Will skin graft scars eventually fade?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
In some instances, skin grafts may eventually fade. In other circumstances, the grafts can actually hyperpigment. Full thickness skin grafts are normally used to the facial areas to allow for a better color match to surrounding tissue. Hypopigmentation may also occur with decreased melanin found in split thickness skin grafts. Many of the skin grafts of the lower extremities will however fade over time and blend in more evenly if sunlight (UVB) is avoided for at least 12 months after the surgery. 

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