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Dermatology

Our private dermatology service provides consultation and treatment for a number of skin conditions.

A branch of medicine that focuses on skin conditions.

In most cases, skin conditions aren’t life-threatening, but concerns like acne and eczema can come with a lot of unwanted and frustrating side-effects – such as red, raised bumps on the skin (acne) or flaky patches of irritated skin (eczema).

For many, a visible skin condition can also be emotionally and socially debilitating – and that’s often when people choose to seek help from our skilled team of dermatologists here in Aberdeen.

Within the dermatology clinic here at BMI Albyn Hospital, we tend to get referrals for various types of rashes, including psoriasis and eczema, says our consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon. Other common reasons for referral include for a mole check – for example, if the mole has changed, or if the patient or their GP suspects skin cancer.

We provide dermoscopy for checking moles and surgery for removal of most of the mole and skin cancer as well. Using a dermatoscope – a hand-held visual aid used to examine skin lesions – our consultant can take a closer look at any of your skin concerns to ascertain whether you are suffering from anything that will require further investigations and/or treatment.

There are various types of eczema, which usually manifest during childhood. Sometimes, people grow out of it, but often in later life it can flare up again – due to external factors, such as things people come into contact with or allergies – in adulthood.

Sometimes there is no reason for the onset of eczema or why it flares up, and it can affect anyone.

For patients with eczema, we can offer patch testing, which is a type of test which is required in some patients. Skin patch testing can help ascertain if the patient has an allergy to something which has come into contact with their skin. This could be anything from perfume to jewellery or clothing.

Skin patch testing only identifies the substance that affects you when it is in contact with your skin; any dietary or inhaled allergens are not detected by a skin patch test.

We may also require blood tests for patients who need them.

We also cater for all types of acne, and we provide medical treatment at BMI Albyn Hospital, including topical preparations, oral antibiotics, isotretinoin (or Roaccutane, as it’s more commonly known).

We will assess each case, which may require looking at the skin to see if the patient needs any specialist help.

In terms of our mole check and cancer service, we can offer biopsies and photodynamic therapy. The latter treatment involves light-sensitive medicine, combined with a light source. This aims to destroy abnormal cells.

During photodynamic surgery, a light-sensitising cream is applied to the affected area of skin for around three hours. The cream, which is absorbed selectively by diseased cells, results in the accumulation of photoactive porphyrins (PAP) in these cells.

Following this, red light-emitting diodes are shone onto the treated area. This lasts for between eight to 15 minutes, and this works to activate the cream and selectively destroy dyslectic and cancerous cells.

We also provide skin surgery to remove moles or other skin lesions, including epidermoid cysts, lipomata, and skin tags.

Some people choose to leave these lesions alone, but if you would like them removing for cosmetic reasons, surgery is the only answer. It is, however, a quick and relatively straightforward operation, taking between 15 and 20 minutes.

When removing an epidermoid cyst, for example, your surgeon will make an elliptical cut over the cyst and will then cut it out.

To remove a lipoma, your surgeon will make a straight cut in the skin directly over it, freeing the lipoma from the tissues and removing it.

A skin tag can simply be numbed with local anaesthetic and then removed.

Micrographic surgery for mole removal is not offered at BMI Albyn Hospital, but it may be offered in the future, says our consultant dermatologist. This is a surgical technique which is used to treat skin cancer, during which thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and examined. This is performed until only the cancer-free tissue remains.

Consultations begin with our consultant dermatologist taking your full medical history, before understanding more about the kind of symptoms you may be experiencing as a result of your skin issue.

A bespoke treatment plan may then be offered, which can include anything from minor procedures performed within a day, or more complex surgeries where you may be required to stay overnight.

We provide proper evidence-based management, and most treatment modalities are offered at BMI hospital, but if we don’t offer them we let patients know how they can access such treatments – via referral to a different BMI Hospital, for example.

Patients visiting BMI Albyn Hospital for a dermatology consultation and subsequent treatment get seen in a timely manner, says our consultant. They can expect the highest standard of care and treatment options for the condition they come for.

The hospital has great ward facilities, too, where patients can be monitored carefully.

If you’re looking for a dermatologist in Aberdeen, BMI Albyn Hospital provides a wide range of consultant-led appointments. At a glance, here are some reasons why you might want to choose BMI Albyn Hospital for your dermatology appointment.

  • Flexible appointments and shorter waiting times – At BMI Albyn Hospital, waiting times are short and appointment times are flexible.
  • Consultant-led appointments – Your appointment will be consultant-led, and you will see the same person each time – from your consultation, right through to any treatment needed.
  • Patient satisfaction and personalised care – Albyn BMI Hospital has been awarded a 98.1% patient satisfaction score, with the results compiled by independent agency, Quality Health,
  • Remote consultations – You may have the opportunity to use a platform like Microsoft Teams to chat to a consultant from the comfort of your home.
  • A multidisciplinary clinic – Our team within dermatology offers a multidisciplinary approach to your healthcare.

Want to make an appointment with our consultant dermatologist here at BMI Albyn Hospital? Simply call our friendly team on01224 595993

Alternatively, you can use our handy online general surgery booking system.

Specialists offering Dermatology

Dr Andrew G Affleck

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB, MRCP (UK)

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Sanjaykumar M Rajpara

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon

MBBS, MD (Dermatology), MRCP, FRCP, Fellowship in Mohs surgery/skin surgery and lasers

BMI Albyn Hospital 2 more BMI The Blackheath Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Chris McDonald

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

MBChB, BDS, MFDS, FRCS (OMFS) RCS Ed

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Mr Juan de Dios Robinson

Trauma and Orthopaedics Consultant

BA (F & M), MBBS (Imperial), MRCS (Edinburgh), Dip. (SICOT), MSc Trauma Surgery (Military), MSc Surgical Sciences and Practice (Oxford), FRCS (Tr & Orth) (Edinburgh)

BMI Albyn Hospital

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