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Is it okay for the skin on my hand to be peeling after having hand surgery?

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Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Palm skin is thick

The skin of the palm and of the bottom of the foot is quite thick.
The outer layer, called the stratum corneum, is thickest in these areas. These layers are not even alive, and therefore after surgery don't "heal" the way we expect them to. They slough off like a blister and the skin underneath rises to takes its place.

In brief: Palm skin is thick

The skin of the palm and of the bottom of the foot is quite thick.
The outer layer, called the stratum corneum, is thickest in these areas. These layers are not even alive, and therefore after surgery don't "heal" the way we expect them to. They slough off like a blister and the skin underneath rises to takes its place.
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The skin will frequently peel following upper extremity surgery since you may experience significant swelling afterward.
Once the swelling subsides, the skin may shed.

In brief: Yes

The skin will frequently peel following upper extremity surgery since you may experience significant swelling afterward.
Once the swelling subsides, the skin may shed.
Dr. Eon Shin
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Especially common with skin of the palm; it is so thick that the upper layers adjacent to any incision will dry up and peel off, leaving the deeper layers of the skin that look rather like baby skin.
Totally normal--with use, this baby skin will toughen up.

In brief: Yes

Especially common with skin of the palm; it is so thick that the upper layers adjacent to any incision will dry up and peel off, leaving the deeper layers of the skin that look rather like baby skin.
Totally normal--with use, this baby skin will toughen up.
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