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 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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