Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It is the most common form of cancer.

What is this procedure?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It is the most common form of cancer in Australia. Skin cancer usually appears when the skin cells are exposed to too much Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun. Skin cancers can vary greatly in appearance. However, most skin cancers start as small skin changes such as lumps, discolouration or sores that increase in size over time.

Any skin abnormalities should be assessed first by the patient's GP and then referred to a plastic surgeon if surgical treatment is needed. The danger of skin cancer is that it could infiltrate underlying tissue or spread to other organs of the body if left untreated.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): is the most common type of skin cancer, however the least dangerous. It usually occurs in areas of long term sun exposure, especially the face, head, neck and upper body regions. BCCs, usually appear as a pearly" lump that looks like a flesh-coloured mole or a pimple; they bleed rarely. BCCs tend to grow slowly, over months to years and rarely spread beyond their original site. However, if left untreated, it can grow deep underneath the skin into the underlying tissue and bone, causing serious damage.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): is the next most common form of skin cancer, which grows faster than BCC and is more often seen in older adults. It often appears on the head and neck, hands and forearms, which usually get more sunlight. SCC looks like a red, scaly, quickly growing spot or lump which is usually thickened and can break down, bleed and ulcerate. SCCs are more serious and dangerous than BCCs. They can spread to other parts of the body if not treated quickly, and therefore, can become life-threatening.

Melanoma: the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most dangerous kind. Melanoma can occur on any part of the body, including the areas that have not been exposed to the sun. It can develop from an existing mole or appear as a new, brown, red or black spot that changes and grows in size. Melanoma can be successfully cured if diagnosed early. However, it can spread throughout the body and is therefore deadly if left untreated.

Melanoma in situ/Stage 0 Melanoma: the cancer cells are in the top layer of the skin. The melanoma cells are all contained in the area and have not grown into deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, it could be cured by wide surgical excision.

Solar/Actinic Keratoses (sunspot): pre-cancerous skin growths, sometimes developing into SCC. Rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excess sun exposure. They can be prevented by staying out of the sun as much as possible and using sunscreens and clothing. However, they need to be noticed and treated before they turn into cancer.

What can be achieved?

Skin cancers can be treated through different methods depending on the type of cancer, its stage of growth and location on the body. However, most skin cancers may require surgery to remove the cancerous growth, reconstruct the resultant defect and create the best outcome.

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FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are consultations?

For minor procedures, like moles, lesion & skin cancer removal, we can book you in for a 15 minute Short Consultation with Dr Mo.

For all major surgical procedures, we recommend a 1 hour Long Consultation with Dr Mo to go through your surgical needs & review your health in detail.

If you decide to proceed with surgery, you will need to attend a Pre-Op Consultation, which can be claimed back from Medicare

Pricing for consultations are:
Short Consult (15 min) – $250
Short Consult - Pensioner – $200
Long Consult (1 hr) – $350
Follow-Up Consult (15 min) – $130
Pre-Op Consult (15 min) – Medicare Rebate Price

A $100 deposit will need to be paid to confirm your booking.
You may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate on your consultation fee with a referral letter from a GP. Pensioners may also be eligible for a reduced rate. Please bring your Pensioner card with you.

Please ask our friendly team for more information when booking your consultation.

How do I book a consultation?

If you would like to book a consultation, please either:

• Complete the Booking Form on our website
• Send us an email to hello@drmohaghegh.com.au with your name & contact details for a call back
• Call our Double Bay Clinic on 1300 074 466 to speak to our friendly staff

We look forward to meeting you & taking care of you throughout your journey with us.

What is the after surgery care & recovery process like?

Once you have finished in theatre you will be looked after by a team of medical staff ensuring you are comfortable whilst you rest at the hospital.

You will be fitted at the hospital with your surgical garment which you will wear during your recovery process.

After undergoing your surgery you will have a post operative appointment the following day with Dr Mohaghegh either in clinic or at the hospital depending on the procedure performed.

The post operative appointments are tailored to each patient’s needs and their Recovery Plan, however, Post-Op Follow Up checks are generally required at 1 week, 2 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months after the completion of your procedure. Post-Op Follow Up Checks are included as a part of our fees and no additional fees apply.

At the Follow Up Checks, Dr Mo and his nurse will:
• Review your surgical site
• Review and change the dressing as needed
• Scar management

Do you offer virtual/remote consultations?

Yes, Dr Mohaghegh does provide virtual/remote consultations for patients who aren't able to come into the clinic.

For patients who are able to visit the clinic, we highly recommend you to see Dr Mohaghegh in-person for the best possible assessment.

How much does plastic surgery cost?

The costs of Plastic Surgery will vary from patient to patient, and based on the details of your surgical plan, which includes:

• which procedures are to be performed
• the number of surgeries needed to complete the process, and
• the complexity of their needs.

After your consultation with Dr Mo, we will provide you with a detailed surgical plan & quote of the surgeon’s fees, as well as estimated costs for hospital fees, anaesthetists fees, etc.

You may be eligible to claim a rebate from your Private Health Fund for hospital costs depending on your level of cover.

You may be eligible for Medicare Rebates for some non-cosmetic procedures with an item number. Keep in mind, however, that Medicare only covers reconstructive surgeries that are deemed medically necessary. Procedures that are performed for solely cosmetic reasons are typically not covered by Medicare.

Please contact us if you require detailed information about pricing & your surgical needs.

The cost of body contouring after major weight loss will vary for each patient depending on the reason for your body contouring, you may be eligible for Medicare coverage.

How much does it cost for skin lesion & skin cancer removal?

For minor surgeries, like skin lesions & skin cancer removal, we charge based on the time required to perform the procedure.

This fee also covers their follow up appointments for 6 weeks.

Our out of pocket fees for minor procedures are:
Up to 15 min – $300
15-30 mins – $550
30-45 mins – $750
45-60 mins – $900

Book an appointment

Schedule your first consultation to start your journey.

Every patient is unique, and so are their surgical needs. We want to take the time to listen to you and understand what you and your body needs, before we can tell you how we can help. So the best way is to book you in for a one hour face-to-face consultation with Dr Mo.