With so many choices available for patients, it can seem overwhelming to decide who can offer the best advice, the safest treatments and the most dependable outcome. Television, magazines, and other media can give misleading information to patients who are curious about the latest products and procedures.
Intense Pulsed Light
For the treatment of red thread veins, acne, unwanted hair, sun-damaged skin, photo rejuvenation, red & brown blotchy skin and age spots. Also used as an alternative to laser therapy where this has failed to work sufficiently well.
Treatments for lines and wrinkles
Treatments for localised excess sweating
Soft tissue fillers
For volume loss and to smooth out wrinkles.
Porphyrins are naturally occurring chemicals that when exposed to light glow or burn. This phenomenon has been exploited to successfully treat many different kinds of cancer.
Liquid nitrogen treatment for viral warts and other superficial blemishes.
For the accurate assessment of moles. This technique confidently diagnoses harmless skin blemishes from skin cancers including melanoma. This avoids unnecessary surgery and allows for long-term mole monitoring in those at risk from developing skin cancer, particularly melanoma.
The removal under local anaesthetic in a modern skin surgical unit of harmless but annoying skin lesions and skin cancer.
Assessment of immediate and delayed allergic reactions. RAST tests, food battery and inhalation battery screens, and patch testing.
Microsclerotherapy is a technique that enables removal of unsightly thread veins that commonly occur on the legs in women. It involves injection of a chemical known as a ‘sclerosant’ in to the vein through a tiny needle and is usually painless. Up to 20 or 30 veins can be treated in one session which lasts around 45 minutes. A course of 3 – 5 treatments is commonly required, spaced at around 4 weeks apart.
Patients are advised to mobilise normally following injection and we recommend wearing some form of compression hosiery after treatment to reduce potential bruising and swelling.
Around 80% of veins treated are permanently removed although other veins may develop as time goes on. Occasionally patients experience some discomfort after treatment and a rare complication is inflammation and ulceration of the skin overlying the treated vein.