Skin Cancer Treatment Options

The removal of moles and skin cancers are undertaken using plastic surgery principles that can be combined with cosmetic techniques to minimise scarring. Moles or benign lumps can be flattened using electrosurgical techniques, leaving a superior cosmetic result. These procedures will require local anaesthestics. Our doctor is experienced with dermatoscopy skills in diagnosing skin cancers as well as procedures associated with skin cancer surgery. Using radiofrequency ablation we can perform cosmetic mole removal with minimal scarring.

It is highly recommended that skin checks (for skin cancers) be performed on a regularly basis usually annually. However for the high risk individuals this may be every 6 monthly.

If you notice any changes in size, shape, pattern, pigment changes to a pre-existing mole, or if you notice a newly developing pigmented lesion on the skin, please arrange to get a doctor’s advice.

Non melanoma skin cancers and certain types of pre-cancerous lesions can be treated using photodynamic therapy (PDT).

PDT involves the application of a photosensitizing agent to the areas that require treatment. When the photosensitizing agent is exposed to a specific wavelength of light, it produces a form of oxygen that destroys the surrounding cells. It is this chemical reaction caused by the exposure to light that destroys the cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions but leaving the surrounding healthy skin relatively unharmed.

Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body. Melanoma may be of different colours.  It is possible for melanoma to grow rapidly, even within 2-3 months so you can get melanoma before your next appointment.

Common changes can be: size/colour/shape/itchiness or bleeding, or no noticeable change at all. A mole becoming lighter in colour, is still considered a notable change. Notify the doctor if you notice any changes in an existing mole.

Complications after Skin Cancer Surgery:

Infection – Every effort is made to avoid post operative infection, however, it remains the most common complication of skin cancer surgery.  In some cases, where the risk of infection is higher, Dr. Wong will prescribe a short course of prophylactic antibiotics.  It is important to complete this when prescribed.  Signs of infection include redness, worsening pain, swelling and offensive discharge.  Should any of these signs develop, please contact Dr. Wong as soon as possible.

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