Molescans 

mole beforeMolescan is leading the way in monitoring skin. With high rates of skin cancer across our country, it's important to self monitor any abnormal moles or skin lesions and to have regular skin checks with your doctor. Our PDT Skin Clinic offers mole scans and mapping in order to track any changes.

MOLEMAX -Technological advance in the diagnosis of Melanomas
How can you tell the difference between a Mole and a Melanoma?
MoleMAX reduces unnecessary operations and improves detection, MoleMAX magnifies a mole 30 times and uses specialised light to look through your skin to see the mole structure. This makes detecting melanomas easier and means fewer unnecessary operations. The MoleMAX computer permanently records and stores images of your moles along with your doctor's diagnosis for a permanent lifetime record. This means your moles can be monitored for change over the years.

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THE FACTS

MoleMAX means fewer unnecessary operationsMoleMAX increases diagnostic accuracy and stores images of your moles for life, so changes can be detected - the images can move with you 

What is a Melanoma?
A malignant melanoma is the uncontrolled growth of the tanning cells in the skin. It is a very serious form of skin cancer. You are at a much higher risk if:

 

you have already had one malignant melanoma. Nine times greater risk.

 

 

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if you have many moles, large moles or unusual, irregular (atypical) moles.

 

you have spent time in the sun without adequate protection.

 

Melanomas may appear suddenly or can develop from or near a mole. No one is exempt from melanomas. The good news is that removing a cancerous skin lesion is relatively simple, and the earlier a melanoma is detected, the better your treatment options.

What is a Mole?
Most people have moles or naevi. Each is unique, they may change over a lifetime and are normally safe. Atypical or unusual moles may be larger, variable in colour and have irregular borders. These moles and other unusual skin lesions are susceptible to developing cancer. MoleMAX Centres have special equipment so the mole can be photographed beneath the skin and then magnified 30 times - therefore it can be more accurately diagnosed. Better detection means less unnecessary operations to cut off safe moles.


EARLY PREVENTION IS BEST

Two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and that includes people with olive or tanned skin. The sun exposure our children get
increases their risk of developing melanoma later in life. Every person should practice prevention regardless of their skin colour or type.

What causes Skin Cancer?
The main cause is overexposure to sunlight and its ultraviolet rays, especially if you get sunburn or blistered. Other factors are: too many x-rays, scarring from burns or disease and a family history of melanoma.

Preventing Skin Cancer
All types of skin cancers are preventable and people do not have to suffer. Prevention means protecting your skin from these causes. As our Australian sun would seem to be the main culprit, the most effective protection is sun avoidance.

Become SunSmart
Dermatologists recommend the following precautions:

  • Avoid "peak" sunlight hours - 10am to 4pm - when the sun's rays are most intense
  • Apply a sunscreen with a SunProtection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, apply 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every two hours, especially when playing, gardening, swimming or doing any other outdoor activity
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat with a wide brim and longsleeved shirt and pants during prolonged periods of sun exposure

EARLY DETECTION IS NEXT

When detected early, surgical removal of thin melanomas can cure the disease in most cases. Early detection is essential. Melanomas can grow quickly. It has been proved that the thicker (older) the melanoma the lower the chances of survival.

The ABCD of Melanomas
MoleMAX Centres have specialised equipment to help the Doctor look into your mole and skin, to see signs of malignancy invisible to the naked eye or a standard microscope, considerably improving melanoma detection. Some of these signs include the ABCD of Melanomas.

A - ASYMMETRY - irregularity in shape 
B - BORDER - edges blurry/irregular
C - COLOURS - irregular or unusual
D - DIAMETER - bigger than a pencil diameter

Preventing Skin Cancer
All types of skin cancers are preventable and people do not have to suffer. Prevention means protecting your skin from these causes. As our Australian sun would seem to be the main culprit, the most effective protection is sun avoidance.

Become SunSmart
Dermatologists recommend the following precautions:

  • Avoid "peak" sunlight hours - 10am to 4pm - when the sun's rays are most intense
  • Apply a sunscreen with a SunProtection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, apply 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every two hours, especially when playing, gardening, swimming or doing any other outdoor activity
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat with a wide brim and longsleeved shirt and pants during prolonged periods of sun exposure

 

A naturally occurring photosensitizing liquid is applied to the affected area (eg face, arms, scalp etc). When applied to the skin, this liquid is absorbed into abnormal or damaged cells. Once absorbed, an LED, IPL or laser light source is focused on the treated area for a period of time. When exposed to light, the abnormal skin cells are destroyed to reveal new, fresh, healthy skin cells.

OPTIMISING YOUR PDT RESULTS?
To get the best results from PDT, follow the allmedic pre PDT treatment program for at least two weeks prior to your first treatment:

WASH / CLEANSE
Remove dirt, grime, and make up with allmedic Face & Body Cleanser, twice a day.

EXFOLIATE / REPAIR
Remove dead, dry, flaky skin cells with the allmedic Face & Body Repair. For best results use in conjunction with the allmedic Skin Rejuvenator.

PROTECT
Apply the allmedic daily face and body moisturiser with sun protection to all exposed areas of the body.


WHAT HAPPENS POST-TREATMENT?

1ST & 2ND DAY

Extreme sensitivity to light so keep indoors as much as possible.

3 - 5 DAYS

The treated skin will be red and tender and may peel, scab and flake off. This is a normal result and means the treatment has
worked by destroying damaged skin cells.

6 - 9 DAYS

Redness starts to disappear. Skin may still feel itchy, tight or uncomfortable but is starting to heal.

10 - 14 DAYS

Healed, healthy, smooth, clear skin will be revealed.

 

Your Doctor may recommend follow up PDT treatments for optimal results.


POST TREATMENT SKIN CARE?

 

PHOTOSENSITIVITY
After treatment you will be sensitive to light for a period of 24-48 hours. It is important during this period that your exposure to the sun and all forms of light including bright house lights, shopping centre lighting and even light through a car window be avoided. For the best protection outdoors, wear the specially designed allmedic legionaries hat post procedure for any treatment above the shoulders and long sleeved shirts and pants for other parts of the body. Keep your skin maintained and protected post treatment with allmedic products as recommended by your Doctor.

DOWNTIME
Signs of redness, peeling and scabbing are all indicators of a successful treatment. PDT targets damaged cells - so the more scabbing and peeling, the more effective the long term results. Due to the photosensitivity and appearance of your skin it is recommended you rest at home, in a darkened environment for at least 24 hours. You may want to stay at home for the first 48 hours. 

OTHER POSSIBLE EFFECTS
Tingling, burning, mild swelling, and tight uncomfortable skin are all normal effects of PDT. As with any medical procedure, if you are concerned about your skin post treatment, contact your clinic immediately. No long term side-effects have been reported with PDT. 

PROTECT & MAINTAIN
2 weeks after your final PDT treatment restart your maintenance regime. Protect your new skin with allmedic medical grade skin repair and protection products - everyday.

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Before undergoing PDT make sure you tell your Doctor about any medications you are taking especially retinols and/or Tetracyclines. If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex 1) you may need to take prophylactic treatment prior to your PDT treatment.

PDT - WHY IT IS A GREAT OPTION

 

  • Minimal side effects and down time
  • Healing is usually rapid
  • It provides an excellent cosmetic result
  • Scarring has never been reported
  • There is no systemic reaction
  • The treatment is able to be customised to your individual needs (especially cost vs downtime)
  • Can be repeated if necessary
  • Does not prevent you from undergoing any other cosmetic, medical or surgical procedures in the future

 

 

 

 

 

 

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