Skin clinic targets damage from the sun

Work is a fine balance of rejuvenation and prevention

Oak Bay resident Dr. Julian Hancock battles the sun on many levels at his latest location

By immersing himself in the neighbourhood, enjoying the IEOA Truck Light Convoy this winter, Dr. Julian Hancock learned a little history about his niche in the neighbourhood.

Hancock is a medical and cosmetic dermatologist with more than 30 years experience. The Oak Bay resident, with a thriving practice in Nanaimo, opened the small clinic on Fairfield Road in November.

His office anchors a recently built condo building at 1494 Fairfield Rd. that once housed an old general practitioner’s office. During the parade, he learned from a neighbour that when the previous doctor sold the property, knowing it would be redeveloped, he stipulated a medical clinic be part of the project.

Hancock’s Fairfield Skin Clinic fulfills the role, balancing beauty and health.

“We do the medical as well as cosmetic,” he explained.

While many a patient is interested in one or the other, skin rejuvenation or cancer concern, they go hand-in-hand. “Sun causes both,” said Dr. Hancock.

“It’s about people taking care of their skin – reduce risks of skin caner and make people look younger,” he added. “The risk of melanoma in Canada is about one in 80 and it’s getting more common. It’s one of the faster growing cancers out there.”

There is, he added, a near 100 per cent rate of defeating it if caught early. “People should be aware of their skin, looking for things that are different.”

There are now, for example, many more preventative methods, and treatments for pre-cancerous and non-melanoma skin cancers.

“They’re like icebergs. What you see is not what you get,” he said.

One way he gets below the surface is using photodynamic therapy where cream is applied to the lesions and absorbed by only cancerous and precancerous cells. Light is later applied creating a chemical reaction.

“You get rid of the bad guys, or 90 per cent of the bad guys, without scarring,” Hancock said.

It’s just one of several creams and treatments used at times in rotational treatment to offer a “left hook, right hook” fight.

“We do a lot more prevention now,” Hancock said.

While right now the clinic is open Fridays, he plans to expand to Thursdays and hire staff to expand hours further.

Learn more about treatments as well as Hancock’s storied working past, from working in Africa to with B.C. First Nations, at drskinbotox.com online.

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Multi-vehicle crash along the Malahat leaves traffic crawling

Southbound lane heavily delayed at Malahat Summit

PHOTO GALLERY: Phillips Backyard Weekender hits all the right notes

Local and international acts keep Victoria crowd cutting a rug

Organizer expects Saanich to file injunction against Regina Park camp

Camp Namegans leaders plan to fight injunction which could come as early as Monday

BC GAMES: Victoria athletes hit the podium

Gold, silver and bronze performances in equestrian, kayak, rowing, golf

Victoria man arrested in connection with Hillside murder

Daniel Creagh faces second-degree murder charge in death of Joseph Gauthier

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Heat wave hits B.C.’s south coast

Temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s in some areas

Man charged in 2006 B.C. murder extradited to Canada from South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Soaring temperatures, high winds could worsen fires in B.C.’s southern Interior

Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior does not inspire confidence, with temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour.

Iran dismisses Trump’s explosive threat to country’s leader

Trump tweeted late on Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences.

Royal Canadian Navy announces leadership changes in Esquimalt

Commodore Angus Topshee new commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific, naval reserve also gets new leader

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Most Read