Standard Skin Cancer Check - Consists of a 30-40min appointment with a clinical nurse specialist and all images taken double checked by an accredited skin cancer doctor. This appointment involves head-to-toe skin assessment and a management plan to address any concerns. The physical skin examination may also include 1) examination of the scalp and palpating skin lesions, 2) clinical and/or dermoscopic images being made of specific lesions and 3) any subsequent oral, non-invasive and/or topical treatments as necessary. Important to note that areas beneath undergarments are only examined at patient's request and prior consent. Duplicate reports authorized by Dr Wynand Louw are available on request for the patient's regular GP or referring clinician, as well as in-practice auditing purposes as required by the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Dermoscopy - Dermoscopy is a technique for viewing skin lesions e.g. moles through a special hand-held microscope. This increases the doctor's or nurse's ability to distinguish accurately between suspicious moles and other benign lesions. Images can also be stored on a computer and monitored for change over time.
Total Body Photography - Service Not Provided by Skin Medic Ltd. The whole body’s skin surface is captured in a series of high-resolution digital photographs. By comparing past and present images, the doctor is able to decide which changes warrant further investigation. This service is optional and is available through MoleMap in New Zealand. High-risk patients that will benefit from total body photography, include those with more than 100 moles, atypical moles, a personal or family history of melanoma, recurrent sunburn episodes and chronic skin disorders.
Cryotherapy - Cryotherapy is a common treatment for small and superficial skin lesions. The skin lesions and surrounding skin are frozen with liquid nitrogen. The frozen cells rupture as they thaw out and cell death occurs. The skin will gradually heal over a period of 3 to 4 weeks.
Electro-Cauterization - Electro-Cauterization is routinely used in minor surgery to remove skin tags and suspicious lesions. A small metal probe with an electric current running through it is used to destroy the tissue. It can also be used to burn and seal blood vessels, which helps to stop bleeding during surgery.
Curettage - Curettage is a treatment involving controlled scraping of a superficial skin lesion. The doctor uses an instrument called a curette. The deeper layers of the skin are left intact allowing the skin to regenerate and heal.
Punch Biopsy - A punch biopsy is usually a quick procedure performed under local anaesthetic using a punch. This can be done by a doctor or a trained nurse. A punch is an instrument for cutting and removing a disk of tissue. It leaves a neat circular hole that usually heals well without needing stitches.
Surgical Excision - During an excision, a suspicious skin lesion is cut out, along with a small area of normal skin. This is usually a simple procedure, which can be performed at the clinic under local anaesthetia with lidocaine and adrenaline. The wound is closed with stitches and the specimen send away for histological analysis. Skin flap techniques or skin grafts may sometimes be used to help replace lost tissue in more extensive excisions.
Topical Field Therapy - Sometimes doctors are faced with patients who are covered in sun damage, also called field cancerization. This condition describes both clinical and subclinical lesions within a given anatomical region e.g. the face. For these patients, a different therapeutic approach, known as field therapy, is needed. The goal of field therapy is the eradication of both the clinically visible and subclinical actinic keratosis within the treatment area.
Photodynamic Therapy - Is a form of phototherapy using nontoxic photosensitive substances that are exposed selectively to light. Whereupon exposure to red or blue light these substances become toxic to targeted malignant and other diseased cells. PDT has proven ability to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. PDT is also regularly used in treating acne. Read More>>
Diode or Intense Pulsed Light - Diode/IPL hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that utilises a broad spectrum lightsources, with a general spectral range of 420 to 1200 nm to target various chromophores in the skin. A course of 4 - 6 treatments will improve many skin conditions including: spider veins, rosacea, acne, sun spots, wrinkles and unwanted dark hairs. Read More>>
Botulinum Toxin Injections - Botulinum toxin injections are non-surgical cosmetic treatments for moderate wrinkles and frown lines. Botulinum toxin works by blocking nerve transmission to temporarily reduce the contractions of the facial muscles that cause frown lines. It has also been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating under the armpits. Read More>>
Micro-needling Therapy - Micro-needling therapy is a safe, non-ablative, non-surgical, less invasive treatment solution to various skin conditions, such as photo-aging, scarring and hyper pigmentation. Equipped with sterilized micro needles the dermal roller penetrates the skin to increase the production of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin. This further allows serums, gels and other skin treatments to infiltrate deeper into the skin for optimal absorption and effectiveness, thus increasing skin regeneration.
Note: Please contact us if you require information about skin procedures not listed above.