Treatments/Invasive/Other Invasive/Skin Grafting

Skin Grafting Surgery

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 area which may have damaged skin eg: scarring or wound. Skin grafting can be an effective method for larger areas of scarring eg: self-inflicted scarring 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. 

When Is A Skin Graft Performed?

Skin grafting surgery is typically performed when there is loss of skin after incidents such as burns or trauma, an unhealing wound or on large surface areas of scarring.  


What Are The Advantages Of Skin Graft Surgery? 

Skin grafts are a method of obtaining healthy skin to replace skin that may be breaking down or highly damaged. The recovery time for an invasive procedure such as this is typically quick should all aftercare be followed and no complications arise, on average 2-3 weeks. The end result should the graft take well is good quality skin where tissue may have been lost.  


What Are The Disadvantages Of Skin Grafting Surgery? 

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

Treatment Overview

  • Surgical technique to resurface and improve the appearance of scarring 
  • Typical recovery period of 2 weeks 
  • Performed by highly skilled, specialist plastic surgeon with expertise scar treatments 
  • Burns, self-harm, complex wounds