Our skincare specialists will gently examine your skin, checking moles, freckles, sun spots and other lesions like warts and cysts.
Screening is done via sophisticated dermoscopy appliances using cutting-edge software. Images are then reviewed and if needed can be escalated to an NZ Skin Health doctor. When complete, we initially provide a comprehensive verbal report explaining any findings. Then following consultation and review with another doctor, we’ll talk you through any recommended action and answer your questions.
WHAT OUR SPECIALISED TEAM LOOK FOR:
- Irregular shape in the mole
- Dark pigmentation in the mole
- White/blue pigmentation in the mole
- Symptoms of changed, sensitive, itchy, bleeding and crusty moles and lesions
- Pink and raised nodules
(Up to 5 Lesions)
If you have a small number of lesions or moles that you want checked out, this is your best option. Our Consultation rate allows for up to 5 identified lesions or spots to be imaged, comprehensively assessed and reported on.
(1 Lesion only)
If you have a single mole or lesion that you’d like reassurance on, choose our Spot Check consultation. The spot in question will be comprehensively examined. And if this is your first visit to NZ Skin Health, your first Spot Check appointment is free!
Follow Up Consultation
Sometimes our medical experts will want just to keep an eye on a mole – to avoid any unnecessary surgery on a low risk lesion. In this case, their location and status will be saved onto your customised body diagram. We recommend an annual skin check.
After each visit, updated images will be carefully compared to keep track of size, colour and shape. If there are any concerns, we may ask you to return for a follow-up check in a month or two so we can monitor the lesion in question. If the mole or lesion turns out to evolving in a dangerous way, we can still take whatever treatment steps are necessary, but with more certainty.
As always, our objective is to reassure you and help you maintain your health.
Sometimes our doctors will be concerned about a specific mole or lesion. But If this happens, the first thing our team will do is talk through the various treatment options, offering reassurance and a recommendation. This may be a biopsy, cryotherapy, prescribing a cream or in some cases, full removal.
Minor procedures take place on-site, often immediately after the consultation. More complicated procedures may need to be referred to a specialist and may even need to be done under general anaesthetic at a local hospital. This also applies if required by your insurance policy. At all times, our focus will be on your comfort and minimising the disruption to your life.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of our treatments:
This is where we apply liquid nitrogen to a specific area to burn off sun spots and other lesions. We can also use cryotherapy to treat some mild forms of skin cancer, as well as to remove some warts and skin tags. We’ll usually ask you to come back so we can make sure the lesion has disappeared. Occasionally a number of successive treatments may be needed to fully eradicate the lesion. Cryotherapy is straightforward and quick, with minimal discomfort.
Sometimes we’ll want to completely excise or remove a mole or lesion. To keep you comfortable, we’ll use a local anaesthetic to numb the area for the procedure. Then the wound will be stitched and covered with a waterproof dressing. We’ll also help you understand how to take care of the area as it heals. Again, we’ll ask you to come back so we can check the wound, remove stitches and ensure the area is fully healed and no further treatment needed.
This is a simple procedure where a small part of a lesion or mole is removed then sent for testing. This is a less-complicated alternative to full excision (removal) of a mole if it’s too large to be easily removed completely. If we’re concerned about cosmetic scarring, or if the mole is in an awkward location such as on the face, hands or feet. We’ll let you know the findings from the lab and welcome you back for a follow-up visit to remove stitches and talk through any further treatment that’s needed.
SPECIALIST COSMETIC REPAIR AND RECONSTRUCTION
On rare occasions, we’ll need to look after you via a more complicated procedure that needs specialist care. Significant cosmetic repairs, scar repair and skin reconstruction (including skin grafts) and advanced skin cancer removal are provided by our in-house specialist skin surgeon.