Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery & Melanoma

New Zealand has the highest skin cancer rate in the world. Skin cancer is even more common than all other cancers combined. The most important risk factor for skin cancer is UV radiation from the sun, but there are also other factors such as genetic susceptibility and use of certain medications. Some skin cancers are more aggressive than others so it is essential to get a correct diagnosis.

Available procedures & treatments from KM Surgical:


Mole & Lesion Management

Abnormal or unsightly moles and other skin lesions can be treated by our dermatologists in a number of ways ensuring best outcomes with accurate diagnosis.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery, or Mohs surgery, is a precise surgical technique in which the complete excision of skin cancer is checked by microscopic margin control.

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision is aimed at completely removing a skin lesion. This can either be a proven or suspected skin cancer, or a benign (harmless) lesion that is excised for medical or cosmetic reasons. At KM Surgical our focus is on optimal aesthetic outcomes.

Imiquimod

This cream stimulates our own immune system to create an immune response aimed at killing cancer (or virus-infected) cells. This generally leads to an inflammatory response that may include redness, swelling and crusting which is a normal reaction to this treatment.

Cosmetic/Surgical Excision

Cosmetic surgical excision is aimed at completely removing or improving a skin lesion. Many different options are available to a cosmetic dermatologist to achieve optimal results where a practical and aesthetic due is essential.

5-Fluorouracil

Essentially this is chemotherapy in a cream formulation. The chemotherapy agent kills the cancerous cells in the skin selectively while leaving normal skin intact

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to treat superficial skin lesions such as actinic keratoses and benign conditions such as viral warts, seborrhoeic keratoses and solar lentigines (age spots).

Skin Flap

A skin flap is a surgical method used to close a surgical wound.

Skin Graft

A skin graft is a piece of skin tissue that is taken from a different site and grafted into a surgical wound to close the defect.

Skin Biopsy

Sometimes your dermatologist may wish to take a skin biopsy to get more information about your skin condition or lesion. This may assist with making correct diagnosis or deciding what the best treatment option is for you. Biopsies are undertaken with local anaesthetic.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is used for superficial skin cancer, solar keratoses and for facial rejuvenation. Allumera® is a light-activated cream designed to improve the overall appearance of skin by acting as a photodynamic cosmetic agent.
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