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How to cut the perfect ellipse

Video: Dr Colin Armstrong demonstrates how to cut an ellipse excision, allowing you to optimise wound closures and minimise scarring.

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In this short video, Dr Colin Armstrong demonstrates how to plan and perform the perfect ellipse excision, aiming for an ''island of skin in a sea of yellow fat''. Learning how to cut an ellipse and becoming more confident with the scalpel will allow you to optimise wound closures and minimise scarring.

Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course will solidify and advance your competency in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments.  You will gain hands-on experience in rarely covered areas of skin cancer medicine, including diathermy, curettage and cautery or suturing 'paper-thin' elderly skin. You will also receive an excellent introduction to advanced dermoscopy and acquire the essential knowledge to diagnose and manage most skin cancers in your practice. This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

The program includes theory and surgical practical sessions on:

  • Advanced Dermoscopy
  • Curettage and Cautery
  • Diathermy
  • Advanced biopsy techniques
  • Topical treatment options
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Incisions / Haemostasis
  • Large elliptical excisions
  • Lower leg grafts
  • suturing, including ''paper-thin'' skin

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