How is a full-thickness skin graft (FTSG) done?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Normally a FTSG is taken from the donor site by surgical excision of the entire skin layer. Both the epidermis and dermis are taken and surgical sutured to the wound. The Donor site can usually be closed directly. FTSG have advantages of better color match, less contraction of the graft, have optimal cosmetic match for facial wounds. Hand procedures also do better with full thickness skin grafts due to less contraction.

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