Friday

SK:N Clinic: Harley Street

A few weeks ago, I attended the launch of SK:N's new flagship clinic on Harley Street where I checked it out and participated in a round-table discussion regarding the private aesthetic industry along with Dr Daron Seukeren, SK:N's Group Medical Director. It was a really insightful event, and I don't think I've ever walked out of one before that left me feeling so knowledgeable and yet more intrigued about the beauty industry. 

About SKN Clinics
There are 46 clinics located nationwide, and all offer a wide range of services from laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, to mole removal and acne scar treatment. SK:N Clinics have treated over 2 million clients in the past 25 years, and it's the most recommended clinic by GPs. Additionally, each clinic is run by a medical director in order to manage medical standards so it's safe to say that you'll be in pretty good hands.

I also discovered that most clinics are open until around 8pm, so you can book in for a consultation or appointment after work if this is more convenient. I spoke to the manager of the Harley Street clinic, and was told that the evening slots do tend to get booked up quickly, so be sure to book in advance. It's also very easy to arrange a consultation as you can fill in a form on their website so someone can call you back.

I was particularly interested in the laser hair removal treatments they offer as I was told that it helped so many women with their confidence and only after a few treatments. I was also intrigued to hear how SK:N have treated a large number of women with PCOS, which includes excess body hair as a symptom. It's a common condition that affects many women. It's also very affordable when you consider it in the long term as you don't have to spend money on regular shaving or waxing. Currently, SK:N offering 30% off selected areas: www.sknclinics.co.uk/treatments-and-pricing/laser-hair-removal
Round-table discussions
Leave it to the professionals 
- For aesthetic treatments, it's best to conduct your own research before making a decision and make sure that it's undertaken at a medically regulated clinic rather than a beauty salon. At the round-table discussion, we talked about how so many individuals went to SK:N to treat burns and injuries caused by the negligence of non-qualified therapists elsewhere. For example, acne not treated properly can cause scarring, and laser hair removal conducted without care may cause severe burns that will require further treatment. I know this to be true as my friend was burnt on her thigh due to the negligence of a level 3 therapist during a laser hair removal treatment.

Dr Daron even told us about how a woman opened up her own clinic offering laser treatments, purely on the basis that she'd been working at an aesthetic clinic for 15 years- as a receptionist! It's a real shame that the aesthetic beauty industry isn't as regulated as it should be, and Dr Daron was incredibly passionate about this need which allowed me to put a lot of faith in SK:N as a brand.
NHS cuts and its impact on the private aesthetic beauty industry 
The recent government cuts to NHS funding have led to individuals turning to the private sector for treatment. We talked about how the NHS is currently under pressure and faces many dilemmas of whether certain conditions are classified as either aesthetic or medical, and so treatment would be in doubt. This is quite interesting as severe acne would normally be considered as a medical condition and may be funded by the NHS, but this isn't the case for acne scarring.

Aesthetic treatments and its rising popularity 
This topic was only touched upon briefly during the discussion, but it intrigued me a lot. More and more individuals are becoming more interested in aesthetic treatments and dermatology, particularly as so many are now more accessible, non-or minimally invasive, and thus the stigma surrounding treatments (and Harley Street's reputation with regard to plastic surgery) is slowly disappearing. As a result, this means that the industry has to keep up with new demands and invest in new technologies that offer quick treatments with great results and minimum downtime. Dr Daron mentioned that nowadays people lead much busier lives and that minimum downtime is of paramount importance when it comes to treatment.

Here is the link to the clinic's website, if you wanted to check it out: www.sknclinics.co.uk 

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