Full skin assessments
When undertaking a skin check the Doctor will first take an in-depth history of the health of your skin and assess your risk factors for skin cancer. They will then move onto performing a full skin assessment. The findings of the examination will be discussed, recommendations will be personalised depending on your individual skin cancer risk factors.
During the examination, the doctor may take a biopsy (cutting out a small sample of skin) of an abnormal skin spot and send it to a specialised histopathologist for further evaluation. Results from pathology are reported in just a few days.
Surgical excision is one of the most successful skin cancer treatments, and most excisions are simple, leaving a small, straight-edged wound.
The Doctors at Merthyr Medical Centre can perform more complex excisions in the clinic using plastic surgery and reconstructive techniques, like flap repairs and grafts, which may be required for excisions on the face, nose, ears, scalp, and lower legs.
Our procedures are performed in our dedicated onsite walk-in walk-out treatment room under local anaesthetic (while awake) and with a registered nurse assisting the doctor during the surgery.
Absorbable sutures are used in most surgical cases. These require removal in 7-14 days after the procedure. In certain circumstances dissolvable sutures can be used which do not require removal.
Following your skin procedure, the registered nurse will dress your wound and discuss how you need to care for your wound at home. You will be given instructions on what to look out for, and when to come back in for a dressing check or removal of stitches if necessary.
Should you require a more invasive or extensive procedure requiring general anaesthetic and/or hospitalisation, we will refer you to a specialist surgeon (of your choice where possible) for treatment.
Some skin cancers respond well to less-invasive treatment options which we have available, such as:
Curettage and diathermy: a minor procedure for some superficial skin cancers in which the skin is numbed with local anaesthetic and the lesion is scraped away. After which blood vessels are then heated to seal off any bleeding.
MoleMax Skin Checks
Dr Leon Kondos and Dr Jamie Hwang are highly trained in the use our MoleMAX machine, which allows for very high magnification with special light frequencies to let the doctor look into the structure of the skin. This technology enables us to scan spots and moles 2mm under the skin to determine with great accuracy the likelihood of the presence of Melanoma.