On average it takes 15 years to qualify as a Consultant Dermatologist; a lengthy task! This includes undergrad training, Foundation Training, Medical Training and finally specialist training in Dermatology. Once completed the doctors are put on the GMC’s specialist register.
Our Consultant Dermatologist, Sharon Crichlow, splits her time working with us and in the NHS. As well as treating recognised skin diseases Dr Crichlow is able also to consult on general skin care and aesthetic treatments.
Sharon was initially drawn to aesthetic dermatology because of both her personal experience as an acne sufferer, and that of her own acne patients. Even though there are excellent treatments available for acne, Sharon found patients could be left with scarring which was hugely frustrating. Due to cost restrictions, concerns such as acne scarring, Melasma and facial broken veins are considered to be cosmetic and therefore a low priority for the NHS; Sharon yearned to be able to offer all options, both cosmetic and medical, to her patients.
When expertise counts
Combining her NHS work with her clinics at Skin to Love, Sharon is able to employ her expertise for the benefit of our patients. “I can use my experience to assess someone’s condition and make a decision on whether a condition is safe to treat cosmetically or may in fact need medical treatment or diagnostic tests to rule out skin malignancy or other skin disease”. And if a patient has a concern which crosses both the cosmetic and medical arenas e.g. rosacea, she can offer a complete treatment for them.
The Skin to Love Clinic offers a very extensive range of treatments to help a whole host of conditions. Sharon’s favourites are the Fraxel laser, Regenlite laser, dermapen, and blemish reducing creams and peels as the latter have helped her with her own skin struggles. For someone who has always had ‘problem’ skin herself, learning what products and procedures to use to make the skin the very best it can be has been a revelation that she wants to share.
Pro beauty tip
We picked Sharon’s brain- ‘What would be your best beauty tip, if you could only recommend one thing?”. The answer is not one but two: “Protect your skin by using a sunblock during the day (to prevent both skin cancer and premature ageing) and a retinoid cream at night (not for women who are pregnant or breast feeding). This doesn’t have to be an expensive option but it is something everyone can do and it will make a big difference.”
If you have a concern that would benefit from a consultation and/or treatment with Sharon, contact us to make an appointment.
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