Reconstructive treatments for the skin and body

Aug 2, 2018 | Body, Breast Surgery, Reconstruction and Repair, Skin Treatments

Mr David Morgan provides a wide range of reconstructive treatments, in which plastic surgery techniques are used to reconstruct and protect the body following cancer

Some of the reconstructive treatments Mr David Morgan offers include breast reconstruction surgery, skin cancer removal and reconstruction, and skin surveillance.

What does breast reconstruction surgery involve?

Mr David Morgan performs breast reconstruction in order to restore the shape and size of the breasts following mastectomy. After being through the mastectomy procedure, a lot of women choose to undergo breast reconstruction in order to enjoy a natural, more balanced-looking appearance. Besides the physical benefits, the procedure often goes a long way in improving one’s overall sense of well-being.

The procedure itself involves the construction of a new breast mound with the use of either a breast implant or the patient’s own tissues. Breast implants may be filled with either silicone or saline, and in some cases, may require a preliminary stage of gradual inflation to allow the tissues to stretch before a final prosthesis is inserted. If the breast mound is made with the patient’s own tissues, muscle is often taken from the upper back. In other cases, the tissue may be taken from the patient’s abdomen. To complete the procedure, Mr David Morgan will construct a new nipple by folding up small flaps of skin from the breast.  To read more about what breast reconstruction surgery involves, have a look here.

What is skin cancer removal and reconstruction?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia — in fact, almost half of the adult population will have at least one form of skin cancer during their life. Mr David Morgan and his team provide complete care to remove and reconstruct areas affected by the disease and are committed to helping their patients prevent and treat skin cancer.

While there are a number of types of skin cancers, most types can be removed under a local anaesthetic at Mr David Morgan’s Melbourne practice. Once the skin cancer has been removed, the wound is often closed with sutures, which is likely to leave a straight-line scar. In some parts of the body, however, particularly in the case of large skin cancers, it is necessary to use a skin graft or a local skin flap. In this case, the procedure will be performed in a hospital, and you may need to stay overnight. For more information on skin cancer removal and reconstruction, have a look here.  

Why is skin surveillance so important?

Because skin cancer is so common, it is very important to monitor your skin and to come in for a consultation if you notice that a spot has changed. If you see anything that concerns you, Mr David Morgan and his team will assess your skin thoroughly to determine if there are any potential cancer spots.

Ongoing skin surveillance is especially important for people who have a lot of freckles, moles, or any other form of sunspots. Anyone who has previously had some form of skin cancer should also be assessed regularly. Even if spots are non-cancerous, Mr David Morgan can remove them if they cause concern because of their appearance, or if there is some fear that they may become cancerous at a later stage. Mr David Morgan will determine what kind of sun spots you have and let you know of the best treatment methods for your needs.

If you’re interested in a reconstructive procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. During your initial consultation, Mr David Morgan will be available to compassionately address any concerns and questions you might have.