Aesthetic Plastic SurgerySkin Cancer Surgery
Our love for the outdoors and sun-kissed days comes with a price – a high risk of skin cancer. With little Ozone layer protection, our skin faces a growing threat of skin cancer.
Dr Vlad ILLIE is an Australian specialist plastic surgeon with years of expertise in complex skin cancer surgery and he can guide you through your skin cancer treatment and recovery journey.
“Whatever your needs, I customise each surgical procedure to cater to your unique characteristics and wishes. I dedicate extended time and attention to detail to ensuring that you receive individualised care and the best possible outcomes.”
Dr Vlad ILLIE
In Australia, skin cancer rates are among the highest globally, as reported by Cancer Council Australia. It’s a prevalent concern, with approximately 80% of newly identified cancer cases in the country being related to skin cancers, with a substantial 90-95% of these cases being traced back to sun exposure without proper protection. When facing the need for skin cancer treatment, surgery is recommended as the gold standard, offering the most promising prospects for a cure.
In the unfortunate circumstance where you find yourself in need of skin cancer treatment, Dr ILLIE wants you to know that you are not alone. With a commitment to your well-being and a personalised touch, he approaches skin cancer surgery diligently, ensuring the comprehensive removal of cancerous lesions while maintaining a deep understanding of aesthetics.
As a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr ILLIE prioritises your health and appearance. His focus extends beyond eradicating cancer, as he strives to minimise scarring and preserve your natural look. In your pursuit of healing, rest assured that you have a compassionate and highly skilled professional in Dr ILLIE, who is dedicated to guiding you through this challenging process with utmost care and expertise.
Being informed about different skin cancer types empowers you to take proactive steps towards early detection and timely treatment. There are 3 common types of skin cancer:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
Description: Basal cell carcinoma is typically the least invasive form of skin cancer, often presenting as a round, pearly bump. Alternatively, it may resemble a pink elevated growth, a persistent non-healing sore, or a scar-like lesion.
Characteristics: Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma seldom extends beyond its initial location. Detecting it in its early stages is pivotal to ensure surgical removal without compromising your appearance.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Description: Squamous cell carcinoma commonly arises due to prolonged sun exposure. It may appear as a scaly or crusted skin area or as a non-healing sore.
Characteristics: Unlike basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma can occasionally metastasise to other body parts. Early detection is imperative for the most favourable prognosis.
- Malignant Melanoma (MM)
Description: Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, fortunately, remains relatively rare. Melanomas are highly aggressive and can quickly spread throughout the body. Hence, early detection is crucial for a positive cure rate.
Characteristics: Melanomas often resemble moles but are characterised by changes in colour, size, symmetry, or shape. If you notice any alterations in your skin, it’s imperative to consult your GP, dermatologist or myself immediately.
Dr Vlad ILLIE prioritises your skin health and aims to provide you with the most reliable guidance and care. If you have any concerns or questions regarding skin cancer, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Expert Skin Cancer Surgery Consultation and Procedure
Before your skin cancer surgery, you’ll have the opportunity to consult with Dr ILLIE, who has years of expertise in complex skin cancer surgery. During this consultation, Dr ILLIE will provide you with personalised guidance tailored to your unique skin condition, the size and location of your skin lesion, and potential factors contributing to your cancerous condition. Together, you’ll explore the various factors that may have led to your skin cancer, such as genetics, sun exposure, and other relevant factors.
In most cases, skin cancer removal entails utilising an excision technique, often requiring sutures for closure. In instances where the skin cancer is of considerable size, Dr ILLIE may recommend advanced techniques like skin grafts or skin flaps to ensure optimal healing and aesthetic outcomes. The majority of skin cancer removal procedures can be conveniently performed as day surgery, with the choice of local anaesthetic or intravenous sedation to maximise your comfort.
Dr ILLIE is dedicated to minimising post-operative scarring while emphasising the primary goal of skin cancer treatment: complete excision of cancerous cells and a full cure.
Your Post-Surgery Journey
Following your skin cancer surgery, it’s common to experience some temporary redness, mild swelling, and discomfort in the treated area. These post-operative side effects typically fade away within a day or two, often alleviated with readily available over-the-counter pain relief.
We understand that receiving a skin cancer diagnosis can be an anxiety-inducing experience, leaving patients uncertain about the next steps. Dr ILLIE empathises with the challenges this news presents and is committed to guiding you toward the most suitable surgical solution for your individual requirements.
If you’d like to explore your skin cancer removal options or seek further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr ILLIE, who can provide you with expert insights to help you navigate your path to recovery.
Nurturing Your Skin During Recovery
Taking proactive steps to care for your skin plays an essential role in a smooth and successful recovery. Dr ILLIE and his team are here to provide you with comprehensive guidance on optimising healing and minimising any potential complications. Here are some key tips to assist you on your journey to recovery:
Maintain Cleanliness: Keep your incision site meticulously clean and dry, following the specific care instructions provided.
Medication Adherence: Use any prescribed topical medications as directed by Dr ILLIE, as they are tailored to support your recovery.
Sun Protection: Shield your treated skin from direct sunlight during healing. Sun exposure can impede the recovery process.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Refrain from smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as these habits can hinder healing and increase the risk of complications.
Avoid Strain: Steer clear of strenuous activities that could place unnecessary stress on your healing skin. Prioritise gentle movement and rest.
By following these guidelines, you actively contribute to your recovery, ensuring the best possible outcome and long-term skin health.
Potential Risks and Complications
At Dr ILLIE’s practice, patient safety is our top priority. Although complications following skin cancer surgery are rare, it’s essential to clearly understand the potential risks involved to make informed decisions. Such risks can include:
- The development of larger scars
- Sustained discomfort and swelling
- Uncommon reactions to anaesthesia
- Minimal bleeding or infection
- The necessity for additional surgical procedures
- Possible incomplete removal of cancerous tissue
- Risk of damage to underlying structures
Please be assured that Dr ILLIE is dedicated to providing you with the utmost care and attention, minimising these risks to ensure your well-being throughout your skin cancer surgery journey. Your health and satisfaction remain his foremost concerns.
It is all about you!
“I have a rich experience in a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical interventions, and during the consultation, we can discuss what is the best approach for your particular situation.”
Great microsurgical skills are essential for plastic surgeons to perform complex reconstructive procedures, such as breast and facial reconstruction, which involve the transfer of tissue and reattachment of blood vessels and nerves. These delicate procedures require precision and extensive expertise to achieve optimal results and minimise the risk of complications. With advanced microsurgical skills, Dr Vlad ILLIE can offer his patients safe, effective, and long-lasting solutions to their aesthetic and reconstructive and aesthetic needs.
Through direct involvement in managing an experimental microsurgery laboratory during his early training and subsequently instructing practical microsurgery courses, Dr Vlad ILLIE acquired the professional expertise to handle complex reconstructive cases and revisions from previous operations.
For further information about Dr Vlad ILLIE’s work and research publications in the microsurgical field and for his contribution to microsurgical training, please click here.
Get In Touch
Ph (02) 9101 4707
Fax (02) 9182 0092
Sydney Centre for Plastic Surgery
Suite 1702, Westfield Tower 2
101 Grafton St
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Gosford Private Medical Centre
Suite 4, 12 Jarrett St
North Gosford NSW 2250
Dr Vlad ILLIE, a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Sydney, holds qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).
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