Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, two staff physicians, and the hospital surgical team are featured in TLC’s second season of “Skin Tight,” a reality television show that focuses on patients who undergo skin reduction surgery following dramatic weight loss.
The second season of “Skin Tight” begins at 9 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 1 on TLC, immediately following the hit series “My 600-lb Life.” Click here https://www.tlc.com/tv-
Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Mark Barlow and John LoMonaco, participated in the upcoming second season, which includes 10 patients undergoing skin reduction surgery at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital. The show depicts these patients’ dramatic journey from weight loss to skin reduction surgery, a final step for them to leave their former lives behind.
“Losing a significant amount of weight, as these patients have done, is truly an accomplishment,” said Barlow, who treated four of the patients featured this season. “Surgical intervention is simply the last step in the process. For many of these patients, there is heartbreak and shame associated with their prior size and lifestyle. Removing the residual excess skin can be truly liberating psychologically because it helps erase the last vestiges of that previous life.”
Barlow and LoMonaco have years of combined experience doing skin reduction surgeries.
“It’s a privilege to help these patients, who have already achieved so much, reach their ultimate goal and once again feel comfortable with their bodies,” LoMonaco said. “Skin reduction surgery is a major step and, as with all surgeries, shouldn’t be taken lightly. These men and women are courageous and I’m proud to be a part of their journey.”
Houston Methodist St. John Hospital brings the expertise and compassionate care of Houston Methodist Hospital in The Texas Medical Center – a national Honor Roll hospital – to Bay Area communities. The hospital provides a broad spectrum of adult, pediatric, medical, and surgical care, is an accredited chest pain center, and is also acute stroke-ready designated through DNV. St. John offers many inpatient and outpatient services, including state-of-the-art imaging, labor and delivery with neonatal ICU, minimally invasive surgery, comprehensive orthopedics and sports medicine, and a 24/7 emergency room.