Covid-19 update - We are delighted to welcome you to your face-to-face consultation!
As Britain marches forward with an unprecedented vaccination programme and the eventual appearance of some much-needed sunshine, we can begin to look forward to a summer that more closely resembles ‘normal’. That said, whilst we embrace that the Covid-19 risk is currently receding in the UK, it has not gone away and we must proceed towards a relaxation of precautions with care.
Your wellbeing and that of our team continues to be our priority. We would like to reassure our patients and referrers that we continue to adhere to the strictest Covid-19 precautions at all of our clinics: Ten Harley Street, London, The Broad Street Practice Stamford, our GP Practice in Harrogate and hospital locations. Our team is also encouraged to take up their vaccination offer as soon as it is available to them and those with close patient contact have regular lateral flow tests.
Covid-19 Patient Guide
You will need to complete our Covid-19 screening questionnaire sent to you by email prior to your appointment to assess any issues that may put you at greater risk or to determine whether you should possibly take a test before you attend. Please ensure you are well for you, but most importantly free of potential covid symptoms before you attend your appointment, you will be required to complete a health declaration on the day.
You should be aware of and be willing to comply with our policy regarding face coverings, hand washing and social distancing. If you have an authorised exemption from wearing a face covering, we will need you to provide evidence of this.
We are asking you to follow just a few rules to continue to keep each other safe. If you have any questions or are unsure about something, please do contact Sue Ward on
020 467 8466 who will be happy to help. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Skin Camouflage Services has a proud reputation for providing expert medical skin camouflage to those effected by visible skin differences in the UK at Ten Harley Street in London’s premier medical quarter since 2007. What you may not realise this that we have also been providing the same excellence with compassion for a host of international patients during that time.
Our international patients reach out to us for help in many ways. Whether that be self-referral, referrals by clinicians overseas familiar with our work and where treatment is Embassy funded. We know that access in medical skin camouflage is sadly lacking in so many people’s home countries. Even during this year of Covid 19 restrictions all over the world, we have continued to receive enquiries about treatment from as far away as Argentina, Los Angeles, New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, India, South Africa, Australia, and Europe to name but a few!
With Covid 19 international restrictions making it difficult to travel to London, we have been surprised by the volume of international patient enquires we have continued to receive. It occurred to us that while we have all had our lives impacted by Covid 19 this has also been a time for reflection and a time for many to focus on how we want to live when we get through this.
The skin conditions our enquirers would like help with are as varied as the countries from which they hail! They include Melasma, Vitiligo, Rosacea, Hypo and Hyper pigmentation following injury, including scarring from surgery, trauma, and burns. We also receive a high number of enquiries from those looking for help with managing their scarring following self-harm as they move forward with their lives. We know this last year of Covid 19 restrictions and anxieties has been particularly hard for many. All of these visible skin differences impact the way a person faces their world, wherever in the world…and they are all conditions we can help with.
Like to know more? We can arrange an initial, confidential video consultation to assess your skin camouflage needs. We can then begin planning the best bespoke treatment options ahead of your appointment here in the UK.
We are a wholly independent practice with world class products available which means we can select the best product and technique for your individual needs.
In addition to the more traditional skin camouflage creams and pigments we can also provide help where scarring is indented /ridged or around prosthetic margins with topical silicone dermal fillers.
We are also proud to be able to now announce that our founder and expert lead, Vanessa Jane Davies is the only Skin Camouflage Expert in the UK to be certified to provide a revolutionary, long lasting ‘second skin’ technique suitable for a number of skin conditions and injuries.
Take the first step… book your International patient appointment video consultation at 10 Harley Street London.
Guest blog by Emma Holly at Restore Therapy Clinic.
I was delighted when Vanessa Jane Davies invited me to offer Scar Therapy at Skin Camouflage Services flagship clinic at 10 Harley Street, London. It has been a challenging time to set up a new service, but we are pleased to be open for business with new clients booking in for the specialised treatments developed to promote healing and reduce discomfort.
I am a leading specialist in Scar Therapy, developing new scar massage techniques and teaching alongside my clinical practice. My specialism - Scar Therapy - is the treatment of scar tissue after an injury or surgery. Many people are unfamiliar with Scar Therapy, although routinely people are instructed to massage their scar by their consultant. Within post-operative recovery, Scar Therapy is still emerging as a way to promote better patient outcomes.
Scar tissue that forms following a surgery or a traumatic accident is different from the pre-injury tissue in its cellular structure and function. Scar tissue, fibrosis and adhesions are terms to describe the internal complications that can occur. The surface scar is the skin scarring, but underneath the fascia, muscles and ligaments can be impacted. Externally there are not always visual abnormalities on the superficial scar line to indicate a dysfunctional scar, but they may be symptomatic.
Symptoms of dysfunctional scars may include pain, sensitivity, oedema (swelling), reduction in flexibility, palpable bulky fibrous tissue and scar adhesions. Scar Tissue may be so tight, uncomfortable and restrictive the patient may not be able to complete rehabilitation exercises, their gait or movement patterns may be altered – leading to other longer-term problems. They may be dissatisfied with puckering, tightness or pain in the scar. As a therapist, creating positive improvements and reducing these symptoms is hugely rewarding.
Not everyone has a problem with their scar. The likelihood of problematic scar formation increases when a patient:
If the scar remains numb, painful or has altered sensation there may be a dislike of touch for the patient or a feeling of disconnection from that part of the body. It is our belief that a gentle approach is paramount to create the best outcomes and a positive therapeutic touch that promotes healing emotionally as well as physically.
When I have a new client booked in the first treatment includes a short discussion to understand my client’s priorities. The remainder of the appointment is spent delivering physical therapy. The 10 Harley Street basic appointment lasts around 50 minutes or for clients wanting a longer treatment to allow for more hands-on work a premium appointment is up to 1 hour 10 minutes. Single appointments are very useful to kick start come tissue changes, but often clients choose to come for a series of treatments over a number of months.
The Scar Therapy techniques that I use in the appointment feel like a gentle massage around the area impacted by the trauma. Treatment starts very gently and progresses deeper as the area softens and releases. By stimulating improvement in the health of the skin and improvement to underlying scar adhesions and fibrosis, we expect to create an observable change in symptoms presenting. The scar appearance may also improve, but this is not guaranteed.
Emma Holly has been a therapist for 27 years, she began specialising in Scar Treatment since 2015. Emma has trained therapists at the UK’s leading cancer support centres including Macmillan and Marie Curie, cancer centres based at Royal Marsden, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Christie Hospitals and also worked with Invictus Games via Help for Heroes since 2017, British Athletics elite sports, as well as trained therapists working in NHS, HCA and Spire Hospitals.
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