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Stages Of Skin Graft Healing
Skin growth: Both donor and recipient sites should be without odor, drainage and skin growth. ...Read more
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
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
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
Waste oil burn on my right leg. Silver cream treatment by first doc. Is it safe practice to manually remove dried flakes of silver cream on my wound by my second doc. I am treated first for 23 days with a silver cream. Second doc proceed with skin graft.
Burn: You have to be quite careful with wounds caused by second or third degree burns because of the propensity for infection. A specialist in wound care may debride these wounds carefully but no one else should interfere with the healing process especially since a skin graft is planned. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Risky: Going into active pubic places following a surgical procedure increases risk of complications such as infection. ...Read more
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
Yes: With local infection or trauma.Get a more detailed answer ›
Watch for drainage, infection.
Good care by the surgeon, but skin grafts do scar. ...Read more
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