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Skin cancer is characterised by an abnormal growth of skin cells, usually in areas frequently exposed to the sun. The UV rays cause the skin to mutate, leading it to change colour and texture over time, often in the form of lumps, scaly spots, or irregular moles. However, some skin cancers can appear in areas that do not usually see sunlight, and for this reason, regular skin checks are important. If cancer is caught in its early stages, it can be safely removed with minimal damage to the skin. Surgical removal of malignant skin lesions will ensure the cancerous cells do not spread to other areas of the body.

Skin Cancer Symptoms

Cancerous lesions come in various shapes and sizes and usually begin as pre-cancerous spots. Whilst these pre-cancerous lesions are slow-growing and not immediately dangerous, they should still be examined and removed if necessary. Cancerous spots commonly appear on areas exposed to sunlight, such as the face, scalp, ears, shoulders, and hands. Common symptoms include:

  • Lumps or patches of skin that look different from the surrounding skin
  • A mole that changes colour, shape, or size
  • Scaly, non-healing sores
  • A spot that regularly bleeds

A professional will be able to examine your spots to determine if they are non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). In some cases, a biopsy will be taken to determine whether your skin contains cancerous cells. If cancerous cells are found, you will need to have the lesion removed.

Skin Cancer Causes

A number of factors can impact a person’s susceptibility to skin cancer. Your risk can be influenced by:

  • A genetic or family history of skin cancer
  • Having fair or light skin
  • Having a large number of moles or freckles
  • Burning easily under the sun
  • Spending large amounts of time in direct sunlight

Skin cancer can occur in people of any age and skin type. However, it is more common in people with fair skin. You can reduce your risks by practising safe sun protection and applying sunscreen before going outdoors.

Your personal consultation

Before your skin cancer removal, get personalised guidance from highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Bish Soliman. With years of experience, he will tailor your treatment for your skin condition and health. Book your personal consultation to receive:

  • A thorough assessment of your skin lesions
  • Personalised advice from Dr Soliman
  • A customised treatment plan tailored to your skin needs

Skin CancerThe procedure

The most common form of skin cancer removal is surgical excision, whereby the spot or mole is cut out of the skin. The exact method of removal will depend on the nature of your cancer and the size of the affected area. Some cancerous lesions can cover a large surface area, and such cases may require a more extensive procedure.

During a standard excision, Dr Bish will inject local anaesthesia and use a surgical blade to completely remove the cancerous spot. Along with this, a thin border of healthy skin will be removed in order to ensure the entire growth is removed. Depending on the size and location of the removed skin, Dr Bish may use a skin graft or flap to ensure aesthetic closure.

Skin CancerAftercare and risks

After your skin cancer removal surgery, your skin will be re-examined by an accredited pathologist to ensure that all of the cancer is gone. If your skin still contains cancerous cells, you may need to undergo further treatments or surgery.

It is normal to experience some pain and swelling while your incision heals. We can prescribe medication to help you manage any pain or discomfort. Additionally, you will need to follow specific aftercare instructions to encourage successful wound healing. This may include keeping your incisions clean and dry, applying topical medications, as well as avoiding activities that could put a strain on the affected skin. You should also keep your incision site out of the sun, as exposure can cause discolouration.

Although complications are uncommon, skin cancer excision procedures come with some risks. These can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Incomplete removal of the cancerous area
  • Changes in skin sensation or colour
  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Poor scarring

Learn More About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in complex microsurgical reconstruction including breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.

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Next Steps

Do your Research

  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read the risks and complications page
  • Visit our procedure pages and Blogs to learn more about your intended procedure

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Bish
  • Take notes during the consultation and review all the documents provided
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider your options
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear comfortable clothes

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Call us to find out more about surgery pricing and how you can pay for your surgery
  • Request more information about your procedure – call or contact us.

How to Book Your Consultation

  • A GP Medical Referral is now essential to see Dr Bish Soliman for any type of surgery.
  • You can book your consultation with Dr Bish Soliman by paying the consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

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