OUR SERVICE DURING COVID-19
Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancer clinics are an essential service.
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Questions about our Service
How long does a skin check take?
A skin check takes between 10 minutes and 30 minutes.
A ‘short appointment’ lasts up to 15 minutes whilst a ‘long appointment’ lasts up to 30 minutes.
The booking process asks a few questions that help to identify patients who require a longer appointment.
What equipment do you use for my skin check?
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.
I have a skin cancer that I want removed.
Please note that the service specialises in the early diagnosis of skin cancer.
We do offer skin cancer surgery for skin cancer :
However, we do not offer surgery for skin cancer
Patients requiring surgery outside of the above parameters are referred to the public hospital or to a private plastic surgeon.
Who do I see for a skin flap or skin graft?
Flaps or grafts are not performed at South East Skin Clinic because we specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of early skin cancer.
Your four options are:
Why has a friend of mine had 3 moles removed that are all benign?
Our expertise lies in the combination of expert dermatoscopy with judicious use of skin biopsy.
There are three outcomes following a very close dermatoscopic examination:
Fact Check: The number of excisions required for a single melanoma diagnosis varies considerably between different doctors
When there is uncertainty, the skin cancer doctor will discuss with you the way forward – usually monitoring or a biopsy.
Can you monitor lesions of potential threat?
Lesions of potential threat are either biopsied or monitored using the Visiomed mole scanner.
Can a biopsy performed at the time of the skin check?
The skin check may reveal a concerning lesion that requires a biopsy.
Shave biopsy is usually performed at the time of your appointment but we would ask you to make a separate appointment for:
How frequently are skin checks recommended?
An annual skin check is generally recommended for adults who have mild to moderate risk factors for skin cancer.
Should I remove makeup?
Light Makeup may be worn prior to a skin check. Permission will be sought to remove small areas of makeup if required.
Can you remove skin tags or other benign lesions?
Skin tags and some types of sebaceous cysts may be removed on request. An initial consultation is required to discuss treatment options.
Removal of these lesions is generally not covered by medicare rebates unless a biopsy is required to rule out skin cancer.