QandA with the Montefiore Hospital's consultants

Dermatologist, Dr Paul Farrant, answers general questions on skin conditions.

Paul FarrantDermatologist, Dr Paul Farrant, answers general questions on skin conditions.

What are the most common skin conditions that you see?

I am a general dermatologist so I see patients with all types of rashes and lesions. Over half my practice is spent on skin lesions such as moles, cysts, and skin tags, and I’m increasingly managing more sun damage and skin cancer. The big three inflammatory conditions are acne, eczema and psoriasis.

What do you find most rewarding about dermatology?

Managing skin cancer is hugely rewarding and earlier detection improves the chances of

successful treatment. Treating acne is also very fulfilling as over the space of six months you can completely transform peoples’ lives.

What are the biggest changes you have seen in dermatology?

There have been significant advancements in medication over the last decade that has had a major impact on patient treatment. New technology has also changed the way we practice. Special hand-held magnifying devices with polarised lights (dermatoscopes) have led to the earlier detection of skin cancers. I can’t imagine practising without mine!

What is your specialist interest?

I love the variety of dermatology and enjoy both the inflammatory and surgical aspects. My specialist interest is in hair and scalp disorders, managing all types of hair loss. I am currently president of the British Hair and Nail Society and we are trying to improve clinical research into these often ignored conditions. Dr Farrant has regular clinics at the Spire Montefiore Hospital in Hove.

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