Last updated 24th March 2020
All Our Clinics Are Currently Suspended
It is with a heavy heart that following government guidance our clinics are currently suspended for face-to-face consultations but continue to accept referrals and instructions. Assessments for rehabilitation and expert witness reports will be conducted via video link.
Last updated 17th March 2020
In January this year we published a blog about the importance of proper hand washing and hygiene procedures during your skin camouflage practical and scar therapy session. You can read our blog below.
Little did we know then just how important this is… effective hand washing is key to minimising the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.
We want you to know that we practice the highest standards of hand hygiene and equipment decontamination. Whether you are attending 10 Harley Street, The Broad Street Practice in Stamford or one of our clinics based at BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate, BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington or BMI Sandringham Hospital Kings Lynn, you can be assured that all necessary precautions are being taken for patients and staff to minimise the risk of contracting coronavirus.
What to do before your appointment
Please consider the latest guidance regarding signs and symptoms to look out for ahead of your appointment.
If you have recently returned from any of the counties most affected by conoravirus or if you, or a member of your immediate household are unwell and are experiencing a new and persistent cough and have a high temperature, you should not attend your appointment and must follow the latest guidance on isolation at home.
If you need to postpone please try to give us as much notice as you can. We will be happy to reschedule your session for a time when things are better. You will find details of how best to contact us on your appointment letter.
When you arrive for your appointment
When you arrive at any of our clinics you will be asked a few simple questions about recent travel and any current health concerns. You will also be asked to either wash and dry your hands thoroughly or will be offered hand sanitizer which you should spread over your hands back and front and between your fingers just as if you were washing your hands.
We look forward to a time when coronavirus is behind us all, but in the meantime, with a few simple precautions, we can continue to offer skin camouflage and scar therapy to those who need us.
Take care and best wishes,
Since 2015 we have been using silicone therapy products for scarring alongside our skin camouflage applications to try and understand how this product partnership could practically work.
Over time these products have improved, and we have evolved our own expert techniques for incorporating their use into our skin camouflage practice. Our aim was to ensure that our patients can still reap the benefits of silicone therapy for their scars without compromising the quality of their skin camouflage effect.
We are now ready to offer advice and practical guidance on the choices available within our scar management programme in conjunction with our prescribed skin camouflage regime. This is part of our clinical practice for all our patients: Military, Rehabilitation, Expert Witness Referrals, International and Clinician or Self-referring patients.
Silicone Gel Therapy - Where a scar has healed but is still in the process of maturing, silicone gel therapy is something you may wish to consider.
Silicone gel therapy has been shown to help soften and flatten raised scars, and reduce redness and discolouration associated with them. Easy to apply and suitable for use by all age groups, silicone gel therapy can be used under the skin camouflage products prescribed for you.
Topical Silicone Dermal Filler - If you have indented or recessed scars or even ‘pock marks’ on your skin (e.g. old acne or chicken pox scars) a topical silicone dermal filler may be suitable for you, whatever your gender or skin tone. This easy to apply non-invasive skin camouflage technique evens out indented scars or recessed areas creating a natural, more even skin texture.
Topical dermal filler can be used on the face or body and once applied is durable and waterproof, withstanding the rigours of a normal day or sporting activity and will stay in place until you wish to remove it (up to 36 hours). Topical dermal fillers are compatible with your prescribed skin camouflage products and cosmetic make-up.
Specialist Scar Massage - You may have been advised by your medical/healthcare practitioner to moisturise and massage your scars after your injury or surgery as it is now well accepted that this helps repair the skin and reduce scarring.
The specific scar massage technique that we advocate is a very gentle but an effective approach to scar management. The technique can be used on scars large or small, anywhere on the face and body and is equally suitable for children. Scar massage also aims to soften and flatten raised areas of scarring which not only improves comfort but can also improve the overall effect of your prescribed skin camouflage creams.
Depending on your particular needs and with guidance from us, you may be able to continue the recommended scar massage techniques yourself.
Vanessa Jane Davies: Skin Camouflage Consultant MEWI, MFHT, LCGI
Melanoma UK, Britain’s largest melanoma patient support and advocacy charity and Skin Camouflage Services, the UK’s highly respected independent provider of skin camouflage practice are delighted to announce their professional collaboration.
Melanoma UK CEO Gillian Nuttall was so moved by the plight of family friend Jon Herron after he was diagnosed with melanoma, she rallied support to create the organisation which was to become today’s Melanoma UK. Sadly, Jon died in 2008 but his legacy lives on in the mission of the charity: to raise awareness of sun safety and the risks of melanoma; 86% of melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable 1 and to provide patients diagnosed with melanoma and their families much needed information and support during difficult times. Patients, families, carers, and clinicians are at the heart of their work.
Skin Camouflage Services has been providing world class expertise in clinical skin camouflage since 2007. Led by founder Vanessa Jane Davies with 25 years in the profession, Vanessa is arguably the UK’s most experienced Skin Camouflage Consultant and Expert Witness in her field. Skin Camouflage Services provides practical skin camouflage assessment, tuition, support and where required ongoing rehabilitation to individuals affected by a huge variety of visible skin differences, including many who are living with or are recovering from melanoma.
Skin camouflage is the skilled application of highly pigmented creams and liquids to areas of skin discolouration or scaring to even out skin tones and improve the aesthetic appearance of a person’s skin. Treatment for melanoma inevitably means surgery and depending on the depth or ‘Breslow thickness’ and staging of the melanoma, surgery can be minor to very major, including wide excisions requiring skin grafts which can leave significant skin discolouration and scaring. Effective treatment is of course the most important thing, but how you feel about the way you look is also an important part of one’s recovery. By skillfully concealing skin colour differences that surgery and treatment leave, skin camouflage can help, men or women of any ethnicity, even children when they are old enough to understand.
Once the best colour match and technique has been agreed, learning how to apply skin camouflage at home enables individuals to take control and manage their own appearance. To be able to go swimming, play sport, wear short sleeve tops and shorts with confidence is an important part of recovery or just living for the moment.
Vanessa is delighted to support the work of Melanoma UK; in her practice she is acutely aware of the risks of sun exposure to already damaged skin and advocates the use of high factor sun protection to every patient she sees.
If you would like to know more about Melanoma UK you can go to their website at www.melanomauk.org.uk email email@example.com or call the help line on 0808 171 2455
If you would like to know more about Skin Camouflage Services or would like to make an appointment please go to www.skincamouflageservices.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call us 0844 504 5533
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