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Sarcoid and Cosmetic Surgery

08/01/2011

Question:

I have sarcoid and have little red nodules in my arms in the spots where you would normaly have blood drawn. It`s the only skin issue I have. Is it ok to have plastic surgery such as face lift or chemical peels, etc.

Answer:

In the literature there are several reports of sarcoidosis detected or occurring in scars. Therefore there is no guaranteed way of predicting whether surgical procedures could be complicated by sarcoidosis or not. There is a risk that needs to be taken into consideration. Chemical peels vary in depth and level of invasiveness. While superficial peels may be all right, deep peels that have the potential for scarring are probably best avoided, too.

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Response by:

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University