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  • Service
  • Skin Check – Standard
  • Skin Check -Longer
  • Biopsy – Shave
  • Biopsy – Shave x 2
  • Biopsy – Shave x 3
  • Biopsy – Punch
  • Excision – Standard
  • Excision – large
  • Excision – Grafts or flaps
  • Out of Pocket
  • $46.80
  • $91.05
  • $29.90
  • $52.35
  • $71.08
  • $75.60
  • $150
  • $165
  • N/A
  • Total (without rebate)
  • $85
  • $165
  • $75
  • $120
  • $150
  • $120
  • varies with medicare rebate
  • varies with medicare rebate
  • Referral Required
  • Medicare Rebate
  • $38.20
  • $73.95
  • $45.10
  • $67.65
  • $78.92
  • $44.40
  • varies
  • varies
  • varies

General FAQs

Questions about our Service

Please note that the service specialises in the early diagnosis of skin cancer.

We do offer skin cancer surgery for skin cancer :

  • under 1.5cm in size AND
  • located on the arms, legs (above the knee) , shoulders, abdomen or trunk.

However, we do not offer surgery for skin cancer

  • On the ears, face or scalp
  • Below the knees
  • Skin Cancer larger than 1.5cm in Diameter

Patients requiring surgery outside of the above parameters are referred to the public hospital or to a private plastic surgeon.

Flaps or grafts are not performed at Skin Clinic.

There are a number of plastic surgeons in Brisbane who perform skin cancer surgery privately, and we are able to arrange an urgent appointment when required – usually within days.

The Mater Adult Hospital in South Brisbane accepts biopsy-proven skin cancer referrals for complex skin surgery under the public system, and the waiting time is acceptable.

The skin cancer doctor will look very closely at an unusual mole.

There are three outcomes following a very close dermatoscopic examination:

  • No longer any concern
  • Possible melanoma – unlikely, but cannot be absolutely ruled out – either follow up within 1-3 months, or biopsy
  • Medium or high likelihood of melanoma: Surgical Excision is required

Fact Check: The number of excisions required for a single melanoma diagnosis varies between around 5 for the Dermatoscopic expert, to 20 for the non-expert doctor.

As you can see, even in expert hands, the dermatoscopic tool is not specific enough to be sure about every lesion.

When there is uncertainty, the skin cancer doctor will discuss with you the way forward – usually monitoring or a biopsy.

We use three different mole scan devices.

The most impressive is The Visiomed D120 mole scanner. This is a fully-fledged mole scanner with a dedicated PC and dedicated mole mapping software.

Lesions of potential threat are either biopsied or monitored using the Visiomed mole scanner.

A skin check takes between 10 and 25 minutes.

A ‘short appointment’ lasts up to 15 minutes whilst a ‘long appointment’ lasts 20-30 minutes.

The booking process involves a few simple questions about your skin and are designed to identify patients who require a longer appointment.

The skin check may reveal a concerning lesion that requires a biopsy.

The doctor will discuss with you the options.

Shave biopsy can often be performed at the time of your appointment.

An annual skin check is generally recommended for adults who have mild to moderate risk factors for skin cancer.

It’s clearly best not to wear makeup for a full skin check appointment.

However, a skin check will still be performed where there is makeup. In this event, permission will be sought to remove small areas of makeup to view specific lesions that have been identified.

Skin tags or other benign lesions may be removed on request.

Removal of these lesions is generally not covered by medicare rebates unless there is concern over skin cancer.

You may also request removal of a sebaceous cyst and for which there is usually a medicare rebate.

The removal procedure will need to be booked in.

Author: Dr Richard Beatty

Last Modified:   27/9/2019

First published: 03/12/2014