Procedures - Skin Surgery
According to the Australian Cancer Council figures, approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Skin cancers occur due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage to skin cells from the sun.
The most common types of skin cancers include (but are not limited to):
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Melanoma - a malignant form of skin cancer and the most dangerous type
Both basal and squamous cell carcinomas are known as “non-melanoma” skin cancers.
These skin cancers often present as a lump, scab or plaque on the skin, which may be raised, pigmented (dark coloured), and may also be ulcerated with occasional bleeding. These abnormal lumps are commonly picked up by local general practitioners and dermatologists.
Benign Lumps, Moles, Cysts
Benign lumps commonly encountered in our practice include:
Lipoma (benign fat deposits)
These often require simple excisions but may also be complex depending on their size.
Whether or not a lump is a skin cancer or a benign mole/cyst/lump can be difficult to diagnose at times. If you are unsure, you should always seek medical advice as soon as possible to ensure timely investigation (which may or may not involve a biopsy), diagnosis, and treatment.
What you can expect - Surgery, Recovery and Post Operative
Depending on the size of your lesion being excised, a skin graft or tissue flap may be required in order to reconstruct the resulting defect immediately after removal. The type of reconstruction required will often be tailored to your individual needs, and therefore differ from patient to patient.