What is a Skin Graft?
At Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer skin grafting for men and women in and around Jackson and Madison. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler can remove the cancer while maintaining your appearance. Some cancers can be very visible, especially on the face, and can cause stress on top of health issues. In cases where the skin cancer is large, we can reconstruct the area with a skin flap or graft to help minimize scarring and other damage. At our Ridgeland, MS office, we can remove basal and squamous cell carcinomas, melanoma, and more. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Steckler, give our state-of-the-art office a call today.
How Does a Skin Graft for Skin Cancer Work?
Prior to your surgery, we will provide you with either a local or general anesthesia depending on the size and location of your treatment area. Your skin graft surgery will begin by removing the areas affected by cancer, including some of the healthy skin around it. At this point, we can begin the graft. To begin, we will take skin from another part of your body that will be used where the skin cancer was removed. Typically, your skin graft will fall into two categories — split thickness or full thickness. For a split thickness, we will use the epidermis and part of the dermis; for a full thickness, we'll use the full dermis and epidermis. From there, we will take the donor skin and place it over your treatment area. Dr. Steckler will use the method of his choosing to apply the graft, including staples, stitching, or glue. After your surgery, we'll send you home with a friend or family member to recover. It could take up to two weeks for your graft to heal. It's important during this period that you do not rub or brush up against your graft and follow our at-home care instructions very carefully. Your skin graft will change in appearance over the coming weeks and months as it heals; it can take up to 18 months for the skin to fully blend into your other skin.
Skin Cancer Solutions
If you've found yourself in a situation where you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Steckler may be able to help. At Mississippi Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Steckler uses advanced methods to remove skin cancer and perform skin grafts to help men and women in and around Jackson and Madison, MS treat skin cancer. Dr. Steckler aims to provide his patients with healthy skin and minimal scarring. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Ridgeland, MS office today.