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THE BALD TRUTH - The Good News About PRP Treatment for Male and Female Pattern Baldness

PRP is a new and promising arena in hair growth and rejuvenation treatment. Simple and cost-effective, PRP is a feasible treatment option for androgenic alopecia, with high overall patient satisfaction. Hair loss or baldness affects up to a staggering 80% of men and 50% of women during their lifetime. Though common, the condition is the source of anxiety for many people and as such, has been linked to low self-esteem and depression. Short of a surgical hair transplant which is a fairly extreme m...

March 28, 2019

A few things you didn't know about Dr Junie Wong

It’s a safe bet that any of Skin Centre’s dermatologists would have a resume packed to the brim with impressive accomplishments. Dr Junie Wong is no exception. Joining the team in October 2018, Junie’s C.V. is overflowing with credentials; including multiple scholarships and awards, stacks of published medical journal articles, peer-reviewed research and a host of demanding clinical roles. All that said, it’s time to talk about the things you probably don’t know. Junie was born in Sing...

March 8, 2019

THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE BAD NEWS: Mohs Micrographic Surgery

If you’re up to speed with the previous chapters in Skin Centre’s 6-part blog series on Skin Cancer, then you’ve heard the bad news. You’ll know that New Zealanders can’t afford to be complacent, with an ever-increasing risk of developing a skin cancer of some sort during our lifetime. You’ll also know that we have the worst rate of melanoma in the world, with non-melanoma skin cancers: basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC); also fiercely competing for a lead...

February 8, 2019

THOUGHT YOU KNEW ENOUGH ABOUT MELANOMA?

If you live in New Zealand, there’s every chance you’ll know we have high rates of melanoma. You may even be sick of hearing about it. Unfortunately, not everyone’s listening, because our statistics are alarming. In March 2016, New Zealand was shown to overtake Australia, claiming the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. Even worse, our numbers are on the rise while Australia’s figures have been declining since 2005. We have over 200% more chance of getting melanoma than people in...

February 4, 2019

LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

Did you know that 20,000 more New Zealanders will develop non-melanoma cancers this year than they did in 2006.? It’s time to get serious about skin cancer. Here’s the low-down on squamous cell carcinoma - New Zealand’s second most dangerous skin cancer. In a recent blog post, we talked about the alarming incidence of melanoma, but regrettably, the skin cancer story doesn’t end there. Non-melanoma cancers - squamous cell carcinoma  (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) - have also hi...

January 7, 2019

ARE YOU TURNING A BLIND EYE TO BASAL CELL CARCINOMA?

If you’ve had a chance to read other posts in our six-part skin cancer blog series, you’ll know there are three main types of skin cancers: melanoma*(blog), squamous cell carcinoma*(blog) (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC); listed from most to least life-threatening. You’ll also know that New Zealand’s rates of skin cancer are through the roof. Despite education in schools and the ongoing ‘Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap’ campaign, our results clearly show that our current approach isn...

December 21, 2018

Beware of Black Salve

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 11, 2016) — Patients considering home remedies for skin cancer should consult a dermatologist. The idea of a home remedy that can cure skin cancer may sound appealing, but dermatologists will tell you it’s too good to be true. According to new research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the vast majority of patients who use the home remedy black salve do so without talking to a dermatologist first —...

December 6, 2018

TRANSFORMING OUR FUTURE WITH TECHNOLOGY: Total Body Imaging

Prevention is the single best way to avoid the debilitating costs of skin cancer and technology is an indispensable ally in that goal. Disease has an undeniable cost attached and skin cancer is among the worst offenders. As New Zealand’s most common form of cancer, it is responsible for around 500 deaths in New Zealand annually - a staggering loss of life and a taxing depletion of our healthcare resources. More than a decade ago, estimated health expenditure for skin cancer was $123m, and our...

November 23, 2018

THE MOST IMPORTANT EXAM OF YOUR LIFE - SELF EXAMINATION

What do you need to look for?  There are three common  types of skin cancer: Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Each has their own set of specific signs, but for self-examination, there are general warning signs to look out for:  A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan brown, black, or multicoloured. A mole, birthmark or any skin spot that: Changes in colour.Increases in size or thicknessChanges in textureIs irregular in ...

November 7, 2018

A Few Things You Didn't Know About Cushla Bayliss

In many ways, Cushla Bayliss personifies Skin Centre - friendly without exception, infinitely capable and immaculately groomed; the consummate professional. Skin Centre’s Founder, Dr Paul Salmon, brought Cushla aboard as his third employee when the now-iconic dermatological clinic was finding its feet. At the time, the mother of two had been helping to support her family with a successful modelling sideline, and her boys were just starting to leave the nest. With a resume packed full of health...

August 23, 2018

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT - SKIN CENTRE NELSON OPENS ITS DOORS

Skin Centre is starting 2018 with a boom. The team is very excited to announce the opening of their new Nelson branch, providing specialised dermatological services to the South Island for the first time. The Nelson clinic joins a growing number of Skin Centre’s auxiliary facilities in the North Island; specifically Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Matamata, and New Plymouth. All form part of a greater initiative which is very dear to the heart of its founder, Dr Paul Salmon. Skin Centre’s go...

April 11, 2018

A Few Things You Didn't Know About - Georgie Herbison, Laser Appearance Medicine Nurse

Skin Centre practice nurse, Georgie Herbison, is described by her peers as both “unbelievably dedicated” and “one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.” I got the chance to find out for myself and while I can confirm the rumours, that’s just the beginning of her story. Georgie always knew she wanted to be a nurse, practising by the age of 19. Starting out in orthopaedics and general surgery at Tauranga Public Hospital, she spent five years gaining an excellent grounding in ...

November 17, 2017

Mohs Surgery - Your Day At The Skin Centre

Skin Centre is a globally acknowledged expert in the field of Mohs surgery, but that doesn’t mean we underestimate the personal experience of having any minor or major surgical procedure. This blog piece is our opportunity to allay any concerns you may have, plus tell you a bit more about what a day at the Skin Centre will hold for you. In case you’re still unsure of what Mohs surgery entails, we'll recap briefly. It’s a microscopically controlled surgical procedure for the excision and tr...

October 8, 2017

Dermal Fillers

Like every medical speciality, appearance medicine experiences constant change, the result of extensive research from medical professionals. If you're a risk-averse person who’s been reluctant to try out dermal fillers or other cosmetic treatments, then you can breathe easy - Skin Centre is the place for you.  Renowned for staying at the forefront of their field, Skin Centre is a world-class dermatological facility who maintain an active core focus of ‘excellence’ for every service th...

October 8, 2017

Skin Centre's Journey - Our Story So Far

Tauranga’s Skin Centre is a world-class dermatology institute, and they're all about people. Their expertly qualified team never lose sight of what’s important; that’s you - the patients they care for every day. Skin Centre doesn’t want to see a different ‘you'. Instead, they offer excellence in dermatology services so you'll achieve the best ‘you’ possible. You won’t find a one-fits-all approach there because they understand that everyone has different needs and beliefs. Patient...

October 8, 2017

Botox at the Skin Centre

Read Skin Centre’s journey so far, and you’ll be able to rest assured that we have your best interests at heart. It’s not our intention to change your appearance, but we appreciate that you have the right to look your best, as you see fit. We don’t view appearance medicine as a way to alter your look but turning the clock back on time; a refresher so that you may present the world with the best ‘you’ that you want to be. That’s why we offer premium services in all areas of dermatol...

September 15, 2017

New Technology for Dermal Fillers - Introducing The V2 BEAUTY BOOSTER for administration of Hyaluronic Acid treatments

There’s been a lot of talk about a recent piece of dermatological ingenuity, the V2 Injector Gun. That’s for an excellent reason - let's break it down and tell you know what all the fuss is about. You may know hyaluronic acid plays an essential part in skin hydration. We produce it naturally and it’s an ingredient in most professional topical skin care plans, but that’s not all. When injected beneath the skin, it’s shown to be very effective in plumping and filling, targeting dehy...

July 27, 2017

A Few Things You Didn't Know About Clare Rodwell, RN - Botox, Restylane and Appearance Medicine Nurse

When you speak to someone for barely half an hour, and you manage to cover everything from a nursing stint in Capetown to a secret desire to explore underwater caves in Mexico, you know you’re in good hands. Suffice to say, Clare Rodwell is ridiculously pleasant to talk to, exuding the type of warmth and compassion you might expect from a nurse of 20-plus years, and certainly from one of Dr Paul Salmon’s right-hand assistants. With an easy laugh bubbling to the surface quickly and often, Cl...

July 10, 2017

A Few Things You Didn't Know About Leisa McGill, RN - Botox, Fillers, Lasers, Fraxel and V2 nurse

Leisa McGill, Appearance Medicine Nurse at Skin Centre, tells me that one of the most common observations made about her is the frequent laughter heard coming from her clinic room. It took less than five minutes in her company to see why. I'm unsure whether it was her ready smile, quick sense of humour, down-to-earth conversation or her gorgeous daffodil yellow silk blouse, but I came away feeling brighter and left without a doubt of her ability to put her patients at ease. Proud of reaching a ...

November 11, 2016

A few things you didn't know about Dr Paul Salmon, Dermatologist and Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgeon

Paul arrived seven minutes early for our meeting at a local cafe. I wasn’t surprised, but I was thankful I was early by eight. Not because I'm competitive you understand, let’s just say I may have been a bit nervous about interviewing the well-regarded founder of the esteemed Skin Centre; he has a reputation for setting the bar high. I needn’t have worried because what followed was 45 minutes of the most enjoyable conversation I’d had all month; engaging, entertaining, and surprising all...

August 22, 2016

A few things you didn't know about Julie McMillin, RN - Clinical Team Leader

Julie and I met at a local cafe, both of us eager for our daily caffeine hit, and struck up an easy chat in seconds. It's not by chance that Julie McMillin, Registered Nurse, holds the highly responsible Clinical Team Leader position at the Skin Centre. She has worked there for 15 years and knows her stuff. She projects that down to earth, forthright manner that I often observe in highly competent nurses. Furthermore, Julie freely admits that she's now well and truly in her happy place, and does...

April 13, 2016

A few things you didn't know about Susan Simpkin, Dermatologist

Dr Susan Simpkin, Dermatologist, joined the Skin Centre team earlier this year. A graduate of Auckland University's Medical School, with specialisation in Dermatology at Waikato and Auckland Hospital, she complements the reputable dermatological clinic perfectly. The first thing you notice about Susan is her flaming titian hair and beautifully clear complexion, something you might expect from someone with an early interest in dermatology. Immigrating from South Africa at 15, she has always...

February 24, 2016

Don't sweat it - excessive sweating - there is an answer - its Botox!

Do you suffer from excessive sweating? Deodorant doesn't work for you? You are left with embarrassing sweat marks? This is not an uncommon problem, it's called hyper hydrosis. This is a condition characterised by abnormal increased sweating, the cause of this is unknown, nervousness or excitement can exacerbate the situation for many sufferers. Don't feel embarrassed any more, there is a solution. Botulinum (commonly known as Botox) treatments are not just for beautifying the face. When injecte...

August 9, 2015

COMPLACENT ABOUT CLEANSING?

Facial cleansers remove dirt, debris, oil and other environmental pollution on the skin. Daily washing of the skin removes impurities and dead skin cells helping to rebalance the skin and correct the ph level. Without cleansing, skin would become blocked with debris, excess oil, dead skin cells and environmental pollution. It can also look dehydrated and feel rough. Without regular cleansing, moisture cannot penetrate into the skin efficiently, and your pores can potentially become clogged with...

July 24, 2015

OFFERING EXPERTISE INTERNATIONALLY WHILE EXPANDING SERVICES NATIONALLY

Dr Salmon returned this weekend from chairing and speaking at the 2015 Mohs Micrographic surgery session at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver. Dr Coldiron, immediate past president of the AAD was one of his speakers along with other internationally recognised Mohs surgeons. Dr Paul Salmon BhB MBChB FRACP FACMS graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1987. He completed four years of specialised dermatology training as a registered specialist dermatologist. Two years of his special...

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