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When someone has skin reduction surgery, can that skin be used for skin grafts, burn victims?

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In brief: Sometimes

It really depends on the quality of the skin.
But, often, it can be donated.

In brief: Sometimes

It really depends on the quality of the skin.
But, often, it can be donated.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Dr. Matthew Lublin
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Dispose or other use

In the vast majority of instances the tissues are discarded as medical waste and incinerated.
On occasion the tissues may be used in the same individual as a pedicled flap as seen in the tram flap procedure for breast reconstruction. The component tissues can be used as a skin graft or the fat can be harvested and used for breast or buttock augmentation use in other people is cost prohibitive

In brief: Dispose or other use

In the vast majority of instances the tissues are discarded as medical waste and incinerated.
On occasion the tissues may be used in the same individual as a pedicled flap as seen in the tram flap procedure for breast reconstruction. The component tissues can be used as a skin graft or the fat can be harvested and used for breast or buttock augmentation use in other people is cost prohibitive
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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