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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

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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What issues might require a skin graft?

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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Can you get a dental skin graft?

Can you get a dental skin graft?

Yes: Periodontal grafts are done routinely...The gum tissue is harvested from one area of your mouth and transplanted to the area where it is needed.
Skin itself (as in the skin on your arm or face) is not used for perio grafting. ...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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Is it okay to smoke cigarettes with a skin graft?

Is it okay to smoke cigarettes with a skin graft?

Never: With or without a skin graft, it is never a good idea to smoke cigarettes. In your case, however, smoking will decrease the chance of your skin graft taking root; smoking makes it more likely to fail because the blood supply is more limited. ...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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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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Please advise if it's normal for a skin graft to get tight during the first weeks?

Yes: Yes, split thickness skin grafts contract - the thinner the original graft, the more the contraction. See your local plastic surgeon if the contraction is causing issues. ...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

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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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How do they do a skin graft?

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?

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?

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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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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What is a way to keep bandages / skin graft dry while camping?

What is a way to keep bandages / skin graft dry while camping?

Yes: A cast or bandage protector will keep dressings dry, but the best advice is to not go camping or expose the dressing to elements or water until all healed. ...Read more

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If someone has rosacea can they get a skin graft to cover it up?

Heavens no!: There are lots of treatment options for rosacea, but a skin graft is not one of them. ...Read more

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What to do if I got worse. What I want to know is if I get a skin graft over the open wounds is there a possibility they might heal?

What to do if I got worse. What I want to know is if I get a skin graft over the open wounds is there a possibility they might heal?

Yes: Skin grafts are used to help open wounds heal but it depends on the type of wound and location of the wound. There are some areas that are not good places to put skin grafts. I recommend you see a wound specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Recently got a skin graft and the donor site is getting bumps, is that normal?

Recently got a skin graft and the donor site is getting bumps, is that normal?

Yes: Will take some time to to get the surface to near normal, but never going to look like adjacent skin, protect the area with skin creams. ...Read more

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What type of burn requires removal of dead tissue and a skin graft to heal properly?

A 3rd-degree burn: 1st- and 2nd-degree burns are partial-thickness burns and will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. 3rd-degree burns are full-thickness burns and will require debridement of the burned dead tissue and skin grafting to heal. ...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?

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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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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What does it mean if a skin graft turns blue?

No worries: The skin graft will often appear to darken once it has "taken root" and established a blood supply. Part of this is due to discoloration from the multiple small blood vessels in the wound bed. The skin graft will lighten over time with stable results seen about 6 months to 1 year after grafting. ...Read more

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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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When someon is getting a skin graft, does it have to be their skin?

Yes: If you use skin from somebody else, the body will gradually reject it (unless it's from your identical twin).

That being said, temporary coverage with skin from a skin bank is frequently used - it's just not a permanent answer. ...Read more

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Need a skin graft to remove the top level of my skin. Is that normal?

Need more informatio: Sometimes a skin graft is necessary when skin is removed, for example when a tumor is excised. If you can clarify what you are interested in, perhaps a more detailed response would be possible. ...Read more

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What skin do plastic surgeons use when they make a skin graft?

What skin do plastic surgeons use when they make a skin graft?

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 more

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What is the probability that a 3rd degree burned hand that has received a skin graft will look normal?

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?

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 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.

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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