In this unit students will begin to focus on a specific range of medical and therapeutic procedures with a view to specialisation of peri-operative support using clinical dermal therapy techniques. Topics include: procedures in reconstructive, plastic and cosmetic surgery; complications of reconstructive, plastic and cosmetic procedures; Surgical aseptic technique and the considerations and implications for wound repair before and after surgery such as co-morbidities and medications.  Students will bring together knowledge from units including Dermal Science, Wound Care for Dermal Practice and Dermal Therapy practical units such as Resurfacing Science, Lymph and Adipose Biology, Electrotherapy and Skin Variations and Transitions in order to develop wholistic patient care plans to optimise surgical and non-surgical outcomes.

Unit details

Online Self Paced
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and critically review cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with regard to indications, benefit and risks;  
  2. Interrogate risk and prescribe management strategies to prevent infection and adverse wound healing outcomes pre, and post operatively;  
  3. Evaluate the impact of medications, diseases/disorders and other conditions on wound repair after plastics procedures and present management strategies;  
  4. Negotiate and defend the role that the Dermal Clinician has in patient care pre and post operatively;  
  5. Justify dermal therapy treatment plans demonstrating evidence based practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Six (6) Online Topic Tests to provide formative feedback on revision 0%
Review Literature Review (750 words) 10%
Journal Reflective Journal (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Written Assignment (2000 words 35%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 35%

Required reading

Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Seimionow, M., & Eisenmann-Klein, M. (2010)
London, UK: Springer

This is an ebook available from the Victoria University Library.

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