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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Skin Graft (Definition)

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


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How can I make my scars from a skin graft go?

How can I make my scars from a skin graft go?

Difficult: There are some options depending on location. One is expansion with balloons to remove the graft entirely. Another is serial excision. Last, but less effective, is laser. ...Read more

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How can I make my scars from a skin graft heal?

How can I make my scars from a skin graft heal?

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 more

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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 more

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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?

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?

Is the scar healed?: If the donor site is healed, many times it is very dry: vaseline or moisturizing lotion may make the area feel better. ...Read more

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I have MANY large/deep self harm scars on both thighs. I don't self harm anymore and hate the scars. What is the best treatment? Skin graft?

See a dermatologist: Certainly not grafting. You have enough problems without wasting time and money on a frustrating quest for perfect skin which you will never attain. You can also stop wasting your money on ascorbic acid, which is abundant in normal food. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: A skin graft is placed on the wound to close it. It will never look exactly like the healthy skin around it. If the wound was big enough to warrant a graft for closure it will most likely heal worse if allowed to heal on its own. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my skin graft go away?

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

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How long is it supposed to it take a skin graft to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a skin graft to heal?

3-4 weeks: If you are asking about the donor site, using modern moist wound care (air is bad for open wounds), then about 3-4 weeks for it to grow new skin. If the site the graft was placed, then it depends on where the graft was placed, how much did it move during healing, size of the graft and many factors. Even so, plan on 3-4 weeks for "complete" healing. ...Read more

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With a skin graft, do you have to wear a compression garment?

Not usually: I do not ask my patients to wear a compression garment once their skin graft has completely healed. While it is healing in the short term (the first week), i usually do have some compression applied to the graft, if possible, to help increase the likelihood that it will take. ...Read more

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Graft (Definition)

Tissues from one location are transferred to another . Also refers to ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more