FAQ

Do you have a question about plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery encompasses a great deal of procedures and this can often be confusing for patients who are unaware of what they may want. If you have questions about our treatments, or want to know more about our practice, we encourage you to peruse our FAQs. If you can’t find the answer to you queries please call us on (03) 9591 0422 or contact us online.

Breast lift surgery can be performed by filling the breasts back up with the use of implants, or by surgically lifting the breast tissue. In some cases, the procedure is performed with a combination of implants and surgical lifting techniques. When you come in for a consultation, Mr David Morgan will discuss your expectations and aesthetic goals with you before recommending the best course of treatment for your needs. It is important to note that whether or not you choose to have implants placed as part of your breast lift procedure, you can expect some scarring on your breasts following surgery.

The decision to undergo breast lift surgery is deeply personal. There are a number of benefits to the procedure, and many patients experience a restored feeling of femininity and self-esteem following the surgery. The procedure can also increase the comfort of wearing a bra and reduce poor posture, neck and back pain, and strap marks in individuals who have breasts that are full but droopy.

You will need to wear a post-surgical bra for around two weeks following your breast lift procedure. This will provide support as your breasts heal and help to maintain a natural shape. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for up to six weeks following surgery, but light activity is encouraged as soon as you are able. You can expect some minor scarring following breast lift surgery. Complications are rare following breast lift surgery, but Mr David Morgan will explain the potential risks to you before you undergo the procedure. In the case of complications, a longer recovery time can be expected.

Skin cancer refers to the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. The condition occurs when DNA damage to the skin cells activates mutations or defects that cause the skin cells to multiply and form cancerous tumours. There are a number of types of skin cancer, the most common of which are basal cell skin cancer (BCC); squamous cell skin cancer (SCC); and melanoma.

Skin cancer occurs when mutations develop in the DNA of the skin cells, causing skin cells to grow rapidly and uncontrollably and form cancerous tumours. Basal cell skin cancer is caused by UV rays, as is squamous cell skin cancer. Squamous cell skin cancer can also be caused by exposure to certain chemicals, as well as some types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Melanoma can be caused by UV rays, although it can also be caused by other factors which are not clear.

Some of the most common risk factors for skin cancer include a family history of the disease; exposure to certain chemicals; exposure to radiation; excessive and unprotected exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds; a history of severe sunburn; multiple moles; skin that is pale or freckled; skin that sunburns very easily; having a weak immune system; and having precancerous skin growths. If you have noticed any signs of skin cancer, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. Mr Morgan will advise you whether it is appropriate to manage your skin cancer under a local anaesthetic or if you need to go to hospital for a surgical procedure.

Ear correction, also known as otoplasty, generally takes between one and two hours to complete. In cases where a local anaesthetic is used, patients are able to return home on the same day as the procedure. Besides the surgery itself, the process of ear correction will also involve a personal consultation with Mr David Morgan, who takes extra time to thoroughly discuss the details of the treatment. He will also take time to learn more about your particular expectations and aesthetic goals to ensure that you are happy with the results of your treatment.

You can expect some swelling in your ears following an otoplasty procedure, which may last a few days. It is also normal to feel some tenderness, pain or numbness at the site of surgery. In order to minimise swelling and aid recovery, Mr David Morgan may recommend that you wear a bandage around your head for the first few days following surgery. You may also need to wear a head band at night while you sleep for several weeks in order to protect your ears while they heal. Before you undergo surgery, Mr David Morgan will explain the possible side effects and how best to manage them.

You won’t feel any pain during the otoplasty procedure itself because an anaesthetic will be administered before the surgery begins. It is normal, however, to feel some discomfort following the procedure. You may feel some pain and itching while your ears heal. Mr David Morgan will recommend some medication to help manage any post-operative discomfort that you experience. He will also recommend that you don’t sleep on your side and that you avoid excessive force on your surgical incisions during your recovery. Any discomfort will resolve gradually over time.

Although every patient is different, it generally takes between six and eight weeks for most of the post-surgical swelling to subside following a brow lift procedure. You should feel sufficiently recovered within around three weeks, at which point you should be able to return to most of your usual activities, such as socialising and office work. You may, however, need to avoid strenuous exercise for longer. Mr David Morgan will advise you when you are ready to resume your normal exercise regime when you come in for a follow-up appointment.

Brow lift surgery generally takes between one and two hours to complete. In some cases, the procedure is combined with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a face lift. Depending on the surgical technique that is performed, you may need to stay in the hospital for a night or two following the procedure. Before treatment begins, Mr David Morgan will discuss the most suitable surgical technique with you, based on your particular needs and expectations.

After your brow lift surgery is complete, you can expect some bruising and swelling in the area around the eyes. You may also experience a sense of numbness or tightness in the forehead. Once these side effects have subsided within a few weeks, you will notice the results of your surgery. You will notice a tighter, smoother brow, more elevated eyebrows, and your eyes will appear to be more opened than before, achieving a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Any drooping in the forehead, brow and eyebrows will be resolved and the overall appearance of your face will be enhanced.

Although every patient is different, most people will need to wear a nasal splint for around a week following the rhinoplasty procedure. At this point, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, which can take anywhere between a few days and two weeks to resolve. The final shape of your new nose will only become apparent once you have fully healed, which can take up to six months. We recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for between three and six weeks after surgery. After around two to three weeks following surgery, you should be able to resume your usual social activities.

 

Yes. You are likely to notice a better balance of your facial features following a rhinoplasty. The shape, projection, position and prominence of your nose may be altered, which will achieve a more harmonious overall facial appearance. It’s important that you discuss your particular aesthetic goals and expectations with Mr Morgan when you come in for your initial consultation so that he can help you achieve a look that is line with your unique needs.

 

One of the potential risks of rhinoplasty is poor wound healing or scarring, which results in scar tissue. Although rare, it is possible for scar tissue to develop within the nose or at the site of incision, which can lead to problems that affect the symmetry and shape of your results. Mr Morgan is, however, very experienced in performing rhinoplasty, and will explain any potential complications with you before the surgery. He will also let you know how to take care of your surgical wounds after the procedure, and explain how to reduce the risk of scarring.

Breast implants generally last between 10 and 20 years. In rare cases, they may need to be removed sooner as a result of complications, but generally, women will choose to replace their implants when they decide to change the size of their breasts, or otherwise improve their shape.  Often, the implant removal procedure is combined with breast lift surgery, or the insertion of new implants of different shape and/or size to achieve the desired result. Mr David Morgan will guide you through the process of choosing implants that best suit your expectations and body type, to ensure that you are satisfied with the results of your procedure.

 

A very rare disease, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has been linked with reconstructive or cosmetic breast surgery with implants. Although no direct link has been established, it appears to occur in women with a genetic predisposition whose implants have developed a low grade bacterial contamination. ALCL is rare, developing in as little as one in 30 000 women with textured breast implants. In most cases, the disease is treated by removing the implant and the surrounding scar tissue.

 

There are a number of benefits to breast augmentation surgery, particularly for women who have always been unhappy with the size and shape of their breasts. The procedure is also often a good option for women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding or have simply noticed some of the visible effects of ageing. The procedure can effectively increase the size and overall fullness of the breasts, enhance the projection of the breasts, create more proportion between the breasts and improve the balance of your figure. The decision to get breast implants is very personal, and Mr David Morgan is available to guide you through the process.

The most common form of skin cancer is known as basal cell carcinoma. It is also the least aggressive form of the disease. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) grows only in its original location and does not tend to spread to other areas of the body. For this reason, once cancer has been surgically removed from the body, there is generally no need for further treatment.

The most aggressive form of skin cancer is known as melanoma. It is also the least common kind of skin cancer. This type of cancer can spread to the surrounding lymph glands and other organs in the body if it is not detected early enough. In order to treat melanoma, complete surgical removal is required. In some cases, it is also necessary to remove a rim of healthy skin around the melanoma. Once the melanoma has been surgically removed, other tests can be arranged to determine whether or not cancer has spread to other areas of the body. These tests may include a sampling of the lymph glands, a chest x-ray, blood tests and CT scans, depending on the case.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a slightly more aggressive form of skin cancer than basal cell carcinoma. This form of cancer may occur for reasons other than excessive sun exposure, including chronic exposure to certain types of chemicals. In some cases, SCC can spread to other areas of the body, including the lymph glands and other organs. In order to treat SCC, it is necessary to surgically remove cancer. It is also important to monitor the lymph glands in the surrounding areas to determine whether or not the disease has spread.

In Australia, any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but only those that have completed at least a further 4 years of specialist surgical training in plastic surgery can call themselves a plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgeons are not only trained in cosmetic surgery, but also in reconstructive surgery such as burns care, wound and trauma repair, tumour removal and cancer reconstruction, correction of birth defects and acquired deformities, hand surgery, maxillofacial and craniofacial surgery, and microsurgery.

Plastic surgeons are certified as Specialists by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Medical Council, and Medicare Australia, and operate only in accredited medical facilities.

Mr Morgan is a fully qualified plastic surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic & reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery, and skin cancer management.  In addition, he has undertaken further overseas training in breast and facial surgery in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.

For more information, please visit the website of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons at plasticsurgery.org.au

Although not required, it is certainly recommended.  Having a doctor’s referral will enable you to claim some of the cost of your consultation from Medicare.  The best person to provide you with a referral is your regular GP – that way they can be kept informed of your progress with us.  If you do not wish for them to know about your intentions, then that will always be respected.

No. In fact, most elective plastic surgery procedures will actually not be undertaken until you have quit smoking because of the high risk of complications during your anaesthesia and in the post-operative period. Cigarettes contain many substances that are detrimental to wound healing and to your general health, so we recommend that you stop smoking where possible.  

Once your wound has healed, we will provide you with advice on how to look after your scar to achieve the best possible result. This may include taping your scar, as well as gently massaging the area in order to soften and fade the scar more quickly. If your scar is in an area of the body that is exposed to the sun, you need to make sure that you protect it from sunlight as much as possible for up to 3 months. This will help to prevent permanent pigmentation.

Widespread scars are scars that stretch sideways over time. They usually occur on the back, breast or abdomen because of the thickness of the skin in these areas of the body.  

Private health insurance is strongly recommended for several reasons. Firstly, health funds will cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with the operating theatre and hospital stay for procedures that are not purely cosmetic in nature. It frequently surprises patients what procedures are covered by health insurance, even if they might consider them ‘cosmetic’. Examples include breast reduction surgery, breast lift, abdominoplasty and eyelid reduction surgery in certain situations.

Secondly, even if your initial procedure was purely cosmetic in nature, any complication that you develop that requires a return to the operating room will usually be covered by the health funds.

Having up to date and appropriate private health insurance can provide you with peace of mind and a safety net when contemplating any sort of surgery.

The fees for any surgical procedure comprise the surgical fee, the anaesthetic fee, and the costs associated with the operating theatre and the hospital. When you are considering a surgical procedure with Mr Morgan we will be able to provide you with a written quote outlining these costs. You should also discuss your intentions with your health fund to ensure that you have the level of cover you expect.

Occasionally, there will be additional costs associated with need for post-operative surgical garments or the presence of an assistant surgeon. Once again, these will all be outlined prior to you committing to any surgery.

Your surgical fee includes the fee for the operation, all post-operative visits in hospital, and follow-up visits in Mr Morgan’s office until you have fully healed.

This will largely depend on what you wish to discuss with Mr Morgan and your availability.

Urgent matters are always seen promptly, usually within a few days. Cosmetic surgery appointments are often available within 2-3 weeks. Non-urgent appointments will always be given the earliest available time, but in some cases this may stretch out to several weeks.

Please call our office directly on 9591 0422 to make an appointment.

During this call we will ask the reason for your visit so that we can book the appointment for the appropriate length of consultation time.  This enables us to keep to schedule so that neither you nor any other patients are kept waiting excessively – a feature of the practice of which we are very proud.

Once your appointment has been made we will forward to you a letter of confirmation, a registration form, and directions on where to find us.

Alternatively, you can make a booking request via our enquiries form here

To begin with you can expect a warm welcome and a short wait.  If you have not filled in a registration form, it is advisable to arrive a few minutes early so that this can be completed.

During your consultation with Mr Morgan he will discuss with you your goals and expectations from surgery and will perform a physical examination to help determine the best course of action.  He will then give you an honest and thorough assessment of your situation and advise you on what he thinks is the right choice for you.  We aim to make this consultation both informative and relaxed, creating an environment that allows you to come to the decision that is right for you.

There will be no pressure for you to come to any firm decision at this time.  Sometimes, a second consultation at a later date is recommended so that you have time to consider your choices.  Please feel free to bring along a support person to your consultation if you feel that this will help.

There is always scarring after any form of surgery that involves a cut in the skin.  What is more important is how visible this scar remains after an appropriate period of time for wound healing.

Plastic surgeons are trained in how to place scars in order to minimise their visibility, and in how to accurately repair tissues so that the scars are as minimal as possible.

Unfortunately, the most important factors in scar quality are your own genetic make-up and the location of the scars.  Some skin types, especially those of Asian or African origin, have a greater chance of forming a more significant scar.  The front of the chest, shoulders, and the back are also areas that can more commonly result in scars.  These risks will all be discussed with you at your appointment.

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