FREE excess skin removal

14asStro
on 2/25/12 6:41 am
Please see http://www.traumaburn.org/who/skinbank/faq.shtml  section 2. This should answer all your questions about donating skin/fat/organs.
SophieGrace
on 10/2/08 2:08 pm - IL


I don't think so.

This one is along the lines of 'forward this email and Bill Gates will give you $150.'

My surgeon told me in 1999 that they did not want the skin he would be removing during my tummy tuck.  He said it's usually not good skin -- stretched, sometimes has fungal infections -- and that it was a nice idea, but no.

Another "don't we wish" fable.



SophieGrace 

ChristineB
on 10/2/08 2:36 pm - Western 'Burbs Chgo, IL
Urban myth. They do not use overstretched skin for skin grafts.

 
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xxkimberlyxx
on 10/2/08 4:42 pm
I inquired about this and my answer was that they could get the skin from cadavers... dead peeps...without the anethesia and that that free tummy tucks just dont happen.  Its more cost effective to get skin from the dead then from live patients (anethisa and all)...this was my experience...doesnt mean its the truth .....
 
Valerie G.
on 10/2/08 5:54 pm - "The OG", OH
This came up a couple of years ago and was a myth. 
Our overstretched skin is not good for donation.  It's just too damaged.

Valerie
 8 years post op DS - so darned healthy my life insurance gave me a partial refund on my premium!
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shrinking-girl
on 10/24/08 5:57 pm - Richmond, IN
Everyone, I am a 19 yr old female who had bariatric surgery 15 months ago and have lost 160lbs so far. Saddly I have so much excess skin I still do not feel good about myself. I have been looking into having the skin removed and donating the skin to help others. I have found a website that tells about this. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/26/finding_hope_in_donations_of_excess_skin/

This surgeon tells how live skin donations are becoming popular because the lack of cadaver skin that is available. You may want to look into this and see if you may be interested. I am working on saving the money to have the skin removed and hoping insurance pays a part of it. Most insurance won't pay unless there are infectons and rashes that are considered a health issue
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joleenmineo
on 10/29/08 7:09 am - brockton, MA
HI MY NAME IS JOLEEN I AM FROM MASSACHUSETTES I HAVE HAD WLS, IT WAS SEPT 16 OF 03 MY WEIGHT ON DAY OF THE SURGERY WAS 565 I NOW  WEIGH 210 , I ALSO HAVE HEARD THE RUMORS OF SKIN DONATION TO BURN VICTIMS!! DOES ANY ONE KNOW THE BALL PARK FIGURE OF PLASTIC SURGERY TO REMOVE SKIN???
imahotchick
on 10/23/09 12:32 am

my skin is in a great state - i lost weight..... but no stretch marks, skin cancer or skin related diseases ....lost weight super young- worked out every day, kept a food journal for 3 years.....have you people noticed that u have lost your weight by bypass procedures? are older-with horrible strech marks, no elasticity and just look funky,to me (that's the truth-sorry) and a lot have had serious health concerns-  (helllo?)hence surgery- lost my weight naturally kept if off from 18 till now and im 32..... i look 23. do you really think some kid needs your funky skin????? i stress funky ! if ur trying to get free surgery from donating ur used, "rode hard put to bed wet " goods...ummmm i'd say no thanks. my dad was a fireman for 40 years and my brother was severly burned in a fire as baby. hes undergone 30 plus opperations...(he's 25) do you  think he wants the stretched marked, dried up, sagging skin from your fat butt so u can get a free surgery???!!!  he'd rather get a balloon under his skin to stretch it so that he might have eye lids as to benifit him sleeping and blinking. i think some of u on here are pathetic and want to use a person or a cause for your benefit! and i say you can suck it! some of u freaking people blow my mind!  ..'Oh im so fat! surgery required, oh now im skinny and i was 45 but look 93 , i think i will try to donate my 100 year old looking skin to some poor, sick "kid" to look like a hero,  in order to gain a free service...by the way did i say it was ALL ABOUT ME! i must have forgotten- sorry i was thinking about myself!'

richhedgepeth
on 11/16/09 6:23 am
I feel sorry for you. So much hate. Many people with WLS get it to help their health and well being. I noticed that you had some very derogatory comments to the people who posted on here. I applaud those, not you, who posted as most said thet did not care about getting it free, they just wanted to help someone if they could. A totally different viewpoint than you, a person obviously dealing with some deep personal issues, obviously you would have to be, to attack strangers like you have. To use your words "IMAHOTCHICK" you, are pathetic, and obviously very conceited judging from your name. You may be 32 but you act like a spoiled child.
WASaBubbleButt
on 2/3/11 9:49 am - Mexico
Revision on 12/06/06 with
On November 16, 2009 at 6:23 AM Pacific Time, richhedgepeth wrote:
I feel sorry for you. So much hate. Many people with WLS get it to help their health and well being. I noticed that you had some very derogatory comments to the people who posted on here. I applaud those, not you, who posted as most said thet did not care about getting it free, they just wanted to help someone if they could. A totally different viewpoint than you, a person obviously dealing with some deep personal issues, obviously you would have to be, to attack strangers like you have. To use your words "IMAHOTCHICK" you, are pathetic, and obviously very conceited judging from your name. You may be 32 but you act like a spoiled child.

I didn't care for her post either but to say she is conceited because she thinks she is hot is going a bit far.  It really is okay to have a positive attitude and self esteem.



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walterinaz
on 12/18/09 1:08 pm - Mesa, AZ
 I applaud you for your weight loss success but I believe you could gain some compassion and maybe a little humility. Most of the posts I read were from people looking for answers not pathetic people looking to get something for free. Most of us aren't as fortunate as you to have gotten your weight under control at such a young age when your body and skin were still in condition to react positively to weight reduction. Now those who have had success with weight loss be it through natural or surgical means are looking to take another step towards feeling good about themselves and being healthy. Being critical and negative is counterproductive to people who have taken a positive step forward, maybe you should inform not criticize. And what if our skin were viable and having it harvested at no cost to the donor were an option how would that be a bad thing?
fatgurlslim7
on 12/31/09 7:19 pm - richmond, OH
well, well, well let's spread the negativity. i doubt your a hot chick inside or out. if your thoughts are that RANCID keep them to yourself. not everyone on this site has had weight loss surgey and not everyone is 40 and over. i doubt that you have even lost a pound......flabby a**.
mcclellandjulia
on 11/27/10 10:21 pm - Pineland, TX
Your skin may be in great shape but your heart is obviously in need of some serious therapy. How can you be so judgemental toward people that you don't know and who are only looking for a way to help others and feel better about themselves. I think you should change your screen name to Mrs. Grinch because your are HEARTLESS!
                        
moondancer2000
on 2/3/11 6:55 am - Ft Rucker, AL
 Wow you are one angry Beyotch


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chattnoogagirl
on 10/8/10 1:24 pm
I do not beleive it is free but for those wishing to donate you can go to Musculosketal transplant foundation site and find out how to be a living donor.  the site is mtf.org/donor/living_skin.htm   this site even has a 1 800 number for your physician to call to see if you are eligable to donate wont help with your expense but will bless others
mateoandi
on 2/3/11 6:41 am - Jonesville, NC
I just wanted to say that donation of our excess skin after gbs is a wonderful idea and gift to a person who's skin is so severely destroyed by burns.  No, our excess skin is not perfect, however, as a health care worker I have seen some horribly burned victims that would give anything to have skin donated to them even if it is not perfect.  A lot of my skin does have some stretch marks, some of it doesn't.  If it could be used to help someone I would do it in a heartbeat....if it was free for me for donating or if I had to pay out of pocket.  Either way I would do it.  So, people please stop with all the negative comments.  There is nothing wrong with people investigating this option and if it is free than even better.  Many who have excess skin removed have it disposed of so to even think about donating to help someone else is a wonderful idea.  I was 300 lbs pre surgery in 2005 I am now 127 lbs but have had major health issues due to this surgery and the malabsorption it causes.  I wish I hadn't had the surgery but it is what it is.  I am fighting a battle daily being 34 and already having osteoperosis and about 15 other medical complications and issues I am dealing with that I think i would not be if I had not had the surgery.  So everyone considering having GBS, think long and hard about it and do plenty of research.  Best of luck to all
Kim S.
on 2/3/11 7:17 am - Helena, AL
Let us all stop entertaining this loon and exercise our right to use the block button.

             
     
spagirl0111
on 3/9/11 6:09 pm - Gastonia, NC
April, Hi my name is Victoria and I had wgt loss surg serveral years ago and still am waiting for the big day as far as my abdominalplasty and breast augmentation arrives, but if I can donate my skin to anyone needing it r/t burns or grafts and it is for free, I think the gesture is absolutely wonderful. I was a pediatric nurse for a long time and would be very interested if you happen to find out any information related to this, please contact me. Sincerly Yours.  
shannoncaldwell
on 3/29/11 11:31 am - TN
 i have been told the same thing about the hospital but it was siskins instead..
MacMadame
on 2/25/12 6:43 pm - Northern, CA
VSG on 09/24/08 with
 Hey, WASa

According to the PS who was at last year's Meet and Greet in Las Vegas, he does arrange to have skin from his surgeries donated.

So someone wants it! 

But, no, no one will pay for your PS to get it.

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