Dr Ruth Harker
Dr Ruth Harker MBChB BSc MRCGP DPD DRCOG has been an NHS doctor for 39 years, holding a special interest in Dermatology for the last two decades. Her CQC-registered skin clinic has been established for 12 years and is a specialist centre for thread lifts as well as the usual Botox and fillers, chemical peels, microneedling, and radiofrequency skin tightening. She still works in the Skin Cancer Clinic of her local General Hospital and as a procedural GP, and often performs minor surgery for lesions causing symptoms and/or psychological distress, such as cosmetic moles, skin tags, warts, sun/age spots and cysts.
BCAM - British College of Aesthetic Medicine
Dr Harker qualified from Bristol University in 1980 and has been an NHS doctor ever since, with a special interest in Dermatology for the last 20 years. She has an honours degree in Biochemistry and a postgraduate Dermatology qualification from Cardiff University. Her private skin clinic has been established for 12 years. Dr Harker is a member of the Board of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine.
The Erme Skin Clinic is a specialist centre for Silhouette Soft Thread Lifts and PDO Thread Lifts. Dermal fillers and wrinkle-relaxing injections, such as Botox, are also in high demand at the clinic, but when performing such procedures Dr Harker strives to ensure that she achieves natural effects that enhance the individual’s natural beauty, rather than turning out identical clones. This is an indispensable quality in a practitioner if you want to avoid the ‘overly done’ look.
Dr Harker assesses every patient holistically, taking a full history, considering all aspects of their lifestyle, and performing a thorough examination. Many patients request a ‘mole check’ and the clinic can perform a total cutaneous dermoscopy examination to screen for skin cancer and pre-cancer. The clinic is CQC-registered for diagnostics and screening, treatment of disease, disorder, injury and surgical procedures.
Much of her work involves minor surgery on lesions causing symptoms and/or psychological distress under local anaesthetic . These can include cosmetic moles on the face or elsewhere on the body, skin tags, warts, blemishes, sun spots, age spots and sebaceous cysts. She sees the full range of dermatology conditions, including acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, as well as rarer and undiagnosed rashes.
Dr Harker’s position as Board Member in the British College of Aesthetic Medicine as Finance and Conference Director means she is at the forefront of new advances and part of the growing movement striving to achieve regulation and high standards and to achieve recognition of Aesthetic Medicine as a specialty in its own right. Dr Harker’s mission is to achieve the best result for each patient.