Defying consensus: Correct sizing of full-thickness skin grafts

Isaac Zilinsky, Nimrod Farber, Oren Weissman, Hadar Israeli, Josef Haik, Noam Domniz, Eyal Winkler

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Abstract

Background: Full-Thickness skin grafts are routinely used to reconstruct defects throughout the body. When planning the size of the graft, the surgeon usually copies a template from the defect and measures the graft to fit its full dimensions. This may lead to an oversized graft, resulting an unaesthetic outcome. Objective: To evaluate discrepancy in size between the excised full-thickness skin and the excision (donor) site. Methods: Data from 20 cases of full-thickness excisions was reviewed and analyzed. Results: There was a considerable difference in length of both the short and long axes between the excised full-thickness skin and the excision site. Conclusions: The initial size of a full-thickness skin graft should be smaller than the defect it is planned to cover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-523
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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