In today’s society, it’s widespread for people to suffer from obesity, especially earlier in life. As people age, they tend to start taking more aggressive measures to maintain positive health, and this can result in dramatic weight-loss.
When weight is lost quickly, or the patient was previously morbidly obese, significant amounts of loose skin are often left as a result. Skin removal surgery is a common technique used to address these issues, tightening the skin and restoring the bodies natural contours.
Did You Know?
Skin removal treatments have been being done since the early 1800’s, though in those days the skin was primarily being removed with the intent of using it to help treat significant wounds.
Tummy tucks were developed in approximately the 1890’s, but at that time the belly button was removed as part of the process. It wasn’t until early in the 20th century that they discovered it was possible to retain the belly button while performing a tummy tuck.
Tummy tucks aren’t the only procedures that utilize skin removal, but they were a significant part of the pioneering effort. These days skin removal is a conventional treatment for excess skin caused by weight loss.
For skin removal treatments it’s necessary to put the patient under general anesthesia both for the patient’s comfort and to ensure the patient doesn’t move during the surgery. Procedures involving the removal of significant portions of skin often take place in a hospital. During the process two concerns must be addressed, one is the risk of hypothermia necessitating carefully monitoring the patient’s body temperature, the other is DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, which must be treated both during and after the procedure with compression socks. These will no longer be necessary following the healing process.
These kinds of treatments require a day or two minimum in the hospital after the procedure. After waking from the procedure, the patient will be encouraged to walk to aid in the prevention of DVT and to help raise the body temperature by getting things moving again. Some physical therapy may be necessary in cases where there is the extensive removal of skin. If the skin is removed from the upper or inner thigh, there are few days that must pass before they can return to walking. In the periods following the procedure carried loads should be kept under 10 pounds, and it will be a few months before they can return to vigorous activity or demanding work.
Those who have recovered from obesity from extensive weight loss can expect incredible results from this procedure. In many cases, they will see a return to natural contours with little to no scarring, as well as regaining the ability to exercise freely and the elimination of rashes from skin that had folded over itself.