Skin Lesion Removal Adelaide
Moles, cysts, skin tags, scars, milia and more can feel uncomfortable and can make you feel self-conscious. Most can be easily removed by Dr Kerry.
If you are looking for qualified professionals with decades of experience to perform skin lesion removal in Adelaide then simply request a quote or book a consultation.
Skin Lesion Removal – Adelaide
Lumps, bumps and other growths are very common skin problems that can appear on your body, face or scalp. Doctors often call any of these growths a skin lesion, which makes them sound much more sinister than they usually are!
Even so, any type of skin growth can be uncomfortable or make you feel self-conscious, depending on its location.
Scars are an outward sign of previous damage to your skin, and can also be uncomfortable, limit movement in the affected area and cause you to feel self-conscious, and to cover up.
Most growths can be removed and scars can be revised so their appearance is greatly improved. The first step is to have your skin assessed by Dr Kerry who can then advise on the ideal treatment for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Lesion Removal
Q: What are moles and how are they removed?
Moles, which are also called naevi, are clusters of normal skin cells, which come in different sizes and colours. The surface may be smooth, slightly raised or wrinkled and they can develop anywhere on your face or body. They are often brown coloured and are round or slightly oval-shaped.
There are several different options and reasons for mole removal. Some patients want their mole removed because they don’t like their appearance or because they rub on clothing. Sometimes, patients notice unusual moles or changes in a mole, which always needs to be checked by a doctor and possibly removed.
All moles are checked by Dr Kerry, and if needed, he will talk with you about the best method for removal. Moles can be removed using the Dual Yellow laser, cryosurgery (freezing), cauterization (burning) or by surgical removal.
If necessary, Dr Kerry will also order a biopsy of your mole to check if it is a skin cancer or contains precancerous cells.
Q: How do I know which moles are harmless and which might be skin cancer?
It’s important for all Australians to have a regular skin cancer check. These check are available from your GP, dermatologist, a specialist skin cancer clinic, or from a cosmetic surgeon who has extensive experience in assessing and removing moles and other growths. Many of our patients who are having other cosmetic medicine procedures at the clinic find it convenient to return to Dr Kerry for their regular skin cancer checks.
When checking your skin, Dr Kerry will look for any moles or other lesions that follow the A,B,C,D or E of a possible skin cancer:
Asymmetry: one half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half
Border: the edges are irregular, ragged, or blurred
Colour: the colour is not the same all the way through and/or has shades of tan, brown, or black; or the colour is white, red or blue
Diameter: the size of the mole is greater than 6mm
Evolving: the mole changes shape, size and colour over time
Dr Kerry will also look for any moles that bleed, ulcerate or don’t heal, and for moles that look different from others on your skin.
If Dr Kerry finds any moles with these features, he will usually remove them and send them to pathology for further testing.
Q: What are cysts and how are they removed?
Cysts are closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus or other material. They feel like large peas under your skin surface.
Cysts are caused by infection or clogged oil glands — they can also develop around foreign bodies, like earrings.
While most cysts are painless, their location or size may mean treatment is necessary.
Treatment options include draining the cyst, injecting it with cortisone, or surgical removal.
Q: What are angiomas and how are they removed?
Angiomas or haemangiomas are the noncancerous overgrowth of blood vessels in the skin.
Spider angiomas are very fine vessels, which usually radiate like a spider’s legs or in a cartwheeling pattern. They are common on the face and upper chest.
Cherry angiomas appear like small lumps on the surface of the skin and may be red, blue, purple or almost black. They can develop on any part of the body, but they appear most often around the midtrunk.
While their cause is unknown, treatment is not usually necessary unless they bleed, are irritating, or you don’t like their appearance.
The most accurate treatment option is with the Dual Yellow laser, and you will usually need just one or two treatments.
Q: What are milia and how are they removed?
Milia are tiny white bumps that appear on or around the chin or nose, but can also appear on the cheeks and forehead. They are formed when keratin, which is a protein produced by the skin, becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of skin. Milia are harmless.
Some milia will gradually disappear on their own. If your milia are persistent and bothering you, Dr Kerry can remove them using a sterile needle and eye probe instrument, which he uses to flick out the solid white lump.
Q: What are lipomas and how are they removed?
Lipomas are harmless, slow-growing fatty lumps that are most often located between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. They are easily identified as they move with slight finger pressure — feeling doughy to touch, but they are not usually tender.
Lipomas are often found in middle-aged people. Their cause is not clear, but they may be hereditary or be the result of a minor trauma.
Treatment is not generally necessary for lipomas, unless they are in an uncomfortable location, painful or growing. If necessary, they can be removed surgically or using liposuction.
Q: What are skin tags and how are they removed?
Skin tags are small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin. They’re often found on the chest, armpits, neck, back, under the breasts, or in the groin area. Skin tags appear most often in women (especially with weight gain) and in older people. They are not dangerous, but can be irritating if they get caught on jewellery or clothing.
Skin tags can be easily removed with sterile scissors, using a local anaesthetic if needed.
Q: What are warts and how are they removed?
Warts are small, rough growths that usually appear on your hands or feet, but can affect other body areas. They are caused by different types of the human papillomavirus or HPV for short. HPV enters and infects your body through broken skin.
Medical treatment of warts includes injection, laser, or surgical removal. Warts need to be fully destroyed, or they will regrow or spread.
Warts in the genital area need to be treated by your doctor.
Q: How can the appearance of scars be improved?
Treatment to improve the appearance of scars is called scar revision. While it’s not possible to completely restore skin tissue, scar revision surgery can greatly improve the appearance of scars, and can also reduce the discomfort and restricted movement caused by some scars. Scar revision can provide a boost to your self-esteem.
Dr Kerry will examine your scar and its location and work out the best approach to treatment, which may be surgery, or another treatment option such as cortisone injections.
If Dr Kerry recommends scar revision surgery, he will explain what to expect, the risks and benefits, and the after-care treatment you will need.
Q: What is the next step from here?
If you are ready to boost your confidence and do something important for yourself, then it’s time to call 8367 0111 and book your initial consultation. Alternatively you can click here to get a quote.
During your consultation, we will work out if this treatment is suitable for you, provide you with a step-by-step description of the treatment and answer any of your questions. You will also have the opportunity to see untouched photographs that clearly show the results of treatment.
Meet Dr George Kerry – Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Regarded as one of Australia’s top hair transplant and cosmetic surgeons, Dr Kerry has been successfully working in the field of cosmetic surgery and medicine for over 25 years
Dr Kerry and his team of highly trained medical and paramedical professionals are committed to the wellbeing of patients who want more for themselves. The team offer state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery and non-surgical services delivered with best practice in an environment of safety, privacy and comfort.
We are located at 206 Melbourne St, North Adelaide SA 5006
* These testimonials depict the experience of the individual and are not necessarily an indication of your results. Every individual is different and it is best to contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
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