Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Once thought to be a rare skin cancer the incidence of melanoma is now increasing. If diagnosed and treated early it can be cured. Surgery still remains the mainstay of treatment for this condition.
As the majority of melanomas arise from the skin it is one of the few cancers that people can detect themselves.
Non Melanoma Skin Cancers
These are far more common than melanoma and more treatable. Most of these will be found in the head and neck area and once again are relatively easy to identify.
If you have a lesion (growth) on your skin and you are uncertain about it then do not hesitate to contact us. Professor Powell's clinical experience and use of the dermatoscope can invariably diagnose your problem there and then. If necessary we can offer a biopsy/excision service under local anaesthetic in a 'See & Treat' clinic environment.
The Sentinel node is the first lymph node reached by melanoma cells if they spread from the original skin growth.
There are various advantages to sentinel node procedure.
First and foremost is a prognostic indicator. Many people request such information to know whether their melanoma is 'good' or 'bad'. There are definitely other benefits of the sentinel node technique. It is not indicated for everyone who has malignant melanoma and therefore if you have recently had this diagnosis made and would like to discuss this and further treatment options please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Increasingly more people are concerned about their skin and the possible damage they could have been subjected to in their youth. Professor Powell is happy to offer 'skin checks'. If necessary a biopsy of suspicious lesions can be performed and/or photography taken for people with a large number of moles (mole mapping).
For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Abdominal Reduction Surgery
This is also called an abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck". In this procedure excess skin and fat can be removed, abdominal contours and scars improved, and the muscles tightened. Anyone who has excess abdominal skin and fat may be a candidate. With women the problem is usually caused by pregnancy, but is greatly aggravated by weight loss. The muscles of the abdominal wall may be weakened by pregnancy and actually become separated in the middle. Men are similarly affected by weight loss.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for either cosmetic reasons or to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy or to correct genetic deformities. By inserting an implant behind each breast, we are able to increase a woman's bustline by one or more bra cup sizes. The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way that they look. If you are physically healthy and realistic in your desired outcomes, then you maybe be a good candidate.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure which involves the reduction in the size of breasts by excising fat, skin, and glandular tissue; it may also involve a procedure to counteract drooping of the breasts. As with breast augmentation, this procedure is performed most often on women, but may also be performed on men afflicted by gynecomastia.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, can be both a functional or cosmetic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue.
It is performed through external incisions made along the natural skin lines of the eyelids or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid.
Face Lift Surgery
Face lift surgery, also know as a rhytidetomy, is used to reposition sagging facial tissues and remove unnecessary facial skin, which can give a more youthful appearance. Facelift surgery may improve some of the damage from aging, such as loosening of the facial skin and creasing around the nose and mouth. However, facelift surgery is not primarily a treatment for wrinkles.
Liposuction removes fat from many different areas on the body including; abdomen, thighs, buttocks, jowls. Liposuction is a form of body contouring, which will remove weight from the patient, however this is not a substitute for exercise and dieting.
Prominent Ear Surgery
Prominent ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery used to change a person's external ear appearance, by bringing over-projecting ears closer to the head, reducing the size of overlarge ears or reshaping bend in the cartilage.
Scar & Keloid Surgery
Every time the skin is cut or damaged through its full thickness, it will heal with a scar, which may be worse in some people than others. Scars which lie in the lines of skin tension tend to be heal better than ones that run across them. However if the latter does occur scar surgery may be used to help in treatment.