Skin lesions and tumours

Skin lesions are usually abnormal overgrowths of skin in relation to the surrounding tissue. They can be primary, which are usually present at birth or secondary or acquired.

Skin lesions are usually abnormal overgrowths of skin in relation to the surrounding tissue. They can be primary, which are usually present at birth or secondary or acquired.
These tumors include lesions such as moles, birth marks and warts.
Other lesions can be due to allergy or inflammation such as contact dermatititis, psoriasis or acne.

Sometimes lesions can occur as result of the deeper tissue overgrowth.

Lipomas

These are “soft tissue” tumours that are generally non cancerous or benign. They are made up of fat cells that have overgrown in an area. These can be cosmetically troublesome if they occur on the face or other areas of the body . They are mobile and usually painless.

Dr Rajapakse will be able to offer the best and most cosmetically appropriate treatment for its removal.

Ganglions

This is another type of soft tissue tumour. It is again benign but usually is occurs close to a joint. It is soft mobile and transilluminates as it is composed of a sticky gel substance (hyalorinic acid) that originates from the joint.
Careful removal is needed as it can be connected to deeper tissue.
Dr Rajapakse has extensive experience removing these lesions.

Skin lesions and tumours FAQs

1) Do I need a GP Referral?

A GP referral is needed for a medicare rebate. Also it is preferred that the GP has taken small tissue biopsy of the area (punch biopsy) prior to coming in for your appointement.

This will enable a more accurate treatment plan and speed up the process for surgical removal.

2) Will there be scarring?

Unfortunately any cut on the skin will leave a scar. Dr Rajapakse is skilled in using the natural tissue tension lines to “hide scars” in cosmetic sensitive places and make them as inconspicuous as possible.

Dr Rajapakse will also provide you with a scar management protocol, and discuss the best options for you.

Scar Revision

Occasionally scars can appear thickened and red, sometimes causing itch and irritation. Everybody heals and forms scars differently and occasionally these scars can be large and unattractive. Dr Rajapakse uses cutting edge surgical and non-surgical techniques to minimize and improve the appearance of scars.

3) Will I need anaesthesia?

Depending on the size and location of the skin lesion Dr Rajapakse performs surgery either under local anaesthesia with or without sedation or under general anaesthesia. Some procedures may be suitable for local anaesthetic and can be performed in the rooms.

If general anaesthesia or sedation is required Dr Rajapakse will engage the services of a qualified anaesthetist who is a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (FRANZCA).

Your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications that you are taking or have taken and any allergies that you may have.

4) What are the costs?

You have the right to be informed about the costs associated with you surgery.

There will usually be an out of pocket expense depending on the treatment required.

Dr Rajapakse does offer a “no gap” and bulk billing service in certain circumstances.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Dr Rajapakse’s surgical fee
  • Accredited hospital / day surgery facility cost
  • Anaesthesia fee if required
  • Pathology tests

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