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What are the risks of having a full-thickness skin graft (FTSG)?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The major risks of having a FTSG include more difficulty in acceptance by the body, and a scar left at the donor site. There are many advantages, however, including better color match, decreased contraction, and use on head and neck wounds. FTSGs are taken with a scalpel directly excising the donor skin and the site is then sutured closed afterwards. On the other hand, STSG require donor site dressing changes for up to 6 weeks and are NOT closed. 

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