Common Problems & Treatments

The following is a list of medical conditions that are commonly treated at the Great Falls Plastic Surgery Center. For more information on any of these topics, please view the provided links or contact our office.

Acne

Acne is a very common, but treatable, skin condition affecting teens and adults of all ages. The first line of defense is a regular medical cleanse treatment designed to prevent regular breakouts. We carry skin care products and perform laser treatments for acne treatment.

Burns

Burn injuries and defects can be treated through reconstructive surgery. Goals for burn wound care procedures include, improved function/appearance of skin, prevention of infection, reduced risk of disease. Surgical techniques like scar release, z-plasty, grafts, flaps and tissue expansion may be utilized.

Fractures

Your hand and wrist are composed of many bones that form a complex framework. When fractures occur in these bones, it may cause pain, stiffness, and loss of hand movement. Some fractures can cause deformities like a crooked finger, but many do not. Fractures are treated using procedures such as internal fixation, external fixation and bone grafts. These techniques use plates, screws, pins and bone fragments to join the fractures and allow healing.

Moles

Also known as nevi, moles are pigmented skin spots composed of melancoytes, or melanin-producing cells, that congregate in groups within the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. They can appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes, are typically 3–5 millimeters in diameter, and can be light or dark in color. Some moles are flat while others are raised. Moles can be removed by surgical excision followed by stitches, or cauterization. Small moles can be removed with a small blade in a procedure called shave excision.

Red and Brown Spots

Hyperpigmentation is a problem for many aging people. Often a result of sun exposure, red and brown spots can appear on the skin and tarnish your complexion. With a series of non-invasive light or laser treatment, these “age spots” or “sun spots” can often be removed, to provide a more clear and balanced skin tone.

Skin Cancer

If you have received a diagnosis of skin cancer that has been confirmed by biopsy, you may be a good candidate for treatment with Dr. Morse. Skin cancers include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Treatments include curettage, surgical excision, Mohs micrographic surgery, radiation therapy, or cryotherapy.

Trauma

Traumatic Injuries are one of the most common reasons for seeking out a reconstructive surgeon. If you have experienced a debilitating  injury, a reconstructive procedure may be recommended. Dr. Morse can help repair fractures, burns, cuts, or injured tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Techniques used may include microsurgery, grafting, flaps and replantation / transplantation.

Trigger Digit

Dr. Morse performs surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat trigger finger / trigger digit. Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, this condition affects the pulleys and tendons in the hand that bend the fingers.

Unwanted Tattoos

There are many reasons to remove a tattoo. Perhaps your tattoo has faded or your lifestyle has changed. Reconstructive surgeons offer several options in tattoo removal. Lasers have become a common option for tattoo removal, while the more traditional dermabrasion may also be used.

Wounds

When deciding how to treat a wound, Dr. Morse must carefully assess its size, severity, and features. After assessing the skin condition, nerve or muscle damage and skeletal support, the doctor can work to close the wound directly or apply techniques such as grafting and tissue expansion.

Wrinkles

Facial wrinkles are frequent concern for patients young and old. With injectable fillers, botulinum toxin and other procedures in facial rejuvenation, Dr. Morse can recommend an effective solution to the problem of wrinkles, folds and creases on the skin.