Skin Lesions and Skin Tumours
A skin lesion may be described as an abnormal growth or area of skin that differs from the surrounding skin. There are two categories of skin lesions – primary and secondary.
Primary skin lesions are those that a person is born with such as birthmarks or moles and secondary skin lesions are those that may be acquired during a lifetime such as warts, psoriasis and acne or allergic reaction lesions such as contact dermatitis and hives. Sunburn is also categorised as a secondary skin lesion.
Skin lesions may occur for many reasons that include hereditary reasons – freckles and moles and these are benign growths and will not disappear unless there is surgical or non-surgical intervention, poor circulation and disease such as small pox, chicken pox and herpes. Treatment for all lesions will depend on the underlying cause.
Moles are extremely common and may appear on the face and other parts of the body. The removal of moles generally happens at our clinic and is usually a fairly simple surgical procedure. A GP will usually refer you to Dr Milovic should you require surgery and want the best cosmetic outcome. Before the mole is removed a local anaesthetic is introduced to the area to ensure that you are pain-free. The wound may or may not require stitches and following removal the mole is sent for biopsy to detect any abnormal cell growth.
The most common treatment is to excise the lesion and either directly close the wound, where the lesion is small, or reconstruct the wound with a skin flap or graft. Dr Milovic is, as a (plastic and cosmetic surgeon, highly qualified to perform reconstructive surgery) to close the wound following excision of a skin lesion and to employ minimal scarring techniques.
Will I have scarring?
Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery, including skin lesion excision surgery. Dr Milovic will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible.
Dr Milovic will also provide you with a scar management protocol, and discuss the best option for you.
Lipomas are known as “soft tissue” tumours and are generally non-cancerous or benign. They are composed of fat cells or adipose tissue. They are soft to the touch, are moveable and are usually painless.
Book an appointment for a consultation with Dr Milovic if you are unsure about your lesion or growth, and Dr Milovic will determine whether treatment such as skin tumour cosmetic surgery is required or not.
Scar tissue forms after injury or after surgery. Scars can appear red and thick and can cause irritation; they can also be visually unattractive and can cause embarrassment and they may be treated both surgically and non-surgically. Intervention will improve the appearance of the scar and on occasion where the scar hampers movement either to muscle or a joint, scar revision can improve function. Dr Milovic uses the most innovative and advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to minimise the appearance of the scar and to improve functionality when required.