Skin & Mole Checks close to Melbourne CBD (Prahran)

At High Street Medical in the inner city suburb of Prahran, we can help you with your routine skin and mole checks and we offer a range of skin services including Dermengine skin & mole imaging.

WHEN TO SEE A GP OR A MELBOURNE SKIN CLINIC?

If you need a skin check (also called a mole check) at your local skin clinic or GP practice, you can count on our expertise here at High Street Medical Centre. We can assess the condition of your skin and recommend treatments for conditions ranging from sensitive skin through to skin cancer. We treat skin cancers as well as other lumps and bumps such as warts and fungal infections to name a few. Our doctors utilise surgical excision and cryotherapy (freezing) depending on what is most appropriate.

So who needs a skin check? Basically everyone! It is important to remember that you will always benefit from a skin check, no matter what skin type you have or what background you come from. In some cases, we recommend booking a routine check if you have:

  • Fair skin combined with red hair or with a light eye colour
  • More than 50 moles
  • A personal or a family history of skin cancer
  • Taken any type of immunosuppressive medication

In general, even in our often very moderate Melbourne climate, it is wise to keep an eye on your skin. Not all skin cancers and moles are directly linked to sunlight exposure, and there are other warning signs to look out for. You may want to book an appointment with one of our GPs here in Prahran when you notice skin changes, when you have a sore or a scratch that doesn’t heal properly, or when a new spot appears.

We also recommend skin checks in case one of your existing moles changes colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed.

Our doctors here at in our Prahran GP clinic have additional experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer although they are not dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SKIN CHECK?

So what to expect from your skin check at our Prahran practice?

Once you arrive and you have been checked in, your doctor will examine your skin in detail. They will ask basic questions about your medical history and discuss any factors that could increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

The doctor will use a dermoscope and in our case we use the Dermengine technology. The technology consists of a magnifier that allows your GP to see the unique features of every mole. The information helps us take the appropriate measures to refer or manage your case.

If your treatment involves surgical removal of a lesion the procedure will be explained to you at this consultation as well as any potential risks associated with the procedure. The procedure will NOT usually be undertaken at this time and another appointment will be booked for you.

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WHY CHOOSE HIGH STREET MEDICAL CENTRE GPS?

The GPs here at High Street Medical Centre in Prahran, are trained to help set up your regular skin checks. This is mainly to have peace of mind; we store your images and then we use them for follow-up comparisons.

We also help you maintain a routine and we will call you to attend your annual routine skin check at the clinic. Should you notice any changes prior to your routine check-up you need to make an appointment to come and see one of our skin cancer doctors.

High Street Medical Clinic in Melbourne is a team of general practitioners and skin checks are one of the services we provide. Our patients see us as their health partner for life, no matter what stage of your life you are at. Patients around Prahran, Windsor, St Kilda and in the Melbourne CBD area appreciate our state-of-the-art facilities and the friendly, comfortable environment we welcome you in. We are an AGPAL-accredited General Practice, the standards against which our practice is measured are set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A MOLE CHECK VISIT AT THE GP?

Depending on your doctor’s recommendations, you may be asked to return every 3, 6 or 12 months for a skin exam in addition to performing frequent self-checks at home. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask your doctor.

And then of course there are best practices to take good care of your skin yourself.

Soaking up the sun’s rays used to be considered healthy before we learnt about the dangers of UV rays. Too much sun damages the skin cells causing wrinkles, freckles, skin texture changes and skin cancers. We recommend daily use of a good quality sunscreen with at least 15+ SPF.

However, sunscreen should be used in conjunction with other precautions including:

  1. Staying out of the sun in the middle of the day
  2. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  3. Covering other exposed parts of the body when out in the sun
  4. Checking your own skin
  5. Having an annual skin checkup at our practice

If you have any questions about skin or mole checks and you are in the Melbourne area, please call our friendly reception team or book an appointment directly here on the website.

WHICH DOCTORS AT THE CLINIC CAN HELP ME WITH SKIN CHECKS?

  • Dr Allan Huynh
  • Dr Maryann Spottiswood
  • Dr Chris Fogarty
  • Dr Ben Freeman
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