What is a partial thickness skin graft?

During a split-thickness skin graft, your surgeon will remove a thin layer of skin from 1 part of your body (donor site) and use it to close the surgical site that needs to be covered (recipient site). You may have a split-thickness skin graft if you lost a large area of skin due to an infection, burn, or surgery.

What are the four types of skin grafts?

Free skin grafts for soft tissue reconstruction can be classified into four types: full-thickness skin grafts, split-thickness skin grafts, composite grafts, and free cartilage grafts. The indications, techniques, donor site considerations, and postoperative complications of each type of skin graft are reviewed.

Do skin grafts get thicker?

Skin from the back and the thighs is typically thicker than skin from other parts of the body; thus, skin graft harvest thickness requires adjustment for this (thicker graft used in the area of high stress, thinner graft used to match thin recipient skin).

What are the three different types of skin grafts?

There are different types of grafts according to their origin, thickness and form. There are 3 main types of graftsthat are used to cover wounds: Split-thickness skin grafts, full-thickness skin grafts and composite grafts. Each of them has specific indication and has a unique technique for harvesting.

When do you use full-thickness skin grafts and split-thickness?

The split-thickness technique is used to cover large areas, which makes it ideal for the legs. Full-thickness skin grafts are usually reserved for smaller areas, such as the face and hands, because they blend better with the surrounding skin.

How long does skin graft take to heal?

The donor area of partial thickness skin grafts usually takes about 2 weeks to heal. For full thickness skin grafts, the donor area only takes about 5 to 10 days to heal, because it’s usually quite small and closed with stitches.

What is the difference between partial and full thickness?

Irrigation debridement – the use of a gentle stream of water to remove the dead tissue

  • Sharp debridement – the use of a sharp object such as scissors or a scalpel to cut out the dead tissue
  • Enzymatic debridement – the use of certain chemical substances that will breakdown and dissolve the dead tissue
  • What do layers do a full thickness skin graft include?

    Graft Take: The thicker a skin graft,the more metabolically active it is,and the worse is it’s nutrient diffusion.

  • Contracture: All skin grafts undergo primary and secondary contractures.
  • Donor Site Morbidity: The multipotent stem cells responsible for STSG donor site reepithelialization primarily reside in the hair follicles.
  • What is the healing time for skin graft?

    – Wearing a dressing for 1 to 2 weeks. Ask your provider how you should care for the dressing, such as protecting it from getting wet. – Protecting the graft from trauma for 3 to 4 weeks. This includes avoiding being hit or doing any exercise that might injure or dislodge the graft. – Getting physical therapy, if your surgeon recommends it.

    What is the definition of full thickness?

    full thickness is thru the dermal layer and at least to or into the subq layer. Partial thickness is into but not thru the dermal layer. This is from the AMA, I found it on their website several years ago. Full thickness is entire dermis. Think of it this way…and FTSG, a full thickness skin graft is just what is says, epidermis and dermis.