Specialists trained in skin surgery.
Our specialists are expertly trained in skin surgery and plastic surgical reconstruction techniques for removal of skin cancers such as melanoma to benign skin lesions. Simple excisions to complex flap and skin grafts are performed under local anaesthetic in our state of the art operating theatres.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold standard for treating skin cancers. Dr Rhonda Harvey is a highly experienced Mohs surgeon and has extensive training in reconstructive surgical techniques. She will advise you if your skin cancer is suitable for Mohs micrographic surgery or if a non-surgical management option is better for you.
Our dermatologists are expertly trained in flap repairs for surgical closures. Flap closures, using the principles of plastic surgery and reconstruction are meticulously designed and customised to each patient to better optimise function and cosmetic outcome.
Surgical removal of skin lesions are performed routinely. A separate appointment may be required for complicated or larger lesions. Lesions are removed under local anaesthetic for cosmetic or medical reasons. Excisions can range from a simple “snip” removal to a larger complicated removal of a lesion requiring closure of individual skin layers.
Dermatologists have expert training in reconstructive skin surgery and skin closures to achieve the best cosmetic and functional result after surgery. Reconstructions can be performed using cartilage (taken from ears), moving lax skin from surrounding areas (flap repairs) or taking skin from a distant site (skin graft). The type of reconstruction depends on the location, size and function of the area that needs to be closed.
Skin grafts are used if the surgical defect to be filled is too large and cannot be closed without significant deformity or functional impairment to the surrounding skin. Skin grafts can either be full thickness, which are commonly taken from in front or behind of the ear, inner arm or neck or split thickness, which are usually harvested the thigh, buttock or abdomen for larger defects.