What causes skin to lose circulation during or after surgery?
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Great question. Anything that reduces blood supply to the skin can contribute to wound healing issues and necrosis. Smoking before or after surgery can significantly impact on wound healing after surgery. Other factors include, infection, hematoma, extremely tight closure which causes pressure on the sutures, and conditions such as diabetes. Risks are minimised by closely following your surgeons pre and post operative guidelines.
Body lift - causes of skin necrosis
- If you have had a body lift and have some skin necrosis - I am sorry you are going through this.
- There are many many reasons for skin necrosis - they include -
- the patient being a smoker, obese and diabetic, all of which affect skin blood flow.
- Or infection after surgery, excessive swelling after surgery, excessive pressure on the suture line after surgery and tension on the body lift suture line, usually as it crosses the lid line, in front or back.
- The surgeon can reduce the risk by doing her/his best to avoid these and other factors that increase the risk.
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Losing skin circulation during or after surgery
Thank you for your email. There are many causes for losing circulation of skin either during or after surgery. I suggest all my patients to stop smoking which had detrimental effect on skin circulation. If the stitching is done under tension then, the skin can lose its circulation. If there is a blood clot underneath the skin pocket , it can increase the chances of losing skin circulation. Tight compression garment and excessive movement can also compromise skin circulation in the postoperative period.It is very crucial to avoid such complication in body contouring procedures. With best wishes,
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