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Total Body Photography

For high-risk patients, total body photography – in combination with a skin cancer check performed by your doctor – is the best method for detecting current skin cancers accurately and identifying potential skin cancers as early as possible by monitoring changes over time.

 

Total body photography is for you if you…

  • have personal or family skin cancer history
  • have many moles or freckles
  • are over 40 years old (especially males)
  • have been sunburned or used a sunbed
  • have a fair complexion
  • have red hair or light-coloured eyes
  • burn easily or don’t tan in the sun
  • work or spend lots of time outdoors
  • have a weakened immune system

The risk of developing skin cancer varies by individual with risk factors ranging from genetics through to occupation and solar exposure. Total body photography may be mandatory or highly recommended as part of your regular follow-ups. The photography
software helps us analyse mole structures and indicates cancer risk to be investigated further. During your skin cancer check, your doctor will evaluate your risk status and recommend the best care plan for you.

 

Your benefits

Earliest skin cancer detection

Easy side-by-side comparison reveals the
most subtle changes in moles that may be
indicative of melanoma in its earliest and most curable phase.

Less scares and less scars

Suspicious lesions are highlighted and can be removed faster in less invasive procedures. Unnecessary biopsies of moles that haven’t changed can also be avoided.

Peace of mind

Whether you have lots of moles, have a family or personal history of melanoma, or just want reassurance to confirm your
doctor’s diagnosis, total body photography can eliminate these worries.

 

About total body photography

We use the revolutionary FotoFinder skin imaging system to take a series of digital images of your whole skin surface, producing detailed images to deliver the best patient outcomes.

The total body photography system speeds up the process of comparing and evaluating total body photographs by automatically comparing all follow-up photos with the corresponding baseline images and trying to identify new and changed moles. These moles are quickly marked for follow-up evaluation by our doctors. Quick and accurate total body imaging delivers consistent and comparable results and is completely painless.

Full-body imaging is the most reliable means of accurately tracking changes over time and producing potentially lifesaving results as the images allow easy side-by-side comparison at follow-up appointments for patients in certain risk groups. With sophisticated software and superior expertise working together for exceptional accuracy, we can reveal the subtlest skin changes and detect skin cancer at its earliest stage when it is most manageable and requires least invasive treatment.

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68 Neil St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm | After 5pm Thursdays available by appointment.
Parking Instructions: Free on-site parking is available in the driveway alongside our centre or on the street.

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Our Services

Full-body skin examinations

Regular full-body skin examinations are vital for catching cancers before they become serious. Skin exams take about 15 - 30 minutes, and the doctor will start by asking about your skin cancer risk factors and general health. You will need to undress to your underwear. If you wish, we can provide a blanket or gown for you to wear while the doctor inspects your body from head to toe, looking for abnormal moles or spots. We will not examine the genital area unless you have any spots in that region which particularly concern you.

Assessment with dermoscopy

The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess whether a mole is normal or abnormal. It is a completely painless process that has been proven to increase the rate of skin cancer detection. We may also photograph a few spots to monitor changes over time, as this can be indicative of skin cancer.

Diagnosis through biopsies

If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that might be skin cancer, a sample of skin will be removed and sent to a pathology lab to be thoroughly examined under a microscope. This is called a biopsy, and it helps confirm whether the suspicious spot is cancerous. The most common biopsy techniques are shave and punch biopsies, which are both done under a local anaesthetic. A shave biopsy involves shaving off the top layer of skin with a small surgical blade, while a punch biopsy uses a tool like a tiny cookie cutter to remove all the layers of skin.

Skin cancer treatments

The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. We offer various surgical and non-surgical treatments, including excisions of the tumour and surrounding tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are entirely removed, curettage which is the method of scraping and burning the skin cancer, cryotherapy which is the method of freezing off the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, and topical applications of creams that stimulate the immune system and destroy skin cancer.

Skin repair and rejuvenation

AVAILABLE ONLY AT SELECT LOCATIONS
We approach aesthetic medicine with the same level of respect and credibility as skin cancer medicine. We offer skin repair and rejuvenation treatments for anyone wishing to restore a natural, more youthful appearance to their skin. Our doctors have undergone formal training in this exciting medical field with the aim of providing your skin with a healthier and more refreshed look. Using the latest injectable treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and liquid gold facelift, our doctors will accurately and safely address your medical and cosmetic skin concerns.

Total Body Photography

AVAILABLE ONLY AT SELECT LOCATIONS
For high-risk patients, total body photography – in combination with a skin cancer check performed by your doctor – is the best method for detecting current skin cancers accurately and identifying potential skin cancers as early as possible by monitoring changes over time. Total body photography may be mandatory or highly recommended as part of your regular follow-ups based on your skin cancer risk. During your skin cancer check, your doctor will evaluate your risk status and recommend the best care plan for you.