Skin Surgery

skin surgery

Skin surgery

The skin is a huge organ that is exposed to a tremendous number of outside influences and is susceptible to a wide array of situation and ailments. Because of this there are many different types of skin surgery. For many people, when they hear “skin surgery,” they automatically think of cosmetic procedures that are performed to get better the aesthetic look of the skin.

We have a fully equipped process room with the latest equipment for the excision of skin lesions and skin cancers. Most procedures happen with a simple local anesthetic. However, if you have particular anxieties surrounding your process we have a number of options that can help make this as stress free as possible. It is always best to discuss any concerns before your day of surgery and associated care of the area after surgery.

Skin removal or skin tightening surgeries

These procedures are especially common for patients that have recently lost a considerable amount of weight and want to eliminate the excess skin that is a common side effect of tremendous weight gain. In these surgeries skin is actually cut away and the other sides of skin are pulled together and stitched. Out of pocket costs will also be quoted for you in advance.

We usually do not perform surgery on the same day at your first visit, although sometimes a biopsy may be taken for pathology.

What should I expect during the procedure?

We recommend that you get enough sleep before the process, and your dermatologist may advise you to stop certain medications prior to the surgery. These medications contain vitamin E supplements, ibuprofen and fish oil.

Generally your surgery is being performed using local anesthetic only, and you should then eat and drink as normal before coming to our clinic rooms.

Please let us know if you take medications to thin the blood and this should be discussed with your dermatologist before booking any surgery. In most cases these medications are continued.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You may experience some mild tenderness but most patients do not experience any pain. Your dermatologist performing your procedure and our nurse will provide you with instructions about how to care for the area after surgery, will give you with information when to have dressings changed, and when to return for your results and to have sutures removed.