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.
We can provide plastic surgery for common skin conditions including:
The most common types of skin cancers include (but are not limited to):
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 commonly encountered in our practice include:
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.
Both the procedure and recovery time will depend on the condition being treated, the area being operated on and the complexity of the surgery being performed. You will be adequately prepared during your consultation by your plastic surgeon, so that you’re clear on what’s involved and what your recovery is likely to be like. Completely tailored to the surgery you’ll be undergoing.
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.
Every surgery carries some degree of risk. These will be explained and discussed with you during your initial consultation, if you are considering to proceed with any surgery. Some of the possible general complications may include:
Book a consultation to discuss or have your skin checked, or to get a second opinion from a qualified plastic surgeon.