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Mole checking is vital says London skin expert

Woman has her moles checked by a professional - Mole checking is essential says Sue Ibrahim the nurse consultant in dermatology from Elan Medical Clinics in central London and Essex

Mole checking is essential says Sue Ibrahim the nurse consultant in dermatology from Elan Medical Clinics in central London and Essex

Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless, but not always. If you have a certain type or large number of moles (more than 100), you are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

The ABCDE method for checking moles is very useful but if in doubt, getting them professionally assessed is vital, says Sue Ibrahim. Sue, the nurse consultant in dermatology at Elan Medical Skin Clinics, has more than 30 years’ experience of assessing and removing moles using the latest advanced radio-wave technology. Click here to read reviews from her clients.

Asymmetry

If you draw a line through the middle of a mole, the two sides will match, meaning it is symmetrical. Anything asymmetrical is a warning sign for melanoma.

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Sunburn increases risks of skin cancer

Are you aware that sunburn in childhood or adolescence can double the risk of developing melanoma, a lethal form of skin cancer in later life?

So how should you deal with sunburn if you have been burnt over the weekend? Our Dermatology Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim, explains the immediate first aid steps you need to take….

Sunburn increases risks of skin cancer in later life

1. Act quickly and get out of the sun

Cover up the affected areas and stay in the shade until your sunburn has healed. Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to breathe over the sunburnt areas.

2. Take over-the-counter pain relief

Analgesia or painkillers can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are ideal and should be continued for a period of at least 48 hours if there are no contraindications. Paracetamol will help with pain but has little effect on inflammation.

3. Cool the skin

Apply a cool compress to the skin such as a towel dampened with cool water for 15 minutes, or take a cool bath or shower. Aim to keep the temperature just below lukewarm. Make sure the shower has a gentle flow of water rather than being on full power.

If blisters are starting to develop, then a bath is preferable. Do not rub your skin with a towel, but gently pat it dry when you get out.

4. Moisturise

After a bath or shower, use an unperfumed cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeated applications of this are necessary to reduce the appearance of peeling and this may need to be continued for several weeks.

Aloe vera or soy-containing gels or lotions can be beneficial in soothing the skin. Aloe vera not only has a cooling effect on the skin but also acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Be wary of using creams or lotions that contain petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. These can either trap heat in the skin or cause local skin irritation.

5. Stay hydrated

Sunburn can encourage fluid loss through the skin. Drinking plenty of water will prevent dehydration and help your body recover. Alcohol should ideally be avoided during this time as it will make dehydration worse.

6. Leave blisters alone

Try not to pop blisters as this can lead to infection and scarring. They will settle by themselves after a few days. In the meantime, treat the skin gently.

Remember sunburn can cause long-term damage to the skin and prevention should be the key.

For further information about skin cancer and its prevention, make an appointment to see our nurse consultant in dermatology who can discuss sun-protection and mole monitoring with you in detail.

What are Xanthomas?

xanthomas are yellowish deposits of fat and cholesterol found under the skin that’s around or on the eyelids.  Xanthomas are not harmful, nor do they cause any pain, but most people do not care for the appearance of these yellow growths around the eyes and often contact us to have them removed.

Xanthomas are harmless but cosmetically unacceptable to many people

Xanthomas – How can they be removed?

Xanthomas can be removed at one of our minor surgery clinics using Plasma Soft Surgery. The procedure is normally carried out under a local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated, so the procedure is not painful but the eyes can be sore and slightly swollen for a few days following treatment. There will also be some crusting over the treated areas which can take around 7 days to subside. By 14 days, the skin has normally healed completely.

How much does Xanthoma removal cost?

You will first need a Dermatology Consultation in order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment using Plasma Soft Surgery. Depending on the number of Xanthomas present treatment costs are from around £350.

Why Elan Medical Skin Clinic?

Elan Medical Skin Clinic is a registered medical clinic, inspected by The Care Quality Commission. We have been established since November 2000 and Sue Ibrahim is well respected in the aesthetic profession due to her 30 years experience in dermatology. Over the years she has won numerous awards for her work and she was one of the first dermatology nurses to train in minor skin surgery at Guys Hospital, some 10 years ago. Why not take a look at the reviews we receive on a daily basis at Elan Medical Skin Clinics.

If you suffer from Xanthomas, contact us today!

Dermal fillers – be careful who you trust!

Exaggerated botched facial aesthetics. Dermal fillers - trust skin expert Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Dermal fillers – trust skin expert Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

You wouldn’t let a builder near your teeth or a plumber perform laser eye surgery, so why would anyone let someone unqualified and inexperienced near their face with a needle for dermal fillers?

In the UK anyone can perform dermal fillers. Yes, anyone. It makes you shudder doesn’t it? The skin expert at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh and central London knows only too well the after effects of letting unqualified beauticians carry out delicate dermal fillers. Sue Ibrahim is often called on to carry out filler reversal treatments and Botox re-treatments due to botched attempts.

Price should never be the determining factor for dermal fillers – experience and qualifications should. This is your face we are talking about: the thing that everyone looks at when they see you in person.

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Registered Ear Piercing in Rayleigh

The families in Rayleigh, Hockley, Canvey and Southend  have been coming to our clinic for ear piercing for the past 20 years. Why? Because we only ever pierce with 9ct Gold earrings and we are a registered medical clinic. 

We always stock a wide range of 9ct yellow gold and white gold studs at our clinic in Rayleigh. We are happy to pierce children under the age of 18 providing they are accompanied by a parent. We cannot accept letters from parents I’m afraid, as the parent will need to sign the consent form.

There is no evidence behind the claims that ear piercing can help in the treatment of migraines.

There has been a of interest in ear cartilage piercing as a treatment for migraine. As elan Medical Skin clinic is registered medical clinic and there is no evidence that ear piercing works for the treatment of migraines, we do not offer this procedure. The Migraine Trust confirms this in a recent blog post. However, there is a lot of evidence behind Botox treatment for migraine sufferers.

Registered ear piercing in Rayleigh

We are also able to repair torn earlobes from previous piercings.

Torn ear lobes can occur if the earrings worn are too heavy, or have been pulled to hard. They also occur more frequently when ears are pierced too low down the ear lobe.
At our clinic in Rayleigh High Street, we can surgical repair these torn ear lobed at one of our weekly minor surgery clinics. The procedure takes around 45 minutes. You will leave the clinic with some tiny sutures in the ear and you will need to return to the clinic in Rayleigh approximately two weeks later to have your sutures removed.

Torn ear lobe repair

Once the ear lobe has been repaired, you are advised to leave it a year before having your ear pierced over the site of the scar. Although you can have your ear pierced adjacent to the scar within weeks of surgery. Most people return to the clinic in Rayleigh around six weeks following surgery to have their ear re-pierced.
If you would like your ears-pierced professionally, in a proper clinic environment or you have an ear-lobe tear that you would like repaired, then just give our clinic in Rayleigh a call on 01268 770660 or Contact Us via the website.

Irritated Skin? We have the answer.

Irritated skin can be an absolute nightmare. It can prevent you from sleeping at night; it can drive you mad during the day. A red, spotty rash doesn’t look too good either.

So what can cause irritated skin?

Irritated skin can be a nightmare

One of the most common causes of an irritated skin is an allergy on an intolerance to a product, chemical or fabric. The most highly irritating substances can be fragrances, preservatives, detergents, solvents and other industrial chemicals.

Fabrics that can cause skin rashes are latex, rubber, lycra or elastane and even nylon. Metals such as the nikel found in buckles, buttons, watch straps and cheap jewellry can also cause an allergic reaction.

Insect bites and stings as well as other parasite infestations like scabies, cat and dog fleas can also cause allergic reactions.

If you suffer from eczema, any of the above can exacerbate  the condition.

The more you scratch, the more you will itch

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we can quickly find out what is causing your irritated skin and provide you with effective treatment to alleviate your discomfort within a short while. Our dermatology clinics in Essex and London are easily accessible and our Skin Expert, Sue Ibrahim, has over 30 years experience in dermatology.

So if you need help to diagnose and treat your skin rash, then book a dermatology consultation today. You can even read our clinic reviews and book your consultation online via our Online Booking Portal.

The Unsafe, Unregulated Cosmetic Industry

Having worked within the field of cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic injectable treatments for almost twenty years, our medical director, Sue Ibrahim is seeing a sharp increase in the number of botched cosmetic procedures that are being carried out by beauticians, who claim to be ‘qualified’ in Botox and skin fillers.

Let us not forget that Botox is a prescription only medication that can only be prescribed by doctors and nurses with an additional prescribing qualification. This begs the question as to how these beauticians are getting hold of Botox in the first place?

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we only prescribe medications following a full consultation, including a clinical assessment, diagnoses and discussion of treatment options available, including no treatment at all. We assess the psychological as well as the physical needs of the people in our care. In short, we believe that these treatments are medical procedures not just a beauty treatment.

With a Dermatology Nurse Consultant you know your face is in a safe pair of hands.

With a Dermatology Nurse Consultant you know your face is in a safe pair of hands.

In the UK, all doctors must be registered with The General Medical Council and all nurses must be registered with The Nursing and Midwifery Council. As healthcare professionals we are fully accountable to these bodies, which means that if we act inappropriately we risk being ‘struck off’, no longer able to practice. All registered doctors and nurses must, by Law, hold indemnity insurance for the procedure they carry out. They must also provide evidence to their regulatory bodies that they receive on-going professional development.

Beauticians have no regulatory body, they are accountable to no one. They often work un-insured in non-clinical environments. Beauticians do not have the medical background to carry out medical consultations and clinical assessments prior to treatment. In many cases, treatments are undertaken without any discussion of the complications than can occur following treatment and what is worse is that, very often, the beautician is not even aware of the harm that can be caused if products are injected incorrectly.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we have an extremely low complication rates but we are constantly updating our medical skills so that if a complication does occur, we recognise it instantly and can prescribe and administer effective remedies instantly. Beauticians can be taught to recognise complications when they occur but they are unable to prescribe and treat these complications. This inevitably causes a delay in remedial treatment, leaving the client, YOU, at risk of further damage.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission and Sue Ibrahim is also registered with The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses and a regular contributor to The Safetyinbeauty Campaign.

You only have one face, one body, so please think very carefully when choosing where and who to go to for your next cosmetic treatment. And remember, good treatments are never cheap and cheap treatments are never good.

 

 

Book your laser hair removal appointment with Amy from April

Elan Medical Skin Clinic's aesthetic therapist, Amy is pictured with her new baby boy, Charlie

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s aesthetic therapist, Amy (pictured with Charlie when he was tiny) is returning in April

Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh and central London is delighted to announce that Amy, our aesthetic therapist will be returning from maternity leave in April. So get in quick before her book fills up!

Amy is an experienced aesthetic therapist and her fields of expertise are:

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London skin expert puts the spotlight on keloid and hypertrophic scars

A lovely young woman smiling. Do you have scars that bother you? Speak to Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex

Do you have scars that bother you? Speak to Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex

Scarring of the skin can cause considerable upset and embarrassment. At Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex, our nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim, has more than 30 years’ experience in dealing with skin conditions. If you have a scar that causes you to feel unhappy and embarrassed about your appearance, please contact us today.

When a wound heals, it leaves a scar. A keloid is a special type of scar that grows too much and can even become larger than the original wound. Most people never get keloids and others get them after the most minor of injuries. Keloids look like exaggerated scars: they are raised above the skin around them and they are sometimes domed in shape.

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Doctors advise, patients decide

During consultations at Elan Medical Clinic we are often asked by our patients “What would you do if you were me?” The answer to this question presents us with a dilemma: Doctors advise, patients decide.

Doctors advise, patients decide

Doctors advise, patients decide

If you are coming to see us with a medical problem the answer the answer may seem quite simple, after all you asking us to diagnose your problem and treat it. However, in Law, the duty of a doctor is to give information about the reasonable treatments available. Financial restraints may limit the available range of some treatments and a doctor is not obliged to explain the risks and benefits of all possible treatments, after all, the doctor may be unaware of all the treatments that may be available. In some cases, doctors may have advise you to seek a more specialist opinion.

This is even more relevant in the case of a patient seeking a consultation for cosmetic indications. For example, consider the question “What can I do about the wrinkles around my eyes?” There are literally hundreds maybe even thousands of treatments that claim to treat wrinkles around the eyes. During a 30-45 minute consultation it would be impossible to discuss more that three treatment options, particularly as one of the options may be to do nothing at all! After all, the problem is a cosmetic concern, not a life threatening concern.

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