Skin Deep – Dermatology in Quito


A few months ago cousin Andrew and I had a consultation with Doctora Elena Cárdenas de Karolys, a dermatogist with more than 25 years experience in her field . She was recommended to me by a doctor friend of mine.

Andrew was keen to have some cholesterol deposits removed from his eyelids, and some little red bumps from his scalp, which the British National Health Service would not consider doing. For a long time I’d been vaguely bothered by some thread veins on the side of my nose, and a small sebaceous lesion under my eye, so it seemed the ideal opportunity to deal with them. The doctor also suggested excising a prominent mole on my face, and one on my back (non-malignant; purely cosmetic). Four or five stitches were needed for the facial mole.

Three visits to her surgeries were required (she works from a dermatology clinic and a private hospital), and we were both delighted with the results. The cost was a fraction of what we would pay in the UK. Andrew paid $250 in total for procedures that would cost a £1000 (about $1550) on London’s Harley Street. I paid about the same, perhaps less.

Dra. Cárdenas de Karolys, a sweet, charming lady “of a certain age”, made us feel very comfortable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

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