Hidradenitis Treatment in Houston, TX

Hidradenitis treatment houston

What is Hidradenitis?

Hidradenitis, sometimes called hidradenitis suppurativa, is a skin condition that is often painful and embarrassing for those who suffer from it. Hidradenitis causes potentially painful lumps and “tunnels” to form under the surface of the skin. It most often occurs near the armpits and groin.

After pain, the top complaint of people living with hidradenitis is usually its effects on physical appearance. Even though hidradenitis occurs underneath the skin, it can still impact the surface of your skin.

The red lumps are almost always visible. And when tunnels form between lumps, you can end up with a significant amount of scar tissue. Even when lumps heal, you can still be left with deep pock-like marks on your skin.

Additionally, hidradenitis can negatively affect lymph drainage, causing you to swell in affected areas.

Treatment Options for Hidradenitis

While mild cases can sometimes be handled without surgery, moderate to severe hidradenitis often requires surgical intervention. Surgeries are intended to expose or remove lumps and tunnels and improve the appearance of the skins’ surface.

While there are various types of surgical treatments for hidradenitis, all of them have the goal of decreasing your pain. Some have the additional benefit of improving your appearance. The two most common procedures are unroofing and excision.

Unroofing involves exposing the tunnels beneath your skin and can be performed on a single lesion or across all affected areas.

Excision is a more aggressive treatment but is extremely effective at reducing your symptoms and preventing future flare ups. There are various types of excisions, including excisions that involve skin grafting.

Factoring in the severity and location of your hidradenitis, your doctor will help you determine a treatment plan that’s best for you.

When to Seek a Plastic Surgeon for Hidradenitis Treatment

Surgical hidradenitis treatment is often performed by a dermatologist, but widespread, severe hidradenitis sometimes requires a plastic surgeon’s hand. A plastic surgeon will offer additional expertise in reducing the appearance of scars and helping your skin look as smooth and normal as possible.

Plastic surgeons are most helpful for surgeries that require skin grafting and surgeries that could alter the appearance of your breasts, genitals, or buttocks.

Your dermatologist or primary care doctor will usually refer you to a plastic surgeon when necessary. If you want to explore your options, you can always contact a plastic surgeon yourself.

What to Expect at Your Initial Consultation for Hidradenitis Treatment at TOPS Houston

Dr. Andry or Dr. Wijay will ask about your medical history regarding hidradenitis, including when you were diagnosed, your previous treatment paths, and the severity and frequency of your flare ups.

Your doctor will examine your affected areas, and together, you’ll discuss the treatment options that are best for you. You’ll determine which areas require which types of surgery, and your doctor will thoroughly explain the benefits and risks of your procedures.

You’ll be able to voice all questions and concerns until you feel well-informed and comfortable with your treatment plan.

What to Expect the Day of Hidradenitis Surgery

Your plastic surgeon will meet with you and answer any final questions before surgery. Depending on the kind of surgery you’ll be having, you’ll receive general or local anesthetic.

Time in surgery varies by type of surgery and location of your surgical site. Typically, surgeries that involve skin grafts and larger surgical sites take longer than unroofings and excisions without grafts.

Surgical time can also be increased by the site of your surgery. For example, if your surgery involves the breasts or genital area, extra care will be taken to protect your appearance.

What to Expect After Hidradenitis Surgery

The details of your recovery will depend on the type of surgery you had. Small excisions and unroofings usually have a relatively short recovery time. Surgeries over larger sites and skin grafts will involve some downtime and more post operative instructions.

Your surgeon will make sure you know exactly what to expect and watch for during recovery. Fortunately, surgery is usually a very effective treatment of hidradenitis. Most patients can reasonably expect their symptoms to resolve in the area of the surgical site, although they may still experience flare ups in other areas.

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If you’re tired of suffering from the pain and embarrassment of hidradenitis, a plastic surgeon at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston can help. Get in touch today to schedule your initial consultation.

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