We understand that many skin conditions can result in anxiety or feeling self-conscious, which is why the expert dermatological consultants aim to diagnose and treat you as quickly as possible.
During the initial consultation, your specialist will learn about and evaluate your symptoms and medical history to get a clear understanding of your possible condition and to determine the best course of treatment.
Depending on your condition and severity of symptoms, your consultant may request further tests be carried out to assess your potential situation in more detail. For a variety of conditions, diagnosis and treatment will be offered at the same appointment wherever possible.
The dermatology speciality is not a major surgery speciality. Therefore, the majority of care is provided in outpatients, with most diagnosis and examinations carried out in the same room. We offer all minor surgical procedures in our dedicated outpatient treatment rooms, which allow patients a seamless and prompt treatment journey.
For common skin conditions such as eczema and acne, further investigative tests are rare. Usually, your Dermatologist will provide specialist advice and possibly write you a prescription before arranging a follow-up appointment in a few weeks.
For concerning moles or lesions, the Dermatologist will carry out a thorough examination of the affected area. They will use a dermoscope, which is a specialist dermatological microscope, to examine the lesion or mole as well as examining the rest of your body to ensure there are no other lesions that need attention.
Upon this examination, the consultant may request biopsies, blood tests or skin samples be taken. Most of the following tests can be booked within a couple of weeks:
- Biopsy - a tissue sample is taken from the lesion or mole to examine it more closely for the presence or extent of disease.
- Skin samples - Samples of your skin are examined under a microscope to look for skin cancer, skin infections or skin disorders.
Once the tests have been completed and the results are ready, you’ll attend a follow-up appointment or have a phone call to discuss the results and determine the best form of treatment for you. If no further treatment is required, your consultant will write to you with a discharge letter.
In the situation that your biopsy results confirm that you have a form of skin cancer, your Dermatologist will discuss the next steps and determine a comprehensive treatment plan for you.