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After the surgical removal of the melanoma, will I need a skin graft?

After the surgical removal of the melanoma, will I need a skin graft?

Maybe: The reconstruction after excision of a melanoma depends on the size and depth of the lesion as well as the location. Small lesions may be closed primarily while other lesions may need a local flap to close them. For larger defects, one may need a skin graft. ...Read more

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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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I had two skin graft surgeries on my ankles. My surgeon has said that both have taken root. Can I smoke cigarettes?

I had two skin graft surgeries on my ankles. My surgeon has said that both have taken root. Can I smoke cigarettes?

No: Hello HSinclair. It is not recommended as there will be poor wound healing and you will have an increased risk of blood flow problems and lung cancer and lung disease. ...Read more

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Have a burn from base chemical that is red some brown. If if gets infected will it require a skin graft? How do I avoid a skin graph?

Have a burn from base chemical that is red some brown. If if gets infected will it require a skin graft? How do I avoid a skin graph?

Avoid infection: If you have not had expert medical attention for the burn, get it! That is the time to discuss proper care of the site during healing to prevent infection and optimize the chances of avoiding long term issues. If you've had treatment, contact them for advice on follow-up care. I hope it heals well. Best! ...Read more

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My skin graft healed 2 years ago. I've been swimming recently. There is a red spot that has form just under the skin graft. Is this normal?

My skin graft healed 2 years ago. I've been swimming recently. There is a red spot that has form just under the skin graft. Is this normal?

Maybe: If it is a small amount if blood from mild trauma to the area, it is normal and should heal. Depending on where the graft is located, and the size, see your primary care or surgeon if it persists or gets worse. Hope this helps, and enjoy the summer! ...Read more

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I had a small skin graft on a finger two weeks ago. Told to soak in warm water 3 times a day. The finger is really red. Should I be concerned?

I had a small skin graft on a finger two weeks ago. Told to soak in warm water 3 times a day. The finger is really red. Should I be concerned?

First I would call: The doctor who did the skin graft and ask. Red is usually a good sign after a skin graft as it means blood supply is good, but it can also be a sign of infection. So get in to see your surgeon soon ...Read more

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Excision of bcc on nose nearly 4 months ago, skin graft onto site looks like cookie cutter. Massaging twice daily. Can't wear make up I am sad?

Excision of bcc on nose nearly 4 months ago, skin graft onto site looks like cookie cutter. Massaging twice daily. Can't wear make up I am sad?

Flap or dermabrasion: First, give it some time. But if after a few more months it is still unsatisfactory you might talk to your plastic surgeon about removing it and repairing it with a "local flap". Dermabrasion can help blend it but will probably not give you full satisfaction. ...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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How can I make my scars from a hand skin graft go away?

You can't: Retinoids bleaching cream dermabrasion surgical revision laser all could improve them. ...Read more

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What issues might require a skin graft?

Tissue loss: Loss of the layers of skin or other soft tissue defects are some of the reasons. Typically, a skin graft is used to accelerate or improve healing. Common reasons for skin grafts include burns, trauma, skin ulceration, tissue loss from cancer. ...Read more

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What degree of burns requires a skin graft?

What degree of burns requires a skin graft?

Depends: The answer to your question depends on the size of the burn and the depth of the burn. A 3rd degree burn is a full thickness burn involving all layers of the skin. If it can't be excised and closed primarily, it will likely need a skin graft. Some partial thickness burns (2nd degree) may require grafting also if they cannot heal in a reasonable amount of time. ...Read more

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When should I start using Mederma for skin graft?

When should I start using Mederma for skin graft?

Healing process: Skin grafts are two types. Split thickness or full thickness. Split grafts have no dermis, and are typically red for several months. Full grafts first become puffy, and contain dermis. It heals slowly. Medermaa will have little effect on grafts. ...Read more

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What should I do with an abscess in my skin graft?

What should I do with an abscess in my skin graft?

Incise/drain/medic8: A simple incision and drainage procedure will evacuate the puss and then antibiotics may be prescribed for any cellulitis or to prevent spread. ...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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I had a full thickness skin graft on my leg it was slow to heal causing more scaring than expected. Can I use Mederma on it?

I had a full thickness skin graft on my leg it was slow to heal causing more scaring than expected. Can I use Mederma on it?

Don't expect much: This probably will cause no harm but it is unlikely to any significant change or improvement. ...Read more

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I read this article on silvain cream that you can make from home can you use this cream on a donor site from a skin graft?

Do you mean silvaden: Silvadene cream-silver sulfadiazine- is sometimes used on burns. Not the best for donor site, but you should follow the instructions of your surgeon. Main object is to keep lubricated, usually with Aquaphor or vaseline. ...Read more

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How long after aural atresia reconstruction can I smoke weed? Then just did a skin graft and shaved some cartilage, then sewed it up

A? for surgeon: You need to be asking the doctor who performed this procedure, who also better knows your health history. I can tell you that smoking interferes with healing from virtually any kind of surgery, and also makes it more likely that you get an infection. You could use this as a head start on quitting a habit that will rob your life of both health and length eventually. There is a great deal of help. ...Read more

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My skin graft is a month old today. Parts of it are yellow and wet. Parts are hard and dark scabs. Did it fail? The doctorceeleased me. I'm worried.

See your doctor: Skin grafts take many weeks to fully heal. If you have questions about yours I would recommend seeing your surgeon. In the meantime keep it lubricated with something like vaseline. ...Read more

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Can a orthopedic surgeon do skin graft or flap?

Typically not: Orthopedic trauma surgeons occasionally do skin grafts. Flap procedures, however, are typically done by plastic surgeons. ...Read more

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Can a burn patient have an allogeniec skin graft without being put on lifetime immunosupressant...

Can a burn patient have an allogeniec skin graft without being put on lifetime immunosupressant...

Typically not: Usually, if it's not autologous skin (your own), your immune system will reject the skin, and it will begin to slough after about 3 weeks. ...Read more

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My grandmother has to undergo skin graft surgery to repair her varicose ulser problem on the leg. Will this cause her more problems?

My grandmother has to undergo skin graft surgery to repair her varicose ulser problem on the leg. Will this cause her more problems?

Venous stasis ulcers: Venous stasis ulcers occur when the leg veins stop functioning properly (not the same as the ulcers diabetic patients get). It is important to treat the underlying vein problem to prevent developing new ulcers. In fact, it may be best to treat the vein problem before doing the skin graft to optimize good healing. See a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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Dealing with chronic ulcer on left sole, has hindered me greatly past 4 years. Had unsuccessful skin graft. Are there any other surgical options?

Dealing with chronic ulcer on left sole, has hindered me greatly past 4 years. Had unsuccessful skin graft. Are there any other surgical options?

Nonheal/foot ulcer: First you need a work up for metabolic or medical issues that could be causing poor healing, i.e. diabetes, anemia, vascular issues. Next I might try advanced PRP+Stem Cell dressings to stimulate this healing. ...Read more

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Can I play golf after complete achilles' tendon removed after wound and skin graft is healed and are tendon transfers for Achilles sucessful?

Can I play golf after complete achilles' tendon removed after wound and skin graft is healed and are tendon transfers for Achilles sucessful?

Would say: Yes if everything is healed and went through therapy. Won't have same power and don't think it will help your scores any. ...Read more

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I had upper eyelid skin graft done but the result was really bad! My eyes are now deformed. Is it possible to take the graft off immediately?

I had upper eyelid skin graft done but the result was really bad! My eyes are now deformed. Is it possible to take the graft off immediately?

Discussion with MD: I can understand your concerns. It is best to discuss these with your surgeon to see what possible solutions that you have. After doing this, if you still have concerns, I advise seeking second opinion. With these two surgical opinions, you will be able to decide with what you will feel most comfortable. I hope you have a an amendable solution. ...Read more

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How do they do a skin graft?

Skin from one area..: Is taken off and put down somewhere else. There is a lot of technical stuff but that's the basics. ...Read more

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What occurs during a skin graft procedure?

What occurs during a skin graft procedure?

Skin transplant: An thin layer of skin is shaved off of the donor site on the body. That piece of skin may be turned into a mesh sheet. The skin graft is then transplanted to the area that needs it. The donor site (new wound) can be treated in a number of different ways. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: skin graft?

Skin coverage graft: 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, traumatic injuries, or reconstruction. ...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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Can I go on a plane trip, the day after having a skin graft on face and neck?

Can I go on a plane trip, the day after having a skin graft on face and neck?

Risky: Going into active pubic places following a surgical procedure increases risk of complications such as infection. ...Read more

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Why is the wound I had post the skin graft on my burnt arm taking more than a year to heal?

Why is the wound I had post the skin graft on my burnt arm taking more than a year to heal?

Slow healing: Burn scars can take a year to heal or mature. An open (ulcer) can be of concern though. If the wound dose not appear to be healing properly, then please visit a dermatologist or wound care specialist. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


Graft (Definition)

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