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Skin Necrosis

Denise Gonzalez-Ramos

🔹️What is Skin Necrosis?🔹️
Skin Necrosis in the death of tissues of the body. Skin Necrosis is caused by a lack of blood and oxygen to the tissue.
Any time blood flow is blocked to an area, or an area is so damaged that blood can not flow to and from it, necrosis may be possible. The earlier skin necrosis is detected the better because steps can be taken to prevent further damage. Plastic surgery most commonly known affected area for Skin Necrosis is between the belly button and the pubic area, post abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). It is seen when there is too much tension on the wound, too much pressure on the skin.
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🔹️Signs of Skin Necrosis🔹️
•Blistering
• Bluish/Purplish discoloration at the suture line
•Leathery appearance or wound separation
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🔹️Treatment of Necrosis🔹️
Reach out to your plastic surgeon or seek a wound clinic in your area.
One of the first steps is to remove the dead tissue to avoid an infection from setting in. Tissue that does not have a blood supply will never circulate antibiotics and will serve as a large source of bacteria. Once the debridement (dead tissue removal) is done, the remaining wound is treated to get it to clean up and form GRANULATION TISSUE - a tissue that looks like a cut strawberry surface (granular) which will pull the wound walls together. This can be done with serial gauze dressing changes or faster with the use of a suction device called the VAC. In 2-3 months, the walls of the wound will come together and heal. With early detection you can obtain Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber treatments adjunctive for promoting wound healing and reducing infection. While it hasn't been scientifically proven many patients have shown significant positive results.

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