Many years of specialist training and accrued knowledge bring support to our patients.
A dermatologist is a doctor, who specialises in treating the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes, such as those lining your mouth, or nose.
They will have started professional life as a qualified medical practitioner, before going on to specialise in medicine, then further specialise in dermatology.
A decade can have passed by the time they reach this stage. Followed by four, or five years as a registrar, then in depth speciality exams to become an accredited dermatologist.
Success can be followed by a consultant post, although a competitive, popular field of medicine often requires more than just time and exam results.
All medical practitioners need to care about and relate to their patients but a dermatologist has extra responsibilities. They are dealing with areas which affect appearance, confidence, relationships.
Medical & Cosmetic Needs
Cosmetic care is not about vanity, how we feel about ourselves and appear to others are key building blocks in life. Improving how a patient looks is as much a medical concern as the condition they have.
A dermatologist might be asked to reduce wrinkles, or age spots, or to treat acne, or leg ulcers. The latter two are essentially a medical concern but a good consultant will give the same focus to aesthetic outcome.
Modern laser treatment can be used on skin blemishes, or unsightly veins, or to cure forms of skin cancer. In all cases, the cosmetic result should be a primary concern.
Preservation of health, or at times life is a priority but the finest consultant dermatology does not separate medical and aesthetic needs. They are a duality given to us by nature.
Caring Across Society
Dermatologists see patients of all skin types and ages. Paediatric dermatology is an important part of the work at our London clinics, although so is caring for those in the later stages of life.
Other medical sectors can require dermatological support, from burns units, to organ transplant surgery. Life saving medicines which prevent organ rejection can affect the immune system, heightening, or triggering skin conditions.
Not that any patients concerns are regarded as less important, including those which might be considered cosmetic. Helping change the way a person looks can revolutionise their life.
Accurate diagnosis after years of being unsure could bring a similar result, along with prevention of problems. Services we offer such as patch testing, or skin cancer screening are important to dermatology.
Skin Care Network Dermatologists
Our clinics have wonderful, dedicated staff we still call nurses, who are highly skilled in dermatology care but we don’t have different levels of dermatologist.
Every consultant you see will be a leading London dermatologist. With significant experience and high level recognition on specialist areas, such as Mohs surgery, laser surgery, autoimmune conditions, cellular pathology.
They will also be with us because they support our ethos. Every patient, whatever their medical, or cosmetic concerns, should be treated as the unique person they are.
That starts with listening to them, understanding how they feel and the needs they have. Preventative care, such as mole mapping, or diagnostic and treatment skills work best when shared, not simply provided.
If you feel a friendly, open approach and fine medical skills make sense together, we hope you will take the time to visit our consultants.