Dr Pedro Valente is the newest member of our team at Specialist Clinics of Australia as a specialist in skin cancer diagnosis and management (biopsy, excisions, grafts, flaps).
Having completed several years of surgical training in Accredited General and Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Dr Valente started practicing Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery and Cosmetic Medicine. An international practitioner, Dr Valente has recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.
Gentle and meticulous in nature, Dr Valente brings his skills and passion to the Australian public. By guiding his patients through difficult decisions of cancer treatment, he ensures everyone placed in his care has access to the right treatment and the best support.
Dr Valente has joined us today for a discussion on his background, his reason for choosing this profession and joining our team at Specialist Clinics of Australia.
Why Cosmetic Surgery for Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer in Australia is at one of the highest rates in the world, due to the overindulgence of sunlight (UVA + UVB). The catastrophic myth continues in the general public that skin cancers occur only in exposed areas to the sun. This myth could not be further from the truth especially with Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs). Knowing where to look and what to look for is a big part of diagnosis.
One of Dr Valente’s aims is early detection, especially in men. As he mentions, “Men tend to visit the doctor far less than women; so by the time they are diagnosed, the damage is extensive and requires more reconstruction.” By educating patients on the dangers of skin cancer, misconceptions regarding areas that can develop skin cancer and methods of prevention, he hopes to increase awareness and help save lives.
Specialising in treating all body areas including the face, Dr Valente feels there’s an aesthetic element to the surgery, which provides another challenge.
Dr Valente explains the diagnosis of skin cancer is only the first issue. Then there is the challenge of removing it, getting clear margins and replacing it with form and function and the proper aesthetic look. “This is important, especially when looking at areas such as the nose and lips,” Dr Valente explains. “Cosmetic surgery for cancer removal allows me to combine two areas that are equally challenging and rewarding”.
Joining the Specialist Clinics of Australia team
The field of cosmetic surgery for skin cancer involves multiple specialties, from recognition and diagnosis to treatment and management, with a comprehensive skillset Dr Valente provides complete and holistic 360 degree care.
Dr Valente is committed to educating patients and demystifying what is on their skin, especially when they think that new marks and moles are a normal part of ageing, when in fact they could turn out to be dangerous skin cancer.
SkinFit is a revolutionary product range available at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, that includes medical grade skincare products that can protect your skin from the dangerous UV rays from the sun. Ensuring patients know of and use the recommended products, can help protect their skin in the long run and prevent skin cancer.
Skin cancer remains one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia. This is where Dr Valente feels his contribution can bring more value; prescribing relevant skincare products can best protect the skin, while knowing where and what to look for can help identify skin cancer in its early stages and treat it properly.