Skin grafting is a type of medical grafting involving the transplantation of skin. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft. Skin grafting is often used to treat: extensive wounding or trauma; burns; areas of extensive skin loss due to infection such as necrotizing fasciitis or purpura fulminans; specific surgeries that may require skin grafts for healing to occur – most commonly in the removal of skin cancers.
Central Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald most commonly employs skin grafts after serious injuries. Surgical removal (excision or debridement) of the damaged skin is followed by skin grafting. The grafting serves two purposes: it can reduce the course of treatment needed (and time in the hospital), and it can improve the function and appearance of the area of the body that receives the skin graft.
There are two types of skin grafts. The most common type is where a thin layer is removed from a healthy part of the body (the donor section), like peeling a potato, or a full thickness skin graft. A full thickness skin graft is more risky, in terms of the body accepting the skin, yet it leaves only a scar line on the donor section, similar to a Cesarean section scar. For full thickness skin grafts, the donor section will often heal much more quickly than the injury and is less painful than a partial thickness skin graft.
Because skin grafts are often employed as a part of reconstructive surgery, there are several related procedures that are commonly used in association with skin grafting, including:
Dr. Bindewald and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with the extraordinary care they deserve. This is especially true when it comes to individuals who are in need of reconstructive surgery. Please contact out team at 844-DR-MATTB (844.376.2882). We are here to help.
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