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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

A few things you did not know about Dr Rami Hamadeh, Dermatologist

Growing up, British born Rami Hamadeh never had any doubts about what he wanted to do. Two of his uncles were doctors, and another a dentist, giving him robust role models throughout his childhood. Excelling in school, Rami had no trouble with his application to medical school. With Dermatology an early area of interest it was an easy choice, Rami was accepted into and completed Dermatology training in BelfastRami moved to New Zealand in March 2016, to train in Mohs surgery and work in Dermatolo...

June 19, 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 Dr Nicola Abbott, Dermatologist

With her big wide smile and calm demeanour, it probably won't surprise you that Dr Nicola Abbott, FACD, MBChB, BSc, was attracted to medicine for as long as she can remember. A true Bay Of Plenty indigene, she was born and bred in Tauranga, living there until she left college to head for our student capital. After completing her Bachelor of Science and subsequently earning her medical degree from Otago University in 2007, she returned home and spent her first year as a Doctor at Tauranga Hospita...

March 30, 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...

June 18, 2015

FILLED WITH CONFIDENCE...

When we age, so does our skin. Sun, lifestyle and genetics all have an impact on our skin. Our skin turns a little duller, less lustrous, and wrinkles start to appear. At some point it happens to all of us. We can't stop ageing but we can do something to refresh and smooth away wrinkles and restore volume. Restylane products, we have heard of them as "dermal fillers", contain a substance called hyaluronic acid. This occurs naturally in the body and has many functions, including giving the sk...

June 16, 2015

WHAT WOULD I SAY TO A 16 YEAR OLD ME?

The poignant video is called "Dear 16-year-old Me" and runs just over five minutes in length. It features a series of melanoma survivors — as well as family members and friends of some people who didn't survive — telling the viewer about their experiences and what can be done to prevent the skin cancer.The video was uploaded to YouTube on May 2 and has already been watched by more than 680,000 people as of Saturday morning.It was created by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, a group ...

May 22, 2015

E IS FOR ESSENTIAL... AND EFFECTIVE

Our skin has a waterproof seal that keeps moisture in and prevents evaporation and moisture loss. However, the natural aging process and environmental influences can cause this protective barrier to break down, allowing the skin to lose moisture and become dry. The good news here is that Vitamin E plays an important role in maintaining the barrier function. Vitamin E appears to enhance the penetration and resorption of skin lipids. Topically applied Vitamin E is an excellent moisturiser that h...

May 9, 2015

WE ARE NOT MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL...

New Zealand has some of the highest rates of Malignant Melanoma in the world, and the Bay of Plenty region has the highest rates in the country. Most people know of someone who has been diagnosed with Melanoma, and sadly, many know of someone who has died because of it. Whilst Malignant Melanoma has the potential to be deadly, it is curable if identified and treated at an early stage. Timely identification and treatment of melanoma is often dependent on an examination by a Doctor specially train...

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