Skin Grafts

  • Shauna Higgins
  • Ashley WysongEmail author


Skin grafts have become a mainstay of the reconstructive ladder with primary subtypes being full-thickness, split-thickness, composite, and free cartilage skin grafts. Full-thickness skin grafts (FTSGs) contain the complete epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. Split-thickness skin grafts (STSGs) comprise the epidermis and a portion of the dermis and are characterized as thin, medium, or thick, based on the amount of dermis they contain. Composite grafts comprise two types of tissues, usually skin and cartilage, and free cartilage grafts are exclusively composed of cartilage. Here we discuss the indications, techniques, and outcomes associated with each of the skin graft subtypes.


Full-thickness skin grafts Split-thickness skin grafts Composite skin grafts Free cartilage skin grafts Mohs Micrographic Surgery Reconstructive surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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