Bellevue Physician Promoting Living Skin Donation

Bellevue, WA — Obesity has become a national epidemic. Each year, across many different age groups, the number of overweight Americans has been on the rise. One of the most effective means of battling morbid obesity is Bariatric Surgery, which — in appropriate candidates — can dramatically reduce massive weight. However, along with such weight reduction, there are significant issues with an abundance of leftover skin. Even after extensive exercise programs, most massive weight loss patients find that a surplus of skin remains.

Many such weight loss patients choose to pursue plastic surgery as a way to aid them in achieving the body they desire. In addressing this issue, the field of post-weight loss body contouring has become one of the most rapidly advancing fronts of plastic surgery. Some practices, such as Sepehr Egrari MD FACS Plastic Surgery Center in Bellevue, Washington, have gained significant national and regional attention because of their emphasis on massive weight loss body contouring.

A recent patient of Dr. Egrari’s went through a lower body lift to remove her “belly rolls,” and ended up with 10 to 15 pounds of excised skin. This skin is usually discarded. However, with the permission of the patient, Dr. Egrari’s practice donates the surgically removed skin to help others. (Visit Our Gallery to see Before & After weight loss surgery images.)

Tissue grafts are becoming widely used by doctors in the fields of orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery, dentistry and podiatry. From repairing severe fractures and degenerative conditions to helping increase the chances of survival for burn victims, tissue grafts are saving lives.

Dr. Egrari’s Bellevue practice is one of the first in the region to offer the option to his patients of donating the excised skin to the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.

The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the nation’s largest tissue bank, changes lives by connecting tissue donors with surgeons and transplant recipients. As a non-profit service organization, MTF is dedicated to providing quality tissue through a commitment to excellence in education, research, recovery and care for recipients, donors and their families. Since their inception in 1987, MTF has recovered more than 60,000 donors and has distributed more than 3 million grafts for transplantation.

Living skin donation improves the lives of others in many ways: breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, abdominal wall repair for hernias and trauma, and much more.

It is Dr. Egrari’s hope to enlist the help of his patients in supplying MTF with the much needed tissue donations. Toward that end, and in conjunction with MTF, his office is now supplying tissue donation information as part of the overall surgery packet. As well, Dr. Egrari’s website,, features updated information and links to sign up to be an organ/tissue donator.

Tissue can be donated not just through surgery, such as the post-Bariatric options, but anyone can also indicate intent to become an organ/tissue donor on their driver’s license or on a signed donor card.



We have been fully operational since May of 2020. With patience and with care, we all are returning to normalcy. Our office continues to use safety protocols, and we are eager to see you.


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Updated May 2022
We have been fully operational since May of 2020. This includes skincare and our non-invasive center (ENIC).
We know that so much of this pandemic caused an inconvenience for you, but we are delighted to see a return to normalcy. 
We will continue to be vigilant in our approach to Covid 19. For over two decades, we have considered safety as our most important prerogative — and there has never been a more important time to put that to use.
Here are some things we’re doing to ensure you are protected and that we maintain this facility as a Non-Covid Care (NCC) zone:

Patient Flow and Clinical Office Space

We now have a well-tested protocol of texting patients for control of flow for consultations.
We are assigning everyone to hourly wipe-downs of high-use areas with approved sanitizing wipes.
We are asking that no one wait in the waiting area.
We are coming up with protocols for room wipe-downs after each patient visit.
Every staff member will always wear a mask while in the office.
Every staff member will sanitize or wash hands after every interaction.
Implementation of virtual pre-ops, nursing visits, and questions.

Operating Room Experience

Similar precautions and questionnaires will be provided to establish Covid-19 Clear Status.
All staff will always wear a mask. All staff will always wear gloves.
Hand washing will be done for any patient interaction.
Specific wipe-down of our operating room, recovery, and pre-op areas will be performed.
We will minimize accompanying caretakers to only one. Those caretakers will be treated just like the patients.
Anesthesia Experience
Every anesthesia staff will wear goggles and other protective equipment during intubation.
Our anesthesiologists have been fully trained and are implementing all precautions for prevention of Covid-19 spread.
All circuits will be changed between each patient.
Full wipe-down of surfaces and floors will be performed.
We will implement a time-out protocol to confirm the Covid-19 Clear Status of every patient.

As you can see, we are taking this very seriously. We fully understand that this will cause some inconvenience in the short term, but realize that it is for the best.
Although Covid-19 has been a serious issue, we are seeing a resumption of normalcy. We continue to monitor this situation on a real-time basis, and we will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.
When you see us in action, you’ll realize that you have put your trust in the right practice.
Here are some links that might be useful:
State of Washington Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to answer your questions!
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