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Skin Grafts Before And After
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.
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 -.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Uncertain: Sometimes they are left to heal by second intention.
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