Removal of Excess Skin


Removal of Excess Skin

Introduction


While excess skin removal surgery seems pretty self-explanatory, it should not be taken lightly. This procedure essentially contours the body to a patient’s ideal image (or as close to the ideal as realistically possible) by removing loose, sagging, and unflattering skin along major regions of the arms, legs, torso, and/or buttocks. Oftentimes, patients request this surgery after major weight loss because they find that their skin has lost its elasticity and cannot conform to their new, skinnier body shape.



Removal of Excess Skin

Candidates


Prime candidates for excess skin removal surgery are individuals with loose skin that is that is cosmetically, functionally, or emotionally troubling. Examples of problematic skin include previous cosmetic surgery that did not heal well and medically related surgeries such as Caesarean section.

Additionally, we also encourage patients to seek this type of surgery after achieving their goal weight and maintaining that weight for at least six months. This is to ensure optimal results and prevent unnecessary skin stretching in the future.



Removal of Excess Skin

Results and Recovery

Recovery is typically two weeks for healing. While absorbable stitches have become rather popular, Dr. Barrett discourages them because they can cause inflammation when the body tries to break down the suture. As a better alternative, he uses non-reactive sutures that are removed at week one and two post-surgery. After all the stitches are removed, patients begin a taping protocol for an additional two more weeks to provide optimal healing and sun protection. After taping, our patients then start a 3-month scar gel treatment protocol to optimize and minimize scar remodeling and reduction. To ensure optimal results, patients should avoid swimming, bathing, or hot tubs for the first two weeks following surgery.


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