Skin Lesions

Description:
A skin lesion is a part of the skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the skin around it. A skin lesion can be skin cancer, pre-cancer, or normal skin. They have laymen's terms that include red/brown spots, pigmentation, flaky skin spots, lumps, bumps, moles, freckles or beauty spots.

Causes of skin lesions:
The most common cause of most skin lesions is sun damage/exposure but exposure to other chemicals in the environment and genetics can also play a part.

Diagnosis:
Although not all skin lesions are dangerous, some in particular like actinic keratosis (pre-cancers) can be. It is really important that you report any suspicious lesions or growths to rule out potentially fatal melanomas.
Skin cancer can be serious business. It’s the most common form of cancer in NZ, and some cases can be troublesome, even lethal, if left untreated. Once you know what your skin lesion is, we can talk about solutions.

Prevention:
Skin cancer is a prime example of how an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure. Excessive exposure to UV radiation is clearly linked to skin cancer. Between May and August, sun protection is generally not required unless at high altitudes, near highly reflective surfaces, such as snow or water, want to prevent ageing from the sun or have specific medical conditions (book a consult with Dr Chandler for advice specific to you medical condition). During May to August some sun exposure, especially in the hours around noon when UVB levels are highest, is advised for vitamin D synthesis. A daily walk or other outdoor activity is recommended at this time to boost vitamin D levels. Between August and May I suggest you apply a full-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays. The SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP sunsmart campaign (www.sunsmart.org.nz) is the best summary of sun sense.

  • SLIP-into long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and under the shade.
  • SLOP-on plenty of sunscreen-7 teaspoons worth of SPF 30+ every 2 hours, 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours or after being in water or sweating.
  • SLAP-on a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps.
  • WRAP-on a pair of wrap around sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

We have a range of skin care products that include sunscreen to prevent and repair the skin. In addition our Catalyst plus and Catalyst AC-11 medical serums (skin creams) are patented as a device 'to prevent skin cancer and treat skin lesions'.

Solution:
For dangerous or semi-dangerous skin lesions, we can perform skin lesion excisions (minor surgery), liquid nitrogen (dry ice), biopsies and prescribe prescription medications. So keep in mind that your options extend beyond surgery and that most skin cancers, if detected early are curable. For unwanted skin lesions, we can offer a range of treatments that include Medical Quality, natural serums (skin creams), facial infusions using Medical Quality ingredients, IPL (ELOS) light therapy, microsclerotherapy, liquid nitrogen (dry ice) and minor surgery.

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