Dermatology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes. As well as medical problems, such as acne, warts and psoriasis, the dermatologist (skin specialist) is also skilled in cosmetic dermatology, treating problems such as scars and age-related skin deterioration.
We can use topical and prescriptive medication inclusive of skin care products.
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The possible techniques used are;
Liquid nitrogen treatment of various skin lesions, including verrucae, seborrhoeic keratoses, actinic keratoses.
Removal of lesions by surgical excision and the revision of scars, both under local anaesthetic.
Reasons to remove a mole:
- Sometimes moles may be removed because they are a nuisance, rather than harmful e.g. catching on clothes and bleeding. This is a very quick and straight forward procedure with a local anaesthetic.
- Occasionally people want to have a mole removed because they consider it unsightly. If a mole is removed for cosmetic reasons it is important to consider the risk of scarring and the acceptability of the end result, before the procedure. This is especially important on the face.
Freckles are pale brown flat marks that develop on the skin in relation to sun-exposure. They are particularly common in very fair complexions, especially on the face and forearms. They are often seen in childhood. Freckles tend to be more prominent in the summer and may fade in winter. Freckles cannot become malignant themselves, but they are a warning of excess sun exposure and individuals with a tendency to freckle need to be extra-careful about sun-protection.
Intralesional injections for various conditions, including scars.