Skin Treatments

Skin Cancer Removal Brighton Melbourne

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. We provide complete care to remove and reconstruct areas affected by skin cancer.

Skin cancer removal & reconstruction

Almost half of the adult population will have at least one form of skin cancer during their life. We are determined to help prevent and treat skin cancer for our sun lovers here in Melbourne.

Types of skin cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. All three types generally require some form of surgical intervention. Ongoing surveillance is also needed to ensure these cancers do not progress.

More than ninety-five percent of skin cancers can be cured if treated early. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common and least aggressive form of skin cancer. They continue to grow only in their original location. BCCs do not tend to spread to elsewhere in the body. Therefore, once the cancer has been completely removed surgically, no further treatment is required.

What is involved during skin cancer treatment?

Removal of most skin cancers can be performed under local anaesthetic. We can do this in our Melbourne practice. After skin cancer removal it is not uncommon to close the wound with sutures. A straight-line scar will be left in the process. However, in certain areas of the body, and in the case of large skin cancers, this is not possible and a skin graft or local skin flap may be required. If this is the case, then the procedure may be performed in a hospital setting. Therefore, you may require an overnight admission.

Skin Cancer Removal Melbourne

A skin graft is a piece of skin that is removed from one part of the body. It is then moved to another to allow closure of a wound. The site that the skin was taken from is usually one with spare skin. It can then be closed directly with sutures. Sometimes a skin graft will not give a very good cosmetic result. In this case, a local skin flap may be chosen as a better option by your surgeon. This involves moving skin around from an area adjacent to the skin cancer to allow closure of the wound. The advantage of this technique is that it uses skin that is most similar to that removed with the skin cancer. This provides a very good colour, contour and texture match. The disadvantage is that you will end up with more scarring. Mr Morgan will outline the particular requirements in your situation. His surgical plan will be discussed with you prior to proceeding with treatment.