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Health Inspectorate WalesWe provide a range of dermatology treatments for a variety of skin disorders. In addition to dermatology consultancy services our dermatologist and nursing staff also provide phototherapy treatments – one of only two private medical clinics in the UK to do so.

Light treatments provide a medical treatment called “phototherapy.” Under the care of a dermatologist, phototherapy provides effective treatment for many people living with a range of skin conditions. We provide these treatments at the Cardiff clinic or alternatively via our Home Phototherapy Service.

Treatments available:

  • Narrow-band UVB Phototherapy - Used for more than 75 years to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, UVB phototherapy is a very effective treatment. It works by exposing the skin to a type of ultraviolet (UV) light called UVB. The UVB light penetrates the skin, and this slows the growth of the skin cells that lead to these skin conditions. UVB light therapy treatment is excellent in controlling psoriasis, eczema and PLE (polymorphic light eruption) or Prickly Heat.
  • PUVA Phototherapy - The word “PUVA” comes from combining the words “psoralen” and “UVA.” Psoralen is a medicine that makes the skin more sensitive to UVA light. Using psoralen before exposing to a UVA light source can be very effective for clearing a range of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, PLE (polymorphic light eruption) / Prickly Heat and other skin conditions.
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – PDT is an effective treatment for Bowen’s disease, solar keratosis (areas of raised, rough skin that are sensitive to the sun which have a small risk of developing into skin cancer), superficial BCCs (basal cell carcinomas) and pre-cancerous skin lesions.PDT uses light sources, combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. For cancers of the skin, the drug is usually applied as a cream. When the light is directed at the area of the cancer, the drug is activated and the cancer cells are destroyed.

Hands

  • Photosensitivity disorders - a specialist test called a Monochromator light test is used for the diagnosis of skin disorders caused by exposure to sunlight.
  • Skin camouflage - for concealing scar tissue, dermatoses, vitiligo, birthmarks and tattoos.
  • Acne treatment and support - for patients who have been prescribed a course of Roaccutane.
  • Mole checks - quick diagnosis by a Consultant Dermatologist for any worrying moles and skin lesions.
  • Excessive sweating of hands, feet and underarms - a non-invasive treatment (no needles used) called Iontophoresis. Iontophoresis is a safe and effective method of reducing excessive sweating of the hands and feet by using an electric current. The treatment involves immersing hands and/or feet in trays of shallow water. The Iontophoresis machine discharges an electronic current through the water allowing the treatment to take place.
  • Skin allergies - diagnosis and treatment for a range of skin allergies using patch testing. Patch test are helpful to investigate allergies that are due to direct contact with substances outside the body – that are coming into direct contact with your skin.
  • NEW- facial and beauty treatments - administered by a Specialist Dermatology Nurse – We now offer the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK for both men and women. Muscle relaxation to the forehead, smoothing treatments for frown lines and crows’ feet or laughter lines using botulinum A toxin.

We offer a full dermatological assessment and skin care package including photo-rejuvenation and dermal fillers for sun damaged skin. For more information click here. If you would like to find out more information on any of the above treatments please contact us today on 029 20 795775 or email us direct