Skin problems can vary in seriousness from being medically dangerous to causing minor cosmetic annoyance, but what unites them all is the negative impact they can have on patients’ lives. Here at Euromed, all number of skin conditions can be diagnosed and treated. No matter the issue, however big or small, Dr Irena has the expertise necessary to offer the most knowledgeable advice and effective care possible.
What skin treatments are available?
Dermoscopy Mole Evaluation
Dermoscopy is a technique used in dermatology to examine the appearance of the skin in order to determine if there are any irregularities. Although useful for the diagnosis of many skin conditions, Dermoscopy is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of melanoma (skin cancer) through the examination of moles. Using a handheld device that combines strong magnification and good lighting, Dr Irena can get the best view possible of your mole. The dermascope allows Dr Irena to see the diagnostic details as structures, color, shape and irregularities that lay under the surface of the skin that are normally invisible to the naked eye. After an accurate mole mapping is produced, Dr Irena can then detect any changes in the moles and quickly pass on any worrying signs onto the next stage of diagnosis, a biopsy or excision with histopatology
Actinic Keratosis describes the dry and unsightly patches of erythema and scaling on pre dominantly sun exposed skin usually in middle aged and elderly individuals due to prolonged sun exposure. AKs are widely considered to be premalignant lesion with low individual potential for malignancy. Although generally harmless, there is a small risk that these patches could develop into a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma and so it is important to consult Dr Irena if you feel you may be at risk. If you are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your Actinic Keratosis, there are a number of treatment options available here at Euromed to help. They include:
- Cryotherapy, or freezing with liquid nitrogen
- Surgical removal
- Creams or gels
- Photodynamic therapy, or the use of lights and lasers to activate chemicals in creams
Seborrhoeic Keratosis (Also known as Seborrhoeic Warts)
Also known as Seborrhoeic Warts, Seborrhoeic Keratosis is the development of pigmented growths on the skin that can vary in size and shape. This skin condition is harmless and very common, with a large number of the population experiencing at least one growth throughout their lifetime. Although they do not become malignant, these growths can diminish your confidence when appearing on exposed areas such as the face, neck and hands, or when they are large in numbers. Using Cryotherapy to freeze the growths with liquid nitrogen,Electrosurgery or Curettage to scrap them off when under a local anaesthetic, Dr Irena can quickly and efficiently solve your aesthetic problems and give you the skin you have always wanted.
Viral Warts are very common and non-cancerous growths of the skin that are caused by infection of the epidermis with a DNA virus. In particular, school-aged children or those who suffer from eczema are most likely to develop this skin condition, but they can also present in adults of any age. Viral Warts come in a variety of forms and are easily diagnosed due to their characteristic appearances.Warts are spread by contacts, either directly from person to person, or indirectly via fomites left on surface.Infection via environment most commonly is through the swimming pools and communal washing areas. Although many choose not to treat their warts, some feel embarrassed by the growths and as a result lack self-confidence. With patience, determination, and the expertise of Dr Irena, there are treatment options available that can offer an effective solution:
- Topical – Wart paints work by removing the dead surface skin cells until left with healthy skin
- Cryotherapy – Usually repeated at one-two week intervals, this involves the freezing of the wart with liquid nitrogen
- Electrosurgery (Curettage) and Laser – Often used for large or resistant warts, the growth is pared away and the base burned while under local anaesthetic
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection that causes a number of small, firm, raised spots to develop on the skin. It is most common in children, however it can occur at any age and is contagious. Although it is generally harmless, Molluscum can cause discomfort and itchiness as well as looking aesthetically unpleasant. Often the spots can clear up in their own time, however treatment can be necessary if the infection spreads throughout the body and causes further discomfort or embarrassment. If you decide that treatment is the right option for you, Dr Irena is here to help. By using creams, -cryotherapy or extraction she can remove the Molluscum and return you to your full confidence.Professional removal is important in order to reduce the potential risk of scarring
Skin Tag Removal
Affecting nearly half of the population, Skin Tags are common, small, non-cancerous growths of tissue that are attached to the skin by a tiny stalk. They can occur anywhere on the body but typically appear in places where skin rubs together. Although Skin Tags pose no health threats, they can cause great discomfort when rubbing against clothes and many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. It is always a safer and more effective option to visit a professional expert in dermatology, such as Dr Irena, rather than attempting a removal at home. Options for removal include:
- Cryotherapy – A freezing technique using liquid nitrogen to remove the tag
- Electric Cauterization – The tag is burned off
- Surgical – Professional removal with a surgical scalpel performed with anaesthesia
A Keloid is an excessive production of scar tissue that can result from surgery, burns, vaccinations, acne, or even body piercings and spreads beyond the limits of the original injury. The Keloid is formed when collagen overgrows and produces a lump that is much larger than the wound itself. These exaggerated scars are shiny and reddish in colour, feel firm and rubbery to the touch, and can be painful and cause discomfort due to itchiness. Here are Euromed, there are several options available that will help to reduce the appearance of Keloids:
- Cryosurgery – When Keloids are detected early, they can be frozen to diminish their growth
- Intralesional Injections – A course of steroid injections alone or in combination with other suwill help prevent cells from producing collagen, which will in turn weaken the scar and reduce its size, itchiness and tenderness
- Lasers – The Keloid is precisely targeted with a laser, which results in a diminished appearance of the tissue with a greater match in skin tone
- Surgical removal This procedure involves cutting away at the scar tissue in order to reposition it, or change its shape
If you are affected by any of the skin conditions listed above and feel that you need some guidance on what your best treatment options are, then contact Euromed today. Dr Irena is here to offer her expert advice, and to lead you on your journey to self-confidence and beautiful skin.