The cornerstone of every plastic surgery practice is skin cancer excision. Dr Taylor specialises in removal of skin lesions, in reconstructive surgery for scar revision, and in hand microsurgery.
Many of these procedures can be performed in the accredited day surgery theatre at The CAPS Clinic. This allows patients without private health cover to reduce the cost of their surgery. Other reconstructive surgery is performed at the Calvary John James Memorial Hospital, usually as a day stay. These procedures have a Medicare rebate when referred from a GP.
Dr Taylor excises about 600 malignant skin tumours each year. Even though a skin lesion might not be life threatening, its growth can destroy surrounding healthy tissue. Many of the lesions I remove are on the face, and the excision must be as inconspicuous as possible, both from an aesthetic and clinical viewpoint.
Small skin flaps or grafts may need to be transferred into the excised site to prevent facial distortion. These procedures will be discussed with the patient following an assessment of the size, location and likely pathology of the tumour.
Scars from accidents, illness or previous surgery can be of aesthetic concern or create a functional problem, for instance a pulled down eyelid can cause permanent watering. Scars can be improved by re-excision, realignment, or by rebuilding the contour of underlying tissue in the case of depressed scars.
Functionality can be restored by freeing up dense, binding scar tissue. Re-excision will create a new scar and the quality of this scar is dependant on the nature of the original injury, its location, and the patient's healing ability. It is rare I find a problematic scar that can't be improved by surgery or the application of silicon pads.
Dr Taylor performs hand microsurgery for correction of problems such as Dupuytren's contraction and the release of carpal tunnel.
For more information contact our offices or speak to your GP.