470 Goodwood Road
Cumberland Park
Adelaide SA 5041

Hamilton House Skin Cancer Surgery Adelaide
Hamilton House Skin Cancer Surgery Adelaide

Skin Cancer Clinic and Surgeons in Adelaide

Dr. Richard Hamilton, Your Trusted Skin Cancer Plastic Surgeon in Adelaide

Dr. Richard Hamilton is one of Adelaide’s most experienced plastic surgeons specialising in Skin Cancer treatment. His extensive training spans prestigious medical and tertiary institutions in Adelaide, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Sweden. With years of dedicated service, Dr. Hamilton has assisted countless patients in overcoming skin cancer and other related conditions. His expertise in skin cancer and mole removal is backed by a compassionate approach, ensuring patients receive the highest standard of care and advice every step of the way. Dr. Hamilton’s surgical excellence and empathetic care for your skin cancer needs have made him Adelaide’s most trusted plastic surgeon.

Comprehensive Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Surgery is the cornerstone for effectively treating skin cancer and precancerous lesions. The approach, whether a surgical excision or a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure, is meticulously chosen to suit your cancer type and individual needs. Dr. Hamilton guarantees complete removal of the cancerous cells, prioritising minimal scarring.

Dr. Hamilton understands the challenge of skin cancer. A diagnosis is undeniably daunting, but we will support you from consultation to recovery. Our goal at Dr. Hamilton’s clinic is to not only rid you of cancer but also to preserve or restore your appearance to its pre-diagnosis state. 

Early intervention is critical, and we encourage you to reach out for an initial consultation upon diagnosis. A referral from your GP or Dermatologist is necessary for a consultation at our clinic. Once you receive a diagnosis, book your initial consultation with Dr. Hamilton as soon as possible.

Remember, Dr. Hamilton's expertise is in Skin Cancer Surgery. Our clinic does not conduct routine skin checks.

Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer worldwide, making it the most prevalent form of cancer among Australians. People with fair skin, particularly older adults, are at higher risk, as are those who live in sunny coastal areas and have significant sun exposure during work or leisure activities.

Skin cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer, grow uncontrollably due to DNA damage that leads to mutations. These mutations cause the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours.

The primary cause of this damage is exposure to harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun, or from UV tanning beds. Early detection of skin cancer can lead to successful treatment. It’s important to watch for new spots, freckles, or moles that look different from others on your skin, as these could be signs of skin cancer.

Skin cancer often presents as a new, unusual-looking spot or as changes in an existing spot, including changes in colour, size, or shape. If you observe any of these changes, it’s crucial to consult your doctor immediately.


Prevention is always the best form of treatment. Reducing sun exposure is fundamental in minimising your risk of skin cancer. There are several key recommendations, including: 

  • Avoiding the sun during peak UV hours (10 am to 3 pm). 
  • Wearing sun-protective clothing (e.g., long-sleeved collared shirts, long trousers, and broad-brimmed hats.)
  • Applying SPF 50+ sunscreen.
  • Avoid tanning booths.

Following these precautions may help reduce the risk of skin cancers. However, should skin cancers develop, it is important to know what to do next.

Types and Treatments of Skin Cancer

Our clinic offers in-depth guides on the types of skin cancer. Your initial consultation will further help you understand the specific type of cancer you have. However, here are a few of the types you may be diagnosed with: 

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC)

Understanding the specific nature of your skin cancer is crucial in selecting the appropriate treatment pathway. Read our guide for further information on the various types of skin cancer and for details on the available treatments.

About Skin Cancer Surgery

Preparing for Skin Cancer Surgery

Before your surgery, you’ll have a detailed consultation with Dr. Hamilton. During this meeting, he will thoroughly examine the lesion, provide a diagnosis, and review your overall skin condition. He will explain the type of skin cancer you have and discuss the necessary treatment to remove it. Dr. Hamilton will also enquire about any pre-existing medical conditions, your history of sun exposure, allergies, and medications that might affect the treatment. He will inform you of what to expect during and after the procedure.

The Procedure

There are two main types of skin cancer surgery employed today. The first method, used for smaller skin cancers, involves traditional excision—removing the cancerous lesion and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. This is typically followed by suturing the wound closed if the adjacent skin is healthy and sufficiently lax. However, a skin graft or flap may be necessary to close the wound properly in areas where the skin is too tight or fragile, such as on the nose, eyelids, ears, scalp, hands, or lower legs.

Dr. Hamilton conducts all surgeries at Hamilton House Day Surgery, a licensed day hospital facility adhering to state and federal regulations. Hamilton House is affiliated with all major hospital funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Most skin cancer surgeries are performed under local anaesthesia, although twilight sedation may be required in some cases.

After Skin Cancer Surgery

Recovery from skin cancer surgery is usually brief. Most patients can resume light activities on the day of the surgery. You will be given instructions on how to care for your wound. Healing typically takes one to two weeks, although it may take longer for scars to fade completely.

Listen to Dr. Hamilton discuss skin cancer and the skin cancer surgery procedures he performs at his clinic in Adelaide.

Further Information

Mole Removal and Repair

For facial and sensitive area moles, consulting a plastic surgeon like Dr. Hamilton ensures the best aesthetic outcomes with minimal scarring.

Choosing the Right Skin Cancer Clinic

For optimal results and complete cancer removal, it’s essential to seek treatment from a highly experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Hamilton’s expertise in skin cancer surgery minimises scarring and maximises aesthetic outcomes, particularly for sensitive areas like the face and neck.

See and Treat Clinics for Country Patients

To accommodate country patients, Hamilton House Plastic Surgery offers a “See and Treat” clinic, enabling same-day consultation and surgery, significantly reducing travel inconvenience.

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Learn More about Skin Cancer Surgery at Hamilton House

Explore how Dr. Hamilton’s surgical treatments can help you overcome skin cancer with minimal impact on your appearance. Contact Hamilton House Skin Cancer Surgery in Adelaide to discuss the most effective treatment and reconstructive options for your condition.