What does a skin graft involve?

Consultant plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh offers a wide range of burns reconstruction and scar management procedures at his Milton Keynes clinic, including skin grafts. A skin graft uses healthy skin from an unaffected area to cover lost and damaged skin. They can be used in a variety of situations, from burns, ulcers and open fractures, to scars, cleft lip and palate correction and skin cancer.

Are there different types of skin graft?

There are two main layers that make up our skin: the under layer (dermis) and the outer layer (epidermis). During a full thickness skin graft, Mr Ghosh will take a small area of healthy skin consisting of the epidermis and entire depth of the dermis from another part of the body, usually the neck, inside the upper arm or from behind the ear, before closing the area with stitches. This skin is then grafted onto the affected area. If a split skin graft is recommended, only part of the dermis will taken along with the epidermis and the area left to heal without stitches; donor areas for split skin grafts are commonly the buttocks, thigh or upper arm.

What are the potential side effects?

There is a risk of infection or bleeding which can lead to the failure of the graft. After your skin graft, Milton Keynes-based Mr Ghosh will advise you to look out for redness, swelling and pain and when to seek medical help. Other side effects include a degree of scarring; this will affect both grafted and donor area but should gradually fade. Facial scars heal particularly well. The grafted skin will initially look different from the surrounding area but this difference too will lessen over time. Mr Ghosh is a plastic surgeon with many years’ experience in this field and understands well both the associated physical and emotional issues. Book a consultation by calling 0845 304 7083 to discuss your options in more depth.

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