What is dermatology?
Skin Specialist Heatherwood: Dermatology is a discipline of medicine that deals with skin issues. A dermatologist is a medical professional who treats disorders of the skin, hair, and nails, as well as some aesthetic issues and can be found in a clinic or hospital.
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who has gone on to specialise in medicine and then subspecialise in dermatology in the United Kingdom. The policy to become a dermatologist is usually the following:
Five years of medical school to get an MBBS, MBBCh, MB, or BChir degree
Rotations in diverse disciplines for two years as a basis
Two to three years of general medicine training is required to get a higher degree in medicine and membership in the Royal College of Physicians.
After passing the MRCP test, apply to become a Specialty Registrar (StR) in Dermatology and complete four years of dermatology training.
Passing the dermatological Specialty Certificate Examination before the completion of training
After completing the four-year training programme, the doctor is certified as a dermatologist and is eligible to apply for a consultant hospital position as a dermatologist.
What is the difference between a skin specialist and a dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a physician/doctor/consultant who specialises in identifying, diagnosing, and treating diseases or disorders of the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist is also known as a skin specialist and patients can find them in a clinic, hospital, NHS trust or doctor’s surgery, either private or on the NHS.
A dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in the skin care department, as well as the disorders and diseases of the scalp, hair, and nails. Dermatologists are specialists who specialise in the physiology and pathology of the skin. A dermatologist, often known as a skin specialist, is a physician who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of problems or diseases of the skin and integument. As a result, a dermatologist and a skin specialist are interchangeable. In the world of medicine, dermatologist is a more official term than skin expert.
What conditions can a skin specialist treat in Heatherwood?
The treatments that a skin specialist can provide may vary from doctor to doctor. Being skilled in a number of skin treatments, as well as the ability to perform minor surgery, I can offer treatments to many different conditions. Below are some of the dermatology treatment services I offer at my clinic in Heatherwood:
Rosacea – Rosacea affects a high percentage of the individuals I see. This is a long-term illness that has a significant psychological impact. Background redness (affecting the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin) is the most prevalent symptom of Rosacea, although some individuals also have spots/bumps in the centre of the face. Ongoing inflammation can cause face oedema and a dry sensation. People with rosacea may experience burning, stinging, and flushing.
Rosacea is more difficult to identify in skin of colour (SOC) or intensely pigmented skin because the well-known signs of ‘flushing’ or’redness’ appear differently in pigmented skin. Some of the signs and symptoms are quite similar.
The underlying causes of rosacea are unknown. Immune dysregulation, neurovascular abnormalities, microbial imbalance, and genetics are all possible factors. UV exposure, emotional stress, hot weather, wind, intense physical exercise and alcohol consumption are just some things that were all identified as triggers in a study by the National Rosacea Society. The sympathetic nervous system reaction (i.e. preparing the body for ‘fight or flight’) is suggested to play a role in inducing or aggravating face flushing.
Hair Loss – Hair is a significant part of our identity and has long been associated with health, wealth, and fertility. So, what occurs when a person’s hair starts to fall out? With so much emphasis on appearance, hair loss will undoubtedly be psychologically upsetting for some people. Hair loss is a prevalent problem that dermatologists see, and it has psychological, emotional, and social ramifications.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, it’s a good idea to see a doctor who is familiar with the issue. This should ideally be a dermatologist or a general practitioner. To rule out other frequent reasons of hair loss, you may need to have some simple blood tests. All of the conditions listed above have treatment options that can either reduce or stop progression or support regrowth.
Aside from medical treatments for hair loss, developing skills to deal with living with a hair loss diagnosis is critical, especially because hair loss has such a psychological impact on people. Hair loss is a medical ailment, but it can also affect a person’s mental well-being. Because the disease might endure for a long time and develop into a chronic condition, the better prepared you are to deal with the physical symptoms, the less negative influence it will have on your life.
Acne – Acne is caused by an excessive amount of oil (sebum) in the skin, bacteria that causes acne on the skin and pore-clogging.
Hormonal changes, particularly around the adolescent years, can exacerbate acne.
Please don’t let anyone make light of your skin problem. Speak out and request to be seen by a professional. The severity of your skin issue isn’t always proportionate to how you feel; mild acne, for example, can be just as debilitating for some people as severe acne. In psychodermatology, we are educated to cope with situations like this. Psychological well-being is just as vital as bodily well-being.
Because acne might be misdiagnosed as other disorders (such as rosacea or perioral dermatitis), the first step is to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Acne is typically a relatively manageable condition; the best way is to begin effective treatment as soon as possible to minimise long-term skin abnormalities (such as scarring) and psychological discomfort (e.g. social anxiety or lack of self-confidence). When people with acne and emotional problems get their skin treated, they frequently notice a difference. It’s also a good idea to tell your doctor or dermatologist how you’re feeling so that these problems can be identified early.
Psychodermatology – I treat the mind and skin together as a consultant dermatologist with a special interest in psychodermatology. Not only do I notice improvements in my patients’ skin issues, but I also hear from them that they are happier.
My patients have many different diagnoses, some of which are:
Chronic skin illness has a psychological consequence (e.g. low self-esteem/body confidence, anxiety, and depression)
Stress has an effect on skin issues (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, urticaria)
Itching that doesn’t go away
Infestations that don’t go away
Skin problems and pain in the genital area
Hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting are all behaviours that people engage in.
Body dysmorphia and body image difficulties
When addressing a person with a skin disease, psychodermatology is the branch of dermatology that considers both the psyche and the skin. As a dermatologist, I am understand that my patients are more likely to go through poor psychological health, including feelings of embarrassment, depression, anxiety, body image difficulties, and social isolation. These emotions can then affect their skin, creating a vicious cycle. We recognise this link in psychodermatology and treat not just the skin problem but also the psychological impact.
For example, someone with acne may be afraid of being in a social situation because of their skin, so in addition to treating their acne, I will cover ways for overcoming these anxieties and empowering them to accomplish what they want. I also examine the individual as a whole; we discuss their lifestyle, skincare routines, work/study environment, and relationships in depth. Few people are aware of how sensitive their skin is to various lifestyle choices.
Skin Cancer – Skin cancer is the most frequent cancer in the world, and the rates are continuing to climb. Skin tumours, unsurprisingly, account for a substantial amount of my time at my Heatherwood clinic. I manage simple and difficult skin malignancies for my patients as part of a multidisciplinary cancer team. The majority of skin malignancies respond well to treatment and benefit from early detection and treatment.
As a specialist in skin cancer, I diagnose and provide care for the following forms of cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma (sometimes known as ‘rodent’ skin cancer) is a type of skin cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancers that are uncommon (for example, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and Merkel cell carcinoma)
As part of mole monitoring, I also provide mole checks and photos for both adults and children.
Minor Surgery – I am qualified to do minor skin surgery in children and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions (including skin cancer) and other skin diseases. In this area, my performance data shows that I meet the required ‘gold standards’ in UK practise.
Among the operations I perform on a regular basis are:
Biopsy of the skin and scalp
Skin lesions are removed.
For keloid scarring and hair loss diseases, intralesional steroid injections are used.
Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating under your arms.
Cryotherapy is used to treat skin lesions (e.g. warts, verrucas)
Skin Care – Skin is an amazing organ that can maintain and repair itself, and the right skincare can help to support and even increase these abilities. Although medical treatment for skin disorders is critical, it can be supplemented with specific health products. You could also be someone who doesn’t have a skin diagnosis but wants to update their skincare to meet their current demands (e.g. tackling pigmentation, dryness, or oily skin).
We’ll talk about your skin condition, goals, and values throughout your appointment. I’ll create a custom plan and make product recommendations based on your requirements. You can then order my recommended skincare products from my colleagues at GetHarley with great delivery services which you can choose when to have them delivered right to your home.
Where can I find a mole clinic in Heatherwood?
You can find me at a few locations, I do not just offer my services in Heatherwood. I provide consultant services for private patients in the dermatology department at the Bridge Clinic, Maidenhead; Circle Reading Hospital, Wexham Park, Frimley Park Hospital, Heatherwood, and Barts Health NHS Trust London.
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