What is Skin Flap Surgery?
What is a Skin Flap?
Skin Flap vs. Skin Graft
When is skin flap surgery necessary?
Types of Flap Surgery Methods You Should Know
- Bone/Soft Tissue Flap
- Local Flap
- Microvascular Free Flap
- Musculocutaneous Flap
- Regional Flap
What to expect:
- If a huge part of your body lost some skin tissues, your dermatologist or surgeon will explain what type of skin flap you will need.
- Before the procedure, you may have to sign a consent form that you understand and agree to the surgery. Inform your doctor if you are taking any medication such as aspirin, dabigatran, and warfarin. These medications could make you bleed more.
- Generally, this procedure is done under local anaesthesia.
- During the procedure, your surgeon may need to create two wound sites, one on the site receiving the flap and the other where the skin flap is taken from or the donor site. These two sites are immediately adjacent, which means they will be dressed under one sterile dressing after the surgery.
- Expect your wound to be tender an hour or so after the excision when the local anaesthesia wears off.
- Stitches are usually removed 5-10 days after the procedure. There will be raised scarring but its colour and size fade over several months.
- Inform your physician of any prior procedures, history of chronic illness, and allergies you may have.
- Stop drinking and eating for the recommended time period before and after surgery.
- Follow any specific instructions on pre-operative bathing, shaving, or cleaning.
- Do not wear makeup and contact lenses the day of surgery.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Arrange all insurance coverage prior to surgery. Many insurance providers do not cover many types of plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures.
- Advise surgical nurses and staff of dentures and other prosthetic devices you may be wearing.
- Discuss any post-operative instructions that need to be followed such as post-op medications and follow-up appointments.