At The Devonshire Clinic in London we offer expertise in both medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. We can reassure our patients that we have expertise in treating skin disease as well as appreciating the importance of a good cosmetic outcome.
(Surgical mole removal)
WHAT IS MEDICAL DERMATOLOGY?
Medical dermatology focuses on chronic and acute skin conditions and diseases, such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and skin cancer. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, as many as one in four people suffer from a skin condition that could be helped by a dermatologist.
In many cases, a medical dermatologist is consulted only when there is a persistent problem that has not responded to over the counter treatments or medication prescribed by their GP.
However, our role at The Devonshire Clinic is not just to treat skin diseases. We also help prevent skin problems and promote good skin health through a range of services such as mole clinics and skin cancer screening, and we offer lifestyle advice on issues such as sun protection, sun bed use and skin care.
HOW ARE MEDICAL DERMATOLOGISTS TRAINED?
All the consultants at The Devonshire Clinic are fully qualified medical dermatologists with many years’ experience in busy London teaching hospitals as well as holding academic university appointments.
Dr Conal Perrett and his colleagues have trained for around 12-15 years in total, including 5-6 years at medical school, 2-5 years in general medicine/surgery and at least 4 years undergoing specialist training in dermatology. Some of the team have also undertaken periods of specialised research leading to a higher degree such as a PhD.
We are Members of the Royal College of Physicians and also hold membership of The British Association of Dermatologists, The British Society for Dermatologic Surgery, The British Society for Investigative Dermatology and The Royal Society of Medicine.
MEDICAL DERMATOLOGY AND COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Medical dermatology differs from cosmetic or aesthetic dermatology in that it intends to diagnose and treat disease, rather than improving physical appearance only.
For example, a dermatologist may remove a mole because it is cancerous or potentially cancerous, whereas sometimes patients request removal of a harmless mole because its appearance bothers them. At The Devonshire Clinic we do both, medical and cosmetic dermatology, responding to different patients’ needs in different circumstances.
There is a large crossover between the two fields, particularly where skin conditions such as acne or rosacea cause scarring or disfigurement. In these cases, we consider the cosmetic results at every stage of medical treatment.
WHAT DOES MEDICAL DERMATOLOGY COVER?
Medical dermatology is a specialised field that covers the 2000 plus different diseases and conditions that affect the skin. These range from simple acne that just affects the face to complex autoimmune diseases that impact on the skin all over the body.
Our key role as medical dermatologists is to identify the precise nature of the problem and to formulate the most appropriate treatment plan for individual patients.
OUR CONSULTANT MEDICAL DERMATOLOGISTS ARE THE BEST IN LONDON
Dermatology treatments range from topical creams and ointments to surgical solutions. At The Devonshire Clinic we have access to the latest state of the art technologies such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), lasers, Mohs micrographic surgery and photodynamic therapy. We can also prescribe medications that have been approved for use in the UK but that are not accepted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), because they are not cost-effective for the National Health Service (NHS).
Dr Perrett and his colleagues also consider the emotional, social and psychological aspects of skin diseases, particularly when the condition affects the more visible areas of our bodies such as the face and neck. As well as providing empathy and understanding we can also offer practical solutions such as skin care and concealing products.