How is cutis laxa characterized and how is it treated?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Clinically, patients with cutis laxa are recognized by the extreme elasticity of their skin, which permits loose hanging skin. Microscopically, a decrease in the number of fibers, as well as their size, is noted. While the skin is loose, it is not any more fragile. It heals essentially normally and has relatively little elasticity. In some operative candidates, satisfaction can be found with operative correction of the excessive redundant skin. In particular, rhytidectomy has been performed with some satisfaction. Repeated excisions of redundant skin can be beneficial in some patients.


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