colour, it is imperative that you have it reviewed again.
Injection of cortisone directly into areas of inflammation is an excellent way to rapidly reduce redness and swelling i.e. in the treatment of spots, cysts, boils, keloid scars. The treatment is also appropriate in alopecia areata and some other immune-mediated inflammatory conditions.
We do not currently undertake any laser work at the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic, but have close links with several excellent laser suites.