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Doctor insights on: Skin Grafts Before And After

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Anyone know about skin grafts?

Anyone know about skin grafts?

Sure, lots.: Next question? Seriously, it depends what you want to know. A piece of skin is taken from a "donor" area and grafted onto the treatment area, usually when skin can't be stretched enough to close a wound primarily. They are also used to treat severe burns, where lots of skin area has been destroyed. Grafting should only be done by someone with special training and expertise. ...Read more

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How long after skin grafts can I heal?

How long after skin grafts can I heal?

At least 3 weeks: It takes at least 3 weeks and closer to 3 months for skin grafts to achieve significant adherence to minimize the risk of shear or stress forces on the donor site and recipient sites. This may also be influenced by the thickness of the graft as well as the location of the graft. For exampe longer periods may be advised for the sole of the foot -. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about skin grafts?

Can you tell me anything about skin grafts?

Yes: Skin grafts are very helpful after losing large amounts of skin. If there are areas that can not cover your body from burns, or other injuries skin can be removed from other parts of your body or cadeaver skin can be used to place over the uncovered area to protect your body. This usually works well for healing and allows a much better cosmetic look for the area needing to be covered. ...Read more

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How effective are skin grafts in treating hypopigmentation?

How effective are skin grafts in treating hypopigmentation?

Not recommended: Skin grafts are major and expensive surgery, which would not be considered for a non- health- or life-threatening problem such as hypopigmentation. ...Read more

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What is skin grafting?

Transplantation: Skin grafting is the transfer of viable tissue from one site to another, usually with the intention to heal a wound. ...Read more

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What are the implications of skin grafting?

What are the implications of skin grafting?

Skin grafting: When skin grafting is necessary, it is taken from a donor site as a shave and placed on the wound. It will result in skin color changes at both donor and recipient site. It is usually done when there are no other better options. ...Read more

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Are skin grafts effective after necrotising facsiitis?

Are skin grafts effective after necrotising facsiitis?

Yes: Skin grafting is often necessary to cover the defects created after removing the necrotic skin caused by this type of infection. The infection must be under control and the tissue to which one wishes to graft must be properly prepared. ...Read more

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I am circumsized but skin has grafted back, is there a procedure to correct this?

I am circumsized but skin has grafted back, is there a procedure to correct this?

Yes....: I'm not sure what you mean by "grafted back." there is a surgical procedure to fix just about anything that may be wrong with you. Find a reliable urologist or surgeon who specializes in this surgery for details. ...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 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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How do doctors remove skin for a graft?

Very carefully: It depends on whether is a full thickness skin graft of a split thickness skin graft. In full thickness the skin is comolete excised and the remaining defect is sewn together. In a split thickness graft we use a machine called a dermatome that shaves off the top few layers of the skin. ...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 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?

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 to deal with sun exposure and skin grafts?

How to deal with sun exposure and skin grafts?

Sun protection: Skin grafts often will discolor when exposed to sun light due to the pigment producing cells (melanocytes). The melanocytes react by darkening the skin. Unfortunately, the hyperpigmentation that occurs (darkening) might not lighten and may cause permanent discoloration. Use good sun protection to skin grafted areas and fresh scars. ...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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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 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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What exactly is the skin grafting procedure?

What exactly is the skin grafting procedure?

Moving skin: The most common is "split thickness skin grafting" a thin layer of skin is shaved from an area usually the thigh and used to heal another area which is needing skin. There are a lot of variations including "full thickness skin grafting" which moves the whole thickness of the skin for a different result. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What is skin grafting?

Skin transfer: Skin is harvested from one site as a partial thickness graft, most commonly the lateral thigh, and transferred to an open wound where it should heal and allow for coverage of the wound with healthy skin. The donor site will heal in on its own as most layers of the skin remain. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have skin grafting?

Does it hurt to have skin grafting?

Local anesthetic: There is localized pain at the the donor site and recepient site. There will be discomfort for 1-2 days after the anesthetic will wear off. ...Read more

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Anyone know anything about skin grafting?

Anyone know anything about skin grafting?

You betcha!: Plastic surgeons are the experts on skin grafting because we use this technique all the time to close wounds created under a variety of circumstances: injuries like burns, skin cancer removal, etc. Any time there is too much skin missing to just pull the edges together with stitches, a skin graft is an option. The skin is removed from a hidden area and transferred to the area where it is needed. ...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?

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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Why is pig skin and tissue used for skin grafting?

It isn't: Pig skin is used as a "biologic" dressing in preparation for skin gratfing. ...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