Skin Check by
Treatment & Follow up
What to Expect at Skin Check session?
Skin check by a healthcare professional involves a total body skin examination. Thus, the entire skin needs to be checked. This also includes the fingers, toes, scalp. The areas normally covered by underwear are usually excluded unless you have a mole in this area which you are concerned about. The Dermoscopist needs to look at all of these areas and may use a very bright light or Dermoscope. They may also take a few photos from your skin and moles. The whole process takes between 30 to 45 minutes.
Dermoscope is a skin check instrument which allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. Modern dermatoscopes dispense with the use of liquid medium and instead use polarised light to cancel out skin surface reflections.
Also at a skin exam, be prepared to report any cancers that you or your family have had. This includes not only skin cancers, but other cancers such as breast cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, and others (read about BRCA2). For any skin cancers, try to find out before your skin check visit the type of skin cancer diagnosed, such as melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer.
Skin Cancer physicians at SKIN SURG Clinic are prepared to offer long-term skin cacner follow up/monitoring to all patients. This specifically applies to patients with very high risk of developing new skin cancers eg. those who already had one or more skin cancers diagnosed or patients on "immunosuppressive medications". Occasionally patients may require frequent follow up visits due to the nature of their cancer /underlying medical condition. Specific arrangements can be made to facilitate care of this small group of patients.
SKIN SURG provides comprehensive skin cancer treatment. This may involve topical creams, cryotherapy (freezing), surgical removal, or radiation therapy.
There is usually no delay for most treatment options at SKIN SURG.
SKIN SURG provides Dermatologist consults with Telederm Dermatolgy Group via Telehealth.
Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Medicare provides this new service to people of remote and rural communities.
This service is only available after initial consultation with our doctors at Valley Primary Health Centre (Yarra Glen). High quality images and medical history along with other relevant medical information will be sent to Dermatologist in advance. You will be seen by dermatologist within a few weeks for a formal telehealth consult.
Removal of unwanted moles, skin tags, cysts, or ganglions
Removal with simple cutting without stitches
The Doctor takes a scalpel and shaves the mole off flush or slightly below the level of skin.
Then a solution will be placed on the area to stop any bleeding.
After this, a topical antibiotic is placed on the wound.
The wound is then covered with a dressing.
The doctor will give you instructions on how to take care of your wound. You are usually able to leave the office shortly after.
Removal by cutting with stitches
Moles removed by excision (cutting) with stitches are usually flat moles. The surgeon maps out the mole and then sterilizes or cleans the area and numbs it.
Then a scalpel is used to cut the mole and a border surrounding the mole. The border size depends on the concern of the surgeon for the mole being removed. If there is concern that the mole could be precancerous or cancerous, a larger border will be removed to ensure that the mole itself is completely excised.
Depending on the depth of the mole (how deeply the mole penetrates into the skin), stitches are placed either deep or on the upper surface of the skin (these don't absorb and will be removed later).