Dr. Richard Hamilton is one of Adelaide’s most experienced Plastic Surgeons in Skin Cancer. He has trained at world class hospitals and universities in Adelaide, New Zealand, Melbourne and Sweden. He has helped thousands of patients with skin cancer and related conditions over the years, and regularly performs skin cancer and mole removal in Adelaide. Under Dr. Hamilton’s expert guidance, you will receive clear and comprehensive advice, ensuring you’re able to trust in both his skills as a surgeon and his compassion as a highly qualified and respected medical practitioner.
Surgery is the most common and successful form of treatment for skin cancer and premalignant lesions. Depending on the type of skin cancer present, you may require a surgical excision, or a surgical procedure involving plastic surgery to fully remove all cancer cells and minimise scarring.
Being diagnosed with skin cancer can be immensely challenging, both physically and psychologically. Treating skin cancer can result in major alterations to your body, such as scarring and the need for skin grafts. Skin cancer surgery is designed to help you overcome cancer while maintaining the form and function you enjoyed prior to diagnosis. If you have a skin cancer or premalignant mole or lesion contact us today to find out how Dr. Hamilton’s skin cancer treatment at our Adelaide clinic can benefit you.
If you require skin cancer surgery, contact Dr. Hamilton as soon as possible for an initial assessment, diagnosis and advice on the best method to remove all cancerous cells before they become advanced, or spread to other parts of the body. A referral letter from your GP or Dermatologist is required to obtain a consultation.
Australia is the home of skin cancer and the most common form of cancer suffered by Australians. Fair skinned people of all ages, especially the elderly, are particularly prone, as are those who live in beachside, coastal and warm to hot locations and who have a considerable amount of sun exposure at work or leisure.
Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal cells in the outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis. It is caused by DNA damage that triggers mutations. These mutations lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
The damage is caused by harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun or UV tanning beds. If it is caught early, skin cancer can be successfully treated. It is advised to look out for spots, freckles or moles that stand out as being different to your surrounding skin, as they may be skin cancer.
Skin cancer mostly appears as a new and unusual looking spot. It may also appear as an existing spot that has changed in colour, size or shape. If you notice any of these changes, you should get it checked by your doctor immediately.
Minimise your sun exposure to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Specifically, avoid sun exposure between 10am and 3pm when the UV intensity is at its highest. If you do go outside during these hours, ensure to wear sun protective clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses. Also wear a long sleeved shirt and long trousers to cover up as much of your skin as possible. Apply SPF 50+ sunscreen regularly, particularly if swimming, perspiring or working in the garden. It’s also strongly recommended to avoid tanning booths.
The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). The most serious type of skin cancer is melanoma but all are potentially dangerous. Read our guide to the types of skin cancer and the treatment available.
Before surgery, you will have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Hamilton where he will examine the lesion carefully, make a diagnosis, check your skin generally and discuss your type of skin cancer and the treatment needed to remove the cancer. He will also ask about pre-existing medical conditions, sun exposure history any allergies, use of medications which may have a bearing upon the treatment, and what you can expect during and after treatment.
Today, there are two predominant methods of skin cancer surgery. The first, for smaller skin cancers, is the traditional excision, or the removal of the cancerous lesion and some surrounding healthy tissue. This is usually followed by the closure of the wound with stitches if the adjacent skin is healthy and lax. If the skin is too tight to close directly such as in the nose, eyelid, ear, scalp or hand area, or too tight and frail, such as in the lower leg, a skin graft or skin flap may be required to close the wound.
All procedures are performed by Dr Hamilton at Hamilton House Day Surgery which is a licensed day hospital facility under state and federal regulations. Hamilton House has contracts with all the major hospital funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Most skin cancer procedures can be safely carried out under local anaesthetic; occasionally a twilight sedation is required.
Recovery time after skin cancer surgery is generally short. Most patients may return to light activity the day of surgery. You will receive instructions on how to manage the wound. It may take a week or two to fully heal and may take longer for the scars to completely fade.
Listen to Dr. Hamilton discuss skin cancer and the skin cancer surgery procedures he performs at his clinic in Adelaide.
Whilst most non-facial moles are removed by GPs and dermatologists, a plastic surgeon has a definite role in identifying and removing suspicious moles especially on the face and sensitive areas where there is a desire to obtain the best aesthetic result with minimal disfigurement. If you have an unsightly or suspicious mole on your face, ask to be referred to a plastic surgeon for removal of the mole. Dr. Hamilton has a proven record of effectively removing facial moles with almost imperceptible scars.
To ensure you achieve the most aesthetically favourable results from your skin cancer surgery, and to achieve complete removal of all the cancerous cells, we strongly advise that you visit a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Richard Hamilton.
While skin cancer clinics are useful for detecting and assessing the occurrence of skin cancer, they are often not staffed by specialist trained plastic surgeons or dermatologists, and thus we do not advise you have any lesions surgically removed there especially for critical areas of the body. Instead, please obtain a referral to a plastic surgeon who is very experienced in successfully removing skin cancers while minimising scarring and disfigurements. This is especially important if you need to have any cancers removed from any area of the face, neck, scalp, hand or lower leg.
Hamilton House Plastic Surgery has been set up as a “See and Treat” clinic for country patients suffering from malignant skin cancer lesions. This means the patient can be seen and operated on the same day as the consultation and then return home, saving much travel time.
Dr Richard Hamilton, one of Adelaide’s most experienced plastic surgeons has been providing skin cancer treatment service to country patients for more than 20 years.
Dr. Hamilton’s surgical treatments can help you overcome skin cancer and be cured with minimal physical reminders of your surgery. Dr. Hamilton can help you determine which method of skin cancer treatment is best for eradicating cancer from your skin, as well as which method of reconstruction will leave the least amount of change to your appearance. Contact Hamilton House Skin Cancer Surgery today to find out how skin cancer surgery at our Adelaide clinic can assist you.