Shingles Vaccination

Vaccinations available at The Fontmell Medical and Laser Clinic
01747 812718
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people aged either 70 or 79.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection and unlike the flu jab, you only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It’s fine to have the shingles vaccine if you’ve already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
What is shingles?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) in people who have previously had chickenpox.
It begins with a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of very painful fluid-filled blisters that can then burst and turn into sores before healing. Often an area on just one side of the body is affected, usually the chest but sometimes the head, face and eye.
Symptoms of Shingles
An episode of shingles typically lasts around two to four weeks. The main symptoms are pain, followed by a rash.
Any part of your body can be affected, including your face and eyes, although the chest and abdomen (tummy) are the most common areas where shingles develops.


Do you suffer from Rosacea ?
This is an inflammatory condition which is typically diagnosed in the 30 – 50 age group.
10% of the population suffer with Rosacea and it mostly effects women but is more severe in men.
Rosacea is a common but poorly understood long-term (chronic) skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing (when the skin turns red).
As Rosacea progresses, other symptoms can develop such as:
• burning and stinging sensations
• permanent redness
• spots (papules and pustules)
• small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
In the most severe cases, skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose.
Triggers of rosacea
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, several triggers have been identified that may make the condition worse.
These include:
• exposure to sunlight
• stress
• exercise
• cold weather (wind)
• heat
• the menopause
• certain medications, such as vasodilator drugs
• hot drinks
• alcohol and caffeine
• eating certain foods, such as spicy foods
Identifying and avoiding the triggers of rosacea can be a useful way of controlling the symptoms.
Treating Rosacea
At The Fontmell Clinic we have the Class 4 V Beam Perfecta laser which treats Rosacea and many other vascular conditions including thread veins.
We are also distributors for Skinceuticals clinically trialed skin products and the new product Redness Neutralizer for Rosacea has had excellent results.
For a complimentary appointment with Dr Lewis please phone 01747 812718.

Acne and Peels

SkinCeuticals Exfoliation Peels

Acne and Chemical Peels

The surface of our skin, especially the face, suffers wear and tear from environmental and hormonal factors and requires routine maintenance. Chemical Exfoliation Peels are one of the most popular, effective methods of rejuvenating the skin. Using a controlled chemical reaction, chemical peels diminish the appearance of fine lines, improves skin tone, and shrinks blood vessels and pores, offering a clear, smooth and younger-looking complexion. They soften fine lines, treat acne scars and improve skin’s texture by removing damaged outer layers to expose the younger-looking skin underneath with excellent results. They are designed to stimulate a fresh appearance and improve fine lines, imperfections and discoloration.
If you suffer from Acne the SkinCeuticals Salicylic Peels really do make a difference. We recommend a course of 6 peels at weekly intervals.
Micropeel 30 glycolic peel is a chemical exfoliation using 30% glycolic acid, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, laxity, dullness, and skin imperfections in a series of 4-6 procedures at 2 weekly intervals .
What Causes Acne?
For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated. Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.

When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.

The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) are present on all skins and are part of the skins natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.

When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women.

Solution: Dr Lewis offers a free initial consultation to discuss the condition, your history and available treatment options.
It may be that with active acne a course of antibiotics is initially necessary.
Red scars can be removed using the V Beam perfecta laser ideal for pigment removal.
Please phone Nikki on 01747 812718 for further details or to make an appointment.