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.
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.
Medical Dermatology Conditions
Our Dermatology Specialists
Our team of skin specialists at our dermatology clinic in London have many years of experience in treating patients with skin conditions. We understand your issues and aim to tailor our service so that you feel comfortable and reassured. Learn more about our dermatology consultants below.
Dr Conal Perrett
& Dermatological Surgeon
Dr Conal Perrett is a leading Consultant Dermatologist & Dermatologic Surgeon practising at The Devonshire Clinic. Dr Perrett has expertise in general Dermatology and a specialist interest in skin cancer and skin surgery, utilising the most advanced high-tech equipment and techniques, including Photodynamic therapy (PDT), lasers and Mohs micrographic surgery.
Dr Jane McGregor
For over 30 years, Dr Jane McGregor has provided expert dermatological care to patients. She has expertise in photobiology, skin cancer, sun allergy and dermatology. Dr Jane McGregor is an internationally recognised specialist in her field of skin cancer and skin disease for organ transplant recipients.
Dr Ian Logan
Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon
Dr Ian Logan specialises in skin lesion diagnosis and removal, skin cancer, skin surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery and general dermatology. Dr Ian Logan has received higher specialist training after completing a fellowship in Mohs Surgery and Advanced Dermatological Surgery at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mr Colin Hopper
Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon
At University College London Hospital (UCLH) Mr Colin Hopper is a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, as well as the Programme Director for the MSc and MClin Dent program at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Mr Colin Hopper is the international authority on Photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancer, and his work has produced over 100 publications to date.
Dr Elizabeth Kulakov
Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon
Dr Elizabeth Kulakov is the Skin Cancer Lead at University College London Hospital NHS Trust. Dr Elizabeth Kulakov specialises in skin cancer, skin surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery and general dermatology.
Dr Rachel Sidwell
Dr Rachel Sidwell is a highly experienced Consultant Dermatologist. Whilst she consults on all skin issues including skin cancers and general Dermatology, she has special expertise in paediatric dermatology.
Dr Ashley Spencer
Dr Ashley Spencer is ranked first nationally for entrance into dermatology training which has earned her a place on the North London Dermatology Training Programme. Dr Ashley Spencer specialises in many treatments for skin conditions, especially skin manifestations of connective tissue disease, including lupus. As a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Association of Dermatologists and the British Society for the Study of vulval disease, Dr Ashley Spencer has access to the latest information about dermatology.
When you are faced with difficult medical choices or uncertainty and you want clarity about your diagnosis and the treatment that you will receive, then getting a second opinion from a private doctor can help put your mind at rest.
I can’t recommend this clinic highly enough. The treatment I received for my skin cancer was first classAL, London
The team at the Devonshire Clinic were excellent. From booking my appointments to every part of my treatment, I felt that I was in the very best hands.CH, London
Before visiting the clinic I had quite high expectations, but I was blown away by just how brilliant the experience was. I felt like I was the only patient in the clinic. Simply the best medical treatment.SF, London
Dr Conal Perrett and Dr Ian Logan of The Devonshire Clinic have published an important retrospective study on a rare tumour called pleomorphic dermal sarcoma in the journal Cancer Reports.
Dr Conal Perrett, Consultant Dermatologist at The Devonshire Clinic and senior author of the st[...]Read More