with Dr Faheem Latheef
Dr Latheef runs the largest dedicated acne clinic in Leeds where he treats patients with the full range of treatment options available including the very effective oral Isotreinoin and hormonal treatments. He is also able to advise on treatments for various types of acne scarring and prevention of acne recurrence.
Acne is a very common skin condition that can cause significant psychological upset and Dr Latheef recognises the significant impact that this can have and takes this into consideration when devising treatment plans. Acne is a condition that requires swift medical treatment in order to avoid scarring.
Acne affects males and females of all races. It is more commonly seen in teenagers and young adults, with 85% of 16-18 year olds affected. However it does occur in children and frequently in adults of all ages, including a subset in women in their thirties.
Acne is characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules).
It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more serious problem that may be embarrassing, sap self-confidence and cause scarring.
The first sign of acne is usually an increase in oil on the surface of the skin. This occurs due to over production of oil from the oily glands (sebaceous glands) in the skin. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. forming dilated open pores, blackheads and whiteheads ( when the oil clogs the pore under the skin). A bacteria called propionibacterium acnes is attracted to these clogged pores further worsening the problem.
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. There is also evidence that inflammation and stress also have an effect on oil production from the oil glands.
There a number of treatments for acne based on the severity and sites affected including topical treatments, antibiotics, hormonal treatments and the much stronger Isotretinoin (Roaccutane). Dr Latheef will discuss all the available treatment options with you before helping you choose a treatment option that suits your acne type as well as your lifestyle and preferences. He is also able to advise on treatments for various types of acne scarring and prevention of acne recurrence.
"Hi all, I really hope my review helps you if you have been suffering from acne like me from my early teens. Background information: I was first diagnosed with Acne when I was age 15 years old, at the age I really did not know what acne was all I need was I had spots. Oftenly, people would say it was because I was eating too much chocolate, sometimes I would agree others I would disagree. As usual I started to see my GP and of course I was given various topical medication and antibiotic, despite sharing 6-7 different antibiotic nothing really worked for my skin. Experience with Harley St London: After battling with my confident and self-esteem in my early 20’s, I was so desperate for anything and I mean ANYTHING to improve my skin, I went ahead and did my own research online. I came across Harley Street Skin Clinic in London, after looking at all the different treatments they offer. I pleaded for my family and friends to help me in funding for these expensive treatment, I really thought this would be the break through my skin needed. I booked a consultation and I was promised that I would notice a significant improvement after 12 weeks of skin treatment. I had chemical peel, laser treatment, Glycolic peel, Jessner peel and dermaroller as well as buying their products at the clinic which was more expensive then the treatment itself. After the 12 weeks, I did not notice any visible improvement and after consulting with Harley st Skin Clinic they insisted that I should continue with my treatment plan and be patient as it will take a while to see the changes. I was so disappointed as at this point, I had spent a lot of money which in my opinion went to waste sadly. This really shows that sometime not even the most well-known or award winning clinic can’t help. My personal advice would be do your own research and look for consultants/ specialist that are highly experience and are really willing to help re-build your confident, self-esteem and put their patients at the centre of their decision-making. After much disappointment with Harley st, I spent weeks and weeks searching for a dermatologist, I was so relieved when I came across Dr Faheem Latheef, I read through all his amazing reviews from his clients and I really had a good feeling about this. I immediately called Christine who is Dr Latheef secretary, and she honestly was fantastic and helpful. Christine booked an appointment for me the next day and I commuted to Leeds from London to meet with Dr Latheef. He was absolutely amazing and he really explained to me what the root cause of acne were, he draw a picture of the glands and it almost felt like a ‘science lesson’. That was the point I made my decision that I would like him to treat me for my acne. I committed to travelling to Leeds from London which is a far distance, but I hope this really proves to you that he is worth the travel and he honestly values his clients. My only regret is not finding Dr Latheef earlier, but mostly importantly I am confident with my skin and my friends and family have also noticed the significant improvement too. Please if you are reading this, it means that you have suffered with acne or know someone that has suffered with acne before. Please give him a try in fact speak to Christine (her number can be found on Dr Latheef website), discuss with her what you would like to achieve and a bit about your past experience with acne. I can certainly promise you that you would make the best decisions of your life. I would recommend Dr Faheem Latheef to my family, friends and anyone who is suffering with acne. I am currently on my 2rd month of Roaccutane and my skin is looking amazing and I will great within myself. Thank You So Much Dr Latheef, You are amazing"
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