Scar Treatments/Skin Grafting

Replace lost skin, improve the appearance of damaged tissue, and restore function

Skin grafting surgery is a technique whereby healthy skin is removed from one area of the body (commonly thigh or buttocks) and placed on another which may have damaged tissue e.g. scarring or a fresh wound. Skin grafting can be an effective method for larger areas of scarring e.g. self-inflicted scars or burns. Whilst you will be left with a scar from the graft, many patients are happy to have the resulting scar represent a new meaning, and take away the constant reminder of the original scarring.

A skin graft is typically performed when there is loss of skin after incidents such as burns / trauma, an unhealed wound or large surface areas of scarring.  


Skin grafts are a method of obtaining healthy skin to replace tissue that may be breaking down, or is severely damaged. The recovery time for an invasive procedure such as this is typically swift should all aftercare be followed and no complications arise – on average 2-3 weeks.

Depending on the donor site location of choice, grafts can sometimes be darker or lighter in skin tone compared to the new surrounding area. The graft may also be thicker or drier than the neighbouring skin, however these disadvantages can be minimised with good preparation and aftercare.

Treatment Overview

  • Surgical technique to resurface and improve the appearance of scarring – burns, self-harm, complex wounds
  • Typical recovery period of 2 weeks 
  • You will have an initial consultation with an expert specialist in this area

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