Dermatology is the branch of medical science that deals with diseases and conditions of the skin, hair, nails and their related structures. A Dermatologist is a medical professional who is an expert in medical, surgical, or both treatments of dermatological problems. Subspecialties include dermatopathology, immuno-dermatology, Mohs’ surgery, and pediatric dermatology.
Dermatologists work to improve the quality of life for patients by relieving them of dermatological issues causing any pain, frustration or potential embarrassment. Patients are also educated on how to protect themselves from sun exposure to prevent skin cancer, how to care for their nails and hairstyles that actively cause hair loss. This ensures that all patients undergoing medical treatments, aesthetic and dermato-surgery procedures are supported by a sound after-care plan to speed up their recovery
Shifa Department of Dermatology
Shifa International Hospital Department of Dermatology is known for its values of innovative and compassionate patient care across all clinical, therapeutic and academic activities. Our dermatologists use integrative techniques and internal medicine to diagnose a range of dermatological conditions including acne, alopecia, autoimmune diseases, blistering disorders, cutaneous infections, dermatitis or eczematous conditions, psoriasis, and skin cancer. It enables them to better understand the mechanisms of skin disorders and to effectively diagnose underlying physiological, psychological, or emotional health issues contributing to the problem.
The department’s dermatological aesthetics unit provides a concise range of minor cosmetic procedures such as cysts and wart removal using a local anesthetic or non-invasive techniques. Our team also has expertise in treating a range of pediatric skin conditions and use advanced diagnostic procedures such as skin biopsy and fungal/bacterial specimen collection for effective treatment.
Our Dermatology Department adheres to international protocols for accessible and quality services that prioritize the patient’s safety in all aspects. This makes it safer for patients who desire a comprehensive range of dermatology treatments and responsible diagnosis.
Our division excels in providing the following dermatology services:
Superficid Skin Biopsy
A thin slice of a raised skin lesion is taken to the lab for further analysis at the laboratory under the microspore. It is used to identify whether a questionable skin lesion should be the cause of concern for a serious skin problem.
Punch Biopsy is a diagnostic test referred to patients who may be at risk of or are showing signs of skin cancer. A small, tubular section of the skin containing all layers of skin and sine tissue is removed using a sharp cutting tool. The sample is examined under a microscope to precancerous and non-cancerous skin conditions/tumors.
Using liquid Nitrogen for removing benign and malignant skin lesions has been an age-long practice in the treatment of skin disorders. The desired wart, acne, skin tag, epithelial cysts, hypertrophic scars or psoriasis is treated with small amounts of liquid nitrogen to freeze the tissue. Patients typically experience a mild burnings sensation which quickly becomes bearable. Once the frozen skin lesion starts thawing it will gradually discolor and eventually fall off. The cosmetic effects of the procedure are generally very pleasing.
Curette and Cautery
Currete and cautery is an electro-surgery technique used to treat a variety of skin issues ranging from Seborrheic or Actinic keratoses to Pyogenic granuloma and Squamous cell carcinoma in situ. The surgical procedure involves the injection of local anesthetic near the lesion to be treated. Once the region goes numb, the doctor will scrape off the lesion with a small and sharp, spoon-shaped tool called a curette. Patients may experience a little pressure on the skin, but nothing too painful. The specimen is then sent to the pathology laboratory for diagnosis. The wound is cauterized using an electrosurgical unit with a hot wire tip to close-off the bleeding and destroy any left-over skin tumor cells.
Hyfe Cator is another electrosurgical unit designed for in-office use by physicians in dermatology. It used in minor dermatology surgeries to stop bleeding and destroy remaining skin tumor tissue.
Lt. Col (R) Dr. Ahsan Hameed
Professor and Section Head Dermatology
Shifa College of Medicine
Dr. Aamna Batool Khan
MCPS (Medicine), FCPS (Dermatology)
Lt. Col. (R) Dr. Rasheed Ahmad Chaudhry
Diploma in Dermatology (AFMC)
Dr. Rushqia Mukhtar
MBBS, FCPS (Dermatology)
Associate Consultant Dermatologist
Dr. Maria Syed
Associate Consultant Dermatologist