Skin cancer is when abnormal cells in the outermost layer of skin grow uncontrollably, caused by overexposure to UV rays from the sun. Growth of these abnormal cells sets off mutations that causes the skin cells to multiply and form malignant tumours. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, mainly because of the ozone hole, the warmer climate that promotes increased outdoor sun exposure, as well as the genetic profile of our population.
Surgery for skin cancer is known as ‘wide local excision’ or ‘surgical excision’ which is also common in breast cancer surgery. A local anaesthetic is numbs the general area then the cancerous tissue is removed along with 2mm – 10mm of surrounding healthy tissue (known as margin). This margin tissue is then pathology checked for cancer cells to make sure the cancer has been completely removed. These results take around a week and if cancer cells are present in the margin then you may need further surgery or radiation therapy.
After this surgery stitches are used to close the wound, so you will have a scar which will become less noticeable over time. As with all scars you will notice the area to be tender and tight for a few days.
If the cancer and margin that’s been removed is large then there are two types of reconstruction that Dr Aggarwal can perform:
Usually it spreads first to nearby lymph nodes and then may spread to lymph nodes or skin of various parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain, bones, or other organs. For this reason, before surgery, a biopsy is performed on your lymph nodes to check if the cancer has spread to them. If there are cancer cells in your lymph nodes then they will be removed as well.
As a plastic surgeon, Dr Aggarwal treats skin cancers almost on a daily basis, with skin cancers forming a large part of his public and private practice.
Skin cancers are generally more common in People:
Skin cancers including melanoma can occur in any racial type of skin, highlighting the importance of:
At MODE, we receive referrals from GPs and Dermatologists, and work hand in hand with them in the care of skin cancers. As a Plastic Surgeon, Dr Aggarwal’s expertise is to precisely treat skin cancers with the best possible scar result.
Not all skin lesions are skin cancers. In fact many are not and can be treated via non-surgical means.
These lesions are small, irritated areas of the skin usually due to sun damage. They are also known as ‘sun spots’, or ‘solar keratosis.’
One of the most common lesions found on the skin, affecting up to 44% of men and 37% of women aged 20-69yo (in a prevalence study conducted in Nambour QLD). The number of these lesions increases with age.
What do actinic keratosis look like?
Where do they occur?
Do they have any symptoms?
What happens to actinic keratosis?
Do skin cancers come from actinic keratosis?
What are the treatment options for actinic keratosis?
Are there alternatives to surgery for SCC?
Yes these include:
A variety of techniques are used by Dr Aggarwal to reconstruct the defect after the skin cancer is removed.
At all times the treatment of skin cancer is paramount, taking appropriate margins and performing the reconstruction that offers the best long term cosmetic result.
Every surgery carries risks, and therefore one must consider if risks outweigh the benefits for your own personal situation. If they do then the surgery may be well worth it. Dr Aggarwal will discuss the pros and cons of surgery with you during your consultation.
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If sedation or general anaesthetic is required, it is delivered by an accredited anaesthetist
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We provide written quotes, so there are no surprises.
We make you our top priority. Need to ask a question, worried about dressings or something else post op? We will always be at your beck and call.
Our patients love us! Feel free to read our reviews online on independent websites, or you can speak to some of our existing patients who will gladly speak about their plastic surgery journey.
We pride our practice in personalised, professional and ethical care. Your safety and satisfaction is our utmost priority – we only provide sedation or general anaesthesia in accredited facilities and after your procedure you will have direct access to Dr Aggarwal and his staff to answer any questions or concerns.
At your first consultation, Dr Aggarwal will explain a personalised treatment option for your desired results. A comprehensive medical history and examination is followed by discussion of surgery, examination of before and after photographs and trial of implants in the case of breast augmentation. Remember to bring a referral for your consultation, to claim the Medicare Rebate.
We will always be upfront about all costs of surgery including surgical, anaesthetic and hospital fees. Our quotes are valid for 12 months so there is no pressure to decide quickly.
To help achieve your goals, we will tailor treatment options to what you actually need. We will never recommend surgical or non surgical treatment if its not going to achieve what you want. We aim to deliver beautiful, natural results.
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