Venkat Charmalaya - Centre for advanced dermatology is a unique dermatology institute dedicated to delivery of world class advanced skin and cosmetic treatments to all sections of patients. Contrary to the popular belief that skin departments and clinics are small units, the centre is housed in a specious independent building of over 4200 sq ft( with four floors), and provides advanced dermatology care, (such as phototherapy, including targeted phototherapy, dermatopathology, allergy etc) cosmetic dermatology procedures( such as Botox, fillers, peels etc) ,cosmetic surgery (such as hair transplantation, liposuction), lasers of different types, and aesthetics. The institute has Dr Venkataram Mysore and Dr Jayashree Venkataram as directors, four dermatologists, a plastic surgeons and anesthetist are consultants. All the dermatology staff have teaching experience and have experience in different fields in dermatology. There are 7 nurses, two lab assistant , five secretaries, one office coordinator, pharmacist,one office boy , security,driver and three ayahs as staff. The center has a laboratory with histopathology facility and a pharmacy .The institute has five computers, with fax, networking, soft ware for patient data and accounts, and broad band internet connection , UPS and generator facility. The institute runs continuously from 830 am till evening 8 pm and on Sundays between 9 am till 1230 pm. The building has electronic security . The institute attracts patients from around the world for advanced cosmetic procedures. The staff of the institute have achieved over 130 publications and presentations in national and international journals and conferences, and authored 7 books so far.The institute also has started Charmalaya trust for charitable and research activities. Shraddah is our low cost skin clinic for poor patients and A special leucoderma clinic offers all facilities for patients with vitiligo at highly discounted rates.The institute has also published book,CDs and brochures for public health education.

Outpatient:

Our daily outpatient attendance is about 60-70 patients. We have reception area which is service by three receptionists at all times. The registration of patients is computerized. There are three waiting areas for patients to allow comfortable seating. Television and worldpsace music are provided in the reception area. Separate toilets for men and women, drinking water facilities are available. A computer kiosk is available for patient education. Health education brochures, posters ,books and CDs are prominently displayed. All our staff have been trained to provide counseling. A nutritionist is available on call.

We also organize special clinics on on phototherapy, psoriasis, hair, acne, obesity and leucoderma.General clinics are run daily, wherein patients are seen by our registrars. We organize a special clinic for poor patients called Shraddah where in service provided at a nominal cost.

Procedures:

Venkat Charmalaya is known for its expertise in procedural dermatology.There are as many as five procedures( including one major operaton theatre, two minor theatres, two laser rooms) . A number of procedures are performed daily; these include general dermatology procedures such as biopsies, minor laboratory procedures such as smears, stains, trichoscans and trichograms, excisions, electrocautery, radiofrequency, cryosurgery, iontophoresis etc. Four phototherapy machines( including targeted phototherapy) make our phototherapy department one of the best equipped departments. Specialized aesthetic procedures such as lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, Botulinum toxin, fillers, sclerotherapy, etc are also performed regularly . Our centre is wellknown for advanced surgical procedures such as hair transplantation and liposuction, which are performed daily and patients from all over the world visit us. A unique feature is that we perform all types of vitiligo surgery( including the latest basal cell suspension methods).

Laboratory:

The centre has a laboratory to perform all routine hematological and biochemical investigations. The centre has two microscopes . Venkat Charmalaya is known for Its dermatopathology department. Dr Venkataram is qualified from Royal college of pathologists, UK and is one of the very few recognized dermatopathologists in the country.The centre has a collection of over700 histopathology slides.Facilities for projection on to computer and for photomicrography are available.

Pharmacy:

The centre has a pharmacy in the building. Facilities for preparation of different creams and ointments exist.

Nursing staff:

Venkat charmalaya is staffed by 7 qualified nurses, who are well trained in dermatological nursing.