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Excisions

If you have a skin lesion that is posing problems, the best course of action is to simply have it examined by a skin expert. Depending on the nature of the skin lesion, you may be advised to have it removed. Often the best way is a simple excision.

 

Whether the lesion is cancerous, requiring diagnosis, causing pain or infection, or simply visually unappealing, excision (surgical removal) can be help keep your skin behaving the way that it should.

Having a skin cancer diagnosed is an insurmountable fear for many people, however not having it diagnosed is worse and the vast majority who are diagnosed with a skin cancer and then treated are astounded at how easy the process was and how much relief they felt from the process.

Dr Marcus Platts Mills
Dermatology Associate, Skin Cancer
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Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.

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Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.

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Whether or not your lesion is cancerous, we can assist with assessment, diagnosis and treatment. We have the expertise to treat a variety of benign and malignant skin lesions. Whatever the case, if you are a candidate for excision at Skin Institute, you can be sure that you are dealing with the experts.

When Skin Institute’s experts perform an excision, this is what you can expect:

  • Local anaesthetic (our special low sting recipe)
  • Excision usually elliptical in shape
  • Tissue excised is sent to pathology laboratory for analysis
  • Sutures usually removed after 1 week or may be dissolving
  • Follow-up wound and scar maintenance
Treatment

Your specialist will use a special marker to design the shape of the planned excision directly onto the skin. This will act as a guide for the surgeon ensuring a highly precise procedure. Usually the excision will be elliptical in shape, to optimise the scar. In some cases, such as large lesions or complex locations (nose, ear, eyelid etc), your specialist may need to vary the shape of the excision, which may need a flap or skin graft to cover it.

The doctor will clean the skin and inject local anaesthetic before removing the lesion, including all the skin tissue down to the fat layer. Everything that is removed is placed in a histology jar and sent for pathological analysis.

The wound will then be surgically closed, typically with two layers of stitches. A dressing will be applied afterwards.

Your doctor may use dissolvable (absorbable) or non-absorbable sutures. If the latter is used, these will be removed after five to seven days for facial procedures and one-two weeks for other areas.

You may also be given special dressings to help improve your scar. These are to be used for the first few weeks following your procedure – your doctor will discuss the specifics with you further.

Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where criteria apply.


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Book a skin cancer consultation

Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our Doctors. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have Doctors available to help.