Now that the warmer weather is here we’re all anticipating the sunshine. Many of us are also thinking about the summer holiday and preparing to look our best on the beach. However, it’s important to enjoy the sun safely, and it’s vital to make sure our skin is protected and healthy.
Let’s be honest: we’ve all stayed out in the sun too long from time to time, or neglected to reapply sun lotion now and then, but these little mistakes could do more damage than you think. Here at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we care about your skin – and its health. That’s why we offer a wide range of checkups and cosmetic treatments in the clinic to help protect the health of your skin.
We all know by now that the sun can have some truly devastating effects on the skin; not only can it produce premature signs of skin ageing and damage such as sun spots and the development of freckles, but it can also cause serious skin conditions such as melanoma. It is important that you check your moles for changes regularly; change in size and darkening in colour are two main factors to keep and eye out for. If you do notice a difference in any of your moles it’s vital you seek professional advice right away. Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic offers a mole examination service to help you; we have a dedicated team of experienced and qualified cosmetic professionals and skin experts including cosmetic doctors and dermatologists, all with a background in skin health.
So why get checked out? It’s important that you seek a professional opinion as soon as you see a change in a mole, firstly to give yourself piece of mind – it may not be anything serious which can put your mind at rest – and secondly to get treatment as soon as possible if there is a problem. A full body check-up and biopsy may be advised during your consultation. If your mole is indeed considered harmful to your health, then removing the mole in a safe and fast way may be fundamental to preserving yours and your skin’s health. The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic experts can talk you through the process, and will advise you on the best course of action to maintain your skin health in the short, medium, and long term.
Dealing with skin cancer
Some forms of skin cancer can be treated with the help of PDT or Photodynamic Therapy. PDT harnesses the technology of the chemical interaction between light and light-activated drug, which leads to a series of chemical reactions. This chemical reaction causes the damage and adventurously death of diseased cells (precancerous cells). The great thing about PDT is that it’s highly effective; due to the nature of therapy only the diseased cells are targeted meaning the healthy skin cells are left untouched. This results lower the chance of scars forming and offer a more aesthetically pleasing result. More advanced skin cancer will require different treatment, so booking a consultation with the clinic is vital to gaining the best advice in getting treated.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic also provide treatment for other skin issues such as skin tags, various forms of age spots, papilloma and even some forms of cyst (e.g. acne cysts and epidermoid cysts). There are various forms of treatment that Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic offer for these conditions including cryotherapy and snip cautery. Again, a consultation is the best course of action.
When treating your skin for issues such as precancerous moles, age spots, warts, and various forms of cysts, it is vital that you seek treatment with the right professional. Here at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we have a dedicated team of fully qualified and experienced cosmetic professionals with a background in dermatology. This is a very important when treating skin issues such as the ones mentioned above, as they can not only affect a patient’s feelings towards their appearance but also their general health. Seeking the help of professionals with a wealth of knowledge in dermatology is always strongly suggested as they understand the skin at a much deeper level.
Dr. Mark Hudson-Peacock is the Consultant Dermatologist at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic who has a special interest in precancerous mole removal amongst other skin conditions. He had this to say about preserving skin health.
“Obviously the best piece of advice you can be given when it comes to your skin’s health is to protect it from the harmful UVB rays of the sun. Sun protection should be worn everyday year round – especially on the face – as damaging rays can penetrate through clouds as well as clear, sunny skies. However, we know that some of us have already caused damage to the skin well before we knew the full extent of the harm the sun can cause. If you see a change in a mole then seek professional help right away; it will give you peace of mind and if it is bad news then you can treat the condition earlier and prevent further damage.”
If you are concerned about a mole or would like more information on any other of the skin conditions talked about in this article then book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today. Our services are available Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent, and of course we invite patients from across the rest of Britain too.