GV Skin team have put together a set of answers based on some of our most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have accumulated extensive experience in diagnosing and managing skin cancer over the years and have undergone a substantial degree of extra training in the skin cancer field.
We are pleased to advise that within our practice, Dr Wil Chong and Dr Matthew Wong are both Skin Cancer College Accredited. This means that they have successfully completed high level training with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and have proven skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer.
We are affiliating with on-site specialists such as plastic surgeon and dermatologist to manage more complex cases.
- No make-up
- No nail polish
- No fake tan 2 weeks prior to your skin check
- Mark any lesion(s) of concern
The doctor will perform a thorough assessment of your skin from head to toe. Therefore, it will be necessary for you to undress down to your underwear. Genital areas and breasts are not routinely examined. However, skin cancers can occur in any area of the body and you should inform the doctor of any suspicious or concerning spots covered by your underwear. The doctor will only check these areas if you request them to do so.
We aim to provide a more comprehensive screening method to detect skin cancer at its earliest stage by taking photographs of your entire skin surface. Therefore, you will be requested to undress down to your underwear. If there is any spot covered by your underwear, on your scalp, armpits or between your toes or fingers; we would encourage you to inform the operator so we can take photographs of all areas where possible. We offer total body dermoscopy with ATBM. We also request for patient to wear simple underwear with no pattern or lace.
The doctor will:
- Explain the procedure to you and ask for your verbal/written consent to proceed.
- Mark the area concerned
- Clean the area with antiseptic solution
- Numb the area with local anaesthetic
- Make an incision to remove the lesion
- Diathermy small blood vessels when required to stop bleeding
- Suture the wound with superficial non-absorbable suture, (and an absorbable deep suture if required)
- Ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure
- Forward the specimen to a pathologist for microscopic examination
No referral is required but one is preferred, as they can provide accurate and helpful information that will assist us in your treatment. Our doctors will send a progress report to your GP if you are referred or if you request so. Depending on the urgency, a referral from your GP may get you an earlier appointment.
We recommend a full skin check annually; but more frequently for patients with previous skin cancer or patients who are at high-risk of developing skin cancer.
A skin cancer doctor will assess your skin and photographs will be taken if there is any suspicious lesion. If you choose to have mole mapping done, photographs of your entire skin surface will be taken and this will allow us to detect any new or changing lesions as the mole mapping machine analyses them using the latest artificial intelligent technology.
No. In fact, the majority of skin cancers are curable if they are detected and treated early.
- A lesion which changes in size, shape, color, is bleeding, sore or itchy
- New lesion
- Non-healing ulcer
Yes. Only if they have had sunburn, engage in any regular activity which would expose them to sun or if they have any new, changing or concerning lesion detected by themselves or a parent.
- GV Skin & Specialist Centre is a private clinic. There is an out of pocket fee charged for all consultations and procedures. Concession card holders and pensioners will be charged a reduced fee. All patients with Australian residency or citizenship can claim a rebate from Medicare.
- We do not do part payments or payment plans on medical services.
- Credit card and EFTPOS are available.