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Black Skin After Surgery
Yes.: What needs to be ruled out immediately is an infectious or other necrotizing process affecting your surgical wound. An er would be the best place to start for an evaluation, as well as asking your surgeon to evaluate you asap. ...Read more
Many possibilities: It could be from mere brusing, but if it is truly black, the tissue may have died. See you doctor right away. ...Read more
I recently had gastric sleeve surgery and I'm doing really well but my skin health is really bothering me my face has these black scale like marks?
Malabsorption: Bariatric surgery works by making us feel full (reducing the size of the stomach) and make some calories pass through. While a gastric sleeve's primary mechanism is through reducing the size of the stomach, malabsorption can occur. Consult with your doctor or a nutritionist to see if this is the culprit, and to be certain there is not another process at work. ...Read more
Likely unrelated: Is it much blacker than your other eye? Often heredity, lack of sleep or allergies of the eye/nasal sinus area can contribute to dark circles. Getting better sleep and addressing whatever allergies that may have, both in the eyes and in the sinuses, may lessen the dark circles. Less commonly, conditions such as eczema, anemia, or liver disease can cause these circles; discuss with your md. ...Read more
My mother has a large nasty open wound from surgery, it is turning yellow, black & skin is bright reddish purple in area, what could this be?
Have it evaluated: Discoloration can be a result of an infection. Have it evaluated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more
Black & Blue mark appeared on skin on top of where stone staple from previous ACL surgery was. I don't recall hitting knee. Just coincidence?
Black and blue/ACL: Likely nothing to worry about - not sure what you mean by stone staple - staples are metal and removed when area is healed - as long as the area is not warm and red and tender its likely you suffered a bruise - from a minimal injury and this is what you are seeing. If it gets worse - contact your surgeon. Good luck ...Read more
Not really...: In diseases like vitiligo (like what Michael jackson had), doctors will sometimes conceed that the disease is going to win rather than their efforts to repigment. In those cases, a prescription bleaching cream called Benoquin (monobenzone) can be used to permanently get rid of skin color so that the uninvolved skin now matches the white skin caused by the disease. Why do you ask? ...Read more
It depends on where you are experiencing this problem. Most times, I find my patients have peeling around the incision site where surgical glue has been applied. This is actually the glue that is peeling off, and not the skin. Other times, the skin is peeling due to a reaction to the tape. Removing the tape and keeping the area clean and dry will help.
Please see your surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more
They vary: Usually they include removal and repair of the portions of excess skin though. You need to be more specific to get a more specific answer. ...Read more
Maybe: It would depend on the amount, quality, and location of the loose skin. If your skin is loose from weight loss, or your have poor elasticity surgery is really probably the most effective solution. There are some skin tightening treatments that do not require surgery such as SkinTyte, Thermage, or Exilis that can have some benefit. Generally the effect is much much less that surgical removal. ...Read more
That depends on: How much weight you lose, as well as your age, and body shape. At some point when the skin is stretched beyond a certain degree, it will not be able to return to its previous shape. A lot of my patients do end up with a little excess skin, but the degree is variable and depends on their weight loss. Toning and exercise helps, but only to a certain degree. Plastic surgery is an option for some. ...Read more
CHANGING SKIN COLOR:
SORRY. THERE IS NO SURGICAL PROCEDURE TO CHANGE DARK SKIN INTO LIGHT SKIN.
NOT YET, ANYWAY. . . ...Read more
No: I think it would be more important to ask yourself why you would want to do such a thing. ...Read more
Variable: It really depends on the location and extent of the injury, as well as the condition of the patient. ...Read more
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