Recently, Sarah Davies visited a clinic in Chester to enquire about having some microdermabrasion facial treatments.
After making an appointment at The Cheshire Image Clinic on Canal Street, Sarah saw a lady called Michelle Irving who discussed trying fillers with her. As Michelle took a closer look, she noticed a small lump near Sarah’s eye and told her she needed to see a dermatologist immediately.
“I kind of forgot about it but as I had a follow-up appointment with Michelle two weeks later I decided to call and make an appointment with a dermatologist so I could tell her I’d done something about it,” said Sarah.
Michelle told Sarah that she felt more comfortable waiting for the results of the dermatologist’s appointment before she did any work on her, and to Sarah’s shock, when she got those results, she couldn’t believe it when she was told she had skin cancer.
“I had gone to see Michelle about getting microdermabrasion but she suggested fillers would be better and said she could do it straight away which I thought was great,” remembers Sarah, 49. “I’d had them before and hated them but she said she’d do a tiny amount and make results subtle, which she did. But in the process she measured and examined my face and asked about the lump very close to my eye. I’d had it over a year and had seen the GP but they just gave me cream for it.
“I think that often these clinics get a lot of bad press but this woman and her ethics could potentially have saved my life and I think she was just truly honourable in not just taking my money but also taking the time to look at me carefully and raise an alarm about something I almost certainly would have ignored.”
Sarah has now had her biopsy and is waiting for details about how fast the lump is growing. Doctors have told her she has a basal cellcarcinoma and that she will need special surgery and skin graft repair because it is so close to her eye. It will take time to heal and she’ll have to wear an eye patch, but as she points out, had the lump been left alone, she’d have had to wear an eye patch.
“The thing that struck me and what could be important to Women2day readers, is that the beauty industry gets a lot of bad press in terms of ‘botched up treatments’ but this woman could potentially have saved me from being disfigured or even my life.
“It’s nice to hear a positive in this case,” she added.
Michelle said: “If Sarah had have gone to someone else to get botox fillers they may not have sent her to the doctors. It would have been one thing to treat her with botox just because she asked for it but we have to look at patients holistically as a whole.
“I knew what it was and advised her to go to her GP. The most important thing to remember is that whatever you are having done aesthetically, you should always make sure you go to a qualified medical professional,” she added.