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Skin Surgery and the Medical Techniques for Skin Removal and Plastic Surgery

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In order to manipulate the body tissues, different techniques are involved in skin or dermatologic surgery. At the consultation sessions before skin plastic surgery it is important to obtain information in detail about pre-surgery procedures, the surgery with its possible complications and the follow-up. It is also recommended to have a psychological assessment first.

Dermatology deals with hair, nails, skin with both medical and surgical techniques in order to take care of diseases and cosmetic problems on a wide scale.

Skin Plastic Surgery

Skin plastic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the correction and restoration of the form of the body and its functionality. Mostly used for cosmetic purposes or aesthetic surgery, skin plastic surgery includes many types of procedures, for instance:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Treatment of burns.

As the word “plastic” means to mold, to shape, plastic surgery means “mold or shape surgery.”

Skin surgery specialists are trained in the use of:

Procedures for Skin Removal and Plastic Surgery

Some of the newer techniques in plastic surgery, such as tissue expansion and flap surgery, are very popular nowadays. One of the most practiced procedures is skin graft, a skin surgery to remove skin from healthy areas of the body and use it to cover damaged skin.

The two main types of skin graft are:

  • Full thickness: removal of the top layer of skin (epidermis) and all the dermis.
  • Partial or split thickness: removal of epidermis and a smaller part of the dermis.

The procedure involves general or local anesthetics depending on the treatment prior to the surgery. In the procedure, the skin is connected with the blood supply and held in place with special glue, staples or stitches to help protect from infection. The skin plastic surgery can take two weeks to heal. Full rest is advised.

Two basic procedures are:

  • Tissue expansion: enables to grow additional skin used to help reconstruct nearby areas. In breast reconstruction and for large wounds is commonly used.
  • Flap surgery: to transfer a living piece of tissue, along with blood vessels, to another part of the body. Breast reconstruction, fractures, cleft lip and palates require this skin surgery procedure.

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Training Required for Specialists in Dermatologic Surgery

  • Medical Degree (M.D., D.O.) of 4 years.
  • Initial medical surgical intern year.
  • Dermatology residency of 3 years.
  • Fellowship training in
  • Immunodermatology
  • Phototherapy
  • Laser medicine
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dermatopathology.

Cosmetic Dermatology Abroad

So far, skin surgery has been widely used as a technique to beautify, revitalize and enhance appearance. And it has been exceptionally high in its costs in countries like the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. Demand for dermatological surgery has allowed the emerging trend of medical tourism to rise in low-income countries.

Every year, millions of medical patients flock to India, Thailand, Colombia and Belgium, where a wide variety of skin procedures of the highest quality are offered at a much lower price.

Most popular Dermatological procedures abroad