The area of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the skin, hair and nails is known as dermatology. Based in Kent, Sevenoaks Medical Centre provides dermatology services to both diagnose and treat people outside of London with a range of skin-related diseases and conditions.
Our skilled consultant dermatologists at Sevenoaks Medical Centre cover conditions, such as eczema, acne and psoriasis, as well as freckles, warts and moles. We also offer cosmetic dermatology for skin lesions and skin conditions caused by age-related deterioration.
The wide range of effective dermatology treatments we provide access to at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, includes:
- Surgical excisions – a method of surgery performed to remove or cut out skin tissue, such as lesions
- Cryosurgery – an effective form of treatment using liquid nitrogen to freeze an affected area of skin. This can be used to remove lesions like warts, such as verrucaes, seborrhoeic keratosis (warty spots) or actinic keratoses (dry, scaly skin).
- Intralesional steroid therapy – a treatment using steroid injections. It can be used to treat scars and reduce their appearance
A common skin disorder and key area of dermatology that we treat at Sevenoaks Medical Centre is acne. The skin condition, which can cause serious discomfort, usually starts at puberty. Acne is often associated with changes in body hormones that take place during adolescence. However, it can continue into adult life.
Very few specialists believe diet or a food allergy can cause acne. A reaction can be related to an external agent, such as a work-related chemical or medication, but this is rare. Some patients may need a specialist to conduct an assessment, ensuring they don’t have a major hormonal problem. For women this includes polycystic ovaries.
Another key service our team of dermatologists provide at Sevenoaks Medical Centre is mole removal. Moles are groups of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. They’re usually slightly raised and brown in colour, but can be pink or flesh-coloured. Most people in Europe will have moles on their skin. Individuals can also develop new moles before they reach 25.
Most moles are entirely benign (harmless), but can become malignant or infectious. In this instance, the mole can become a malignant melanoma, which is a kind of skin cancer that can spread around the body.
If you are concerned about a skin condition that you would like treated, call Sevenoaks Medical Centre on 01732 775 800 or fill in our online appointment request form.