Skin structure

Our skin is the known as the largest organ in the body. It is your body’s first defense against the natural elements, and it is designed to protect you. It helps you stay warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. And unless it’s cut or damaged, it keeps germs and water from entering your body.

Made of flexible membranous tissue (integument) our skin operates as a complex organ of numerous structures (sometimes called the integumentary system) performing vital protective and metabolic functions.

– The skin makes up about 18% of an adult’s weight and
– approximate total area of 1,5 – 2 m2


Skin structure

1 – melanocyte
2 – sebaceous gland
3 – muscle
4 – hair shaft
5 – fat
6 – Pacinian corpuscle
7 – artery
8 – hair follicle
9 – sweat gland
10 – epidermis
11 – dermis
12 – subcutaneous tissue

In bariatric surgery many individuals are concerned of getting loose skin post surgery. The worry is natural for during weight gain, the skin expands to accommodate the underlying fat and often loses elasticity. In case of older individuals or people those who had excessive weight for many years, the skin and underlying tissue do not naturally return to their original size. It might require surgical procedures.

Advantages of body lifts include improved skin quality, long-lasting results, smoother natural contours, and better control of results. Disadvantages of body lifts include more complex surgery (requiring more expertise), longer operating time, long scars, longer recovery after surgery, and increased cost.

Dr. Nandakishore Dukkipati, Chief Surgeon & Managing Director, LivLife Hospitals Pvt. Ltd, believes that individuals below the age of 50 need not go for surgically tightening or contouring their skin after weight loss procedure. “The procedures vary from commonly performed procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mastopexy (breast lift), inner thigh lifts, and brachioplasty (arm lift) to the more complicated procedures such as high lateral tension abdominoplasties and lower body lifts,” said Dr. Dukkipati. “We would generally advise patients to try toning exercises before going for surgical procedures. Usually yoga helps to tone your skin,” said Dr. Dukkipati

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