As well as offering comprehensive dermatological assessment, the doctors at Kingsley Medical provide a variety of biopsy options. This is a means by which samples of tissue are collected and tested in order to identify the type of skin lesion and which treatment is most appropriate. It is vital that this is performed correctly to obtain an accurate diagnosis and to minimize scarring at the biopsy site. The procedure should be painless and when performed correctly should negate the need for unnecessary excisions and unsightly scars.
Our harsh summer sun makes Australia the skin-cancer capital of the world. Annual head-to-toe skin checks are recommended for all adults and should be conducted by a Dermatologist or General Practitioner who specialises in dermatology. This is an opportunity to have your skin assessed thoroughly and discuss the warning signs to look out for as your skin ages. This is an ideal opportunity to bring your partner to the consultation so that areas of the body that are more difficult to monitor yourself can be assessed and discussed. This enables you and your partner to perform regular ‘home-checks’ on each other and observe any evolving skin lesions.
During your consultation you will be instructed on the ABC’s of skin assessment. You will be guided on how to perform regular home self-checks and you will be instructed on which lesions need removal, biopsy or ongoing monitoring.
A thorough head-to-toe examination will take around 15 minutes and will include examination/dermoscopy of:
- The scalp, face and neck
- The mouth and ears
- The chest and abdomen
- The arms and legs (including fingers and toes)
- The back/torso
You will also be advised on how to perform home assessments of the genital and peri-anal region.
Lesion biopsy, cryotherapy, cautery or excision can be arranged following a complete skin check. All surgical procedures including biopsies incur a surgical theatre fee.
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