Donate Skin After Weightloss

8 on January 25, 2018

Since my bariatric surgery, I’ve dropped significant weight which has left me with excess skin. I recently learned that I could donate skin to help others improve their quality of life. It seems like a beautiful way to take a painful reminder of my morbid obesity and turn it into something beneficial.  How can I find out if I’m eligible?  Did you donate skin after surgery?

 
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0 on January 25, 2018

First of all, congratulations! Secondly, I think the idea of donating skin after these surgeries is very beautiful, too. I’ve been having trouble finding places that allow you to donate skin from a live donor. The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation used to be the way to go, but it looks like they stopped taking live skin donors a few yeas ago. I would suggest talking to your doctor or callnig any local tissue banks you might have in your area if you’re interested in donating that skin now so you can get rid of it. Otherwise, you could donate it through several resources, including MTF.

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2 on January 26, 2018

Wow, I have never heard of anything like this! What is the skin used for, do you know?

My guess would be that your cosmetic surgeon would likely know how to go about this. It reminds me of when you have a baby and your OBGYN has to do the cord blood collection if you decide to save your child’s cord blood.

 

on January 28, 2018

Wow, I have never heard of anything like this! What is the skin used for, do you know?From ClassyNSassy

My understanding is that it can be used for breast reconstruction, hernia repair, and other procedures.  Additionally, you can donate skin for testing purposes in order to further the field of medicine and skin engineering. 

It may not be as easy to donate skin as I hoped, though.  I plan to ask my doctor at the next follow up. 

 

on January 29, 2018

Skin donations are also used in a lot of burn centers. It’s a great thought and hopefully, it’s something we’ll be able to do. You’ll have to let us know what your doctor says, Ben! This would be such a great thing to be able to do for others. 

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0 on January 26, 2018
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0 on January 26, 2018

I have to agree that this is a wonderful way to turn something that evokes painful memories for you into joy for someone else. I do know that you have to talk to your doctor about it first, and also that you have to wait about 18 months to make sure that the weight stays off before you get the surgery to remove the excess skin.

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0 on January 28, 2018

This is a whole new train of thought for me.  I’ve never even thought about skin donation. It only makes sense though.  Skin is our largest organ and organ donations are done all the time.  What a good idea!!  Thanks for sharing. 

 

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0 on July 7, 2018

I didn’t know that skin donation was possible!  I agree with the others – this is such a wonderful way to turn something so painful into something beautiful and beneficial.  I’d love to be able to help other people with a skin donation.  

Ben, please do let us know what your doctor has to say.  I’ll have to do some research into places that might take live skin donations. 

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