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  • Are there stitches involved?

    Are there stitches involved? 

    Sutures are used for closure of ellipse excisions, and these need to be removed at 7-14 days, depending on the site.  Most are removed at day 7 but lower legs take longer to heal. 

    Do I need to come back to have the stitches removed?

    Deep sutures dissolve by themselves over an extended period of time, however if they poke out through the skin at any stage in the healing process, they are usually removed to allow the wound to close completely. 

    Shave excisions do not need sutures and heal up like a graze wound with appropriate dressings and wound care. 

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    Understanding the Mole Removal Process

    What is mole removal, and why is it done?

    Mole removal is a procedure performed to eliminate unwanted or suspicious moles from the skin. It is usually done for medical reasons, such as assessing a mole for skin cancer risk or removing a bothersome or aesthetically unpleasing mole.

    What are the different methods of mole removal?

    There are various methods of mole removal, including excision, where the mole is cut out with a scalpel, and laser removal, which uses high-intensity light to vaporise the mole. Another method is shaving, which involves using a blade to "shave" off the mole from the surface of the skin.

    What is the importance of biopsy after mole removal?

    Biopsy post-mole removal is crucial to determine if the removed mole was cancerous or precancerous. It helps in providing information about the nature of the mole cells and guides further treatment if needed.

    Scar Management After Mole Removal

    How do you care for the wound and scar post-mole removal?

    After mole removal, it is essential to keep the wound clean and covered with a sterile bandage. Proper wound care helps prevent infection and promotes effective healing, leading to minimal scarring.

    When do the stitches from mole removal usually come out?

    The timeline for stitches removal after mole removal varies from patient to patient. Typically, stitches are removed within 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the location of the mole and the healing progress.

    What can affect the appearance of the scar after mole removal?

    Factors such as the size and depth of the mole, the healing process, and individual skin characteristics can influence the scar appearance after mole removal. Proper wound care and scar management techniques can help in reducing scar visibility.

    Healing Process and Mole Removal Aftercare

    What is the typical healing time after mole removal?

    The healing time after mole removal varies but usually takes 2–4 weeks for the wound to completely heal. During this period, proper aftercare practices are crucial for optimal healing.

    What are the recommended ointments or bandages for aftercare?

    Ointments like petroleum jelly and sterile bandages are commonly recommended for aftercare post-mole removal. They help in keeping the wound moist and protected, promoting faster healing.

    How do we recognise signs of infection during the healing process?

    Signs of infection post-mole removal include increased redness, swelling, warmth around the wound, and pus drainage. If any of these signs are observed, it is important to seek medical attention promptly.

    Risks and Complications of Mole Removal

    What are the potential risks associated with mole removal?

    Potential risks of mole removal include infection, scarring, bleeding, allergic reactions to anesthesia, and rare complications such as nerve damage. These risks can be minimised by following proper pre and post-operative care instructions.

    Is there a risk of skin cancer recurrence after mole removal?

    While the risk of skin cancer recurrence after mole removal is low, regular skin examinations and monitoring for any new or changing moles are important for the early detection of potential skin cancer.

    How do we monitor the area for any signs of melanoma post-mole removal?

    Regularly inspecting the area where the mole was removed for any signs of melanoma, such as changes in color, shape, or size, is crucial. Any suspicious changes should be reported to a healthcare provider promptly.

    Expectations Following Mole Removal Surgery

    What can one expect in terms of scarring after mole removal?

    The extent of scarring after mole removal varies depending on factors like wound care, scar management, and individual healing responses. Proper care can help in minimising the appearance of scars.

    Does the location of the mole impact healing time?

    The location of the mole can affect healing time, with areas of the body that experience more movement or friction taking longer to heal. Following care instructions and keeping the wound clean are essential for timely healing.

    When should one seek medical attention post-mole removal?

    If any unusual symptoms like excessive pain, bleeding, signs of infection, or concerning changes in the wound or surrounding skin are observed post-mole removal, prompt medical attention should be sought.

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  • Diathermy & Curettage

    Diathermy and Curettage is a treatment using a semi sharp instrument to scrape out the cancerous tumour and uses diathermy to destroy a further margin of surrounding tissue and stop bleeding.

  • Flap Surgery

    Flap surgery is a plastic surgical technique which is used for treatment of skin cancers where a simple ellipse would not suffice.

  • How do I reduce scaring from my recent skin cancer removal?

    The Melanoma Scan doctor and nurse will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your wound to reduce scarring. 

    Any procedure to remove a skin cancer will cause a scar and some people will scar more than others depending on their tendency towards keloid scarring and their skin type.  Scars tend to settle to a pale mark, either a oval area after curettage and cautery or as a line from excisional skin surgery.  If there is a lot of background sun damage, this pale area can become more prominent and noticeable.  Background sun damage can include solar keratosis, freckles, pigmentation, age spots and telangiectasias (dilated small vessels on the skin surface).  All of these lesions can be treated, either as individual lesions or as part of a field treatment such as efudix, PDT, lazer, IPL or skin peels. 

  • How long does it take to have a mole removed?

    Mole removal occurs it two ways, either a shave excision, which is very quick, or formal ellipse excision, which takes a little longer.  Shave excision is a technique that involves putting a small amount of local anaesthetic under the mole and then using either a straight or curved blade, which is passed through the skin directly under the mole, resulting in the mole being removed with a narrow margin of normal tissue under and around it.  Occasionally, if the mole is being removed for benign reasons (for example, it is raised and gets in the way of shaving and repeatedly traumatised) the doctor may remove the raised part of the mole and leave a small amount of mole tissue behind, in an effort to minimise any visible scar or depression left by the mole removal.  This procedure normally takes between two minutes and 5 minutes to do, using low sting local anaesthetic, which has the dual advantages of hurting less and giving almost immediate numbing to superficial lesions like a mole.  This type of mole removal can often be incorporated into a skin check or 15 minute procedure time.

    Formal ellipse excision takes a little longer, because a larger area of skin needs to be numbed, and a formal excision setup needs to be done by the doctor or nurse. The mole needs to be removed as an ellipse of skin (boat shaped piece of skin removed) and the wound sutured, usually in two layers, closing both deep and superficial parts of the skin, minimising the risk of scar stretching and tram track marks being left behind from the sutures.  A typical mole removal using this technique takes about fifteen minutes to perform when assisted by a nurse, or 25 minutes without the assistance of a nurse. 

    Is it a standard procedure time?

    A shave excision can be done in a standard 15 minute appointment, however, an ellipse excision is usually booked into a 30 minute procedure appointment, so it depends on the technique that you have discussed with your doctor.

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  • If I have a lot of moles, does my risk of melanoma increase?

    Large numbers of moles are associated with both a genetic predisposition to mole formation, and an increased sun exposure in childhood as a trigger for mole formation. 

    Moles in at risk individuals, tend to cluster in areas of previous sun exposure and sun damage, including areas that have been sunburnt in the past.  In this way, large numbers of moles can act as a marker for people at increased risk of both melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer (such as BCC and SCC). 

    If you have large numbers of moles, particularly if you have odd looking or asymmetric appearing moles, then a regular (at least annual) skin check with an experienced skin cancer doctor is recommended because you may be at higher risk of melanoma, particularly with advancing age, although melanoma can occur in any age group.

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  • Mole Removal

    Mole Removal Brisbane

    Not all moles are dangerous but sometimes the location can be annoying causing irritation. At Melanoma Scan we perform cosmetic mole removal with simple in-house surgical procedures.

  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment based around the compound of two chemicals. Both chemicals specifically bind to premalignant or cancerous cells, and when activated by a bright light, form a reaction that kills the affected cells.

  • Skin Cancer Management

    Skin cancers are managed with either destructive methods or excision.  Radiation therapy is use in limited circumstances for aggressive skin cancer or for treatment of skin cancers where surgery or curettage is inappropriate or not possible. 

  • Skin Tag Removal

    Skin Tag Removal

    Skin tags are small benign growths attached to the skin by a small thin stalk. Skin tag removal is a simple process completed by a doctor. Removing skin tags at home can be painful and often bleed heavily or become infected.

  • Wedge Excision

    Wedge excision is a technique used to remove cancers from the edge of the lip, ear or eyelid.

  • What can I do to reduce scarring?

    The Melanoma Scan doctor and nurse will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your wound to reduce scarring. 

    Shave excisions

    With Shave excisions, the best results can be achieved using moist wound healing, using antibiotic ointments such as chloromycetin ointment or otocomb on high risk areas for infection, or using strataderm or stratamed silicone containing gels for areas at risk of keloid scarring.  For some areas simple moist wound dressings using Vaseline, antiseptic creams or pawpaw ointment may be a low cost and suitable alternative.  Your doctor will recommend the treatment that he believes is most suitable for your particular wound and situation.

    Ellipse excisions

    With ellipse excisions, taping is an important aspect of wound care to prevent a stretched up scar despite the support of the deep sutures. Equally important is abstaining where possible from exercise for up to 6 weeks following surgery.  That may not always be possible with people engaged in manual work, but often with care and getting assistance with lifting and carrying, stretching of the scar can be minimised.

    Keloid scarring is a feared outcome for all excisions, however is very uncommon outside of a small group of people who appear to be prone to them.  In this group, silicone gels are utilised and the wound is reviewed 3-4 weeks after surgery to see if there is any sign of keloid formation, which can often appear after apparently normal early healing as a raised red itchy and uncomfortable scar.  Occasionally steroid injections may be used to halt keloid formation or reduce an established keloid scar, but the results are not always satisfactory in this keloid prone group of patients.

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    Minimising Scars After Surgery for Skin Cancer Treatment

    Scars are a natural part of the healing process, especially after skin cancer surgery such as Mohs surgery. While the removal of cancerous cells is crucial, many individuals are concerned about the appearance of scars post-surgery. Fortunately, there are several effective methods and treatments available to minimise scarring and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

    What Are Effective Ways to Reduce Scarring Post Skin Cancer Removal?

    Minimising scarring with proper care is essential in promoting optimal wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars. Following post-operative care instructions, such as keeping the surgical site clean and avoiding excessive sun exposure, can aid in scar prevention. Using silicone gel for scar reduction is a popular method that helps flatten and fade scars over time, improving the skin's appearance.

    Sunscreen plays a crucial role in scar prevention by protecting the skin from harmful UV rays that can darken scars and hinder the healing process. Regular application of sunscreen on the scarred area can help prevent discoloration and promote better scar healing, leading to improved overall skin health.

    What Are the Treatment Options to Reduce the Appearance of Existing Scars?

    Skin grafts are commonly used in scar revision to improve the appearance of existing scars. This procedure involves transferring healthy skin to the scarred area to promote better healing and reduce scar visibility. Utilising injections for scar tissue reduction is another effective method that can help break down scar tissue and improve the overall texture of the skin.

    Benefits of silicone in scar management are well-documented, as silicone sheets or gels can help hydrate the scarred area and improve its elasticity, ultimately leading to a smoother and less noticeable scar. Incorporating silicone products into a scar care routine can significantly enhance the appearance of existing scars.

    How Can Keloid Scars Be Prevented or Treated?

    Understanding keloid formation and treatment is crucial in preventing and managing keloid scars. Keloids are raised scars that extend beyond the original incision site and can be challenging to treat. Effective methods to reduce the likelihood of keloid scarring include using pressure garments or silicone sheets to help flatten and soften the scars.

    Various techniques, such as cryotherapy or laser therapy, can be utilised to minimise keloid scars by targeting excess scar tissue and promoting a more even skin texture. By implementing a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the specific characteristics of keloid scars, individuals can effectively manage and improve the appearance of these challenging scar types.

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  • Why use Melanoma Scan to have my mole removal?

    Melanoma Scan doctors are dedicated skin cancer doctors, who are focussed on giving you the best outcome of your mole removal

    Whether it is a cosmetic shave excision, or a biopsy to diagnose or exclude melanoma, your doctor will provide you with the best experience possible under the circumstances, and the piece of mind that your mole will always be tested to exclude the possibility of melanoma or other skin cancer in the tissue.

    We are dedicated to giving you the best possible cosmetic outcome as well, especially where the mole is removed from the face or body because it is raised and getting traumatised or just generally “in the way”.  In these examples, our primary focus is on achieving an excellent cosmetic outcome. 

    Where melanoma is a possibility, the focus is on giving the pathologist the whole lesion to analyse, so a larger wound may be required, which of course can take longer to heal, but will ensure that the most accurate diagnosis is achieved. Your doctor will guide you through the process step by step to ensure it is pain free and minimise inconvenience.

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Our team of doctors with many years of experience

All three clinics are proud to offer the latest in skin cancer imaging technology with 14 doctors who have a special interest skin cancer and associated conditions. Included on our staff are 5 female skin cancer doctors.

We also can boast a total of eight different languages spoken by amongst our doctors, making our clinic more accessible for patients from diverse backgrounds.

Dr Paul Annells - Melanoma Scan Clinicr Doctor

Dr Paul Annells

Current Qualifications:
BMBS, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

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Dr Reza Moradi - Melanoma Scan Skin Clinic

Dr Reza Moradi

Current Qualifications:
MD, FRACGP, AMC , Senior Lecturer ( UQ)

Languages Spoken: English and Persian

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Dr Dao Vo - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Dao Vo

Current Qualifications:

Languages Spoken: English and Vietnamese

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Dr Marcio Francisco

Dr Marcio Francisco

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, AMC Advanced Standard Certificate, FRAGGP, Master of Medicine, Member of the Skin Cancer College of Australia (SCCA)

Languages: English, Portuguese

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Dr Kate Crilly - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Kate Crilly

Current Qualifications:
MBBS (London), MRCGP, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer).

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Dr Donna Westbrook  - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Donna Westbrook

Current Qualifications:

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Dr Carmen Gutierrez  - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Carmen Gutierrez

Current Qualifications:
MBBS (Barcelona), FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer).

Languages Spoken: English, French and Spanish

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Dr Chris Robinson

Dr. Chris Robinson

Current Qualifications
MBCHB, BSc (1st Class, Hons), MRCGP, Dip Derm (Aus), M Med (skin cancer, Dist), FAID, FSCCA

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Dr Ben Smith

Dr Ben Smith

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Dr Cassandra Faris

Dr Cassandra Faris

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, FRACGP, MMED (Skin Cancer)

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Dr Boon

Dr Boon

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (skin cancer), Primary Skin Cancer, MS (Gen Surg)

Languages Spoken: English and Tamil

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Dr. Julius Soriano

Dr. Julius Soriano

Current Qualifications:
Skin Cancer Doctor

Languages Spoken: English and Filipino

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