New Zealand has the highest rate of Melanoma in the world. Regular skin checks with experienced doctors are proven to be highly effective in detecting and diagnosing skin cancers, and improving the outcome for patients with skin cancer.
Our Doctors can also treat sun damage before it becomes a skin cancer.
Book in for your annual skin check today!
A Skin Cancer and Mole Check is a 30 minute appointment. It involves a full consultation with the doctor, a full body examination using a dermoscope, and may include dermal imaging of any suspicious moles.
Should any skin lesions require biopsy, excision or treatment, this is able to be done in-house and a quote will be provided at the time of the initial skin check.
For any suspicious or undetermined lesions or moles, a skin biopsy or formal excision is usually recommended, so that that a tissue sample can be taken and sent to a laboratory to check for the presence of skin cancer.
Local anaesthetic is always provided for skin excision procedures to minimise pain or discomfort.
Cosmetic Radiosurgery by the Ellman Surgitron® system allows the removal of cosmetic lumps and bumps on the face and body with virtually no risk of scarring. All treatments are performed by experienced Cosmetic Physicians. Previously, benign lesions removed for cosmetic reasons on the face were removed by surgical excision leaving a linear scar. With the Ellman Surgitron® only the lesion itself is removed, after a small amount of anaesthetic administered by a very fine needle under the lesion. Immediately after excision, there is simply a small, raw non-bleeding surface no bigger than the original surface area of the lesion. This forms a scab and 7-10 days later there is a fresh healthy layer of new skin which over time blends in to the normal skin colour.
The use of Surgitron technology in cosmetic radio-surgery is increasing rapidly because it delivers far more superior results than other conventional scalpel-based surgery. The major differences are:
No pressure is used for cutting tissues by Surgitron. It is the radio wave which does the cutting.
There are no absolute power settings on the machine; surgeons learn settings only by experience. For example, a small moist lesion will require much less power to remove than a larger fibrous keratinized lesion.
If repeated incisions need to be made on the same lesion, time is allowed to let the edges cool down in-between the cuts, usually up to 10 seconds.
Rather than removing the whole lesion in one attempt, better cosmetic results are obtained by removing it piece-by-piece and “planning” the lesion until it is flushed with the surrounding skin.
Surgitron uses advanced radio-wave technology that provides unparalleled surgical control, precision, versatility, and safety. A surgical electrode, made out of fine tungsten wire, emits radio-waves at 3.8MHz and glides through tissue with no pressure. The cutting effect is performed without crushing cells. Heat is generated by resistance offered by tissue to the passage of a radio frequency wave which disintegrates and volatizes the cells in its path. It causes the tissue to split apart as if it had been cut with a sharp razor-blade. An equally significant advantage is that the electrode is self-sterilizing while in use, diminishing the likelihood of post procedure infection.
Growths treated include moles, skin tags, seborrhoiec keratoses, warts, verruccas, and other raised lesions, and facial veins.`
The cost of Ellman Surgitron® treatment varies depending on the number of growths removed, but typically starts from $180
Contact us to find out the best treatment for your concern.