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Skin Grafting

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about skin grafting?

Skin grafting is surgery to cover and repair wounds with a skin graft. A skin graft is healthy skin taken from an area of your body called the donor site. The skin may be taken from an area near the injury to match the area where the graft will be placed. Grafts that are artificial or come from another person or animal may be used temporarily. These are used as covers when large areas of the skin are damaged. They are replaced with your own skin over time.

What are the types of skin grafts?

How do I prepare for skin grafting?

During your surgery:

The pattern of the wound will be drawn over the skin of the donor site with a surgical marking pen. If the skin graft will come from your body, the graft will be taken from the donor site. After the graft is fitted and placed over the wound, stitches will be used to attach it in place. The donor site will also be closed with sutures or surgical staples. Bandages will be placed over the graft and donor sites.

What should I expect after skin grafting?

What are the risks of skin grafting?

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