Patient Information

NZ DermNet
DermNet NZ

Please click on relevant pages of the website for services that we provide at the clinic. One of the best sources of skin-related information is the New Zealand Dermatology Website (NZDermnet). This has been developed by a team of skin specialists and provides accurate up-to-date information about a large range of skin problems.

http://www.dermnetnz.org .

Services & Treatments

Acne Treatment

The severity of the condition influences greatly the treatment recommended for acne. If the problem is mild, cream, microdermobrasion or medication may be advised. However, in more severe cases, PDT (see below) may be more effective.

Allergy Testing

Patch tests can be used to determine the irritant of someone with a contact allergy. Alternatively, skin prick testing identifies allergens responsible for triggering symptoms of allergic diseases, for example food or drug allergies.

Skin Cancer Treatment

Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, there are effective methods of treatment available. The choice of method depends on the size of the lesion, its location, its type and whether it is a primary or recurrent lesion. Procedures include PDT (see below), surgical excision (and reconstruction if applicable) and curettage and cautery.

Facial Vessels (Facial Thread Veins)

Laser therapy can reduce the appearance of facial vessels. The amount of treatment required to reach the desired effect varies depending on the severity of the problem.

Hair Removal

Laser therapy can be used to reduce unwanted hair, both on the face and body. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works by targeting growing hair follicles, destroying the hair and preventing re-growth. The number of sessions required depends on the individual case.

Laser Treatment

An intense light is used to target irregular pigmentation or vascular lesions. The light is absorbed by bright red blood cells and melanin/pigment, which causes decomposition of unwanted cells, while leaving the healthy cells intact.

Mole Removal

The two most common procedures used for removing moles are a shave biopsy and an excision biopsy. A shave biopsy is the method used for prodruding moles, and an excision biopsy is used on flat moles or when a melanoma is suspected.

Melanoma Screening

When a mole is removed and a doctor suspects melanoma, a pathological examination can be used to determine whether or not melanoma is present. Alternatively it is possible to detect melanoma through the use of a scanner, without the use of histology.

Microdermobrasion

Tiny crystals are used to remove the surface skin layers. This treatment is ideal for eliminating fine lines and more superficial scars. The number of sessions required depend on individual cases, and treatments can be carried out at short intervals.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

An emerging new procedure used to selectively destroy unwanted cells. A photosensitising agent, oxygen and light are combined to create a photodynamic reaction. This treatment can effectively be used on the following skin conditions: skin cancer, viral warts, psoriasis and sun damage.

Pigmentation Problems

Irregular pigmentation can appear in many forms, for example: moles, lentigines (sun or liver spots) and Keratosis (elevated pigmented spots). Various treatments can be used on such problems, ranging from excisions to laser therapy.

Rosacea

In some cases rosacea can be reduced through the use of medication or creams. Alternatively, laser therapy or sclerotherapy can be effective methods of treating this common condition.

Scar Treatment

Depending on the severity of a scar, various treatments may be recommended, ranging from microdermabrasion to laser therapy.

Sclerotherapy

This is a method of treating varicose veins or spider veins, most commonly found on the leg. A harmless slerosing solution is injected through a micro-needle in to the veins. The solution displaces the blood, and causes the vein to fade from view.

Wart Treatments

Warts or verrucaes can be treated using various methods including PDT (see above), laser therapy (see above) or cryotherapy. Cryotherapy works by freezing the targeted area and is a simple and quick treatment. Which method is most effective, depends on the severity and nature of the warts being treated.