Skin cancer treatment at Cairns is recommended for people experiencing various changes in the colour, size, and appearance of moles and freckles on their skin.
As most Australian would know, excessive sun exposure is one of the most common causes for skin cancers.
Dr Hertess performs in-depth skin checks and assesses any abnormalities or changes to your skin, moles, and freckles.
What you need to know about skin cancer surgery
We understand the urgent and importance of effective skin cancer surgery and treatments to improve your health.
Skin cancer surgery at Cairns is a very precise procedure that removes cancerous tissues and parts of the skin that the cancer might spread to.
Two out of three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70. And shockingly, a staggering 80% of cancers in Australia are a type of skin cancer.
Early detection is critical – organise yearly skin checks and keep a vigilant eye on any changes.
Fact #1: Skin cancer surgery is safe and effective
Skin cancer surgery is safe and effective in removing cancerous skin, tumours, and aggressive melanomas through advanced and extensive treatments.
That is why you need to choose a plastic surgeon with specialised training in treating skin cancer.
You will need reliable and effective skin cancer plastic surgery with a skin specialist who has the qualified educational background and right training for skin cancer surgery.
You can talk to a specialist about costs, risks, complications, and post-operative care in a consultation session.
Choose a skin cancer clinic that can effectively identify the type of skin cancer and know the right surgery and treatments that are safe and right for you.
Fact #2: Involves surgical and non-surgical procedures
Skin cancer is treated through surgical and non-surgical procedures. Treatment for such will vary depending on what part of your body is affected, such as your ears, nose, eyes, and lips.
Some plastic surgeons also recommend a highly specialised laser treatment depending on the affected area.
Incisions are usually done to remove all the cancerous parts, followed by radiation treatment or chemotherapy, depending on the condition of the affected area.
Non-surgical skin cancer treatment doesn’t usually involve incisions but involves the application of topical solutions like creams and gel.
Such treatment that exist include:
- Laser therapy
Surgery is one of the most common treatments for skin cancer. Early treatment prevents the spread of cancerous cells. However, surgical treatments may vary according to the size, type, location, and stage of the skin cancer.
How do they cut out skin cancer?
Various procedures are available to treat skin cancer. Most are performed under local anesthesia that numbs the area to be treated.
Depending on the type of skin cancer treatment required, you may need the guidance of a specialist to determine what treatment is best for them.
There are also instances where skin cancer excisions are needed to remove tumours and other skin abnormalities.
How long does it take to remove skin cancer?
It depends on the size and complicity of the cancerous cells, but in many cases, surgery can take between two and three hours, including the time required to numb the area.
Fact #3: Skin surgery has risks
Skin cancer surgery, along with any other kind of plastic surgery procedure, carries risk.
Additionally, it’s not uncommon to experience side effects.
Many of these are totally normal, but if you have any concerns or questions, our team is just a phone call away. We are always happy to speak with you to alleviate your concerns and help you understand the intricacies of the healing process.
What happens after skin cancer surgery?
No matter what type of skin cancer procedure you have, there are some side effects that you might experience. Many are mild and should subside in the days and weeks following surgery.
These may include:
- Swelling or bruising
- Discomfort or mild pain
- Nerve damage
Fact #4: Skin checks are your first defence against skin cancer
As the old adage says: prevention is always better than cure.
One of the best ways to prevent skin cancer is to be aware of what it is and become observant of any changes to your skin, especially if there are bumps, moles, freckles, and other unusual skin marks.
Know your ABCs (and D and Es!):
- Asymmetry – the mole or freckle is not symmetrical
- Border – uneven borders
- Colour – Multiple colours such as red brown and black
- Diameter – is the freckle or mole larger than a ¼ inch?
- Evolution – look for any changes over time in shape, colour, size, etc.
If you notice any of these, don’t hesitate to book in for a skin check.
Cairns Plastic Surgery offers skin checks as well as skin cancer surgery
Schedule a skin cancer check today
Dr Isolde Hertess performs skin checks, skin treatments, and skin cancer removal. We also offer telehealth consultations, which can take place from the comfort of your own home.
Trust a professional skin expert to perform in-depth skin checks and monitor for any suspicious signs of skin cancer. Cairns provides you with effective skin treatments and skin cancer solutions to ease any worries you have about your skin.
Book a skin check-up from a trusted Queensland plastic surgery expert.