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How Can I Make My Scars From A Hand Skin Graft Go Away
A skin graft is surgically placed piece of skin that is used to cover a wound. It can be a full thickness piece of skin, or a split thickness skin graft, meaning not all layers of the dermis are included. They each have different characteristics, and may be used on different parts of the body. Skin grafts are often used for treatment of burns, ...Read more
Heal or improve?: I am guessing you mean improve and not heal. Scars only result after the donor / recipient sites have healed. I am a big proponent of scar massage for the improvement of all scars, including those resulting from skin grafting. What you put on your hand before you do the massage (cocoa butter, vitamin e, mederma) is not as important as vigorous massage, twice a day. Further surgery can also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i skin graft be taken off immediately if i'm not happy with it? Will it make very bad scar to re open a wound immediately?
I had a skin graft and they took the skin from my hip. I am wondering if there is anything I could put on the scar to make it feel better?
What is the probability that a 3rd degree burned hand that has received a skin graft will look normal?
No: "third degree" burn is injury to all tissue from skin into the fatty/subcutaneous layer. That is why the burned tissue was removed and replaced with a graft. Grafts may look very good - depending on size, location, patient conditions, etc. - but the doctor cannot make a graft look the same as unijured skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin graft: You can't make your skin graft go away but you may be able to improve its appearance. It depends on the size and location of the graft, the reason you needed the graft, and whether the graft was full thickness or partial thickness. See the doctor that gave you te graft and ask what can be done to improve the appearance. ...Read more
Patient's own skin: A graft that is expected to "take" and heal long-term requires it be from the recipient patient. We can harvest full-thickness grafts (and surgically close the donor site) or use split-thickness grafts by utilizing specialized dermatomes (blades) to take the top skin layers. The donor site heals with some scarring, but you have a graft to cover a damaged area. Grafts can be meshed to cover more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you know when a skin graft from a chemical burn is going to be required? How can you tell if chemical burn is healing/accident 1st of nov.
Clinical judgement: Any burn, thermal, chemical or electrical has degrees depending on depth of involvement. In simplest terms, 1st degree (superficial) will heal rapidly (7-10 days), 2nd degree (into dermis) can heal without scarring (10-14 days) if uncomplicated, 3rd-4th degree (deepest) usually grafting is needed. If your burn is 3 months old and not yet healed, see a plastic surgeon for advice. ...Read more
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