Skin Grafting

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Evolution of Skin Grafting

Skin grafting is a method by which surgeons can soft tissue coverage over burned or badly injured tissue. There are two main categories of grafting: split-thickness or full-thickness. Indications for each graft type vary, and each are dependent on unique variables for healing. While the final cosmetic appearance of full-thickness grafts are often superior, there exists significant donor site morbidity. Split-thickness grafts can often incorporate in tissue where full-thickness grafts would not survive. Regardless of graft type, incorporation of graft is of paramount importance, and depends on multiple factors. As a result, much research has been performed regarding coverage in the setting of skin grafts, and how to optimize chances of graft incorporation, while minimizing patient morbidity.

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