What happens during a skin check?
At the initial consultation the doctor will take your history and ask you questions about your general health, examine you and suggest an appropriate treatment. If this involves surgical removal of a lesion the procedure will be explained to you at this consultation as well as any potential risks associated with the procedure.The procedure will NOT usually be undertaken at this time and another appointment will be booked for you.
How long does the skin check take?
Generally you will need to allow approximately one hour for your skin check. This may vary depending on your skin type and the number of moles and spots to be looked at. In the case of people who have many moles/lesions to be checked, your visit may need to be structured over two visits.
How much does a skin check cost?
The cost for a skin check will vary depending on the time spent checking your skin. If you hold a valid Medicare card, in most cases you will be able to claim a rebate to offset your costs.
Do I have to get undressed?
Yes – down to your underwear.
Can I wear makeup?
No! You will need to remove all make up prior to your skin check. You will also need to remove nail polish from fingernails and toenails, as thorough skin checks involve checking these areas.
What happens after the skin check?
Depending on your level of risk for developing skin cancer, the doctor may recommend regular follow up skin checks. The frequency for follow up skin checks can vary from every few months, to once every year.
We have a system in place to send you a skin check reminder, but it is also a good idea to keep your own record of when a follow up skin check is due.
What happens if the doctor finds anything which could be skin cancer?
The doctor will tell you straight away if you have any moles or spots which require testing and a booking will be made for you as soon as possible. To test the mole or spot the doctor will either take a small biopsy, or completely excise the spot of concern – under local anaesthetic.
After the mole / lesion is removed, it is sent to pathology for testing. Test results can take from one to several days, depending on the pathology provider.
Depending on the findings you may be required to attend for further excision, so it is important that your results are followed up.
It is also important to understand that in some instances you may be referred onto a specialist for follow up treatment.
How much does the biopsy/excision cost?
All procedures involving biospy or excision will incur a fee. The fee will largely be dependent on the number of moles/lesion being removed, and if you hold a valid Medicare card; generally as a guide your out of pocket for this service will range from $80 - $300.
Where are the procedures performed?
All procedures are performed in our rooms under sterile conditions. All our surgical equipment is cleaned and sterilised according to the highest Australian industry standards.
Can I drive after the surgery?
If you are required to have a procedure, generally there is no restriction on this given all removals of lesions are performed under local anaesthetic.
When can I go back to work?
As lesion removal is a walk in walk out procedure there should be no hesitation in returning to normal duties, with the exception of physical exercise which will need to be modified if you have had sutures.