Skin Grafting

Skin Grafting

A skin graft is a portion of skin taken from one area of the body and placed on another area. It has layers of the skin that are cut off from their original blood supply and normal attachment. The skin is made up of a thin outer layer called epidermis, and a thick inner layer called dermis. Blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, and hair shafts are all found in the dermis. A skin graft is commonly used to cover lost skin, such as a large wound or burn, to help with healing. It may also be used to repair damaged skin or scars, especially after burns, or infections with much skin loss.

A skin graft is usually taken from another part of your body with healthy skin. The area where the graft comes from is called the donor site. A skin graft may also come from another person, dead or living, or from an animal, such as a pig. It may also be man-made, which contains special cells needed to repair damaged tissues. These skin grafts are often used as temporary (short-time) covers when large areas of the skin are damaged. These are replaced after time with your own skin which is needed for the graft to be successful.

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Methods of Skin Grafting

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